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|2 days 21 hours ago||My GPS works fine in my basenment or on a crowded bus||
and it's transmitting a signal to satellites thousands of miles away. Surely some electrical engineer out there can design a transponder that would be able to send signals to 3 designated relay stations that can then triangulate the transponder's exact position relative to the field. Regardless of whether or not the player is being tackled by 3, 6, 11, or 21 linebackers.
|4 days 4 hours ago||If VT or Colorado win it's either playoff or Rose||
Colorado and OU are not jumping us.
|4 days 5 hours ago||That's brilliant||
But it presents some problems. Without Nebraska, Texas is the only historic power of the heartland conference, and they've been flirting with the Pac 10 for academic reasons for years. If they jump ship that conference would dissolve. I have a feeling Colorado might pre-empt them and strike a deal to join the Pac 10. That would put the Pac 10 at 11 teams though--I'd expect them to go after Utah shortly after due to physical proxiity and the fact that Utah has no historic ties to the Heartland anyway. They could have 6 team North/South divisions and institute a conference championship game. At 7 teams though, the Heartland would be on the ropes and might make an overture to OK and OK State with the lure of reigniting the historic Red River Rivalry and keeping the Oklahoma teams in the same conference. The SEC could retaliate by adding Mizzou, which would decrease their bball/football disparity for the short term. They could also add Vandy in a feinted move to make the SEC less of an academic shitshow.
The ACC looks okay but let's face it: Florida and Florida St aren't going to want to share a conference so it's only a matter of time before the SEC tries to lure Florida in and reignite the Tennessee/Florida rivalry of the late 90s. Georgia could come in a package deal to preserve their rivalry with Florida. And South Carolina isn't going to want to sit in the shadow of Clemson, so I'd expect them to jump to the SEC as well. Without Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, the ACC would be on the ropes and need to act quickly to avoid dissolution. Without Penn State, the Northeast doesn't even deserve to exist so I'd imagine the ACC would try to poach Louisville, Syracuse, and Pitt with the prospect of creating a bball superpower. VA Tech and Virginia could come along to give them at least one respectable football program and top academic program (respectively) in the deal.
At that point the Northeast would be defuct. My guess is that the SEC would try to add Kentucky due to physical proximity and improved bball power. That would give the conference 14 teams and the opportunity to have two 7 team East/West divisions and a conference championship game. BC probably doesn't deserve to go anywhere but the ACC might add them just to improve their already impressive academic standing and to profit from the New England TV market. Throw in Wake Forest as a basketball school and it would give the ACC 14 teams and the chance to have a conference championship game too.
At this point, WVU and the Heartland might form a deal out of sheer desperation. The Heartland could add Iowa State to get to 10 teams and change their name to the Big 12 in a thinly veild attempt to obscure their inadequacy.
That would leave us with the perfect alignment IMHO.
|4 days 15 hours ago||Great idea in theory, but requires way too change to happen||
First off: formatting. Yeesh. Very hard to read that wall of text.
I do really like this conference alignment though.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Are you joking?||
The video is embarrassingly photoshopped, in the exact same way the "overhead" shot floating around the internet is. They are all just distortions of the live shot, which is at 3:37 of the video below. It's been modified to make it look like the vantage point of the cameria is right down the 15-yard line, when in fact it is shooting from "behind" the action.
|5 days 29 min ago||The "tinfoil hat" crowd infuriates me||
Arguing that the reffing was biased does not imply there was any sort of conspiracy.
Refs have to make guesses on 50/50 calls ALL the time. The Spot and the 3 borderline pass interference penalties (2 called against Michigan in regulation, 1 not called against OSU in OT) were all 50/50 calls.
Now, the refs in question are no doubt OSU fanboys (based on the simple fact that 90% of sports fans from Ohio are OSU fanboys). And I don't care how objective you think you really are--if you're a fanboy of a school and you have to make 50/50 calls, you're going to implicitly give the benefit of the doubt to your favorite team. Not to mention that studies have shown that referees are swayed by the anticipated reaction of the crowd. No ref likes making a call that causes 100,000K fans to boo.
