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|17 hours 57 min ago||Sometimes, you just wish a kid well.||
Morris loves this school and wanted to make a difference. And he played a significant role in an event that will ultimately define his time at Michigan without his endorsement.
|18 hours 12 min ago||So, I am re-watching our game last night with Ohio State||
and of course Herbstreit points out that Ohio State is one of the youngest teams in college football while Michigan will graduate almost half its roster, and the implication is, Buckeye domination in this series will inevitabl continue given the circumstances. I always find Herbstreit's commentary biased couched in the bs lexicon he has mastered in damning with faint praise while exclaiming the remarkable virtue of any small-time effort or achievement. So an offensive line that gives up 8 sacks, is not a a monumental failure on the part of an Oline overcome by better talent, not just Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State, but a simple struggle at one tackle posiition. If struggle puts your season on the line, then you've got no one else to stem the tide and you are totally fucked when you play Alabama.
|18 hours 34 min ago||Yes, I would agree.||
Jabrill is a one-of-a-kind player, a marvelous talent, whom we just didn't have opportunity to fully appreciate or see play even a full three-year career here, and because of that his highlights are mostly as a punt returner. He had a great game against the Buckeyes. For those who want to discount his contribution, his return after Speight's pick-6 gave Michigan a huge boost for that go-ahead drive. And then he picked off a deflected pass that again put Michigan on a drive that ended with a fumble at the one.
So, if you look at that, and the fact that he carried the ball with no signature play against the Buckeyes, it's almost the same as Woodson's performance in 1997 with the key differences being no TDs or turnaroumd offensive plays, which Charles gave the Wolverines with every touch in that contest. Charles also gave up a TD to Boston in that game. The only thing that's similar to that is Jabrill letting Barrett run by him on his long run in the fourth quarter.
|18 hours 57 min ago||You play to win the game or games. I don't see much||
difference in losing to an Ohio State team 42-39 or losing 30-27. Michigan was outplayed in the first half of 2006 at Columbus allowing two long TD runs for scores after breaking out with an impressive drive to open the game. After that, they remained competitive but never took another lead.
They lost in two OT's without giving up any big plays save for a 41-yard fourth quarter run and the Buckeyes overcame a 10 point deficit.
Neither team won the sigature event contest that defined their season. In this team's case, they also lost to Iowa because they never had been challenged on the road by an opposing crowd and opponent unafraid to stand toe to toe with their defense and run right at it. Ohio State loses if it does that.
Michigan should have won the most recent game. They never caught up or had a chance to win the other one in 2006.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Don't know why reviewing the Ohio State||
game film should alter his initial opinion about anything he uttered immediately after the game. If anything, you could find more to not like and get a greater perspective on his position, whcih, by the way, was simply his opinion about the way the calls went against his team. Funny, didn't others come to this same conclusion? Fishing for controversial comments is not something beat writers and reporters would find worthwhile in maintaining consistent relations with this coach. So, I'm guessing the questions were mostly from unseen reporters in Florida and elsewhere covering that bowl matchup.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Delany has nothing to do with||
the offciating of Big Ten football games, Bill Corollo's office does. He's the one we should be beefing about and challenging the selection of the crew that worked The Game and simply vacated the idea of setting an equitable officiating standard for calls in that contest.
I think the league owes Michigan an explanation for what occurred in that game in its name, and that explanation ought to be made public, if, for no other reason to assure anyone who bet that game, that the outcome wasn't fixed, because of the pattern of calls made in Ohio State's favor clearly could give that impression.
This has to do with fairness and the impression that the league, in fact, supports officiating that is substandard and biased with plenty of evidence to suggest that even past standards for this contention are no longer considered.
|2 days 16 hours ago||I don't think you have very strong reading comprehension||
because he talked about his intensity and passion which obviously carried over to the press conference following the game. And, in fact, John U Bacon who was present for Harbaugh's commentary and "bitterly disappointed" comment, said it was measured and not an overreaction of anger. And let us be clear that he was only protecting his team and expressing raw feelings that were natural given the circumstances.
