"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
OT: NFL Conference Championships Open Thread
Also Northwestern is playing Indiana great @ home right now. Indiana up 6 with 7:00 to go...
8 minutes of real time later and the Hoosiers are up 11. (3.5 game time)
I know. Though they got it to 5 again with, maybe 2:00 or so to go. Yeah, I didn't expect the upset to happen but thought it a damn valiant effort on Northwestern's part and is more proof that Indiana is vulnerable (e.g. they "struggled" with the 1-3-1 down the stretch) or that NW realllllly isn't all that terrible when they have all their players playing.
Indiana won the game (was about a 5-7 pt margin before end of the game fouling), but I cant help but feeling that they really struggle against teams that can change the tempo. Zeller is amazing in transition, but outside of that, he loses a lot of his significance. He's dangerous on the offense side and is a decent defender, but the only thing that really makes him special is in transition. If Michigan and other teams can slow down the Hoosiers, I think they have a great shot at beating them. Assuming they knock down some shots of course.
I'm sure Jim is OT to a lot of you. He is still a Wolverine...
You're right he's still a Wolverine. Howeva, IIRC that NFL Bad Lip Reading video is eerily accurate.
But it's not. And probably won't be as long as we have Hoke. Hell probably won't ever be again since RR failed here. But it is what Ohio runs. So you're basically cheering for a system whose success will make recruits like Ohio's offensive system better ours. The only thing I really care about in the NFL right now is seeing the spread option fail and pocket passers win MVPs and Super Bowls.
They just showed the stat they were second in yards per pass. They're not a run option team. They're a passing team with a mobile quarterback. It's not new. Heck, not even to the 49ers. Steve Young. John Elway. Fran Tarkenton.
Disagree to a point. I agree that all succesful NFL teams need to throw the ball in order be actually successful, but there's a huge difference between a pocket passer who's mobile and Colin Kaepernick who can run a 4.4. And the 49ers run a fair amount of read option with Kaepernick now. How many times have we seen his huge read-option TD against the Packers on ESPN. I just don't want young kids coming up in football thinking "man, I would be a better QB/RB/WR/whatever if I played in a read option spread". I want them thinking "man, I would get a ton of yards if I played in a read-option offense, but it doesn't seem to set me up for the next level well." Pretty much the only reason why I want Chip Kelly to fail spectacularly in the NFL.
A 3 out of 4 chance of being happy.
Edit: with the odds increasing by the minute.
Because I grew up in the Bay Area and have been niner since the day I was born!
Don't forget Jonathan Goodwin and to a lesser extent Mario Manningham
I always forget goodwin went here
greatest. punter. ever.
Let's go New England Tom Brady's.
dont forget jonathan goodwin. with that said, I hope the 49ers get destroyed.
I don't want to have to listen to 14 straight days of inane blabber about two brothers facing each other in the Super Bowl.
Don't worry, if Baltimore wins, you will get only 7 days of Harbaugh vs. Harbaugh.
The rest of the air time will discuss the coronation of a murderer who is about to finish his NFL career.
My Falcons are going to do it today. I can feel it! Time to Rise Up in the ATL!
I like your faith.
Why is it Rise Up? The last time there was a "rise" in the south it didnt turn out so well.
I think the Pats would have an easier time with the Falcons. I don't like how they match up with the 49ers. But if the Pats lose to the Ravens it's all up for grabs. I'm torn between The Harbaugh brothers getting a lot of pub being cool and the fact that it'll be ALL the media talks about for two weeks being nauseating.
Two great UM Qbs from different eras.
Holy shit, was Jones open.
Any low scoring games in this year's playoffs.
Atlanta's Special K seems to only have Jock Jams volumes 1 and 2 at his disposal...and enjoys playing clips of them after every first down.
Slightly off topic but how in the Hell does Pat Shurmer fit as Chip Kelly's OC in Philly? I spent the last two years watching what Shurmer tries to pass off as an "offense" and it couldnt pssibly be more anti-spread.
Would Shurmer still be his OC? So Kelly didn't think Cleveland was good enough, but their coaches were. Strange, with a side of sting.
Talk about blindsided.
That security guard hit reminded me about the one on Charlie Weis. Wasn't he hurt during a game against Michigan?
Holding them to a FG might have saved this game. 49ers seem to struggle at the start the week after playing great.
Well, there is this - Julio Jones still has about 16 times as many yards of offense as the 49ers do as of this particular moment.
From when it was 100 to 1.
Edit: but it's going back in the other direction.
Of course, the Falcons have already displayed an ability to blow leads. I fully expect the Niners to comeback in this game.
But they look like the 49ers against Seattle after everyone thought they were unbeatable when they stuck it to the Pats.
i can't for the life of me figure out how he and aikman became fox's "premier" broadcasting team.
Not great, but not annoying. But the Joe Buck mythology boggles me. And he's even said he doesn't care that much about football. Onside ring they have Gus Johnson now it's a crime.
This week's episode: Making sourdough toast.
w/i special guests: the 49er secondary.
the u had a pretty good line of rb's for a few years
Go Falcons. The Bay Area is too damn spoiled with their sports teams!
Score some pts and let their D rest and regroup.
The fact that committed West Coast guys like Harbaugh and Roman are willing to incorporate spread concepts, coupled with the fact that Borges/Hoke were forced into running it for Denard, give me hope that we may still see some of it in the future at Michigan. I mean, the team already knows how to run it
Pretty female parts
Man Davis is a tough handle.
And the Falcons - to the surprise of absolutely no one who watches football - are about to let the 49ers back into this game.
of last week's ATL-SEA game, only SF decided not to wait until the 4th quarter to mount the comeback. Matty Ice INT definitely in play here.
This episode: Southern Fried Falcon.
Special Guests: The Atlanta Falcon secondary
Named Vernon Davis. He's kind of good. The Falcons should try covering him.
Do the Falcons get 6 timeouts in the second half if they dont use them in the first half?