But the real kicker is this. Imagine if it had gone the other way, and Michigan had gotten those calls. Those refs would be receiving death threats. It'd be one thing if they were from Iowa but two of them LIVE IN OHIO and one of them has a son who plays high school football in Ohio. If it had played out such that Buckeye fans believed they were shafted by the refs, no doubt those refs would be living in terror right now and forced to move their families out of the state (like Herbie did).
You can't tell me all of this didn't go through the minds of those 2 OSU fanboys refs before they officiated this game. Even if they didn't intentionally make calls against, there is still such a thing as implicit bias.
|5 days 4 hours ago||My prediction?||
Both Clemson and Washington lose, and PSU wins. Playoff is 1. Bama 2. OSU 3. PSU 4. Colorado.
I know this makes no sense. But the past 2 decades has shown that we clearly can't have nice things. This scenario would be maximum anguish for U-M fans knowing we rightfully beat 3/4 teams in the playoff.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Some random guy posted a Diary saying he made it by 2 inches||
Reality is, it was a 50:50 call, much like Hill's DPI, Perry's non-call DPI, Harbaugh's unsportsmanlike penalty, countless holding calls, etc.
Problem is that the measurement tools we have (linesman's view of the play, replays from non-optimal angles) are not precise enough to truly determine whether the spot was correct. It's like trying to time a 100m dash with a sundial.
Due to reasons unknown to me, the football world refuses to construct "smart" footballs with associated tools that can triangulate the ball's position at all times to within <1 inch standard error. If a set of satellites hundreds of miles away in outerspace can pinpoint my personal location to within a few feet and send realtime updates to my smartphone, then why on earth can't we get a better system for spotting the ball on game-deciding plays?
|6 days 21 hours ago||This is a brilliant idea||
HTTV raised 80K--have Brian/Ace/Seth contact U-M's AD and tell them we are raising money to pay. Then organize an anti-B1G rally at Schembechler hall and march to the AD's office and demand that U-M launch an internal investigation into the officiating including conducting personal interviews with the referees in question.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Legitimate question: what happens if we refuse to pay?||
Could it actually go to court? If so, what are the downsides to that? The B1G bylaw in question refers to exhibiting "respect" to officials and opponents. In what what did Harbaugh disrespect anyone? He said he thought the calls were bad--I say take it to court and let a (neutral) judge decide whether they were.
Michigan and its fans need to start standing up for themselves. I'm tired of peoplebeing more concerned about appearing "classy" to the public than about showing strength in the face of blatant insults. Do we want to be classy or do we want to win football games? The two programs on top of the football world have perhaps the least classy fanbases in college football. Let's just face it: karma doesn't exist and the squeaky wheel gets the graese. Call a spade a spade and eventually your voice will be heard.
|1 week 20 hours ago||I might be interested||
How much is he asking for the 4?
|1 week 20 hours ago||PSU gets left out?||
After beating OSU and winning the B1G?
|1 week 21 hours ago||No, it's the opposite||
If PSU wins there is no way they get left out if OSU is in. They'd have the title and the head to head. If Wisconsin wins it's more debatable and U-M has a minuscule chance of sneaking in.
|1 week 1 day ago||The fumbled snap was meaningless||
How hard is it to understand that? Michigan got the ball right back after Urban's idiotic fake punt and scored a TD. Anyway if Michigan has to play mistake free football to have a shot at beating OSU you might as well forget about ever winning the game again.
The 3rd down was bad and their star (Samuel) burned our star (Peppers), but it doesn't change the fact that Michigan got hosed by the refs. There was blatant holding that should have given OSU 3rd and 15 from the 30.
|1 week 1 day ago||Destroying USC in the Rose Bowl||
That is the best possible outcome at this point
|1 week 1 day ago||There won't be 3 B1G teams in the playoff||
That's what this scenario entails
|1 week 1 day ago||Are you seriously still parading this screenshot around?||
It's a screenshot of the live image. It's not some magical birds eye view. Someone just rotated the pic and cropped it.
