Orange Bowl Open Thread (probably unavoidably CC)
is this the one where that Harbaugh guy is coaching?
The Ravens played yesterday
What's a Harbaugh?
Now you know.
I really dislike ohio.
describes a sphere that is not soft.
until they agree that RR is a bad fit?
You never know what may happen
...with Harbaugh on Game Day. Even the casual observer would have to conclude he's leaving, but the venue has yet to be determined.
He was so prepared for the first question about his future...and then she asked it again
That's lame, considering that the OB is one of the better BCS match-ups, and will be the pinnacle of many of the players' careers on both teams. Kirk Ferentz got the same treatment by a sideline reporter at the Insight Bowl. Iowa played its heart out, and all the reporter wanted to do was ask was questions about the suspensions.
It wasn't really that annoying, she just asked the question, he answered, and she said something along the lines of "are you sure?" at which point he couldn't hide a smile and babbled off some coach answer.
I put together a liveblog at my brand new blog that I just started today. Click on the bottom link in my sig.....all comers are welcome.
that Stanford could get pantsed? VTech looked extremely solid against FSU.
James Madison thought they looked pretty solid too.
Never know which VT will show up, the semi-decent team or the choke masters.
Glad to see I am not the only one interested in watching this game.
There will be perhaps 5 fanbases watching this game, and only two of them have an interest in the teams actually playing.
mean he has secretly been hired by DB and has been busy recruiting and what not for Michigan already? Yea, I went there.
Likely not recruiting General Studies majors.
I can see a scenerio where stanford loses by 30-40, but the ignorant people with pitchforks will still want that Jim Hardball (yes i know)
but I do think they lose. VaTech has the best D they will have seen all year and their O was playing much better towards the end of the season. Will be close but I think VaTech wins.
And........since this is sorta CC(hah!), what the heck does it take to get Bud Foster away from VT? The guy has been mentioned nearly every off-season as HC potential but continues to stay. Is he waiting for Beamer to retire?
I think Stanford is way more physical than anyone VT has faced this season. Cardinal dominates unless JH spends the entire game daydreaming about roaming the sidelines of his next coaching destination.
Can't see this happening. I think Stanford will continue to impress, and win convincingly.
Taking your question seriously, I think it depends on how that embarrassment comes. If it looks like the team is unprepared, out of position, etc. then that would be a problem. If it looks like the players are in position, but VT just has better athletes (catching jump balls, out-running man coverage, etc.), then the argument can be made that the coaching was fine, but the caliber of athletes at Stanford wasn't good enough.
I don't want to think about that.
I was wondering this same thing as I was rocking my kid to sleep. What do people say if Stanford loses, say, like Michigan did on Saturday? Do Harbaugh supporters feel the need to make excuses? I would say no because one game doesn't make a coach. But it'll still be interesting to see the reaction if that's how it goes down.
Another angle to consider is whether it dampens interest from NFL teams, which could impact Harbaugh's availability.
Interesting, should I be rooting for Stanford to get rolled at the cost of our potential new coach's super-hype?
Stanford actually has this thing called "defense", so they will be in it the whole game. No need to worry about what if's.
What if Stanford is up 50-14, and JH goes for 2? ;-)
I already have the lines worked out for all of the scenarios.
Scenario #1 Stanford wins and JH comes to AA- JH is the messiah
Scenario #2 Stanford wins and JH goes to the NFL- JH is a money and glory hound and we don't need him.
Scenario #3 Stanford loses and JH comes to AA- It was hard for the team to focus with all of the distractions surrounding CC. He is the messiah
Scenario #4 Stanford loses and JH goes to the NFL- He is a terrible coach (did you see how bad he lost to VT?) Good riddance we don't need that loser anyway.
(which I doubt, because I think it should be close either way) does that make anyone against him more excited to get him? Just as fair to ask.
Seems like most of the people not wanting Harbaugh think that we don't need a new coach next year, or dislike his off the field comments/actions. I don't think many people need to be sold on him being a good coach.
Kids just as well as he does the pros.
What the hell is up with Grudens hair?
from another world. Brought my sons out and said, "you have to see this!"
