(847) 696-1010 - Jim Delany's Number (http://www.bigten.org/school-bio/big10-school-bio.html)
Today, many of us witnessed a few players of a single football team aggresively attack players of the opposing team with obvious intent to injure. There is no way to factually state that these attacks affected the outcome of the game. However, that is not the goal of my proposal. The student-athletes had their safety put at risk today due to lack of appropritae officiatings by both referees and coaches.
1. William Gholston purposely and violently twisted Denard Robinson's neck at the end of a play. There is video evidence of this.
2. William Gholston purposely and violently punched Taylor Lewan in the throat away from the focus of the play. There is video evidence of this.
3. Marcus Rush continued a string of late-hit penalties focused on quarterback Denard Robinson, eventually resulting in his injury. There is video evidence of this and prior late-hits.
Let Jim Delany know how you feel. Spread the word to all B1G schools (MSU included) to voice our disgust in the lack of any sort of authority preventing or appropriately penalizing the aforementioned violence.
This isn't about winning or losing. This is about the safety of the student-athletes who expose themselves to injury for our entertainment benefit. Do them all a favor and make sure that this sort of behavior is not tolerated in any future Big Ten football games. It is dangerous to the student-athletes themselves to allow this behavior to continue.
Call Jim Delany (847) 696-1010. Reinforce the idea that the student-athletes are truly top priority in the college football world.
I'm calling him right after I click "Save"
*UPDATE* I modified the thread title for clarity. By "not Victory" I meant our OWN theoretical victory based on the typical post-game anti-officiating banter proposing we would've have won if x=/=y, Not MSU's actual victory.
In order to ease the pain, I'll be watching other people play football. Personally, I'm watching Iowa - Northwestern on BTN. Some of the other top action:
Florida at Auburn - ESPN
Bama at Ole Miss - ESPN 2 (Bama up 14-7 mid 2nd q)
Clemson at Maryland - ESPNU
KSU at TT - FSN
Stanford at Wazzu - Vs. (7:30)
Oklahoma at Kansas - ESPN 2 (9:00)
ASU at Oregon - ESPN (10:15)
Other listings can be found here
Discuss and feel better.
I am still smarting from the loss today much of which stems from how we could not make MSU pay dearly for their less than sportsmanlike gameplan. In light of that, I saw this article about Jason Avant (yes, I am an Eagles fan) about his upbringing and his incredible character and resilience.
It is uplifting to see alumni like Avant making a statement with actions and few words that makes me proud to be a Wolverine. Just something to give perspective about the character of people who come through this program, win or lose.
They have Peyton in the booth of the Tenn/LSU game. He just stated that 75% of his throws come without him being able to step into the throw. He says they practice it regularly. I just found it interesting considering all the talk of Denard's problems in the passing game.
Either the Illini have been way over-rated, or the Buckeyes are starting to show some life. Brandon Herron being back seems to be making a difference, too.
No, I don't like losing at all, and that was ugly - we did not play well. But I was watching this one with my 13 year old son. I get him to a couple of games a year and he is becoming a die-hard Wolverine. He is playing middle school ball, and has worked his way up to starting both ways and special teams - he dreams of following in the footsteps of our local hero Des Morgan. But he is still learning about how to play all out and yet be a sportsman on the field, and a gentleman off. Today the Spartans provided a wealth of teachable moments.
The frequent unsportsmanlike conduct (like attempting to injure and remove your opponent with cheap shots like that facemask yank) showed what it is like when young men aren't taught or don't learn these lessons. Clearly Kirk Cousin's dramatic "character" speech fell on deaf ears. My son was somewhat shocked and disturbed, but learned a lot from the contrast between that ugliness, and the character and behavior of Wolverines like Denard.