the C-Rex series is one of the coolest things ever done here.
spoiler alert: i linked this
Give money to cancer. No, cancer research. Michigan's Relay for Life is approaching and the football team has various items on auction including "Coffee with Coach Carr," spring game field passes, an autographed football, and track suits. You can also donate directly. There appears to be a competition going on between various members of the team to raise the most money. Your dominating leader thus far:
What's with everyone else? Are they spending all their time talking to babies?
Spending all your time talking to babies. Here's Devin Gardner having a nonsense conversation with a baby. The baby enjoys it more than actual words from Gardner. Geoffrey Canada is alarmed.
I've got nothing here. It's Devin Gardner talking to a baby. It requires nothing else.
Also, Gardner and Martell Webb are transferring to Arizona State.
Who is important, who is marginally important, who is a running back. The Mathlete returns with another diary that tackles one of the great unasked questions of our time: are all returning starters created equal? Or, since everyone thinks quarterbacks are way more important than anyone else, how unequal are they?
Some interesting findings:
There wasn't a defensive breakout but as a whole it was a lot like quarterback: having severe experience deficiencies is very bad, but milder ones are not a huge deal.
This is not going to do anything but it makes me feel slightly better. Count Red Berenson amongst the folk who are totally pissed off you guys about the waved-off goal against Miami:
"It's really frustrating," said Berenson, who said he didn't see a decent television replay of the controversial no-goal until the Wolverines returned from Fort Wayne, Ind., at 3 a.m. Monday morning. "I never got a clear answer about why the goal didn't count or if there was any room being made for human error ... and that's what we're trying to find out." …
"I saw what I saw and I know what I know," Berenson said. "I think it's pretty obvious."
The lack of accountability here is frustrating. No one has stepped forward to provide any explanation, likely because there isn't one other than "we screwed it up."
Question: shouldn't hockey move to a system sort of like the way the NFL handles fumbles? These days you can fumble, be ruled down, and still lose the ball if the referee decides that the whistle did not have an impact on the play. As the refs headed to the box Sunday I knew two things. One: it was obviously a goal. Two: because the whistle went before the puck was in the net, it would not be called a goal. But the whistle had nothing to do with anything. There was no way anyone on Miami could have stopped Lynch from scoring since the puck crossed the line an instant after the whistle went. It had no impact on the play. So why create a fiasco? Why not just go to the box, figure out that it was a good goal and the quick whistle didn't impact the play, and award it?
Also, Mike Spath reports that Berenson plans on returning next year but it will likely be his last.
Co-sign. Hunwick on the Frozen Four:
Now, Hunwick cannot imagine going.
“No, I won’t be down there,” Hunwick said. “Maybe I’ll watch it on TV. But probably not.”
Ballin'. If you're interested in club seats, an MGoUser has penned a spectacularly long account of his purchase. There is a man named Ted. He is apparently spectacular, as is the club seating:
The club area was AMAZING ... it was really top tier county-club grade workmanship. Very high ceilings, wood paneling, surprisingly spacious, windows everywhere, and cool "maize" mood lights shining through the wood panels on the ceiling. There were speaker grills on the ceiling where the live sounds of the stadium are going to be piped in. The food stations were not in yet, and none of the tables, chairs, etc. are ready to be moved in. Ted said that it should all be done well before game day ... everything is on track.
If you're considering signing up, check it out.
Etc.: This place got shot down by google news when I applied because it didn't produce news or have multiple contributors, both of which the site actually does now. But Bleacher Report is good to go. Guh?
the C-Rex series is one of the coolest things ever done here.
but Brian is currently working to broker a deal with ComCast to start MGoTV, the 24-hour network TV affiliation of MGoBlog.
When the deal is done, it's an absolute necessity that we get CRex his own sitcom. I would watch that.
When I read that they're going to pipe the stadium sounds into the club seating, I just have to laugh. It reminds me of the people who come to my local high school's hockey games but sit in the restaurant overlooking the ice instead of sitting with the crowd in the rink. When something good happens I know I can look up and see them pounding on the windows, but I also know nobody in the rink can hear them. They want to be a part of the game, but they're not.
In other words, if you want live stadium sounds, sit outside. Otherwise, don't try to pretend you're part of the atmosphere, because you're not.
Also, get off my lawn.
"Also, Gardner and Martell Webb are transferring to Arizona State."
I forgot it was April Fool's day for a sec. I almost started breaking things.
That made Threet panic for a sec too.
that Devin doesn't KNOW it's April Fool's and really IS going. Two weeks from now everyone will be telling him to quite f'ing around and quit w. the funny business, while he's packing up his sh*t.
"He'll be back in a minute--he's gassin' up the ride."
But I really, really don't want to see him go. I wish he could coach another 20 years. I just can't imagine a different coach, it's just not Michigan Hockey to me.
Real question: Will this affect us in a bad way? Like in football, where a new coach means a rebuilding period? and where recruits won't come here as likely because of a new coach or a rumored retirement? I have no idea who would take the job... or who we could get that would be able to keep the tradition as a Michigan Man and as a good hockey coach.
My picks/suggestions (not real this time):
Mike Babcock (friend of Red's, coach of some other, probably less important team)
Chris Summers (forget Phoenix...)
Chris Brown (player-coach anyone?)
JMFJ (real middle finger to the Kings' GM and his shot at Jack and UM coaching)
Brian (or whoever writes/runs YostBuilt)
Me (credentials: played hockey, coached one youth spring team with 7-3 record)
For some reason I think Gardner's tweet may have meant Appalachian State (which if so, is much funnier).
The accountability is obvious. Haven't you guys seen the Buffalo Wild Wings commercials?
When they were reviewing the goal, the ref came on a screen at a BDubs in Ohio. A man stands up and says "We're not ready to go yet! Any way you can send this thing into double overtime?" And the ref goes... "No problem!" And calls the goal off.
It's the only logical explanation. I mean, otherwise the ref would have to be completely incompetent, which we know isn't possible! And plus, the rule is obviously that the team with a delayed penalty must possess the puck, so there's no way they would blow a quick whistle like they had been all night. That would just be absurd, then the team getting a penalty would have an advantage, and could even have a game-saving whistle on their own penalty, which is just the opposite of what penalties are supposed to do.
I forgot it was April Fools and actually thought he was leaving for a while. That was scary.
This is completely anecdotal and may be completely incorrect, since I'm relying on observations and didn't actually crunch the numbers, but it seems like when Louie, Wohlberg and the Defense started stepping it up towards the end of the season and started scoring more, then some of the people that started strong like Lebler and Brown really trailed off in production.
If this is real, I'm wondering whether this is just the result of fatigue? Or is it a direct result of the big guns stepping up, so for whatever reason the others trailed off? Is there a way to continue their high production with normal/expected scoring from those who are expected to put up big numbers? Because that makes things very potent indeed.
And a different question: During the season, our defense went from turn-over ecstatic, to much better, back to turn-over mildly amused. What makes it so they are "much better" most of the time? Personnel? Focusing on it differently? Just being aware of it? Does anybody really have an answer?
absolutely correct regarding your take on the quick whistle goal/no goal rule. There is no reason that a quick whistle that does not change the outcome of the play shouldn't have the option of being overruled. Also, my understanding is that if a ref does not blow the whistle and a goal is scored, he has the option to review the play and say that he should have blown the whistle and then disallow a goal. So, if he can say he should have blown the whistle, he should also be able to say he blew the whistle too quickly. Plain and simple, the rule needs to be changed and changed such that a quick whistle can be overruled if it does not change the outcome of the play.