Can somebody please proofread Holtz's monologue before he goes on and attempt to take out all the "s" containing words that they can? It doesn't even have to make sense.
I thought Peggy was handling that.
Anybody got a link to this game??
I have always wanted football to use edible equipment, like sausage gloves and brisket helmets
What do you mean? We had some ham fisted receivers this year, some even had alligator arms at times. Pretty edible in my book..
Only if the brisket helmets have liquorish facemasks.
Man, I can't help from staring at Gruden's hair here. He's got this front combover to the left. Just buzz it down tight John. You'll shine a little up front but you'll age with dignity.
Thank you sir! Looking for a live web cast if I can find..
I'm watching the pregame dvr'd so sorry this is late, but Lou holtz went on a 90 second rant and I made out one word: "shellphone"
Didn't the professor make a shellphone on Gilligan's island?
Luck had 13 touchdowns passes in his first year as a starter. And had 28 this year in his second
Denard had 16 TD passes in his first year. Interesting, telling or both?
But I hear you that his numbers should go up next season. Hopefully picks go down.
If Harbaugh does not come to UM, what about Bud Foster as a possible candidate? He has been on the head coaching radar for a long time and is a smash-mouth defensive minded coach. Thoughts?
Edit: I realize he is not a Michigan man and has no ties to UM. Just want to see what others think about it...
I think he'd be great. But he seems pretty content in Blacksburg.
So proud of Jim and excited to see what he has accomplished with that program. I swear I would have wrote this same thing if we were 9-3 and worrying more about a new DC.
no need to accent the best helmets in football.
and makes the players, the team better, by all means, bring them back!
put gold stars in our assignment books. We could take it home and show mom, and it didn't mess up our hair.
Perhaps, but more importantly, what IS it that the Stanford stickers are meant to represent? A pilgrim hat? A curling do-hickey? An anvil?
WTF is up with Tech's helmets? They look like pumpkins!
Why does VT look like Syracuse from afar?
Be happy they don't have ProCombat or whatever garbage they pulled out for rivalry games that made tOSU look like Rutgers. But I'm glad others shared my first impression of this game.
Those Halloween jerseys were horrible. Black plus fading orange to red to maroon looked like some 12 year old tried to design black out jerseys with flames.
The irritable bowel face...! Must be the 10 NFL offers to choose from.
Was that an Asian Thing 2?
I only caught a glimpse but you are dead on. More of that guy, now please.
I took Va Tech +4
I feel like I'm watching an LSU, Cal or Wake Forest game and its October 2007 all over again
On a personal note, I'm supposed to be working on our family's finances right now. If I make a mistake because I'm triple-tasking (watching game, blogging, and doing finances) and Harbaugh is hired at Michigan, can I lodge a claim with him and/or the university to pay for any shortfall I experience due to taking my attention away from where it should be?
Stanford with a 3-3-5 look on 3rd down.... doesn't Harbaugh know that can't work in BIG TEN FOOTBAW?
Anyone else notice the following?
DL: Junior, Senior, Senior
LB: Junior, Junior, Sophomore, Senior
DB: Senior, Junior, Junior, Junior
Doesn't sound too bad to me.
A couple more years and we will be there.
Seem to be some empty seats there. But I guess without them it wouldn't be a sportign event in Miami.
wow that stanford cheerleader was horrendous.
you may have missed it, they cut away quickly
This guy is about as good an announcer as there is, and is somewhat of a Michigan guy, so hopefully not a lot of nonsense about JH.....surely some, but in moderation I expect.
I believe he still lives in A2
I guess it's a bowl game and all but why not pull that fake out later?
running a three man front imagine that they get pressure on that big Stanford line pro style off
Is there a reason bud foster doesn't get discussed for head coaching jobs? the guy has done an incredible job for a long time at VaTech and has expressed interest in a a few HC jobs...
That's a really good question. There's just been so many mid Major coaches to poach possibly? VT's had great defenses or a while, I'd be more inclined to take Kirby Smart, but this man needs a shot.
I wonder if SEC coaches buy into the hype as much the fans? As if being a coach in the SEC is better than being head coach at Michigan? That sounded stupid as I typed it..
Well that looked easy.
