Tuesday, June 14, 2016

College Football Hall of Fame Votes

After hearing Dr. Sap talk about Rick Leach not being in the College Football Hall of Fame on WTKA one morning, I joined the National Football Foundation so I could vote. Spoiler alert, he's still not on the ballot.






There are 75 Division I players on the ballot. I can vote for up to 12. Additionally there are 6 division I coaches (vote for 2), 95 lower division players (vote for 4) and 29 lower division coaches (vote for 2) on the ballot.

Here is my decision making process as I vote for division I players.
  1. Did they play for Michigan
  2. Have I seen them play in person and the level of success they had against Michigan
  3. Under recognized player I saw enough on TV or heard enough about to earn my vote
  4. "Star" who is likely to get enough votes from others
Criteria 1 yields 2 players, Jumbo Elliott and Mark Messner. In my opinion Elliott helped restart Michigan as an offensive lineman factory. Messner was amazing as a redshirt freshman on the 1985 defense and was dominant on the 1988 Rose Bowl Champs. That's two of my votes.

Criteria 2 adds 16 more players, so I shouldn't need to go past here to complete this part of the ballot.
  • Terrell Buckley - Dominant performance in Florida State's (closer than the final score) 51-31 victory of Desmond Howard and the 1991 Wolverines.
  • Keith Byars -injury plagued for most of 1985, but he did play against Messner and Elliott in the first M-OSU game I attended.
  • Mark Carrier - on the roster for the 1989 Rose Bowl game  but I admit to not remembering him play.
  • Kerry Collins - Losing QB in M's first trip to Happy Valley. He did lead an undefeated squad to victory in Ann Arbor in 1994, but I missed that game for a wedding.
  • Tim Dwight - his punt return for a touchdown just before the half was as close to a loss for the 1997 MNC Wolverines.
  • Moe Gardner - big DT for Illinois, I swear I remember jiMpossible telling me that he trashed talked Moe on the sidelines in 1988 or 1989. But now he claims to not remember this story.
  • Dana Howard - Part of the Illini defense that tied M in 1992 and beat them in 1993, but I don't remember much about him.
  • Raghib Ismael - I was supposed to babysit my nieces in Southfield, but was able to get out of it when I scalped tickets to the 1989 M-ND game that saw Ismael return 2 kickoffs for touchdowns.
  • Matt Leinart - destroyed Michigan in the 2004 Rose Bowl
  • Anthony Poindexter - defensive back for Virginia, he would have been a freshman in the 1995 season opener. I do not remember him if he did play.
  • Antwaan Randle-El - Michigan has had some close victories over Indiana lately. Randle-El had a Hail Mary throw into the endzone to knock off Tom Brady's team in Bloomington in 1999.
  • Simeon Rice - Another Illini defender, like Howard part of a tie and victory over M.
  • Rashaan Salaam - Heisman trophy winner for the 1994 Buffaloes that came all teh way back to knock off M on the Kordell Stewart Hail Mary.
  • Aaron Taylor - Notre Dame lineman was 1-1 in the 2 games I saw his team face M.
  • Troy Vincent - Defensive back for the Badgers back when M dominated the Badgers
  • Lorenzo White - was dominant for the Spartans in the 1987 victory (although they still needed 7 interceptions to win).
Buckley, Dwight, Ismael, Leinart, Randle-El, Salaam and White all had strong enough performances when I saw them to definitely earn my vote, 9 down 3 spots left.

Byars, Carrier, Collins, Gardner, Howard, Poindexter, Rice, Taylor and Vincent are vying for the final 3 spots. Is there anyone to add from next 3rd criteria?
  • Eric Bienemy - helped start the Colorado resurgence. 
  • Matt Cavanaugh - good at handing off to Tony Dorsett
  • Bobby Humphrey had that epic battle with Jamie Morris the in the Hall of Fame Bowl
  • Dat Nguyen - that's fun to say
I'll go with Rice - never saw M beat him. Gardner - still holding out hope that jiMpossible trash-talked him and Bobby Humphrey.

Only Spurrier gets my vote in the coaches group and I decided I'm even less qualified to vote on the lower division selections.


Monday, March 21, 2016

NCAA basketball seed records

For some reason this weekend I got to thinking about which seed numbers have faced each other in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. We know that no 16 seed has ever beaten a 1 seed so other than the 16v16 play-in games - no other seed has faced a 16. But which other match-ups have never occurred?

The tournament committee started seeding teams in 1979 and the tournament went to 64 (and beyond) starting in 1985.

