courts be like "why is it a problem if people get money"
Am I right -- the ONLY victory by our 11 teams (or even 12, if you wanna throw them in) in the preseason over a RANKED opponent was tOSU over Miami (THAT miami). B10 didn't even play any many other games against currently ranked teams, other than Iowa's loss to Arizona, PSU's getting blown out by the Sabanites, and Minnie hosting the Kiffinites. (Somewhat its caused by teams on scheds not being good this year -- Missou, ND.)
Still, THIS SUCKS. So many reasons to hate cupcake schedules. League doesn't get creds or love nationally by playing cupcakes. Fans deprived of good games. Who wants to see four scrimmages. Doesn't prepare teams well enough for B10 games (although -- maybe we are all equally unprepared).
The main culprit, as I hear in the press, is that the ADs don't want to give up their millions of $$$ from home games. Even giving up ONE home game can cost a few million $.
I CALL B()!_!_$%!T on that. B10 teams get way, way more revenue annually from football than just abuot anyone else. Yet lots of other big-name teams can do away games (USC, LSU, Va Tech, immediately come to mind), their annual intake has to be less than most B10 teams.
To me, UM screaming that we can't afford to lose home games is like a rich CEO saying he can't afford to give up his bonus check. I mean, if our athletic budgets are bloated to depend on a cupcake meaningless 7th or 8th home game, then, the solution isn't to keep the cupcake and give up a home n home w/ Georgia or Tennessee... the solution is to cut the damn budget, because, it seems no on else is spending like that.
Just ranting. Very happy to see we're adding Bama in 2012, but that's just one game. Entire league needs to aggressive put good teams on preseason schedules.
Discuss amongst yourselves....
A Florida HS football head coach is suspended and being reprimanded for taking in a homeless kid and allowing him to play for his HS football team. I don't know about you guys, but this is very disheartening to me. The guy seems to be doing the right thing by helping a kid in need out, and then is punished for it.
What do you guys think?
As referenced by Tom Pickle in the Thursday night open thread OSU (NTOSU) needed to be held to under 463 yards against A&M last night and they ended up with only 351. With that result we move up to the #1 offense in the entire country (has that ever been true after 4 games?) at 563 yards a game (just 3 yards ahead of Oregon) while OSU (NTOSU) drops to 3rd place and A&M hops over OSU(YTOSU) into 7th place.
Here's hoping we keep it up (and combined with Oregon playing Stanford we might not need 600 yards to stay in first).
The Blog's favorite tattoo is getting some publicity at ESPN:
Quote of the Week
"I mean it's the best icebreaker in the world. You go up to them, 'Miss, let's be serious, I just want to dance.'"
-- Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan
Lewan, a redshirt freshman at Michigan, has an old-timey mustache tattooed to the inside of his right index finger. So he'll hold the finger against his upper lip to put his mustache "on" and then use the line above on girls.
Taylor Lewan may be the greatest person ever.
If Michigan 2009's theme song was Rilo Kiley, I think this song is appropriate for this year (turn it up):
... or at least this is what I think it probably sounds like to have to defend against Michigan. Completely crushing.
What unusual (i.e. not the Victors / War Chant / Temptation) songs make you think of Michigan?
Funny stats for Ricky Stanzi so far this year:
Completion %: 66.6
Long: 66 yds