mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
Human beings to do not like being rebuked. I’m not talking about sitting around, blabbering on and on about matters of opinion. If you and your friends are arguing about who was supposed to win the game this weekend, then rebuke, no matter how wrong you think your friend, roommate, or barstool neighbor is, should not enter into the equation. However, sometimes a human being or an organization does something wrong; flat out, unanimously guilty, infinitely, inescapably, wrong.
Over the course of the summer, beginning with mumbled rumors in spring, we got to see an arch-rival, the hated Ohio State Buckeyes implode on a most incredibly entertaining level. Now, my point in this diary is not to discuss what the NCAA will do, or not do, not to shed light on Gee and Smith, not even to debate whether what they did was wrong. All of this has been covered. I’d like to look at the Ohio fan base response and ask, why?
We all have several stories of buckeye pals (if you’re willing to put them at “pal” status) who have responded to their beloved team’s recent moral short comings in outstandingly irrational ways. Hands down, the most frustrating conversation I’ve ever gotten into over the matter, which inspired this little written piece, occurred last Friday, at a local sports bar.
I was choking down buffalo wing after buffalo wing, chasing them with tall Coors originals, when I got into a conversation with the gentleman sitting next to me. You know how this goes:
Me: Yeah, I’ve been a Michigan fan since I was born.
My Neighbor: Oh, well that sucks.
(ENGAGE BATTLE MODE)
It turns out that the dude in the Tap-Out hat, with the beard that was longer at the goatee portion than his cheeks, with the gigantic metal bulb earrings was an Ohio State fan. I immediately went for the jugular, (rude, I know) and asked him if the Bucks were going to make a bowl game this year. As I’m sure you already know, things turned ugly…fast. What the conversation boiled down to was a debate of the violations that had been reported against that school down south. After I listed off only half of them (I hadn’t made it to the Pryor fiasco, yet) he stopped me and said, “You know, the way I see it, is that everybody does that stuff.” All I could hear in my mind were the words “You know, everybody murders people”, but I kept smiling and nodding. I asked him why hadn’t everybody been caught, or at least been the subject of a major scandal that snagged more ESPN headlines than the New York Yankees post-season departure. His response?
“That stuff doesn’t matter.”
I’ll make this clear, if any of you and I are ever in a conversation in which you tell me that not only the law, court decisions and well-backed investigative journalism, let alone pure founded logic “doesn’t matter”, our chat will probably end there, too.
I finished my wings, drank my beer, and spent the rest of the weekend wondering.
In reality, friends, human beings will do everything within their power to simply, not be wrong. Most Ohio fans didn’t even attend the school, or play for the team, but they still hold fast, denying any wrong doing, or referencing other unfounded cases of corruption in (not just) college sports. As a living being in a human body, we can force ourselves to accept our circumstances: being lied to, losing our job, being accused of a crime…but not being wrong.
And this is why, until the day I die, until the day my future children’s children die, the Ohio administration and fan base will always respond to accusations of corruption during that ten year stretch of domination thanks to Clarett, Smith and Pryor, with the following statement:
“You know it happens everywhere.”
When clearly, it doesn’t.
As you may have heard, the licensing agent of Big Ten video (who deleted mgoblog's YouTube account) is in my base deleting my videoz and sending letters to Michigan Stadium. Someone on our board posted:
Knew this day was coming as soon as I saw this site linked from Mlive. We fly under the radar no more.
For now, I'm hosting every snap directly from mgovideo and still trying to find the sweet spot of video quality/playability. These are 480p:
We ain't goin' out like that.
Michigan basketball team preview: Backcourt
With only 30 days left until the season starts against ferris state, it's time to preview the 2011 team. Also since some positions haven't been decided yet, this will be previewed by the position the player was at last season.
Darius morris Point guard: 2010 stats
The only key player to not return this season. Simply put darius was the offense, when he was not in the game we did not score. The progression made in jump shooting, passing, and execution of the offense helped create breakout seasons for jordan morgan and tim hardaway JR. With darius this team was a favorite to be dancing well into march, without him it's a mystery until we see them play.
Stu douglass SR Guard
2010 was an interesting season for stu. Statistically he posted the best season of his career, but at times during B1G play he fell into slumps that took him games to get out of. Some of this can be attributed to splitting time at point guard when darius was on the bench and he is not a point guard, and at this moment stu is the starting point guard. Without the skills to create a shot or the ability to penetrate the development of trey burke is even more important.
