Zack Novak deserves to ride the bench for 1-1.5 games. He's a freshman who allowed game frustration and immaturity to cloud his judgement and pull a stupid move.
Here's video of the Michigan/OSU game. The elbow incident starts at 1:28. Watching it in real-time, the elbow looks suspect and you award Novak the red-card (THAT'S CRIMINAL JIM!). However, when you watch the slow-motion replay you see Hill sells the elbow completely. To the point he's facing the rim and then goes "oh heads go back when they get hit" and throws his head back completely, in the middle of SPAAAAAAAAACE.
If Zack Novak had been recruited from Clear-head, Indiana, there might be a better view but before Columbus police throw the cuffs on Novak, an eyebrow has to be raised about how much of this, especially when Hill claims he "warned officials and referees that Novak was going to do it," is a late sell. Shit at least Purdue's guy fell down and looked in pain. Hill just looks around for the foul. And I know Hill said he got hit. He's been sure to let every news source know how awful of a person Novak is and how bad his chin hurt. I just don't see Novak's arm stop at all (like, you know, when you connect with a hard object), a line of contact where his elbow would have been at chin-level, or any reaction from Hill except in open space when he snaps his head back to sell the hit.
Zack Novak - god have mercy on you during practice today. You deserve any punishment that would have come had you connected. I'm just not buying that he got him.
Cue MSU/OSU anger and fury!
I pulled this commentary on Iowa’s incoming class off of BHGP (public, non-paid) from one of their posters who then got positive feedback on this assessment:
“Seems as though the Hawks picked up a few recruits this weekend, the good folks at Rivals now have them at 17 verbals for this offseason. So far we have the two 4 stars from Iowa in Wegher and Keenan Davis, 4-3 stars and the rest 2. It seems as though most people were wondering how this class was going to turn out, and it looks as though it is rounding into shape nicely. They may not all be the top notch recruits, but they all seem like solid (if not spectacular) players. As we all know, recruiting and rankings are a complete crapshoot, but I think this class has a not of promise. In particular,this wide receiver if he turns out to be the player he looks as though he can be, combined with any of DJ-K, Trey Stross or Keenan Davis, this offense could be quite efficient next year.”
I am not a massive Ferentz guy, but how in the world do you win with a team made of this? He got 9-4 with a NYD bowl win (granted a favorable bowl match up and I am less enamored with NYD bowls considering so many big days scheduled later) and top 25 finish using this type of talent. This has to be somewhere in 50s or 60s for a rivals class ranking. This would be absolute armageddon at Michigan, people would be jumping out of windows, mob with torches would roam the streets looking for the coaching staff and children would cry at the mention of RRs name. I don’t see how this makes a mid-upper level (you know what I mean) Big Ten team. Maybe that is why he is mentioned in the pros. I hope we are able to now develop our talent in this type of manner.
I tried not to write this. I waited, but I have to say it, even if I may get banned.
I wasn't at last night's Michigan-Ohio State basketball game, but the camera angles made me feel like I was on the hardwood. I saw OSU guard PJ Hill reeling backward with one hand on his face, his other arm waving helplessly in the air. Evan Turner was right there, anger coursing through his veins, seemingly unable to grasp the brutality of what he had witnessed. I wished I were down there on the court with him. But that's the difference between men like Novak and pigs: curly tails. That's it. Everything else is the same- not physical enough to legitimately box out, so they just get dirty.
I thought I'd cool off overnight, but I woke up craving bacon. I was pissed; I couldn't even enjoy breakfast without being reminded of one of the most vicious, disgraceful incidents I've seen on a basketball court. Zack Novak should be booted from the NCAA, the local YMCA, and the Special Olympics, period.
Then I read the news. Ejected from the game? A one-game suspension?! What a joke. Skipping a beatdown at the hands of Purdue? Hardly punishment at all. It's superficial. Not .001% of enough. You could start with a ban on the NIT- but seriously, this basketball season is already over.
I watched Novak line up Hill's jaw out of the corner of his eye and then launch his elbow like a coiled snake striking. Hill was just playing a simple game, oblivious to the 100 MPH python that was about to slam into him. At the bare minimum, the NCAA needs to have Novak register his right elbow as a weapon or a pet and never set foot in Ohio again. And even then, they'd just be covering their asses.
I'm still pissed. You should be, too. I thought Michigan basketball was above such thuggery. At least under Ellerbe we just had scandal, not this on-court violence.
Any thoughts on the punishment that should be doled out to Novak for the cheap shot elbow he delivered to PJ Hill's dome with 1:27 left in last night's game?
