The big story is the Tigers. They lost a tough one 1-0 in the bottom of the 9th. Great Pitching by Verlander…gotta score. The series is 1-1. Both U. of M and MSU won. Central Michigan beat Miami (OH) 21-9. Western is still winless. Ferris made quite a comeback, but fell a little short. Notre Dame beat AZ. State. Grand Valley thumped Mich. Tech. The Lions are in Green Bay (1 PM on FOX) . NASCAR is in Kansas this weekend (Sunday 1 PM on ESPN).
The big story is the Tigers as they finish up a couple of games in Miami against the Marlins and look ahead to the playoffs…maybe with Oakland. It’s been near 90 in Miami this week. The Marlins have lost 100 games. Only Houston has more losses. Both the Cubs and White Sox finish last in their divisions. Kind of a quiet football Saturday with both Michigan and Michigan St. have a bye week. Many teams are getting two bye weeks this year. That can be both good and bad…more prep. time, a recruiting trip, injuries have another week to heal, but it can slow down your momentum (and you waste a good football weekend weatherwise on a day like today). The bigger TV games for us are #14 Oklahoma at Notre Dame at 3:30 PM – that game is on WOOD-TV. This evening, I’ll be watching my alma mater (Wisconsin) try and upend Ohio State in Columbus. That game is on WOTV4 at 8 PM. Central is at North Carolina State at 3:30 PM on ESPN3. Western has a good chance to get that first win of the year, taking on Kent St. at home. That game is at 7 PM on ESPN3. Grand Valley is at Ohio Dominion…that’s a school with 23, 464 students against a school with 2982 students (Hillsdale has 1200 students and Lake Erie 1300 – they’re like high schools in terms of numbers). Hope is undefeated so far this year and on the road against Illinois Wesleyan. Last we have the Detroit Lions playing da Bears. That’s the usual 1 PM start on FOX. The Sunday night game on WOOD-TV/NBC is New England at Atlanta. NASCAR is in Dover, Delaware Sunday afternoon on ESPN. Leave a comment if I missed anything that you’re interested in.
Michigan St. travels to S. Bend to take on Notre Dame at 3:30 PM Saturday. That game is on WOOD-TV (NBC) at 3:30 PM. I’ll probably be down at ArtPrize, but if I’m near a TV, I’ll keep an eye on my alma mater (Wisconsin). The Badgers are hosting Purdue. Michigan is at Connecticut (they should have just moved he game to the Big House and collected the extra $$). That’s an ABC (WOTV4) game and starts at 8 PM. Toledo comes to Mt. Pleasant to take on CMU at Noon (ESPN3). Western is at Iowa at Noon on the Big Ten Network. The Lions are in D.C. to take on the Redskins. Both teams really need a win. The Sunday evening game on WOOD-TV (NBC) is the 2-0 Bears against Pittsburgh. The Tigers host the last-place White Sox. They may close out the division title this weekend. NASCAR is at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Sunday 2 PM on ESPN). Keep an eye on the forecasts for the Friday night Football Frenzy games. The front ought to clear our area, but east toward Detroit and especially in Ohio, thunderstorms could disrupt the games. I already linked to this video, but it’s worth seeing again. Lightning hitting a tree next to a high school football halftime show in Florida last Friday night. More new and updated threads below this one.
We kick off the NFL season this Thurs. evening on NBC (WOOD-TV) with the Ravens and Broncos. The Lions play Minnesota at 1 PM Sunday at Ford Field. As usual, Jack Doles is pessimistic about the final Lions record and Larry Figurski is more optimistic. It’s like that every year. That game is on FOX. CBS has the Bengals and Bears at 1 PM. The N.Y. Giants are at Dallas in the Sunday evening game on NBC. Michigan St. hosts South Florida at noon Sat. on ESPNU. Hopefully, CMU welcomes New Hampshire at 3 PM Sat. (ESPN3). Western has a home game at 7 PM with Nichols St. Grand Valley has an evening game with Azusa Pacific in Allendale. Ferris St. heads to North Dakota St. this Saturday. Hope is at North Park. The biggest game of the day (maybe) is Notre Dame at Michigan. That’s at 8 PM on ESPN. The Tigers gave up 20 runs and 8 home runs as Boston scored in every inning except the first. They’ve now lost 6 of their last 10 as they head to Kansas City. US Open Tennis is running now and the pro golf tour hopes the Chiquita Classic has a bunch of ap-peel. The NASCAR Sprint Tour lands in Richmond VA. this Saturday. Leave a comment and make a guess on the final record of your favorite teams.
