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I don't think they changed Les at all actually
national champs baby
Patrick Hruby is doing God's work.
first comment: "EVERY ATHLETE HAS ASPIRATIONS OF WINNING AND WE HAVE OUR FAVORITES BUT IT IS ALWAYS A PLEASURE TO OTHER STUDENTS ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS, TOO!"
stupid Pistons and their refusal to tank properly
rundown of Michigan's riser
needs moar usage
so much for that
This list is completely arbitrary and not a genuine analysis of the relative merits of state fossils.
will be michigan's highest pick in a while
money has to go somewhere
I am only motivated by people who have no opinion about me.
the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
but I thought that draft was supposed to be incredibly loaded?
It's exciting to see your team number one whether it's basketball, lacrosse, beer pong or football. But hey, haters gonna hate.
You always want to be the best and be ranked #1. Yes being ranked #1 at the end is the most important thing and we still have a long way to go before we hit that but when considering the last time that we were ranked #1 during the regular season was the 1992-1993 season, this is a big deal for the program. It really shows the great progression of the program under Beilein and I feel it gives a glimpse to our future.
If you are not trying to be the best team in the country, WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PLAYING FOR? Yeah it doesn't matter AS MUCH in the middle of the season, but I want to be the best, always. Period.
Don't tell me it doesn't matter.
You wanna know what matters?
When the ADept sells special jerseys and gear, you'll see my picture next to the targeted customer crowd. A sheep.....but a Blue one.....
But man, it's still nice to see the program coming together after a decade and a half of irrelevance.
"The Artes, The Scientia, The Veritas."
Didn't you hear that guy? Apparently winning a conference title is totally meaningless! Who knew?
OP, I appreciate your condescension and congratulations on going to graduate school at Duke. I hear it's a decent school.
Clearly, however, this experiencel has not afforded you the capacity for analysis. Is it not important for Dave Brandon's all important "brand" to lead the nation? Does this not impact recruiting and long term success?
Jeebus, stop drunk and/or arrogant posting brah...and leave Coach K alone.
If the haters don't hate you then you're doing something wrong. - David Cone
Did you forget that when UNC & DUKE won there recent titles (2009/2010) both programs were arguably the #1 ranked team going into the tournament?
Did you forget that in 2011 DUKE won the conference championship before winning the title?
If you lived in the triangle long enough you should also know that being called the #1 ranked school is kind of a big deal... helps in recruiting and more importantly it helps the rivalry.
UNC/Duke are great academic institutions and are always contending for a national championship in basketball, but an honest assement (unbiased) is that UNC fans tend to be more knowledgable about there program than Duke fans. Your post is the perfect example why.
what you've just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul....
for me, there isn't an in-between. Either we win tomorrow, and probably automatically become the number 1 team, or we lose, drop a few spots, and have a hard time climbing back up, while Ohio will climb some. So, really, there's no reason winning wouldn't be good.
So it goes.
Wow. You really suck at life.
In 1989 the state of Michigan became the center of the basketball universe. Michigan won the national title in March and the Pistons won the NBA title in June. A couple years later a phenomenon came to Ann Arbor that affected a generation both in terms of their attachment to baskebtall and culturally. White suburban kids who loved Michigan were being shaped by a group of college students from the city (Chicago and Detroit mostly). We didn't know or think anything of it, we loved basketball the way they did. Those kids saw that group become the number 1 team in the country.
Ten years later, when that generation who watched the Fab 5 was college age those freshmen became indicted in a scandal that was called one of the worst in history. For a couple year we couldn't even go to the tournament. It hurt when those banners came down. To make matters worse, we became so paranoid about cheating that instead of being Michigan we tried ot become Duke. But, every year, in the back of our heads, we thought; we remembered, that it only took one class to get Michigan Basketball where it belonged. Every year we waited, knowing it could happen, that it should happen.
Beilien, first with Manny and then with Novak, showed us that we could be respectable. We could compete agaist the best, but it didn't feel like it should. We were still the underdog upsetting someone better, a team being dragged down by its past rather than one that reveled in it. This team is something that people born in the mid-80s have been waiting for. Being number 1 in the country means something. Beating our major rival on the road to do it is even more meaningful.
It's been too long.
I remember what it was like in the building.
Maybe the arrogance associated with Coach K and Duke clouded the OPs head.
