Only Pat Fitzgerald cheers penalties and cackles madly at opponents' torn ACL's. Not Gallon.
Unverified Voracity Lost A Bet
This guy lost a bet. Don't gamble, kids.
Also a lost bet. A love poem to Tommy Rees from a Notre Dame fan.
The girls of St. Mary’s pray at your knees
Because you are not just Tommy Rees
You are QB1
Equal to the likes of Montana and Theismann and Stuhldreher
A symbol, a winner, an icon
Your droopy eyes, not of a stoner, but a leader
One who studies play books until 4 a.m.
A senior who now neglects parties and cops’ groins
You will now prevail
Don't gamble, kids.
The Harmon thing. Do be awesome, though.
Blowing the coverage open. One Foot Down talks about what went wrong for Notre Dame on the long Gallon touchdown.
Long story short, when Michigan motioned Funchess across the formation ND changed their coverage and freshman Jaylon Smith didn't change his despite changing his alignment in a way that suggested he got the call. He followed Funchess into the flat, opening up Gallon for a catch and run.
Not sure if that was specifically designed to test Smith's understanding of his checks, but that's what it did. It is a great example of the kind of things motion can do to a defense: you're testing their ability to adjust at little cost to yourself.
In other film business, Space Coyote takes a look at how Michigan got beat up on the DL when the Irish ran. I mostly agree, but he's a little harsh to Morgan in one instance. I thought the DL play in front of him opened up a cutback lane he had to fill.
Beyer ends up way upfield and Black tries to rip inside of the right guard, so there's a massive backside lane. Once it's clear the back isn't taking it he can't scrape because Wormley got blown up. Thus the crease. Morgan's in a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you-don't situation.
None of this is particularly surprising with six in the box and no nose tackles on the field. I do wonder why Pipkins didn't get more playing time, as he seemed to do well with the snaps he got and there's no way he'd get as blown up as Wormley did on a couple of those plays.
Space Coyote also has a post at his own site on the passing combos that got Fitzgerald Toussaint open for that critical swing route and saw Dileo shake himself open for the final touchdown.
Stick a fork in an outlet. MSU running back Nick Hill:
“I think we’re very close to just being the electric offense we were in 2010, 2011,” Hill told the Spartan Sports Network. “Obviously, we struggled a little bit last year, but we’re right there. And I noticed it when we went through summer conditioning going into fall camp that the pieces are there, the players are there.”
Michigan State starts walk-ons at tight end and right tackle, has the worst receiving corps in the league, and is currently starting Connor Cook because pretending he's Denard Robinson is their best option. Nick Hill may have depth perception issues.
Injuries. AJ Williams is "questionable" and Courtney Avery still limited. I bet we don't see much of either this weekend—why risk it—but it sounds like Williams will be ready to go by the time Big Ten play rolls around. Gallon says he's fine.
In future opponent injury news, Minnesota loses spectacularly-named starting corner Briean Boddy-Calhoun for the year with an ACL tear. Kill said he was their best cornerback, so that's a blow. Jeremy Gallon cackles madly.
More Legends Jersey proposals. From HSR:
4). Jareth Glanda | #54 | Michigan LS 2010-2013
Move anonymously through two whole seasons of football without having your name mentioned, then catch a pass for a first down on a broken play during a bowl game.
Anyone who fumbles ten snaps should be given a red 15 patch reading Mallett.
Etc.: The House Rock Built's UFR of the fourth quarter is slightly different from mine, but spiritually the same. The Daily profiles Taylor Lewan.
FL C commit Ricky Doyle picks up a fourth star from ESPN, is now just outside their top 100. Practice video is a lot more exciting before the season. Fixing the NCAA rule book. New throwy-sticky ball turf. Michigan offers combo guard Donte Grantham. Adidas alternates worn by Arkansas State draw 15-yard penalties at the beginning of each half. A final look at ND.
To be fair, cackling madly is his calmest possible reaction to a stimulus.
I wonder if UM's Outback Bowl jerseys would have drawn the same penalty. I'm not sure how contrasting the numbers were in person, but they were illegible on TV.
While I believe jersey's like that should not be allowed (or the maize on maize basketball ones), I think the contrasting colors is because, at night under lights, dark grey looks a lot like dark blue. So the two teams didn't have contrasting jerseys, and it's the visiting team that is supposed to be light.
Contrast with the other team.
Under NCAA rules, the numbers must also clearly contrast with the rest of the uniform, so it's possible that the refs could have called us on that. A few years ago, South Carolina was prohibited from wearing "wounded warrior" jerseys that featured dark camo numbers on a black jersey in a game against LSU - they came out wearing those jerseys in warm-ups, and the officials forced them to go back to the locker room and change into their regular jerseys before the game. In my opinion, the numbers on those jerseys weren't much less legible than the numbers on our highlighter-on-white Outback Bowl jerseys.
The fact that Michigan is even flirting with wearing potentially illegal jerseys, to me, is crazy.
"Anyone who fumbles ten snaps should be given a red 15 patch reading Mallett."
Don't you mean an orange patch? Maybe Oregon State will lend a hand
You got to hand it to the guy who had to sing because he lost a bet. He almost got the words right and almost wasn't tone deaf. Still, way to man up and pay your debt!
My thoughts exactly. What he may lack in musical talent he certainly made up for in enthusiasm. I'm not 100% certain I could have been such a good sport in his place.
This is one of the "good" ND fans. Full props for stepping up.
That video is classic. I give him props for following through.
Worst receiving corps? That is certainly debatable. They come down with a case of the dropsies every now and then, but Burbridge, Arnett, and Mumphery are very talented.
You mean every game over and over again. They ruined maxwell
THRB's UFR is pure gold.
would it be a good idea to hold out gallon this week vs Akron? might help DG develop some alternative go-to guys if 21 isn't on the field.
Would it be crazy bold for Hoke to use our home uniforms when we travel to UCONN and take the penalties?
Herbie explained the Gallon TD right after it happened.
Morgan's problem on the play, was he didn't...
(puts on shades)
READ HIS GUARD.
That guy destroyed 'The Victors,' but I still give him props for following through on the bet.
I get to paint my head maize and blue and sing when I win a bet.
Taking over the internets!