in that game was how Mr. Disciplinarian allowed Michael Robinson to gesticulate in front of the crowd. My first clue that JoePa was not all that he was reputed to be.
The '05 Michigan-Penn State "conspiracy"
When the chief of penn state is that delusional, it's easy to see why the whole collective fan base / BSD is that delusional too
This whole "controversy" has always been ridiculous. If you watch it again, Carr is clearly signaling for a timeout for 3-4 seconds before the timekeeper stops the clock. If anyone got jobbed, it was us, because they only put two seconds back on.
Manningham TD was actually in the end zone opposite the student section.
this must've been one of the years that there was additional student seating (mostly for freshman, IIRC) on the other end of the stadium, where manningham caught the ball. i do remember watching him catch it all the way at the other end from the student section's usual location in the northwest corner.
Sure it's always annoying when people make excuses for losses, but I can appreciate the significance of this particular loss. If not for that game PSU is playing for a MNC and an undefeated season. It's not surprising a coach would react poorly to such a big loss. As far as the pulling out of the B1G goes I'd remind everyone that this writer is trying sell books, exaggeration is likely.
If Penn State wins that game and goes undefeated, they still don't go to the title game. The BCS wouldn't have taken them over Texas and USC who had better resumes. And PSU would have been destroyed if they played either squad.
As it turns out, the Lions were lucky to squeak out a 3 point win over a mediocre 5 loss Florida State team in the Orange Bowl anyway.
It was a crazy five minutes. At the very moment we were beating PSU, Reggie Bush was pushing Matt Leinart into the end zone in South Bend. Flip two plays and Paterno is in the Rose Bowl playing Vince Young. Of course, officially, that game never happened either.
Also on that Saturday: An incredible WVU-Louisville game, and a miraculous last-second Wisconsin victory over Minnesota on the strength of a blocked punt.
I consider that Saturday to be the best football saturday in my lifetime, probably ever.
If PSU wins that game, they get left out of the championship game because of undefeated Texas and USC, which had been rated higher than them all year.
On Posnanski selling books, he's probably the best pure sportswriter working today, and he's got a lot more opportunities for provacative claims (see his accounts of Paterno's reactions in the immediate aftermath of the Sandusky indictments) than a game 7 years ago that all but Penn State and Michigan fans have largely forgotten about.
Somehow I had forgotten that was the year of the epic Vince Young MNC game. Regardless I think that it would have been devastating losing in the fashion they did and an undefeated season is still an undefeated season.
In regards to Posnanski I'm completely unfamiliar with his work, however I don't think any writer would pass up any opportunity available to add drama. Sure there are much more intriguing elements to the book no doubt but that doesnt mean he's just going to pass on aspects not tied to the sandusky case. It's college football after all, these are the sorts of things we as football fans really want to read about.
You think Posnanski is the country's best sports writer? He's widely regarded as an old hack of the Jerry Green variety? All he ever writes are lazy nostalgia pieces that begin "Boy, they'll never make another like The Mick/Unitas/Havlicek."
Can't blame them for being made, pretty sure some of us would be too if the roles were reserved. Given that, it was the right call and they should have just stopped us, which they couldn't.
It wasn't a judgment call by the officials. We asked for a timeout and the timekeeper was too slow to stop the clock initially. The officials put two seconds back. (We actually should have gotten four.) There is no rational reason for them to be upset about that. I wouldn't care if it had happened against us. I'd be a lot angrier at the defense for giving up a TD in 45 seconds.
For the real stupidity, which was kicking it to Breaston, who took the thing to mid-field, saving a lot more than two seconds on that drive.
Watching the full sequence again, some credit to the great protection Henne got on that last play. He could have waited to -10 seconds to throw that thing.
I'm starting to think that PSU fans might be a little irrational