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|3 days 6 hours ago||End result...||
So, then, you make Michigan look like Staee and you put your friend in the hospital. I think I'll pass on this one. :-)
|3 days 8 hours ago||Typical||
|3 days 9 hours ago||Listen carefully: "I am lying."|
|3 days 10 hours ago||By rule||
By rule it is a live ball. If a live ball is left alone long enough, it will be whistled dead for failure to advance. Even with a fumble, the officials would eventually blow the whistle and give the ball back to the fumbling team if nobody tried to cover / advance it. So, no real justification, but it did take Wormley a moment or two to realize the ball was dead. The biggest qualm I have is that the whistle was blown right after Wormley picked the ball up, making me think that illegal touching was being called (as if the ball were beyond the LOS). I did not see if the official made an illegal touching sign, however (elbows flexed and hands touching the shoulder, like a 30-second timeout in basketball). That is, I wonder if a PSU player would have been allowed to advance it after the same amount of elapsed time. My gut feeling is yes, making me think that they just messed up the rule.
I wonder if these were the same officials that blew the ball dead on the clear backwards pass in the 2011 MSU Trash Tornado game...?
|3 days 10 hours ago||Glorious||
This would be absolutely glorious. Unfortunately, the downside would be huge -- if the ball is punted a little further than intended, you end up with a one or two yard punt. If you pass, and you're off by a little bit, the receiver can still make a play on the ball.
Still, if anybody can do it, I trust Blake O'Neill. :-)
PS: On second thought, you'd also be relying on the officials knowing the rules well enough not to blow the play dead. Harbaugh may actually have to go to them beforehand and let them know it might be coming.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Whoa Nelly||
Whoa, Nelly! Wouldn't that be something?
Jackson was the best. You can see one of his strengths in this clip, actually. Note the 40+ seconds of announcer silence after the score. The crowd noise and raw emotion carry the moment. A lot of announcers today seem to be afraid to be quiet -- if they're not talking, they must not be working. Keith Jackson showed that sometimes the game says more by itself than any announcer ever could.
I hope he gets up early Saturday, flips on the TV, and joins all of us while we enjoy the game that he helped bring to the national consciousness in the place that he named, and I hope he sees one for the history books.
Go Blue! Beat Ohio!
|3 days 13 hours ago||What he said||
What he said. I took too long crafting my reply. :-)
|3 days 13 hours ago||Thanks indeed||
I thought I was going nuts. Unfortunately, I can't tell from the replay where just about anything is in relation to the line of scrimmage:
Having said that, the play by play is pretty clear:
It says that Michigan punted from their own 44 and that PSU started the next drive at the Michigan 43.
The rule in question:
(Rule 6 - Kicks - Section 3 - Scrimmage Kicks)
The only thing I can think is that it took Wormley a second or two to realize it was a live ball and begin to advance it. Maybe the officials decided that was too long -- or maybe they decided it was an intent to deceive.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Battle Chess||
I was expecting at least one classic animation -- knight takes knight was my favorite, although rook takes queen is pretty good too..
Great work, as always. I did appreciate Harbaugh using the screen game as the running game, something that never would have happened under our last staff. Competence!
Edit: first attempt to embed -- not so good; the iframe didn't load. :( https://www.youtube.com/embed/iSnAiXKU7h8
|1 week 2 days ago||No way...||
No, no, you got it wrong. Dantonio is going to USC east. My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with the girl who saw Dantonio's private plane land in Columbia last night. I guess it's pretty serious.
|1 week 3 days ago||unless...||
Unless that sentence ended with "this season." :-)
Also, obviously "only" 4 of those were in regulation -- OT makes counting stats extra meaningless. Still, hats off to Jake and to the passing game plan. Finally I have some confidence that when the next team sells out to stop Michigan's run attack, there's an answer ready.
|1 week 4 days ago||When Indiana was driving||
When Indiana was driving, I said that I hoped that they'd hurry up and score so that Michigan would have enough time to tie. I was relieved when the review showed that their runner had gotten in, because I figured we needed that time.
You could definitely make a case that Indiana should have done the same which Michigan got the ball at the two. I imagine their coach was trying to show confidence in his defense, but said defense had been sieve-like most of the game, especially against the pass. The worst case would have been overtime, which was the *expected* case at that point, in my opinion, since I fully expected Michigan to score.
|1 week 6 days ago||chaosteam||
"+1 for #CHAOSTEAM. -1 for #CHAOSTEAM"
Brilliant. And accurate. :-)
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||If that's true||
If that's true, why don't you do the same? :-)
I've visited Hawai'i several times, and it's a wonderful place. I'd absolutely hate to live there, though, and I'm not kidding. The cost of living is outrageous, "noon" football games start at 6 AM, and after you've spent a few days doing the touristy things... you'll find that you live on an island, it's prohibitively expensive to get off of that island except to go to another island nearby, and you're basically stuck there.
