A beautiful day for football and a day for layers! High pressure to the east of Lake Huron keeps us in some sunshine after the fog burns off. We'll feel a light southeasterly breeze and although temps will fall into the 30s during the evening, we won't be nearly as cold as this past night. Thanks for stopping in Iowa, but it's senior day and you're not winning this one!
Starting off a little chilly and foggy for the up-an-at-em tailgaters! Drive carefully! Fog is dense in some areas and with such cool temps there may be some slick spots with fog freezing. Grab the hot coffee! We're remaining in the mid 20s until sunrise, then the temperature will rise quickly. By mid-morning we're into the low 30s with a light south wind and will have gotten rid of most of the fog.
Start taking layers off! Temps keep going up- 47 degrees by kickoff with a light breeze (about 6mph) out of the SSE. Lots of sunshine, with just a few clouds passing by.
Wind picks up to 8mph, still out of the SSE. With mostly sunny skies, we're hitting 49 for the half.
51 is the high for the day and we hit it as you leave the game, then drop to 40 degrees by 8pm. Keeping lots of sunshine for a beautiful afternoon! Winds remain southeasterly and stay between 5-8mph until around dinner time. Then they shift to come out of the east, staying light. We aren't as cold as Friday night! If you're more of a night-owl than a morning person and you're out til closing time-expect 35 degrees when you walk out the door with partly cloudy skies. Fog will also form again, especially after 11pm, so keep that in mind if you'll be driving. Go Blue!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI, and temporarily for NBC25 in Flint/Saginaw, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!
Ok, so I'm not REALLY making excuses, but...OH, you don't want to hear that anyway. Sorry this is so late in posting, but here is a wallpaper I put together for Iowa. I've been spending more time on the Ohio wallpaper and less on the others, so I apologize if it seems lacking. Anyway, hope you like it (hell, it's only for a day, right?). Enjoy!
All three plays in the 'Ending It' Picture Pages series in one video. Analysis courtesy Brian, per usual.
Goal by goal analysis (GBGA) is something I've been doing on my Red Wings blog for a little over a year. The lockout seems like the perfect opportunity to transition to writing about UM, and the series against Notre Dame sounded like a good place to start.
A couple of notes about the images below:
- Dashed lines indicate something that did not happen but could have. The first screencap from the first goal is a good example of this with a pass that could have been made but wasn't.
- Solid lines indicate the action of the play. Shots, passes, or a player's movement can all be indicated with solid arrows.
- Circles indicate a player integral to the developing play. Also, circles are awesome and fun to use because I don't have to hand draw them.
Notre Dame 0 Michigan 1; 04:38- Selman unassisted
Notre Dame controls the puck in their own zone. Michigan has an aggressive forecheck on with two forwards in the defensive zone. Despite the pressure, there is an easy D-to-D pass that the defenseman could make.
He instead chooses to try and thread the puck through the high slot through the two converging Michigan forecheckers. This doesn’t work because duh, and Selman picks off the pass.
Selman is in all alone in the left faceoff circle. He doesn’t deke at all, just carries the puck forward for a second before snapping a shot that beats the ND goaltender over the shoulder blocker side. No dangle-dangling, just a great shot that beats the goaltender cleanly.
Notre Dame 1 Michigan 1; 04:04- SH Voran from Tynan & Taker
ND chips the puck out of the Michigan zone, which allows Michigan’s forwards to go off for a line change. ND has a man high, and the chip pass finds him at the blue line.
The ND forward (Tynan) carries the puck in and has a man trailing (circled in green). Bennett is Michigan’s lone defenseman back, and he starts to position himself in the middle of the slot for the situation that’s unfolding; the goaltender will take the shooter and the defenseman will take away the pass to the trailer.
Patience pays off for the Golden Jofas, as Tynan waits until he sees a gap under Bennett’s stick and passes through it to the right faceoff circle. Voran is ready for the pass and one times a shot past Racine, who was able to push across the crease but had already hit the ice and left the top part of the net exposed. Racine isn’t to blame here, however, as the pass never should have gotten through the crease in the first place.
Notre Dame 2 Michigan 1; 14:22- Rust from Russo
The ND defenseman is trying to get the puck in deep. He takes a slapshot that hits the boards behind the net.
Racine thinks about playing the puck for a split second before he realizes that Rust is going to beat him to the puck. He pulls back but is in poor position to go cross-crease because he turns to look at Rust picking up the puck instead of sliding across and locking down the post.
Rust scores on an easy wrap around. Moffie drops to a knee like he’s going to take away a pass but there is no pass here; he needs to pull his stick around to the other side to try and interrupt Rust’s shot.
Notre Dame 3 Michigan 1; 18:28- Schneider from Johns & DiPauli
Four minutes later, Michigan gets victimized again by a Notre Dame defenseman getting the puck deep (and, in this case, on net).
