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08/09/2017 - 5:33pm lol

That's right, I totally forgot about the nylon rope. I know they connected it wrong first, then after fixing that issue, they tried to pull it and the rope snapped.  

08/09/2017 - 1:26pm ha, duplicate

I didn't see your post first.  Glad someone else remembers that, it was hilarious. 

08/09/2017 - 1:25pm Another favorite 90s Yost moment - Zamboni breakdown

I remember a game where the main Zamboni broke down on the ice while it was resurfacing during intermission.  They drove the backup Zamboni out there, and a guy came out with two long chains to connect them so they could tow it off.  Of course, he hooked up the chains wrong - each end of one chain was connected to the same zamboni, so when they tried to pull away and start the tow, the chains just kinda separated on the ice into two big unconnected U shapes.  After an outburst of laughter, the chant went up "English major! English major!"

Great times.  I was a trumpet player in the marching band 95-99, but chose not to try out for hockey band.  I know folks enjoyed their hockey band experience but I was happy just to be a part of the crowd, watching games and singing the Victors instead of playing it :)


10/25/2016 - 4:14pm I totally forgot about that

I totally forgot about that quote.  Such dark times.  

10/25/2016 - 12:29pm THIS.

Everyone thinks of the Horror as the worst thing ever, but very few remember that Oregon the following week was so, so much worse.  Yes, the Horror was a thing that happened, but it also should have been dismisable as a freak occurance, a one in a million shot.  

The Oregon game was a complete, top-to-bottom de-pantsing. We had no answer for anything they did on offense or defense. Ugh. 

The following week was Notre Dame, and the panic levels pre-game were off the charts.  If we didn't win that game, the wheels would have come flying off. 

09/08/2015 - 1:08pm That's what I see too

You're talking about an RB, not a WR.  Presnap route changes are probably not what he spent time on in August camp.  I bet the DB realized this, too, which is why he backed off in the first place. 

09/08/2015 - 1:05pm Seems easier than it probably is

It looks to me like Isaac runs a fly here.  He doesn't glance back at the QB, pre or post snap. Rudock would have needed to communicate a route change presnap for that to work.  And we're talking about a receiver on the play who is an RB, not a WR, who might be more used to a late read route change.

On top of that, I belive the slot would have also needed to change his route, because he drags a defender directly into the passing lane you're suggesting.

09/04/2015 - 10:10am Isaac isn't THAT great an option here

Look again at the moments after the snap.

1) Isaac is running a straight fly down the field; for this call to work he and Rudock would have needed to communicate a changing of the route basically as the snap is occurring.  I can't imagine that's an easy thing to do.

2) Even if they did, the slot receiver's route took a defender directly into the passing lane of what you're suggesting is an easy pitch and catch, and he looked ready to pounce.  I'm not convinced that this is as easy as you think it is. 

11/05/2013 - 6:18pm Good point

"If Funchess realizes blocking that linebacker is futile (I doubt he's allowed the decision) and blocks that safety, this is 6."

That's a good point.  Probably easier to execute then using him as a pass threat as I suggested below. If he were allowed the decision, then what's the easy rule that makes him block the right guy, though?  "Block the guy in front of you?" 

11/05/2013 - 6:06pm Constraints

Pretty interesting that Brian's analysis of Funchess on the first play - run the cover guy away in an attempt to remove him from the equation - is EXACTLY what would have made a good constraint on the second play.  If Funchess drifts to the left instead of trying to execute an impossible block, then Gardner has a receiver with at least 10 yards of open space.

The thing that Narduzzi knows is that we don't run a real option and doesn't have to worry about QB oh noes.  We haven't done it all year, and he confirms it by watching Funchess, who makes no attempt to create a constraint on the first play.

I'm really curious to see what would happen when this MSU defense matches up with an offense that can actually execute these constraints.  Say, Baylor.


09/01/2013 - 9:07am Poor timing

The failed reverse/split was due to some stadium announcement honoring someone or another that resulted in the band playing "The Victors".  Fans have been conditioned to drop whatever they're doing, including proper wave technique, in order to clap and fist pump.

01/26/2012 - 1:43pm One thing doesn't get enough attention

How in the heck did the on-field referee think it was a touchdown in the first place?  From the ref's perspective, Coale's feet are way up in the air, half of his body lands completely out of bounds, and there's no way the ref could have seen the elbow that possibly would allow him to be considered in-bounds.

The whole thing wouldn't be less heated if he initially called what it looked like live - a nice diving catch that was out of bounds.

12/19/2010 - 9:38am Anger

Nothing gets me more upset than that video of the kid, in tears, who had to move out of the dorms in August after working out all summer at LSU.  These jerks, who make millions, couldn't be interviewed?  Unbelievable cowardice.

And I still say no, ESPN still isn't really taking this seriously.  Bob Ley gives Houston Nutt a pass on his comment about signing 80 kids by saying "oh, that quote was just a joke."  Well, the joke isn't funny, Bob.


