First, I credit Bosch with the inspiration - excellent idea, sir.
This is the Sugar Bowl Open Thread - 1st Half. I think 8:15 PM is close enough.
This game needs more open threads.
Herbie and David Thomas picking Hokies. Interesting.
Oh Well ╚(•⌂•)╝
I hate it when I glance at my TV screen and Bret Bielma's face and stretched torso is smiling in the middle of it.
I prefer these game threads to the live blogs when I'm on my phone.
"Shoelace" by the announcers
Really? I thought it was more.
Heres to causing some mayhem tonight. Geaux Blue!!
Jazz Clarinet sighting!
I did appreciate a loud "HAIL" from the croud during the first part.
I don't really like that. I know other teams do it, but I don't think the national anthem is the time to proclaim team loyalty.
many sporting events, do you?
Let's get this game going!
Michigan lost the toss. This is a bad sign.
Last time we lose tonight!
Maybe it's just where the cameras/mics are, but the VT fans sound a whole lot louder than M fans...what's the ratio in the stadium for anyone whos there?
environment sounds ecstatic! go Wolverines!
Holly Rowe looks like a male TV on South Beach. Someone let her go on air like that.
But holly rowe is hideous
Holly Rowe... Ready to strut on Bourbon St.
LETS GET THIS STARTED
And. Here. We. Go.
Time to go!!! Let's go Blue! Going dark for a while to watch...
Molk injured in pregame warmups!?
Edit: Aaaaand two bad snaps kill the drive.
molk on the sideline for the first offensive drive. uhhhh
how the fu ck molk guna get hurt in warm ups?
That's not good
terrible series terrible punt...
Wow. I'm having nightmares of when Molk was out last season.
Egh, no molk...
What the fuck is Molk doing!
They are hitting us with the bubble screens again. We might need to adjust quickly.
Screen passes. We knew that was coming and they still go for 7 or 8.
Where is Molk?????? WTF!
We need another punter...
Logan Thomas looks sharp.
probably shouldn't have had such physical practices.
Yes I do. Heard it as soon as they said it. Just trying to make myself feel better. Hopefully he can give it a go.
He got injured on pre game warmups. Ace just mentioned that he is not definitely out.
tackling has gotta improve if we are gonna win this game.
Offense is out of sink. Yep, Michigan is back in big games.
This team was not prepared to play. Shame on the coaching staff.
David molk is out dumb ass. The game just started. Chill.
25 yard sack!
That just took over for the dumbest play of the bowl season.
Thanks David Wilson :D LOL
How do you run back 20 yards?
Is it my TV signal, or is the sound frequently cutting out from this broadcast?
Keep sending good vibes to Molk.
They are going to hit the screen all day on us if we don't change it up
This team still has not learned how to defend a bubble screen/quick hitch...I know it takes athletes to do, but you would think even once we could stop it by accident?
WTF how does a 3rd strng kicker do that?
Because he's playing Michigan?
3-0 Tech. D holds thanks to the monster sack.
The monster TFL.
Please dear God bring Molk back soon!
Will our play calling be better on this drive?
Was making 50 yarders in pre game.
one of the trick plays you saw.
Everyone pray for Molk's foot! I'll take FGs out of VT. We need Molk!
I want molk to be shot up with drugs and put in the game. That's all I ask.
Got an ESPN update stating Molk won't play. Hope they're wrong.
He's in. WTF, ESPN? Gave me a heart attack.
molk is back
Yeah! Campell for PR!!!
Five guys run free to the returner AND we held. We need to wake up now.
It's not good when you have holding on a return that only got to the 15
MOLK IS IN!!
On the plus side, Molk is back.
Damn penalty, but thank G-d Molk is back!
And here comes Molk
7 yd line c'mon let's get it starters molk has returned
Damnit to the holding call, but I'm really glad to see Molk in there
These announcers are dumbasses.
Mute now engaged, listening to music instead.
We need to settle down and play our game. It'll be OK. Just RELAX everyone!
Is there a link for the Michigan
As bad as this has looked, it is still just 3-0.
We got this!
Now that you've figured out you're not Chip Kelly, let's call some real plays. We've done this before, come on.
Hand off to FITZ!!!!
Yeah! Here we go! Nice Fitz!
