I think you will get your wish.
Did this jump out to anyone else when reading Mike Rothstein's article? http://www.annarbor.com/sports/as-michigan-begins-its-new-basketball-sea...
There must be a remote-hogging girlfriend involved in this scenario (or someone has a serious Blake Lively and/or Leighton Meester crush).
College is a time where young men should enjoy watching good television. After college when you get married or have a serious girlfriend you'll be forced to watch America's Next Top Model, Gossip Girl, 90210 (the new one), Melrose Place (the new one), One Tree Hill, The Hills (all shows my gf watches religiously). I hate my DVR during the fall, it is overrun with this crap. How I long for those college days when I was oblivious to such shows.
Late-night MgoBlog topic time!
So, you are walking down the streets of AA, when you notice an old, dusty water bottle lying on the sidewalk. You pick it up and shine off the dust, after all, who can't use another water bottle? The bottle starts emitting an odd smoke from the top, which forms into a genie who bears a striking resemblance to Tim Donaghy. He tells you he can grant you one of 4 wishes involving sports this week.
1. A Michigan win over state
2. A Tigers win in either Robertson or Bonine's start
3. A Lions win against the Bears
4. A Prather commitment to the Wolverines
He explains that your choice will not affect the other 3 outcomes, only guarantee a positive result in that one. Which matters most to you? Which are you least confident in?
I would have to go with a Michigan win over MSU. College football is so crazy, I don't want to risk seeing that bastard Dantonio have even an ounce of happiness this year. I wanna watch him squirm, I want to watch RichRod put his foot on his throat and stomp the life out of that son of a bitch.
I know it is rather early to inquire about such things, but is there any word on how Gilchrist enjoyed/is enjoying his visit to Ann Arbor this weekend? He would be a huge get for the basketball team (yes that is a gigantic understatement).
After seeing a post quoting Belein on how up and down the second year can be, I started to think about how similar our two biggest sports' coaches and teams are based on the early football season. My thoughts:
1) Both coaches have unique, successful offensive systems that change based on the players used
2) Both systems require the players to be smart and understand a variety of different looks, make a variety of decisions
3) Both coaches had dissenters but are completely embraced by the remainder of the team (well..took a bit of time for Manny but)
4) Both teams have one big star (Tate, Manny), and another great player to fall back on (Minor, Peedi)
5) Both teams had big early season wins in their second year (ND, UCLA) that were won due to the opponents inability to defend the offense
6) Both coaches have one hell of a future lined up for their respective programs
As our bball struggled in several games last year, I expect the same of our football team. But, I do believe that the consequences of those struggles are much more manageable over the course of a football game than a basketball game. Also remember how much M's defense improved over the course of the Bball season. I'm assuming that our football defense has to and will improve over the course of the year. But, I really hope it's not exactly the same since we didn't beat OSU in Bball last year!
All in all, As a life-long Michigan fan (23 yrs) I couldn't be more satisfied with the coaches we have in these two programs. I now actually think that one of these years we could potentitally pull a Florida and win NCs in both sports.
What do you guys think, do the coaches/teams have any more similarities? What are some differences?
The basketball program is now truly back on track. A 3-point contest should be in order!
Dick Vitale has Michigan ranked 11th in his pre-season basketball rankings. I like how Michigan is getting some recognition, but does anyone else think the expectations are a little too high? Am I just being pessimistic after years of mediocrity?