I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
Fulmer Cup, here we come. Michigan officially enters the Fulmer Cup sweepstakes with our own version of the 7th Floor Crew, though we'll probably get points deducted because only one player on scholarship is involved--third string tailback Jerome Jackson. Two walkons, Landon Smith and Tyrone Jordan, are also involved in this:
The [controversial rap] song, titled "Measly Penny," was brought to the athletic department's attention sometime this week. The Michigan Daily has also obtained a copy of the rap, which alludes to threats against the female student.
The group calls itself the "Mean Team."
I question the "alludes to threats" construction, which implies something like...
We may be threatening you! Or maybe not! Read between the lines of this clever wordplay to find out!
...but this, as they say, is no good. At the very least all three will get extremely familiar with Michigan Stadium's steps; if Lloyd is feeling ornery they could be gone from the team. No word on whether "Measly Penny" has any lines that will worm their way into pop culture a la "52 isn't just my number." If you're looking for a link I tried to find one but failed--it's probably better that way anyway.
The nation's curling obession is over for a bit. This blog's obsession, however, promises to continue indefinitely, especially when you can close your eyes and hear this. Yessir. (HT: Tom Tolbert's radio show via Deadspin.)
The hockey team is a vast disappointment. There's no other way to put it. The latest indignity: a 3-0 third period lead turning into a 4-3 overtime loss in a game that the beautiful woodland creatures of Ann Arbor were fortunate I missed. The team is stumbling towards the finish line, a couple of fortunate victories over good teams at the beginning of the year the only thing propping up their PWR rankings enough to get them into the tournament... probably.
Michigan's stellar 1-3-2 finish slid them from eighth to eleventh in the pairwise; they finished third in the league. As a result, the second-round playoff series coming up in two weeks is a critical one for the Wolverines. Lose it, and Michigan could fall a couple additional slots and be in serious danger of missing the tournament for the first time since 1990. Yuck. I'm stocking up on holy water, canned vegetables and geiger counters, since Michigan hockey missing the tournament in the same year the football team goes 7-5 would be an unmistakable sign of the Apocalypse.
Anyway: Yost Built has five reasons to panic (check) and five reasons to, um, not panic (er?). I cosign with enthusiasm. Also, Chris Heisenberg has posted a couple updates on 2007 recruits considering Michigan.
Diiirrrty, and not in the Christina Aguliera "wait, I'm a slut now" way: college basketball recruiting. The New York Times and Washington Post are both examining the proliferation of unaccredited prep "schools" with classes like "Coloring Between The Lines And You," "Introduction to Protractors," and "Contract Signing 101: Asking Questions Is For Pansies." The main WTF graf:
In 2000, the N.C.A.A. began allowing high school administrators to determine the legitimacy of their own core courses. Three years later, the N.C.A.A. began allowing students to compensate for low College Board scores with higher grade-point averages.
Yeah, that sounds like a fantastic idea. Meanwhile, Native American imagery blah blah blah.
...But, hell, we've got to do it. 2006 SG Patrick Beverly is profiled in the Sun Times.
Bracketology's latest: Michigan is a #9, playing Cal in the first round. The Diag has more details on Abram (hopefully returning versus IU), Hunter (maybe by the tournament), and other bracket predictions.
Update 2/27: Added IN WR Adrien Robinson, NJ OL Matt Bush, NY QB Mike Paulus, FL WR Leonard Hankerson, MI S Derek Knight, MI TE Ryan VanBergen, MI TE Josh Rooks.
Removed TX RB Bradley Stephens (A&M).
Linked to article on Joseph Barksdale that also mentions his teammate S Zach Easterly, who has been added. Linked to article on Dionte Allen: he's been offered by FSU and mentions a top two of FSU and Michigan.
Linked to some credible-ish message board speculation. Also: introducing the Star Scale for Rumor Credibility.
- 0-star: incoherent ravings.
