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|2 years 5 weeks ago||You are likely to be out of||
You are likely to be out of luck as far as watching it on TV locally. ESPN has agreed to sell their UK and Ireland channels (ESPN and ESPN America) to BT Sport after they lost out on the Premier League rights. ESPN will cease broadcasting in the UK and Ireland on 31 July.
As part of the sale agreement, BT Sport has acquired all of the broadcast rights currently in ESPN's UK and Ireland portfolio. BT Sport will also operate one ESPN branded channel but it remains to be seen whether BT Sport will attempt to broadcast the "American" sports in the ESPN portfolio. They may just rely on the French, German, Italian and Russian football rights ESPN has.
I would check the BT Sport website nearer the time of your trip to see if they are broadcasting NCAA football and whether they are showing the game. If so, look for bars that advertise they have BT Sport. You might also want to check Eurosport as they have, in the past, had one B1G game per week.
If other technological solutions aren't available, you can get a one day subscription to ESPN Player (ESPN3 in Europe) for GBP 8.99 (about $14) which, I think, gets you 24 hours access to live and on-demand events.
If BTN have the US broadcast rights, then all bets are off.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Not quite free agents||
I think the rule in Spain is you can't sign a professional contract until you are 18 but in England (and possibly other European countries) you can sign a professional contract at the age of 16. This means that clubs like Barcelona sometimes have to compete to keep players that have been training at La Masia for years. In the case of Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral, two Barca academy prospects who turned down Barca to sign with Arsenal this summer, there is a "development fee" paid as compensation by Arsenal to Barca (roughly Eur 1 million for the two of them).
|4 years 3 days ago||A few thoughts||
If I'm not mistaken it's the ABC primetime matchup so there's a decent chance that the game will be broadcast live in the UK on ESPN America and/or ESPN America HD (for which you need a subscription). The September schedule should be up on their website later in August (espnamerica.com). If it's on ESPN America, there might be a few bars with late licenses that would show the game. It's not the classiest venue but you could try the Sports Cafe near Piccadilly. It's open til 3am according to their website which would get you the first half and maybe even second half kickoff before bouncers throw you out. There's a slightly longer list of bar candidates here (http://www.londonrelocationservices.com/blog/tag/london-pubs-with-espn-a...) although I doubt any of them would be open late enough for you to catch the entire game.
If it's not on TV then use one of the other recommended methods above or you can get a daily subscription for ESPN College Pass (a bargain at just £8.99 for 24 hours). Another place to look for streams would be myp2p.eu. Failing all that, you might be able to get a radio stream through mgoblue.com.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Bergkamp vs Argentina 98||
That was Bergkamp's legendary goal vs Argentina in the 98 World Cup. Just for fun, in this video you can compare Dutch commentary against BBC and ABC.
Sorry, haven't mastered embedding yet.
For some EPL games, Sky broadcast alternate audio called Fanzone where you get commentary from two commentators (one for each team) who are just regular fans. Some of the banter is hilarious.
|4 years 34 weeks ago||Eligibility||
8 does seem low but bear in mind that you have to play enough to win a letter and you can't be a true freshman. According to the roster, 29 out of 116 were not eligible because they were true freshmen. Not sure what proportion of the 87 played enough to win a letter.
|4 years 44 weeks ago||RR comment||
I watched the postgame presser and RR said that all three had much higher ceilings than where they performed today. Nice to hear but hard to imagine them playing much better as a unit.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Me too||
London, as the handle suggests.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Snowflakes||
"schadenfreude-laden snowflakes, each expression of agony is unique." Great line. +1
|4 years 46 weeks ago||A few caveats||
You're right, we gave up 532 yards yesterday. But about 150 of those yards came on the Rudolph TD and ND's last drive when we were in "prevent" mode. Not to say the Rudolph TD doesn't count but I for one am hoping that Cam Gordon has learned his lesson about never letting a receiver get behind him.
We'd all like to see a return game on punts but I for one am happy to have Gallon just fair catch balls back there provided he doesn't fumble.
I think Hagerup will come good. As poorly as he punted yesterday, he averaged 38.3 yards. Let's just hope he doesn't actually kick one of those low line drives directly at someone.
