Michigan fans - myself included - often view the Notre Dame game as a bellwether for the rest of the season. I decided to take a look at whether we should do so, because in the offseason my options are little projects like this or simply wandering the halls of my castle while moaning and pining for my long-lost love, Ms. Constance.
The last thirty years of history say we should not see the ND game as a harbinger of things to come, though of course not all ND teams are created equally...and I am too lazy to make what's below any more complicated than it is. That caveat made, here is what I found:
Michigan's winning percentage since (and including) 1984 when beating ND was 73.8 (note that the ND game itself was excluded from this calculation).
Michigan's winning percentage in the same time period when losing to ND was 70.1 (again, the ND game was excluded).
Michigan's winning percentage in the same period when tying ND was 90.9 (ND game excluded; the teams have only tied once in the past 30 years).
Michigan's winning percentage in the same period when not playing ND was 65.6.
The takeaways from this:
1. As noted, the outcome of the ND game has told us very little about how Michigan would do during the rest of the season - with one exception (see No. 3). So let's not get too carried away by what happens.
2. Michigan should probably play ND every year. Whether those scaredy cats (this is a medical term) will agree to this again remains to be seen.
3. Michigan should at all times try to tie ND. I don't care if you say that's impossible or point to sample size. This is science, damn you.
In other news that means nothing, Damien was seen wearing a UM hat while arriving at the open. It's no secret Michigan is trailing right now, but a bounce back season on the field, and more interaction with Nussmeier can only improve our chances. If the young man is truly a life long Michigan fan, then a coordinator leaving that had been there for less than 4 years shouldn't make you de-commit. They just need to remind him why he loved Michigan to begin with; still an uphill battle.
Made this extremely late I apologize I just learned about it.
IFAF is the International Federation of American Football
4th Quarter just started and America leads Mexico 28-14. Through all my google-fu and resources I am unable to find a video feed of the game but I have a live stats page that is active. http://www.sajl-tilastot.net/IFAFU19WC/GAMEB1/xlive.htm
USA USA USA!
Frank Clark and Jake Ryan named to the watchlist for the Chuck Bednarik Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.
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There is a nice ARTICLE from Angelique Chengelis in today's Detroit News regarding the continuing relationship between Brock Mealer and Mike Barwis. The whole article is worth a read, but here's a choice quote from Barwis to whet your appetite:
“I’ve got 24 rings and I’ve worked with 44 sporting events and 500 Olympic and pro athletes,” said Barwis, whose facility is the focus of a Discovery Channel sports docu-series, “American Muscle,” that debuts Wednesday. “I will tell you this, I don’t have one moment in my life in athletics that ever even remotely approached the moment of glory I felt when that kid walked.”
Not much that's really news here, but not many of us get tired of this particular story.