Tim Hardaway JR, Sophomore Wing Guard
The perfect player for JB's three guard system, THJ scored ten points or more in twenty five games last season and fourteen in a row to finish the regular season. Last season tim benefited from the play making ability of darius morris (like everyone else did) and would have been B1G freshman of the year if not for that one guy who we won't talk about. This year tim will be relied on to carry the load on offense and he needs to improve on creating his own shots. It is safe to say that at this point the team will go as far as he takes them, and from the sound of things he is up to the challenge.
Matt Vogrich JR Wing Guard 2010 stats:
As pure shooter of a shooter as you will ever find, vogrich was looked at as the perfect wing for a JB offense until THJ came along and took all the minutes. Coming off the bench he did everything he was supposed to do but his role is up in the air this season. As of right now it's hard to say where he will be because it all depends on where everyone else is. (Novak being a guard or forward, stu playing PG or SG, freshman development)
Corey Person SR Point Guard 2010 stats:
Made me look like a fool last season. After listening to players rave about corey's ability in practice I predicted he would split minutes with darius and have a decent role on the team, he appeared in four early games and did not make a shot. Any way you look at it his role this season will be the same barring a catastrophic injury to everyone on scholarship who can dribble and call the plays.
Eso Akunne JR Guard 2010 stats:
Walk on guard who didn't get to much time on the floor. He did contribute in a positive way during the iowa meldown by coming off the bench for two minutes, making the easiest layup possible and sitting back down, at which point THJ saved the day and we can laugh about the Ugliest Box Score Ever
Josh Bartlestein JR Guard 2010 stats:
Also a walk on and just like the other walk ons his production looks to remain the same, writes a great in-season blog appropriately named The Bartlestein Blog. Check it out when the season starts.
Trey Burke FR Point guard:
For those who don't regularly follow Michigan basketball or recruiting, trey is a big deal. I could list all of his high school accomplishments but that would take up half of the page so I will just name a few. Three year starter for Satch Sullingers' Northland vikings he compiled a record of 97-5 (57-0 in conference), state champion in 09, runner up in 2011. Named to the All-State team, and the winner of the Ohio Mr. Basketball award. To put it into perspective the kind of player we are getting, notable winners of ohios' Mr. Basketball since 2001 are Lebron (01, 02, 03), OJ mayo (05,06), Jon diebler (07), William buford (08), and jared sullinger (09,10), so it's kind of a big deal.
Trey will be the most important part of the team this season because he is the only true point guard on the roster. Without a true point guard running the offense last season it was ugly, the kind of ugly that let the opponent get back into the game because they could not score. Fortunately for him he has a team that has enough experience to win without him scoring, as long as he can set up the offense and execute the pick and roll everything should be fine. Also you can Follow His Journey To Ann Arbor Here
Carlton Brundidge FR Shooting guard:
Sometimes in recruiting strange things happen that people don't understand and this is one of those things. For all the hype and accolades trey burke received, carlton brundidge is the higher ranked recruit. He is also the one who most people haven't heard of and the player that fans should be most excited about. Brundidge brings a dimension to the offense that we have been waiting for as a big, physical guard who can make perimeter shots but has the ability to go to the rim.
(Previously on The Michael Schofield Trilogy - http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int, http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/moving-picture-pages-denard-tacopants-int)
Here's Part II of the trilogy. This time Schofield sees the blitzer and saves the day, which I wasn't expecting to see until the third movie. The second movie is where it looks like the bad guy is going to win, isn't it?
Setup: Michigan has the ball fourth-and-one at their own 42 shortly after stopping Northwestern on their own fourth-and-one attempt. Michigan lines up in the shotgun with a slot and WR left and two TEs right. Smith is the RB. Northwestern plays 4-3 even with a linebacker (loosely) over the slot receiver, the CB on the line against the two TEs, and one safety rolled into the box.
Wha'hoppon: Schofield pulls on the QB Power to the right. The two TEs double the playside DE, and the RT and RG double the playside DT. The SLB comes hard for the gap between them, but this time Schofield sees him and stands him up so he can't blow up the play. Smith kicks out the CB, and the safety can't come up in time as Denard easily converts the fourth down. Michigan would go on to score a TD on this drive.
