- The biggest development in the Michigan-Notre Dame game was Michigan's offensive line finding itself. We shall see if the Wolverines can maintain it the rest of the way, but that changes a lot of equations for Michigan's offense. Shea Patterson will probably never be a consistent good decision-maker but a lot less falls on him if they can run the ball and he just has to make complementary throws (which is why they ran the offense that way last year...). Also worth noting: Michigan has mixed up coverages more on defense the last two weeks after living and dying in man coverage last season.
- I've been a big Oregon skeptic for like 15 years but I have to admit I enjoyed watching them play Washington State last week. They are physical, their running back is explosive and I can see the raw talent that makes people like their quarterback.
- When replay returned to the NFL, they said only indisputably wrong calls would be overturned and there would be a time limit for the reviews. Neither of these things has proven to be true, so here's an idea for fixing replay (and perhaps improving officiating overall): Only overturn indisputably wrong calls and limit the length of reviews.
- Lastly, the people treating Deadspin's death as some sort of tragedy for journalism are not making a lot of sense to me, either. Looks long overdue to me, particularly if people actually think what they were doing was journalism in the first place. Private equity firms like the site's new owners (as with Sports Illustrated) may be vampires destroying the news industry, but that seems only tangentially related here because Deadspin generally was not a news site so much as a daily opinion dump on popular things its writers were too cool to like or too "smart" to appreciate. In the case of Deadspin, how it died it less important than it being gone. Few if any sites did more to create the toxic culture of negativity and hate that defines the internet today. I'd say the world is a better place now that it's (essentially) gone, but that genie is obviously out of the bottle and there is no shortage of people wishing to carry on its hate throughout the web. (Yes, I get caught up in it myself at times, even in these columns, but they are also a small part of what I do in a given week.)
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