For a certain personality type, that's nirvana. For me -- I'd go stir-crazy.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Really?||
Really? So, in 2006, when Michigan and OSU were the two best teams in the nation, and everybody knew this except delusional ESS-EEE-SEE fans, not only would you have excluded Michigan from the BCS rematch (a travesty in and of itself), you'd have put two other teams in front of them as well?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I like the quantity||
I like the quantity -- but, yes, they should be somewhat smaller.
I'm just going to assume that Harbaugh went to the people printing the stickers ahead of time for an interpretation of sizing rules -- and was then shocked when they failed to meet his standards.
Happily, since we now have a coach who seems to be able to make adjustments, I predict that next year's stickers will be small enough that this is no longer a problem. Although in Peppers's case -- he may just have to wear his extra ones on his shoes. And his shoulder pads, chin strap, socks, long sleeves...
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Jug||
Well, this should help keep the jug safely in Ann Arbor. Of course, he may be out of a job by the time Michigan and Minnesota actually play again... Big Ten!!!
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This year?||
Sorry, but no. He's been amazing the last couple of games, but not from the beginning of the season. Heck, he's not even Michigan's best player at his position*. Next year, though, could be a possibility.
* where position is defined to be CB, WR, FB, or QB. He's the best player at the other positions he's played. :-) And QB may be controversial, but Peppers isn't going to throw for 300+ yards, even against Rutgers.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||"necessary"||
Sorry, no, the accepted rulings section does not represent anything that's necessary for the rule to be invoked. It's just a set of examples that are intended to help people understand the rule. The rule is that a team cannot gain an advantage by confusing the opponent with their substitution pattern, and if you watch the GIF from the high camera -- it looks like Butt is running off of the field because he's been substituted. That's all that's necessary to invoke this rule. I think it's the right call.
I'm also a little upset that (a) Michigan would call a play that's unsportsmanlike, and that (b) Harbaugh would deny it in his presser. Michigan should be above this sort of tactic -- leave it for Sparty. And, if you've been caught, man up and admit it. Sure, we don't need to go all the way to a Hoke-ian apology, but a simple, "I guess we need to take that play out of our playbook" would work.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Recency bias||
I immediately thought the same thing when I heard them say that on the OSU broadcast. Typical "anything before 2000 doesn't count" thinking.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Ten seconds left, two timeouts||
First-rate clock management there, Rich Rod. If you'd recovered the onside kick, you wouldn't have had enough time to run three plays regardless.
But, hey, you can trade in those leftover timeouts for an extra $100K on your contract buyout, right?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||...||
... if OSU beats MSU, and Michigan runs the table, Michigan wins the division. At worst, Michigan is in a two-team tie with OSU and holds the tiebreaker.
If MSU beats OSU, then Michigan needs to win and get help from PSU. I'd rather know going into the OSU game that it's for all the marbles.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||...||
MSU was already out of field goal range. The ball was on the Nebraska 41 -- it would have been a 58 yard field goal. I believe they said during the broadcast that the MSU kicker's career long was 47. (Remember MSU going for it repeatedly on 4th down against Michigan, in part because they didn't trust field goal attempts).
Cook certainly has the arm for a Hail Mary from that distance, though, even with the sack yardage.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Hmm...||
So, yeah, I guess I was close then. ;-)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wouldn't be a surprise||
It wouldn't be a surprise if they were, but you can bet Sparty Nation (Sparty County?) will feel the disrespekt if it happens.
If Michigan's not ahead of MSU this week, they certainly will be after MSU gets pantsed by the Buckeyes*.
* Should Michigan hold serve, mind you; certainly there are no guarantees.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Without looking...||
I'm going to guess that they're ignoring the fact that they got torched by Nebraska (Nebraska!). That there was no particular reason to believe that Sparty could have stopped them on the next play if the referees had correclty called the illegal touching penalty on the Huskers? And that their quarterback managed to run the last couple of seconds off of the clock by heaving the ball into the stands instead of throwing it at some dude's feet.
Instead, I'd wager they're whining about officiating.
Am I close? ;-)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Cue...||
Cue Spartan whining....
I mean, never mind that your defense got torched by Nebraska. (Nebraska!) Never mind that your quarterback had the ultimate non-Minnesota brain fart on the final play. Never mind other games that have been handed to you in the past. The officials totally cost you this game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||BIG TENNNNNN||
BIG TENNN REFS FTW!!!!!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Go for 2||
Harbaugh is running up the score on the officials. Go Blue!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"Their"||
He said "their" defense -- Rutgers's -- can't stop anything. i think that is obviously true. :-)