"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
NCAA Board of Directors approves new method of selecting teams with losing records to participate in postseason Bowl Games in the event enough teams with winning records aren't available to fill the vast multitude of bowl slots.
An insightful 3 sentence "Editorial":
ADSBS provides alternative methods to selecting teams for future Ineligi-Bowls that include life sized cutouts of Chewbacca, Braylon Edwards, and the Clausen family:
Also: a serious article...With: a few scenarios of how low bowl game benchmarks might be set in the future:
The last article points out that after the 2011 season there were only 72 eligible teams available for 70 bowl slots. Not sure how many more schools would've qualified had they been off postseason bans, but if that trend continues then these new qualification rules could be used regularly.
Well folks, we hadn't heard from the Paterno family for a few days, but fear not, they are back at it. This time, they are requesting a review of the NCAA sanctions. Where this could lead is somewhat interesting in that they seem to be able, depending upon how the NCAA responds, to take them to court.
I believe this isthe pertinent portion of their position and where it might lead:
"Sollers argues in the letter that the NCAA was wrong to suspend its usual infractions committee procedures and accept the findings of the Penn State-commissioned Freeh Report. The report by former FBI director Louis B. Freeh found that Paterno, former Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz concealed the activities of Sandusky, who was convicted by a jury on June 22 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
NCAA spokesman Bob Williams did not immediately respond to a request for a comment. But if the NCAA rejects the request for an appeal hearing, the Paterno family could use the request as the basis for legal action against the NCAA."
/Edit I also came across a very interesting piece on the negotiations between Penn State and the NCAA - long but worth the read:
From Mike Rothstein's Twitter account this morning:
Michigan releases statement saying the No. 11 of the Wisterts is back in circulation.
Every U-M home game have some sort of honor with it: AF (Oosterbaan), UMass (Kramer), Ill (Ford), MSU (Harmon), NW (Wistert), Iowa (Moeller)
Release is unclear whether the Nos. 11, 47, 48 and 87 will be worn just on the day of the honoring of said player or for remainder of year
Thought it was an interesting move to say the least.
My brother, dad, and I always refer to one particular play when we talk about tough Michigan football. We have been bringing it up for years, but for the life of me I have been unable to remember which game it was in order to track down some video of it. I thought I would toss it out to the board and see just how good you are. Here is the scenario as I remember it:
Aaron Shea was playing fullback and was a lead blocker on some sort of off tackle or sweep play to the right. He ended up blocking the end, I think, sliding off and blocking a linebacker, and then plowed over a defensive back as the runner followed him into the endzone. I remember calling my dad after the play and his first comment was "did you see Shea blocking three guys on that run?" It is nice to see the flashy runs, great catches, etc. but I have a special love for guys making tough plays like that one.
This is quite the test, though. I am asking if anyone remembers one particular play, given a description of a blocker, from almost a decade ago. What do you have?
Somebody said yesterday that this embed code doesn't work on their iPad. I haven't tested it but this page should work (let me know):