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Let me first start by saying that just a couple days ago, I “celebrated” the first anniversary of what has been fortunately my only health scare which required hospitalization. Since that time, I’ve been to six followup echocardiograms and a few more followup appointments, and each time, I’ve made steady progress up to just last month, when we discovered that my heart had returned to normal function again. I am still on the medication for now, but I am basically where I was last year now when it comes to overall fitness and stamina.
Even in those rather frightening days just before Christmas last year, there was the presence of MGoBlog to take the edge off some very emotionally moments, but also now, in a relatively quiet period as we await the Orange Bowl and ramp up for our conference schedule in hoops, there is still the gift of community that MGoBlog provides.
It isn’t just a gift at the holidays, of course – no one ever liked that gift that was so awesome on Christmas morning and by the middle of January was taking up space in a closet. Much like those gifts we eschewed as youngsters perhaps, MGoBlog is a gift that remains useful and relevant throughout the year. When we are in the thick of football and basketball season, this is the place to be for pregame, in-game and post-game items as well as all the news that surrounds South Campus and even some that doesn’t. When we are looking for things to say in the middle of June, we tend to find something that at least most of us can discuss. Bound by a common love of all things Michigan, we also manage great discussions on movies and books as well as how to express anal glands, for those into more esoteric but still possibly useful discussions.
It is also not one of those gifts that you turn on and off at will – the blog is here for your Michigan needs around the clock, it is a community that never seems to really go to bed and it is a community where, when it is at its best, you can see discussions evolve around some facet of a sport in ways that you can’t get in other places. Whether that is a thread that deploys statistics or a thread which delves into the cultural memory of Michigan fans or a thread which will soon be removed, you can test the knowledge and the snark of the MGoCommunity and almost never be disappointed. Among sports blogs, such a place is indeed a gift.
If you’re like me, it is a gift that continually finds different expression, whether that be in the form of something you hadn’t thought about before that changes your perspective, or a new person who provides fresh insight and adds to the collective experience. Almost every day, if you look hard enough, there is something that sparks a thought that changes how you see some facet of Michigan athletics, however minor. Like a Rubik’s Cube, each day the configuration is slightly different and each day you can find a route or a combination that you have previously left unexplored, or indeed never even considered.
As much as we complain sometimes about how we can’t have nice things, I contend that we as a community have at least one – our own eccentric, imperfect but well-meaning corner of the sports world called MGoBlog. As much as some of your threads make me want to throw things and put my head through the laptop screen, even in the moderator role and for as long as I have been a regular here (nearly six years), each day I find new reasons to like this place we have and new motivation to at least help keep it the nice place that it is.
Have a most excellent holiday season,
(Marc-Gregor Campredon) He was 'everywhere you want to be"
- FIRST: Michigan actually did a good job creating offense in the first period. They got 6-7 looks from the slot and lower circles. Matrin capitalized on a bad DZTO by Wisconsin and went top shelf to beat Berry for a 5v5 goal. Michigan totaled 21 even strength attempts.
- SECOND: This was a special teams period (7 penalties called in total). Michigan managed 10 even strength attempts...most of which came from beyond the circles. Three of their attempts came from inside the circles or near the crease. Again, though, this period is basically an incomplete, given how much time both teams were actually at even strength.
- THIRD: Back to the usual, haha. Michigan gets 11 attempts at the net in even strength. 4 come from the slot but nothing else is dangerous, at all. I'm more in to even strength attempts than just shots, but M was outshot 34-19, tonight. They had a 2-1 lead and just hung on in the defensive end. It worked out, tonight, but do that again and pucks will go in against you. They did add 2 EN goals at the end. To add to matters, Will Lockwood was cheap-shotted into the boards with no call. After staying down for a while, he skated straight to the locker room, holding his shoulder. It did not look good. We will see what happens with that.
- FIRST: Early on, Michigan gave up a flurry of activity in from of Lavigne. Thankfully, Wisconsin wasn't able to hit the open nets provided them. Wisconsin was able to create quite a few chances inside and dots and a couple in the slot. It was not as bad as it has been in the past few games, though. More than half of their attempts came from outside the circles. I have them registered with 20 even strength attempts that period.
