Found January 04, 2012 on Dr. Saturday:
Making the morning rounds. • You make the call. All the bounces seemed to go Michigan's way in Tuesday night's Sugar Bowl win over Virginia Tech, none more so than the official decision to overturn a diving touchdown catch by Tech's Danny Coale in overtime. According to officials, Coale briefly lost possession of the ball as he hit the ground, negating the touchdown; according to ESPN's broadcast team (Brad Nessler and Todd Blackledge) and the instant analysis on Twitter — both of which generally concluded the catch should stand — that ruling was anything but "conclusive." It may have also cost the Hokies on the game: On the next play, third-string kicker Justin Myer pushed a field goal attempt wide, setting up an easy kick for Michigan's Brendan Gibbons that sealed a 23-20 Wolverine win. You have one good look at the play above, in real time and slo-mo from the broadcast. (The ESPN producer who posted the clip titled it "Danny Coale robbed of a...

Catch or No Catch? Regardless, Danny Coale’s Effort Was Absurd

Before we make our case for whether or not Virginia Tech’s Danny Coale pulled in this grab in overtime of the Sugar Bowl, we must first appreciate the moment itself. You can debate the call in either direction, but you cannot debate that this is one of the finest plays you will ever see a [...]

Video: Sugar Bowl Decided by Overturned Touchdown

Michigan snuck by Virginia Tech Hookies in overtime of the Sugar Bowl, 23-20, thanks in part to an overturned TD call. Yes, kickers also played are part in it too. Virginia Tech, who seemed to be in control mode all game, got the ball first in overtime. Danny Coale on third down caught an amazing 20 yard pass from Logan Thomas with one hand, but the play went to the booth. Although...

Highway Robbery

This season, I've had to devote my time to some non-TSF things that I couldn't do concurrently with producing well-written articles. EhhTee and MadJay have both carried the water this year, and they have done a great job. However, events in overtime of the Sugar Bowl have brought me out of hibernation to author this piece. My primary reason for writing this I withhold...


We won that game.  This may sound like the bitter ranting of a sore loser, but that Danny Coale catch was a TD.  I don't know how the refs could overturn a call they made that showed absolutely NO sign of a reversal.  His elbow was down before the ball touched the ground, and then even after the ball touched the ground, there was absolutely no sign that the ball moved or that...

ACC Morning Linkfest 1/4

Would you have overturned Danny Coale's TD catch in overtime?  I'm not sure I saw the evidence to overturn it, but I am wearing my ACC glasses.  If you missed it, Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas threw a ball on 3rd and 11 in the first overtime to Danny Coale who made a spectacular one handed diving catch.  The TD would have put Virginia Tech in a  really good place...

3 Key Plays

There were countless player mistakes and bad coaching decisions and bad ref calls in this game (the Michigan kicker took 2 steps before the snap on the fake FG. How on EARTH is that not a false start?) But I think these three, had they gone the other way, would have transformed the game into a Hokie win. Actually I believe that if ANY of these three plays doesn't happen the way...
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