"It's the only place to get the inside story on Wolverine football, so blee bluhh tahh!" - Bo
I have a Fandom Endurance III merit badge
1. School record
2. First place in Big Ten
3. Number one ranking
MOST IMPORTANT. Beating those worthless fuck nuts and shutting up an entire state of morons
Did you really say fcuk nuts? As if tO$U or suckeyes wasn't to your liking?
"If you're not first, you're last!"
Tell Tim Hardaway that #1 doesn't matter:
Come on man... are you really going to believe Tim Hardaway over singler makes beachballs?
Yes I got him a gift. He had a kidney stone. You piss a rock through your pecker, you deserve more than just a pat on the fucking back.
Your OP sounded more braggy than anything else, which hurts your credibility. I didn't read all of these comments, so sorry if this has been said:
Horse Shit. Take your dookie ass and go, it matters to me. Especially the Big Ten titles. We get banners for those, and they look nice.
This Opost was hilarious.
*He actually is kinda right - the #1 seed in January means little.
CoE Class of 2007
Son, don't do this to yourself. It's not going to end well.
Kyle Singler's career.
Football is both an identity and a terminal illness. A rhythm and a chaos and an opiate for the mind all at once.
-Johnny Danbury (umichedme.blogspot.com)
making a final 4 and winning the national championship matter when you have a child with leukemia? Fuck no. It's all relative my friend, and being #1 matters for a lot of people, and some people don't give a shit. It's a positive thing for the university and many people gain happiness from this, so yeah, it does matter.
You're right. I'm not watching basketball again until March.
CI have to agree with everything he says actually...because as a Michigan fan, i have a great deal of respect for Duke...in summation:
1 - 1 seeds have no higher chance of winning than other seeds. Hell, I like the number 7, so hopefully that's our seed.
2 - The middle of the season is as irrelevant as the start! I don't even watch!
3 - No team has ever gone undefeated and it's actually impossible to, and we will lose on the road so it's best to not even care.
4 - B1G championship? Psh! Irrelevant, they dont even give banners for those, and in this part of the country noone even cares about conference play/record.
5 - Conference tournaments are irrelevant! We already played those teams anyways, and the team doesn't even get a trophy or the experience of cutting down the net.
6 - Heck we could be the worst in the country at this point! As long as we eek in the tourney, all that matters is March.
To summarize that summation, I thought Laettner was an overrated p*ssy.
Earning the #1 spot is huge not in the grand scheme of the season, but in what it means to this Michigan fan. It is a big middle finger to those that thought that Michigan basketball could not rise above the ashes. It's a Nelson Muntz-esque "Ha-Ha!" to the folks in E.L. that not only suffer from severe short term memory in regards to Michigan's success as a basketball program, but also reaped the benefits from it's downfall, and is now ironically enough, being force fed it's share fare of humble pie.
Also, how poetic would it be to go down into the heart of Michigan's biggest rival, where they haven't won in a decade and win to ascend the the #1 spot? That would be friggin awesome.
Really what i mean c mon man
Of course being #1 matters. I want us to be #1 so it matters greatly.
All in for some manball.
when you are number 1, you get to go around, holding up your index finger, and say "we're number one" at the top of your lungs, and it is TRUE.
also, wtf with the "edit" ?
I am not really Coach Schiano. -Coach Schiano on Mgoblog
Attending Duke tarnishes your soul.
The swag is back.
So if not having a number one seed doesn't matter (point #1) would you rather be #6 come tourny time and have a harder path to the final four? I'm sure Mizzou and Duke would have loved a number one seed and not have to play Norfolk State and Lehigh last year....
Hello Charles Woodson, now give me the ball on offense. - Brent Musburger
Thanks for putting that in. The rest? not so much.
Go Blue! Lets beat those guys today!
M grad and Duke grad* here too. For a program like Duke being number 1 in the middle of the season means nothing. For a program like Michigan, it means a ton. Just like it meant a ton for ND to be #1 in football for a few weeks. Yes, a national title would have meant more, but being #1 meant something to them. Your points make sense for a team like Duke that has had the kind of success they have had over the last two decades, but it doesn't apply to Michigan. All of our expectations have been raised and we all want a National Title this year...but lets not get carried away. A #1 ranking in January is hella meaningful to this program. Lets go get it!
The 4 biggest games Michigan will (could) play this year are as follows: Tourney game to get into the final four, the final four, the title game, and today at OSU. Only one of those games is promised.
