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Neither spring nor game nor recap. Discuss.

April 14, 2013

EMU spring football "Whose Line is it Anyway" memeAs I mentioned earlier, I’m not going to recap this in full, because, well, it’s just too hard to really judge quality on a meaningful standard from this sort of scrimmage. That is, we have no idea if we’re comparing our best-in-MAC defense to our best-in-MAC offense, or our #124 defense to our #124 offense. In this case, if EMU’s write-up is to be believed, the first-string offense faced the second-string defense, and the second-string offense opposed the first string defense. Unsurprisingly the first-string offense/first-string defense team “won”.

But this being “spring” — at least, according to the calendar — in Michigan, the lack of an actual opponent for this “game” wasn’t the only issue. Apparently the team can play in 20 degrees and snow, but 40 degrees and flurries mixed with a little sleet is too much, because today’s “game” was moved into the Bubble due to the “inclement” weather. (If you weren’t paying attention, by about 4:30 it had turned into a beautiful afternoon!)

By the end of the afternoon, the first-team offense had scored 10 points on the second-string defense, while the second-string offense only managed 3 against the first-string defense (again, no surprise in the “outcome”). The touchdown came on a 7-yard run by Ryan Brumfield, while Kody Fulkerson and Dylan Mulder traded field goals. There was at least one other “scoring” play, but no points were given since the third- and fourth-string teams were on the field at the time.

For other coverage, here’s the official EMU “game” write-up, with links to interviews with Ron English and Tyler Benz. Here’s the photo gallery from the athletic department, here are photos from the unofficial Facebook page, and here’s one from soon-to-be EMU quarterback Brogan Roback┬áposing with #3 Dustin Creel and #71 Darien Terrell.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Grady permalink
    April 15, 2013 9:20 am

    What a joke of a game and a waste of an afternoon. We get practice/warm ups for the first 30 minutes or so and then a 45 minute scrimmage! What is the point of having a spring game? I think English does not like spring games and wants to play them down – which is his prerogative at a coach – but then the rest of athletics needs to be on the same page and play call this what it is – a practice session and nothing more. Dont get us excited for a game a deliver this joke to us.

  2. Carl permalink
    April 15, 2013 1:00 pm

    It was a waste of our time. I for one am tired of this football program not respecting us enough to be honest with us.

  3. Andy Dufresne permalink
    April 15, 2013 11:38 pm

    Apparently the baseball team can play in the rain and the sleet, but the football team can’t.

  4. Kenneth Barna permalink
    April 18, 2013 8:54 am

    Dear Grady and Carl,
    First of all, I don’t know how many spring football games you have attended, but they are not anything like a football game that is played in the fall.
    They are a controlled scrimmage, with contact, but limited against quarterbacks. Coaches even set certain situations if they want, like goal line defenses.
    I will agree with Andy, that it should have been played outside. From a fan’s perspective, it is very difficult to see plays develop at ground level, and as the teams move down the field from where someone is standing it gets worse.

  5. Grady permalink
    April 18, 2013 2:47 pm

    @ Kenneth

    I dont know if we were expected a full game, like a real game. I think we were expecting a heck of a lot more though. I am not suggesting we do that or anything else, other than not pretend this was 45 minutes of a scrimmage and nothing more and basically a waste of our time.

    But to your point, Other schools have games with scores. CMU had a “real game”with stats and a halftime too. They had a kids clinic and they played in the snow. In other words, it was treated as a big time event, unlike EMU. Read more here:

  6. Grady permalink
    April 18, 2013 4:03 pm

    I actually thought I wss getting an honest assessment but I was wrong. They scrimmaged for about an hour???? It was barely 45 minutes. They also talked about snow flurries in the air (to justify moving into the bubble) and that is wrong. Rain was in the air, it was raining an hour before. There was never snow in the air and when we left the bubble it was sunny outside. This wreaks of damage control instead of honesty.


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