Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:54 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:16 pm

Game day weather updates, Week 7

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Here's the weather outlook for all of today's important matchups. It's another gorgeous day across the country, but it's starting to get just a little bit chilly. You should still bring the sunscreen. All times are Eastern.

Noon kickoffs

Boston College at No. 16 Florida State , 12:00, Tallahassee, FL: Low 70s, clear

Illinois at No. 13 Michigan State, 12:00 , East Lansing, MI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

Missouri at No. 21 Texas A&M, 12:00 , College Station, TX: Low 70s, clear

Afternoon kickoffs

No. 15 Iowa at Michigan , 3:30, Ann Arbor, MI: Low 60s, partly cloudy

No. 12 Arkansas at No. 7 Auburn , 3:30, Auburn, AL: Low 70s, clear

Texas at No. 5 Nebraska , 3:30, Lincoln, NE: Low 70s, clear

Evening kickoffs

No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky , 6:00, Lexington, KY: Low 60s, clear

No. 1 Ohio State at No. 18 Wisconsin , 7:00, Madison, WI: Mid 50s, partly cloudy

Mississippi State at No. 22 Florida , 7:00, Gainesville, FL: Low 60s, clear

Late night kickoffs

Ole Miss at No. 8 Alabama , 9:00, Tuscaloosa, AL: Low 50s, clear

No. 24 Oregon State at Washington , 10:15, Seattle, WA: Mid 40s, partly cloudy

Posted on: October 16, 2010 12:00 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:16 pm

Do you know how to Bucky?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

I'm not going to lie.  As far as student/fan produced videos go these days, I didn't hate this song at all.  I'll even admit that I bobbed my head a little bit, even if I'm still not quite sure how to Bucky just yet.  Either way, if I like the song, then it has to be good because I have very strict musical tastes.  The only three people you'll find on this blogger's iPod are Justin Bieber, Katy Perry and Vanilla Ice.

So you know my ear is discerning.

Oh, and does anybody know where I can get a red-sequined jacket like the one the old guy in the video is wearing?  I have a keen eye for fashion too.

Thanks to Mr. Dodd for finding this.

Posted on: October 15, 2010 1:53 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2010 1:55 pm

Report: Brewster coaching for his job on Saturday

Posted by Chip Patterson

Minnesota head coach Tim Brewster believes that his squad could be 5-1 and sitting near the top of the Big Ten right now. The coach has remained positive about his Golden Gophers squad despite the current five game losing streak that has included dropping games to Northern Illinois and South Dakota.  In fact Minnesota's only win was a 24-17 squeaker against Middle Tennessee.  Brewster has been sitting on a flaming hot seat since the beginning of the season, and now it looks like his time at Minnesota could be closing quickly.

Yahoo! Sports' Tom Dienhnart reported Friday that Brewster may be coaching for his job against Purdue on Saturday.

Granted, Minnesota's AD could have been having routine discussions with Brewster's representatives, but chances are that this threat could be very real.  Brewster's firing has been a done deal in the opinion of many, and this just puts a final date on it.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 6:48 pm

Penn State student section gets unfortunate idea

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Halloween is but 17 short days away, and as any proper celebrant knows, figuring out a costume early is crucial if you're going to dress up for the holiday. And as anyone who's ever watched a college football game at the end of October knows, lots of people dress up for football games, particularly in the student section.

With that, some enterprising fans in Penn State's student section recently posted a Facebook group aimed at coordinating costume efforts for their October 30 showdown with Michigan. While Penn State often uses the "White Out" (which, while visually stunning, usually doesn't bode well for their on-field success), these fans proposed kicking things up a notch with a GHOST-OUT:

Listen - it's Halloween. Let's get real. We are Penn State and we are awesome. Me, William Cooper and some friends (ERIN HULLAND!!)(CHRISTINA RICCI) (Ryan Leddy yelled at me while I was making the event) decided (at Mad Mex) that instead of just some normal white out - lets be ghostsssssssssssssssssssss! HOW AWESOME WOULD IT BEEEEE?!? Awesome. K good - do it, invite your friends.WIN.

Ignoring the totally gratuitous name-dropping, this sounds like a fun, innocent idea. They could make ghost noises and everything, and it'd be fun for the whole family. Already, around 6,500 Facebook users have clicked "Attend" on this, so there's some popular support here.

But wait, just a second. Massive groups of people wearing white sheets with eyeholes? Hasn't that been done before? Didn't it, um, not end well? Some of those attendees voiced those concerns (with varying levels of tact), and that prompted this truly surreal disclaimer from the event creator:

I would like to make it clear that this is IN NO WAY intended to be racially insensitive IN ANY WAY. This page legitimately started as a JOKE between friends and just happened to gain an immense amount of support. Please be respectful and remember that we are being GHOSTS. Ghosts do not have pointy heads, so make sure we don't either. Come on everyone, use your common sense. Don't be the [redacted] that a lot of people believe penn state fans to be. WE ARE PENN STATE.

