Seth said my name!
Site note: Be here for the Liveblog tonight. Mods to your stations at 6:45; we'll get started at 7.
I'll make this one quick.
Things to know about basketball
1. The defense has maybe taken a small step forward, and other observations about how basketball is like pro wrestling, from who else?
2. Michigan's offensive deviation isn't very large says LSA; they generally manage to keep their pace and score with relatively stable frequency. Score one against "defense wins championships because it's more consistent."
4. Purdue and Rutgers are not going to be good at it next year. Padog has begun a preview series for next year's conference teams, starting from the bottom. Northwestern is probably next followed by Penn State, but I'm looking forward to an Indiana preview sooner rather than later.
QB BATTLE: THIS IS KNOWN
For those not still hitting snooze on football right now, BlueMooner went to the private dinner last week with Nussmeier and came back with generalities that amount to Gardner/Morris/Speight are who we thought they were. Also this:
Audience members posed questions about the comparison of recruiting in the SEC versus the B1G; Coach Saban compared to Hoke; and his intent to stay at UM over the long haul. He adroitly dodged those with a splendid sense of humor. The crowd was really enthusiastic about Coach Nussmeier in control of our offense.
You are welcome to read this as "Nussmeier wants to be a head coach someday" and "the SEC cheats more in recruiting." This too is known.
ATTENTION WAL-MART SHOPPERS
There are 394 items on walmart.com licensed from Michigan Wolverines and 369 for Michigan State Spartans. This should be a thing.
This is more of a link but Bacon addressed "Walmart Wolverines" on his blog this week. If you are an alumnus who has a problem with non-alumni rooting for your alma mater then you should read it.
My sense is that is next to none of you, and "Walverines" is a thing mostly generated by Sparties who don't like how people who didn't get into MSU bring up Michigan's marginal academic superiority. So Bacon is addressing the wrong crowd; on the other hand I'm not sure I want to advocate speaking sense to Spartans, because that totally works.
THE END OF COLLEGE SPORTS AND EVERYTHING
The CAPA decision touched off heated debate on the board, so heated that a second thread was warranted to exclude the money part that the Northwestern players aren't talking about. The debate came down to "better helmets and covering medical expenses down the road for athletes is good" versus "but schools that pretend to be D-I won't be able to live that way."
Congrats are due to Justin Dickens, the guy who granted Heiko that interview with Borges and oversaw a dramatic shift in how bloggers are treated relative to other football media. He's not only an MGoBlog reader; he's now Director of Football Operations. This site's had a lot of criticism for Fort Schembechler but I have zero for Justin, who was given the impossible job of keeping both Dave Brandon and Brian Cook happy, and who despite that always made protecting the players his highest priority. I expect he'll succeed; I'm more anxious about who will succeed him.
Your Moment of Zen:
Seth said my name!
Come on, it's more than "marginal" superiority, isn't it?
One typically ranks in the top 5 of public universities in the country, the other almost always in the top 30. That's out of (at last count) 630 4-year public institutions/campuses.
One is the school that almost every major research institution tries to emulate, the other is the school they were trying to emulate when they wrote the law that created virtually every [Something] "State" or "A&M".
There's an appreciable difference in the standard 8-page, heavily annotated B+ research paper I generated for a Michigan history of antiquity class versus the 3-page piece of shit my brother submitted in an equivalent class and got back an A- on.
But in general, if public universities are quarterbacks of all the pro football leagues, you're comparing Tom Brady to like Matt Stafford when there's all the backups and all the international leagues etc. behind.
Okay, but by this logic, there's only a marginal difference between Harvard and MSU, too, because look how many schools are worse than MSU.
It's more than marginal.
There is more than a marginal difference, but msu is a good school, too. Obviously it's not the same caliber as Michigan, but every B1G school is decent/good.
Spartans 3 Stars, Wolverines 5 Stars... enough said!
Eh, I think the difference in academic strength between UM and MSU is a decently large difference. The difference is big enough and apparent enough that any lifelong MSU fan I've met will tell you that, given the choice, they would go to UM every single time.
Of course, the education probably isn't that different, but the perception of the abilities of the students coming out of the two is substantially different.