Sports Thread

November 28th, 2014 at 12:43 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

ferris state logo   I’m a little late with the sports thread.  The Lions beat the Bears.  We turned off the TV for dinner when it was 14-3 Bears and after dinner the Lions were ahead for good.  The Bears sure have some problems…I know it’s Detroit, but only 13 yards rushing?  And the defense has certainly come down a couple notches since the Urlacher/Lovie Smith days.  Looks like the Lions are on the road to the playoffs, probably not a Super Bowl team yet, but for all the years we’ve watched them, 8-4 is pretty good.  They may end up 11-5 for the season.   I can’t get Western Michigan (vs. N. Illinois) on my Comcast at home (ESPNU), so I’m watching Iowa and Nebraska on WOTV4.  There are 16 college games on today.   WOTV4′s second game at 3:30 pm is Stanford at UCLA (where it’ll be sunny and 80°).  Saturday, WOTV4 is the place to watch football, with Michigan at Ohio St. at noon and Michigan St. at Penn St. at 3:30 pm – both on WOTV4.  Notre Dame is at USC at 3:30 pm Sat. and the evening game on WOTV4 is #2 Oregon at Oregon St. where they are getting a steady rain today and could catch or rain or snow shower Sat. evening.  Ferris St. is in the playoffs and they play in Big Rapids against Ohio Dominican at Noon tomorrow (Sat.).  Of course, we have Michigan high school playoffs going on today and tomorrow.   Muskegon Catholic, Mona Shores and G.R. South Christian all play today.  The high school playoffs are televised on Fox Sports, which for me is Channel 48 on Comcast.  We’ll have the highlights on 24-Hour News 8.

Blizzard Bowl

November 25th, 2014 at 1:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, News, Sports, Weather

On Nov. 25, 1950 Michigan and Ohio State met for what has been called the “Blizzard Bowl” or the “Snow Bowl“. Check out the film of the storm here and here. Michigan won the game 9-3 despite gaining only 27 yards of offense in 46 plays. They had no first downs, didn’t complete a pass and punted 24 times. In fact, there were 45 punts in the game. Both teams mostly tried two runs then punted on 3rd down, so in case the punter slipped, they could try again on fourth down. Only 2 of the 45 punts were returned (for a total of 8 yards). That was mostly because the return man couldn’t find the ball. Most just hit the snow and stopped without bouncing. There were only 10 fumbles in the game. The temperature at the start of the game was +10° and the wind was howling out of the north-northeast. One Ohio St. player remarked that he was supposed to go down and block a linebacker, but when he ran downfield he could find him! All the points were scored after blocked kicks in the first half. Several hundred Boy Scouts were on the sidelines helping to sweep snow off the field so the officials and players could find the yard markers. Most of the state of Ohio got 10″ or more of snow, with reports up to 33″ and drifts up to 25 feet! The temperature in Grand Rapids that morning reached -10°F, the coldest temperature ever recorded here in the month of November. (photo – OSU library)

Weekend Sports Thread

November 15th, 2014 at 1:55 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

ferris state logo  I’m off to Kalamazoo for the Holiday Parade.  If you see me, say “hi”.  Temps. ought to be in the upper 20s for the parade, the wind not terribly strong from the WSW or SW.

Football starts at noon on WOTV4 with Ohio State at Minnesota.  Minnesota’s not bad – hope they keep it close.  Iowa at Illinois is on the Big Ten Network at Noon.  Miami (of Ohio) is at Central Michigan at 1 pm.  Eastern visits a significantly improved WMU Bronco Team.  That game is at 2 pm – plenty of time to head there after the parade.  Nebraska at Wisconsin should be a good game – that’s at 3:30 pm on ESPN3.  Northwestern is at Notre Dame (they’ve had to remove snow from the field there, too – the South Bend Airport had a record (lake-effect) snow of 12.2″).  That game is on WOOD-TV at 3:30 pm.  Michigan State plays at Maryland at 8 pm on the Big Ten Network.  Michigan has a bye week – 2 games left with Maryland and Ohio State.  Ferris State’s next victim is Walsh – that game is at Noon and GVSU heads to Saginaw Valley for a 1 pm game.  The Lions are at Arizona for what could and should be the game of the day.  That game is at 4:25 pm.  Minnesota and the Bears tangle in snowy Soldier Field Sunday at 1 pm.  Chicago will only get an inch or two of snow Saturday night, but they’ll have to clear things off Sun. am.  We’ve got high school playoff games today as well…join us for the Frenzy on 24-Hour News 8 today.

