alternate headline: man does job
Notre Dame has suspended RB George Atkinson and CB Jalen Brown for violations of team rules. Atkinson tweeted that he was suspended for texting family and friends during a team meal as he has done all season.
Hard to believe a coach would suspend players for that.
He had the best season of his career, led the NFL in interceptions a good portion of the season and week after week made plays for the Detroit Lions.
Yet DeAndre Levy saw Friday night come and go without what would have been a Pro Bowl selection, something that seemed likely throughout the season.
Only two Lions are definite Pro Bowlers this season, as receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were picked. What is more surprising is the players who were named alternates -- and those who weren't.
That's where the real surprise of Levy comes into play. He wasn't even named as an alternate despite having career bests in interceptions (six) and tackles this season. He was also a main component of why the Lions were among the top run defenses in the league and was a constant screen snuffer-outer.
Equally surprising to Levy not being included were two other snubs as alternates -- rookie guard Larry Warford and center Dominic Raiola. Raiola had the best season of his career and Warford was considered by Pro Football Focus as one of the top five guards in the league -- period -- and one of the top rookies in his entire class.
There is the case of quarterback Matthew Stafford, another alternate. Stafford had an elite first half of the season and a terrible second half of the year, yet could end up in Hawaii.
Through the first half of the season, he completed 62.4 percent of his passes, 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Then came the second half, when he completed only 52.5 percent of his passes, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. And in that, the Lions skidded from 6-3 to out of the playoffs at 7-8 entering the final week of the season.
But he has a chance to go to Hawaii.
I have to work during the Copper Bowl (hospitals never close) and will have to miss the game. This is the first game I will be missing in years so I have a humble request. Would it be possible for someone to post a torrent link in this thread without any spoilers? Are there replays on ESPN or anywhere else?
I can successfully avoid the score until Sunday afternoon when I will then be able to watch the game.
Thanks in advance and GO BLUE!
Schools that sold out of its bowl tickets: Auburn, FSU, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Stanford, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Missouri, Texas
More schools that sold out of its bowl tickets: Alabama Oregon, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Bowling Green.
Schools by % of allotted tickets sold: Iowa 95%, Louisville 88%, Baylor 71% Maryland 70%, Utah State 67%, Kansas St 55%
Schools by allotted % of bowl tickets sold: Michigan 51% LSU 50%, Ohio State 44%, Wisconsin 32%
Minnesota has sold only 29% of their bowl ticket allotment.
BONUS: Sparty Inferiority complex sighting
I saw this on rivals http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1591229 (I don't think it is paywall) where Hecklinski said Gallon weight trains with the offensive lineman. Is that a true comment in proper context or was it hyperbole as a reference to his physical play? If so, I am not sure how much more of a bad ass Gallon could be. Let's see, he has super strength, cloaking and can leap small DBs in a single bound. The guy needs a comic book.
The Detroit News has an article today about Michigan's offensive Line. Some interesting comments were from Fitz Toussaint who said he knew the line needed to to develop. He also mentioned that he will continue training around campus for Pro Day so he can continue working with Derrick Green and De 'Veon Smith. He feels he has more he can help teach them. Kudos to Fitz for sticking around.
Kyle Kalis mentions that he suffered a severe sprained ankle in the Minnesota game which was the reason for his reduced time.
There is also a discussion about how the line has gelled. Let's hope it shows Saturday.
Edit: MLive has a more indepth article on Kalis. I'll add it here:
This article has a different story and says Kalis didn't want to sit. He was hurt but didn't want to come out. He sat down with Funk and Borges and was told he was the guy and would be the guy but there were reasons he needed to sit. He took it as a reason to work harder and it paid off.
I love the attitude.