Questons are given to one player of each team, and their answers can't be for their own team. Pretty intetesting.
Big Ten player poll
Lighten up, Francis
plus one for any Stripes reference.
This is as dumb as the History channel show I'm watching right now on Ancient Aliens. It's moved to crop circles.
Birkett and the Freep are gonna love each other.
It doesn't seem that bad, he has been on ESPN for all the wrong reasons so far, but that should change soon.
Yeah, in like 32 days.
I'm actually surprised he only got three points, given the constant PR mess.
...they seem to be put at ease. Frankly, I think to a large extent, M sells itself to recruits regardless of the head coach.
Translation to opposition players:
"Which coach do you want to anonymously and publicly bad mouth to discourage recruiting?"
The rest of the Big 10 has to try to even the playing field somehow.
It certainly could be interpreted as a loaded question.
If you look at the wording, Birkett does not state that he polled one player from each team, just that he polled 11 Big Ten players (hehe, Birkett polled 11 guys):
In an AnnArbor.com survey of 11 Big Ten players
It wouldn't surprise me if the 11 players were all Sparties/Buckeyes.
/ remove tinfoil hat ;-)
I find this entertaining:
What Big Ten stadium has the worst atmosphere?
Northwestern - 9
Comment: “They got like a high school stadium.”
Indiana - 1
N/A - 1
...would say it has that "homey" feeling.
My money's on the Spartan.
that just means one guy abstained from voting. possibly the NW guy because he knows his home stadium is weak, although it's also possible the lone IU vote came from the NW guy because he couldn't vote for his own stadium.
Ryan Field is a nice little stadium, but on any given Saturday it can end up being more of a home atmosphere for the opponent.
Of B10 stadiums I've been to, I was most underwhelmed by Memorial Stadium (ILL) and Ross-Ade (Purdue). This year I'll add Memorial Stadium (IU) to my list of stadiums visited, and most likely this list of underwhelming venues.
Memorial Stadium (IU) is miserable. I once was visiting some buddies and we decided to grab some tickets for NU v. IU during the 3rd quarter of the game. I sat in the front row for $10. Worst B10 football game experience ever.
I'm planning to go to Bloomington for the game. We may be two of 12 -- maybe 13 -- people in the stadium.
My brother and I will also be making the trek to Bloomington on October 2nd.
I think if I had gone to a game that wasn't pitting two 2-6 teams (2008) with a crowd of barely 40,000 on hand, I probably would have enjoyed the experience a bit more. As it was, the stadium was 1/3 empty and the fans did little cheering outside of the student section and their chants.
I'm sure Ross-Ade was absolutely ROCKING for the 2004 game (in which Shazor decapitated Dorien Bryant).