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|9 hours 16 min ago||Well...||
The OP stated that he wanted to fly home after the game if possible. Some people would rather spend Sunday back at home rather than on a plane. Obviously, the chances of making a Saturday night flight are much better for a 12 PM kick than a 3:30 or 8 PM kick.
|9 hours 18 min ago||No||
Good God, No. Just, no. Everything about this is wrong.
1 - Rutgers defeating Staee is always a good thing. Just because.
2 - The "Overrated" chant is [B]awful[/B]. You are denigrating your own team when you tell the opposition they were overrated. "Ha, ha, you guys aren't that good. Even our lousy team can beat you!" There have got to be 100 better things to say. Hell, even "Little Sister" would be a better chant than this (and that's a terrible chant too).
Just off of the top of my head, here are a few. I'm sure there are other wordsmiths out there who can do better. But, [I]please[/I], no "Overrated."
|9 hours 30 min ago||Colley||
The Colley Matrix (former BCS component, ignores MOV, changed his poll in-season after the Horror):
This week: Your #1 Northwestern Wildcats at #19 Michigan.
(Methinks it's a wee bit early for unbiased computer rankings, particularly those which refuse to consider all of the avialable information).
|21 hours 14 min ago||Golly, and here I thought he||
Golly, and here I thought he was a paragon of class and restraint.
I still can't understand how any parent would allow their child to spend four years with that man.
|21 hours 44 min ago||This||
This is correct. Earlier suggestions that it could be announced next *Monday* are mistaken. The options are 12 days or 6 days.
Primetime games are set before the season starts. The options are noon and 3:30. The schedule is uninspiring:
I'd expect 3:30, given that the only other TBD game is Minnesota / Nebraska.
|22 hours 33 min ago||105 yards, again||
College Football Reference has a Play Index that includes all regular season games since 2000 and all bowl games since 2002.
Unsurprisingly, the 2007 Notre Dame game is the best defensive performance in modern Michigan history. These last two games may be the next-best... [I]regardless[/I] of the quality of opponent. Directional Michigan, Delaware State... nobody's been shut down like BYU and Maryland.
<= 120 yards
<= 2.5 yards per play
I haven't been able to find box scores for the 1997 season, but I wonder the last time Michigan held consecutive opponents to < 120 yards and/or < 2.5 yards per play. It's clearly been a while...
|22 hours 56 min ago||TD||
The play was right in front of me. Everyone around me agreed that Michigan dodged a bullet*. The receiver appeared to have half a step on the DB, and I'm not sure the safety had an angle.
* Note: only as related to the shutout, of course. :-)
|22 hours 58 min ago||I thought this was hyperbole.||
I thought this was hyperbole. It isn't. Likely had 91 yards on four kickoff returns and 23 yards on three punt returns.
Those aren't great numbers, especially by his standards... but they're more than their offense accumulated. That's... incredible.
|23 hours 3 min ago||This year vs. previous years||
I thought this game would be a yardstick for Michigan. A week of reading their press clippings; an opponent that had just been eviscerated; heck -- Maryland even had the dreaded players-only meeting. Michigan went on the road and put together a workmanlike effort in dismantling an overmatched team. Under the last couple of coaching regimes, I don't believe that would have happened. Coach Harbaugh has this team focused on the task at hand and improving week to week.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Harbaugh||
If Michigan is lacking in intensity against Michigan State, I will be stunned. You know how Sparty loves to chirp. I'm sure Coach Harbaugh has heard from NFL Sparty over and over again the last few years. I'm equally sure that he will pass his displeasure allong to the team. Any player that somehow isn't fired up for MSU isn't likely to be traveling to Minnesota.
Now, that's no guarantee of success, but I don't fear this Michigan team, with this coaching staff, overlooking Staee's emotional state when they play in Ann Arbor. If anything, I expect plays specifically designed to exploit it -- misdirection, counters to plays they've already put on tape, etc. MSU may win, but they'll have to earn it.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Holy Roller||
It's not listed as a change on the Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holy_Roller_(American_football)
Still, the remedy would be simple -- all forward fumbles recovered by the offense could be returned to the spot of the fumble, just like the NFL fourth down and late-game rule. Then there'd be no advantage to a deliberate fumble. A turnover near the goal line is such a huge play in the game, particularly when it results in a touchback and gives the opposition 20 yards [I]plus[/I] the ball.
|3 days 6 hours ago||14-0 Michigan||
|3 days 8 hours ago||First down, West Virginia||
That's the worst rule in football. If the ball goes out at the 1, it's Maryland's ball, but if it hits the pylon, it's West Virginia's. It makes no sense whatsoever. Make the defense make a play -- if the ball goes out of the end zone without the defense gaining possession, return it to the offense at the spot of the fumble (or at the 1-yard line, if you insist upon allowing forward fumbles).