- 1-star: clearly biased speculation without backing.
- 2-star: Some guy saying something on some board that claims insider info due to a chance occurence.
- 3-star: Information from someone less established as an insider but a frequent poster who seems sane and useful.
- 4-star: recognized insider-type person with no ax to grind who has established his bonafides on past recruits.
- 5-star: actually verified by an article and a quote from the player, a family member, or a coach.
So. Cutoff is two stars... sometimes three. Played by feel. Anyway: three links to Unverified Voracity. Some guy says we're in good for Finch but not Evans from Warren Central: two stars. Semi-frequent BP poster unionfutura details the RoJo situation and lays out Michigan's advantages in full: three stars. Confirmed inside Colerain dude Honor & Glory says OSU leads for Clifford: four stars. In the future there will be denotations as follows:
UV: the information in sum(star rating).
Links will be provided so you can judge for yourself; posts that will fall into the memory hole will be copied for posterity.
Editorial Opinion: Allen has been regarded as a Michigan lock by message board denizens for a long time--and there's probably good reason for that. Coaches of other schools are likely aware of that but he still has early offers from FSU and USC: he's good, and it sounds like he could actually be a five-star.
Clifford was also rumored to be favoring Michigan earlier, but you can take what H&G says about Colerain kids to the bank. He might change his mind but right now I would expect him to go elsewhere.
Johnson caused a mini-panic with some recent comments, but there's every reason to believe that his uncertainty is temporary and that Michigan remains on track to sign him.
And thus no blogging today. Lo siento; that's life sometimes.
Update: Never mind. I'm back. I've got a board update about ready to go.
Quickly, since Monday all this will be crusty... You're probably already reading RBUAS on a regular basis, but he's happy about the Illinois win and you should read all about it.
Good news: '06 guard recruit K'len Morris dropped 39 on the same night Horton did. A local television station has a story and some highlights, though the story was written before the 39 points.
Bad news: Lesters Abraham and his severely sprained ankle still have no definite return date. People are thinking maybe the Big Ten tournament... but maybe not.
I have a new favorite reaction to the third down stuff from a Florida State board:
This guy is an Ohio State fan...I looked at his main blog...particularly on his comparison of FSU vs OSU defense.
Um... okay then. It must have been all the maize and blue that gave it away. Or maybe it was Ohio State basketball star Daniel Horton.
Until Monday, at which point I hope to have recovered enough from the asskicking Canada handed the US in curling to address it... and I'm only sort of kidding.
I've always wanted to have the kind of blog where I can post something like "9:00 AM Open Thread," watch it fill up with hundreds of comments, and then post "9:15 AM Open Thread," just because the pageviews must be immense. We aren't there yet, but the blog is getting enough traffic/external opinion that there's a fair chance this upcoming enterprise will not be totally embarrassing.
The enterprise? It's akin to that featured in the BlogPoll roundtables. I'll throw out some questions, you answer to the best of your ability, I round up the general sentiment and highlight any bon mots that set the courtesans a-tittering (hur hur hur). I'll throw in my point of view as well during the roundup. If the comments are filled with things like...
Cricket | Posted at 10:28 AM
...then we will pretend this never happened and any reminders of its existence will be shot. That's life.
Anyway, two parts submitted by readers:
Part I: The Man, The Myth, The Dude Who Tried To Run For The Orange Bowl's Entire First Half
James Scuccimarri asks what's with the sourpuss act in regards to Mike DeBord:
I just wanted to point out that despite your seeming dislike of Mike Debord, as Michigans OC he only lost five games in three seasons and he never lost a bowl game. Now these are facts which I'm sure you knew. I make the point only because I wonder what your actual concerns about him are and if you truly believe our offensive line could be any worse under his tutelage than Terry Malone's? I know that game is changing and that is a fact Michigan is slow to accept, but a running game is a running game and I will take whatever we can get. I'm just another Ann Arbor yokel who despite his own best efforts cannot quell growing feelings of optimism. So if you should have time feel free to crush my happy-go-lucky-things-will-be-looking-up-by-springtime-attitude with a solid dose of reality. thank you
Well? Why does everyone hate the DeBordster?