Weekend Sports Thread

November 7th, 2014 at 10:42 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

ferris state logo Michigan State hosts Ohio State at East Lansing Saturday evening.  There will be a few light showers in the am and a chance of a lingering light shower/sprinkle in the pm.  It should be dry for most of the game, but I can’t rule out a stray rain or even snow shower.  Temperatures during the game will be in the upper 30s to around 40, not real warm.  It’s a nationally televised game on WOTV4 at 8 pm.  The Michigan/Northwestern game in Evanston should be a good one.  That’s at 3:30 on ESPN2.  I was born about a mile and a half from the NW stadium.  Over on WOTV4 at 3:30 pm you can see Notre Dame and Arizona St.  That’s out in Tempe, AZ.  I believe both of those teams are 7-1.  Ferris State hosts Northern Michigan at noon.  Ferris is 9-0 and averaging an amazing 49.4 points per game!  I went up for a Ferris game about 10 years ago and it was a lot of fun.  You can park close by, concessions are reasonable and this year, you’re going to see some championship football.   Tiffin is at Grand Valley for a 4 pm game.  The Detroit Lions are home for a 1 pm game with Miami.  The Sunday night game on WOOD-TV/NBC is Chicago at Green Bay.  The Red Wings have a Sunday game at 6 pm with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Nascar is in Phoenix.

The local GRR National Weather Service is hosting a seminar for media meteorologists, so I’ll be out at the airport during the day.  I’ll let you know a little of what I learn.  I’m sure we’ll be discussing the winter forecast and the coming Arctic air.  Have a good weekend.

Weekend Sports Thread

October 24th, 2014 at 9:03 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

ferris state logo Michigan and Michigan St. – 3:30 pm on WOTV4.  Michigan St. is a 17-point favorite.   The weather looks very good…partly cloudy and low 60s.  There will be a cross wind, west at about 15 mph.  Almost all football stadiums run north and south.  Another big match-up is Ferris St. at Michigan Tech.  Both schools are 6-0 in the conference.  That game is at 1 pm.  GVSU has been coming back and they are now back to .500.  They head to Findlay, Ohio for a noon game.  Central Michigan is at Buffalo (3:30 pm – ESPN3).  It’s Homecoming at Western Michigan where they host the Ohio at 2 pm.  The evening game on WOTV4 (8 pm) is Ohio St. at Penn St.  If you really can’t get enough football and don’t need the sleep, the Nevada/Hawaii game in Honolulu starts at midnight EDT.   Then get up early for the Lions/Atlanta match – starting at 9:30 am EDT in London, England.  The Sunday evening game on NBC (WOOD-TV) is Green Bay at New Orleans.  Monday night is Washington and Kirk Cousins against Dallas.    The weather looks good for pretty much all of the games.  That may not be the case next weekend.

Weekend Sports Thread

October 11th, 2014 at 2:09 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

ferris state logo   Michigan is idle this week.  Michigan St.  is at Indiana.  That game is on ESPN at 3:30 pm.  Western plays at Bowling Green at 2 pm and Central hosts Ball St. at 3:30 pm.  The big game of the day is #5 Notre Dame at #2 Florida St.  You can see that game at 8 pm on WOTV4.  I’ll throw this in for Jack Doles…Nebraska at Northwestern at 7:30 pm on the Big Ten Network.  Ferris is at Ohio Dominican at 1 pm.  Let’s see if they can keep the streak going.  GVSU is up at Michigan Tech at 1 pm.   The Wings host Toronto at 7 pm.  The Lions host New Orleans at 1 pm on Sunday – that could be a good game.

