|One of the many heads of Michigan's running back hydra. No, not that Hyrda. Even if we share the whole "Hail" thing. |
(AP/ Tony Ding)
Issue #1: Why isn't Illinois better at football?
Illinois is 4th all-time in Big Ten Conference championships, with 15 (just behind...Minnesota? Yes, Minnesota), but only have seven since 1945. For all of the people who live in Illinois, you would think that they should be able to recruit the best of Chicago and downstate and be highly competitive. Then again, Urbana-Champaign is 135 minutes away from Chicago without traffic, and Notre Dame is just an hour away, and Northwestern is "Chicago's Big Ten Team" so maybe that's part of it. Illinois being "good" always feels more like a random blip than a sustained notion.
Issue #2: Does Jim Harbaugh pay at Ruth's Chris Steak House?
I say yes, even if he is doing wonders for their Sunday-Thursday business.
Issue #3: Does Jim Harbaugh believe in Information Chaos Theory over Information Secrecy Theory?
I have a friend who breaks things for a living and he explained to me during the early years of social media that the key to not giving potential identity thieves a line on who you are is not to put zero information out there, but to put so much information out there that no one knows what is real and what is fake. If you make it plausible enough, you're not worth the hassle.
I feel like Harbaugh/Drevno/Fisch have decided that they're going to show Michigan's opponents so many things in their playbook that have so many variations, that no one will know that look X means play Y. Instead, they've gone full Vulcan: Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Sure, we'll try a fake punt up 34 in the second half, because the opportunity presented itself! Sure, we'll run the train after two straight misfires in the "let's just Jabrill Peppers a touchdown today" effort. Sure, we'll cook something up that earns Tyrone Wheatley, Jr. his first career catch which becomes a touchdown.
Basically, Jim Harbaugh is Jimmy James from NewsRadio:
Mr. James: "See? That's right. Just when you think I'm going to zig, I zag."
Dave Nelson: "Well sir, when you're done with your zig-zagging..."
Mr. James: "That's when I zog."
Issue #4: The Michigan Stadium scoreboard was reconfigured and now it is harder to see where the ball is spotted.
I don't need to know what quarter it is on equal footing, but I do want to know where the ball was spotted. Especially when you're in the end zone and don't have a good angle on it.
Issue #5: I hope the Yips are OK.
Saw the costumes but not being worn, I hope that the Yips are OK.
Really, that's about it. Which is fine. Yesterday was routine, for a new definition of routine. And that's awesome. On to bringing Paul home to Ann Arbor. Hail!