the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|2 weeks 5 days ago||Student seats||
While my memory is not perfect, when I was a student from 88-92 everything was effectively GA seating except for senior seating. We had assigned seats, and no one sat in them. Fraternities regularly sent pledges to save seats and they did so in whatever rows they could get when they got there. Unless you were absolutely last the seats really aren't bad.
This was right after they stopped allowing full coolers to be brought into games, and right before they outlawed marshmallow wars. Bottom line is that as long as I can remember students have showed up late for average to uninteresting games, and mostly on time for the likes of Michigan State, Notre Dame, etc.
In some ways it was worse then because we were all spoiled during the multi-year Big Ten title streak and our opponents were mostly unranked even in conference.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Outstanding...||
|37 weeks 2 days ago||1988 vs. #1 Miami||
The Canes had just crushed #6 FSU 31-0, probably in retailation for the Deion Sanders-led "Seminole Rap" released in the offseason. Link presented without comment, viewer prepare for pain (but work computer friendly).
We dominate the first 3.5 quarters and lead 30-17. Then, in fashion typical of much of the 80s, 90s and 2000s, we start running up the middle and punting. Steve Walsh then proceeds to hit all of the passes in the last 8 minutes, and we lose 31-30.
Just the week before, in South Bend, Ricky Watters returns a punt for TD, Reggie Ho hits 4 FGs, and Mike Gillette misses a 48-yarder at the gun. We wind up losing to that year's #1 and #2 teams by a combined 3 points, but winning the Big Ten and beating #5 USC in the Rose.
Now that was an OOC schedule!
|43 weeks 5 days ago||It's like the Tour de France||
Everyone started within the same hour or so in Ann Arbor this morning. It's a little bit like the Tour de France where time is kept in the aggregate but stages have starts and ends where everyone is in the same place.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Amazing diversity...||
...of experiences here. I am continually impressed at the diversity of ages and memory of Michigan football in the readership here. I suppose if you have over 100 years of something that lots of people care about, it shouldn't be that surprising.
Whenever talk of bowl games comes up, I am sometimes reminded of how much Bo struggled in the postseason. And then that reminds me of Bo, and possibly my favorite Bo obit written by Joe LaPointe, then of the New York Times. While he wasn't quoting him directly, Joe imagined Bo might say something like this:
It's a pretty good read.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Any Rose Bowl victory...||
...especially if you have attended it.
1) For me, the 1/1/98 Rose Bowl has to be the standard.
2) Beating #5 USC in the 1/1/89 Rose Bowl has to be right up there. A great Bo team, lost to the #1 and #2 teams that year by less than 5 points total, and we were ranked #11 going into the game. That team was so close to a national championship season, they certainly had the talent.
3) 1/1/2000 Orange Bowl. That game was unbelievably epic despite the strange ending.
4) 1/1/2008 Capital One Bowl. At the time we desperately needed that win after the way that season started, as a good end to LC's career, and to shut up the SEC homers again.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||The facts as Dana relayed them...||
Dana was on Erin Burnett (CNN) last night, as commented as follows (her words):
1) This happened when she was 6 years old, and the offender was a teenage babysitter.
2) She was not able to deal with the issue herself until she was in her mid 20s.
3) The statute of limitations is 10 years, which we are well past.
She commented that she wished that her ability to prosecute hadn't expired given how difficult it is to deal with this, especially when it happens when you are 6 years old. I thought it took a lot of guts to do even that.
|1 year 1 day ago||Release the McQuay-ken?||
|1 year 6 weeks ago||Seems to me...||
...that a picture of Brian would photoshop nicely with Jerry Garcia.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||1989||
I was a freshman, and M won the Big Ten, beat #5 USC in the Rose Bowl and won the hoops national championship. Great year. There were in fact 2 riots that year.
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Opponent winning %||
I would think this would also mean this team played against a schedule featuring one of the highest (if not the highest) overall winning percentages in recent memory. Given the era of reduced scholarships, that might be an interesting stat. Anyone have that handy?
|1 year 23 weeks ago||How about...||
Beat VPI? Sufficiently old school.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Old school crowd noise rule||
Maybe I just sound old here, but IIRC in the 90s there was a regularly enforced crowd noise rule where if the fans were too loud and the opposing offense couldn't hear, they just had to appeal to the referee who gave a warning to the crowd and then a 5-yard penalty. I seem to remember this being enforced in Michigan Stadium, without any benefit of skyboxes. The funny thing of course being that it just made the crowd louder.
