“On the offense last year, they had great spacing. That’s what I remember. Great spacing, great shooters, like Nik Stauskas, who’s not there right now. But they always have someone to fill the roles. They have a cutting offense, kind of hard to guard.”
"Northwestern fans can be both heartened and disheartened by the loss to Minnesota just like how nineteenth-century resurrectionists were heartened when they pried a heart from a freshly-buried corpse and then disheartened it when they sold it to a disreputable anatomist."
"The experience he has from last year is starting to show," Jazz forward Gordon Hayward said. "He’s making shots, and he made some gutsy plays against Portland. He’s got a confidence about him that he can get the job done."
Conference play has come, and Big Ten teams can safely retreat to their thunderdomes to clobber each other in peace, insulated from the braying mockery of the national media. There is still upheaval. Michigan has fallen apart. Dave Brandon and Brady Hoke have been confined to the Touliers Palace.
Hi. I would have packed this into yesterday's UV but internet problems + rehab equaled no. So here's the other stuff.
Local news, 1986. Wolverine Historian digs up a gem:
Five dollar parking and the hair, man. The hair. Check out the defector at around 2 minutes. We need a clip of that guy.
Position clarity and dang. In an interview with Touch the Banner, James Ross says he'll start off at the weakside linebacker spot. With Bolden ticketed for the center, I'm guessing Royce Jenkins-Stone is eventually slid to SAM. Where Kaleb Ringer goes is also probably in the middle.
I played hockey for a long time, and just being in that fast-paced environment helped, being able to see things. Hockey is really fast; you have to be able to move, and I think that really translates well to the football field.
Ross is 6'1", 225, and fast. If he could skate at all he would have been a crunching bodycheck factory had he stuck with the hockey. Video at TTB suggests he could not skate much as of early high school, but leave me to my lethal bodycheck fantasies.
More playoff stuff. I can't find this [freep] anywhere else, nor does this have a direct quote, but um… as far as reason not to have campus playoffs go this is even better than Bill Hancock's:
[Dave] Brandon understands the advantage a Big Ten team would gain from a playoff game on its campus but also realizes it’s not fair for schools across the country to play in the cold weather. Brandon also said he polled U-M players, who said they like to go to warm-weather bowl sites.
It's not fair. My brain stopped working. This is where I say something snarky or something about how this is not a good argument. I can't. Logic has been suspended. Get The Picture:
And just to show you how absurd this gets, rather than stand his ground on the more fan-friendly on-campus sites, Michigan State’s athletic director hopes instead that the NCAA will help families pay for the travel expense of going to an additional postseason game.
I give up. The rest of this column will be written by my wife's cat.
THE LARGE HAIRY ONE SAYS THIS NEXT. You're probably expecting this to be in hilarious broken English lolcatese. Typical. I quit.
I do say this is next. Cats: cannot get them to do anything. Anyway, blogosphere old timers may remember Vijay, who ran one of the ur-blogs back in the day. He still hangs out on some message boards and put together a picture of the distance traveled by fans to get to bowl sites last year:
Avg distance traveled for the bowl
Big 10: 1261
Pac 10: 775
Big XII: 701
Big 10 travels MUCH further than anyone else. SEC travels much less. No surprise.
Avg miles differential (how far a team had to travel, compared to their opponent: + = traveling further)
Big 10: +812
Big XII: -137
Pac 10: -470
Big 10 is the only major conference that is generally playing further from home than their opponents.
# of games within 500 miles of home
Big 10: 1/10
Big XII: 3/8
Pac 10: 3/7
EVERY SINGLE SEC TEAM played within 500 miles of home.
Guess which SEC team was the only one to travel further for their bowl than their opponent. Answer below.
Meanwhile, every single Big 10 team traveled further than their opponent. Even Purdue, which got to play in Michigan, ended up playing Western Michigan.
Trivia answer: Alabama, who played LSU in New Orleans.
Use of the word fair in relation to this makes me want to wear around a horse. I'll say "I'm actually a slide rule, call me the King of Albania." I'll wear a sock on my hand I call Prince Knight who speaks only in riddles. His only riddle is "how are these people in charge?"
The cat does not find this amusing. I'm going to shake him until he does.
HELP I'M STUCK IN BLADERUNNER
ALSO BONUS BONUS BONUS BONUS. Uniform hijinks are going to be an annual thing now From the above-linked article.
He discussed the heightened attention on U-M's jerseys, particularly in football. He said the school might have done too much with changing them last season and plans to quiet the speculation this fall by having a single rollout of all the game jerseys they’ll wear throughout the season. He said coaches, players and recruits enjoy variety.
"School" should be read as "Dave Brandon" and "speculation" should be read as "lack of speculation."
So at least there won't be any horrible, horrible surprises this year, and five different outfits seems off the table. Regular alternate whatnots are here to stay. Embrace it. I want wings on the pants. And the jerseys. I want a uniform that's just one giant wing. Like, when the offense lines up the unit should look like one winged helmet. With claws!
