and... i like them? I think I like them.
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.
For those who need a bit of distraction before whatever it is that's happening in an hour or two, a good time to note that both men's swimming and women's gymnastics are currently ranked No. 1 nationally.
Men's swimming & diving won 10 of 13 events to beat Purdue 153-90. Not a big surprise, considering their depth (each individual event victory came from a different athlete) and that M is 56-0 against Purdue in dual meets.
Women's gymnastics was pre-season #10 and zipped (flipped?) up to #1 with their high-scoring victory last week in the three-team Cancun Classic, their first #1 national ranking since 2000. Yesterday, they beat Nebraska, pre-season #7 and 2011 Big Ten Champion, 196.900-196.300. The women currently share #1 with Florida (identical scores last week), but their score this week is higher than Florida's, so...
Men's gymnastics is preseason #1, not surprising considering their Olympic experience. But having several members on the U.S. National Team may affect their ranking after their first meet (Jan. 19), which is apparently the same time as a required U.S. team camp. Every team should have such problems. A good test of their depth and experience for their rookies.
We return you now to revenue sports palpitations.
Well looks like Tyler Clary isn't impressed with Micheal Phelps. I can't say that his opinion is wrong, just not sure this is the best time/forum to voice an opinion.
Kudos to U-M swimmer Connor Jaeger for winning his 1500m freestyle heat in 14:59.97. He lost track of his lap count and didn't hear the bell, so kept going. (Unlike collegiate, counters aren't allowed in the water.)
Edit: 1) Gemmel (14:52.19), 2) Jaeger (14:52.51) going to London
I figured this would be the easiest way to compile a list of potential inagural class candidates. The 190 comment thread would be a difficult place to keep track, so here we can be a little more organized. Make suggestions and I'll add them to the lists. Since this is just a way to keep track of potential candidates, feel free to throw out some "maybes." Mods, feel free to edit the OP accordingly.
This may also help keep that initial thread focused on the manner in which people are elected, etc. Without further adieu...
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