Toussaint sweep gains a first down. Way to break the tackle on the edge.
Pick! GD it.
Arm punt, no flags.
Well, that play had to die some day.
Was that actually a catch?
Commercial break, guranteed review.
Be reviewed. Close
wtf! why were 2 wr's in the same spot? keep running the damn ball!
Think he'd learn...
That ball hit the ground. This should be reviewed.
You think he used the ground to catch that?
needs to run some quick passes that he can complete.
You think he used the ground to catch that?
Turnovers on first down are absolutely stupid. If it's not there, throw it away...*sigh*
They're too excited. If there was ever an occasion to call an early timeout to tell these kids to calm the hell down, this would be it.
VT isn't a great team, but they're too good to beat while being your own worst enemy.
It should be pretty clear at this point that they have some great athletes on their side. It's going to take more than calming down here. This will be a battle to win.
Of course they'll have to play at their best. That's the point. Bad snaps, bad punts, Denard getting his happy feet again. . . Michigan's better than this, and they're gonna need to be better than this to have a hope of winning.
The other team's going at us with both barrels blazing, and we still have one gun pointed at our feet. That's reversible, but it needs to be fixed soon.
Does review EVER go our way?
Blake didn't close on that guy.
That was OSU to Poseu play
Please show more pictures of Tech fans, TV people.
You chopblocking son of a bitch.
D needs a pick or fumble to get us in this thing.
did they forget how to tackle?
We need open field tackles. Looking in your direction, linebackers and corners.
Win a game for pride and limitless prestige.
D gotta hold here 3 and 15.
Why is the D giving up soooooo much cushion to the wr's???
3rd and a quarter mile
stood there all day
Double coverage, makes the catch.
Our D would be great if the secondary could cover someone.
I'm having flashbacks to the GERG era.
this is embarrassing
How many 3rd downs have they converted now!?
I wish they would be in 3rd and short and run the ball for the first, we can't cover them.
It is not even half-time yet. RELAX.
It is one thing to complain, it is just stupid to say this is over and we are going to get blown out. Grab a beer relax they will turn this around.
Was not on Countess. It was not the greatest zone. Can't expect Ryan to cover a WR
On 3rd and 13, why backpedal 15-20 yards? Why concede the first down?
The entire team, d, o, special teams, all look awful.
Can;t get much worse. How it is only 3-0 is utterly beyond me.
The secondary is playing poorly. Someone needs to make a play.
EVERYONE NEEDS TO CALM THE FUDGE DOWN
Our secondary is playing like shit right now.
To think, some Mich homers were predicting this would be a cake walk. Our d is getting blow away out there. The only reason this isn't a 3 score game right now is VT seems adapt at killing their own drives.
And because they haven't had 3 drives yet...
They have only had the ball twice. It is early still and only 3-0
If you get tired of watching us lose, you can always watch some Spartans get their butts kicked!
Relax folks. Its a lot of nerves, and a lot of holding by the VT line. We'll get some calls and the team will calm down.
We have to trust our coaches' adjustment making, which has been great all year.
I just want our boys to show up. Nerves should be done now. Cmon we gotta prove were supposed to be here. This is Michigan for god sakes.
Receivers like that beast are the reason you need a 6'1 cover corner.
Predictions for this 3rd down?
Anyone else sick?
It's just 3-0, but it feels like 17-0.
We need a stop, missed FG and long TD drive.
I feel like we're all still stunned by Molk not starting on the first drive, especially after his inspirational story.
Only down three isn't that bad for playing not so great...
considering what we;ve played like.
A stop here - even holding them to a fg - could be a big turn here. But the o has to run, run, run.
I know he's tall, but try and alter the throw at least some.
So how do they get it this time?
Three 3rd and 10+ conversions in a quarter. This defensive reversion to last year after the defensive let downs in the OSU game is maddening.
And make the second quarter OUR quarter
Why we have moderators for live blogs.
Thank you Beamer for that inexplicable option call.
Frank Beamer is so damn stupid. Just take the game already Michigan, VT doesn't want to put the pedal to the metal.
Need to give the D a blow come on Drob!
Am I watching the same game as you guys???
AKA... 1 score and we're up.
Only at VT can a 3rd string kicker be that good.
