Michigan-Illinois Game Breaks Scoring Records

Today Michigan beat Illinois 67-65 . That’s in football, not basketball. The win gives Michigan a record of 6-3 and makes Michigan bowl-eligible for the first time under coach Rich Rodriguez.

The two teams were frequently alternating scores with Illinois tying the game.  Denard Robinson went out and backup quarterback Tate Forcier fumbled the ball on his first snap, allowing Illinois to take the lead. Robinson had already set a career and Michigan high with 305 passing yards. Forcier made up for his initial fumble with an additional 114 yards, including the tying touchdown before the game ultimately went into triple overtime.

ESPN provided information on the records set in this game:

This was the highest scoring game for Michigan. The previous high score was when Michigan beat West Virginia 130-0 in 1904.

This is also the highest scoring game of all time between two Big Ten teams.

The last FBS game with more points was when Navy beat North Texas 74-62 on November 10, 2007.

Peggy Noonan: Sarah Palin Is No Ronald Reagan, And She Is A Nincompoop

Whether or not you  like Ronald Reagan, there is a tremendous difference between him and Sarah Palin. Reagan writer Peggy Noonan is receiving a lot of criticism from the right wing lately for pointing out what is rather obvious–Sarah Palin is no Ronald Reagan, and that Palin is a  nincompoop. Noonan wrote:

Conservatives talked a lot about Ronald Reagan this year, but they have to take him more to heart, because his example here is a guide. All this seemed lost last week on Sarah Palin, who called him, on Fox, “an actor.” She was defending her form of political celebrity—reality show, “Dancing With the Stars,” etc. This is how she did it: “Wasn’t Ronald Reagan an actor? Wasn’t he in ‘Bedtime for Bonzo,’ Bozo, something? Ronald Reagan was an actor.”

Excuse me, but this was ignorant even for Mrs. Palin. Reagan people quietly flipped their lids, but I’ll voice their consternation to make a larger point. Ronald Reagan was an artist who willed himself into leadership as president of a major American labor union (Screen Actors Guild, seven terms, 1947-59.) He led that union successfully through major upheavals (the Hollywood communist wars, labor-management struggles); discovered and honed his ability to speak persuasively by talking to workers on the line at General Electric for eight years; was elected to and completed two full terms as governor of California; challenged and almost unseated an incumbent president of his own party; and went on to popularize modern conservative political philosophy without the help of a conservative infrastructure. Then he was elected president.

The point is not “He was a great man and you are a nincompoop,” though that is true. The point is that Reagan’s career is a guide, not only for the tea party but for all in politics. He brought his fully mature, fully seasoned self into politics with him. He wasn’t in search of a life when he ran for office, and he wasn’t in search of fame; he’d already lived a life, he was already well known, he’d accomplished things in the world.

Here is an old tradition badly in need of return: You have to earn your way into politics. You should go have a life, build a string of accomplishments, then enter public service. And you need actual talent: You have to be able to bring people in and along. You can’t just bully them, you can’t just assert and taunt, you have to be able to persuade.

Turning the Clocks Back

Its less than one week since the Republicans won control of the House and we’re already turning the clocks back.