Last year, I read a story that Brian wrote about a trip to Columbus several years ago. He went with several friends, including "Cripplesticks", his term of endearment for his med school friend who used crutches.
I would love to find the story. I have searched for an hour, but keep coming up with blanks.
If someone can find a link, I would really appreciate reading it...if you haven't read the story, you should.
Go Blue! Let's kick some Buckeye ass tomorrow!
I'm suprised one topic hasn't received more play in all the divison alignment discussion. Perhaps the thing that originally concerned me most is something Brian brought up: that putting UM and OSU in separate divisons but keeping a protected cross division rivalry will make it more difficult for UM and OSU to make the championship game, because each team always plays a top notch team in their protected game (each other). For example, one year Michigan and Nebraska might play the same schedule but UM plays OSU as a cross divison game and Nebraska plays Illinois. Those two games both count equally in UM and Nebraska's fight to win the division, but the OSU game is much more difficult, and quite a handicap.
However, upon thinking about it more, it seems like the disadvantage won't be so bad: I assume that the other superpowers, Nebraska and Penn State, are protected to play each other. This ensures that the 4 powers each have, on average, the same number of guaranteed difficult games. Likewise, Iowa and Wisconsin should probably have a protected game. The only way for the schedule to really screw us is when a normally mid level team, like MSU, has a great season by avoiding good teams in the other division. This seems rare enough to not be a major concern, especially given that the 9 game conference schedule means that each team will only miss 2 cross division opponents in a given year.
Thoughts? Is the road actaully more difficult for UM and OSU? Should we even care if it is?
[Ed: Also on the site: Barry Larkin's press conference.]
For Ohio State week, We get to have a bit more "vicious" in the vicious electronic questioning. Not only is Chris Webb, of Buckeye State Baseball and the BuckeyeNine, one of the bloggers who has been around for a while, but he's also one who I keep up with on a near daily basis during the season. So the familiarity breeds comfort with making fun of him and the Buckeyes in such a public space.
So without further adieu, let's get to the Q&A:
Describe your season in 3 sentences.
Rocky but expected. It's better to be 3 words than 3 sentences. Was told if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything. Whoops that is 3 sentences after all.
Plead the fifth.
Yeah, I'm sure losing to a pair of teams with a total of ZERO scholarship athletes has to be rough. So glad Ohio State could show us that.
What's the chances of Alex Wimmers making me post pictures of otters on Friday? We're not going to be no-hit again are we? [Ed: con't after the jump.]
With the Big Ten going to a permanent bye week, next year’s Michigan-Ohio State game will be played the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
We all have Thanksgiving traditions: food, family, backyard football, lions, cowboys, etc. For myself, growing up in Nebraska afforded me an opportunity to look forward to the Nebraska/Colorado game the Friday after Thanksgiving each year. However, I am still undecided about how I feel about the new date for the Michigan-OSU game... What does everyone think?
-Big props to Chuck Woodson for his great game today and his generous donation.
-Nice work by Manny Fresh to lead through OT
-After a frustrating football season, Michigan football could use a feel good story. Who does PR for this team anyways? Take a look at the great work being done Bo Pelini at Nebraska: as 75 Husker players visited three local hospitals (good article - link below).