Thursday, January 02, 2020

ESPN CFB Images of the Decade 2010-2019: Annotations

Continuing a "long-standing tradition" from 2010, here is my annotated list of the ESPN College Football Images of the Decade video for 2010-2019.  I welcome corrections and specifics in the comments!

  • Instagram Introduction with a Clemson football being kicked off.
  • PSU pregame
  • FSU pregame
  • LSU coach  Les Miles is excited
  • Oregon mascot Puddles is excited
  • USC pregame
  • Michigan players touch the banner
  • Colorado's non-animal mascot Chip fires up the crowd
  • Georgia players break through the banner
  • 2010: Auburn's Michael Dyer was down?  We'll never know.
  • 2010: Auburn's Wes Byrum kicks a field goal and Auburn wins the 2010 BCS National Title
  • 2015: Clemson beats Notre Dame in the rain and Dabo's happy about that.
  • 2016: Louisville's Lamar Jackson hurdles a Syracuse player
  • 2017: Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield plants the flag at the Shoe
  • 2010: MSU beats Notre Dame on Little Giants
  • 2016: CMU beats Oklahoma State at the last second
  • 2017: Penn State's Saquon Barkley
  • 2011: Baylor's RG III
  • 2016: Clemson's Deshawn Watson 
  • 2011: LSU kicker Drew Alleman beats Alabama
  • 2011: Stanford's Andrew Luck
  • 2010: Boise State's Kellen Moore
  • 2012: Alabama's Eddie Lacy runs over Notre Dame in the BCS title game
  • 2015: Ohio State's Braxton Miller spin move TD beats Virginia Tech
  • 2017: Notre Dame's Miles Boykin beats LSU in the 2018 Citrus Bowl
  • 2016: Iowa upsets #2 Michigan at Kinnick After Dark.  Harbaugh looks disappointed.
  • 2013: Auburn's Nick Marshall throws a 73-yard touchdown pass to Ricardo Louis to beat Georgia at the last second on "The Prayer at Jordan-Hare."
  • 2011: Under the Lights - Denard Robinson to Roy Roundtree to beat Notre Dame
  • 2014: Mississippi State's Dak Prescott stiff arms an LSU defender en route to a 54 yard TD.
  • LSU player
  • Wisconsin Player
  • Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley
  • 2012: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel does Johnny Football things vs. Duke in the Peach Bowl
  • 2014: Arizona's Austin Hill catches a Hail Mary TD to beat Cal
  • 2017: Florida's Feleipe Franks hits Tyrie Cleveland on a Hail Mary to beat Tennessee
  • 2014: Arizona State's Jaelen Strong catches a Hail Mary TD to beat USC.
  • 2012: Notre Dame makes an OT goalline stand to beat Stanford
  • LSU's Leonard Fournette (maybe?)
  • One-handed catch at Temple
  • Stanford's Christian McCaffrey scores a TD
  • 2014: Nebraska's Jordan Westerkamp makes "the butt catch" against FAU.
  • 2018: Oklahoma's Kyler Murray scores against WVU
  • 2019: Ohio State's Justin Fields points in the air.
  • 2015: Michigan State roughs the snapper.  Michigan's Blake O'Neil has trouble with the snap.  Bad things ensue. A meme is born.
  • 2018: Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa runs in for a TD at LSU
  • 2019: LSU's Joe Burrow celebrates
  • 2017: Ohio State's JT Barrett celebrates against Penn State.
  • 2012: South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney dehelmets Michigan's Vincent Smith in the 2013 Outback Bowl.
  • 2017: Miami celebrates with The Turnover Chain.
  • 2013: Florida State's Kelvin Benjamin catches the game-winning TD from Jameis Winston in the 2013 BCS National Championship Game.
  • 2014: The College Football Playoff is born
  • 2014: Ohio State's Ezekiel Eliott scores in the 2015 CFP Championship Game over Oregon, Cardale Jones celebrates the first CFB National Championship, Urban Meyer gets a Gatorade bath.
  • Instagram interstitial with Boston College's Mark Herzlich
  • 2010: Notre Dame pays tribute to the late Declan Sullivan
  • 2018: Purdue celebrates the life of superfan Tyler Trent and upsets Ohio State at Ross-Ade
  • 2011: Rutgers player Eric LeGrand returns to the field with his teammates after being paralyzed in a game in 2010.
  • 2016: Nebraska honors the late Sam Foltz who had died in a car accident the previous summer.
  • 2018: Washington State honors the late Tyler Hilinski.
  • 2017: USC long snapper Jake Olson becomes the first blind player in NCAA history.
  • 2016: Pitt running back James Conner comes back to the field after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
  • 2018: Maryland honors their late teammate, #79, Jordan McNair.
  • 2017: Iowa introduces the "Iowa Wave" college football, where after the first quarter, fans wave to patients at The University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital.
  • 2010: Auburn's Cam Newton scores in the opener against South Carolina and celebrates.
  • 2015: Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer finds Will Fuller with 12 seconds left to beat Virginia and sad UVa fan.
  • 2016: Army beats Navy for the first time in 14 years
  • 2015: Alabama's Kenyan Drake returns a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown vs Clemson in the 2016 CFP National Championship Game.
  • 2011: Oregon's Chip Kelly asks some people behind his post-game interview with Erin Andrews to shut up.  Erin Andrews thanks him for doing so.
  • 2015: Alabama's Nick Saban doesn't even know what your question was, he just wanted to say that.
  • 2017: Washington State's Mike Leach calls the postgame celebration after upsetting USC on the Palouse like Woodstock, except everybody's got their clothes on.
  • 2018: Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy does not hold a high opinion of Twitter.
  • 2017: UCF's Scott Frost wants his Knights to know that the College Football Playoff committee was conspiring against them.
  • 2014: At an Oregon presser with Mark Helfrich, 12-year-old reporter Charlie Pape says that the only things that matter at his school are Jesus, Girls, and Marcus Mariota.  Bonus inclusion of 2018: LSU fan Kaileigh Thomas gives the death stare to the camera.
  • 2015: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds goes into the record books.
  • 2016: San Diego State's Donnel Pumphrey becomes the FBS "all-time leading rusher"
  • 2015: Western Michigan's PJ Fleck crowd surfs the locker room after a win.
  • 2018: Kentucky coach Mark Stoops crowd surfs the locker room after a comeback win over Missouri.
  • Iowa State celebrates with water 
  • Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy "gets low" after a win
  • Clemson's Dabo Sweeney dances in the locker room.
  • 2017: Georgia's Sony Michel runs for the game-winning TD over Oklahoma in the 2018 Rose Bowl.  This makes Kirby Smart happy.
  • Washington's Dante Pettis celebrates a touchdown over Oregon.
  • 2018: Alabama's Jalen Hurts does the Superman celebration after leading the Tide to a win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game
  • 2019: Oklahoma's Jalen Hurts celebrates a Sooner victory.
  • 2016: Ohio State's Curtis Samuel scores a game-winning touchdown against Michigan after a VERY QUESTIONABLE SPOT.  NO, SERIOUSLY.
  • 2017: USC quarterback Sam Darnold celebrates.
  • Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon celebrates.
  • 2019: Clemson's Trevor Lawrence celebrates in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl
  • 2015: Alabama's Derrick Henry celebrates during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
  • 2018: Texas freshman kicker Cameron Dicker beats Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout with a late field goal.
  • 2015: Michigan State's kicker Matt Geiger celebrates after his field goal as time expires helps Michigan State upset OSU in the Horseshoe.
  • Oregon's LaMichael James scores.
  • A Penn State player celebrates after a score.
  • 2013: Auburn's Chris Davis returns a missed field goal attempt all the way and Auburn's gonna win the football game on the Kick Six.
  • 2016: Clemson's DeShaun Watson finds Hunter Renfrow for the game-winning touchdown in the 2017 College Football Playoff Championship Game.  Dabo celebrates.
  • 2017: Alabama freshman Tua Tagovailoa hits DeVonta Smith for a 41-yard TD in OT of the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game as Bama walks off for a national title.  Coach Saban celebrates.
That's what we gathered from this.
Music used: Thirty Seconds to Mars "Walk on Water" and Imagine Dragons' "Walking the Wire"

