Saturday, February 21, 2009

This is Getting Absurd

Since our Dish Network installation was an epic fail, I didn't get to see any of the game tonight. I returned from moving boxes just in time to fire up Slingbox and see a grainy shot of the game-winning goal. My immediate reaction was, "Wow. He totally kicked that in." Keep in mind, this is seeing a replay for a split-second on a grainy picture. The text message I got immediately after confirmed it. The thread at The Wolverine was further confirmation.

And yet somehow Langseth managed to stuff it up again. For the second time in about a month, Michigan lost a hockey game 3-2 when they had a goal waived off due to a premature whistle, and the opponent had a kicked-in goal allowed. That's pretty impressive, Pio.

This really is the worst replay system ever. I didn't think it was possible, but it seems like CCHA refs get replay rulings correct less frequently than their Big Ten Football counterparts. They're handicapped by the fact that they aren't allowed to use all the angles at their disposal, but how do you keep missing the puck getting kicked in in the first place?

That's all I saw of the game. I guess the defense had some major lapses and Hogie gave up some soft rebounds. Failing to score on a 2-minute 5-on-3 probably didn't help matters either.

So in splitting with OSU, we lose the ability to control our own destiny for second place heading into the final weekend of the season. Miami got another shootout point (awesome), so they're two ahead with two games to play. Without looking into the numbers, we still seem to be in really good shape to be a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

At some point, I'll actually be able to start seeing games again...

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

actually, that wasn't even the worst call of the game. Caporusso had a goal waved off that was complete BS

Anonymous said...

WHAAAAAAA!

Anonymous said...

Give the OSU goalie some credit. He was on fire. Meanwhile every OSU goal was a tap-in that trickled past Hogan. That was frustrating but we avoided, 2 or 3 more OSU goals that were swatted away by Hogan or the D that were just sitting in front of the goal line.
Worst 5-3 PP I've ever seen. We had to ice it at one point because they were controlling the puck in our zone.
Overall a giant head shake of a game.

Anonymous said...

Tim - more absurd, replay system or your television situation?

Anonymous said...

It wasn't clear to me after looking at the highlights on MGoBlue.com that Scooter didn't kick in that last goal. However, our disallowed goal was total BS.

Ryan said...

Dish sucks.

Directv has been my long-time choice, and the install was a breeze.

I have been looking at AT&T U-verse the last few days. A buddy of mine got it, and it is intriguing.

ice00003 said...

i'd HIGHLY recommend Uverse. it is far and away the best out there right now.

streaker said...

I don't get CBSportscollege, so I couldn't watch the game. BUT, I did see on MGoblue the hightlights. Can't make out the kicked in goal, but we got hosed on the Capo waived off goal.

Just the same, shame on them for blowing a 2-0 lead and not capitalizing on a full 2:00 5x3. That was really the game, there.

Anonymous said...

Interesting note about the OSU kicked in goal. After the game I was driving home from the bar listening to Jim Hunt do his post game show. The goal was originally credited to the OSU player who kicked it in (sorry, don't remember his name). It wasn't until AFTER the game that it ws changed to the guy who shot it from the point.

Anonymous said...

I watched the replay last night, and after seeing it up close it looked to me like it went off of Vaughn's skate, not one from OSU.

Anonymous said...

f you Langseth. that is all.

Packer487 said...

They changed it to Dalpe after the game and then a few hours later changed it back to Severyn. The OSU official game story says the puck went in off Severyn's skate, which I think is kind of ballsy of them to admit, not that it's going to make it get changed if they admit it or anything.

That call wasn't as egregious as the Caporusso waived-off goal though. There's no way that goal doesn't count. I'd love to hear the rationale.

I love Dish Network, they're just on my shit list right now. There's some stuff on my end that didn't make getting a satellite hookup all that easy, so we've got some things to work through, but the guy they sent out was a d-bag and they didn't have the right satellite on the truck anyway.

I too have heard really good things about Uverse, but it's not available in this part of Madison. If I'm not getting satellite, it's Charter and based on what I've heard about them, it'd be more pleasant to eat nails. I might not have a choice though. At least they have Center Ice and the Fox College Sports pack, even if I couldn't get FSD itself...

I'm still holding out hope for my dish. I think we'll get it figured out. The owner of the building agreed to let me put one pretty much anywhere that it would work...we just gotta get the wiring to my condo figured out.

Anybody have a clue why someone just doesn't launch a satellite that us north-facing people can use? Seems like they'd be able to corner a pretty decent portion of the market.

Anonymous said...

It is just how the satellite patterns work, Tim. Those in the northern hemisphere have to beam to the south, and those in the southern hemisphere enjoy beaming to the north.

I don't know what the protocol is for protesting league actions, but Red has got to be steamed, especially with the junior official (Langseth) waving off a goal when he is on the opposite side of the rink from the play, being blocked by the goaltender and the net. Where the F was Shegos? Even the announcers said it should have been a goal.

Maybe both of them should go back to selling windows door to door full time.

Anonymous said...

I heard the official ruling on the Caporusso waive off was that the official claimed that the puck hit his glove before it went into the net.

Tom said...

As alluded to above, for a satellite to be in geosynchronous orbit (that is, stationary with respect to the earth) it must be in an equatorial orbit at a certain speed (matching the rotation of the earth and that speed determines the necessary altitude). If they wanted better coverage, they could put up a constellation of satellites (like GPS) but then they would need to come up with an omnidirectional receiver (but now I'm getting out of my specialty so I'm not sure on the details here). Just a little rocket science for your day.

Packer487 said...

Yet another reason I love having this blog. I can get people to tell me about geosynchronous satellites!