Monday, October 8, 2007

Is The BTN Handicapping Hart's Heisman Hopes?

Heeyyyyyyyyy - must be tha mon-ayyyyy!

Jon F, an AT reader, sent me an interesting email explaining his theory of how the BTN may be handicapping Mike Hart's Heisman chances this year. After reading his thoughts, I totally agree! Counting next week, more than half of Michigan's games will have been on the BTN. As a result, millions of people around the country have missed the following:

1) Mike Hart heroically rallying the Wolverines late in the game against ASU (despite the loss).
2) Mike Hart breaking the Michigan all-time rushing record last week.
4) Long, exciting runs in the Northwestern game and Hart getting up again and again after being pounded by a defense intent on destroying him.

"A Mike Hart in a botttt-tle....Mike Hart in a botttttt-tle..."

How much more of Hart's heroics will the country and the Heisman voters miss before it is too late? How much longer will BTN bottle up Mike Hart's greatness and keep it to their relatively small handful of cable affiliates?

It has been shown in the past that media darlings have a much greater chance of winning the Heisman - and if Hart is only being shown on a fraction of the country's TV sets, he is at a serious handicap.

What do you guys think?

6 Comments:

Jim Harbaugh Scramble said...

If we win out (somehow) and Hart keeps up this great pace and has a monster day in a (miraculous) win against OSU, then I think he has a shot at an invite to NYC. Remember we started slow in 2003 and Perry got invited to NYC. if we can duplicate the success and beat OSU w/o losing a game I think Hart will be in the mix.

Either way the guy is a warrior, and we are gonna miss him after this year.

Hopefully Mcguffie can become the next Hart.

Love the blog, keep up the good word.

Sgt. Wolverine said...

I'm not sure the BTN hurts his chances as much as the season-opening loss did. Because even though they shouldn't, you know the Heisman voters favor players on more highly-ranked teams (one player on an undefeated team must be better than one player on a two-loss team). So if Hart is in the mix at the end of the season, you know some media-numbed voters are going to say yeah, but his team lost to a I-AA team. And somehow, in their minds, it'll be relevant.

But in my mind, if Hart doesn't get serious consideration for the award, then it'll lose whatever credibility it has left. There's no way he's not one of the best this year; he carries the team more often than he should have to. (I'm waiting for a photoshop job with Hart as Atlas or something.)

Oh, and I love the Big Ten Notwork graphic. Fantastic.

jdf said...
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jdf said...

CBC - thanks for the throw. This week will make it 4 out of 7 games for Umich on the BTN...ugh. Granted the last two weeks have had a lot of bigger headlines than UM vs. (insert should-be cupcake here), but it seems that even Hart's HIGHLIGHTS from the BTN haven't even been making the cut on ESPN lately...and he's had a few beauties. Not to mention any recognition for the school rushing record.

-JonF

Brian said...

I do not feel the BTN is hurting Hart...in fact, my early Heisman predictions have Hart as being the leader (at present time)...if anything hurts Hart, it will be because the team loses another gamme(s). It will have nothing to do with Hart, who will likely take over the lead in rushing yards (nationally), as the kid from UCF is playing against a tough USF Defense.

Majeda Khatun said...

Technically in 07 we didn't win the east. Otherwise we would have most likely won the National Championship that year.


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