10/17/2010 - 10:27am With you until the Tate part

What was calm and centered about the last drive, which ended with a 3rd & 19 pass to nobody?  I really don't see him making the offense work better - he scrambles out of his protection until he finds a random guy open.  That's not running an offense, its completely unpredictable.  Blocking for him has to be a nightmare, you never know where he's going to be.

10/10/2010 - 12:22am Good thing I only count this as year 2

2008 was a complete waste of time and shouldn't count against any artificial coach clock. 

05/25/2010 - 11:40am Oh, THAT Tony

Yeah, in that case, I have no idea. ;)

I thought The Shield on FX wrapped things up pretty tightly:

Spoiler alert: link to article explaining the ending

05/25/2010 - 10:31am On Tony...

From Wikipedia's account of Season 7:

"As the FBI arrests him, Tony curses Jack as a coward and a traitor, and is led away into FBI custody."

Curious - what else would you have liked to see?  A courtroom proceeding? Characters on 24 go out in one of 3 ways - death, arrest, or safely disappear somehow (promotion, go off the grid, etc.)

Sometimes, characters are brought back from jail or safety (and in Tony's case, they are even brought back from death). If you never see them again, then you can assume they stayed safe, dead, or in jail and there's no story left for that character.

11/23/2009 - 7:15pm After sluggish sales of Sousaphone Hero

Chances are low

Activision Reports Sluggish Sales For Sousaphone Hero

11/23/2009 - 1:36pm Ernie Harwell?

Did he ever make this leap? I know that towards the end of his career you could catch him making up the play - what you saw live was not the same as what he just said (of course, there's some wiggle room in radio for things like that, as long as you get the result right).

For the most part, though, I'd say he never became a caricature.

11/23/2009 - 1:21pm I'll grant benefit of the doubt here

Had Minor not been hurt the entire year, I think he could have done for the offense what Brandon Graham does for the D. It's a lot tougher to "lead" from the sidelines, at least in the manner that he's speaking here.

Look at Stafford yesterday - do a couple of insanely tough things on the field, and you've suddenly got your teammates wanting to work harder for you than ever. Minor didn't really get a chance to do that this year.

11/23/2009 - 1:08pm Although awesome...

This one still doesn't top about 10 years ago when a couple of A-10 Thunderbolts rolled overhead. Just as loud, but they're slower so it took about twice as long to fly over, and the best part was that it wasn't announced ahead of time. Scared the pants off of so many people that they've ALWAYS done an official warning announcement since.

11/16/2009 - 1:57pm There's a big difference

Rodriguez was doing it with minutes left on the clock for the purpose of coaching his players through a realistic 2-minute drill, even if it doesn't determine the outcome. Dantonio was doing it with seconds left on the clock, just to be a jerk.

I guess that sounds like homerism, but whatever. I see a clear difference.

11/14/2009 - 3:33pm Oh, maybe you're right on that.

I dunno anymore. Too depressed to think clearly.

11/14/2009 - 3:21pm He didn't always blitz

I distinctly remember dropping EIGHT into coverage on a 3rd and long early in the game, they still found a WR over the middle in front of the safeties.

It makes no difference at all what defensive play is called.

11/14/2009 - 3:04pm Future first round pick

looked pretty silly on the touchdown over his head. Never even tried to locate the football. A Lions first round pick, perhaps.

11/09/2009 - 9:59am Never played either...

but I've got to think that's a bad thing. Both sides of the ball need to be out there working to help the other. The team, the team, the team, right?

11/05/2009 - 5:32pm This.

Came here to say exactly this.

Love watching "America's Funniest Home Videos", but reserve a special level of laughter for the groin-shot sequences. Ow!

10/26/2009 - 5:36pm Would have thought that too, but...

there's the case where Johann Franzen played an entire game of professional hockey on a torn ACL earlier this month.

10/25/2009 - 11:34am Standing != fan

I guess I'm a bad fan for sitting down so the 8 year old behind me could see a football game he was obviously excited to be at.

Standing up is fine sometimes, but pay attention to your surroundings and don't be "that guy."

10/20/2009 - 1:54pm Want to try my card from 1995

just so I can hear the guy say

"it's an older code, sir, but it checks out. I was about to clear them."

10/05/2009 - 3:07pm Yup

Figured out the error of my ways after looking up from the spreadsheet to think for a minute :)

10/05/2009 - 3:06pm Retracted, I win at math but fail at football.

If you get the first one, you don't have to go for two again.

10/05/2009 - 2:50pm I suspect bad math

Chance for me to look stupid here since stats class was a long time ago, but...

I think the emailer has bad multi-event stats going on. You have to multiply the success rate for a multi-event scenario.

