here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
Hansborough v. Griffin. Who ya got? and whats the spread on "Blake and Taylor Griffin are brothers" comments vs. "Tyler Hansborough plays really hard"?
and which one has the advantage in the "makes you want to punch them in the face with their stupid 'and one' facial expressions"?
I think I might have to take this one in on the radio.
I don't recall seeing any University PSA's during the NCAA games last week. Have they ever done them? Is CBS able to dictate there will be none because it cuts into their ad revenue?
Re: PSA's, it still is impossible to beat Michigan in Space, although I did like the jazzed up "Hail" a year ago. I also kinda liked USC's famous alumni PSA's. As much as I hate ND, I thought their "fighting Irish" PSA with the doctor fighting disease wasn't bad.
Has James Earl Jones ever narrated a PSA for his alma mater? In a way, I'd like to have several PSA's around a theme that have very short clips of famous alums in that field, with Jones narrating all of them. James Earl Jones and Lucy Liu and Gilda Radner in one, Griese and Harbaugh and Brady in another, Harmon and Howard and Woodson in another, Fadell (iPod), Bloch (H&R Block), Page (Google), and Walgreen (Walgreens) in another, Dierdorf, Guisewaite, and Wallace in another.
Regardless, I don't like the same lame cute, diverse student body PSA's with test tubes and the main diag and a lecture and a lab. Too many schools do this.
Lastly, PSA's will be tainted for me for many years by Brian's pre-mocking of Appalachian State with "Hot, Hot, Hot." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVENWl8uBeg. While I'm not superstitious (re: Liveblogs,) this mocking came back to bite us in the butt.
So as you may know, Michigan has seemed to play considerably better when they have a good amount of time to rest. But how much better? I decided to take a look at the games Michigan played this year and their record based on time between games. Here is what I came up with:
A few notes on terms that should be pretty obvious for the most part, but just making sure everyone understands:
1 Day Since Last Game would mean that they played a game the day before.
(N) means Neutral Site
I think you can figure out the rest.
From this, there seems to be a pretty strong correlation between the amount of rest/time to prepare the team gets and how well they do. 9-0 when we have 5+ days since the previous game, 16-2 when it is 4+ days? That's a stat that I'm pretty happy with. However, it's worth noting that, with a few exceptions (e.g. UCLA, Illinois, Purdue), the majority of our more difficult games took place 3 days or fewer since the previous game.
As a side note:
Despite 18 (55%) of our games being played with 4+ days since the previous game, only 10 (45%) of our games vs top 100 RPI were played with 4+ days since the previous game. Granted, that's only two games that would have a longer time since the previous game if it followed the same percentage, but that seems like it could have had an impact.
Overall, this seems to bode well for us when we face Clemson. Not so much if we go on to face Oklahoma.
For what it's worth, Clemson's losses were:
Wake Forest - 7 days since last game
UNC - 4 days since last game
FSU - 3 days since last game
Viriginia - 5 days since last game
Virginia Tech - 3 days since last game
FSU - 3 days since last game
Wake Forest - 5 days since last game
Georgia Tech - 4 days since last game
While I am always on the fence about being interested or taking national attention as an utmost important thing to tell my diary about at night ("Omg but then we had meatloaf for lunch again bleh") but when Michigan is not getting hit in the head by a chair thrown by Bob Knight, who apparently believes PSU and Auburn were more deserving, they're getting ESPN praise in the form of... Colin Cowherd?
Michigan was chosen by Cowherd as his dark horse (or is it darkhorse?) for the tournament. Besides the normal Duke, UCLA, Purdue fluff, he was quick to point out UM could have beaten UConn, a 1-seed, and that he could legitimately see them making it to the elite eight. What was nice to hear, though, was him acknowledge the coaching behind the effort.
What does this mean? Absolute shit. The man is a walking "morning talk show radio zoo OHMANELISHADUSHKUISTHEHAWTEST *cue spring boi-oi-oing*" - complete with "Breakfast of Champions - which cereal will win" bracket - but he's also been a huge d-bag to the football program. A reader was quick to point out his dark horse (darkhorse?) - fuck it, I'm referring to it as Darko from now on - has always played Clemson for the past couple years. Let's just say that's true.
The question remains: even if we are everyone's Darko, does it make noise in the Palace when we miss all our shots and lose by 15?
Because that's what a Darko does. Let's be
The Answer Billups.
I am semi-superstitious about these things, and I don't like hearing my team I root for being mentioned as a favorite of any kind or a dark horse. And, boy is Michigan a sexy pick as a dark horse this year. I have heard it all over on ESPN radio and seen it at numerous places on the internet. Colin Cowherd is discussing it now on his show.
About 2 minutes in, for everyone who wants to see Crisler go nuts.