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|1 day 2 hours ago||1997 Michigan vs. Penn State: "Judgement Day"||
I had 2 tickets from the DC alumni association. My wife (girlfriend at the time) got sick and could not go. I was just going to bag it . . . why schlep 3 hours in the rain by myself to see a game we are supposed to lose in a hostile environment? . . . but I decided at the last minute, WTF. One of the best decisions I ever made.
Game time was at 3:30 on a gloomy, misty, cloudy day. A real Big Ten football day. Clocks had already been set back so it was getting dark already. I was late so I had to listen to our first series on the radio. It was a good drive, but ended only in a field goal. When I got close to the stadium, I could see it lit up in the distance. It looked like a battleship floating in the middle of the ocean in a storm. It was eerie, yet stunnning.
When I made it into the stadium, Penn State was starting their first drive. I entered the stadium at field level just in time to see McQueary "The Rooster" and his trick play blown up for a big loss, up close and personal. After that, Michigan just unloaded. We stopped every PSU drive and scored on all of our drives in the first half. It looked like an NFL team against a high school team.
I sat in the upper deck which was new at the time. The other deck was not built yet, so you could see Mount Nittany in the distance. When it got into the middle of the 3rd quarter, what I vividly remember is the endless stream of taillights in the darkness, all leaving town in the dimming shadow of Mount Nittany. Penn State had quit. We Michigan fans started our own version of the Penn State cheer: "Where is . . . Penn State?, Where is . . . Penn State?"
When the game was over, the team came over to the Michigan section near the end zone to celebrate with us. That small section of fans was louder than the entire Big House on many football Saturdays.
After the game about 50 of us gathered around a guy with a portable TV to watch the end of the Nebraska-Missouri game. Missouri was winning late in the fourth quarter. We went nuts, up until the famous illegal kick that was recovered by Nebraska to force OT. Once it went to OT we knew the writing was on the wall. Game, Nebraska.
The game was broadcast on ABC and ESPN was doing a mini Judgement Day "Game Day" from Penn State. (FSU and UNC were the other undefeated Judgement Day contestants). Beno Cook was doing the PSU broadcast. Earlier in the day, he stated that Michigan should not even bother to show up, just send the band. So we went over to the braodcast booth and let him have it good. He was clearly embarassed by his earlier statements. To calm us down, he informed us that he would be voting us #1 the next day, despite Nebraska's OT win and FSU's win.
I hit the bars after that, careful not to show too much of my Michigan sweatshirt under my coat. But my Cat-that-ate-the-Canary grin gave me away all night. I did not leave
until so late that I had to find a flea-bag roadside motel near Harrisburg because I just could not stay awake any longer.
Slept like a baby that night.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Thank You for some sense.||
Thank You for some sense. Like him or hate him (or don't really care much like me), he was very successful in Miami.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Damn. Now we will never be||
Damn. Now we will never be able to even up our record in the BWW bowl. Our shame will live for eternity in the record books.
Now I know how Brazil feels.
|2 days 10 hours ago||Damn, German words are||
Damn, German words are long.
Maybe we should go with Brazilian Portugese . . . um, never mind.
|2 days 22 hours ago||We will only invade Alberta,||
We will only invade Alberta, where the oil is.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Sweet. Literally.||
I like the American flag outside. Nice touch.
I wonder if they had USA jersey cookies during our matches?
|3 days 20 min ago||They are each a different||
They are each a different kind ot "better". Maradona did not have the sharp-shooting and tight passing skills that Messi has. Messi can't make the weaving 80-yard runs at full speed through traffic that Maradona could.
|3 days 25 min ago||I saw that match live on TV||
I saw that match live on TV when it happened. At least on television, you could not conclusively tell it was a handball at game speed, even though his hand was in the area. And the ref obviously did not see it, or was too uncertain to call it.
I'll never understand why he tainted his own legacy by admitting that it was a handball. Some things are better left a mystery for the ages.
|3 days 31 min ago||At least they won't be in||
At least they won't be in four finals without winning one. You always want the chance, but that would be a tough one to swallow. Especially against Germany.
|3 days 32 min ago||They won't even get a chance||
They won't even get a chance to make amends by playing arch-rival Argentina in the Consolation game, the one thing that could have energized them and brought them some small measure of redemption.
Nobody will remember or care who wins between Brazil and the Netherlands. It won't change anything.
|3 days 37 min ago||If Messi wins the WC in||
If Messi wins the WC in Brazil against this German team, it will be a bigger accomplishment. But Maradona is still the better player. Mesi is great in the attacking third and on free kicks, but Maradona could take over the entire game by himself from anywhere on the field.
|3 days 43 min ago||With Germany in the Final,||
With Germany in the Final, you're going to get some kind of Nazi joke about something no matter what. It's inevitable.
|3 days 48 min ago||Could be the worst 24 hour||
Could be the worst 24 hour stretch in Brazilian history. And they've had a bunch of coups and financial crashes.
Still the worst.
Good thing they don't have a crushing debt to deal with by hosting this event that brought them so much shame . . . oh, wait.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Should have just had the||
Should have just had the match go straight to Penalty Kicks, the way these two teams played. After watching yesterday, nobody wanted to risk anything.
The Final is going to be a snoozer. If the Dutch win today, they should save a sub for Krul.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Both ot them. A 105 year||
Both ot them.
A 105 year old grandma in Morocco who thought she was betting on camels, and a gerbil named Bill.
|3 days 2 hours ago||That was good. Bad call.||
That was good. Bad call.
|3 days 3 hours ago||He may be the best player in||
He may be the best player in the world, but Messi looks like the guy that does your taxes.
|3 days 3 hours ago||All the Brazil chicks are||
All the Brazil chicks are home in tears.
|3 days 3 hours ago||Wow, at this point in the||
Wow, at this point in the match yesterday there were 5 goals scored already.
I don't think the lesson of not getting too careless was lost on these two teams.
|3 days 5 hours ago||(No subject)||
|4 days 2 hours ago||Germany, now you're just||
Germany, now you're just being mean.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Holy shit, the Final is going||
Holy shit, the Final is going to be in a coma. After wintessing this, nobody will risk anything. Both teams will park a double decker bus 3 yards in front of the goal. The match will end 0-0 and be decided on penalty kicks.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I hope Fred scores. So he||
I hope Fred scores.
So he does not get murdered.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Do they have a Mercy Rule in||
Do they have a Mercy Rule in the World Cup?
|4 days 3 hours ago||Apparently Everbody >>>||
Apparently Everbody >>> Brazil - (Neymar + Silva).
|4 days 3 hours ago||Wow. Apparently USA >>>||
Apparently USA >>> Brazil - (Neymar + Silva).
|4 days 7 hours ago||Damn.How many points for a||
How many points for a draw?
|4 days 20 hours ago||Yeah, we had Wheatley and||
Yeah, we had Wheatley and Biakabituka at the same time.
It was good.
|4 days 20 hours ago||One problem with us not||
One problem with us not playing them though is that we pretty much put them in their place over the last 20 years. Like the spoiled little rich kid who's mommy and daddy think is so precious and can conquer the world, then gets his ass kicked by the regular kid down the street as soon as he leaves the house.
We frequently put an emphatic end to the Notre Dame hype, and early in the season. Now who will do it?
We'll have to be FSU or Clemson or VT fans for a day when they play ND.
|4 days 20 hours ago||I want to see them play||
I want to see them play Kuwait.