- SECOND: So...the defense was good (!!) in the second period. Now, the Wolverines were killing 5 penalties, so...there were not many opportunities for the Badgers at even strength. But they only registered 8 attempts on net and all of those from the perimeter. Lots of PP attempts...but that's a different section!
- THIRD: The 3rd period reverted back to the usual. Wisconsin threw 28 even strength attempts at the net in the final frame. They came from the circles, from the slot from the point. It was an absolute barrage. And that's not counting the Special Teams shots. Many didn't get through or get on target...but the chances were there. Lavigne, some nice blocks, a little luck, and Michigan survives not giving up a goal during that firestorm.
- FIRST: Once again, Michigan converted on their first PP. After Piazza had trouble getting the puck out (and almost giving away a good opportunity), Slaker lead a 3v2 and Kile sniped a beautiful shot past Jack Berry. On the flip side, Michigan did a good job of not really letting Wisconsin get set up on their only PP of the first period. Big early wins for Michigan in areas of strength for Wisconsin. M: 1/1; W 0/1
- SECOND: Michigan has 2 power plays in the 2nd period. They score on neither but got the 1-3-1 going on their 2nd and created a few good looks. 0/2 in second. They did, however, begin a parade to the penalty box. Michigan took 5 penalties in the middle frame...one of them carrying over to the 3rd. Wisconsin converted on one of them...in the crazy no-call sequence that lead to a 4v2. When Wisconsin did get their power play set up (which they had a tough time doing), they did not get anything overly threatening. 1/5 in 2nd period.
- THIRD: Michigan had 2 power plats in the 3rd period but did not even register an attempt on goal. This is about right, considering Wisconsin's PK is at the top end of college hockey (#7 at 87%). Overall, Michigan went 1/4...both above their conversion rate and below Wisconsin's kill rate. The Wolverines also took and killed 2 more penalties in the 3rd. Wisconsin got a few decent looks but Lavigne was there each time. Wisconsin ended up going 1/7 on the night. Still too many penalties.
- FIRST: Hayden Lavigne was very strong early on, making mutiple great saves from Grade A chances. As the period went on, he was not as busy (yay!), but that inital steadying kept Michigan in the game for the first 5-8 minutes. The defense also had issues clearing the puck and put him in some perilous situations. Lavigne was also strong as the period ended, making another handful of stonings. Wisconsin also missed a couple open nets. Lavigne had 12 saves.
- SECOND: Lavigne had himself another fantastic period. He spent probably half of it on the PK and made save after save when called upon. The Wisconsin goal was a 4v2 rush after a no-call at the other end. Lavigne actually made the original save. He's been in great position all night and seems to have seen the puck as well as you could expect...especially considering he's been down a man. Lavigne had 7 saves in the 2nd.
- THIRD: Hayden Lavigne might have had his best game as a Wolverine. He made save after save as the game dwindled down and got Michigan to a point where they could hit an empty net a couple times. He had 34 saves and many of them under duress with the game on the line.
ODD MAN RUSHES
- FIRST: Michigan surrended 0 OMRs in the first period.
- SECOND: Michigan gives up ONE 4v2 after a PK rush that Lockwood is taken down but no call. Wisconsin scores on a rebound after great passing and an initial save by Lavigne. I'm not sure that I'm mad about that one.
- THIRD: Kunin had a breakaway and missed the net after Lavigne came out to challenge him. That was all.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had: Wisconsin 56, Michigan 40 (FWIW, M was leading after 2 periods)
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 57, Michigan 38
(Marc-Gregor Campredon) Dexter's face says it all
- The offense generated 2 goals, tonight, without the help of the PP. Piazza tapped in a rebound in front of the net for Michigan's third goal -at the end of an OMR. Cutler Martin led a 2v1 and the defender took the pass, so Martin fired a shot past Berry to bring Michigan within 2, halfway through the 3rd.