Racine stops the shot, but he lets a juicy rebound go right to…Mike Chiasson? The puck hits his skate and is redirected into the net. SKATE DERP.
Late last year, and then again last February Draftstreet.com let us host a freeroll for those interested in testing out their daily/weekly fantasy games. Lots of folks participated, knowledge was tested, fun was had, personal respect was destroyed, time was wasted, and then people won currency.
It's fantasy except instead of drafting one team at the beginning of the season you build a new one each week. Enrollment in our pool is free for MGoReaders, and there's $200 in the pool paid out among the Top 12 finishers as soon as each freeroll ends.
Way it works is you get a salary cap of $100,000 and use it to build a team of two QBs, three RBs, two WRs, a TE, and two FLEX positions. Each college football player has a price based on their expected fantasy performance [insert Ohio State joke]. So you can have your very own Matt McGloin for $13,597, but Whoa Johnny Manziel will cost you $21,040. It took me like five minutes to build my team:
(That I went with Devin in no way constitutes information—I know what you know)
The goal is to see how much people like it the next few weeks since it's a cool way to keep track of player value, and to do a basketball one starting in January. We'll have some of their guys on here from time to time and charts and stuff to show how and explain why Michigan's players are moving around the list. Fun AND educational guys!
You can adjust your roster up until the contest starts on Saturday 11/17 at 12:00pm ET at which time your rosters will lock and the Live Scoreboard will be available.
CLICK HERE to register for the league.
Yes, it is early to start obsessing about a game nearly a week away. No, I cannot help myself.
The city of Pittsburgh is an industrial blight on the beautiful rolling hills of Pennsylvania. Last year, the team wasn't much prettier.
Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon is a defense and rebounding kind of guy. A Tom Izzo kind of coach, if you will. Last year Pittsburgh wasn't all that great at defense and rebounding. They went 5-13 in the Big East, and missed the tournament.
Thing is, they didn't give up. They Janestowned it.
Those poor mudders accepted an invite to the lowly CBI, and the extra practice time that went with it. And a funny thing happened while they were preparing and playing meaningless games. They got better. They went on to beat a couple of pretty decent teams in Butler and Washington State on the way to a CBI championship. Which...yeah. It wasn't a glorious road, but they took it.
This year their leading scorer Ashton Gibbs is gone, but if you can believe it the Panthers are playing better basketball. Much of that improvement is centered around Tray Woodall, who missed most of last season with abdominal injuries.
Tray Woodall has picked up much of the scoring load, and in the last two games the Panthers outrebounded their opponents 71-40, and held their opponents to an average of 52 points. Their games are a little slower, averaging 10-15 fewer possessions than Michigan. Mudder basketball is back.
Aside from tough man defense and rebounding, there is one fantastic player to worry about. As 5'th year senior PG Tray Woodall goes, so go the Panthers. His matchup with Burke will be a fantastic one. They're both the total package-shooter, slasher, passer defender. Its going to be fun.
The Panthers start another point guard, this one 4* freshman James Robinson, primarily so that Woodall can focus more on scoring and less on getting the ball up the court. To this point Robinson really hasn't shot the ball much or accumulated a lot of assists. On rare occasions when he has looked for his shot he has been pretty effective...but this is Woodall's show.
6'9" F/C Dante Taylor is the Panther's best rebounder, pulling down 10 boards or so a game. Last year Taylor was the primary center, but this year he is losing minutes to
7' 5* freshman center Steve Adams of New Zealand. Adams is a shot blocker and a fair rebounder, but at this point in his development he scores most of his points by way of put-backs. They're not running a lot of plays for him(again, Woodall's show).
6'5" Jr. wing Lamar Patterson, 6'9" Jr Forward Talib Zanna, and 6'6" Jr Forward J.J. Moore provide supplimental scoring punch, all depending on who has the hot hand.
Michigan's coaches will be treated to a familiar face on Wednesday...
That's right, former Michigan recruit Trey Zeigler. Way back in 2010 Zeigler shunned Beilein's dream of starting an entire squad made up of guys named "Trey" in order to spend another year with his old man at CMU. (Just for old time's sake, take a walk down memory lane with me...http://mgoblog.com/content/hello-tim-hardaway-jr Yes...that was you lamenting taking Hardaway when Zeigler was still out there...you know what they say about hindsight). Not surprisingly, the guy still shoots 50% from the charity stripe. (Ernie had 18 years to fix his set shot, you think a couple more at CMU were going to make a difference?)
And for the 15 or so minutes he sees against Michigan, I fully support a hack-a-Trey philosophy. Well...only if they're already in the bonus...
All in all this should be an excellent test for Michigan. Pitt basically plays B1G basketball in the Big East(well, for one more year--next year the Panthers join the ACC). They play tough defense, they rebound your misses...they're mudders. Michigan had better value the basketball. They had better knock down their shots. Because as Bill Self found out recently...If you let a mudder hang around long enough, they may just jump up and bite you in the end.