The field goal kicking is another matter and my biggest concern. True freshman holder in Dileo and RS Freshman kicker. 1 of 4 FGs and a botched PAT is not a good start to the season.
If we can maintain our new found focus on holding on to the ball it may help to make up for one or more of our
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Sad face||
Maybe we can trademark it as sad leprechaun face?
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Denard's throwing||
Denard seems to be missing "touch" on some of the downfield passes. All the downfield throws seem to be pretty flat and pretty high velocity. I'm sure he'll learn this as he goes along. The throw that is sticking in my mind is when he had the seam route to Roundtree wide open and the ball got knocked down by Teo who was 5+ yards behind Roundtree. A bit of elevation and he would have cleared Teo and had an easy touchdown. But, then again, we wouldn't have had the last second heroics for the second year in a row.
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Twitter quotes about Denard||
Great page on Mgoblue - http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/091110aac.html
A few highlights:
|4 years 46 weeks ago||One from RichRod||
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Damn||
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Sorry||
|4 years 46 weeks ago||Reactions||
They usually list it as a coming event if they're going to have it. Unfortunately it's not listed (though Monday's presser is). I wonder if they'll have one at all since it was a road game? I couldn't find on the ND (I mean NBC) site but then again I also couldn't get the feed due to geographical restrictions.
It's 2:30am my time and I want so badly to see the reactions of our coach and players to an emotional come from behind victory in hostile territory. Unfortunately, I had to watch this on Eurosport 2 in the UK and they showed only the picture with some dumbass providing commentary. I didn't even get to see the emotional post-game interview with RichRod. Now I've got to wait hours for the torrent...
|4 years 47 weeks ago||UM vs ND not on TV in Europe||
I'm guessing you will struggle to find a bar that will have the game because it is not being broadcast in Europe. ESPN America, which is available for subscription in Europe, is showing Georgia vs South Carolina (5pm BST), Miami vs OSU (8:30pm BST) and Penn State vs Alabama (1:00am BST). ESPN is showing Oregon vs Tennessee (1:00am BST). Your best bet is going to be an internet stream.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Millen||
I quite like Millen as a color analyst. He's insightful and sometimes even funny. I love the comment at about 2:38 in the highlights just as Denard is about to reach the 20 yard line en route to his 32 yard touchdown run, interrupting McDonough's commentary:
A bit like the jockstrap comment on Forcier's touchdown run last year on 4th down against Notre Dame.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||TOP||
I loved the TOP stats today. We beat UConn at their own game. We had the ball for 21 minutes in the second half and damn near ran out the clock on the last drive when we took over at 9:45 in the 4th. M's final drive - 15 plays, 51 yards and 8:24 consumed! As we all know, this offense is dangerous if executed properly.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||The D||
Jeez, I was nervous all the way through the third quarter. To put it nicely, I thought we were fortunate. But given we've been on the wrong end of the stick so many other times, turn about is fair play. Not only did UConn help M's cause a lot in the first half but they coughed up the ball inside the ten after getting first and goal where a touchdown would have cut the lead to 7.
Having said that there were a few nice plays that were made, particularly early. The Rogers hit on the WR to make him cough it up on a early 3rd and short play. The Floyd hit on Shoemate to produce the fumble. But we also had more than a few missed tackles.
I'm most concerned about our ability to get pressure on the QB. We had a few hurries but no sacks. We had 4 TFLs and they had 11. We will face more accurate passers and better receivers and pressure will be key.
On the ground, for as well as Michigan ran the ball today, we averaged 4.7 ypc on 61 carries against an undersized DL. UConn averaged 4.6 ypc on 30 attempts. Thankfully, they were forced out of their gameplan after falling behind early.
But all in all, I'm just thrilled with a victory and beating them at their own game - rushing. Michigan had the ball a whopping 21 minutes in the second half including a final drive of 15 plays for 51 yards consuming 8:24!
|4 years 47 weeks ago||Team player||
One of the enduring images for me from last year was the jumping chest bump that Tate and Denard had after Denard scored on his first play as quarterback. Tate was the first person from the sideline to congratulate him. At that point in time it seemed like the two could work together in a tandem partnership. But I guess it only works for Tate when he's the starter...