Part II: It's Different, I Give You That
Mike Brennan asks an interesting question I haven't seen get a full treatment anywhere else:
As Lloyd Carr has reassembled his staff throughout the last several weeks, I've begun wondering what others think about finally having a defensive coordinator that's not also a position coach. I can't say with any certainty that Herrmann's ability to function in either of his roles suffered because of the two sets of responsibilities, but I have a difficult time imagining that it helped. As the years progressed and the defense and linebackers regressed, I became perplexed that he never hired a full-time linebackers coach. It seems to me that doing so would allow him time to take more of a macro-level look at the defense and conceptualize ways to use the whole unit to stop, say, a mobile quarterback.
So is Ron English doing himself and the team a favor by relinquishing responsibilities for coaching the DBs despite the fact that he did a good job in that role? I'm sure there are plenty of cases of successful coordinators that also coached a position group, but I'm wondering if you have a take on the matter. For that matter, have you seen anyone address it anywhere else? Is there a medication I can take for this ailment that has me deeply pondering, in February, the dynamics of the one-day-old Michigan coaching staff?
What say you? After the revamp, Michigan is down one special teams coordinator. In his stead is former Wisconsin DBs coach Ron Lee, who has been assigned to just the corners. Is this a worthwhile trade-off? Will it have any material effect?
If "forget this ever happened" does not come to pass, expect a roundup-type thing in the middle of next week.
You'd best head elsewhere for something informative on the Illinois game, since I was forced to miss it. Lo siento. Joey has a bit. UI's Scout site has an interesting article, too; The Chicago Tribune gets all Peter Gabriel up in here:
Michigan's Daniel Horton was a human sledgehammer Tuesday night at Crisler Arena and he did seemingly irreparable damage to Illinois' hope of winning its third straight Big Ten championship.
Update: Maize 'n' Brew gets all astronomical and wins the Michi-blogosphere race to say something about, you know, the game. Hurray quasi-delegation.
Anyway, college basketball is totally weird. This is the only conclusion you get from last night's Horton explosion. Partially because said circumstances prevented me from watching the game; partially because it just is, especially when games devolve into three-point contests more often than not. Michigan took 47 shots last night, twenty of which were three pointers. Nine went in. Michigan won by eight. Earlier, Michigan went down in flames against Iowa and Ohio State when said opponents rifled in over 50% of their threes. This... is not so good.
Paranoid anecdotes not sufficient for you? A quick glance at Big Ten Wonk's statistics reveals that over a third (34.3%) of all shots launched in the Big Ten are (high-variance, probably ill-chosen) threes. By comparison, fewer than 20% of shots in the NBA are three-pointers. No doubt there are a multitude of reasons for this--lack of dudes like Lebron or Kobe who can drive with impunity, the tendency of college teams to pack the lane--but foremost among them is the three point line, which is almost close enough to make any two-point shot a bad one. Let's leave the kiddie line in high schools and obsolete the term "NBA three." Please.
Also! Apparently the Izzone got punked... or at least they would have gotten punked if they could execute simple instructions. Behold, they said "Go Blue," sort of:
More like "GO BL... um... U/O thing... undefined potential letter," but that's not the fault of the enterprising Maize Ragers who set the stunt up in the first place. Michigan State students: incapable of holding things in the air. Figures, since they were probably all as drunk as the guy who thought that screwing around with the seven-foot guy who never plays was a good idea.
Big Ten Wonk is all over this, scoring the Interview of the Century with one of the planners. And speaking of that MSU game, Critical Fanatic highlights some of the dumber things said during it and titles his post "Someone Please Hire Rick Majerus," which I'm wholeheartedly behind. He's unpossible.