* I HATE Duke hoops
Being #1 is relevant, especailly to all those people who bought those giant #1 foam fingers. They can finally pull them out from the back of the closet and wear them again.
Wait a minute. I just noticed your handle. Are you a Duke fan? That would explain your post that much more.
To each their own...and I truly mean that. I don't want to judge you, but I will never understand how someone can go to undergrad at a school with a legit athletic department, and then go to grad school somewhere else and become a true fan of that athletic department. I mean, I get it if you went to a small liberal arts school and then landed at Duke...knock yourself out and become a Duke fan. But I went to grad school at Duke with UVA and Texas grads that became Duke hoops fans. I just don't get it.
If your point is that being #1 mid season is an imperfect predictor for the absolute final result of the season, then... yup. This is no grand revelation.
If your point is that we, as M fans, should only care about the absolute final result of the season and discount all else, then "Cool story, bro."
They play the games for a reason. You don't wait until the final minute of a game to tune in, and you don't wait until the National Championship game to start paying attention, correct? I'll assume so. So, why tune in? Why care? Answer: it's more fun when it matters. Have fun.
Most bagel places give you 13 instead of 12. Maybe Coach K was hip to this common practice? Also, let's try: "sesame," "cinnamon," and "apparently."
Polonium 210 is the new dilithium.
Like to see the #1 next to the Block M, so it matters to me. If you're telling me that being #1 in January doesn't automatically equal a national title, thank you for imparting that pearl. My follow up question relates to the stock market. I own shares of a company that is up 27% YTD. I always assumed that guaranteed me at least a 27% return at the end of the year. Can you help me out with any holes in this logic ? Thanks in advance...I'll hang up and listen.
It matters as a fan to be able to say, Michigan and #1 in the same sentence. Why? When is the last time you could say that phrase in basketball of football? Its been far too long. Living in Ohio I'm tired of the in-state in-breds being able to use the program I happen to love as fodder to made fun of. These fair weather fans in Ohio don't even care about their basketball team right now, but if they beat Michigan they sure will.
It's a great thing as a fan to be able to hold our head high and say our team is #1. As for the team itself it's important right now, as long as they are on their unbeaten streak it continues to build confidence and makes them believe that they truly are unbeatable.
Lastly as someone else pointed out, being a #1 seed greatly inhances their likliehood of winning the National Championship. That's good enough for me to want to be #1. Getting tired of seeing these threads/posts wherein said Michigan fan is trying to ease the pain of losing today. I believe we won't lose!!!
So, a Michigan grad and 4 years at Duke. I am guessing, then, that you are getting your PhD from Duke. Know that you are going to have a lot of difficulties in your career if you display this level of pomposity and lack of self-awareness to your peers in that arena.
Um, if he has a PHD from Duke, I think he'll be all right.
From a marketing prospective, being #1 in the polls means a lot. More exposure on TV and the internets (not that Michigan has been lacking exposure this season). Dave Brandon is excited.
For the record, I think sesame bagels are fu**ing exciting bagels.
...but didn't U-M used to have a banner hanging in Crisler for being No. 1 in the final AP and/or UPI poll? I believe it may have been from the 1965 season.
"[T]here were a lot of people predicting glorious heights for Rich; mostly the same people who are predicting doom and gloom [for Hoke]. Excuse me if I doubt their prognostication skills." -- M-Wolverine
"A michigan #1 midseason rankings really does not matter. Seriously. This is not college football where only the 1 gets to play the 2."
At least for the AP Poll, the last time we were #1 at any point in this poll, if I am reading their data right, was the 1992-1993 season. So, for those who have almost literally been waiting about 20 years to see #1 next to "Michigan" in a major poll (could not find organized Coaches' data admittedly), this is a considerable psychological boost and a significant benchmark in the program's progress. I don't think you can say that it doesn't matter, at least not to the fanbase, especially after spending some of the intervening years, as we did, not even sniffing these rankings.
If you're talking from the perspective of there being plenty of basketball left, combined probabilities of independent events (i.e., wins) and the like, then ranking doesn't matter quite so much, but even then, our projected chances of being a #1 seed as of right now would not be insigificant (about 15%, in some projections, which is nice to think about with a considerable chunk of the conference schedule left) right now based on a few models.
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Number one only matters in March. See ya there
"I think Hoke has changed the tide on the rivalry. Hell people in Ohio are starting to believe him. Never in a million years I would have thought that. Selling Michigan jerseys is a good start."