In fact, the words he used were strikingly similar to the words Bo used when his team was denied a Rose Bowl berth by league ADs in their vote following the 1973 10-10 tie, ostensibly because of injury to Michigan's quarterback during that 10-year war game with Ohio State.
The message was aimed at the CFP committee and the effort to preserve Michigan's slim to none chances of getting sympathy over the questionable outcome of the game. Let's face it, the officials in that contest were intimidated by the atmosphere of the game they were working, and ironically enough for the Big Ten, last night's championship game ended on a similar call that the crew in Columbus marked in the Buckeyes favor.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Devin Funchess is also not listed||
among those recruits, and I presume that's because he was primarily regarded as a tightend his first two years before moving to wide receiver. But he was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the second round in which they traded up to get him because of his potential and size, not because of his actual achievements at Michigan. But you could say that about a lot of guys.
Funchess was not an elite player but he is the highest drafted Michigan player since Lewan was drafted in the first round by the Tennessee Titans
|2 days 21 hours ago||Championship teams||
finish games and make plays when they're needed, which means you get first downs to close out games and you run the ball successfully when the other teams knows you are going to run and stop the other team in a similar situation. In two games, that didn't happen, and because it didn't, Michigan is playing in the Orange Bowl instead of a semifinal matchup. I blame that primarily on the Iowa loss, not the Ohio defeat, which will always be tainted in my mind given the circumstances.
|3 days 39 min ago||No, actually Michigan had a more convincing win over Wisconsin||
and didn't have to wait out a spot on fourth down. Our defense just intercepted their last pass instead inside their own 10 not on their way driving for the winning score. I guess having a different officiating crew marking forward progress ad spotting the ball in front of a different crowd makes the biggest difference.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Put me in a camp of disbelief||
over either the meaning of football victory rising to a level of catharsis for whomever as the outcome of Penn State's come-from-behind win nuanced by a perfectly spotted fourth down run short of the first down mark by Wisconsin last night in Indianapolis amid White Out frenzy on a lesser scale, first signaled in the booth by an overzealous play-by-play call and then confirmed by lap dog BTN analysts who never won a single championship among themselves as former players and coaches,
Getting Glen Mason, some former Illini linebacker, Howard Griffin and Jerry DiNardo to confirm that Penn State's 38-31 win was now beholdin on the CFP committee to put Franklin's team in ahead of other idle performers ranked ahead of the Nittany Lions all season because their resume wasn't the same or their metrics of winning failed to meet the mark, are now the rightful beneficiary of this appreciation, escapes me.
What did they do last night that was any less heroic than overcoming a three TD deficit in the first half after their qb started chucking up 50-50 balls that Wisconsin portended against Michigan after Penn State was a nobody and 2-2 having lost at home to Pitt in a non-White Out game? I guess I just don't get the significance of last night's win other than BTN wanting to somehow put a team in the playoff that will be instantly crushed as a fourth place seed?
This isn't even an argument about Michigan not getting in, which apparently has no case, other than as a forgotten destroyer of Penn State in a game so lopsided that PSU scored its only TD of that 49-10 defeat on one of those misplayed prayerful lollipop wheel routes that McSorely chucked while under constant siege in the second half at the Big House. Guess what, the only reason Penn State was even invited to last night's game was because of Iowa, and what happened to Michigan on the final play of a blackout affair at Kinnick last month. Delany looked mournful on stage last night handing off a trophy to Franklin amidst a sea of scornful booing to a team that only BTN analysts thought of as a dream team recipient of a league needing to assert the dominance of a conference titleholder.
Good. Advance their case over the other logical losers out, and watch the Nits get their knickers curbstomped by the death star franchise in Tuscaloosa. And then afterward, tell us how that was good for the league and how deserving this team which Michigan has rolled for two straight years was the best choice under the circumstances. I don't even have to hope for that result. It's inevitable.
|4 days 1 hour ago||A matchup of Bama against PSU would be an awful game.||
I mean I just look at the body types Alabama puts on the field compared to Penn State, and the difference is stark. It's like the Big Ten against the Ivy League.
