"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
I apologize for the delay in posting- I thought I had posted this yesterday morning but apparently technology isn't on my side for this big game, and I have just become aware it was not available! Forgive me; I will check in the future, and hopefully it still comes in handy for you.
If you've already been out this morning, you've felt the damp, cool air-and it's sticking around for the day. Low pressure just east of Lake Huron will continue to move eastward throughout the day, and take the chance of rain with it as we head into the late evening and overnight. Expect cloud cover to decrease throughout the afternoon and overnight also. Breezy west winds today add a bit more of a fall chill to the air, and although we'll be in the mid 50s by gametime grab long-sleeves if you plan on staying out late to celebrate the return of OUR trophy!
Many of you have likely already started early this morning! Cloudy skies, but although we picked up about a tenth of an inch of rain overnight we've spent the morning without rainfall. Winds shifted around 9am from the southwest to come out of the west-and that's how they'll remain today. About 10mph now (gentle breeze, leaves blow about), but as we head into the afternoon hours winds will rise into the mid-teens (small branches move) with gusts in the low 20s (small trees sway, some spray might come up if you were near water). Temps go up with the wind, and we'll hit the low 50s going into the afternoon.
Hitting the high for the day at kickoff of 55 degrees! Still pretty cloudy, and there is a slight chance of a pop-up shower. We've got a good, fresh breeze blowing for the start! Winds are out of the west at 15mph with gusts possible up to 20mph.
Still some cloud cover, but we're continuing to see it break up more and more. We do keep a small chance of light rain, and the wind as well. Still out of the west at 14mph with possible gusts up to 20mph. Started the cool down too- 52 by the half.
We lose the wind gusts for the end of the game and lingering at 50 degrees as you head out of the stadium. Wind remains westerly at 10-12mph until our early morning hours when it lowers further. Speaking of lows - we'll drop into the 40s quickly as you eat dinner. 45 degrees by 10pm and down to 40 for closing time (wind chill in the mid 30s!) We'll continue to see some cloud cover and chance of rain in the early night hours, then decrease to partly cloudy and if you're out late, you'll see a good amount of stars between a few clouds for closing time. Enjoy the game and GO BLUE!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI, and temporarily for NBC25 in Flint/Saginaw, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
[ed: bump so hard Jake Ryan wanna fine me]
[ed-S: I had to completely repost due to some bad html that was making it unreadable, so all the old comments are gone. Apologies to those of you who commented earlier--if you didn't, all you missed is Blue Seoul doesn't live in Seoul anymore]
Working Too Hard
So this is what it's like having a real job. I have enough time to watch the games, but not enough to obsessively analyze them. But there's been a lingering question about Fitz's lack of productivity compared to last season that I wanted to take a stab at answering. So even though it's a couple weeks late, here's my analysis of what's been going wrong for Fitz.
I see three main differences that are causing the lack of production:
- Fitz is being overworked
- The blocking is not as good
- Fitz is lacking some burst
There are some other problems in the defensive schemes and matchups, the playcalling, and our lack of run audibles, but these are minor issues and don't really explain everything.
For Fitz' sake!
This play didn't count, but it's indicative of the kind of problems the O-line was having in short yardage. Notice how all the defenders are keeping their blockers at arms length, they've got their heads up to watch the ball, and their lateral movement is keeping them on the l.o.s. instead of getting pushed back into the endzone. After watching a year of Greg Mattison, this is some pretty good fundamentals from the Boiler DL. Fitz takes the ball a little wider than he should have, but part of that is the fullback, #36 just got destroyed. He's too small, and his pad level is too high. It would have been a tough cut, but there was a little bit of space behind Schofield. That's the kind of cut Fitz was making at the end of last year. But he either didn't see it, or was too tired on this play.
I've noted it before, but here's another example of why we don't run more veer and speed option. Denard just doesn't have much experience or feel for the pitch. On this play we had a nice wall and he should have stuck his nose in there for the first down. I don't particularly like that, because I don't want him to take unnecessary hits. But he pitches this ball way too early.
Jake MotherF****** Ryan! The long lost brother of Jack MotherF******** Johnson. I like how having an expletive as your middle name has become a term of endearment.
Look at how far away he is from this play. But his instant recognition and his quick first step™ allow him make the play.
He completely takes the running back by surprise with his Superman impression.
And trips him up for a nice TFL. That's called 'selling out' on a play. (Giving it your all)
The most nonchalant hook n' ladder pitch of all time.
"I ain't got the ball."
Devin Gardner's Development
I believe that's what the kids are calling, "Highpointing the ball".
How does scoring a touchdown make DG feel?
Pretty damn good.
How do two TD's make Fitz feel?
Well, alllllrighty then...I'm not real good at reading expressions, but I'm pretty sure that one is saying "Hey twitter, STFU."
Hate Week: Never Forget.
I'm hoping this saves some of my fellow mgobloggers from waiting on the phone for 1hr 23min as I did this morning. I just got off the phone with Comcast and they are experiencing a "major multi-city outage" in SE Michigan. I currently have no internet or television and due to the severity of the issue, the service rep has no timetable of the return of services.
Apparently it has something to do with the major lines and according to the rep, this happened overnight and they were just made aware this morning. The issue has the potential to keep services unavailable for multiple days, though they're "working very hard to restore services". There is nothing that can be done and when services are restored, they will just reappear.
My hopes are that this saves some of the mgomobile users from wasting their time as there's no other information to share. You should* receive a prorated credit for today's service outage.
So if you had plans to watch the game at home or have a bunch of friends over with a bunch of food you bought yesterday and have already started to cook in preparation of Gameday, the noon games, and of course our game [sigh], you might want to try a bar...well, one that doesn't use Comcast for their TV's, I guess.
Here's to hoping it's fixed within the next seven hours.
It is officially 10-20-12. Later today Michigan will beat the ever living shit out of MSU. Its time to shut up all these spartan fans and put them back in their place. GO BLUE! BEAT STATE!
I promised I would never do this, but I'm on my honeymoon with my new bride in Curaco - she was nice enough to let me wear vineyard vines Michigan ties as my groomsmens apparel.
Anyway, my question was, does anyone have any links to a live stream of the game (or a BTN premium purchase I can make) for the game? Alternatively, recommendations for a bar in weird old Curacao that show the BTN would be appreciated.
Yours in blue, always,