Weekend Sports Thread – Sunday update

October 4th, 2014 at 2:12 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

detroit lions logo   It’s do or die for the Tigers.  Price takes the mound at 3:45 pm today (Sunday) in Detroit.  Low 50s and a chance of a few light showers/sprinkles, but I think they get the game in.   The Lions host Buffalo and should win that game…that’s another 1 pm start.   The Sunday night game is Cincinnati at New England.  That’s on WOOD-TV.  I stayed up to watch the exciting end of the MSU/Nebraska game.  Wow, way too close.   The speculation about Brady Hoke will continue after the 3rd loss in a row.  With away games at MSU, Northwestern and Ohio St., they may not get to a bowl game this year.  Would Harbaugh want to come back to Ann Arbor?  Exciting end to the Notre Dame game.  N.D. has a pretty tough schedule.  If by chance they run the table or maybe had one close loss, you’ve got to figure that Kelly & Co. make it to the playoffs.  Grand Valley and Ferris St. both got big wins.   Ferris St. is 4-0 and leading the GLIAC.   We have early football on WOTV4 at noon.   There were 3 MAC games that were decided by one point, including a tough loss for Western in overtime to Toledo. Central beat Ohio 28-10.

Weekend Sports Thread

September 27th, 2014 at 2:23 am by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

detroit lions logo     General zonal upper level flow and lots of relatively dry and warm air will mean great weather for sporting events across most of the U.S. this weekend.  The Tigers lost Friday evening (11-4) and the Royals won (first time in the playoffs for them since 1985!)…so the Tigers are now just one game up on the Royals with 2 games to go.  The Tigers have an evening game today (Sat.) and a day game on Sunday.  The Lions will be NYC to play the Jets at 1 pm on Sunday.  The Packers and Bears also kick off at 1 pm.   New Orleans is at Dallas in the evening NFL game on WOOD-TV/NBC.

Michigan State hosts Wyoming at Noon on ESPN2 (should be an easy win for the #9 Spartans).  Michigan takes on Minnesota in the Big House at 3:30 pm.  That game is on WOTV4 at 3:30 pm.  WMU is at Virginia Tech at 12:30 pm on ESPN3.  Central travels to Toledo for a 7 pm game, also on ESPN3.  Notre Dame is at Syracuse and you can see that game on WOOD-TV at 8 pm.  GVSU (0-3) hosts Lake Erie at 7 pm.

Model update:  The overnight GFS-plot has high temperatures for Grand Rapids beginning today (Sat.) of 77, 77, 77, 76, 73, 78 and 67 on Friday.  The next rain for us on the GFS-plot is Thursday evening/night.   The European has a little stronger front for Monday night/Tuesday AM with a few light showers possible then and a little cooler air for Tuesday.   The Euro. is pretty wet for next Friday as the cool air settles in.  Next weekend (Oct. 4-5) won’t be nearly as warm as this weekend.

Check out this flash of lightning at a high school football game in Colorado.

Rain for Friday Football Frenzy

September 12th, 2014 at 12:16 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

football frenzy game   Showers will spread from NW to SE during the late afternoon and evening.  The morning run of the NAM (caribou) has the rain in G.R. mainly falls between 5 pm and 7 am tomorrow morning.  It has rain reaching Kalamazoo by around 8-9 pm.  Plan on taking the ponchos and rain gear if you’re headed out to a game this Friday evening.  The NAM (car.) gives us 1/4 to 3/5ths inch of rain tonight.  It’s east of us by around 10 am Saturday with the sun coming out Sat. PM.  The model also gives G.R. a low of 36 Sunday morning, so we may be looking at Frost Advisories for Sat. night.  We’re going to cover 21 games tonight, inc. Lowell/East G.R., Mona Shores/Rockford and Portage Northern/St. Joseph.