Wisconsin, on the other hand, is the second coming of LSU without the same talent at the offensive skill positions. This would also be an awful game to watch but the outcome would be slightly different, closer but no less rewarding, like watching paint dry or grass grow.
I don't believe Alabama cannot be beaten, but really none of the projected teams will do much against their defense, so dominant and challenging to move the ball in any consistent way. It takes a defense that can make plays against their less than proven offense and force their qb to make plays with his arm while neutralizing their runnng game to have a chance against the Crimson Tide. Clemson and Ohio State have the athletes to do this. Washington will get rolled, althoght I wouldn't mind seeing how their coach would attack Saban's team Chris Petersen would likely offer an innovative gameplan.
|4 days 1 hour ago||Funny, how that isn't the Michigan way||
but the league seems to believe that as long as Michigan is willing to act the punching bag for tortutous decisions and moves to challenge its history and tradition, the more this will continue to happen. You do go to stand up to that or nothing changes no matter how politely and gentlemanly your approach is.
Demanding accountability for poor officiting is response to a longterm issue not a short-term controversy. The league will never respond to this until the season is over. And then it will do so in a verry backchannel way while quietly moving to shore up the problem. At least, that's what I expect to happen on that front.
Playing martryr to the outcome of a season you controlled by your own play doesn't enhance your league authority one bit. But two things that are apparent that nothing will change, and politics will always be on the side of the Wolverines, and that is it's brand popularity and pull as a drawing card on TV, ticket sales and merchandising.
Hard to ignore the reality of the TV numbers last week's game brought home. Perhaps the biggest reason Michigan is still a consideration for some vague playoff consideration, if perhaps the best reason and only reason at this point, is its national draw in any playoff matchup you could imagine. That is why the consolation prize for Michigan happens to be two of the New Year's Day games which, I know for most of us, are small consolation for what might have been.
But winning in college football is like winning a national election. And we all know how that went this year. Somebody won the popular vote and somebody won the electoral college vote. We have a system, and that's the way it goes no matter who you thought was the better and more deserving candidate and winner.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I don't have a clue which team||
might win the Big Ten title game today because Wisconsin's offense is just so vanilla and Penn State has a game breaker to go with a running qb who can make plays. Both have defenses that ought to stymie the other's otfense for the most part. The Badgers are planning to use Houston at qb. And with Houston, Wisconsin has a problem. And that is the potential for turning the ball over at inopportune times.
In any case, I don't see how the committee could put Wisconsin in over Michigan if it beats the Nittany Lions, except that it regards winning the conference championship as a greater measure than winning over common opponents in the regular season. Each school can make a case as to why they are better than Michigan if they win, but their case is not that strong.
Michigan is out at this point unless Clemson somehow loses badly, which will never happen. Va Tech just isn't on the same competitve level as Clemson.
Regardless, if the committee were to put either PSU or Wisconsin in the playoffs ahead of Michigan in the event of a Clemson defeat, because of the conference title-winning tiebreaker, then that opens the door to a Michigan-USC Rose Bowl matchup.
In either case, Michigan's next game will either be a date with Florida State in Miami at the Orange Bowl or a trip to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl. The loser tonight in Indianapolis heads to the Cotton Bowl for a game with Western.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Michigan wins every argument about intangibles||
as a playoff selection based on TV ratings and ticket sales, which are clearly unstated reasons for keeping Michigan in the fifth spot, and a nice insurance policy if Washington and Clemson both fall this weekend. Even with their losses, the margin and play by both Colorado and Wisconsin or Penn State could move them ahead of Michigan.
