Whew, Michigan got thumped! 41-14 Alabama. Tigers win 5-1. Scherzer rules! One game back now. Interesting Fact: The Green Bay Packers will travel the fewest miles to their away games this season, 5,774 miles. Michigan State wins! …a 17-13 victory over Boise State! None of the usual wimpy pre-season openers for the Wolverines and Spartans this year. #8 Michigan is taking on #2 Alabama in Arlington, Texas right now. You can watch that game on WOTV4. Notre Dame scored 50 points in their game against Navy in Dublin, Ireland. Brian Kelly’s has a tough schedule this year, but the Fighting Irish were rockin’ today. An estimated 35,000 people from the U.S. went to Ireland for the game. That game started at 9 AM EDT. Dublin is a cool place in the summer. The warmest high temperature this summer in Dublin has been 75. On the other hand, the coolest temperature last winter was 21. Western Michigan was in Champaign-Urbana to take on the Univ. of Illinois, my wife’s alma mater. The rain temporarily tapered off, but they had 1.28″ of rain this morning and the dewpoint there is 74. Illinois won that game 24-7. WMU had negative rushing yards and four turnovers. North Park visited Hope College. Hope comes away with a 42-24 victory. GVSU made a long trip to Western Oregon for a 4 PM game, which they won 48-20 (I watched that game when the Wisconsin game ended). The teams played close in the first half, then GVSU took over in the second half. The Whitecaps are out of the playoffs now. They finish up with 3 home games Sat., Sun., Mon. Also, don’t forget the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon on WOTV4 Sunday evening (link has station list for those of you who read the blog but are not in our TV viewing area).
Check this out. Kent State’s Andre Parker looked pretty foolish Thursday night. Kent St. was playing Towson. A Towson punt grazed a Towson player. Parker then proceeded to pick up the muffed punt and run with it, 58 yards down the field…in the opposite direction! To add to the bizarreness of the play, he was then tackled by a pair of Towson defenders (why would they stop him from running toward your endzone???). Since no words can really ever do this series of events justice, you can just view the video HERE. Fortunately for Parker, Kent State would go on to beat Towson 41-21.
However, you can’t advance a muffed punt, in any direction, so the ball was returned to the 7-yard line. Reminds us old guys of Jim Marshall of the Minnesota Vikings, who scooped up a fumble and ran the wrong way into the end zone, giving a safety the San Francisco 49ers! Here’s video of that.
Check out this picture (click to enlarge) snapped by footballer Dhani Jones coming into NYC. Several injuries have been reported with the storms today that hit from Indiana to the Carolinas and up into S. New England. Here’s Storm Reports from SPC. Pic. from Dhani Jones/Twitter
First some mood music. This song by the Harry Simeone “Songsters” open the Chicago Cubs radio broadcasts I heard as a kid on WGN with Vince Lloyd and Lou Boudreau. The song also opened for the Dodgers radio broadcasts and it does mention Kalamazoo. The weather was perfect for the Tigers opener Thurs. afternoon…sunshine and mid 50s (light jacket and the baseball cap)…maybe a little sunscreen for the fair-skinned. Tigers win in the bottom of the 9th! Great game! Tigers are going places this year! The Whitecaps started tonight in Dayton, was a cool and pleasant evening with mostly clear skies. The Whitecaps open at home next Monday. The weather looks breezy and cool Monday with temperatures in the mid 40′s. Matt is trading me Saturday for Monday, so I’ll have Monday evening off and I’ll have to think about heading to 5th/3rd Park. Here’s the Whitecaps schedule and the Tigers schedule. Congratulations to Ferris St. for an AWESOME win over Union. They are in the finals! I remember my senior year of college traveling to Boston for the NCAA Hockey Finals. Wisconsin beat Denver 4-2 at the Boston Gardens.
It’s time for the Big Game, which you can see on WOOD, TV-8. The game starts around 6:30 PM, but all afternoon we’ll have coverage. Indianapolis will get some rain tonight and Saturday, but it should be partly sunny and pleasant there on Sunday with temperatures in the low-mid 40s. Last year if you remember, the Dallas area got 2-6″ of snow on the Friday before the game and they endured some of the coldest temperatures in 20 years. Arlington with an average high temperature of 57 saw highs of 40, 20, 22 and 30 for the Tuesday to Friday leading up to the game. It warmed to the low-mid 50s on Super Bowl Sunday, but they had scattered rain showers. I think the game may come down to whether the Giants (with a decent pass rush) can rattle/pressure Brady. The name “Super Bowl” came from a super ball (remember those little balls that bounced so high that you used to get out of the “Fun Machine” at Mr. Fables?) that Lamar Hunt’s 8-year old daughter was playing with. Here’s some Super Bowl Trivia. Here’s the dates, teams and weather for past Super Bowls. Enjoy the game, and watch my latest forecast after the game on 24-Hour News 8.
