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10/21/2015 - 2:33pm The Butterfly Effect

I would go back to Saturday and buy a ticket to the game. Just being at the game would possbly be enough to change the circumstances ever so slightly so that the completely ludicrous last second play wouldn't have happened exactly as it does. But just to be certain, I would strip naked and run onto the field during our last timeout with 10 seconds left. That would be enough to re-allign the cosmos and allow the last play to happen again under different circumstances. And the chances that State would score again under those different circumstances is 1 in 1000.

Of course I'd be in trouble, as I would have to explay why I skipped my sister's wedding to run naked on a football field. 

08/09/2010 - 2:13pm Overturning a non-fumble

Regarding the 2005 Iowa game fumble, and a few others, I'm still befuddled as to how the replay can overrule a play that was ruled on the field to not be a fumble, and give the ball to a team that fell on the ball after the play was ruled to be over.  If a play was ruled down with no fumble, then the play ended at that instant.  Anything that happened thereafter would have been incidental.

If I recall, the 2004 Notre Dame Chad Henne fumbe referred to in No. 4 was another example of this.

07/29/2010 - 2:52pm That was essentially what I was going to guess

though I had different plays and different orders.

6) Field goal to complete 2003 Minnesota comeback.  Not a very exciting play in itself, since the game was tied and there were still ticks on the clock if I recall, but it finished off the biggest comeback in Michigan history.

5) 2006 Notre Dame game, Burgess interception for a touchdown in opening minute.  It happened very early in the game, but it set the tone for one of the best ass-whoopings of all time, and launched momentum for 11 straight wins.

4) Field goal to win 2002 Washington game

3) One of the touchdowns to win the 2004 MSU game.  Not sure which one in particular stands out.  I guess the clinching TD in 3OT, but we still had to play defense after that.

2) 2009 Notre Dame, Forcier to Matthews.

1) Penn state 2005 Henne to Manningham.


This has to be wrong though because Hart is supposedly blocking on 3 of the top 4.

07/27/2010 - 9:20pm Yeah, I wouldn't put that at

Yeah, I wouldn't put that at #6, but I thought something from that game would have been top 11.  I think I will change my guess to be one of those FG block/Interception returns vs Washington. 

07/27/2010 - 3:48pm My guess of the Top 6

6) 2002 Ohio State game - Braylon Edwards Offensive Pass Interference

5) 2001 Michigan State game - personal foul penalty on 4th and 15 on the final drive

4) 2006 Ohio State game - Shawn Crable personal foul on Troy Smith

3) 2009 Illinois game - Roy Roundtree is caught from behind starting a downward spiral for the end of the season

2) 2007 Appalachain State game - Armanti Edwards 24 yard pass to our 5 yard line with 30 seconds left (App. State kicked the field goal on first down with 30 seconds left, we should never even have gotten the ball back to have a blocked field goal in the first place)

1) 2000 Northwestern game - Anthony Thomas fumble

06/15/2010 - 2:55pm intra-division competition is just as important...

as inter-division balance.  If Michigan and Ohio State are in the same division, which I think they have to be, then you must throw in one other traditional competitive team in there to keep them honest.  I've seen divisions that include Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Northwestern.  Michigan or Ohio State win that division 96 times out of 100.  I wouldn't mind seeing that, but it is ridiculously unfair.  Much more unfair than a division that has more talent overall than another.  You need at least one of Wisconsin, Iowa, Penn State or Nebraska in the division with Michigan and OSU.  And if you are going to do that, it might as well be Penn State to preserve the rivalries and the East/West geography. 

Sure Michigan, OSU and Penn State are traditionally 3 of the 4 best teams in the league, but a championship game against the best of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Iowa or Illinois in a championship game will almost always be a championship worthy matchup. 

12/29/2008 - 2:31pm I too will take him at his words

particularly the words "[email protected]"

Oh, but the school issues out umich email accounts to anyone that applies. Come on. The guy has been busting his a$$ to be able to make an announcement at the Army game while still being able to enroll early (and attend class the following Monday). Is it THAT implausible that he wants to make the most of his first chance to speak on national television?

12/02/2008 - 5:18pm At most, a few teams might have to play 16 games

with a 6 team playoff, and that includes conference title games. The NCAA already allows a team to play 15 games in a year if you schedule Hawaii (12, plus 1 for Hawaii, plus 1 for the conf. title, plus the bowl). At most 2 teams per year would play 16 games, and that would require each of 1) that they play in their conference title game, 2) they don't get a first round bye and 3)they upset one of the top 2 teams. It probably happens to one team every 2 or 3 years. Not really a big deal.