At this point, I am totally expecting Michigan to go to the Orange Bowl for a matchup against Florida State. I am sure the Rose Bowl would love to take Michigan in a game with USC, but that won't happen either.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Indiana has lost its governor to||
the vice presidency and now possibly all the coaches of its top college teams. The schools are all looking to make their programs great again. To what level of greatness, I have no idea.
|5 days 20 hours ago||Wow. Incredible.||
Welp, don't have to worry about playing those guys next year.
|5 days 22 hours ago||This is just a stuff shirt||
protecting his professional domain. Look, Michigan got jobbed on Saturday. I didn't think this was possible. But clearly some coaches and teams are subject to the vagaries of assigning nightmares. And this one is a case in point. The way this game was officiated tells me that Harbaugh has created a lot of enemies in Chicago. The fact that the league would allow this travesty of a game to be called in its name says a lot about the state of football officiating in the Big Ten. There was a pattern of no-calls in this game which just cannot be justified. And I would love to hear an explanation about them from the league. Of course, that will never happen. Because that's just the way the system works.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Michigan is regularly outchanced at the free throw||
line under Beilein because Michigan's offense is not about going to the basket and being physical. And the bottom line is, if you aren't taking it to the hole, you aren't going to get foul calls. Michigan is a perimeter shooting team. And the officiating crew last night wasn't from the Big Ten.
|5 days 22 hours ago||Well, I would agree with that.||
As an official, your professional behavior is always subject to scrutiny. I don't care what sport an official works, that is just the way it is.
Offiicials understand they are subject to questions about bias based on their appearance, behavior and pre-and postgame conduct on and off the field and court. The way you act around teams, and individual players and coaches, is always watched and judged. If you are overly-friendly in competitive situations, that behavior will be noticed and called out. And all officials know this.
So they are instructed not to give even a hint of this type of bias.This would include allowing themselves to be interviewed or the subject of feature newspaper stories about their rooting interests expecially in a sport they work. That along with residency doesn't always connote bias, because officials are in the business of game management, which doesn't always mean that their imperative is to make every call they see in every game they work. What their job is really about is to manage a game so both teams feel afterward that the game was properly and fairly officiated, even if they didn't get every call correct.
The aim is to be consistent and fair based on the rules enforcement standard set that day by the play of whatver competition or level of play the game involves. And generally speaking higher-level play gets greater officiating respect in competitive situations and usually means fewer calls. Like teams, every crew enters a contest with a specific gameplan. Before tha game, they go over their duties, responsibilities and coverages. They may review plays in other games that caused constroversy and issues, and they may even talk about past issues with certain teams and coaches.
And I would agree with the article's premise that calls tend to benefit the home team or flagship conference teams, if only because power conference leaders get greater publicity and their athletes higher profiles, so they get more respect and a longer leash from officiating crews.
The crew that worked Saturday's game has done any number of Michigan games over the years. And I don't recall major controversy arising from tjhe previous games they worked. I am not certain how many Michigan-Ohio State games they have previously worked. But these guys have worked Michigan games before. And I have no idea where they rank as a crew in Bill Corollo's rankings, how they were assigned this game, and whether Michigan's problems witth other crews led to this veteran group getting the nod over others.
However, there were major issues with the calling standard Saturday with rspect to pass intereference and unsportsmanlike conduct. No standard was set for holding, so it was just not called. And apparently holiding is not a point of emphasis in the Big Ten, because this call has just not been made reguarlly, nor is it clear what the standard for it is. But certain calls were made in traffic and then just otherwise ignored, and the pattern of calls all seemed to favor the home team.
Michigan hasn't beaten Ohio State in Columbus since 2000. It hasn't beaten the Buckeyes at home since 2011. OSU is the power driving this conference regardless of Michigan history and tradition. Our coach is a lightening rod, and perhaps a bigger public figure than even Bo was, if that's possible. And he is loved and hated by many including those within college football and this conference. And he also regularly shows up officiating crews when he disagrees with calls during a game, regardless of whether it leads to being flagged or not. This behavior never sits well with officials. And I can tell you that when crews are given a chance to punish ooor behavior by a coach or player, they will act on that opportunity. That is what happened Saturday.
