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2012 MAC Blogger Roundtable, week 5

September 29, 2012

Eagle Totem rules the roundtable with an iron claw!

This week’s MAC Blogger Roundtable is hosted by…me! I am king of the roundtable, BOW DOWN BEFORE ME! MWAHAHA!!!

I did this in week 5 last year also, and six questions proved too difficult, so this year, as king, I subjected my…er…subjects…to a three-question inquisition.

The following blogs paid fealty:

1. By now any sports fan who didn’t stay up for the game has surely seen the blown call at the end of the Packers-Seahawks game (“the worst call in NFL history“), one of many blown calls going both ways in that game. MAC teams have also seen their share of bad officiating. Tell us about the worst officiated game or worst single call your team has seen? What do you think could be done to improve officiating throughout college football, but especially in the MAC?

Let’s Go Rockets has the answer to this.

Football is officiated by humans – therefore, there will be mistakes. Sometimes the mistaken calls are in your team’s favor and sometimes they’re not; that’s part of the game. It’s a very real aspect of football played at any level.

That being said, when technology is used to help correct these mistakes and the call is still blown, that’s a different issue entirely. Last season’s Toledo / Syracuse game, for example, had one of the worst calls ever made. An extra point which was wide to the left was ruled good and upon video review, was allowed to stand. Immediately following the game it was announced that the kick was indeed wide and the refs blew the call. The call on one play should not ultimately determine the outcome of an entire game but this egregious call allowed Syracuse to get into overtime and, in the end, defeat Toledo.

That was pretty bad, possibly the worst blown call I’ve ever seen. Ideal there would be some way to correct this after the fact, particularly when it’s a game-clinching outcome. Let’s watch it again:
2. EMU alumnus TJ Lang has gotten national attention for his outspoken tweets and comments following the game. What’s one subject you wish you could get a really candid comment on from a current or former player or coach (or even administrator)? (Bonus: Make up a fake quote.)
Bull Run wins this one with three made-up tweets:

I’d love to hear what some of the Buffalo players felt about Gill phoning it in twords themiddle of 2009. I had a chance to talk about it over drinks with another Bulls fans, a rare opportunity in Minnesota. We both kind of agree that had Gill been tough on the players that season then UB would have won 6, or more.

The sample tweet would be sent from a players cell phone during during the Ohio game.

“LOLZ IM ON ESPN3 RIGHT NOW WAIT WHUT DWN IS IT #NOTPAYINGATTENTION”

We would all love to have a direct line to the tams opinions about coaches but most players are smart enough to tow the team line. Heck So are the coaches bosses

“H8 LYING 2 #BULLS FANS BOUT QUINN BEING 1 YEAR AWAY FROM WINNING” — From the ideal twitter account of Warde Manual last season

“H8 LYING 2 #UCONN FANS BOUT PASWUALONI BEING 1 YEAR AWAY FROM WINNING” — From the ideal twitter account of Warde Manual this season

But not speaking your mind freely is a skill these young men will need to succeed in life. How many of us would really want our Bosses to know what we think of the latest decision. How many Bosses would want employees to know that they are really just guessing?

(Warde Manual, in case you’re wondering, was athletic director at Buffalo from 2005 through 2012, and he’s now the AD at Connecticut.)
3. Hustle Belt recently asked if September 22, 2012, was the best MAC football day in history. What do you think? Does this sort of “big” day have any lasting impact on the MAC in general, and your school’s program in particular?
Saddle Up, Fight On gets this one, since the Western Michigan Broncos contributed to 9/22/12:

For WMU, this is just another good win. We beat UConn last year, and they aren’t very good this year, at least offensively. But for the MAC? Huge, huge day. Not just the wins, but the notoriety (SI, ESPN, etc). Recruits read that. Kids read that. It helps bring in players who want to make an impact and pull off more of these upsets. The conference as a whole improves their namesake from wins like these.

Will it make the conference a powerhouse? No. But if the MAC can compete on a week to week basis with the Big East and lower half of the Big Ten, and consistently beat the Mountain West and C-USA, that’s a huge boost. That’s where I’d like to ideally see the MAC at.

Maroon Musket had a different take on this question:

To be completely biased, I think the best day in MAC football history was April 20, 2011. You do the math.

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