So much for the shaky kicker situation
Gosh these are long commercial breaks.
Only down six and the offense is WELL rested!
Let's get into a rhythm on O and do this. Keep it simple.
One TD and these Hookies will be hanging their heads.
Come On ESPN!
All right, they have shredded the D and we're only down 6-0. If the offense gets something going all will be fine. Let's take a deep breath and hope Denard has his contacts in the right eyes.
Why does that ad start out with "Detroit isn't what it used to be"? That has nothing to do with the rest of the ad.
Michigan has not had many great first quarters this year. We dominate the 2nd quarter. Hopefulyl this trend continues.
It's 6-0, but I think people are freaking out more than we've looked suspect in stopping the pass. We've allowed three 3rd and longs in the first QUARTER when I bet we haven't allowed that in entire games. And our offense has done nothing.
It's not the score that has people worried. JMO.
Yes I agree. I do feel like our team play swings big with momentum. If we can get a Mo play, it would change the game quickly.
With two nice looking kicks from their 3rd string kicker, I think I'd like to have their 4th string kicker kicking for us!
Edit: Except his kick-offs haven't been that good.
AL BORGES SPREAD OFFENSE INNOVATOR
I've seen this before. You prepare for a team by analyzing tapes of their play. . . and when the bowl game starts, a completely different team shows up. You don't want to overhaul your scheme during the regular season, but a month gives a team a lot of time to prepare a few new looks.
Michigan's secondary has always been suspect and was exposed by OSU. Their run defense is solid whereas VT had to know their interior line was suspect. Logan Thomas has an accurate arm. Logical solution if you're VT? Open up firing. I don't know if Mattison was caught flat-footed, but even with a nickel package if they gambled that VT would first try to pound the ball on the ground it makes a lot of pre-game prep for naught. That would also explain VT's mistakes; they might've drilled new plays in practice but it's a totally different speed in a game against a quality opponent.
This is speculation at this point. I haven't watched any VT at all and athleticism is also such a huge factor and I'm not keen enough to tell if a quickness disparity is due to mismatch or hesitation.
I'm not surprised Vatech is giving UM's problems.
Another slant throw, another first down. This time to Koger.
David Molkd doesnt do that normally. Foot is still an issue.
kind of speed all season.
If you roll out, the blockers have to go with the same thing, no?
Nice throw DROB
and a 6-3 QB who can stand in the pocket and take some pressure.
We need you to bring it up a couple notches...that's two plays that we could've had touchdowns...or got it down in close and two tough, but bad passes.
This offense seems very, very, feeble. Seriously. I think Borges has done a great job all year, but the hell is he thinking right now?
denard can't pass. stick to the running game.
^^stupid comment of the night^^
Bench now please?
Our punter is awful! That is all.
Surprising, really. Maybe he should have missed this game.
are getting killed. Penetration at will by them, no pressure on their qb. We're stopping their running but wow, Dernard has guys in his face every play, swarming into our backfield.
No rhythm at all so far.
He has no length on his punts
I don't understand why Wile isn't the punter.
My god some of you people are negative as fuck, why are you even watching?
Maybe a little late (was unsuccessfully putting my 2 year old to sleep), but did Molk get hurt when he hit the camera they put in front of him during warm-ups?
looking awesome. Trying to knock pigeons out of the Superdome.
WTF Borges?! Even I can see that Molk can't move laterally! Stop moving the pocket and making him run...the LBs are flying right past him.
When he's able to just snap and pass protect in the middle, he's fine. When he has to run, he's gotten burned twice!
hes an idiot, we all know this.
will "slow down" for our guys. The nerves have to be settling down by now. This is just last year, the defense is on the field the whole game and the offense can't do shit.
I'm not sure why people are so down on Borges. I liked those last two playcalls a lot. Denard's just got to make those throws.
Is it just me or are we doing the exact opposite of what we should be doing?! Fitz had a long run his first attempt. Where'd he go?!
Do get to cute Borges...your ass is expendable.
Two good play calls, just lacked the execution
If this canned phrase could ever be used, it surely can be used now. They just look out of sync. That throwback pass to V. Smith has been money all year long. Denard left it short this time.
This game is going to shave a year or two off of my life.
