This is a repeat from last year, but I am sure we have some new members here at mgoblog, or maybe you just didn't catch the posting last year. One of the things I love about watching Michigan football is listening to Frank and Brandy call the game. Obviously they will never equal Ufer, but they are wonderful in their own homer way. The problem is that for away games the video feed is behind the radio feed so you cant use a DVR or Tivo to line them up properly. This was a bummer to me, as the choices were to watch the game with the radio looking 2-3 seconds in the future of the video or listening to the ABC, or even worse NBC announcers. Some company actually makes a radio type tivo product and I was right on the edge of ordering it, when I noticed something wonderful. The official radio feed pumped through the official Michigan site at [http://www.mgoblue.com/allaccess/] is available so you can listen to the game on the net. This feed is significantly behind the video feed, usually 10-20 seconds behind, thus you can now use a DVR to line up the audio from the internet with the video from TV...You just use a laptop or some other computer hook up to broadcast the game while you watch it on TV. It takes a few plays to line things up properly, and sometimes you have to readjust things after half time, but it works really well. The only negative I get is that I am now 10-20 seconds behind the live blog, so if I am watching that during the game, I am constantly getting a mini preview and my comments are always a little behind everyone else's...Other than that though, it works like a champ and its great to hear the Homer radio with the National video...
Hope this helps someone this year.
I understand not everyone can or wants to jump on the badwagon. But seriously? I would normally say I'd expect positive things from a Michigan almnus but then again I think there have been other articles about Amani Toomer not supporting the new coaching staff. Regardless, I heard this bit on the BTN's Saturday Morning Kickoff a few minutes ago:
Rick PIzzo: Is the jury still out for you?
Amani Toomer: Definitely, I wasn't really happy with the way they performed last week. After going through the film and looking at the stats ... and the stats are a little bit misleading. Watching the game I wasn't impressed, I didn't feel like they had that balance that they really needed.
With that being said, I'm so happy to see Denard Robinson stepping out. He wasn't the starting QB last year. Got an opportunity to play. Last year everytime I saw him I called him apple(?) because he'd turn the ball over every time he got in the game.... yadda yadda yadda...
Honestly, I don't know what more he could want. First of all, 19/22 for 186 passing yards and 287 total rushing yards isn't balanced? Sounds like an offensive explosion to me. So does flipping rushing/passing stats make it more balanced? Or just more typical, Amani. Who cares how you get there.
Let's say I agree with him (I don't), but if we didn't have to be more "balanced" in a lopsided win, why would we? Ugh, some people just can't accept a stellar performance even if its by one man on the team. If this was any other player, I doubt he'd be saying anything. If it was Braylon Edwards with 300 receiving yards, or Anthony Thomas with 200 rushing yards I wonder if he would still be complaining about not having a "balanced attack".
Anyway, that's all I have to say as I'm sick of people, especially alumni who clearly can't accept what Michigan is aiming to become. Good luck vs the Irish. Go Blue!
Mods: if this is too off topic (or negative karma) for gameday, feel free to delete.
ESPN is playing this game up big, and maybe it is. But for me, I think PSU has no chance. True freshmen QB, o-line questions, road game. Although you can never count out a Paterno team in a big game, I don't see this at all. Bama by two touchdowns. I went over to Black shoe diaries and even they are gloomy.
I am up, in the man-cave, drinking coffee, reading MGoBlog, watching videos of Michigan and ND, with the Big Ten Network on the big screen. I am prepared for one of the most memorable college football lineups in recent memory.
Suddenly, I hear the unmistakable sound of my wife walking upstairs in dress shoes (we have hard wood floors and there's no way to NOT notice when someone is wearing hard heeled shoes up there). I think to myself, "Why would she be wearing shoes at 9am on a Satruday? She's not going anywhere."
Now my blood pressure starts to rise as she opens the door to the basement and begins to descend into my lair. WTF is going ON? She NEVER comes down here. She hates it down here.
She turns the corner and say, "We have to leave about 9:30"
"LEAVE? LEAVE FOR WHAT?"
She answers "Kelly (our 14 year old/freshman) has a volleyball tournament down in Carelton"
These tournament last all day. They begin with a round robin and then conclude with a single elimation playoff. This thing is going on well into the game.
Now, I love my kids more than anything in the world. My daughter is my heart. No matter what, I will support her and put her first and foremost. I will proudly sit in the stands for her freshman high school volleyball tournament and forego watching the games on tv. BUT, just in the event I have to run out and get gas or run to the store or suddenly need a breath of fresh air........are there any Michigan Football themed bars/sports bars down in Carleton?
EDIT: OH, and I almost forgot a significantly crappy coincidence. My kids attend Notre Dame Prep High School, and I coach football there. Everyonewill be wearing Notre Dame stuff. Hahaha! How much does that suck?
Ten years ago I would have been so asleep right now, I may have been just falling asleep, or at least passing out into a state of unproductive unconsciousness. Given that those glory days have been replaced by a 3 year old tugging at my blanket and demanding "peeenotbutte-n-julli" at 6 AM, I though I would write a quick post before embarking on the 3 hour journey until College Gameday comes on the air.
Game day at Notre Dame is awesome. I am not here to compare Ann Arbor to South Bend, or judge the ND rivalry against Michigan's other annual(ish) rivalries, but just to say that Michigan at ND is one of the best spectacles in sports. There is something about when coverage is picked up at ND stadium for this game. The stadium is packed, the two best fight songs in college football are piping from all angles, players are so jacked for this one. As it is always a 3:30 game, you know that at some point mid third quarter, the twilight glow will emerge, no it won't get to completely dark, but dark enough that it is has a night game feel for the second half.
Out of all of Michigan's rivalries, which it seems is virtually every game on their schedule, M at ND has a particular feel, maybe it is because college football is so fresh at this point, and Michigan is embarking in hostile grounds to make an early season statement. I don't know, but this one is always special.
Happy Michigan at Notre Dame Day. Hope you got better sleep than I did.
Random question, but, why does our society enjoy college football so much?
In theory, college football shouldn't be one of the top three most popular sports in this country. Your not getting the best action, as only four to five members of an entire team even make an NFL roster. These players aren't the most skilled in the world, I could think of atleast 3-4 sports where an 18-23 year old athlete has to be more skilled (soccer,boxing, basketball) to succeed.
Yet, we still keep on watching, enjoying every minute of pagentry, thrill, chill and heartache. I've just never understood why.
2 hours ago, the 4th in my party bailed on tomorrow's game ... I have spent the remaining time getting shot down by everyone I know ... NOBODY can seem to go to such a great game ... I am soo frustrated, I will just go ahead and give it to a MGOBLOG fan ... my only restriction is that you have to use it yourself, and you were not otherwise able to go.
First one to reply with a cell phone I can text with wins. Pick-up will be somewhere near stadium tomorrow at some point before game :) We driving from Columbus, but not set on times yet ... so be flexible.
Ready, set, go!