0.44 * 0.44 = 19% to get both
(0.44 * 0.56)* 2 = 50% to get one
0.56 * 0.56 = 31% to get none

It didn't pass the smell test that 2 wins is more likely than 2 losses when less than half of tries are successful. And I agree with Brian, chances of one play going right were probably worse than 44% under the conditions.

10/05/2009 - 10:36am You assume NW's class

I'll never forget how snobby they were to us after winning for a second year in a row in 1996, as if they were suddenly the Big 10s finest and always would be.

(note to Sparty - even NW had beaten us 2 years in a row in recent memory. It's not that respectable).

09/29/2009 - 4:57pm Of course not

Players clearly prefer Bob Seger.

09/29/2009 - 11:29am Also terrible...

"We talked to him last night..."


"When we talked to him last week..."


"I was talking to Coach Rodriguez and he told me..."

Or any other variation on that theme. It's like they're rubbing it in that their job is to cover sports and a constant reminder that I don't get to do that.

09/28/2009 - 2:47pm Another music complaint

If you watched the PSU - Iowa game, you'd have heard "7 Nation Army" playing a prominent role. Sounded like the whole 100,000+ crowd was singing that riff...and they were lead by the band.

Whoever's responsible for RAWK went way, way overboard this week and I'm with Brian - this HAS to be corrected.

09/28/2009 - 1:17pm Liked RAWK before they went all Wedding Mix

Twist & Shout? Old Time Rock n Roll?

Next game I'm preparing for both the Chicken Dance and the Cha Cha Slide.

09/28/2009 - 11:48am This

Saw that Saturday and was really excited about it. It seems genuine, and the system is so much better off for it.

09/27/2009 - 8:19am Ugh - this one's even worse
09/22/2009 - 5:51pm Sure...

It just seemed like an interesting case. Even today, media outlets like the Jim Rome show couldn't get over the fact that TOP was so lopsided and yet it didn't matter to the outcome.

09/22/2009 - 12:12am If you have the time -

Try charting tonights MNF game between Miami and Indy. It was an epic example of how little TOP matters. Indy had the ball for maybe 15 minutes and won, 27-23.

Miami had all sorts of strength in the rushing game, thanks to Jake Long of course ;), but Peyton Manning moved his team 80 yards in :30 seconds on the game-winning drive. I kept screaming at Mike Tirico that he may want to mention "points per possession" here...

Anyway, Miami gets the ball back with 3 minutes to go, and the Colts D was visibly out of gas, but since Miami's primary downfield strike target is Ted Ginn, they had no ability to take advantage.

09/22/2009 - 12:02am So, wait...

Are you suggesting we build a highway in the Big House?

Could help with post-game exits, I guess.

09/17/2009 - 5:12pm Good point

Ummm...yeah you're probably right. In that case I guess Tate's stuck with a run then.

09/17/2009 - 1:21pm I think you're right

At first, I was going to say "I think this is only a pre-snap read for Tate. If they are in press coverage, if the safeties are cheating up again, it's a run play all the way."

Then I went back and watched a few more times. I think you have it right. The QB read on this play is not the blocked DE but the LB that Huyge is stepping out to block. If the LB was NOT in QB contain (crashed into the hole, like you said), Tate would have kept it for 6-7 yards, tackled by the far side corner's angle.

HOWEVA, that pulling corner leaves Odoms wide open on a wheel route. So Tate's read after keeping the ball is the safety. If the safety steps up to cover the run, then the wheel is wide open.

Wow. I love this.

09/17/2009 - 1:20pm Agreed there

His selling of the fake wasn't all-out. Even if it was, though, I think that corner just read the play properly and saved his team a TD. If he was just half a second more lazy, end zone.

09/17/2009 - 12:49pm I don't get it

I'm not sure what you expect him to have done. I mean, I agree he didn't run hard. But even if he did, you can't block from behind. You can't even block from the side most times without getting flagged. To help Minor, he'd have had to get to the other side of that corner. Unlikely.

I think maybe he could have sold the screen fake a little better. He went downfield too far, not sucking his guy up into the short screen play.

Other than that, I don't see this as Stonum's fault.

09/16/2009 - 4:03pm nothing's free

Beveled Guilt.

09/16/2009 - 12:06pm lets keep it simple here

Radio & TV often cut away before you get to the trio so they can play commercials before their postgame coverage. The audience doesn't hear the fight song as a sign-off because it takes too long to get to that.

Sure, it's a minor detail, but i know the MMB cares a LOT about details. I also know that this detail is hard to detect as a band member, because you're busy playing and not listening to the radio or watching TV.

So, as a former band member who loved his time at Michigan and understands that you couldn't be expected to have that experience, I'm sharing some feedback from different perspective. Do with it what you will.

09/16/2009 - 9:04am Exactly right

And the leadership has changed so many times in the last 10 years, I've lost track.

Imagine if the football team had changed head coaches that many times. It'd be MSU football pre-Dantonio. Working hard, but directionless.