Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
Fellow Michigan alumnus forwarded this to me earlier:
It's Mantone 2013 Men's Color Forecast. Basically what's hot and not in men's fashion for this year. But yeah, basically the whole thing is a joke. However, I couldn't care less what's in fashion, but what I did find hilarious was the obvious trolling going on by a likely Ohio alumnus. Check out the "unemployed underachiever". For those that don't want to click it's a Michigan hoodie.
While I know it's a joke on "us", still thought in good humor it was worth a share.
SIAP: no date on the website, so not sure how long it's been out there.
Slow day on the board and I saw this while browsing various blogs and thought it was worth a share, as IIRC we did something similar with the Wizard of Oz a few years back.
The premise is that the Michigan Martians (so thats where I put my giant maize and blue flag at) kidnap a Ohio cheerleader and then the band sets about on a journey to get her back....more than likely she's a blonde and Keith Stone says we only think about the brunette girls so nice try Ohio.
(if someone could embed, thanks in advance)
Was just reading a post over at BHGP (LINK) in which Patrick Vint dresses down that latest SEC playoff proposal. The comments themselve make it worth following the link but one of the BHGP contributors threw in a link to the following EDSBS article:
Confessions of an SEC Fan to a Big Ten Fan
Good read on a slow day.
I've recently been seeing criticism on mgoblog of Coach B's offense generally and of Darius Moriss specifically. In consideration of this criticism, I've taken data from the most recent game to give a glimpse into the inadequacy of this criticism.
Here's a link to umhoops.com and its "5 Key Plays" in the win against sparty at the Breslin Center (first win since 1997). 4 of the key plays show Michigan winning the battle with one of them showing the opposite. Play 1: Novak's 4 point play early in the game; Play 2: C. Christian beats the shot clock for 2 pts.; Play 3: Draymond Green scores 3 pt. play in transition for sparty; Play 4: Novak for a long 3 pt. shot; Play 5 (2 plays actually): Stu Douglas hits 2 pt. shot late in the game and Douglass hits 3 pt. shot even later in the game. Here it is for viewing (note Stapleton's statement):
"Please let us know in the comments if you think we missed one. It seems weird that Darius isn’t explicitly featured in any of these."
I can think of one commenter in this mgoblog community who feels it necessary to criticize DMo w/o any real support for that criticism--something about ball-hogging or not passing or not being a team player. I can think of many users who criticize the offense/defense Coach B uses or the talent he recruits. My responses:
1) Of the four--really five since Stu gets two plays in his one video clip--plays resulting in Michigan's favor, DMo assists on the play or does more. Play 1: DMo draws a double team and makes a skip (no look which freezes the defense) pass to Novak in corner who's open b/c his man dropped down to help on the open post guy b/c of the double team on DMo; Play 2: DMo drives--and draws an extra defender sufficiently away from Christian --and assists on the made shot by Christian; Play 4: DMo gets the rebound (offensive rebound!) off someone else's shot and then assists on a 3 pt. shot to Novak; Play 5: DMo assists on Stu's 2pt shot (admittedly Stu created that shot, but DMo still had to recognize Stu's comfort at that place on the floor in that situation to make the pass) and DMo draws a second defender again to hit Stu for the open 3 pt. look to clinch the game.
Yes, DMo also made the turnover in Play 3 that led to Green's score and 1. But that only leads me to my next point (made ad naseum by many against the trolls and ignorant critics of the bball team): YOUTH. DMo is a sophomore starting full-time for the first time. He will make mistakes, but he does--at least on this night in front of an Izzone and meatheads wearing numbers crying insecurity--make more positive plays than negative ones. He will--if he hasn't already--have struggles with ego/maturity and a learning curve.
What about the five freshman who rotate in regularly with 3 of them starting?
2) Coach Beilein has a young but talented team. As a group, the team will play down to competition (hopefully not Iowa today, but I wouldn't be surprised). But we've seen it play up to competition all season long too. The latter is not a given with just any team full of two juniors and the rest underclassmen. Coach B should get praise for this part, for which he seemingly does not. With maturity (and patience from us), Coach Beilein will show the fruits of his progress. And please remember this tidbit from the detnews today:
In 2009, his second season at U-M, Beilein guided the Wolverines to a 21-14 record and back into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 11 seasons, with a first-round win over Clemson. Michigan's 11-win turnaround tied a school record for the largest single-season turnaround.
From The Detroit News: http://detnews.com/article/20110129/OPINION03/101290383/Victory-takes-some-of-the-pressure-off-Michigan’s-John-Beilein#ixzz1CXQiapcD
Over the years, MGoBlog has had some fabulous trolls. With the recent addition of the message board, quite a few more of them have been coming out of the woodwork.
I never read the old blog comments much, so I never got to see Son of Jor-El in action, but I've heard things.
Who would you nominated to first-team All-American in trolling or gimmickry?
Currently, I'm a big fan of Jmakgoblue24 and his high intelligent level. After that, I'd probably nominate the "having a cigar and an Irish coffee" guy, or whoever that was, and then the lawyer guy who went to both UM and tUoOS.
Add your votes NOW!