Winter Storm Janus Stops Travel, 'Law of Gus'

We were all looking forward to Gus Johnson calling tonight’s first “Super Wednesday” game featuring Iowa at Michigan – fully expecting the “Law of Gus” to ensure an exciting finish. Call it a casualty of Winter Storm Janus or the Polar Vortex – we’re sad to report that Gus won’t be able to make it. Myriad flights from New York to Detroit were canceled, along with thousands others across the country in the wake of the storm, which so far has dumped nearly a foot of snow in New York City alone. Simply put, Gus wasn’t able to get here from there.

Instead, Eric Collins will be on the call, alongside analyst Stephen Bardo and Stephanie White on the sideline. Given the way both Michigan and Iowa are playing, BTN’s Tom Dienhart still expects a barn burner.

Coverage begins at 6:30 PM ET tonight with the Auto-Owners Insurance Big Ten Tip-Off Show hosted by Dave Revsine and analyst Jim Jackson.

After Iowa at Michigan, we follow with Wisconsin at Minnesota with Kevin Kugler and Shon Morris on the call. After the game, Jimmy and Dave come back with the Big Ten Finale, presented by Reese’s.

Gus will be watching BTN from New York, no doubt.

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Chuck Anziulewicz on 1/22/2014 @ 1:31pm EST Said:

“Janus?” What gives you the impression this snow storm had a name? Since when have snow events EVER had names? Hurricanes and typhoons have names, given to them by the appropriate government agency. Snow storms do NOT have names. The National Weather Service (NWS) hasn’t named the snow, nor has the National Oceanographic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Neither the NWS, NOAA, nor anyone I know is referring to this weather system as “Janus.”

Oh, WAIT A MINUTE. You must be referring to The Weather Channel. Yes, in what can only be described as a shameless, pretentious publicity stunt, they have taken it upon themselves to start naming every snow event that comes along, and in the process they have become a bit of a laughingstock. Who knows? Maybe this summer, when things have started quieting down, they’ll start naming HEAT WAVES!

It makes you wonder how we ever survived the old days when snow was just called SNOW, not given a cute name by The Weather Channel, which is owned by NBC and not the government. Is it REALLY necessary to pander to their sense of self-importance?

Rick on 1/22/2014 @ 2:40pm EST Said:

Wow Chuck, that’s a long response to a snow storm name. Take a midol bro.

Juan Nieves (@ecuamerican) on 1/22/2014 @ 3:06pm EST Said:

Chuck, you ranted on a Big Ten website :(

Go Blue on 1/22/2014 @ 3:15pm EST Said:

Wow, that’s too bad Gus won’t be at the game. He is UM’s #1 cheerleader.

Max M on 1/22/2014 @ 4:37pm EST Said:

Surely giving a winter storm a name signifies the end of the world.

MSUDersh on 1/22/2014 @ 4:49pm EST Said:

@Go Blue – UM’s biggest cheerleader is Brady Hoke, in both the literal and figurative senses.

Patrick Woidan on 1/22/2014 @ 5:46pm EST Said:

A foot of snow and temps at 11 above zero…….out east, they name it and call it a blizzard…….Here in Michigan we simply call it Wednesday.