FWIW. Michigan doesn't seem inclined to get re-involved.
Ok, so this LA Times article isn't quite that loving. But it's close.
Good god. That's the current pairwise rankings. Michigan is at #5. There is one other CCHA team (NMU) in the tournament now, and that's just barely, as they sit in a tie for 13th. Northern's RPI is 21, too, so it's likely that their current ranking is anomalously high and they'll fall down unless they get very hot fast. OSU is the second team out in a tie for 15th. State is 18th.
If Michigan wins the CCHA autobid it is definitely possible that it will be the ONLY CCHA team in the tourney. And, given the general weakness of the league, Michigan may have to actually win out to get a #1 seed, though I'm not sure Michigan actually wants one. It's extremely doubful they'll pull into one of the top two spots which would guarantee a matchup against a CHA or MAAC foe and being #3 or #4 with CC ahead of them and Minnesota hosting probably means being sent out east. As a two seed they have a shot at Grand Rapids.
The CCHA's general brutality doesn't look to be changing, either. A ton of high level recruits are entering college hockey this year and exactly none of them are going to CCHA teams not named "Michigan." Miami's new rink may help it and OSU seems to be putting together a consistently good team, but MSU deciding to suck as much during the regular season as they do in the NCAA tournament has turned the CCHA into the ECAC + Michigan. Hell, the ECAC looks to have three in this year's tourney... maybe I shouldn't be digging on them.
Did anyone else sort of wonder about the Eagles calling a timeout at the end of the first quarter yesterday?
The situation: Atlanta was driving into a howling wind and had just gotten stuffed on third and short, bringing up a fourth and one at about the Philly 30. Atlanta has a decision to make now, and it's my instinct as someone who's watched a lot of football that the correct decision is to go for it, even without taking the wind into account. (Sorry, Jay Feely.) It's obviously correct to go for it with the wind in your face. So the Eagles call a timeout to basically force the Falcons to do the right thing according to my hypothetical game theory. Falcons run Duckett off-tackle, first down. They eventually bog down in the red zone and settle for a field goal anyway.
What were the chances that you'll stop a fourth and one? Ten percent? Twenty percent? Probably not even that high. Put the ball on the kicker's leg if you have the opportunity. Mora said later that they were going for it anyway, but at least give the opposing coach the opportunity to make a mistake.
The NCAA started providing a mess of downloadable statistics this year. When everything is boring in the summer I plan on breaking some of that info down and trying to draw some conclusions. I hope to theoretically prove that you should never punt once you pass your opponent's 50. Definitely not from the 35, Lloyd.
There isn't a lot of movement for Michigan recruits.
Michigan commits on the list:
22. Kevin Grady
37. Marques Slocum
45. Mario Manningham
49. Antonio Bass
83. Cory Zirbel
94. Nic Harris
92. Terrance Taylor
98. James McKinney
That's quite a haul. Not a lot of movement for UM recruits, though. Bass moved up a bit, Grady down a little. Everyone else is very near where they were before.
Update: Right, "commit" isn't quite the right word since Harris and McKinney aren't technically commits. Make that recruits.
Here. Harris is no Willie Williams, that's for sure.