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Semi-Charmed Life

Hey, pictures are worth a thousand words. (John Raoux/AP)

What exactly could I say here that we haven't said at the end of each of the previous three seasons?  Michigan looked pretty good in the first half, had a lead on Alabama going into the locker room, and then did exactly nothing on offense in the second half.  The Shea Patterson experience ended with him missing most of his deep balls, in an increasingly frustrating manner, only to see that in the moments after Michigan's defense got a three and out to give Michigan a shot to get back into the game, he threw a pick that sealed Michigan's fate. 

Part of you may want to be happy that Alabama, even a wounded Alabama, didn't run Michigan off the field.  I respect that because I understand the desire to be happy about the situation.  I also understand that this is who Michigan is now, but simultaneously, this is who Michigan has been (with one not inconsequential blip) pretty much forever, certainly for the last 30 years.  Michigan is back to being what it has been forever.  The problem is that the world has changed and what that was would no longer get the accolades that Michigan got used to when it was this way in the past.  Nothing in the last five years have really shown us anything different, it just took many of us longer to get used to the idea than we perhaps realized it would.

So I don't even know what I want for Michigan to be.  Perhaps the most frustrating notion is that Michigan hasn't won a game in the Harbaugh era in which it was an underdog.  0-10.  47-8 as a favorite, 0-10 as an underdog.  So basically, when Michigan is supposed to win, by and large, it does, but if Michigan isn't favored, it has no shot.  There is no unexpected surprise.  That's the real frustration.  Michigan is chaos free Auburn.  The difference is that Auburn will lose games it's supposed to win, but then it will beat Bama when it's not supposed to and people are happy for a touch.  Michigan doesn't do that, and we all end up sad.  (Truthfully, Michigan should have been in the Outback against Auburn, which would have been a much better game, as would have Minnesota/Alabama, but that's now how bowl ties work anymore.)

There are bright spots you can point to for next season and that's what we'll do because not having hope in sports makes it pointless to even be a fan.  We'll talk about the loaded running backs room, we'll talk McCaffrey/Milton, we'll see which receivers come back for another year, and we'll tell ourselves with a few breaks, we can make it to Indy.  We won't, of course, but we'll tell ourselves that because feeling hopeless for eight months is probably more than fans can bear to ponder.

So thanks for another great season, Thank you for continuing to read, even when we haven't had a lot to say.  We'll see you around.  Go Blue.