The crowd goes wild! Must be those Cleveland Browns-esque VT helmets. Bad karma.
Only 59th in rush defense? What losers.
I thought that same thing when I heard it. Whew. We endured a rough season of Michigan football on defense, that's for sure!
Holy hannah. I could have driven a school bus through that hole.
Well, he can recruit a kicker
Hmmm. What's Elway doing at the game? Should I panic?
And yes, a little, as he's taking over the Broncos and rumored to be wooing JH.
He's one of the honorary captains.
Growing up in Denver during the Elway days as somebody who couldn't stand him or the Bunkos, it would absolutely kill me if Harbaugh ends up there.
Big pro-style line just blew VTs d-line away.
On one play.
I would never take one play seriously as a judge of systems in general. Was just refering to the specific play.
The big hog-mollies up front are gettin' after it..That could work in Michigan..
Bud Foster is the definition of "beet red."
Shane Skov is a monster, anyone who watched some Stanford games this year knows what I'm talking about. Just thought I'd throw that out there.
Owen Marecic isn't half-bad, and he's a two-way player.
He'd probably stick out a lot more on defense if he wasn't playing the whole game too, but he still makes his plays. What he does is so much more impressive than Gamble, yet it never gets brought up.
Man, Bowling Green looks better than when we played them.
Tyrod with a nice Vick impression. He is fun to watch. Not as fun as Denard but still fun.
Tackling.... Michigan style
What the board breakdown would be for those rooting for Stanford, and those rooting against them to say "see, I told you". Those with non-betting interests, of course.
I am decidedly rooting for the Hokies +4
I wouldnt lie about that
Were you around in 2007. I am sure you were but the Haloscan days are like my college memories. Hazy.
Remember how quickly fans turned on Tedford, Grobe or whomever when something bad happened to their team. Thankfully we didnt have the forum yet.
I'm not expecting that to reflect one's desire or feelings towards Harbaugh or Rich, but a more rational outcome based and wallet affecting choice. You put your money where your mouth is; but if you have no monetary interest, you're going with your heart more than your head.
I really like both teams. Due to family, I am, for sure, a Va Tech fan. It's one of my side loyalties.
But, I've been a lifelong Harbaugh fan. Favorite player growing up. I actually cheered for the Bears because of him, lol. I predictably have been quite taken by his Stanford teams over the years.
Lets see. No money involved. Maybe VT because I will always be a fan of their program. I'd rather high five my cousins over the phone in a few hours rather than talking them off another WTF Beamer Ball ledge
Whereas I probably wont be a Stanford fan anymore sometime after lunchtime on Thursday
If anything, excluding you. Because I knew ultimately you wanted VT to win, or lose by less than four. Which makes perfect sense. And I know one you have an "interest" how hard it is to have "likes". I mean, there's a whole other way people would be rooting and reacting to this game if Stanford was coaches by, say, Dennis Green, than the current coach. In apparently, both directions.
I'm torn. I feel scorned by the "CC" talk such that I kind of want Stanford to get hammered. On the other hand, I would hate it if that is the case and he brings that momentum to Michigan (if that's how it unfolds). Put differently, I'm so torn that I'm indifferent.
I think I'd understand some of the lol hate from some (not you) if there was a chance it would change Rich's fate, legitimately. But if it (likely) means our next coach looks bad...or if instead of him we then get someone who would REALLY piss them off...I don't get it so much. But maybe if Stanford loses by 50, we'll keep Rich. Who knows?
I still think Rodriguez gets his one more year after all is said and done. Is that the best result? Who knows. But that's my gut feeling so, uh, book it?
You know, the way everything's gone since Bo died (not all bad, but all unpredictable and weird), I wouldn't be shocked. Surprised, maybe, but I've seen stranger things. "Sailboat" comes to mind.
I'd like to ask that man what why he thought that was a good idea.
Wow. Did Stanford look lost on that entire series.
That's one of the more unusual plays you'll see.
Lol at that safety
..is that the Stanford education we've been hearing so much about?
That with every play thinking "yeah we could do that" or "our team could adapt to that formation". Especially, the catch by the lineman in the endzone for the safety.
It's almost as if the Stanford linemen don't even know the basic rules of the game. That's on the coach.
