Stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Sounds like a ref to me.
I'm not going to sit here and say that the referees stole that game from us. We likely wouldn't have won anyway, despite all the hype I tried to instill in my home fanbase of two people (dad really wasn't buying it this time). But the final score wouldn't have been what it is, I can guarantee you that. We could have left this game proud of our team knowing that we gave Michigan a run for their money, and that we belong in the top 25 and the B1G as a whole.
The refs, however, seemed to have a different idea.
I'm not sure what Jim Harbaugh did to get the refs on his side, but I can say with my entire soul that he most definitely did something. The notorious cheaters had every single call this game go their way, save for a few minor penalties to make the game seem fair on the outside. The fumbles, blowing the play dead right before an Iowa fumble recovery, the missed roughing the passer call on Deacon (the Michigan player literally fucking SUPLEXED our quarterback 4+ seconds after he got the ball out, what the actual fuck is happening here?), the 84 yard kick return that should've been called back on multiple holding calls, the 40+ yard Wetjen kick return that was called back on a non-existent block in the back, the incomplete pass that wasn't, the list goes on and on and on.
If the refs called that game with even a shred of integrity, the final score comes out to 14-10 at minimum. But they didn't. And Michigan fans will brag and brag and brag and claim it's "Michigan vs the world!!!11!!1!" when we all know the CFB as a whole has been coddling them like babies. I mean, are we serious? The whole team is proven to have cheated and their head coach gets suspended for three games? Their wins should be vacated, all of their B1G conference championships voided, but NOOOOOOOO. The darling boys of the B1G earned their spot as the #1 team in the country.
Fuck that. Fuck this. Fuck you. (Not you, dear reader, I love you so very much :) ).
Final score, Michigan 12, Iowa 0, Refs 14
Go hawks, and roll tide. (Praying Alabama destroys Michigan. I want to see JJ McCarthy cry).