I really wish that he had the maturity and teamwork skills to congratulate his teammates and do his sulking in private.
|4 years 47 weeks ago||How about||
Not overly imaginative, but how about
|4 years 48 weeks ago||Previous post said test on Tuesday||
I think a previous post from FormerWolv said that Shaw was taking his test today. If so, that would fit with the Sam Webb statement that we should know on Wed/Thurs.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Torrents||
Try MGoVideo (now www.bigtentracker.com) or www.tenyardtracker.com (though it looks like they've suspended new account creation after reaching 60,000). Standard definition normally up late Saturday night, HD late Sunday or Monday. You won't find spoilers at either site.
|4 years 49 weeks ago||Scrimmage update||
I'm certain there would be huge demand for scrimmage updates. Speaking for myself, I would prefer to see one large post with a considered review of how the team looked and individual player performances rather than a stream of thoughts like "That was a nice pass from Denard/Tate/Devin."
|4 years 51 weeks ago||European coverage||
If you have cable or satellite TV you can subscribe to ESPN America. Check out www.espnamerica.com for how to get it in your country. They normally show 2-4 games live per week. Michigan was on 3 times last year (ND, Indiana and OSU). They show pretty much every bowl game including all of the BCS bowls. They also have NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and college basketball depending on the broadcast rights in your country. Be prepared for infuriating programming decisions from ESPN as the game you really wanted to watch is dropped for a pre-season hockey game or a baseball game. The good news is the broadcast is widescreen HD.
Eurosport, which is part of most cable/satellite packages, had a Big Ten game of the week for part of the season last year. Not sure if they're doing it this year. It was abbreviated and tape delayed. Michigan was on once (MSU). It was broadcast in 4:3 SD, looked pretty crappy and had a highly irritating overdubbed announcer.
Other than that, you're down to streaming. The most reliable source of streams seems to be www.myp2p.eu where you can access pretty much anything.
|5 years 4 weeks ago||Leverage||
The original prenup was apparently a sliding scale and the $20 million was after 10 years of marriage. They were married in 2004. If the $750 million is correct, she must have some serious leverage on him.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||In relation to 1)||
I note that Dave Brandon pre-briefed the Detroit News and Annarbor.com in relation to the self-imposed sanctions. I can't imagine the Freep getting any exclusive access to anyone at Michigan. They can attend forums open to the press at large and that's about it.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Additional sanctions from NCAA||
The University hasn't disputed any allegations. The punishment for practice hours seems to be well established. The reduction in QCs seems measured. I think the only battleground for the NCAA to come back at Michigan is whether a competitive advantage arose as a result of the infractions.
|5 years 10 weeks ago||Allegations||
Having read through both the UM and RR responses, I'm glad they have this all out in the open for anyone to read. If people do read the entirety of the responses, they'll see exactly how borderline some of these allegations really are (RR's response is more enlightening because he disputes allegations when, from memory, the University didn't dispute anything). Unfortunately, most will just read the headlines.
Personally, I found it hard not to read through the whole thing and not just laugh at some of the things considered violations by the NCAA:
- QC staff providing "coaching" because they responded when one of the QBs asked on the sideline what defense did you see on the last play rather than picking up the headset and asking Rod Smith
- Use of a foam football on a stick to simulate a snap during offseason voluntary skill development
- Qbs holding a taped towel in their hands when running footwork drills
It's also enlightening (and extremely frustrating) to read how these violations actually arose:
- the Sunday 1 hour mandatory lift was left off the detailed weekly schedule reviewed and agreed at the pre-season coaching offsite (attended by Labadie and compliance) because there were two shifts of lifting but then Labadie forgot to put it on the CARA form and compliance didn't call him on it
- the non-inclusion of the stretching on the CARA forms was agreed by compliance but only because they didn't know that (and didn't ask whether) part-time S&C staff not available to the entirety of the athletic department (ie the QCs) might be in attendance because they declined Barwis' invitation to observe an off-season S&C session
It seems awfully hard to put some of these things on RRs doorstep. I can't see the NCAA making the failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance charge against RR stick.