means it's coming from the south. the main reason i assume this is because the wind was coming from the south.
I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Today put the exclamation point at the end of a regular season marking a new era in Michigan football; an era that allows Brian to write a post-game wrap-up story about Michigan beating Ohio. No pressure Brian, but we’re all expecting something epic. It’s also an era in which my 7 year old son gets to watch Michigan beat osu*. It is an era where the TEAM wins games, not the offense, not the defense, not the special teams, just the TEAM. Although, let it be noted that the offense that Rich Rodriguez envisioned put up 40 points on one of the better defenses in the country. After leaning on the defense for much of the season, the offense was machine-like in its efficiency. I found that appropriate. But that is well-worn territory, and not worth discussing any further here.
This week, I will leave the cat photos, picture-page analysis, and masterful photoshops to those who do them much better than me. And on this, the weekend after Thanksgiving, I will give my thanks to all the excellent content-generators on this site. It was truly a memorable season. I will play my part on this Blog’s team and do what I do. Give you the link, and dive into the numbers.
* I prefer the lowercase “osu” to the uppercase “OHIO,” because uppercase letters are reserved for proper nouns, and there is nothing proper about that school.
Burst of Impetus
Trash Cans Full of Dirt
Big John R. Studd Referee Section
We Haz Special Teams
Random, as Yet Unnamed, Bullets
I couldn’t agree more.
ONE HAPPY ENDING!
means it's coming from the south. the main reason i assume this is because the wind was coming from the south.
For I am a (unemployed) Meteorologist. This assumption is correct. A southerly wind implies that the wind is blowing from south to north. This convention was adopted because information about the source of the ambient atmosphere is more important than its destination.
My work here is done.
TTU actually used to work for my company. I worked with his replacement and would like to second what he said about meteorologists always saying where the wind is coming FROM
You mention on the epic double penatly that OSU was lined up offsides. I noticed them doing this quite a few times during the game. Did anyone else see this?
I saw this, but after not getting called I assumed the camera angle was faking me out.
Beckmann and Brandstatter noted that repeatedly, especially on the fourth down conversion (I think) - Beckmann said that they were looking straight down the line on that play, and they didn't know how the side judge could see the ball for being blocked by multiple Ohio DLs' hands in the neutral zone.
I thought I saw OSU's OL get away with a few false starts, as well.
HOORAY for Happy Endings!!! Well done on the diary, thank you sir!
Beat Ohio (past tense)
Agree! I was yelling it as the play was lined up bc the camera was very close in and right on the LOS. You can very clearly see the DL's hand right over the ball. Couldn't believe they missed that. In fact, that's what I initially thought the flags were for.
RVB was blatantly held on almost every single play and it was only called once IIRC, and that was for the safety. I believe on the long TD pass on the crossing route to Posey there was a pretty bad missed holding call too.
Also, you're not the only one who thinks that the TD shouldn't have been overturned. Mike Pereira, former NFL head of officiating, also said that it shouldn't have been overturned (https://twitter.com/#!/MikePereira/status/140525853518991360).
Regarding the penalty on Watson following the overturn, that was majorly iffy. They called it as an "after the play was over," but Watson hits the Ohio player at almost the exact instant that the whistle is blown, and it's roughly half a second after Denard makes it into the endzone. Calling that after the play is over is a terrible call. Even if it was unnecessary roughness, we only should have had 15 yards of penalties, not 25 -- it should never have been called in addition to the holding.
The PF on Kovacs was also a cheap call. The guy had just barely gone out of bounds, and Kovacs didn't hit him hard (not nearly a full Kovacs). If they were going to call things that close, then on a number of plays our guys were hit shortly after going out of bounds and on many plays our guys heads were twisted. Until the refs decided to take charge of the outcome (unsuccessfully), they had called virtually nothing and given us bad spots all day. It was ridiculous for them to call Kovacs, take away Fitz's TD and then do that double penalty crap.
The punt return where the Michigan player was blocked into the returner which ended in a tackle was actually a block in the back which should have dropped them back an additional 10 yards.
It was so obvious, too--not like it was a close call one way or the other, and not like the official missed it because he wasn't looking in that direction.
This one was an obvious call. I feel like the Watson hit was a good call, I can't be a total homer. Denard was 2 yards into the end zone with no one around him when Watson went for the crack-back. Also I thought Gallon may have got away with a hold on Denard's 41 yard touchdown run. Not saying Michigan didn't get screwed on some calls (especially by the replay official,) but a couple bad calls may have helped Michigan out too.
...and I think 'Kovacs' should become a unit of measure on this blog.
Great diary. Isn't it appropriate that our seniors caught the TDs? Too bad Grady didn't get one as well.
Is always given via the direction it is coming from
Good information. I do have a question that I haven't seen addressed, though. Why did we not go for a two point conversion when we were up by 5 points? If I remember correctly, this happened twice. Both times I was scratching my head. I thought you always go for two with a 5 point lead.