|1 year 29 weeks ago||If you've been to a PSU game...||
...you could see why they are not selling out. Happy Valley is a long way from somewhere, there are woefully too few hotel rooms (see the first point), the stadium resembles a giant erector set in a pasture, the in-game experience is overwhelmed by pom-poms and cheesy piped-in music and PSU really hasn't been very good of late. I am sure price is part of it (2x U-M for that experience?), but it's still cheaper than Steelers season tix.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Stoppage destroys strategy planning||
No matter what the stoppage affects the race substantially. Potential for different weather than originally planned if the race is delayed, or (as I see above) teams use the stoppage time to recharge batteries in full sun. Smoke over the route obviously impacts amount of energy reaching ground, etc. The strategy guys are going to earn their pay...er...accolades.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||I. Drink. Your. MILKSHAKE!||
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Agreed||
I live in DC and have a number of friends who are VT grads, been to a few games at Lane Stadium. Heard the VT band bust out the Hokie Pokey and did my best not to spit out my bourbon laughing. Terrible. Then they shot off fireworks. With eye lasers. Almost as bad as a Penn State game.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Jim Tressel||
I think RR should be given another year. My initial reaction when I heard that DB would wait until after the bowl game was basically thart it helped RR's chances of staying due to potential impact of the lateness of such a change, the chance of a protracted search messing with recruiting, etc.
However, after thinking about it a bit you only have to go so far as our opposing coach today to see a successful change made after the bowl game. Cooper was let go after a 2nd straight bowl loss to an average South Carloina team, and then there was his record against us. As much as Harbaugh seems like a layup as a potential successor now, so too was The Lesticles in 2007. That didn't work so well. There is a nonzero risk of Harbaugh not working out for one reason or another, and failing to get Harbaugh in a January change could be potentially disastrous indeed. Guess that brings me full circle.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Can we picture page the 2006 defense against similar?||
Penn State had to be running these same plays in 2006, when we had our last really good defense. It would be interesting to see a similar play from the 2006 season picture paged to get a sense of how a "traditional front" defense with more experienced players would handle this particular situation, or at least similar situations. Wouldn't surprise me if there was more than one 2nd and long.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Freep has the JT Floyd story||
Supposedly not as bad as Woolfolk, but didn't sound good.
|2 years 31 weeks ago||You can get drunk...||
You can bring a daaaate...
You can hang out and taaaiillgaaaate....
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Tressel in today's presser||
Jim Tressel on getting carries for all the backs: "I wish we had more balls. ... That didn't sound good."
|2 years 32 weeks ago||How about...||
"Ben Chappell has been miraculously granted an extra year of eligiblity"
"Justin Siller will start at QB for Purdue"
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Army-Navy 2000||
I had never been to an Army-Navy game. This experience was up there with the Michigan-ND games in the late 80's when we were both in the top 5. The amazing thing is that between the teams they had 1 win in the entire season coming into the game.
The pregame, the parachute guys, the flyovers, the mids and the cadets, the last-second win on a field goal by Navy, and the singing of the alma maters after the game are something I will never forget.
I have been fortunate to see a number of other non-Michigan games (TN @ UGA 1998, Clemson @ VT on a Thursday night in Lane Stadium in 2006, Miami @ Florida in a night game in the Swamp), but this topped all experiences other than Michigan football.
If you are a college football fan, you need to see an Army-Navy game.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||It would be cooler...||
...to say that, yes. On the other hand, given that we are considering a situation where it is possible we haven't seen scoring or yardage like this in a century (!), I think we are talking about some good offense, regardless of whether we can prove it with statistics.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||And THEN||
Jamie Morris got fired with extreme prejudice for misplacing a Cadillac.
For my money, what Morris did (broke the rules and then lied about it) is more disappointing than Harbaugh stating the obvious, albeit in annoying fashion.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Michigan 2nd best SoS in B10||
Although the Sagarin ratings are still biased and Bayesian. One thing is clear though - the Big Ten has about the worst SoS of any major conference so far on average, even assuming that the ratings aren't super informed without more data (and removal of bias). Without doing the math, the Big Ten looks pretty far behind the Pac-10 and SEC.
Having said that, the numbers get in the way a bit. If you are a top 10 team, it doesn't much matter whether you play the 50th best team or the 100th best team, you are very likely to win. A tough schedule to me involves games you might lose. By that measure OSU's schedule is tougher than the numbers say because they played a top 20 team that (on paper) should have enough talent to compete or beat them. Take Iowa - they played a top 20 team on the road and lost. Many top 20 teams can't make a claim that they played a team that could beat them, despite what the math says.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Uhhh, is "both" an option?||
That is a tough call, but I would pick an on-campus game in Lincoln over tailgating in a parking lot in Texas. In September.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||Survey: "Watching the defense against Umass caused me to..||
a) Gouge out the offending eye a la Bill the Butcher,
b) Turn into a pillar of salt,
c) Spontaneously combust, or
d) call James Sokolove. I have Tardive Dyskenesia. "
|2 years 34 weeks ago||You are correct||
Your math works of course, although perhaps we are splitting hairs a bit. MSU and ND look interchangeable to me as teams go. We look (this year) to be on par with both, and still can beat MSU to go 2-0 against ND/MSU. Maybe that gets us to 8-4 (4-4), which would have exceeded our lowered expectations.
Regardless, if we do lose to MSU and fulfill the 7-5 prediction, I think we agree that 7-5 is not where we want to be in any case whether we are 4-4 or 3-5 in the Big 10.