|1 week 1 day ago||So you took a screenshot of the play, rotated it, and cropped it||
Did you make that image in your profile pic? Who do you think you're kidding with that? Or do you seriously think that rotating an image from a side view equates to a bird's eye perspectivee?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If he said U-M beats OSU and loses the BTCG (which he didn't)||
the more egregious thing would be a 10-2 OSU team making the playoff over an 11-2 Michigan team (and Big Ten East Champ) to whom they lost. That isn't happening in any universe.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Exactly||
If Michigan wins this game and goes into the OSU game undefeated, they'd have had a very significant shot at the playoff. Here's the scenarios:
1. Michigan loses to OSU, finishes 11-1. Their only meaningful challengers for the playoff would be the Pac12 champ, the Big12 champ, and a Louisville team with zero top 25 wins (but probably the Heisman favorite). A second loss from Washington (still very possible in the regualr season and championship game) would give the Pac12 winner 2 losses. In terms of the Big12, the only danger would be a possible 11-1 WVU conference champion. If OU wins out then as long as Michigan didn't get crushed as bad as OU did, I still think Michigan gets the nod. And I still think Michigan gets the nod over a WVU champion simply due to how bad the Big12 is this year. There is of course the issue of OSU
2. Michigan beats OSU, loses conference champoionship game to (probably) Wisconsin. The question would be: does a 2 loss Wisconsin BTCG winner pass Michigan for the playoff? This is why conference championship games are stupid. Michigan already beat Wisconsin. They could play each other 10 times and go 5-5
In all likelihood Michigan would be #2 and Wisconsin would be #7. Here we're in the same situation as above except that Michigan has an extra top 10 win on their resume.
3. Michigan wins against OSU and goes wins the BTCG. Goes to the CFP #2
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That's my question too||
And I think it's BS that Brian and this blog have ignored it, especially after they railed Hoke so hard for putting 10 men on the punt team during some random game from 2014. Hoke certainly deserved most all the criticism he got, but in the podcast neither Brian nor Ace even mentioned the fact that we only put 10 men out while trying to block the game deciding field goal--both before and after the "icing" time out no less. That's a major personell error for which Harbaugh and his staff deserve a significant amount of critisicm.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I disagree, but not on principle||
Louisville shouldn't make the playoff. But I think they will if the PAC12 winner has 2 losses. We all know the voters are lemmings. Louisville will be in the top 4 in today's CFP rankings. Lamar Jackson is the runaway candidate for the Heisman, and that counts for a lot.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I respectfully disagree||
If two teams from one conference are making the playoff, it's definitely Clemson and Louisville. I could forsee a scenario where it's:
#1 Alabama vs. #4 Louisville
#2 OSU vs. #3 Clemson
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I thought the same thing||
so I checked http://mgovideo.com/. Didn't find anything prior to Speight's first big miss (overthrow of Darboh on the first drive). Checked the end of the Maryland game and there's nothing there either.
I guess the alternative explanation is that Speight got rattled by the night game atmosphere? As much as I hate night games, Michigan's AD should just bite the bullet and make them a regular staple of the schedule. Can't hurt, and it might help our QBs get accustomed to that sort of atmosphere.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You hit the nail on the head||
A difference of two games is pretty meaningless
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Your Republic credits are no good out here||
I need something more real
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Do not lose hope yet||
the current weather forecast for 11/26 says "rain and drizzle possible". And as we all know, Urban Meyer is allergic to rain. Also, weather forecasts from 2 weeks out are always 100% accurate and reliable.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sure there's hope||
and there's reason to believe the future is bright. But before everyone pummels this guy with sarcastic "you must be fun at parties" quips, look at the situation logically. We just lost our starting QB, one game before we have to go into Columbus, a place we haven't won at in the last 7 tries. And if Michigan loses that game, they will indeed be relegated to the Citrus bowl. The most likely scenario is Wisc/PSU (BTCG) winner goes to the Rose, and OSU goes to the CFP. Or am I missing something?
|3 weeks 21 min ago||Even Urban Meyer had last year's MSU game||
Hopefully they'll get it figured out but time is not on our side. With Speight probably done for the season, logic says our hopes for the OSU game are dimmer than they've been all season. As Brian pointed out though, the past is not indicative of the future, and college football is weird.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Uh, we play Indiana||
53-17 is expected. Not sure what you're curious about