I was thinking the same thing, that really could have cost the game had TSIO gotten a TD late in the game on the Miller overthrow. Thankfully it's a scenario we'll never have to wonder about now. Man it feels good to win.
the last TD. The cheat sheet says always go for 2. I hope Hoke answers this question.
It is possible that he got caught up in the moment. But this could have been a huge problem.
This is one reason that I wish he wore a headset.
He had the headset on plenty of times yesterday.
Late in the game yes you do go for two. Early you take the guaranteed point, because you never know what will happen later.
Two-point attempts only succeed around 40-45% of the time, so when you attempt one, the odds are you won't score any points on the conversion. When you have the lead, it's probably not worth it unless it's very late in the game and there's a clear advantage to doing so. The lost point from not attempting the PAT can be big.
Consider: if we'd have gone for two when we scored to make it 29-24 and failed, then OSU's subsequent FG would have made the game 29-27, putting them one kick away from the lead.
Thank you to all who helped clarify when to go for two points. I can see the logic now in just kicking the pat early in the game with a lead.
I'm nitpicking on a day when I shouldn't be, and I might be wrong, or I might be missing out on a blog convention, but I think with Ohio's vacated win last year, they're only taking credit for 43 wins. Shouldn't Michigan reflect the same in the loss column?
Great work on the season. Thanks for these diaries.
you don't vacate losses, only wins. So the series will forever be weird now.
So Ohio has 43 wins in the series and Michigan has 44 losses, the Michigan + Ohio win percentages don't sum to 100% and it has been roughly 365 days since Michigan lost, but 730 days since Ohio has won? That is weird.
Because only one side is vacating the game, the overall series record will remain what it actually was on the field (58-44-6). This is also true in men's basketball, where our on-court advantage over MSU is 93-74, although we're supposed to count it as 86-71.
It's a ghillie suit.
And no, I don't have any idea why you'd wear one to the game (other than getting your mug on TV/scoreboard, obvs).
The fact that we rose above it was priceless. Countless times in the Bo era a game would turn on a call by the zebras. Brady kept his cool (at least it looked like he did from where I was sitting across the field) and kept the team focused on controlling what they can. I had that horrible "Oh no" flashback feeling washing over me. Sometimes you win with defense, sometimes you win with offense, sometimes you win with both. Saturday was the offense's day to shine and they did. I knew Denard was really clicking, but had no idea he was 14 of 17 passing. The line was playing well and the TD by Odoms was due to their ability to keep Ohio out of the backfield. On the replay you could see how the tackles gave up rushing and were hanging at the line waiting for Denard to run. He stayed in the pocket and did the right thing. I thought that spoke volumes about the maturity he's gained in the passing game this season. Put that together with running like the old Denard with extra passion and it was a special day for the offense and a big win for Team 132. I don't think the defensive meetings will be very pleasant, because Mattison knows he's going to see Braxton 3 more times and they can't have repeat of saturday next year in Columbus.
Can somebody explain o$u spiking the ball on 3rd and 6, after wasting 15 seconds or so? IS there any explanation? I cannot think of any.
Either Fickell is an idiot, or, the more likely scenario, Miller misinterpreted Fickell's gestures to hurry up. Fickell was making a motion that pretty much universally means hurry up. Remember they were taking their sweet time getting to the line of scrimmage, so I suspect Fickell was just trying to get Miller to speed up, but Miller interpreted it as "spike the ball." Confusion about what's going on is one of the reasons freshmen aren't usually starting qb's.
Miller said in his post-game interview that he looked to the sideline and got the order to spike the ball. He didn't know why, he just did what he was told.
I'll give it a shot: True freshman QB with Luke Fickell as his head coach. That's why.
You didn't misremember, Countess DID have a nice pass breakup on a deep post, but it was the same play as the holding in the end zone/safety,
Ok. First, I'm not a big fan of replay of any kind; bad officiating is part of the game. However, if you are going to have replay on potential td's, then why not have three dedicated cameras on the goal line. I would argue the inzone replay is the biggest momentum changer in football. Possibly the fumble replay. Anyway, The camera angle for the Touss td was all wrong. From the side that looked to me like he was short the angle was from the inzone side. The angle that looked like it was a td was from the field side. How hard would it be to put cameras on each side of the goal line looking directly down the goal line? And why not have a camera dedicated directly above the goal line? If your going to have a replay rule, why not give yourself the tools to actualy have the rule be effective... or atleast give the officials the ability to look at an angle that is helpful in making an educated decision.
I know the stats will forever say one turnover a piece, but effectively it was really much more like 2 MIchigan turnovers and none for Ohio. Pretty special to overcome turnovers, a questionable TD reversal and spotting Ohio 7 with a big time whoopsy to start the game and still come out victorious.