November 15th, 2013 at 1:00 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
GVSU (9-2) beat Saginaw Valley (9-2) today 49-34, despite having 188 fewer yards, less than half the first downs of Saginaw Valley and a 15.64 minute deficit in time of possession. HUGE win for Michigan State, 41-28. Nebraska had 5 turnovers, Michigan St. had none. Michigan’s triple-overtime win at Northwestern was amazing. Watch the last play of regulation (the field goal). Notice the officials hustle to get the ball in play. Video at the link is all I could find, there’s better video out there…again watch the officials. The ball was tossed between officials twice. If either one drops the ball, time runs out! Central Michigan earned their fourth victory of the season over Western Michigan 27-22. Western only has one win this season. My alma mater, Wisconsin racked up 554 yards on the ground, blasting Indiana 51-3, but my wife’s alma mater gave up 60 points in a loss to Ohio State. The Illini haven’t beaten O.S.U. at Champaign since 1991. Ferris St. topped Northern Michigan 25-22. The evening game on WOTV4 (now, as I write this) is Stanford and USC – Stanford has won the last four games with USC and is favored in this one. We’ll be covered 10 of the high school playoff games this Saturday. The Detroit Lions head to Pittsburgh where they are 0-9 in their last 9 meetings there. They haven’t won in Pittsburgh since I was in kindergarten. There are 2 games in the Severe Storm Moderate Risk Area – that’s Baltimore at Chicago and Cleveland at Cincinnati. The Sunday evening game on NBC/WOOD-TV is Kansas City at Denver. Watch 24-Hour News 8 for Football Frenzy and the updated severe weather forecast.
Besides the Michigan field goal with one second left…here’s the other play of the day.
November 1st, 2013 at 5:44 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Sports, Weather
It was 100 years ago today that the game of football was changed forever. You might not have recognized early football games. The first football game, between Rutgers and Princeton was played in 1869 with 25 players on each team, using a round ball. In early football, there were no quarterbacks, no receivers, no first downs. The ball could not be picked up and carried and was either kicked, or batted with the head, arms or body. The team had to get the ball across the goal line of the opposing team. In early football, every game had different rules. The teams would meet before the game to decide how many players would be on each team, even how long the field should be, how many points would be scored for reaching the goal and how many minutes the game would last. For awhile, touchdowns (crossing the goal line) didn’t earn you any points, only the right to kick the ball over a rope strung between two poles. In 1873, four schools met and decided on a uniform field of 400 feet by 250 feet and 20 players on each team. In 1880, the number of players on the field at one time was reduced to 11 and the snap was introduced. Originally, a snap was uncontested and on several occasions, the team just held the ball for the entire half to preserve a lead (and you thought Jaguar games were boring). Football was a dangerous sport. In 1905, there were 19 fatalities in a very limited number of football games. President Roosevelt, himself a fan since watching a game from the stands as a student at Harvard in 1876, threatened to abolish the game unless rules were changed. In 1905, sixty-two schools met in New York City and formed the National Collegiate Athletic Assn. (NCAA). Among the new rules was the introduction of the forward pass, suggested by a Georgia Tech coach named John Heisman (yeah, the trophy guy – he once beat Cumberland 222-0, the most lopsided game in football history). The first forward pass was thrown by St. Louis in a Carroll College game in Waukesha, WI. in 1906, but there were very few passes. First of all, if a pass was incomplete, it was a turnover and the defensive team got the ball on offense. Passes had to be thrown from at least 5 yards behind the scrimmage line and couldn’t go more than 20 yards. The rules were eventually eased and in 1912, passes could be longer and you didn’t turn the ball over with an incomplete pass. Also in 1912, it was decided that 6 points would be awarded for a touchdown, that the field would be shortened to 100 yards and that the offense would have four downs instead of three to get a first down. Read on… (more…)
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