I know I am going to get troll remarks for posting this but considering the round and round argument I had in the UV thread on the Tropp/Conboy/Kampfer powder keg incident I found this incident too much to not bring up.
Obviously the situations are VASTLY different but at the same time I didn't hear the Buckeyes chanting FYM or anything to that effect and the police blotter doesn't suggest there were any assaults last night at the Schottenstein Center. I'm not here to advocate a position that Buckeye fans are pure of heart and don't cause their fair share of issues amongst their own and opposing players and fans but it was nice to not hear any chanting towards Novak, towards the Wolverines, or really towards the incident itself. Considering the athletic department let students in for free to this game it certainly had the proper environment to become that powder keg considering the rivalry and hard fought nature that comes with any Ohio State - Michigan contest.
Clearly I am not thinking a season ending suspension is in order but seems to me that Novak ought to be sitting a while for an unprovoked attack on an unsuspecting player.
So what is it? Buckeye blog, 11W, suggests a one-game suspension .. that doesn't seem like enough to me .. I would go with 2+ games for the cheap shot. Will Beilein take the action or will it be required of Delaney to handle the punishment?
And FWIW man is Michigan going to be tough in another season or so.
I've been thinking about doing a diary entry about Michigan Wrestling for awhile now, and with the start of the Big Ten schedule this weekend, I figured it was as good of a time as any to start. I'm gonna try to preview the matchups and make a vague prediction about the final result, probably with the accuracy of a Nick Sheridan thrown 15 yard out. I'll give a small breakdown of how each team is doing season wise and recently, and then break the meet down match by match, giving the wrestlers I expect to be out there, their ranking, and how I expect the match to end. Michigan's kids will be listed first at each weight, and if there is a question as to who will go I'll try to mention who else might get the nod.
The first team Michigan will wrestle in the conference schedule is Northwestern. The Wildcats come into Cliff Keen Arena ranked 19th in the country in the NWCA rankings, with a 9-3 overall record, and coming off an upset of #17 Wisconsin. Michigan checks in at 18th in the country with a record of 5-6, and when they last wrestled suffered a loss to a surprisignly good Virginia Tech team, and has yet to officially wrestle in conference, though they did happen to face Penn State in a non-conference tournament. With that, onto the matchups, which include a lot of speculation about how good NW's kids not named Precin and Herbert are.
125: Micheal Watts (15th), Brandon Precin (3rd)
This is a tough one for the Wolverines. Watts is pretty solid, but Precin is one of the top kids at a weight class that is ridiculously top heavy. Precin is ranked 3rd, and the returning national champ, Escobedo, is sitting at the 6 spot. I think Watts can manage to go all 7 minutes with him, but I can't see him holding him to less than a major decision here.
Wildcats lead 4-0
133: Zac Stevens, Eric Metzler
I don't really know what to expect here. Stevens is a true freshman starter with a 9-5 record to date. Metzler is a redshirt junior who has been so-so in his time at Northwestern, and is 3-1 this year. It seems he was out earlier in the year, for reasons I don't want to look through Northwestern wrestling forums for. Last year Metzler beat Chris Diehl 4-0, and Stevens was able to beat him out for the starting job. It'll be a close match, but in a tight match I've got to go with the upperclassmen in the decision.
Wildcats lead 7-0
141: Kellen Russel (5th), Keith Sulzer (16th)
Finally, a matchup that favors the Wolverines. Russel is a sophomore who started last year and shot up the rankings, at one point being ranked 1st at 141, but finished last year without placing at NCAA's after losing 2 very tough matches. Sulzer is a redshirt sophomore who also notched some good wins last year but failed to place at the tournament. Russel might be a little banged up, but he is the better wrestler, and should win a close decision.
Wildcats lead 7-3
149: Mark Weber?, Andrew Nadhir
I put the question mark because I'm not sure who gets sent out here. Weber has the most matches of everyone, but you could also see Mark Beaudry or Justin Chrznowski here. I think we see Weber because he has performed the best so far this season. Weber is a true freshman with a 6-8 record and was a 4 time state champion in high school. Nadhir is a redshirt sophomore, oddly enough from Detroit Catholic Central, who is 7-8 on the year. Neither guy stands out, and normally I would go with the kid who has been in college more, but I've seen Weber wrestle a lot, and I think he can pull this one out in a close decision.
Wildcats lead 7-6
157: Aaron Hynes, Jason Welch (15th)
This could be a swing match. Hynes is a redshirt sophomore, currently with a record of 10-6. Welch is a true freshman, and at a record of 16-5. Welch was OMG Shirtless! wrestling recruit, the NW site says he was the top recruit last year, and with him being a 3 time California state champ, I'm willing to take their word for it. Hynes probably can beat him, but I dont' think it happens. I'm going with a decisions for Welch.