All the circumstances allowed for Michigan to be punished by the crew that worked that game because of the environment. They set a standard for pernalites and then failed to consistently enforce it. That is a basic violation of game management. They held one coach's conduct to a higher standard than another, another violation of game management. And they ignored certain calls that challenge their integrity in promoting the ideal of sportsmanship and equity in enforcement. The pattern of no-calls simply offers room for no other conclusion. Whether Michigan lost because of that is irrelevant. Michigan had their chances to win, and failed to make enough plays to do so.
But the greater question for me as a Michigan fan is, if this veteran crew took it upon ifself to judge one team and coach's actions a certain way in deference to another, what does that say about the conference's inrerest in this game? They have a lot of questions to answer about the basic tenents of competitive fairness which goes to the heart of league integrity from the question of perceieved bias to actual bias in calling decisions, We need a direct response from the league on this.
|6 days 22 hours ago||As a sports official, I have some knowledge||
how the business works. And I can tell you this: the crew that was assigned on Saturday, would have been chosen on a variety of criteria. But the fact is, the league is now in a no-win situation because it chose to assign this crew based on its experience as a bigtime crew, without looking at the background of its makeup.
The Big Ten has about three or four crews that it assigns to its biggest games each week. And John O'Neil's crew used to be No. 1. Unforturnately, after his crew worked the Michigan-MSU game last year, his crew never worked another major Michigan game until the game in Iowa. Well, you know, what happened there. The league wouldn't assign O'Neil's crew to work in Columbus.
The crew that worked the Michigan State-Ohio State game in E. Lansing is the crew that I hoped would be assigned to Columbus. It obviously wasn't. They put Capron's crew on the game instead and now their background bias makes the Big Ten look like chumps. That crew just played into the worst fears of biased officiating based on perception and review of their missed calls. Their missed calls are completely baffling from a professional standpoint. So it raises legitimate questions about bias that the league never wants to answer.
The Big Ten has a bigtime issue with its officiating after this game. And the league's complete silence in the midst of this controversy tells you everything you need to know about that. When you don't have an adequate explanation, you don't say a word. Silence is an admission of guilt in this case.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Not sure why anyone expects||
that there would be sympathy from Buckeyes about a result that benefits their interest. Why would you expect that? They are what they are. They won. We lost. They get to say whatever because the final score shows them ahead. That's it. I mean this is Donald Trump land. Even if it was rigged, you build a wall and pretend nothing matters but the result. Because that's how America is going to be great again. Just because some guy who won says so.
If you can't win, then you are a loser. And never complain about the officiating.
|1 week 1 day ago||The Big Ten opened itself up to questions of competence about||
officiating fairness by this action. Instead of quelling the disturbance, it just opened Pandora's Box, The ballgame is over for the league now. This is open season.
|1 week 1 day ago||yeah, when does the league apologize for putting Buckeye fans||
in charge of the biggest game in a decade at Ohio's home field? When does the leagie acknowledge its own incompetence for allowing bias to become the central question of its postgame action against Michigan? When does the league acknowledge incompetence in both choosing officials and for protecting incompetence or bias? The league can answer that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Let's just give a big Fuck You to the Big Ten.||
Now, go ahead, act on that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Let's just give a big Fuck You to the Big Ten.||
Now, go ahead, act on that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Let's just give a big Fuck You to the Big Ten.||
Now, go ahead, act on that.
|1 week 1 day ago||Don't pay the fine. Challenge the conference to||
defend its calls in this game and to publicly defend its choice of officials. If not, don't pay the fine.
|1 week 1 day ago||So, here how the league responds: never saying word||
one about the one-sided officiating of this game, but never-ever assigning this crew to do another Michigan game. It's just incredible how incompetence is protected to save face.
|1 week 1 day ago||Small price to pay for the truth||
Ooooooooooooh, our coach calls out poor oofficiating and the record indicates that the league's failure to vet its own officials for bias leads to some financial handslap to make the league look like its protecting incompetence. You go right ahead. The fan base will put up the money for the fine and make your fucking office accountable for the outcome of this contest.
This was totally exoected. As if, it means anything.