Could we call it the Troll Toll and note that proceeds go to save boys' souls?
I feel like we have to exclude any OSU win or the App State game - those are gimmes.
Off the cuff, I'll go with their 2001 loss at Michigan State (the game with the Sparty timekeeper that held an extra 0:01 on the clock allowing MSU to score on the final play of the game). That seemed to produce some tears and, coupled with our 2001 win up there, kept them out of a BCS bowl. Other candidates from that era, when Michigan losing actually meant something:
- Their nutty 54-51 loss at Northwestern in 2000 when Anthony Thomas fumbled while running out the clock
- Their 2002 home loss to Iowa where they got absolutely dismantled, 34-9.
Accessing memory that being a 20-year old attendee afforded:
- Nate Clements almost takes opening kick back on a fake reverse, we get a TD on the drive, Stultz misses the PAT and that pretty much summarizes the day
- Anthony Thomas scores on a painfully long screen pass
- Steve Bellisari throws 3 INT including a pick 6 that makes it 31-12 UM after 3 quarters
- OSU gets 2 TDs back to cut it to 31-26, has the ball around their own 20 with about 4:00 to go facing a 4th & 1. .. run up the middle is stuffed, boos rain down, and Drew Henson scores on a bootleg to ice the game at 38-26
Man, that was brutal. Never forget...
I'm guessing the 2002 class wins (Clarett, Mangold, Hawk, Carpenter, Santonio, Troy Smith)
Alright! WE LANDED ON THE MOON!
Agreed. Had them in 00-01. Of the 3 different copmanies we rented from, they were far and away the worst. That says a lot considering the competition.
My bad - same thought as wojodta above, all the way down to citing the same game. That's what I get for starting a post, checking BTN.com, and coming back to it.
For the first couple of years, the BTN would add a few (like 10) new games a year to the library, with a press release and everything. I haven't really heard anything about it in the last 2 years as it almost seems like the new games that get added are just the best from the previous season, because it's so easy. Thank God Purdue upset OSU in 2009 in a game that's actually pretty unwatchable (sloppy on both sides, not even really that close) - we wouldn't want the BTN to have to splurge on the scintillating 1999 OSU-Purdue game that was won on a blocked FG in the rain.
Also, are they averse to conference losses? Sure, UM losing to App State was a blackeye for the conference, but it was a damn great game and would produce great schadenfreude-based programming for fans of the conference's 11 other teams. You don't think non-OSU fans would enjoy watching Vince Young kick us in the balls again?
On the BTN site, under Grestest Games programming, they list the next 10 broadcasts upcoming: 8 are from 2007-2012, one is from 2000, one is from 1984 (and it's PSU, pre-B10).
Indeed, the 2002 season opened with a 45-21 win over Texas Tech in the Pigskin Classic, highlighted by the debut of Maurice Clarett. Two interesting notes form that game:
- that was the most points the defense gave up all year (in regulation)
- the Red Raiders' best player that day: a slot receiver named Wes Welker
Nike did these years ago, around 2000. I distinctly remember Michigan with a big block M and UNC with the interlocking NC, and the jersey number was below. I didn't like them then and I don't like them now.
See Adrian Peterson. He should've beat Leinart as a freshman in 04 and when things were set up well for him in 06, he got injured. I think Troy would've had some serious competition if Peterson stayed healthy that season.
As long as you're rockin' in your school shoes, it don't matter.
Yikes. I know Lance has been under a lot of scrutiny recently, but I thought he still had his health. The Wapok crowd is not gonna be happy about this.
Did we lead with an adapted quote from PaRappa the Rapper today?
Also, for how long will MSU milk the 2010 B1G championship?
Fitting as Michigan football always makes me think, "Whatever and ever, amen".
A valuable teaching opportunity is being wasted in lieu of promoting stereotypes. These players can learn about literature while training if we outfit the 'loafers' in gray jerseys with scarlet 'L's painted on.
Yeah, ummm... NCAA? I'm gonna need you to come in Sunday to finish off those TPS reports so we can get a verdict by Thanksgiving. Yeahhhhh, thanks.
But unless Fickell is retained, a regime change will happen no matter what. Even if a Tressel disciple like Beckman came back, you'd have to think that few of the current coaches will be kept. So who should be kept? Of 10 position coaches, the only coaches from Copper that Tressel retained were Spencer (RB), Conley (TE/recruit), & Heacock (DL).
We're all being put on white-collar resort probation, right?
Oh God, that's beautiful Ramzy. So I guess this all ends with Siciliano mumbling about how his playbook was taken and never given back while the WHAC mysteriously goes down in flames?
In light of what we could end up with, I suppose another Earle Bruce would be a terrific result. In 9 seasons, he won 4 B10 championships, was 5-4 against UM, and went 5-3 in bowl games. The downside would be that after his first season, he never put together a team that was close to a national championship. My dad says everyone called him "9-3 Earle" and I just laughed until I checked his records - he went 9-3 6 years in a row from 1980-1985, then 10-3 in 1986!
Consistency is the halmark of greatness?
Pfft. Way to sell out my avatar, Jake. Next thing you know, Black Keys will provide the official 11W anthem.... oh, wait...
I say let the SEC, with less of a history and fewer statue-worthy figures, get into a statue war. Cam Newton's getting one at Auburn already?!?! I'm all about the Owens statue, but for football, the accolades within the stadium and the 7 little statues at the WHAC are sufficient.
Agreed. I think the defense, even with the new parts, matches up well with MSU's running game and after that, that's really all they have. The offense at home should be able to do enough to get by. The Miami game is much more of a wildcard.