- Michigan actually created some offensive chances, tonight. They got inside the circles and slot quite a few times. They did not always convert, but there were actually more opportunities than I thought, watching live. I had Michigan with 39 attempts, but 32 of those came in the last 2 periods. The flip side of this is that Wisconsin gives up 3.5 goals a game. So, its not exactly a lock-down defense. They are good on the PK, but not so much 5v5. Michigan took advantage to a degree, but against a defense struggling like that, I would have hoped for a bit more.
- Michigan really has 2-3 guys that would be considered Top 6 forwards, and a couple of them are freshmen. Its just tough going when you're trying to generate chances with guys that have mostly played on 3rd or 4th lines.
- Its just not good at all. They struggle getting the puck out of the zone. They turn it over in the neutral zone. They don't keep guys out of the crease. They blow assignments, leaving guys wide open.
- As I look through the shot charts, Michigan's defensive zone is litered with chances. Just in the 2nd period alone, Wisconsin had 5 shots from the lower slot/crease area and 4 of them went in. Like...I don't know what to say with that. The circles are filled with attempts. Wisconsin had the puck all over the attacking zone.
- Yost is not a fun place to be these days.
- I'm starting with the Penalty Kill. They still take too many penalties. Wisconsin had 2 PP goals -and they're very good on the Power Play. They came in scoring at 23%. When you struggle on offense like Michigan does, you just cannot give away man advantages. Alex Kile got a 5 min major/game misconduct for checking from behind. Michigan's captain. Wisconsin actually did not score on that...but that's just unacceptable if you even want to give yourself a chance. In the end, Wisconsin finished 2 of 7.
- Michigan actually scored on their first 2 Power Play chances. They have a respectable scoring rate at 20% and added to it, tonight. Neither were lucky bounces or fluke goals. They got the 1-3-1 set up and great passing between Lockwood, Allen and Piazza netted the first. Luke Martin also tallied his first career goal from the left wing...a result of nice passing, as well. Michigan finished 2 of 5.
- Its very difficult for me to say anything negative about Hayden Lavigne in this game. He played very well, despite Wisconsin scoring 6 goals against him. He may have been able to make a world-class save one goal but...woof. He was put in some perilous positions.
- Wisconsin's...5th? 6th? goal was a wrap around that Lavigne was beaten soundly on. Ok, that was on him.
- Nagelvoort came in for the 3rd and faced a lot of time on the PK. He looked great as Michigan goalies tend to do, these days. The Badgers also hit the post 3 times on him, FWIW.
- The defense is and has been a nightmare. Playing behind them is not a receipe for success. Not even close.
ODD MAN RUSHES
- So, I had 0 in the first period. There was a couple of rushes that were close but...eh, not really.
- Wisconsin scored on b2b OMRs in the 2nd. One of these was on 2 very favorable bounces, including Lavigne saving the puck into Piazza who deflected it past Lavigne. Ugh.
- Trying to keep up with a lot of what was going on, I may have missed a few more OMRs after those initial few. Also, as Wisconsin dumped 5 goals in the 2nd, I may not have been trying to keep as close an eye on them. The bottom line is that this team turns over the puck -in all areas of the ice- at an alarming rate...when they are lucky enough to catch hold of it.
FINAL CORSI SCORE
I had Wisconsin 52, Michigan 39
www.collegehockeynews.com had: Wisconsin 45, Michigan 39
December 1 - Friday
UFR: Offense vs. Ohio St. The bad field conditions were a big factor for the offense. Also:
Well, if you had told me we would score 39 points I would have kissed the man.
Recruiting Board Update. Looking back, the 2006 season has paralleled the 2016 season in many ways. Here is a huge divergence. Instead of have long lists of 4 and 5 stars ready to commit. We have this situation:
The most notable change is at linebacker, where Michigan appears to be scrambling. They've got offers out to a number of three stars who are considering teams like Nebraska and Wisconsin and Iowa, certainly not shabby but also not OSU or USC or Florida.
There is also the matter of Michigan's most recent commitment, Grand Rapids CC OT Mark Huyge, who Michigan snatched from the clutches of directional Michigan schools with an offer.
December 2 - Saturday
December 3 - Sunday
A comparison of ‘M’ against Florida in regard to who should go to the championship game.
