One man's rage against the machine....and a letter going out overnight mail tomorrow.
5440 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
Dear Mr. Delany,
Re: OSU vs Michigan
I’m going to the trouble of writing this letter to ask a very simple question. How in the world could you, with the top 2 Big Ten teams, on the country’s biggest stage, a game known as “The Game”, could you entrust such a game to that officiating team? A team consisting of a disgraced former referee that had already been dismissed for incompetence and two other Ohio referees one of which is a publicly unabashed Buckeye fan. Of course none of this would be of significance were it not for the fact that the incompetence and biases played out in such an obvious manner that you cannot find a single reference outside of a direct OSU partisan to not scratch their heads at the many calls/non calls that all broke for OSU. I guess to be fair, we should note that these “officials” did call 2 OSU penalties totaling 6 yards.
A Cleveland newspaper covered Harbaugh’s tantrum and looked at 6 plays of particular note, all of which were debatable call/no call/proper spot/ etc situations. And indeed they were all “judgment” or toss up calls. And all of them broke for OSU. So if you flip a coin 6 times, what are your odds of getting all “tails”? 1/64 is the answer of course.
If I wanted to watch pre-ordained sporting events, I’d be a WWF fan. I am not going to besmirch your office's motives. I am going to chalk this up to carelessness. As a retired Medical Device Executive for a fortune 500 company, I know how I would have been viewed had I been this careless under similar circumstances of such equal import. Hence my original question, how could you be so careless with such an important event? Additionally, why should we have any faith in the competence of your office going forward? Finally, does not the University of Michigan deserve an apology for this blatant abdication of diligence?
With a sincere response to this inqiry from your office I will donate $1000 to the charity of your choice, please include the specific information with your response.
Among other things, a list of proposals the Big 10 wants to see adopted:
• We must guarantee the four-year scholarships that we offer. If a student-athlete is no longer able to compete, for whatever reason, there should be zero impact on our commitment as universities to deliver an undergraduate education. We want our students to graduate.
• If a student-athlete leaves for a pro career before graduating, the guarantee of a scholarship remains firm. Whether a professional career materializes, and regardless of its length, we will honor a student's scholarship when his or her playing days are over. Again, we want students to graduate.
• We must review our rules and provide improved, consistent medical insurance for student-athletes. We have an obligation to protect their health and well-being in return for the physical demands placed upon them.
• We must do whatever it takes to ensure that student-athlete scholarships cover the full cost of a college education, as defined by the federal government. That definition is intended to cover what it actually costs to attend college.
Did anyone see Jim Delany's B1G Championship trophy presentation?
He recapped the game, while fighting back tears of having a B1G team in the BSCS championship.
Do you think Mr. Delany will have nightmares/tears after little brother won the B1G championship?
I'm drinking [Uncle] Nikolai and Canada Dry Tonic with a Lime Twist.
Washington Post has an article detailing the process and negotiations that brought Maryland to the Big Ten.
A couple points I found interesting:
- Jim Delany definitely discussed the new Big Ten division format with Maryland. In my opinion, the Big Ten office already has a plan for new divisions, and this new survey is just a front to make fans think our input is actually being considered.
- Maryland is getting money front-loaded in the deal to address their debt crisis unlike Nebraska who had their share increase incrementally over several years to full share.
- Once the story started breaking, the deal moved fast. Brandon left the last meeting with Delany not knowing a deal was imminent.
Jim Delany is still terrible.
Rutgers lost today, 27-6 to a terrible Pittsburgh team.
Maryland is up at the half, but they are still a 4-7 team.
You suck, Jim Delany.
Jim Delany killed iCarly, and I don't even know what an iCarly is. Maybe it's a prototype human robot, probably created with Michigan research. But Jim Delany killed it.
Why was Michigan/Ohio State at noon? Why was it not at 3:30?
Was it to keep Ohio State fans off the streets after sunset, a likely story?
Or was it to play The Game before Al Borges woke up? Well, trick question, Al DID wake up. Before falling asleep again, but he's on to you, Jim Delany.
Because who scheduled this Game for noon? Jim Delany.
If Jim Delany were a kitchen utensil, he would be a sieve. Because it's all your fault, Jim Delany. All your fault.
We want moooooore goals.
EDIT: as per everything Jim Delany, this post is sponsored by Barbasol, avocados, and Generic Farm Implements.
After a long day of using your Generic Farm Implements, why not kick back with a shave and some avocaodes? Or why not farm some avocadoes, then shave? You could even shave your cattle, feed them avocadoes, and then ride around on your farm implements. The combinations truly are endless.
But no matter how many variables and things you throw in, make sure to divide them with Michigan and Ohio State in separate groups. Thank you.
We will return to "Big Ten Icons: Tom Osbourne" in a second.
Something that just came across twitter from College Hockey News that has me thinking:
"You thought last offseason was "college hockey Apocalypse"? .. now imagine Penn State getting booted from Big Ten ..."
Now I still am skeptical that the B1G will boot Penn State...but lets just assume for a moment that they do. Then all hell breaks loose in the world of College Hockey:
If PSU gets booted, there are only 5 Big Ten teams remaining in D1 hockey...not enough to form a conference. Where do these teams go? Do they stay together and try to get in the NCHC? Do they try to get in the WCHA? Do they go into survival mode and try to get in where they can at the expense of fellow B1G schools? The other conferences would have all the leverage over the B1G schools.
This is a very unlikely situation...I don't see it happening. However, all these reports about different organizations deciding how to drop proverbial bombs on PSU could cause another crazy summer(s) in the world of college hockey.
I think this is a very interesting what if scenario. What do you think would happen?