BTW – did you see that NBC Nightly News lead story Weds. evening was from right here in G.R. Also, massive amounts of ice in the Arctic hampering ships. This was the coldest summer (June thru August) ever recorded north of 80 deg. latitude (records go back to 1958). The town of Resolute in N. Canada hasn’t been warmer than 33F since August 18th. The town of Alert hasn’t been above freezing since 8/22. On Sept. 2 they had a high temperature of 25F and a low of 10F. They’re already making ice up there. While Arctic ice extent remains well below the 1979-2000 average, there has been a huge increase in ice cover in the past year. The Antarctic ice cap is at a record extent and has been growing pretty steadily for 25 years. Here’s a graph of annual temperatures for the South Pole weather stations (Amundsen-Scott). Also, only the 4th time since 1883 that there was not a 100-deg. temperature in Alabama during meteorological summer (June, July and August).
This weekend the Chicago to Mackinac Yacht Race is on. Here’s where you can follow the race. Here’s current conditions at weather stations around Lake Michigan, current weather at the North Mid-Lake Buoy and the South Mid-Lake Buoy. Mackinac Is. webcams here. Video update here. Here’s where you can get more buoy data. Here’s the Lake Michigan wind forecast and the whole Great Lakes. Picture courtesy NBC5.
GRIFFINS WIN!!! GRIFFINS WIN!!! The Grand Rapids Griffins get the Calder Cup. Big ratings on WXSP, I bet. Here’s a list that shows where you can find WXSP in your town or on your cable or satellite TV. Our own Larry Figurski (a great hockey player and Bob Kaser announced the game on radio. , you can listen to Griffins games on WOOD-AM radio. Here’s pictures of Friday Night’s game. Picture in the middle was just sent to me by Larry Figurski during Game 6 Tues. night – Larry did the play-by-play on WOOD radio.
I have today (Thurs.) off. I’ll be at the Meadows Clubhouse at GVSU for the Champions Luncheon, featuring Darrell Waltrip, one of the best racers of all time! There’s golf to follow. You are welcome to join us for either the lunch or the golf (or both). The lunch is only $15/person. You can come as early as 10:30 AM. The lunch begins at 11:30 AM. Really, I mean it. Even if you can get away for a couple hours during the day, come out and have lunch with me. If they run out of food, you can have my lunch! If you really honestly can’t afford the $15, I’ll buy your lunch. Really, I will. There’s still room for you to golf, too. That’s $150/person and it includes the luncheon, golf fees, cart, beverages on the course and Prize Picnic to follow event. I’m playing with Darrell – I think I’ll let him drive the cart! It’s a benefit for Moriah Ministries at Grand Valley State University. Moriah Ministries has taken kids down to do tornado clean-up. – it’s a great group. More info on the luncheon and golf at this link.
The next round of the NFL Playoff games will be next Sunday the 20th. The first game will be San Francisco at Atlanta at 3 PM in Atlanta and the second game will be Baltimore at New England. In Atlanta, temperatures will likely be in the low-mid 50s. From this far out, it looks dry during the game with a northwest wind (outside the dome). In New England, look for about low 30s with a fairly stiff west wind at 15-20 mph. I can’t rule out a flurry, but nothing significant. The Super Bowl on 2/3 will be in the dome in New Orleans.
Some low temperatures Sat. AM out West: 25 Tucson, 15 Douglas AZ, -9 Flagstaff AZ, -7 Gallup NM, -23 Bryce Canyon UT. Check out the heavy snowfall in Utah. The heavy snow caused many school closings and over 400 accidents in the Salt Lake City area. It’s sunny and in the low 80s in S. Florida. There’s a Yellow Warning for England, Scotland and Wales. The UK Met Office has scaled back their long-range forecasts. The cold coming into the UK looks pretty significant.
Today is the anniversary of the famous “Freezer Bowl” – Jan. 10, 1982. The AFC Championship game between the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals was played in Cincinnati in the middle of one of the most brutal Arctic outbreaks in U.S. history. That Sunday afternoon at game time, the temperature was -9 and the wind was west at 27 mph. That made the wind chill temperature -37, the coldest wind chill ever for a pro football game. Before the Chargers took the field, Running back Hank Bauer tested the field conditions. Bauer recalled: “when I came out of that tunnel… man, it (the wind) just hit you-like somebody threw 100 knives at you.” When he returned to the locker room, he told his teammates: “Whatever you got on, take it off. Number one-you won’t be able to move (with all the layers) and number two-it ain’t gonna help.” The Bengals offensive line played the entire game with bare arms. A number of them played with bare hands as well. They placed hot water bottles inside their athletic supporters and between plays they walked around with their hands in their pants. It was so cold, icicles started to form on Dan Fouts’ (S.D. Quarterback) beard early in the game. The game was one of the few in NFL history in which the same team kicked off to begin both halves. Cincinnati won the toss and instead of receiving, elected to have the brutally cold wind at their backs to start the game, believing it would neutralize San Diego’s passing game and help the Bengals to build an early lead. The strategy paid off as Cincinnati built a 10-0 lead. They went on to win the game 27-7. (picture from www.bengals.com)
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)