chance of bowl: 13.6%
According to Facebook, there are Michigan fans EVERYWHERE (duh!). Still nice to see that our fanbase is stronger than everyone else.
Not to get people's hopes up for nothing, but given that Michigan got only 700 student tickets and the ticket brokers have made a lovely little market around $500 per, would you pay $5, either to the AD or let's say a donation to Mott's - to watch the Final Four with a couple thousand Michigan fans? Obviously it might be difficult to organize logistically on a short time schedule, but other than that, why wouldn't this work?
Nice little article about the resurrection of UM Basketball.
Forgive me if this isn't topic worthy - however, I was just wondering with MBB going so far this year if there are any monetary incentives (read: phatcheck) for Coach B since he coached this team to the final four. I know various football programs have incentives for their coaches who reach the championship game/bcs games, and I am just curious if this translates to MBB as well. Anyone in the know as to whether this occurs? IMHO with reference to coah B, "Pay this man his money."
There is a nice column by Mitch Albom on how the current Michigan team can be more remarkable than the Fab 5. (LINK: http://www.freep.com/article/20130402/COL01/304020124/mitch-albom-michigan-wolverines-final-four-could-be-better-story-than-fab-five
I know many of you don't like Albom at all. Many of you also love the Fab 5. But without being disrespectful to the past, I think Albom has written a nice piece comparing the new team to the old, and also giving honor to John Beilein and his success. Albom writes,
You can make a case that this 2013 group is poised to weave an even more remarkable story. That's not hyperbole. It's fact. Remember, the 1993 Fab Five team was five sophomore starters who had been together for two seasons, three of whom had been starters from their very first game. Today's U-M group starts three freshmen -- one of whom only got his starting role a few weeks ago -- plus one sophomore superstar and one junior. Collectively, that's a lot less experience than the Chris Webber-Jalen Rose ensemble.
Albom goes on to say,
This group is more impressive (than the Fab Five.) The Fab Five, a No. 1 seed, beat a 16 seed, a 9 seed, a 12 seed and a 7 seed to make the Final Four. Their real test came in the national semifinals against top-seeded Kentucky, which they edged by a few points in overtime. Beilein's group, seeded fourth, already has beaten a No. 1, No. 3, No. 5 and No. 13 seed -- all but one by fat margins. If Michigan gets past Syracuse, another fourth seed, on Saturday night, it will have gone as far as the Fab Five ever did. And will be poised to do something that legendary group could never do. Win it all.
On Beilein, he writes
The fact that Beilein has done it with intelligence, humility, discipline, hard work, good recruiting and a sense of history makes it all the better. Remember, this is a guy who, like the kids, had never been to a Final Four, despite nearly four decades in coaching. . . the fact that he rebuilt this program smartly and patiently, with year-by-year improvement and steady, heady leadership, is even more impressive.
While you may not care for Mitch Albom, today's column doesn't descend into treacly nonsense. But it does a nice job of praising Beilein and the current team, and also does well in comparing the team to our last high point.
People have made the very reasonable argument that in a multi-billion dollar industry (sports) that depends to a certain degree on "judgment calls" that there HAS to be a less than insignificant level of "cheating" by officials.
We see cheating in every other aspect, but we refuse sometimes to acknowledge its possibility by officials. Even after a ref or two comes out to and comments that it happens. I think that we convince ourselves to believe it is not true because we love to watch the games. If we were to discuss and even possibly accept that the playing field may not be equal it would fundamentally undermine something EVERYONE on here loves (sports). We won't allow ourselves to believe it is possible.
With that said, it is also very difficult to prove. This video (from Reddit, yes) is pretty interesting:
What do you think?