The other thing about these costumes, which I don't think I've seen addressed elsewhere, is that they're basically a white cloth version of the bag-over-head look that fans of hapless teams resort to. Granted, that's clearly not the fans' original intent here, but usually when sports fans obscure their faces, it's because they don't want to be seen at the game. And if Penn State performs as well against Michigan as they did against Illinois last week, well, those ghost costumes will come in extra handy in that regard too.

Hat Tip: Slow States

Posted on: October 14, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: October 14, 2010 3:42 pm

VIDEO: Parachuting into the Big House (POV)

Posted by Chip Patterson

In a video that is both terrifying and awesome, MGoBlue.com provides us with this exclusive footage of Sgt. Adam Sniffen from the 101st Airborne Division delivering the game ball via parachute before the Michigan-Michigan State game on Saturday.  While the 34-17 outcome was not favorable for the Wolverines (or Tom Brady, as we pointed out earlier), this exclusive point of view video takes you through the entire flight out of the plane and into one of college football's most historic stadiums.  Very, very, very, cool.

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Posted on: October 14, 2010 11:16 am
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:17 pm

Where are Brutus Buckeye's chaps?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Ohio State has made its way to the top of the polls this week thanks to an Alabama loss, but even if the Buckeyes win again this weekend against Wisconsin, I think I've found one significant reason to drop them down at least five spots in the polls.  It has nothing to do with the way the team has played this season, but a video that one Ohio State fan made.  Some things just can't go unpunished, and this video is most certainly one of those things.

Seems somebody thought that a classic like the Vilage People's "YMCA" needed a modern day, Buckeye-infused update.  Which then resulted in the newest type of torture known to mankind.

I made it about halfway through before I started singing "O-H-I- AM GOING TO KILL MYSELF IF I DON'T TURN THIS OFF!"  Let's see how far you can get.

Thanks, I guess, to The M Zone

Posted on: October 14, 2010 9:25 am
Edited on: October 14, 2010 12:19 pm

Tom Brady loses bet on UM-MSU, pays up

Posted by Chip Patterson

Former Michigan quarterback and current New England Patriot Tom Brady is frequently the center of the media's attention in the locker room.  Tack on the recent departure of Randy Moss and arrival of former Super Bowl MVP wide reciever Deion Branch, and there is plenty for the former Wolverine to discuss.  On Wednesday, Brady raised some eyebrows with a green Michigan State T-shirt as he questions at his locker.  Turns out, Brady made a friendly wager with on the Michigan-Michigan State game with Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer, a former Spartan, and was following through on his end of the bargain after the 34-17 Michigan State victory.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:33 pm

RichRod feels your hate

Posted by Tom Fornelli

For the first five weeks of the season, Rich Rodriguez was feeling pretty good.  His team was off to a 5-0 start, ranked on both the AP and Coaches polls, and the voices calling for his head had quieted down a bit.  Though that doesn't mean that those voices were totally silent, something Rodriguez has been aware of all season, and now that Michigan is coming off its third straight loss to "little brother' Michigan State, they're getting loud again.

"We lost to Michigan State, what, you wanna take me and hang me off the building now?" Rodriguez asked during his weekly press conference. "I mean, there might be a few people who want to do that, but it's the same people that probably wanted to do that after the first five games, too, they just weren't saying it publicly."

While it seems ridiculous on the surface that some fans would want Rodriguez gone after he's matched his 2009 win total in only six games, it's not completely unwarranted.  After all, the Wolverines were 4-0 last season before they lost to Michigan State and lost six of the next seven games to finish 5-7 and miss out on a bowl game for the second straight year.

Fans are just a bit nervous it can happen again, and I can't blame them.

While Michigan has improved this season, it's because of one player playing out of his mind, Denard Robinson.   As the Spartans proved last weekend, if you can keep things from getting too Denarded, Michigan is very beatable.  The Michigan defense is allowing 26.8 points per game, and unless that unit improves, odds are that Michigan's record within the Big Ten isn't going to be very good.

There's also that whole NCAA investigation hanging over Rodriguez's head.  The NCAA is expected to make its decision about Rodriguez and his failure to "promote an atmosphere of compliance" before the end of the regular season, and if the NCAA decides to hand down a major punishment while the Wolverines are in the midst of a losing streak, then those dissenting voices will grow louder than ever.

While I don't think they'll hang Rodriguez from any buildings in Ann Arbor, they'd gladly kick him out of town.
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