Frost and freeze in parts of the U.P. this AM – morning lows:  33 Marquette, 31 Houghton, 29 Watersmeet, 28 Doe Lake, 26 Kenton.  A mix of rain and snow last night at Ironwood.

Here’s Grand Rapids radar and Northern Michigan radar. See the Slight Risk Area in a thread below this one for today/tonight. Lots of 2-4″ rainfall totals in Iowa. Storm Total Rainfall will show the heaviest rain and Milwaukee looping radar. Regional radar and the Updated GRR NWS Short Term Discussion. Lots of links below. Links: Grand Rapids radar, Northern Indiana radar, Chicago radar, Detroit radar and Milwaukee radar. Here’s regional radar, the College of DuPage Radar Map (pick any radar in the U.S.), College of DuPage Grand Rapids radar, the West Michigan Lightning Tracker, National Lightning Tracker, the local warning/advisory map and the National warning/watch/advisory map, a surface weather map. You can checkout the late. st Grand Rapids NWS discussion, the Northern Indiana NWS discussion (includes the Michigan Counties that border Indiana), the discussion for Northern Lower Michigan, and Eastern Lower Michigan. Check out Storm Total Precipitation (until they reset it). Here’s the Spyglass Condos Weather Station the S. Haven GLERL station, the Muskegon GLERL station, the Grand Haven Steelheaders webcam and weather station, and the weather station at Holland State Park. Check out the Maranatha Webcam at Lake Michigan and links to webcams. Here’s the infrared satellite loop (night) and the visible satellite loop (daytime), Lake Michigan water temperatures (summer). Here’s recent storm reports from SW Michigan, Northern Michigan, NE Illinois, SE. Wisconsin, Upper Michigan and E. Michigan. Check out the wind and wave height at the South Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the North Mid-Lake Michigan Buoy (Apr. to Nov. only), the buoy at Big Sable Point near Ludington and the weather station on the beach at St. Joseph. Here’s Michigan wind gusts from MesoWest, data from the MAWN agricultural weather stations and Weather Underground (data at the bottom from private weather stations). Check out the webcam at Krupp’s Resort in the U.P. Here’s the U.S. Low Temperature map. Here’s a live look at the Houghton Bridge. Here’s the Consumers Energy Power Outage Map. Here’s Closings.

Top Ten Ways to Tell Bill Steffen is a Bad Golfer

April 18th, 2014 at 10:44 pm by under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather

easter bunny running   I’m playing golf Saturday here in Oak Ridge.  I played once last year and twice the year before that.  It’s not a pretty sight.  Here’s the top ten ways to tell that Bill Steffen is a bad golfer:   10)  Bill’s so bad off the tee that the course makes him take along a “designated driver”.  9)  Bill’s favorite club is his ball retriever   8)  Bill’s had to regrip his ball retriever six times.  7)  Bill’s divots are so big that the course makes him take along a fork-lift truck and four carpet layers   6)   Bill gets excited when he gets a hole-in-six   5)  Bill’s handicap is higher than the number of losses the Detroit Pistons have had this year.  5)  The only person on Earth with a better left hook than Bill Steffen is Floyd Mayweather.   4)  Bill uses green golf balls, because they show up better in the sand traps.  3)  When Bill plays, the course hands out hard hats and flak jackets   2)  Bill’s divots are bigger than the potholes on Burton Street…and the #1 way to tell Bill Steffen is a bad golfer…the Easter Bunny flees in total panic when he hears that Bill is playing golf!

UPDATE:  Survived golf – no people or animals were injured.  A had a very honest 109.  I did par one par 3.  I lost 3 balls, but found 4…so I was +1 for the day.  Fish, broccoli, potato salad and homemade oatmeal-raisin cookies for dinner.  Tomorrow, we all go to church, then home for the Easter Sunday ham brunch (which my almost 95-year old mother insists on doing mostly on her own), then out to Frozen Head State Park to enjoy what should be an awesome day.  You should have near perfect weather in Michigan for Easter Sunday as well – enjoy.