Lloyd Carr, an eloquent public speaker, tireless defender of his players, and playoff advocate
Urban Meyer, a inveterate whiner who goes purse shopping when not running the local chapters of NAMBLA and the Communist Party. Also points too much.
Sided With Who During Civil War?
Brian wants to know if the world has gone crazy (because Florida was chosen to play in the championship game).
December 4 - Monday
Lots of reaction from the previous day’s decision to put Florida in the championship game. Lots of ridiculous explanations for votes.
On Notice: Fiasco Edition. I’ve never heard this about McDonough:
GARY DANIELSON: I can't summon my mental faculties to give him what he deserves. It would be a string of personal insults bordering on the obscene. So I'll let Braves & Birds say it:
Gary Danielson's performance last night was an absolute disgrace. I understand that he's reputedly a human being who is paid to have opinions, but I've rarely seen an announcer turn the fourth quarter of a football game into a 30-minute advertisement for one school. The fact that Danielson (a) was not recruited by Michigan (and thus went to Purdue) and (b) is working for the one network that exclusively covers the SEC surely had nothing to do with his open rooting for Florida and his subjective, idiotic comparison of the two team's schedules. Regardless of the result of the vote this afternoon, Danielson is going to go down in Michigan lore along with Sean McDonough, who performed a similar role in 1997 during CBS's broadcast of the Nebraska-Tennessee Orange Bowl to facilitate the Huskers picking up part of the national title.
Brian is looking for USC tape. I doubt he still needs it now.
December 5 - Tuesday
Unverified Voracity!!!!!With Exclamation!!!!! The Big Ten’s Saturday night games program went well, and it will be expanded in 2007. This might mean the ‘M’ will be forced to host night games.
New shirts, but the links are broken.
December 6 - Wednesday
Hello: Austin Panter. First JUCO since Russell Shaw!
Excerpts from Gary Danielson and Kirk Herbstreit on 1270 (no actual content any more).
Hello: Brandon Herron. He’s a project and a redshirt is likely.
December 7 - Thursday
Hockey at the halfway point. The season seems mediocre so far. TJ Hensick and Jack Johnson have been the standouts. It’s likely they will compete for the CCHA title, but not much else beyond that.
Urban Meyer spent the past few weeks campaigning for Florida to get in the title game. He even said that if it was a ‘M’ vs. OSU rematch and ‘M’ won, OSU should go get rings made and still call themselves the champions. Lloyd Carr referred to this as inappropriate and...the media attacked Carr.
December 8 - Friday
Unverified Voracity Needs Shoulders. Post season awards have been given out, and there is an interesting article about Mitch Mustain’s recruitment, and his dealings with ND and Weis.
December 11 - Monday
Brian begins reviews of his preseason predictions. He begins with the bottom of the Big 10. So far, his predictions for Illinois and Northwestern have been accurate.
Recruiting Board Update including news that Marell Evans committed.
New commitment is that of Evans, a two-star with no reasonable argument that he might have been overlooked. He doesn't play for an obscure high school (Varina is a state power), he hasn't been injured or forced to play out of position, and he doesn't have offers that belie his ranking. Michigan snatched him away from Temple, Buffalo, and Middle Tennessee.
Brian tried to make improvements to the blog, but it failed.
December 12 - Tuesday
Here is the 6 team playoff post that Brian referenced in UV a few days ago. I like these two aspects of it:
B. No autobids. As a natural consequence of things there will often be conference champions in the playoff, but as much as I think Wake Forest is a cute story, they would be dead weight in a tightly constrained playoff field like this one.
D. Pick your poison. Seed only as far as you have to, then let teams draft their opponents. In this current format, the #3 team would have a choice between the 5 and 6 teams with the #4 getting the leftovers. The #1 team would get its choice of the first round survivors.
December 13 - Wednesday
Blogger roundtable covering ‘M’ and the Rose Bowl. I didn’t realize that Tressel didn’t cast his vote in the final coaches’ poll.
Recruiting Board Update with a still working James Rogers highlight video. Still lots of confidence that OT Matt Romine will commit in January.