Original Picture Pages at http://mgoblog.com/content/picture-pages-fourth-and-fun
Full YouTube link at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXgNZxFOpbc
Last Saturday, when NW took a halftime lead of 24-14, many doubters contacted THE KNOWLEDGE and laughed THE KNOWLEDGE's pointers to the game. These were the same people that unsuccessfully tried to make fun of THE KNOWLEDGE during the 3rd quarter of the ND game (when M was down 24-7), but less in quantity
these people once again are eating dust that THE KNOWLEDGE left behind while soaring again
after yet another accurate revelation
some may still quibble about a minor point wherein THE KNOWLEDGE had indicated Michigan will win by more than 20 points
but these people do not understand reality and how changing time can affect the perceptions
at the end of the half, the referee incorrectly added two seconds to allow NW to attempt the field goal; this was incorrect. the correct score actually is 42-21; thus THE KNOWLEDGE's pointer is, once again, correct
the only thing that can change THE KNOWLEDGE's information about the future is if time itself is altered like the ref did. however, the referee is not powerful enough to change the overall results revealed by THE KNOWLEDGE; only a minor and inconsequential anomaly
In light of the above, the POTW is awarded to those that predicted EITHER 42-21 or 42-24
however, to make matters easier for the less discerning readers, THE KNOWLEDGE shall henceforth award the POTW to only those that predict the time-altered version of the results (although that kind of aberration only happens 3 times a decade)
due to spatio-temporal constrains, THE KNOWLEDGE will congratulate the winners of THE CHALLENGE (POTW) from the last 3 weeks during the bye week coming up. you know who you are; so congratulate yourself until then
THE CHALLENGE for the week features the M-msu game of course, which many people are eagerly awaiting
Predict the score correctly to be the POTW
pointers to the game:
- MSU is the best defense that Michigan will face all year during the regular season
- MSU specifically game plans for M, and usually plays their best game of the year due to the deranged mentality of their coach
- Denard has not yet overcome his tendency to throw bad interceptions
- THE KNOWLEDGE did not show Michigan going undefeated this season
- But, is this the game that Michigan loses?
Previously: Introducing: Laquon Treadwell
As has been widely reported, Crete-Monee (IL) wide receiver Laquon Treadwell received his Michigan offer yesterday, the first for the class of 2013 prospect. Treadwell, who is teammates and good friends with 2012 commit Anthony Standifer, has caught a lot of attention—including from the Michigan coaches—after a very strong start to his junior season, and you can see his newly-released highlights from the first half of 2011 above.
Treadwell stands at 6'3", 190 pounds, and displays good hands and a great ability to run after the catch despite having solid, but not elite, speed. As you can see from the highlights (and in the stats he gave me below), he's used that elusiveness in the open field to post some big numbers this season. I caught up with Laquon this afternoon before his practice to discuss the Michigan offer and where he stands with his recruitment:
ACE: First of all, congrats on the offer. How did you find out about the offer, and what was your reaction to it?
LAQUON: I found out about it when I came home from practice. The Michigan coach called my mom, he told my mom, and my mom told me to call Coach Montgomery. So I called him, and then he told me about Michigan and told me I got the offer.
ACE: I know it's still early and it's your first offer, but would you say this makes Michigan a favorite in your recruitment?
LAQUON: Yeah. I think it makes them a favorite, because they're my only offer, and they were the first, and my teammate [2012 commit Anthony Standifer] is going there.
ACE: Speaking of your teammate, have you been able to talk to Anthony since you got the offer? Has he given you any advice about how to go about the rest of your recruitment?
LAQUON: Yeah, when I found out I got the offer, I was actually hanging out with Anthony. Then we talked about it, and he was like, just take my time, make sure I pick the right school.
ACE: How does this affect the timeline of your recruitment? Do you still plan on taking visits, and are you considering making a commitment in the near future?
LAQUON: I still plan on taking visits. My mom wants to go on visits to a couple different schools, she hasn't [taken] any yet. She told me just to take my time and make sure I pick the right school, and let her have a part in my recruitment.
ACE: Do you have any plans to visit Michigan again this season?
LAQUON: Yeah, I plan on going to the homecoming game versus Purdue.
ACE: I didn't get a chance to talk to you after the Notre Dame game, but how did that visit go for you, and what kind of impression did you get from Michigan after being at that game?
LAQUON: That visit was great, because I got to see Michigan in adversity and come back and win. The coaches just keep coaching the whole way through the whole game, and that's what the journey is about. The fans were just hype and excited, and it made me actually get excited, it made me like a fan, like a big fan.
ACE: Your team is now standing at 7-0. How are you feeling about your team right now?
LAQUON: Well my team is playing well. We had to battle adversity the last two games, because we hadn't really had a test. I think those were the two hardest games we've played all year, and I think that helps us going into the playoffs.
ACE: And how have you been doing personally?
LAQUON: I think I've been doing well overall. I've got [around] 700 yards on 35 catches, four sacks, 12 touchdowns, and like 25 tackles.
Many thanks to Laquon for taking the time before practice to talk to me. This is definitely a recruitment to keep an eye on, though don't expect a commitment until his mom has a chance to come up for a visit. If that happens for the Purdue game, things could move quickly, as it's easy to tell Treadwell really likes Michigan and the opportunity to play with his teammate.