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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...
|11 hours 12 min ago||Avatars||
|1 day 1 hour ago||OOC Recruiting||
I was originally thinking I could do updates about 1-2 times per month, but will try to do it weekly. Also, thanks for reminding me about my avatar. I've been meaning to update it with a Brandon-approved M.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Tyrone Noble||
I somehow have no memory of Tyrone Noble, even though I was at M when he played. But the other day I was watching Wolverine Historian's Youtube of the 1994 ND game, and remember seeing Noble a couple times after making tackles. Thing is, from just seeing him I thought he was a LB! Different game back then.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Recruiting||
Is there any real evidence that playing a road game someplace really improves your chances of pulling recruits from there? I know this is something coaches talk about, but to me it just seems like a relic of the old days when most games were only regionally-televised (if at all) and it was hard to really get exposure to teams outside your area.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Urban Meyer||
Hey now. There is nothing wrong with being an ass man.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Commodore 64||
LOAD "*", 8, 1
|2 days 7 min ago||Freshmen corners||
Woodson started as a freshman in 1995, even though he played RB in high school and was recruited as a WR. I don't know specifically who else was on the roster that year for corners, but I'm pretty sure he had to beat out at least one or two decent veterans--though, probably not multi-year starters (as Countess & Taylor will be in 2014).
|2 days 1 hour ago||DMs||
Oh, that's right. My bad. Sorry, Polska.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Showboating||
I don't have a problem with the "showboating" or whatever you want to call it, but then again, I do come from the "if you don't like it, stop them" camp.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Peppers||
Well, this may be nit-picking, but Peppers hasn't yet proven that he can shapeshift into a bear, eagle, or other North American fauna.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Odd spellings||
I don't think he's Canadian. Look at the way he spelled "pieces." He's clearly a Namibian spy.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Paladins||
Wait--aren't you the guy who doesn't know what a dungeonmaster is? You can't truly appreciate a name like "Paladins" if you don't know what a dungeonmaster is.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Reggie Bush||
Wow; add me to the "I watched the video and he reminded me of Reggie Bush" contingent. Maybe Peppers actually is Reggie Bush and he's doing a Leon Sandcastle thing?
|2 days 18 hours ago||Borges Interview||
Part I was awesome. Part II was awesomer. So there really does need to be a Part III.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Nebraska recruiting||
Huh. From about 18 to about 24 does seem like a pretty significant drop to me, but it might be a lot smaller than I realize. I imagine the margins between recruiting classes tend to get smaller as you go further down the rankings, so, the difference between the #18 class and the #24 class is probably a lot smaller than, say, the difference between the #3 class and the #9 class.
|3 days 1 hour 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.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Lee Bollinger||
1997. And it rained.
|3 days 12 hours ago||CW||
Because he's Charles fucking Woodson, that's why Lions fans want him.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Bin Laden||
I think he would throw the bomb.
|3 days 16 hours 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.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Sports||
I kind of like all the teams.
|4 days 2 hours 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.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Shaw||
Well, he did land Josh Garnett, so presumably he would take it in stride.
|4 days 19 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.
|4 days 21 hours ago||Browns||
Just as long as it's not "Doo-Doo Brown."
|5 days 19 min ago||Brown||
I hear he is now going by Andrew "JuJu" Brown.
|5 days 1 hour 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.
|6 days 11 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:
|6 days 12 hours ago||Nebraska||
Hey, come on now. Most first graders know that "knowledge" starts with a K.
|1 week 14 hours ago||Shallman||
In other words, he's Aaron Shea (and could play defense).