Argh on you, club_med. Yes, I am flattered that you were inspired by my annual FEI-based bowl game watchability article, and I think it's great that you added Sagarin to it. Except now I actually have to find something else to write next Tuesday. Perhaps I'll do senior haikus.
Cam Gordon I still can't believe They pegged you as a safety Here is your meat: raw.
Sorry Brian. You can do the next USCHO/RPI/Standings poll update from Center Ice. And he can take over LSA's weekly stat wrap, and LSA can take Best & Worst after the bowl game from bronxblue, who can do Inside the Box Score instead of ST3, and we'll send him to cover the press conference, and that'll be how we replace Heiko.
Season of Infinite Pain, Reviewed. "The Year of Infinite Pain" (glossary) was a name Brian came up with for 2005, before he knew what 2008 or 2009 or 2010 or 2013 could be like. Now diary giant Ron Utah is using "The Season of Infinite Pain" to describe this one. Not saying things won't improve, but, you know, that's just a might set up against two rivals who are peaking in a tough division, and a national competitive environment in which a lot of teams wantonly break the rules and ours doesn't. So just in case we need some more names:
The Autumn of Infinite Pain
The Time of Infinite Pain
The Annum of Infinite Pain
The Age of Infinite Pain
The Span of Infinite Pain
The Fiscal Year of Infinite Pain
If we are actually living in the last, here's guessing I don't make it past the 2014 Notre Dame game. If Dantonio and Urban get to 10 wins apiece against us there are several synonyms for "infinite" (eternal, interminable, perpetual, everlasting, boundless, incalculable, supertemporal) that may be substituted in various combinations.
Anyway Ron's wrap starts with the defensive line, which he gave a C+, but I think he's too high on Clark's season, too hard on Washington's (he was injured), and there needs to be more analysis of the heavy (ha!) rotational guys like Henry, Beyer, Ojemudia, Wormley, Heitzman and Pipkins.
Not on the Pistons, that's where. AC1997 is tracking Michigan guys in the NBA, as well as the transfers and dudes playing abroad. I'd love for this to be a regular monthly update for each season in action (so have a hockey one, and a baseball one, and football from August (free agent movement) through the Superbowl.
-2 Banked (walk-ons who earned scholarships this year, likely to again): Kerridge, G. Glasgow.
-2 Possible non-renewed fifths: Paskorz, Ash. However Pipkins is likely to lose most of spring and fall to his injury so Ash may be important. Meanwhile Paskorz played at TE a bunch this year and Michigan is only bringing in Bunting, with Khalil Hill coming off his redshirt. Note: Furman was starting at times this year so I doubt the coaches give him the handshake.
-4 Expected attrition. It's rude to name names so we are not going to do that.
So max they can take up to six more guys from here, but that means no scholarships for two expected starters and two fewer seniors at positions with depth problems. You can tap those things for a late major recruit or to fix a hole that pops up. They won't use them to use them.
Coach Brown spoke to Josh Rosen, that California QB that reminds everyone of that other California QB we had. Rosen last summer said the cold weather makes Ann Arbor a non-starter, but now he may visit and that means there's hope. Coach also clarified some things about the dead period that just started.
One thing I'd like to add: if you're wondering why it seems Michigan recruits are all being fed a big load of horse-hockey this week (as opposed to another time) from rivals, it's because with the upcoming dead period it's tougher for the coaches to clear that sort of stuff up. Strategy, yo.
Now you can tell the difference between Assembly Halls. One is Assembly Hall, the other is now Skoljdt Assembly Hall. Or Skodjt. Or Skjoltd.
Not trying to call you out but I am actually curious
But your sources are possible transfers, do they tell you who? (I don't blame you for not naming names). Also are they just really good insiders or people who actually have a connection to the program?
Also, the other two, is that just you using your knowledge or mumblings and whispers?
Again, not trying to call you out and I 100% believe you. I'm just curious.
I probably shoud have given Clark a "B" instead of a "B+".
As for QWash, I have to give the grade with the information I have. I'm sure there were injuries, but he just didn't make enough of an impact this season. Something was off--whether it's his fault or not, he didn't perform.
11 National Championships. 42 B1G Championships. Winningest program in college football. HAIL TO THE VICTORS
I took from your initial assessment. The analogy would be taking a final exam with a throbbing headache and doing C+ work. The examiner doesn't want to know about your personal afflictions, they want to know results.
This sports year has been so bad that I have blamed myself superstitiously. I got engaged at 5 PM the day of the Penn State game (yes and made the sacrifice to not watch most of the game for my fiancee) when we were 5-0....and yeah since then it's just been 2-5, Da'shawn Hand, George Campbell, Mgoblog sucking with a lack of moderation, and throw in for a fun bonus the Lions trying to not make the playoffs.
-I've always told people who said "good luck" that it's not luck, it's skill. Then I found out Charles Woodson said the same thing once and I felt cooler.
Season started with high expectations and turned out miserable, leading to a lot of uncertainty going into 2006, then 2006 was great (minus the outcome of The Game). Holding out hope that whatever happened between 2005 and 2006 happens again between 2013 and 2014.
"He has no idea that Charles Woodson can jump fifteen feet in the air, come down acrobatically, and get his foot inside this football field. Folks, you can watch football a long, long time before you see another play like that."
'87-'88 was my first year at U-M. I was not a Michigan fan before coming to U-M, but I certainly became one pretty damned quickly. After the ND debacle in my first game at Michigan Stadium, we pounded Wash State, Long Beach State and then Wisconsin, before the 7 interception clusterfuck at State. (Note: we had a formal at the Union that night, and I puked my guts out in one of the bathrooms there. There was also a lesbian wedding being held in the Union that night.)
The three years following my freshmen year were pretty awesome.
Of the "Eternal September." It used to be that when the Internet was primarily accessed through academic systems, September was the time when freshmen would get their first Internet access and cause problems in USENET groups and MUDs and the like until they learned the rules of the road. Come September 1993, AOL opened up USENET to its users and the supply of stupid became inexhaustible, some people reckon that we're still stuck in that eternal September. (See also: The Attack of the Christmas Modems.)
My concern is that 2013 could have the same level of permanence, as we sit here thinking "Well, it can't be this bad forever."
As much as it hurts to loose Campbell and Hand, if we only land one 5-star I really think Peppers was the best of the bunch and will have the biggest impact because of his position and our need for a playmaker back there.
Strength equipment is expensive and guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free and can give you everything you want.
it could have been worse....lots worse. We could have lost to Akron, Uconn and NW ending the season 4-8 and out of a bowl. Look at Florida's year or Eastern Michigan's. Yeah it might not have been what we had hoped for but it could have been worse.