A note on something that happened last week. You know that child-porn-havin' OSU-recruit-creepin' twitter guy from last week? One: if you asked me to draw a composite of all OSU fans it would be him. Two: when you are in photos, keep your head straight.
WHY DOESN'T YOUR NECK WORK, MEDIAN OF ALL OHIO STATE FANS EMBODIED?
Seriously, you should get that checked out or something. Also, thank you for existing.
Better at being in photos than OSU median guy. Jehu Chesson on the track:
"my lethal bodycheck fantasies", "THE LARGE HAIRY ONE", and thanks a child molester for existing. (That last part...really?)
And how does EVERY conference travel less than their opponent? Don't they play each other? It's because they're all playing Big Ten teams in their backyard. We're not just helping the Pac-Ten and SEC, but everybody (with the Big East's help, I'm guessing).
And is that video Channel 2 Detroit, or some other city? Because I don't remember any of those newscasters. Though you're right, I do remember some of the hairstyles on the women.
I remember Mike Redford. I grew up where I could get both Detroit and Lansing Channels. Of course they were a CBS affiliate so they got to use TV2 WJBK Detroit's reporter.
In fact, I was at at this game, a year after I graduated from UM! This was a heartbreaking year losing at home to MN and the team Holtz built! Up until this game everyone thought we were headed for a NC with Harbaugh and Morris!
is the dude at 1:21 of the newscast. Acid-washed denim jacket w/ popped collar, sunglasses, and dead-on looks of a d-bag villain in 80's movie played by William Zabka (i.e., sweep the leg, Johnny). You gotta look fast.
"You know, for a bartender/bookie, you're pretty judgmental."
about the woman with the cigarette, it wasn't too long after that smoking on planes was banned and in 1999 in California smoking was banned in bars and restaurants and it seems like much of the nation has followed suit.
Also, back then in my twenties, I hooked up with many babes with that hairstyle with the bangs over the forehead, made me lmfao.
When you're in the era you don't notice it! Now I look back and go whoa! I had a lot more hair back then, than I do now! Welcome to middle age!
During the early and mid 80s, I never smoked much tobacco! I remember going to Michigan games while in the student section and the kids down one row from me would smoke up a storm! When I left the stadium my clothes smelled like I just left a smoke filled bar!
(which is just as scientific -- i.e., made up -- as DB's) shows that they like to win semi-final playoff games played before a rabid crowd of home fans, and then be further rewarded by playing for a national championship at a warm-weather bowl site.
Any truth to the rumor on how Dave Brandon found out the players prefer warmer climates? I heard Dave Brandon's poll was conducted by showing each individual player a picture of a glacier next to a photo of Kate Upton doing the dougie on a tropical island and asking them to "pick one".
I hate it when people use the phrases "I took an informal
pole" or "from the feedback that I am getting" to support their views. How does that have any credibility?
Sounds like Brandon is trying to give away the UM family store. What is next? Take down the M Club Banner because visiting teams don't have one? Get rid of the winged helmet because recruits like a different look?
What ever happened to the "We need a Michigan Man in charge who knows all about the M tradition?"
DB definitely appears to be basing decisions upon not pissing everyone off instead of what is the best for the program/school/team. He's too worried about being liked by everyone instead of being liked by just those who matter.
It would not be fair to make other teams play in the cold? Fair? As Inigo Montoya said, "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."
Are both teams playing on the same field? Did both teams have the opportunity to earn home field advantage by having a better season and earning a higheer seed? If the answer to these questions is yes, then STFU and bring parkas for when you are on the bench.
Now if one team started the game with 14 points on the scoreboard, or if one team was prohibited from using the forward pass, then you could talk about unfairness. Decisions in a multi-billion-dollar organization should not be based on juvenile notions of fairness.
Everyone needs to stop the fallacy that the games would actually be played outdoors. We act all tough and ask how would those Southerners deal with the cold like we do. But, when given the chance to play the Big Ten Title game outdoors in December, we passed and decided to hold it in a dome.
So lets put aside the absurd fact that Dave Brandon's method of decision is to poll a group of 18-22 year olds about events 5-10 years in the future and concentrate on this: If you win that cold home game, guess what? You get to travel to the warm, sunny bowl game extravaganza anyway! And play for a national championship! Bonus round!!!
And hey, if you're not hosting the semifinal, there's a really good chance you'll be travelling south or southwest to play in a much warmer setting anyway!
Something tells me that the same players who preferred to travel aren't thinking ahead. In the future, they'll look back and think "If only we could have taken LSU at home in 2014, instead of in New Orleans.
But hey, its DB, he's one cool customer that nobody pulls one over on. Probably had to concede this minor detail to ensure the Big Ten champ gets an automatic birth in the playoff, since its only fair our champion has to travel 1000+ miles to play a game in weather they havent seen in 3 months.