Michigan State game starting now on WOTV4 from Tampa. The weather/snow threads continue below. Here’s a summary of the Lions/Packers game. Did anyone bet ahead of the season that the Packers only loss would be against Kansas City, a team with a losing record that only won one game by more than 7 points? The Lions had a couple of bad calls go against them Sunday. The secondary needs to ramp up. The Packers back-up quarterback was 31 of 44 for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns with a 136.4 rating. With protection, Drew Brees could have a fun game and we could see a lot of points on the scoreboard. The Lions/Saints game is on WOOD-TV Saturday at 8 PM. There are six bowl games today (Mon.) and five of them feature teams from the Big Ten. Michigan State takes the field against Georgia in the Outback Bowl at 1 PM on WOTV4. That should be a good game. My alma mater (Wisconsin) is in the Rose Bowl for the 5th time since 1994 (they lost last year to TCU 21-19). We’ll have local news/weather at 5 PM on WOTV4 and at 6 PM on WOOD, so flip over to us or split screen to get updated weather. I’m working the evening shift M-F this week. Oregon is a slight favorite in that game. Michigan takes on Virginia Tech Tuesday night at 8:30 PM on ESPN.
Bowl lineup: Michigan State plays Georgia in the Outback Bowl on Mon. 1/2 at 1 PM in Orlando. Almost all the bowl games are on ESPN. However, the Michigan State game will be on WOTV4, so make a note of that. Michigan takes on Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl at the Superdome in New Orleans on Tues. January 3rd at 8:30 PM. Western Michigan and Purdue will tangle in the Little Caesar’s Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Tues. Dec. 27th at 4:30 PM. Notre Dame and Florida State meet in Orlando on Thurs. Dec. 29th in the Champs Sports Bowl at 5:30 PM. Here’s the complete schedule of all 35 Bowl Games (yeah, all 35, including the Belk Bowl, the San Diego County Credit Union Bowl and the Idaho Famous Potato Bowl – even Illinois at 2-6 in the Big Ten gets in a bowl game). Lions lose 31-17. Lions had 109 yards of penalties and a turnover and only converted 2 of 10 3rd downs. Packers won on the last play of the game in NY to remain undefeated. Wisconsin 42, MSU 39…Wisconsin gets to go “duck hunting” at the Rose Bowl. It was a pretty even 2 games between MSU and Wisconsin…It’s nice they featured the bands at halftime. You probably heard that Ndamukong Suh crashed his 1970 car into a tree and pretty well totaled it? The Redwings are HOT, winning 8 of their last 10 and near the top of the Western Conference. I haven’t had a chance yet to congratulate both Zeeland West and Mendon for HUGE and LOPSIDED state football championships. It looked to me like Zeeland West could have competed in Division One. They were a machine this year.
We’ have the big Lions/Packers match up on Thanksgiving Day (12:30 PM on FOX). Unlike the last match-up in Detroit, this should be a high scoring game. Greg Jennings has a bruised knee, but should be ready to play in his home state. The 4:15 game on Thursday is Miami at Dallas. There are 14 college games on Friday (you can watch live football for 14 consecutive hours), including Akron at Western Michigan at 1 PM. If you’ve got some time off Fri. afternoon, think about going to the game. The weather should be excellent. Western has an exciting, explosive offense and one of the best ends in college football in Jordan White (14 touchdowns, 1389 yards this season so far – tops in the nation!). On Friday you can see Iowa at Nebraska on WOTV4 at Noon, followed by Boston College at Miami. The BIG game Friday is Arkansas at LSU at 2:30 PM. Saturday is the big Ohio State-Michigan game in Ann Arbor (I think the rain holds off and it’ll be a relatively warm afternoon). That game is at Noon on WOTV4. Michigan State heads to Northwestern for a Noon match-up (Big Ten Network). I can’t rule out a shower sneaking into Evanston, but the early start means they should get most of the game in before the rain, the way it looks now. Penn St. comes to Madison for a showdown with my Badgers (who desperately want another shot at Michigan State). Notre Dame at Stanford at 8 PM could be a great game, too. That’s also on WOTV4. Good luck to our area high school football teams in the state playoffs: Lowell, Zeeland West, Constantine and Mendon. Here’s the schedule for Friday’s games, which are being carried on Fox Sports-Detroit.
I’ll bet more people than usual check out the Penn St./Nebraska game. That’s two top twenty teams. That game is at Noon on ESPN. Michigan State at Iowa is on ESPN2, also at Noon. Michigan is at Illinois at 3:30 PM on ESPN and my Wisconsin Badgers travel to Minnesota for a 3:30 PM game on the Big Ten Network. In the evening, you can pick between Maryland/Notre Dame on NBC and the match-up of the day, Oregon at Stanford on WOTV4. The Lions have a big game at Soldier Field in Chicago Sunday afternoon at 4:15 PM. New England and the Jets is the Sunday Night Game on NBC. Monday Night Football on ESPN comes from Lambeau Field in Green Bay as the Vikings come to visit the Cheeseheads. We’ve also got several high school playoff games on Saturday, including home games for Rockford and Lowell…and a big matchup between East Grand Rapids and Holland. It was dry for the MSU/NC basketball game in San Diego, but there were a few showers up past Los Angeles that I’m sure they were tracking.
Interesting game of the weekend: Check out the video of halftime at the Army-Fordham football game…in a snowstorm…there’s hardly anyone there in the stands! It’s only October. There will be more of that in November. Lions rolled, that was easy. My Badgers lose another tough one on the road. They still have Illinois and Penn St. coming up. Tough loss for Michigan State. Michigan thumps Purdue.