Since I let Paul's post stand on its own after the game Saturday, here are a few things I'd like to add:
- First off, Paul's text message about UConn had to do with the fair catch on a bounced ball. I'm not positive, but I think once the ball touches the ground in NCAA, the right to a fair catch is forfeited. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
- Why did Rodriguez call a timeout (and the refs clarified that it was NOT a challenge) after one of the Wisconsin fumble recoveries. I thought the play was close enough to warrant a challenge, and I think it's ridiculous that the booth didn't use the commercial break to at least take another look. From the angles that were shown in the stadium, the Wisconsin player's left leg was out of bounds by the time he recovered the ball.
- On that note, at halftime, I was formulating a post in my head about how the refs didn't cause Michigan to win... but they sure didn't help. They were much better in the second half, and Michigan may have even gotten a couple of breaks.
- Steven Threet. 58-yard run. Awesome.
- Wisconsin fans have picked up the torch from Penn State fans for the honor of "second biggest assholes in the conference." I said good game to a guy wearing a t-shirt that read "I wouldn't cheer for Michigan if they were playing Iraq" (yay for dated reference!), and he couldn't muster anything more than a sneer. He was one of the lesser douchebags I encountered all weekend.
And this stuff may deserve its own post, but I'll take this opportunity to bitch about the fans:
If you don't know anything about football, don't bitch about play calling, etc. I may start a regular feature on Mondays called "From the Dumbest Fan in the Stands," or give an "atmosphere report" for games that I go to. Option A will be accompanied by the photo you see on the right.
- If you booed in the first half, you can try to say you were booing the coaching decisions, but you're either lying or you don't know about football. The coaches were calling downfield passes, but Threet wasn't executing. Would you have preferred they keep going to it so we could have had 8 turnovers? The offensive line couldn't block anyone on running plays. Sure, the coaches are partially culpable, but the players were struggling.
- Despite all the bad, the stadium didn't get nearly as quiet during the first three quarters as I would have expected. Most of the noise was coming from the student section at that time, but there were still a few people in the South endzone stepping up.
- By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the crowd was as loud as I can remember it being.
- Until the major comeback, my companion and I were the ONLY people in our immediate vicinity (south endzone, row 16) who had stood up on a third down in the game. That is pitiful if you can't even get up and yell on an important play.
- At halftime, some idiot behind me yelled "Why don't you go back to West Virginia, ya stupid snake-oil salesman!" This was stupid for all the obvious reasons, and I thought I had the perfect response "How about we keep him and get rid of you?" Of course, after the game (and I have to give him at least some credit for staying the whole time), he was preaching the glory of the spread.
For ITP this week, we'll probably be taking a look at Wisconsin's two 2-point conversion attempts, and what was the difference between the two. If you'd prefer something else (and not the Threet keeper, since we've already covered the zone-read ad nauseam), drop your opinion in the comments and Paul and I will try to accommodate you.