I'm sure my opinion is biased a bit, but I really thought Gameday would roll into Ann Arbor for the MSU game. Now that we know they are not, brings up my question, do we get another shot for the Iowa game when we beat MSU this week? If Herbstreit has anything to do with the decision making, then probably not. It can't be a favorite place for him.
Does Gameday try to avoid Ann Arbor?
give me a break
Though I agree it probably doesn't have anything to do with where Herbie wants it to go. I actually feel Herbie might like coming to AA (he's usually pretty level headed and I'm sure he likes being in Big Ten country).
We talked about it during the Indiana game....then saw them at CVS yesterday...and now this. The third sign. My cravings have merit.
Yeah it doesn't make a lot of sense for them not to be in Ann Arbor this week. UM-MSU is easily the best Disney-eligible game of the week. Only others that are close are Stanford-USC and LSU-Florida.
People just don't care that much about the game outside of the state of Michigan.
Regarding Gameday, if we win against MSU, I could see Iowa being a Gameday site. And if we win our next three, I could see Gameday coming for Illinois or Wisconsin. We just aren't ranked high enough yet, and until we win against better competition, we are still a pretender. Now, if we beat MSU, and Iowa, and PSU, the national media will take Michigan seriously again.
This is true; however, you would think the Denard factor complete with Heisman buzz would outweigh that. Also two undefeated teams, rivalry of sorts, and both ranked.
It ain't like those other games have some big appeal -- Florida and LSU both look like crap, USC IS crap, and Stanford, well, is Stanford.
OTOH, the last time Gameday was here was the 2007 OSU game, the most boring, awful, one-sided crap festival this hobo has ever witnessed.
is also this weekend. If you were an impartial sports commentator, and you had to choose between:
- Columbia, SC
- Gainesville, FL
- Miami, FL
- Palo Alto, CA
- Ann Arbor, MI
in the second week of October, which would you pick?
Gameday will come back to Ann Arbor when Michigan is nationally relevant again. We may be 5-0, but no one is talking about our chances for championships. Same with MSU.
Also, when is the last time Gameday has been to Columbia, SC? Ever? When there are multiple big games on tap for the weekend, Gameday does tend to pick locations that they haven't frequented.
FYI: Herbie has us ranked #16 in his AP vote. I don't think he is as anti-Michigan as want to believe.
I think the UM-MSU game doesn't hold enough national interest to entice the Gameday crew. I could see a Michigan-Iowa game bringing them in, though. They do seem to favor the SEC, but I doubt they have any aversion to coming to Ann Arbor.
do you care? Do you really WANT Herbie and Corso in AA making fools of themselves? (Secretly, I really like Herbie on Gameday, because he's generally very charasmatic and knows what he's talking about, but he's still a Buckeye so the only thing he should be doing in AA is getting the crap tackled out of him.)
Which I think would be huge to high school kids about to choose which school they go to. If the program gets more attention it will help with recruiting. Thats all, so yes I do care and thats why.
Not sure about this, but wasn't there an issue with them being on the golf course which was there usual place to set up. I swear the University made them move the last time to a different local and they haven't been back since. That or I haven't woken up yet and am still dreaming.
Yes, they moved from the golf course to the orange/construction parking lot into which Pauline dead-ends, for OSU in '07.
Jesus, just thinking about that day makes me freezing cold and sick to my stomach... just like depressing football, freezing rain, and way too much vodka.
They seem to move every time they come here. Case in point, the beginning of all these videos...
In 1997 when we played Colorado, it looked like they were inside the stadium gates...
In 2002 when we played Washington, they were inside the stadium...
In 2003 when we played Notre Dame, they were moved to the golf course...
seriously, take off the tin foil hat.
I doubt that they wait till Sunday morning to decide where they will be the following Saturday. There are a ton of logistics involved with bringing Gameday to a particular city, and I don’t think they do it on 6 days’ notice.
With Michigan and MSU both undefeated, this Saturday’s game clearly takes on more national importance than it seemed to have a month ago. But nobody expected both teams to be at 5-0. I don’t think even Michigan and MSU fans expected that.
I don't have any inside knowledge, but I believe they do actually make the decisons on a week-by-week basis, for the most part. Just take this past saturday with Stanford at Oregon. If Stanford didn't smack around Notre Dame the week before, there's no way they choose that game.
Plus, it's announced via their twitter account every Sunday. Not that that precludes any higher-ups from planning and making decisons before that, but generally I'm led to believe it's not all planned in advance.
They plan in advance, but things change. During the Oregon-Stanford game, Musburger was joke-whining to Herbie how "some members" of the crew had already booked rooms in LA for the Stanford-USC game, but seeing as how Oregon was thrashing Stanford at the moment, he assumed they'd hear "early [Sunday] morning" where they'd be headed next.