Wildcats lead 10-6
165: Justin Zeerip, Dominic Marella
A must win match for Michigan. Zeerip is a true freshman, was a 4 time undefeated state champ in high school, and currently holds the record for most wins in a career in Michigan. He will be going up against Dominic Marella, a redshirt junior, who started out last year strong but failed to quality for the NCAA's after going 0-2 at Big Tens, and has been dissapointing this year at 5-10. Marella has been inconsistent this year, able to hold Marable (7th) to a decision but getting pinned by Rendos (15), Headlee (UR), and Young (UR). I think Zeerip wins in a decision, but don't be overly surprised if Marella gets caught in something nad put on his back.
Wildcats lead 10-9
174: Steve Luke (1st), Robert Kellog
We're starting to get into the part of the lineup where the big guns are. Luke is a redshirt senior who placed 2nd last year at NCAA's and comes in with the top ranking and a spotless record, Kellog is a redshirt freshman who comes in with a 10-7 record. Luke might be able to pin him but pins are so rare in college I hate expecting one. I think he goes in and builds up a lead at least big enough to get the major and then tried to get a nearfall or two so that if he can tech him he gets the TF5 instead of just the TF.
Wolverines lead 14-10
184: Anthony Biondo (12th), Jake Herbert (1st)
This looks like a good match with just the numbers, but it won't be pretty. Biondo is a redshirt sophomore and 8-4 on the year, sadly, it won't matter much. Herbert was a national champion in 2007, and took 2008 off in order to train for the Oympics. He was granted another year of eligibility from the NCAA and has returned with a vengeance. Out of those 20 matches, only 2 of them have lasted the full 7 minutes, 14-1 and 15-1 victories. One of those he pinned at a later time and the other is currently ranked 3rd. As much as I respect Biondo and think he will have a great career at Michigan, a tech would be surprising. Herbert is just too good.
Wildcats least 16-14
197: Tyrel Todd (6), John Schoen
This one looks like a sure win, but the bonus points will be important. Todd is a redshirt senior, 2 time all american, currently undefeated. Schoen is a redshirt freshman who has a 6-11 record and has really struggled with the top kids at 197. Like Luke, Todd can probably pin here, but its not likely. I'm not even sure if he gets the tech as he's a little banged up, but he won't get anything less than the major decision.
Wolverines lead 18-16
HWY: Eddie Phillips, Ben Kuhar
It all comes down to this one. Phillips is a redshirt sophomore, holding a record of 8-6. Kuhar is a redshirt freshman with a record of 6-10. The best guage I have on these two is each have wrestled Michigans other HWY, Chad Bleske, and each came away with very close decisions. This match is probably a coin flip either way, so I'm going to go with Phillips, for no reason other than I can't predict Michigan to lose the first time I do this.
Wolverines win, 21-16.
So, I saw something ridiculous tonight and was in a sharing mood (i.e., looking for a way to avoid being productive). Hence this post. First of all, I want to say that I can't stand the over-the-top, cheesy NBA-style game introductions with the smoke machines, overly-dramatic videos, and either techno music or ACDC style rock. We're here to watch a friggin athletic competition. This isn't professional wrestling.
Anyway, because I'm in Boston and don't have BTN, I was unable to witness our routine pounding by the hands of OSU, and instead opted for Duke vs Wake Forest. By the way, I've always hated Duke - not quite sure why - they seem like a lot of good kids playing out there - but recently I've kind of been pulling for them ever since we beat them. But I digress.
The whole point of my post that I'm meandering to is to talk about Wake Forest's pregame ritual. It starts off like the typical cheesy intro - the flashing lights, Guns 'N Roses, etc. But then a really great moment occurs. The Demon Deacon mascot revs up a motorcycle and takes it onto the court. However, he apparently is not allowed to actually "ride" the motorcycle on the court. Instead, he has to waddle about, pushing the motorcycle with his feet on the ground. Perhaps my description doesn't do it justice, but you have to imagine - the roaring crowd, Guns N Roses, the motorcycle engine revving - and then this awkward-looking mascot having to push his way around like an adult on a kid's bike where his legs are too long to reach the pedals. It's really high comedy. This is supposed to scare Duke? This is supposed to get people excited?
So, I don't know whether that's funny or not, but I've already written it, so I might as well post it. I would apologize for wasting your time, but if you're reading Diaries on Mgoblog, you're probably looking to kill some time anyway. See ya on the flip side.