/remember that blocked kick when our guys didn't jump on it and everyone blamed RR?
probably one benefit of the current system....
that would have been a dropped pass
Ahahaha, you act like that's a normal thing to prepare for. Covering a missed field goal, however, is quite a crucial thing to teach your team.
Who you're rooting for....
To be fair I have been a VT fan since Mike Vick went there and nearly beat FSU. I almost went there for undergrad.
And say that isn't in the top 10 of your reasons...to be fair. I mean, you haven't praised one thing about VT, just dogged JH, so I'll take a wild guess, and while I believe you when you say you liked the school, that's not really your motivation at all.
Botched fake punt (Remember the freakout when Zoltan ran for it a year ago?) and a dumbass punt returner fields one at the 5 to set up a safety (Remember all the vitriol directed at Jeremy Gallon this year?).
Also liked hearing about Stanford's 90th ranked defense in year three under Harbaugh. When is he going to stop blaming Teevens/Harris and just make guys good!
If you liken a team that made the Rose Bowl on numerous occasions in the 'extended bo era' of this decade to a team that was 1-11 before he came in, then you must have a Gary Buseyen relationship with the space time continuum.
It's a new decade.
I hope he doesnt bring that play to Ann Arbor
I would guess thats all it would take for the bitchy contingent of our fanbase to jump ship if that happens vs the Irish next year
Funniest safety ever
Molk would have batted it down. Just sayin'.
JH DINT TEACH TO BAT IT DOWN. HARBAUGH DOESNT CARE ABOUT SIMPLE THINGS LIKE SAFETY RULES. UNACCEPTABLE HIRE
either way, but if that pass had just hit the turf, that wouldve been an incomplete pass, right? so because that lineman caught it, it was a safety
Those Stanford D linemen look slow. Big Ten slow.
Tyrod Taylor = Tupac Shakur?
Only 7 points in a whole quarter of play? JH doesn't know how to hire offensive minded coaches. That's on the coach. He dug his own grave at Stanford. Fire JH!
That makes this even more UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!
Yeah, but let's not jump the gun guys, if he gets bombed by 38 it will show real progress to everyone!
Why are you getting so touchy?
Maybe you misinterpreted my post? I was just looking at some hand picked statistics and since we're showing progress, if they mimic us, then they must clearly be doing the same, based on my hand picked metric of 'margain of loss'. Just trying to be optimistic. Or am I doing it wrong?
I think you might be doing life wrong.
Yeah you're right, I should stop making references to a coach and just watch the Orange Bowl. You saved me from looking like a real douche.
I +1st each of these posts because each made me laugh. I showed the "fail at life" comment to my wife. It was share-with-wife-worthy.
As much as the circumstances suck, I think this comparison is fun.
Watching Tyrod Taylor, does anyone think that Denard or Devin could not fit into a pro-style and be successful?
Obviously in the spread their talents are maximized, but they could still be the best players on field.
No Jim Harbaugh rumors? Unacceptable, Sportscenter.
This kid looks like a freak of nature.
But after watching Denard all year, Taylor looks to be slow and have a weak arm by comparison.
Whatever happens this offseason with coaching, PLEASE DONT LEAVE ME DENARD!
Looked OK on that TD pass.
Denard as a senior would scored 7 td's in that time span
(Just kidding, that was sick)
That their FB is also a LB?!??? You can see him on the field 1000 plays per game because of his glorious golden mane.
Wait... maybe Moundros should have stayed on offense as well. Or at least grown out an awesome hairstyle.
Really! TD...my Lord!
What poor tackling on this Stanford team. LOL. That's on the coach for hiring such a horrible DC.
Dude are you losing it? Maybe you just need to get away from the computer for awhile...
I think he's on quite the roll.
Would be true....if this was his third straight pantings of the season. Or if they hadn't played a good game since September. Or were ranked lower than 100. Or weren't, you know, in THE ORANGE BOWL.
And go back to when he got beat by 5-7 Wake Forest in year three so I can be super jealous of that 90th ranked defense.
He didn't lose to USC by 30 that year.
Really, if This is turning you into His Dudeness, it's time to take a deep breath and let go.
