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- In my very first game, the offensive team threw "the bomb" on the first play from scrimmage. The receiver went up and made a circus catch. I got caught up in the excitement of the play and raised my arms to signal "touchdown" as soon as I verified that he had possession of the ball and his feet were in-bounds. Only problem? He landed at about the 5 yard-line. The defensive team was pissed, but as the guy working the game with me said, "eh, they would have scored anyway."
- In the first game I officiated solo, it was a shoot-out, with the offenses marching up and down the field. Each team had scored several touchdowns, and probably the only thing separating them score-wise were the PAT conversions. So, at halftime, one of the coaches walks up to me and asks, "hey ref, what's the score?" It was only then that I realized I was responsible for keeping score of the game. I had no clue what the score really was, so I just made something up.
- In the sorority league games, most teams wouldn't have a girl who could throw the ball more than five or ten yards. Since they couldn't pass, and since there was really no run-blocking, most of the sororities would run these extremely complicated deception plays--multiple reverses, fakes, handoffs, etc. Usually I was pretty good about keeping track of where the ball was. But in the one game, which was ties 0-0 late in the second half, with pretty much the entire game having been played within about the same 15-yard stretch of the field, I blew a play dead after the defense pulled the flag of the girl I thought had the ball--only to see the girl who actually had the ball streaking down the opposite sideline with no defenders anywhere in sight. You know those Southwest "wanna get away?" commercials...
|19 min 56 sec ago||Socks||
I fully agree. I live in Seattle, and can get good wool socks up here. And you can get decent, not great, dress socks at most department stores. But I usually have to travel to LA if I want to get a good caual sock for the warm weather months.
|9 hours 50 min ago||Lee Bollinger||
1997. And it rained.
|10 hours 40 min ago||CW||
Because he's Charles fucking Woodson, that's why Lions fans want him.
|14 hours 39 min ago||Bin Laden||
I think he would throw the bomb.
|14 hours 59 min ago||Kayfabe||
I have to +1 you for enhancing my vocabulary. I had literally never heard of the term "kayfabe" until your post. But I looked it up, and it makes perfect sense.
|15 hours 10 min ago||Sports||
I kind of like all the teams.
|1 day 54 min ago||Nebraska||
Did Nebraska recruit more successfully in the pre-Solich-firing era, or did their recruiting linger around the #25 mark even then? I know Nebraska has always been famous for its great walk-ons, but those teams also featured lots of elite talent--especially on defense and in the offensive backfield.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Shaw||
Well, he did land Josh Garnett, so presumably he would take it in stride.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Virginia||
This does seem like an exceptional year for talent in Virginia, though. Hand, Brown, Blanding--plus Green last year, and those are just the guys I know off the top of my head. I know UVA is an up-and-coming program, but I still doubt they would be in on so many guys like this if they were from, say, Kansas.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Browns||
Just as long as it's not "Doo-Doo Brown."
|1 day 22 hours ago||Brown||
I hear he is now going by Andrew "JuJu" Brown.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Great Diary||
What stands out to me are how the lines for Ohio St. and Michigan track each other almost perfectly since 2006, with us unfortunately just a step behind. Stupid fluke personal foul penalty. EDIT: actually, I looked again and it's 2008 when the M and OSU lines start to track each other, after M's preciptous dip in the 2007 recruiting class. Stupid late Carr-era recruiting woes.
I also find it noteworthy that Nebraska posted its best recruiting average in 2011--the year they joined the B1G--and have two consecutive declining years with another slow start in 2014. I wonder if their historical norm will start looking more like Iowa's or Wisconsin's?
Holy fluctuation, Penn State.
|3 days 10 hours ago||IM Reffing||
I also was an IM ref at Michigan in the '90s. It was interesting, because I had played two or three years of IM sports and constantly complained about the bad officiating--and then I became an IM ref myself and understood it from the other side. But I was a pretty damn awful referree. A couple of my favorite memories:
|3 days 11 hours ago||Nebraska||
Hey, come on now. Most first graders know that "knowledge" starts with a K.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Shallman||
In other words, he's Aaron Shea (and could play defense).
|4 days 13 hours ago||Latin American Futbol Stars||
Unless you are Cuahtemoc Blanco. Then the Maradona way is an improvement.
|4 days 19 hours ago||ND schedule||
Yeah, I guess when you look more closely, it isn't as hard as I first thought. There are a lot of big names but some of those teams are not going to be up to their usual quality.--Arizona St., BYU, Purdue, probably Staee and Pitt--and then, as you said, all their really difficult opponents are in South Bend. But hopefully they go 5-7 anyway.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Linebackers||
Three-star linebackers? Meh. Once we get all the 5-star DEs and DBs, we'll just be rollin' with the 5-0-6.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Northwestern||
Before 1993, Wisconsin was a perennial Big Ten doormat. But Alvarez came in and turned things around, and they were able to sustain success under Bielema. Now, most people view Wisconsin as a legitimate contender most every season.