Gameday actually decides on Sunday morning where they're going to be packing up and going. Orson at EDSBS (whose real name, for whatever reason, escapes me right now) did a good feature piece on Gameday earlier this year at SBN.
For later, like Iowa (or @ OSU)
Gameday came to Ann Arbor, and had their booth inside the stadium gates.
After the game, in which Corso predicted a Michigan loss, the booth was surrounded by students chanting FUCK YOU COR-SO!
They have been back since - once, I think. But now they set up shop outside the stadium.
This has nothing to do with your question, really. I don't think Gameday intentionally avoids AA, and I bet you can find a thread similar to this on almost any teams' message boards.
'03 (twice!) and '07
9 times overall
Michigan is tied for 2nd all-time in Gameday appearances.
Oh empirical evidence, you delight me so.
Wikipedia shows Michigan tied for 3rd in Game Day appearances with 9.
OSU - 12
Florida - 11
Michigan - 9
Alabama - 9
I'm not sure if this list counts this year week 1 when Game Day was in Tuscaloosa for Penn State. So Michigan could be 4th.
Disappointed, from a TV watching aspect because if they are there, that means you usually get one good behind the scenes segment on the team.
They are going to be at Alabama I believe, 2nd time this year.
They will be at South Carolina. Second Bama game they did this year with Penn State @ Alabama being their first one.
100% correct, I just checked this. I knew it was for an Alabama game, I just didn't know it would be for an away game.
Honestly I don't remember Gameday ever setting up in Ann Arbor in the same place. They have been inside the stadium gates, they have been on AAGO, they have been in the lot to the north of the stadium & I don't remember but they might have even been in the Crisler lot once. Either way the surroundings of Michigan Stadium and the difficulty to find a spot for them to set up I am sure causes them to hesitate to come here.
I have also heard the University is not the easiest to work with when it comes to getting Gameday here.
Anyway as long as Michigan keeps on winning then I don't really care if Gameday comes to AA or not.
I was watching the ND-BC game Saturday night, and Sean McDonough and Matt Millen declared that they would be announcing the game this weekend. I don't know if ESPN will change that. I have given up trying to analyze what ESPN/Disney does. The whole conglomerate is just a big pile of shit.
I am pretty sure McDonough is their #2 or their #3 college football announcer. What exactly is the problem with him calling the Michigan game?
Don't get me wrong, I really like the pair. I was just saying, it sounded Saturday night like ESPN had already made their decision about where they were going to go. To me, having the Gameday gang in Ann Arbor this weekend should be a no-brainer. Alabama-USC will probably be the CBS game of the week and LSU-Florida doesn't have a lot of luster. No other game that I can think of features two BCS conference ranked unbeatens. Add on top of that we have the Heisman candidate who is leading the pack by about a mile now.
McDonough and Millen always call the top 3:30 game. Herbie and Musburger always do the big game at night. Selecting the commentator crew is not a reflection of where Gameday is, but rather what time the game is at.
Herbie and Musburger almost always call the Gameday game now. It has to be that way unless they want to stick Herbie on an airplane real fast so that he can arrive at the game before kickoff. I think that they may have done that once or twice. That's why they are almost never on Notre Dame's campus or on an SEC campus for a CBS game anymore. Have you noticed that the quality of the games featured on Gameday has declined considerably since Herbie became a regular color guy with Brent? This is precisely the reason why.
I'm tellin' ya, that's the key element. That and the national media still trying to decide if we're legit or not.
I'm still trying to decide if we're legit or not... offensively, we certainly are, but with the defense and special teams where it's at, it's hard to tell sometimes.
because we don't have a mascot head for him to put on.
But I'm ok with this
Amen to that.
The last couple of times the WWL was here for Gameday, the Univsersity did not bow down to every whim and request of said WWL like the other schools do, and it pissed them off. So it was not really all that surprising that they did not come up. Herbie and Musberger call the night game 11 out of 13 weeks anymore, so that probably has a lot to do with it now too.
Because Corso doesn't have a Michigan mascot head to put on his head when he picks Michigan to win! haha
We wouldn't want him picking Michigan anyways.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4J4s2Z0xMY This is why Herbie doesn't want to come back to Ann Arbor...
But seriously though, we're going to get so much coverage because of Denard, whether they're in Ann Arbor or not, if we keep winning they'll come through eventually
That they're in Happy Valley for the game with PSU... I know PSU has two losses already... so that probably kills that... but it is a night game with Disney coverage.
I only care b/c I'm going.
If we win this weekend, they'll be in Ann Arbor for the Iowa game.
Arkansas at Auburn, Texas at Nebraska, or OSU at Wisonsin