fair point that
Whether you think NIU should be in the Orange Bowl or not (for the record I'm in the not category) you gotta at least admire their Athletic Dept for doing a rather cool thing: they are giving their student tickets to the students for free. (story LINK)
The catches: 1 free ticket per valid student, you have to register in advance on a first-come first-serve basis, and you have to present ID to pick up your ticket in Miami on game day.
Apparently this is something they have been doing for awhile now, they've done this for the past 5 bowl games NIU has been invited to.
I cannot find if this is open to NIU grad students or only undergraduates (I am a grad student, working on my MBA there) but I would not be able to go as I do not have the money for airfare and a hotel anyways.
But for real though, how cool is this? NIU doesn't need some rich donor donating $375k to make this happen like ND, they just do it. How can we get Dave Brandon to do the same thing?
The B1G will get $27.5 million of ESPN's money whenever they send a team to the Orange Bowl. If it happens to be Notre Dame that goes, they'll get a huge chunk less, but I suspect it'll still be more than each B1G team would get in revenue sharing, but perhaps roughly the same that the attending team receives when you take into account the allowance.
Assuming travel allowance is about $1.5M, each B1G team stands to get over $2M whenever the conference sends a team to the Orange Bowl.
U-M down 14-7 at the half...
I kind of remember that some of the MGoblog community were tracking U of M planes on recruiting trips. If Harbaugh is the one, I wonder if he might do what the new Maryland hire, Randy Edsall, did and fly to Ann Arbor or wherever they keep the plane after tonight's game.
So, if you know the plane's ID number and a tracking website, you MIGHT have a scoop.
Georgia Tech is presently favored by four.
When it came to pool-picking time, my quick reaction was "How do you predict what a team will do against that unusual Ga Tech offense?" But then I got to thinking, what normally is a Ga Tech advantage in the regular season--an unusual offense that opponents have one week to prepare for--is not as much of an advantage in a bowl game. Ferentz has time to prepare.
And from what I've read, Stanzi is good to go. I like Iowa. (OK, I'm a B10 homer.)