What a play by Taylor staying in bounds and zinging it for the TD,
Taylor = Vick II
edit: guess not.
Someday, at some school, maybe Denard will do that in a BCS game...
JH just lied to try to get the ref to call TT out of bounds and then yelled at TT from the sidelines. Classless act by the Stanford coach. That's on the Stanford coach. What a bad guy. He's not a Michigan Man.
We get it, dude.
Agreed, JH seems nasty and abrasive but i'd love it if he comes here and stirs the pot in the big ten.
I dig JH as a possible coach but talking shit to a player during the game is lame.
better than rubbing stuffed animals into your players faces....
Do you enjoy being an idiot? Im curious.
You again...last time we met you had 1700+ points and you were going to neg me into Bolivian for supporting RR...what happened?
Do you always start off a debate with an insult? Great tactic... if you are a 4 year old.
i started off debates with a toy truck upside my foe's head
Shit, if that had slowed down Iowa, PSU, MSU, OSU, Wisconsin, or the other MSU's offenses, I'd have taken it. Instead, they shat all over us.
to come to Michigan? How about basically forcing your new employer to pay your buyout? Or saying that Lombardi could not get his players to play well. Many perceive those as the acts of a classless jerk.
What I find funny about these criticisms of Harbaugh--some legit--is that many at WVU did the same thing with RR. So why is one outrageous and the other is acceptable?
I think Bo would be embarrassed by UM's 'fans". From the DickRod assaults to the slurs against Harbaugh, this fan base has seen some unMichigan Man like behavior these past three years.
Frankly, I am tired of it all. Neither RR or Harbaugh deserve these attacks. Yes, both are flawed men, but are not we all flawed men?
Or recruiting other teams' committed players. Lloyd Carr didn't brandish much snake oil in his time.
Chad Henne ring a bell?
But when had Henne ever actually committed to Penn State? In any regard, there was nothing wrong with it for Rich either. But the cheap shots are flying everywhere. I thought we were watching a football game? (Yeah, right).
I'll be honest, Salvatore - I disagree with just about everything that leaves your fingers. Everything except this. This is what I've been saying all along. The "fans" have shown their true colors and they are ugly (like Tech's helmets ugly).
Stanford beat Oregon last year.
And after watching Stanford's second half against VT, is there really any argument left for Stanford's offense being "boring" or "mediocre?" They looked orders of magnitude more creative and balanced than we did against Miss St., especially if you compare second halves.
I feel for RR...he's a good guy whose tenure has been plagued by distractions. First it was the lawsuits from his messy WVU divorce. Then it was the Freep's hatchet job. Then it was the Harbaugh-of-Damocles hanging over his head by the end of 2009. I think it's fair to say that he had to deal with headaches most coaches never have to. But he also made a slew of mistakes, particularly with regards to his defensive staff, but also in handling his own recruits (attrition, etc.). Mistakes+headaches = disappointment.
It's time for a change, and Jimmy offers the possibility of both an exciting and high scoring offense, and a disciplined, aggressive defense. Of course, we might not get him. I hope the list of second choices extends beyond the lands of Hoke and Fitzgerald to more inspiring dominions...
run, run, pass punt. Just kidding ... sort of.
No-one is suggesting the spread is somehow inferior to prostyle offense. It's more that not tackling is inferior to tackling.
Stewart had 13 carries all season
He's had the two biggest runs for the Cardinal so far in the game
Maybe when he's coaching the 49ers in his spare time, he can send Rodriguez some tips on RB rotation?
You look at Taylor and Luck's mobility and realize...Denard is fast as hell.
Holy shiot you are correct there sir.
Can Michigan hire VT's special teams coach?
Yet in the era of "not enough coaches", VT's special teams are always awesome. But I'm guessing that's just statistical luck...
Guess that's why the Heisman said he's the best amatuer player in the country.
Pretty pass for the TD
That is why the kid will be a millionaire in a short while
Great throw. That is a professional throw right there
2 -14 baby.
NICE FAWKING SPECIAL TEAMS HARBAUGH AND POLIAN. YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO GET AWAY WITH THAT SHIT IN THE PAC 10 BUT NOT HERE!!!!
