Saturday, September 23, 2006

Two college football notes

First, I want to reiterate that the new clock rules are stupid. They shorten the game at the expense of exciting games. Georgia just scored a TD with 46 seconds left to take the lead by 1. Under the old rules, Colorado would have gotten the ball somewhere in the neighborhood of their own 30 with about 40 seconds left (assuming that UGA would have squibbed because the clock would start on the receiving team's touch). Instead, Georgia kicked it deep, it was returned to the 20, and by the time Colorado ran their first play there was only 30 seconds left. After a sack, a spike, and a delay of game, they had only one more shot down the field. In other words, they got two plays off under this system where they might realistically have gotten 6 under the old one. How do these rules benefit everyone again? Isn't the idea to entertain the fans?

Second, during the Michigan-Wisconsin game they showed the old UM commercial which starts with a picture of Earth from somewhere out in space. Three names pop up in the corner, one by one, all Colonels. Then we see "APOLLO 15" on the screen, as an orbiting spacecraft comes into the picture. Then "An all U of M crew" splashes across the screen, and you can hear "Hail to the Victors" playing softly as the craft floats in front of Earth and passes out of view.

Obvious message -- U of M people are smart.

Message that smart people take away from it -- U of M people are still not smart enough to know that sound does not travel in space.

Go Buckeyes!

4 comments:

Elle Woods said...

And O-Highs are overly literal. God forbid they play The Victors in the background of a commercial.

ckcharm said...

Um...and even smarter people realize it's a commercial, and that nobody is really suggesting that music is playing IN space. Kind of like everyone knows that when you have music during a slideshow, it's not the pictures playing the music...

Nye! said...

Boy, you two are a little defensive about this, aren't you?

nyeK said...

i'm gonna jump over to the clock rules again. i was at the ND/MSU game which included a final play interception. that's right, the final play was an INT. ND picked it off with 24 seconds left, and didn't have to even take a knee. I love Notre Dame with all my being - but that was gayer than Elton John singing about having sex with men.