According to the Lincoln Journal Star, Michigan ranks at the top of the Big Ten for conference standings for 2012-13 (average conference finish). Minnesota's high ranking surprised me, as did MSU's low ranking (although they did not win a conference championship this year).
The author does not define "average B1G finish" but it seems to be a simple arithmetic mean. In any event, congratulations to our student athletes on their fine overall finish. Conference results below.
The tally: 1. Michigan 4.04; 2. Minnesota 4.43; 3. Ohio State 4.64; 4. Penn State 4.92; 5. Illinois 5.24; 6. Nebraska 5.57; 7. Wisconsin 6.10; 8. Indiana 6.22; 9. Northwestern 6.29; 10. Michigan State 6.83; 11. Purdue 7.35; 12. Iowa 7.58.
... MGoPoints. There once was a time not so long ago that the measure of a man was his aggregate MGoPoints. In what is becoming a yearly tirade, I will outline why we should go back to this:
1) MGoPoints matter. Yes they do, otherwise they wouldn't be displayed underneath your name, ipso facto they matter.
2) Life was more exciting. Is it the right time to make a Brady Hoke can't recruit joke without a "/s" behind it? Will people laugh and click, and will I get to watch the little green score rise until it says +37, or will my score plummet? I pity the unlucky souls who have never experienced the joy of a true posbang after a well-crafted remark, or the despair of a potent negbang after uttering the phrase "DickRod".
3) Do you dislike this post? What are you going to do, -1 me? Oops, I don't care, because I just gained 1 MGoPoint by posting my inane thoughts to the board.
4) How do we defend ourselves against the likes of King of Belch, RDT, or Magnus (when he gets in those grumpy moods)? There was no greater feeling of solidarity among the board proletariat in defense of the aggression of stupidity than to band together in an onslaught of red downvoting. What do we see now when 100 people neg someone? -1 Trolling. How ... uninspiring.
I leave you with this:
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me."
Brian Cook, I beg you, I urge you, I implore you. Let us become men, and put away this childish playtime of not keeping score. Give us back the old ways, the better ways, the times when we gained our MGoPoints not by virtue of pushing the submit key, but by paying the iron price of exercising our witticisms, well-thought rebukes, and Mike Cox jokes. Bring us back to the glory days. Bring us back to the days where THE_KNOWLEDGE would receive + 189 for saying "Comments commence". Do it, or I'll be forced to write this same post next offseason, just like I did last year.
"A Tornado Warning remains in effect for Southern Ingham County until 6:15 pm EDT. At 5:42 pm EDT, a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Leslie, and moving east at 40 mph." be safe
When: June 5th, 6-9pm
Where: Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile. 540 N. Michigan Avenue, 5th floor ballroom.
Cost: $40 for Alumni members, $55 for non-members.
The Coaches Tour returns to Chicago June 5th. Come enjoy a night out with fellow Alumni, as Brady Hoke, John Beilein, Dave Brandon and other speakers talk about their plans for the 2013-2014 seasons. A silent auction will take place at the end of the night, featuring one of a kind Michigan items.
Last year was the first year I attended and it was a blast. Come out and have a great time listening to out fearless leaders from the gridiron and the hardwood, as well as Dave Brandon's vison of the future.
Hoist one for the fallen.
Elimination game #2. The Hawks squirmed out a bit from under the Wings' boot, but the Wings can still eliminate them with a win at the Joe, which will be rockin'. Don't really want to go back to Chicago for game 7, so they need to bring more energy. And stay out of the damn box!
TV: 8 PM ET, CBC, NCBS
Let's Go Red Wings!
Sorry this isn't better news, but maybe it will serve us to temper any unrealistic expectations and just enjoy the conclusion of what has been a highly successful season for many of Michigan's athletic teams.
When the updated NACDA Directors' Cup standings are released this coming Thursday, they will show that Stanford has shot past Michigan into first place with a comfortable lead of over 200 points. Furthermore, Florida, UCLA, North Carolina, and Notre Dame will have closed considerable ground and will be sitting within 50 points of Michigan. Where is this all likely to end up? Well, with most spring NCAA tournament action already underway, we can project with reasonable accuracy what the approximate final standings might look like.
If you account for ongoing qualification / elimination status in all sports and project final results based on current seeding or ranking, the final standings project to this:
1 Stanford 1346.75
2 Florida 1205.5
3 UCLA 1190
4 Michigan 1098.25
5 North Carolina 1090.33
6 Notre Dame 1031
This will change somewhat, of course, but most of those points are already pretty well locked in. The prospects for a top 3 Michigan finish are remote, but we can certainly root for the Wolverines to hold off the likes of North Carolina and Notre Dame and claim a very respectable fourth place. More importantly, if the softball team can knock off Oklahoma on Thursday and go on to surprise everyone with Michigan's third national championship of the year, that would make for a fantastic capper on a memorable year for Michigan sports.