(practicing for next year. did I do well? Is there something I can work on, plenty of time until 9/3 and I want to nail just the correct umbrage)
But isn't this Luck's 3rd year with JH? And with 300+ plays in the offense how successful of a transition can we expect next year (assuming there's a JH CC of course)
Vt's special teams is making me jealous. Along with both of these teams defense.
Beamer Ball at its best is great football. I respect a system that puts such a huge emphasis on special teams play.
Terrible no call on that PI
I can't believe no one saw that. That VT reciever got wrecked.
This looks like it'll be more entertaining than the Fiesta Bowl
Should be labeled TT? (Tattoo Talk)
Not so pretty of a throw
"It's a great day to die..."
What's this?? Getting Stuffed on 4th down?? I didn't even think that was possible!! lulz
Safety - check.
Botched punt - check.
Bad Kickoff catch at 2 yd line - check.
INT - check.
Defense that can make up for above mistakes and stop the other team - check, wait, what?
Well, it's 40-12 with six minutes left in the game. This comment looks so genius now.
Did I miss something? Where is Ryan Williams? Are Jayron Hosley and Je'Ron Stokes J'lated?
Standford called a time out and got that play?
Is very John Navarre.
Their short game hasn't been so hot...
Just say'in! Nothin that's not already out there. =)
I bet he did not like RichRods answer about sparing an extra coach for special teams.
Useless, I know...
It's probably just me, but these two look a lot alike:
Thought the exact same thing.
that Stanford doesn't commit penalties... that only happens when your team is poorly coached, etc.
So when the commentary team asked, "I'd like an explanation for that penalty," you thought, "I really need to post something acknowledging that penalty!"
i was referring to that and the 4-5 other ones preceding it. they've made sloppy plays liberally, something RR has been roasted over the spit for.
Bonehead fake punt call fails
Bonehead returner fields punt inside his own 5 yard line to set up safety
False start penalty from punting unit
Fumbled kickoff return
Luckily Coach Harbaugh made up for it by reminding the sideline reporter that both teams are indeed playing a football game.
Will be yours to root for, come September!
I'm sure Rodriguez is purely roasted over the spit for the fact that his team commits penalties.
Well its 13-12 at the half
Thats a famous Rose Bowl score for Stanford and, sadly, Michigan. That was the final of the 1972 Rose Bowl. Cardinal came back from 12 down, won and it cost UM the MNC
Stanford's mistakes are really keeping VT in this game. I've seen Stanford play much, much more focused this year.
I imagine threads like these aren't great for Stanford's concentration
Honestly, I don't remember Tyrod Taylor playing this kind of football either. I remember him having a hell of a game against NC State, but he looked terrible against Boise. I think had he played anywhere near the game he is playing now against Boise State, they'd have won.
That was the best half of football I've watched this bowl season. They're going at it pretty good!
Schad on ESPN radio for Orange Bowl says a prominent UM booster is telling him that Harbaugh is going to the NFL, the money is too lucrative
How much money does Harbaugh need? Is he trying to coach the 49ers or buy them?
How much money flows through the UM football program? I can't imagine why we couldn't offer a lot. Though I can imagine we wouldn't.
If you're offered your dream job, for what? $3million+ a year? and you go somewhere else for $4-5million, then it wasn't really your dream job after all.
That's kinda where I'm at. If Brandon fires RR and can't lure JH here (or another marquis type HC) he's gonna have some serious splain' to do about the past month.
Coaching salary plus domino's endorsement is plenty of "dough"
Well, at least Harbaugh will bring me at least one happy moment in helping me win my bet on Stanford to cover; surely he won't crush that last hope also?
Now THAT is a combover right there. CEO for Discover can't afford some decent plugs?
I have enjoyed this game thus far, but not as much as I enjoyed your ridiculous combover. You're awesome.
Thanks, needed that.
The college football world officially has no standing to make fun of RR's Josh Groban apreciation ever again.
I wish I could say this show is better than Ashley Simpson...but I really can't.
What's that you say? No more Janet halftime shows? That would not be appropriate? WTF?
The only reason they pulled this together (probably last minute) was because they decided not to allow the Stanford Unit Marching Team (SMUT) to perform a halftime show that was planned to mock LeBron.