Unverified Voracity Still Talkin’ Playoffs. Renovations are in the works for Crisler, though it is rumored to go from 14,000 to 10,000. Also, an odd mention of ‘M’ history in an article about Miami Dolphin Jason Taylor.
On Sunday, Dolphins' coaches reached still further back into the past and let Taylor be a 1960s University of Michigan style "monster man," lining up wherever he pleased.
December 14 - Thursday
Freep has confirmed rumors that Jake Long will return.
CFB bloggers used to give each other awards (maybe they still do). Brian runs down some nominations.
Brian reviews his preseason predictions of MSU and Wisconsin.
December 15 - Friday
A very long post in response to another article about Brady Quinn’s Heisman candidacy and media bias in relation to Notre Dame.
December 18 - Monday
Brian’s believes he went too far in his attack in the previous posts and offers his retraction.
Recap of the basketball game against NIU. The team looked good; Courtney Sims looked explosive. Probably a sign of good things to come.
Post on why coaches aren’t more aggressive on 4th down. The conclusion?
When you get thrust into the poker of the NFL for the first time, the stakes are high, the depths dizzying, and the consequences of a gamble that backfires severe. The natural inclination of the n00b is to cower and make the safe play. Most of them never live long enough to get out of the kiddie pool and start making moves.
December 19 - Tuesday
Jason Bailey has left the hockey team for the Ottawa 67s. It wouldn’t be much of a loss, except bench is already thin.
Unverified Voracity Hires Wisely. Kerry Coombs has been hired from Colerain High School to be on Brian Kelly’s staff at Cincinnati. He has been friendly to Michigan (Corbani Mixon and Mister Simpson), but this is still seen as a good thing because it could help draw players away from OSU.
December 20 - Wednesday
Recruiting Board Update. Not much going on. OL recruiting is looking pretty weak. They’re offering middling recruits none of which will end up committing. For everything else that will go wrong in the coming years, the recruiting was not going well in these last years of Lloyd.
Preview reviews continue with Penn St. and Purdue. Brian’s predictions remain fairly accurate, which he asks his readers to remember when he gets to Iowa.
December 21 - Thursday
Hockey Recruiting Overview. It’s going to be a very strong class with some familiar names.
Then there's Swede Carl Hagelin, a late pickup who would normally be Wyzygowski or a MacVoy, a grinder who's stapled to the fourth line or wearing a suit for the duration of his career. Not so for Hagelin. Says Elite Prospects:
Hyfsad driv i skridskoÃ¥kningen och fina offensiva instinkter. Okej mÃ¥lsinne.
Other members of the class are Louie Caporusso, Bryan Hogan, and Matt Rust.
Unverified Voracity Transfers to Delaware. Former ‘M’ QB Jim Harbaugh is now the coach at Stanford. Also, an interesting statistical discussion from I Blog for Cookies about which recent offensive coordinator (Parrish, DeBord, and Malone) had had the most success. The advantage goes to DeBord, but it’s highly likely that that has something to do with him being paired with two of the best defenses in recent memory.
December 22 - Friday
Recruiting update with lots of excitement. CA S Michael Williams is leaning toward ‘M’ over ND, but most importantly, he said he’s being recruited as a nickleback. Also, TX RB Sam McGuffie is very high on Michigan.
Brian’s taking some time off for the holidays.
December 29 - Friday
A drive by drive breakdown of how UCLA beat USC - First Half. I must admit to not reading all of this one.
December 30 - Saturday
Brian’s commitments to AOL Fanhouse, being in LA, and liveblogging the Alamo Bowl have made content slow in coming.
December 31 - Sunday
Vicious Electronic Questioning with Brian Grummel on USC and the Rose Bowl. Here are some names you might have forgotten from this USC team: QB John David Booty, RBs Chauncey Washington and C.J. Gable, WRs Dewayne Jarrett and Steve Smith, OT Sam Baker, DE Lawrence Jackson, NT Sedrick Ellis, LB Brian Cushing, and S Taylor Mays.
Finally, three opportunities for me to look stupid Sunday:
Arrington has a big day.
Booty is sacked five times.