I found this "betting guide" article that referenced the first two rounds prior to this years tournament. I combined this with a quick (probably multiple errors) scan of wikipedia to pull together a table of which seed numbers have faced off and what their record is.

Here's what I came up with in tabular form - read across for wins and down for losses. This also includes the old third place games played with seeds from 1979-1981.

Seed12345678910111213141516total
1223720364010567675318400128462
232344126664233131001200309
31323152469229350010710255
4225315022322026102000220
586240110311010012000175
65839410400696001400177
7126540301092000120135
8174052310800101000114
97101200720100100085
1002240046000000015096
1131140052300110050080
1200012490010000800070
130002530000003000031
140021002000000000023
1508000010000000009
1600000000000000000
Total101143143137151149151153154150149148128128128128

So the missing match-ups are:
  • 1 vs 14, 15
  • 2 vs 13, 14, 16
  • 3 vs 12, 13, 16
  • 4 vs 11, 14, 15, 16
  • 5 vs 7, 11, 14, 15, 16
  • 6 vs 6, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16
  • 7 vs 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16
  • 8 vs 8, 10, 14, 15, 16
  • 9 vs 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
  • 10 vs 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 16
  • 11 vs 4, 5, 12, 13, 15, 16
  • 12 vs 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16
  • 13 vs 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 14 vs 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
  • 15 vs 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 
Are there any of the missing combos that could still happen this year?

If Gonzaga and Iowa St. win in the Midwest it would yield the first 4 vs. 11 match-up. A Gonzaga trip to the final four facing Indiana or Finals against Maryland would be the first 5 vs. 11 match-ups as well. But beyond that we've seen all these seeds face off before.

Michigan has been involved in at least 2 of the "only happened once combinations. The 1989 final vs. Seton Hall was the only contest between 3 seeds. The 2013 semifinal vs. Syracuse is the only time 2 #4 seeds have faced off.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Bowl Predictions -National Championship

One bowl to rule them all.

National Championship is tonight.
I picked Clemson, 42 points in the Altese pool and 25 in the Dehlin pool.
I'm potentially still alive in the Dehlin pool, but the Altese has been finalized.

Altese:


Name Current scorepossible score
Sue689731
Paul683684
Mike628670

Here - no one can catch Sue even if she is wrong tonight. She has already taken the trophy from my dad!


Dehlin:

Name Current scorepossible score
Kevin655668
Sandy641642
Norm639667
Mike637662
Dad618660
Tom615657

Kevin can potentially be caught, unless Norm, my dad, Tom and I all picked the same team he did. At kickoff I'll be able to see who everyone picked and know if I have a chance.

Go Tigers!

Sunday, January 3, 2016

January Prediction for 2016 record

My 5th annual January prediction for Michigan's upcoming football season record.

2012 - predicted 9-5 - ended up 8-5
2013 - predicted 10-4 - ended up 7-6
2014 - predicted 9-4 - ended up 5-7
2015 - predicted 10-3 - ended up 10-3

What will the Harbaugh magic bring for 2016?

9/3 - Hawai'i - Win
9/10 - Central Florida - Win
9/17 - Colorado - Win
9/24 - Penn State - Win
10/1 - Wisconsin - Win
10/8 - @ Rutgers - Win
10/22 - Illinois - Win
10/29 - @ MSU - Win
11/5 - Maryland - Win
11/12 - @ Iowa - Win
11/19 - Indiana - Win
11/26 - @ OSU - Win
12/2 - B1G Championship game - Northwestern - Win
12/31 - Fiesta Bowl - Baylor - Win
1/9 National Championship Game - Alabama - Win

15-0 , why not?

Saturday, January 2, 2016

jiMpossible-sarcasMike Trophy update

Amazing comeback by TCU, down 31-0 at the half, they come all the way back to win it over Oregon in triple overtime 47-41.
Full post on the trophy and its potential for next season coming soon.

Bowl predictions - day 2nd to last

Four bowls remain before the national championship, and they play them all today.
Here are my picks:
Gator Bowl: Penn State (6-Altese; 9-Dehlin)
Liberty Bowl: Arkansas (40-Altese; 42- Dehlin)
Alamo Bowl: Oregon (9-Altese; 10-Dehlin)
Cactus Bowl: West Virginia (36-Altese; 41-Dehlin)

My trophy dreams may be dying, I've gotten 7 bowls in a row correct, but I've fallen further behind.
I trail Sue by 64 points (and Paul by 46) in the Altese pool. In the Dehlin pool, I trail Kevin by 25, Sandy by 15 and am tied with Norm.
In both family pools I do have more points remaining than those above me, "so you're saying there's a chance!"