in town for free camps
Basketball can still make a monumental turn around this season, but football has left me only with lament for another 8 long months.
I usually don't catch up with hockey until later in the season, closer to CCHA tourny and NCCA's time. They always seem to have lofty expectations, die a bit in the beginning of the season, and get it together toward the end.
I have noticed the pattern of the hockey team to pick it up towards the end so I do hold out a little hope for them. Basketball on the other hand, unless Manny or Deshawn or someone turns into a leader really quickly I don't see this team turning it around.
We use to be bad ass on special teams and scoring goals like in a matter of minutes. Now we look like a college level CBJ team and that is EMBARRASSING. I don't know about you but I'd rather not play like them.
I wish I could give you +2, 1 for your answer and 1 for your icon.
Hockey, IMO. This year is refining what a "lean" year is in Michigan hockey. I am more accustomed to basketball being a disappointment, even if the scale of this year is greater than other disappointments.
Hockey had a preseason top 5 ranking and had made the NCAA tournament 19 straight years.
By all means, the basketball team has been a disappointment. But having a mediocre basketball team is something I'm all too familiar with. Hockey, not so much.
Hand's down. They were ranked #2 nationally and failed to make the NCAA farnarkling tournament.
the crappy basketball season could have at least one blessing in disguise if Belein can get Manny to stick around for another year.
He's among the Big Ten leaders in every statistical category.
Unfortunately, I don't see him coming back.
He doesn't have a left hand yet (He's better at going to his left, but not nearly all the way there). He's wildly inconsistent and has not proven that he can reliably score despite good defense. His jumper still needs work, and I've seen no evidence that he's going to have a reliable shot from 23' 9". So he's not a first rounder in 2010, unless his game takes off over the rest of the season. His hamstring problems seem to be still affecting him, and they won't get better if he starts playing 100 games a year, and 4 games a week, in season, instead of two.
If he comes back, he has a chance to establish himself as an elite player, not merely a very good one, which is what he is now. He can deal with his hamstring problems over the summer and figure out how to prevent them over 35 games, thus preparing himself to prevent them under the much more demanding conditions of professinal basketball. He greatly increases his chances of getting guaranteed money by being a first rounder.
I'm not saying he will stay for his senior year. But he should.
crappy basketball and hockey just make it worse.
I was pretty disappointed with the grilled cheese's effort in its showdown with the taco.
This is not your typical powerhouse Yost energized Wolverines this year. This a team that is struggling against teams that it shouldn't struggle against. The Msu series was frustrating as hell to watch, Ohio State was equally disturbing. Michigan had so many power plays in the Saturday night game yet only managed to get two in for a 2-1 win. Then the night before they looked lethargic and lost 5-3. Rensselaer for god sakes should of been a clinic by us but obviously we didn't come ready to play. Miami leading up to Bowling Green in November was horrid. 0-5. Currently we sit at 7-7 in conference play and 12-10 in overall points. It has not been a top 10 quality year for a school that excels in hockey.
And once again MGoBlog displays it's massive intelligence by coming up with the correct answer to a trick question. + 1 to you all.
Meaning you do care about it?
I've played it for 11 years now counting this season in adult league. I've always had it as my favorite sport but during the fall Michigan football is always the favorite. When it comes to basketball my attention isn't as grabbed as much like in hockey. During the Stanley Cup Playoffs and NCAA tournament I'm glued to my tv because those are the two biggest series of games in my book to watch.
"you said you didn't give a f*** about hockey, I never saw someone say that before..."
T. Hip, "Fireworks"
I'm not counting the hockey team out just yet. They have won three in a row and have shown signs that they could go on a long winning streak. They still have an opportunity to crawl their way back into tournament contention. A sweep this weekend would be a big step in the right direction. Basketball is much more disappointing.
Football. Purdue beat us two years in a row. Has that ever happened?
That wasn't a choice.
Both teams could turn it around with the talent that they have. It seems to me that it's more of a matter of underperforming in both cases. However, I think that hockey has a much better chance of actually doing it, especially if the ultimate consideration is making the tournament, which hockey has a better chance of doing as an at-large than basketball does. So, to directly answer the OP's question, I would have to say that basketball has been more disappointing.
I didn't feel like we had a really good basketball team last year, but rather a team that played well enough to win at key times (Duke, UCLA, Minnesota, Tourney). A similar record with a few flip-flopped results may not have been seen as such a big success. The current team still has shortcomings with respect to size, experience, and depth, so struggling to me is not that big a surprise despite the preseason ranking.
The hockey team seems to have plenty of talent and outplay virtually every opponent only to be unable to penetrate some laser force-field in front of the opposing net. For me that makes the hockey season infinitely more frustrating and disappointing (at least so far).
I think those reasons are exactly why the hockey team has a better chance to turn things around. While frustrating and disappointing, its one of those things that can blow wide open as long as they keep working.
Boys this week would be a huge series win for us. We need every conference win we can get at this point.
As Jesse Jackson likes to say, "Keep hope alive!"
Oh shit, did I just break the rules and make a political post? This thread is out of control!
Also Matt Forte and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.
New Years Day Bowl game. Football is the most disappointing because we started out pretty well and looked to be making progress and then PSU happened and Illinois happened and the dong-punching continued.
I thought eight wins woulds have been a good year. Basketball is in a different league because the Big Ten is a much stronger conference in b-ball than football. The hoops team is still a huge disappointment, but I see them completely differently (that phrase sounds terrible. Can you end a sentence with two adverbs together?).
Period. The End.
I've read the previous 37.
Still, I feel the need to add my vote for emphasis.
It can't be said enough.
...maybe not 38th.
Gotta be hockey. For the first time in years we were looking at a team comprised as a cohesive unit without those huge name players a-la Johnson, Hensick, Hunwick, Tambellini, Montoya, etc. Also, it's been said before but snapping a 19 year Tournament streak is obviously a bigger blow than 1 yr.
Hogan was a seemingly solid returning goalie.
Please provide evidence...
There was no evidence that Hogan was anything near a solid goalie. The only thing we knew for sure is that he'd given up a soft goal in almost every game he'd ever been in.
All of the above except for whoever said football wasn't a choice.
I'd say hockey just because the frozen four is in Detroit this year and I bought tickets last summer.
Since he's an alum who supposedly loves Michigan, I am just dumbfounded by his dislike and irrational behavior towards the Rodriguez program.
Like Colin Cowherd says, everyone is something-"ist" and Rosenberg appears to be culturalist, specifically southern-ist.