2 and 3 years ago knocked 20 years off of mine...
This is going to be rough on the D tonight. Too many plays on defense already they are going to be wiped out in the 4th quarter unless we can we can get something going on offense.
All three sides have played poorly.
We will be fine. All it will take is one big offensive play to take advantage of their aggressiveness. Those last two plays would have been touchdowns. Just need to execute.
Will Hagerup is playing fucking miserably
A pox on this Rodriguezian playcalling boarges embrace your inner Carr and run fitz off left tackle
And planting a bag of sticky icky in Hagerup's locker. Im willing to do anything to get him off the field
what are you doing on 3rd down greg mattison?
Did we bring Gerg back to coach tackling for this game?
Fuck yourself secondary.
Our dbs gettin beat
making tackles and covering the receivers, this will be a long night.
Nothing else to say.
our d.line sux!
How come ur play calling doesn't look like VT's?
Jimmy's and Joe's not X's and O's
glad i didn't make the trip, i would be heading to the airport right now.
If Kovacs can't make open field tackles, what hope do the rest of our guys have?
Shut the fuck up you are so negative
Nice stop D
Finally a defensive stop!
Frank Beamer needs to be commited after this game.
If you don't take 2 minutes to rest the D and get the nerves out of these boys there won't be a situation where you regret burning it because VT's gonna run away with this game.
Timeouts are NOT to be saved at all possible costs to stop the clock in some hypothetical close situation you may not even have. Sometimes the situation calls for them, and now is the time. There is something seriously wrong with the team, and you want to regain control while the game is still close. It's a long way to halftime yet, and the defense has been on the field almost the entire game. VT's gaining momentum.
CALL. A. FARKING. TIMEOUT.
Ponies. That is all.
There we go!
For the life of me I do not know why VT is trying to run inside on us - but I'll take it.
Goal line stand.
Turn it around now! Great stand!
Monster, monster stop! Let's hope that fires up the offense!
Finally, something to cheer about. I can't believe we are only down less than a touchdown. We have been on defense all night.
Good stop guys!
But the DL is not the issue. It is the DB's --particularly the safeties--permitting deep throws in the middle.
Thankfully, VT hasn't been smart enough to continuously go after us via the pass. Clearly we can't stop them with any consistency. I'd like to thank VT for going all MANBALL on us.
Our D is gonna get tired
Fitz turning nothing into little more than nothing. Keep going.
look at that idot with the "virginia tech u mad?" sign in the stands. they are winning dude.
The I. Jesus.
The refs owed us that after letting pass interference go.
But VTs skill positions are far bigger and faster than ours.
game compares as far as looking terrible.
We need to get something, anything before the half.
Manball is looking like the way to attack Tech so far.
Run the ball!
Not called short passes. That's what opens up our running game. This play calling is making me sick and fuming mad.
I am fucking pissed. Denard needs some option action. Not under center Al!
Can he still block? There is nothing for Toussaint or Denard in the middle. Either our Oline is really slow, or VT is the fastest defense we've seen in four years.
We need to recruit speed and size. our offense looks small and slow compared to their D.
Maybe it has been mentioned already but where is Hagerup? On my iPhone hard to read all the posts.
Oh didn't realize that he was the one who had the first two punts. They were terrible.
Hope Borges has figured something out. He has an annoying tendency to overthink situations, so unless he's just had an "a-ha" moment, this timeout's gonna be an "uh-oh" moment.
More fitz is the solution
Their penetration is more disruptive than our penetration.
Would have been big.
3rd and long again
Pitch they all stoped and waited for you
Junior Hemingway TD!
I'll take that. Denarded!
Nice job boys!
And boom - we have the lead.
the pass wasn't good, not a tight spiral, but JH can catch anything
Can't believe we're winning but I'll take it!!!
No way should we be leading at half-time. But I will take it.
this is why you need to haver big physical recievers.
but may be just the spark this team needs. Now just contain them on the kickoff
The Denard spectrum - (OMG NO!!----------???-----------OMG I LOVE YOU)
Turnover and flag...declined...MORE POINTS!
Thank you VT for going for the interception when you should have played the man there. It would have done you no good to pick the ball on 3rd and 17 that deep with that little clock left.
or go for a touchdown?