Going to get worse. Requiring multi-thousand dollar donations plus fee to park in the garages near the stadium.
I have this image of the Monty Python march, a still from that silly Harbaugh rap video, and the announcer, "And now for something completely different."
Could this be a prelude to a Super Bowl invite? I don't think the NFL will ever get away from a super star at half time, but pregame, I could see.
1. I vote for a position change announcement. We've all seen the "Braxton is fielding punts" rumors on this site. Might as well make it public and start turning NFL scouts mindsets in that direction.
2. One thing that came out in the Everett Golson affair, is if a school counts a graduate among their 85 scholarships, they have veto power. Would Urban veto a transfer to a school that could even remotely be a CFP participant? I say yes.
3. A remote possibility would be an announcement he is taking the million dollar insurance policy and moving on to his lifes' work.
I don't read Michigan blogs, but I know Brian Cook used to do the Fulmer Cup that I greatly enjoyed. The story of the Oregon State tight end stealing the gay sheep was classic.
If you're looking for some good summer reading, I highly recommend Valley of the Shadow by Ralph Peters. It is historical fiction in the vein of Killer Angels, but much better. The author tells the battle from the perspective of the privates as well as the generals. I did not know the Confederates nearly captured Washington in 1864, thwarted only by desperation commanded by Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur. I gained a new appreciation for Buckeye "Rud" (Rutherford) Hayes. Yes, Custer and his "Wolverine" cavalry get aplomb, but it was deserved. Ralph does a superb job of research and you get a true sense of what the battle was like.
First, this disregards the media rights issue. I think the B12 adds BYU and UC to be a travel partner for WVU and things stay the same.
That said, I could see ESPN broker a Texas move to the B1G as a way to get out of the LHN. Texas made $15M from LHN and $23M from the rest of B12 revenues. That's $38M. B1G teams made $30.9M with $7M coming from BTN. Say ESPN said if you move to the Big Ten and we end the LHN, we'll ensure you get a full share from the start and you get $45M in 2017. That beats $38M for the next ten years of the B12 TV contract. And you can bring Oklahoma with you. ESPN then presents this to CBS and says, "How about if you add the Big Ten game of the Week to go with the SEC?" Double header with 3:30 game and 8:00 PM. SEC 3:30 until 2nd week of November, then prime time through the conference title games. Big Ten prime time through 2nd week of November, then 3:30 for the rest of the season. That means ESPN gets the B1G rivalry games at either noon or 3:30, Black Friday Nebraska-Oklahoma.
I say more than 25. You're trading Navy for Hawaii who will put the ball in the air, no matter the score.
Keels is the Muzak of college announcers. I listen to the football games as I watch and he is really bad at yard lines and down/distance. I'd like an announcer with a little more passion at big moments. I know this comment will borderline on Skyline controversy, but I'd like to give Tom Hamilton a shot.
The post implies these schools are playing all these in the same season. Not true - one per season and many are neutral site games.
Here's one no one has mentioned - Ryan Pickett. 340 lbs. and still in the NFL (Houston). Definitely would eat space and keep linemen off Raekwon.
The Boiling Springs "Bubblers" are named for a lake that really does bubble - limestone reacting with slightly acid water. Two other nominations - Thad Matta's Corn Jerkers and the Henriette Hens.
Same for East Liverpool H.S., home of Lou Holtz.
I remember when lightning did hit at Lane Stadium and took out one of the announcers' rental car. I think it was Corso.
Imagine what will happen when the two-loss SEC champion gets left out. OSU, TCU, Clemson, USC.
Then how does PSU stay in with their medical school in Hershey?
And the B1G hasn't really been to bat yet.
One correction: The BTN contract is not up for renewal for about twenty years. It is the tier one and two TV rights with ESPN and CBS (basketball.) It is said to be the last major sports contract for the decade. Live sports is what is keeping cable systems alive. BTN will continue as a 51/49 partnership with Fox. It will make more money with increased ad revenue and conversion of cable networks in metro NYC/WDC from sports packages to basic cable. But the big money is the prime TV rights. Although many expect Fox to carry the day because of the BTN partnership, they have issues with prior commitments to MLB, B12, and PAC-12. Personally, I'd like to see the B1G mirror the SEC ESPN/CBS deal, but for many more dollars.
Never happen. Keep in mind conference membership goes way beyond football results, especially in the B1G. Don't forget the CIC component where Purdue helps bring in hundreds of millions of Federal grant dollars. Adding Johns Hopkins was huge in this respect, much more than as an adjunct for lacrosse.
Add his value as the emergency QB as it allows you to carry another position player.
It will help if Fournette and LSU and Boykin and TCU lose a couple games. Elliott will have to have lots of Sportscaster moments in the big games such as PSU, MSU, and Michigan. As I posted yesterday, does anyone doubt the Troy Smith pass against PSU won him the Heisman?
Or synchronized swimming.
1. OSU will designate one player to be the Heisman candidate to avoid vote splitting and I see Elliott as that player. The QBs will split time and I don't see them having the stats.
2. The key will be Sportscenter top ten plays in big games like 85 yards through the heart of the South. Does anyone doubt Troy Smith's pass against PSU was critical to his Heisman campaign? Long, tackle-breaking runs/pass receptions will be critical.
3. Elliott will be hampered by no special teams opportunities. That will be one way to get Samuels, Marshall, et al, touches and I don't see Urban using Elliott for that just for Heisman exposure.
4. Watch out for Leonard Fournette. With no decent QB, he will be asked to carry the team. Also Boykin at TCU. Hopefully they split the southern vote & Elliott can carry the rest of the country.