Northwestern has been reasonably good for a number of years now. They were very good under Gary Barnett, they were pretty good under Randy Walker, and now they are having success under Fitzgerald. Now they are pulling in higher quality recruits, and they will be in the eminently winnable B1G West. Northwestern probably hasn't reached Wisconsin's level of establishment yet, but it's worth noticing and discussing how close they are getting and what more they need to do.
|5 days 27 min ago||Notre Dame Schedule||
Wow, I just looked at ND's 2013 schedule, and it's about as difficult a schedule as I've ever seen:
Aug. 31 Temple
Sep. 07 @ Michigan
Sep. 14 @ Purdue
Sep. 21 Michigan State
Sep. 28 Oklahoma
Oct. 09 Arizona State - Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX
Oct. 19 Southern Cal
Oct. 26 @ Air Force
Nov. 02 Navy
Nov. 09 @ Pittsburgh
Nov. 23 Brigham Young
Nov. 30 @ Stanford
|5 days 44 min ago||Last-minute deal||
Most programs lose money on bowl trips. I wouldn't be surprised if you had some 6-6 team someplace whose athletic department was really struggling financially, and they decide to let ND take their spot in the Summer's Eve Bowl for a big payoff. It would be sad to see something like that happen, as it wouldn't be fair to the players or fans of the displaced team, but big programs usually get their way in these sorts of matters.
|5 days 53 min ago||Bowls||
Well, according to the article, all of the bowls do have tie-ins. Are you aware of any specific bowls that don't have tie-ins?
It still seems unlikely that a bowl-eligible ND team would be left out, because it's pretty unlikely that every single conference would fill every single one of its tie-ins. But as the article explains, it is at least possible that could happen.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Nice.||
Cannn youuuu dig it???
|5 days 13 hours ago||Warriors||
Warriors, come out and play-ay...
|6 days 38 min ago||247 Composite Ranking||
It's like the FICO score of football recruiting; from the 247 website:
The 247Composite Rating is a proprietary algorithm that compiles prospect "rankings" and "ratings" listed in the public domain by the major media recruiting services. It converts average industry ranks and ratings into a linear composite index capping at 1.0000, which indicates a consensus No. 1 prospect across all services.
The 247Composite Rating is the industry's most comprehensive and unbiased prospect ranking and is also used to generate 247Sports Team Recruiting Rankings.
All major media services share an equal percentage in the 247Composite Rating.
The composite index equally weights this percentage among the services that participate in a ranking for that specific prospect.
A composite strength meter, indicated by red bars, illustrates the total number of industry services that have ranked the prospect. A full strength meter indicates the prospect has been ranked by all industry services participating in the composite.
All industry services have a different philosophy on number of "stars" distributed with each class. The 247Composite Rating assigns stars based on an approximate average distribution of stars from the industry."
|6 days 9 hours ago||Arkansas||
Oh, I forgot about Arkansas. I was just using the "future schedules" page under the "Useful Stuff" tab. That probably hasn't been updated in a while. I'll have to add Arkansas' info; thanks for the reminder.
Edit: evidently we play Arkansas in 2018 and 2019. A 2014 recruit who redshirts would play in the 2018 game as a senior.
|6 days 11 hours ago||VT||
I thought about that, but we don't play VT until 2020. Even if they redshirt, 2014 players will be long gone by then.
|6 days 15 hours ago||New Jersey||
I don't agree with this. While other Big Ten schools may not have deep roots in New Jersey or historical success recruiting NJ kids, the same cannot be said of Rutgers itself. Penn State has also traditionally drawn from New Jersey. I realize this is an adjustment, but starting in 2014 we are going to have Rutgers and Penn State on the schedule every year for the foreseeable future. That means from now on, there is a good chance that Michigan will wind up playing against most of the good New Jersey prospects who don't sign with Michigan. Same goes for Maryland--though maybe not to the same extent, due to the presence of other major non-B1G powers in the area.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Woodson||
In fact, the main reason Woodson played CB at Michigan is because he saw that as his best chance of getting on the field early. If we hadn't already had established stars at RB (Biakabatuka) and WR (Toomer, Hayes) when Woodson showed up, he might have been an offensive player after all.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Peppers||
I think it comes down to Michigan vs. rap.