|4 days 9 hours ago||Expectations||
I've been trying to curtail my expectations. Keep in mind that even Charles Woodson didn't get on the field for offense until his junior year, and even then he didn't play many snaps. We just tend to remember the ones where he did play. :-)
Let Peppers continue to learn the defense before he starts using his practice time to learn the offense. If he ever does get into a game on offense, it's not likely to be a surprise for the opponent, given the amount of offseason chatter there was. Heck, it's possible that the whole point of all of that offseason talk was to get opponents to prepare for #5, "just in case." Every minute another team spends preparing for something that's not going to happen in the game is an advantage for Michigan.
|6 days 3 hours ago||I don't remember watching the||
I don't remember watching the Holiday Bowl in '84 -- and I would have been too young to make a critical analysis -- but when they played the highlight of the game-winning touchdown during the ABC broadcast, all I could think was "where's the holding flag?" I guess missing holding calls is just another college football tradition..
|6 days 3 hours ago||The two best teams in the||
The two best teams in the country that year were OSU and Michigan. Sure, the Rose Bowl was a disappointment, but you're discounting the value of emotion in college football. I'm not saying that Michigan would have beaten Florida (although they certainly did the next year), but I attribute the Rose Bowl performance to the fact that nobody in the program wanted to be in Pasadena.
|1 week 10 hours ago||...||
I don't have a link, but those two statements are not mutually exclusive. Michigan could be a favorite to win each game while still being predicted to lose several in aggregate. E.g., if you're a 75% favorite to win each of 4 games, your projected record is 3-1 -- on average, you'd win 75% of the four games.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Football maybe..||
Final Four Muppets were pretty damned legit.
|1 week 6 days ago||FYI: BTN is a FOX/Big Ten||
FYI: BTN is a FOX/Big Ten partnership.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Because sometimes good||
Because sometimes good sportsmanship includes knowing when to tip your king. The only thing that timeout accomplished was putting 22 young men at risk of injury one additional time. Play the game out, but don't call timeout to extend it.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Because Harbaugh was playing||
Because Harbaugh was playing to win, not playing for stats. Taking the penalty would give them another play, on which they might have scored.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Darboh must have offended the||
Darboh must have offended the Pass Interference Visibility Gods. He seems to be the repeated victim of egregious no-calls.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Especially given that the||
Especially given that the last number looks suspiciously like a credit card number and is probably linked to the guy's faculty purchasing account. Although, given that I doubt Heiko scanned it personally, that ship had probably already sailed...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed||
For years, Troy Polamalu played the deep safety position in the victory formation for the Steelers. I don't recall ever seeing him make a tackle, but if there'd been a turnover, he might have been able to prevent disaster.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||:-) Fair enough. But I know||
:-) Fair enough. But I know that I've seen pre-game band performances before. Even if not everyone is involved, I'd still like more MMB and less rock. :) Pre-game quiet would bother me less than the rock also.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||$50 at the golf course. I||
$50 at the golf course. I didn't see the price for Pioneer.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that one drives me nuts||
Yeah, that one drives me nuts too -- but at least it was the band, not the speakers. I learned to ignore it after I found that screaming "We're not the Red Sox!" didn't work. :-)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||My thoughts||
It's a step in the right direction -- no advertisements for weddings -- but there's still work to be done. I was really hoping the amplified music would be gone -- even when they're just amplifying the Victors, the half-second delay causes huge sync problems. (Credit where it's due -- it was nice to get to hear the piped-in version after the touchdown before the half; the band was preparing for the halftime show and wasn't able to perform). I would have preferred a pregame band performance rather than Eminem and company -- and I would have preferred some silence, from time to time, rather than incessant rock/R&B/oldies/etc.
They did have some highlights of other games; if we're going to have speakers, that's not a bad use of them. And, yes, that was James Earl Jones on the (admittedly cool) intro video.
But, yes, the noise on the fourth down play was awful. I was one of three guys in my section frantically trying to quiet everyone down.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||If the punter were to kick||
If the punter were to kick it, it's a penalty for illegal kicking -- 15 yards (or half the distance, in this case) and loss of down. Michigan would have had the option to take the safety or the ball at the 1 1/2 yard line.
However, it is legal to bat the ball backwards (with any part of the body besides the leg or foot). So, the proper play in that instance is likely to bat it out of the end zone.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||28-21 Michigan||
So far, the mean and median are both 34-13. The mode is 31 for Michigan and 10 for OSU (PDT), but 38-10 is the most common score selected (eight times, if I counted right; I tried to ignore selections that were immediately replaced because they were duplicates).
Three users have selected an upset... but if you won, how could you enjoy your prize, knowing that it came as the result of disloyalty and treachery? ;-)