Following Michigan’s excruciating loss to the Wisconsin Badgers over the weekend — and I mean, like, a really bad loss. Like, it was a super embarrassing loss. Like, are they the Michigan Wolverines or the Michigan Can’t Score-verines? — coach Jim Harbaugh has said he has his team closely reviewing the tape from their game against the Badgers.
“I’ve told my players that we’ve got to study this tape. It shows what Wisconsin did right, and where we went wrong, and it’ll provide key insight on what changes we need to make for next game,” Harbaugh told reporters. “This tape, it kept Paul Chryst’s mask on and his glasses fog-free, which allowed for the secretive play calling that ultimately bested us on Saturday.”
At this point, it became unclear to reporters whether Harbaugh was talking about a video recording of the game, or the literal piece of scotch tape that was on Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst’s mask when he referred to ‘the game tape.’
“No, the literal tape,” Harbaugh said in response to our inquiry.
Interviews with several Michigan football players confirmed that the team has, in fact, spent hours studying the literal piece of tape from Paul Chryst’s facemask.
“At first I thought, ‘for real? We’re just gonna look at this piece of tape?’ and then after that, I thought ‘how did coach Harbaugh get Paul Chryst’s mask with the piece of tape still on it? That dude’s crazy,’” said Michigan QB Joe Milton. “But I gotta say, the process has actually been really insightful.”
Harbaugh was also asked if he feels that studying the tape strip has tangibly influenced how Michigan will approach their next game.
“Oh definitely,” Harbaugh said. “For example, look how devastating that tape was in our game against the Badgers, and that was only scotch tape! I think if we go into next game with something even stronger, like painter’s tape or packing tape, our team will be a force to be reckoned with.”