The Orange Bowl traditionally has a flash-bang big-name halftime show. Stanford's band was likely only going to get a few minutes of time, if they got anything at all.
In fact, it seems likely the story was wrong and they cut Stanford's pregame show, because I seem to remember when Michigan was in the running for the Orange Bowl when I was in school, the MMB was worried about going there because the band didn't get to play a halftime show.
So, um...that happened.
to start the second half. Missed this at the Gator Bowl.
Michigan did force a 3-and-out on the opening drive of the second half, and Hemingway had a great return to the MSU 19. We then promptly went nowhere in three plays and missed another goddamn field goal.
looks more like the Stanford team I've seen this year.
Bootleg to TE - Me likee
Is coach-envy a sin?
Andrew Luck making plays.
Nice drive by Stanford. This is actually turning out to be a good game. The Orange Bowl normally hasn't been this exciting recently.
Of his place kicker. He'll come to Michigan because surely we ... oh. Never mind.
So, uh, don't bring your kicker with you Jim.
JH is going to kill the kicker.
not sure we have even missed 2 xtra points in a game
Stanford kicking game is unacceptable. Fire the special teams coach.
And you can't find anybody who can make an extra point?
I just can't believe it.
If Harbaugh doesn't come here, I hope he stays at Stanford. The NFL lacks the soul of college football, and I'd hate to see that happen to him. I could actually still root for him at Stanford - it's a fun team to watch.
I was just going to post the same thing. Couldn't agree more with you.
The other thing that makes the NFL seem like an unlikely choice is that he seems to be a dynamite recruiter.
I agree about the NFL except for some special situations, like New Orleans coming back from Katrina to get to the NFC championship game.
and you get an interception stopping drive. Nice play Stanford.
Nice power run up the middle.
helps big time with our players watching this on the tube to see what successful staff and program is is coming to our program! Just in case, we need a big Stanford win!
98 yards in two plays. That was fun.
Well. This game turned quickly.
Looks like JH had a few choice words to fire up Stanford during halftime.
two plays, 98 yards.
beautiful execution by Stanford.
That was an OSU vs MICH drive right there
2 plays, 98 yards
ouch...the truth hurts
I had the pleasure of watching this kid play HS ball as his HS stadium is 1 mile from my house.
Was it lucky for you that you live so close? Sorry, couldn't resist. Cut me some slack . . . It's past my bedtime.
Standford has been in the VT backfield all night. Tyrod continues to make plays however.
It seems like one of his best games scramble-wise this year.
A female face painter? Was it weird? And no, those little fake tattoos don't count. Full on tiger strips like that VT chick.
I've gone to Michigan games shirtless and painted maize and blue. Unfortunately I started going to games in 2008.
Where's the topless female section in the Stadium?
Hmmmmmm....THAT'S what they're getting in those luxury boxes!
Burning Man 2001. Not too weird but smeary.
Why again does Harbaugh want to leave Stanford? He's put together a nice team, lives in a great town of Palo Alto, has a nice contract sitting on his desk, and has a great future there, seemingly. Why does he want to leave? At least, why now?
Maybe he's pulling the greatest trick of all, on all of us, and will decline all outside offers and sign an extension with Stanford to be their headcoach in 2011.
Their last home game there was maybe 75% capacity at their stadium that seats around 50,000. It is now a power in a power conference but it isn't the big stage.
Michigan is maybe the biggest stage in college football. At least it is top 5.
JH has said that he likes a challenge. (Frankly, if you're a football coach and don't like a challenge, you're in the wrong business... but whatever.) This season for Stanford is probably the top of what he can expect to ever accomplish there. Coming to Ann Arbor and fixing what's wrong at Michigan?? Now that's a challenge.
And Tyrod Taylor's mom is asleep.
was obviously on drugs...
Luck and Cardinal Offense are in synch.
It will be nice to see Denard next year have finesse similar to Luck.
Not to fan the flames...but does it look like Stanford is starting to wear out VT? I mean, I can see VT coming back because Stanford is still sloppy with the football, and VT likes to capitalize on those types of things, but the end of the 3rd is coming at a good time for VT.