no wonder we hired Hunter Lochmann
While the movie "The Big Chill" is not truly a football movie, it is a movie involving Michigan Football. Thought folks would like to throw out some football trivia related to the movie, any other movies with Michigan football, or other trivia appropriate to the Big Chill event this weekend.
Questions I will start with but looking for others.
- What is the date of the football game shots shown in the movie?
- Which Michigan players are featured in the football sequence?
- Who were the announcers for the game?
Other content and questions appreciated. If a savvy video expert can come up with the football video sequence from the Big Chill, I will gladly contribute positive points.
Based on cumulative record of opponents*, ESPN blogger Brian Bennett claims ND's 2010 schedule was the toughest. In comparison, he ranks Michigan's 15th, which is third in the B10 behind Illinois (10th) and PSU (14th). Also interesting, tri-champions MSU, OSU and Wisky come in at 44th, 55th and 70th, respectively.
* I have not gone back to check Bennett's calculations, but it appears he may be including only FBS opponents. If that is true, it might explain why ND comes out on top.
The usual suspects are near the top. Alabama's Nick Saban gets $5.9 million. Texas's Mack Brown makes $5.2 million, and Oklahoma's Bob Stoops grabs $4.4 million. Urban Meyer is walking away from a $4 million salary, and Rich Rod is at $2.5 million.
The big shocker to me comes in the ACC, as USA Today got a hold of Wake Forest's (private) figure. Brace yourself, Jim Grobe was paid $2.9 million in 2010. Not bad for a coach that had a nine-game losing streak this year and finished 3-9.
... along with Denard's picture on Rivals' home page.
The latest FEI ratings (as of 12/4 games) are out. Expect a revamped bowl matchup thing on the front page tomorrow.
Also, amidst a discussion on Virginia Tech's high ranking despite losing to an FCS team, Brian Fremeau noted Michigan's similar upset was more of a bad beat.
When Appalachian State defeated Michigan in 2007, the Wolverines' 9-3 record in its other 12 games confirmed our end-of-year suspicions about both teams. It was an historic upset at the time of the game, but it was more of a garden-variety upset in retrospect. Appalachian State was likely the equivalent of a top 75 or top 60 FBS team that season. An upset of a team ranked around 20th is certainly an upset, but not one that merits bewilderment.
According to the Inside The Fort on Rivals, Shawn Conway is going to attend GRCC for a year, and then transfer to Michigan. I found this quite interesting as I work at GRCC. The football program here is pretty good, and is headed by former longtime Muskegon coach Tony Annese.
Now, I know the transfer part is a big hurdle for JUCO kids, but according to the post, GRCC offers several classes that Michigan will accept. So, hopefully this won't be the last we hear from Shawn Conway. Good luck to him!
For those without a Rivals subscription, here is the key part:
GRCC is the only community college in Michigan that fields a football team, and it apparently is one of the few that has a chance of placing students into universities like Michigan’s.
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