After reading Brian's defensive UFR yesterday, it seems perhaps some of us overhyped the "halftime adjustment" meme a bit. Maybe. But to be fair, more of the credit for the turnaround from the 14-24 deficit should go to.... me. I spent the first half cringing/watching the game in the back room at DC's Buffalo Billiards in Dupont Circle, where Michigan, I think, has lost every time I've ever watched in that location (don't ask... GF saved the seats, and it was that or stand in a corner). So I envisioned this postgame Hoke press conference:
We didn't play up to Michigan expectations today. But I also just found out some jackass in Washington DC who calls himself a Michigan fan watched the whole game from a spot he knows brings us bad luck. He's not a Michigan Man fergodsakes. He doesn't Get It.
Preventing this impending disaster needed bold, decisive action. I got up, didn't try reasoning with the GF, just explained we needed to go watch somewhere else, or they were gonna lose. So we cabbed it home just in time for the 2nd half kickoff, Michigan rolls 28-0 in the half, all is right with the world.
Even though most of the credit for the big half should go to me, I'm willing to share some credit with other people who, despite being generally well-educated and rational in most respects, turn hideously superstitious during games, assume they have some effect on the outcome, and make necessary adjustments when things are going poorly. Somebody else out there probably did something and deserves some credit. Changed to the right socks. Switched to the right side of the sofa. Switched to the non-HD version of BTN. Somethin'.
So, what was your halftime adjustment? If I have to explain, you obviously don't Get It.