and... i like them? I think I like them.
For the game to be a "meaningless" prelude to a rematch in the championship, both teams would have to have locked up a division going into the final game, which I imagine has hardly ever happened in B10 play previously or in other conferences (i.e. the pre-expansion equivalent of having locked in its spot as B10 champ and winning all tie-breakers to go to the Rose Bowl before the final week is played). A team may lose its final game and still play in a championship game, but that's not the same as knowing that would definitely be the outcome before any final week games are played.
Why would anyone expect that division champs will be based on division record alone? This is an honest question, not meant in a negative tone as it might seem, but a lot of people are operating under this assumption based on their comments, and I don't see any logic for it. Does any conference do this (the Big 12 and SEC do not)? Am I missing something, wouldn't that render nearly half your conference schedule meaningless other than non-conference aspirations (national championship/BCS)?
I just saw this on Yahoo's main page, so I thought I would post. Much of this article will not be news to anyone, but still a good read. I can't wait to see this kid in maize n' blue.
EDIT: I need to do a better job of searching for prior posts...oops
Miami is in talks about getting a game played there. Considering that there are a TON of michigan alumni - and donors (Ahem, Stephen Ross) in NY, and since Miami will have already played OSU home and home, we should definitely be considered a viable opponent here. This is pure speculation, but would be absolutely insane!! Bama in Texas 2012, Michigan in NYC 2013 vs. Miami. Dave Brandon - make it happen!
I have a question on the ABC/ESPN coverage of the UCONN game. I will be watching the game in Knoxville TN this week. When I check the ABC/ESPN coverage map it shows the UK vs Louisville will be broadcast on ABC. ESPN has the Texas vs Rice game. ESPN 2 has the UCONN game or UCLA vs K State.
On the bottom of the coverage map it says "ESPN 2 will carry the reverse mirror of Connecticut-Michigan and UCLA-Kansas State" I'm not sure if I'm going to get see it or not and I'm not-so-mildly freaking out. Anyone have answers?
Last week I found a tape of games from college. To my delight it was 2003 MSU (Perry's 50-carry game) and OSU (exposure by two touchdowns) on the same tape!
I noticed something. Near the end of the MSU game, Michigan called a naked bootleg pass. Navarre fumbled and it was returned for a score, getting Sparty back in the game. Afterwards, ABC's Jack Arute tries to get Lloyd in a "gotcha" moment, asking him who called the pass that became the infamous fumble. Lloyd paused, looked bothered, and said "I did." This was a really dumb and/or unprofessional exchange for an experienced guy like Arute.
Fast forward to the iconic moment of the OSU game. After kneeling the ball to go in up 14 points, Lloyd had to hear it from Todd Harris who wanted an explanation about not driving down the field and using timeouts. Lloyd gave him the famous "why would you ask a stupid question like that?" refused to answer another question and walked off the field.
For the first time, I realized the two are almost undoubtedly related. It doesn't take many bad experiences to get on the wrong side of a football coach. I bet Lloyd was ready to brush off any more of this sideline reporter silliness, especially from the sport's top media outfit. (He apologized the next day on Michigan Replay.)
The worst part was we had to hear from John Saunders and Craig James about how it was "uncalled for" and Lloyd should have "answered the question." This after ABC's sideline guys had second-guessed Carr twice in one season.
The only time I've ever respected Terry Bowden as an announcer was then - he stood up for the coach and said "it's totally reasonable to down the ball there."
Parenthetical: am I the only one who thinks the 2001 loss to Ohio State was one of the biggest blown shoulda-wons in recent Michigan memory? Looking back I see that game, a laydown performance against a poorer team, as the one inflecting a clear program decline. Then again, we stole one the week before at Wisconsin, so maybe things were just evening out.
This just in at Rivals. http://michigan.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1120521
Doug usually is trustworthy info.
Looks like they listened to us fans!!!!