Hockey pet peeve: "when a teammate tips a puck in on you, which is exactly how my first collegiate goal against happened. Thanks, Copper."
|13 hours 20 min ago||2004 Minnesota||
Tyler Ecker screaming down the sideline FTW.
Obvious: Kansas, GTFOMC, 97 Ohio St etc etc
|22 hours 35 min ago||No||
Because B miraculously turned the worst defense in Michigan football history into a semi-competent unit B is good.
|23 hours 1 min ago||Clark Griswold:||
Obvious troll is obvious...and Inappropriately angry.
|23 hours 10 min ago||I've been trying to figure out||
I've been trying to figure out if Clark is a buckeye or sparty troll. My gut is telling me sparty. You can feel the undertone of self loathing...Buckeyes have the same hatred, but you can tell that deep down they think they're awesome, missing teeth and multi-role family members or not. Definitely sparty.
|1 day 3 min ago||This just boggles the mind||
3 and 5 win seasons are pretty extreme circumstances. You don't fire a guy without letting his recruits mature. Especially when that coach nearly equalled the win total of his predecessor in his first year. Frankly Your post causes me to question your intelligence. There, I said it.
|1 day 3 hours ago||No problem||
You're looking at this
|1 day 4 hours ago||While I agree with your general tone||
Basketball is much, much more disruptive to studies than football.
|1 day 12 hours ago||You probably should||
If you're strictly looking at the economics of it(and not so much worried about supporting the program) season tickets probably don't make a lot of sense. It's basically a guarantee. If you're willing to spend some time on the internet(and vary seat location), you can probably beat that mgoblue price, even in good years. If you're willing to wait till kickoff, you can get those seats for pennies on the dollar. You're buying security.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Wow||
Season tickets for $414? That's approaching reasonable. I'm not a (football) season ticket guy. What is the current price point for minimum donation + cost of tickets?
|1 day 13 hours ago||I see this as a good thing||
Prices and mandatory donations were getting out of hand. At current prices, supply exceeds demand. Hopefully they notice this and scale things back a tad.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Meh||
Complaining about empty seats is pretty dumb until they're...like...actually empty. Am I the only one that sees 8,000 fewer disinterested students as a net gain? It's not brain surgery, the U will email deals until they sell out(look at basketball $5 promotions, they still pop up despite all the success). Football will still be profitable. The stadium will still have 100k plus, and the world will go on.
|2 days 7 hours ago||I see your point||
But Irvin didn't do any of those things last year either, and he still shot .425
|2 days 8 hours ago||Somebody break the news to Dakich||
Looks like his number change might be short-lived.
Either that, or this is just an elaborate ruse to get Izzo to take a Division III kid(Izzo has been poaching our plan b and c kids quite a bit lately).
In all seriousness, 45% is 45% is 45%. If one's belief(obviously not mine) is that perimeter defense doesn't affect 3pt percentage all that much, this becomes even more of a no-brainer.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Dyslexic pseudojournalist probably saw this photo||
My kids approve, for what it's worth.
|2 days 13 hours ago||You missed my point||
I am saying that it is not accurate. And that repeating the meme can do nothing but lend credibility to it, potentially hurting recruiting. And no, things don't have to be true to be used against you by integrity-challenged weasel coaches in ohio.
Hoke is probably a bad year away from being on the hot seat. This also happens to describe about 90% of coaches in revenue generating sports.
|2 days 14 hours ago||I don't so much have a problem with this post||
But I think this has almost become a meme similar to "Craig James killed 5 hookers". The Brady Hoke Hotseat meme. We all know the dude's job is safe(despite what several reactionary/hyperimpatient idiots are trying so damned hard to make you believe). Even bringing this up is promulgating the meme.
I move for swift and harsh punishment for those who would bring this up in the future(at least until the guy has a losing season).
|3 days 8 hours ago||Every year there are question marks||
But I dare say there are fewer of those than there have been for the better part of a decade. I don't think "business as usual" (beating ND and splitting OSU/MSU) is an unreasonable goal.
|4 days 10 min ago||Is that game any good?||
I've downloaded it, but never took the time to play.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Not sure whether this belongs her or in the BBQ thread||
But Steve Wiltfong(247) says that Michigan leads for Marcus Lewis.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Glad I didn't buy that T-Wolves||
Glad I didn't buy that T-Wolves jersey for my kids. Hope he keeps that chip on his shoulder. Still hope to see him in the states.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I would grade out Hoke's 3 years as||
#1. Somewhat miraculous
#2. Somewhat disappointing(but understandable)
and #3. Disappointing(but understandable)
The rise of sparty makes you want to be all reactionary and call #3 embarrassing, but it is what it is. I miss Andrew Maxwell.
|5 days 35 min ago||Bizarro world||
It feels so bizarre that I can't take beating state for a recruit for granted. Looking forward to the day when the "what just happened in sports will always happen" shifts back to the brighter side of the force.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No Manny or Deshawn?||
That's too bad. Still shaking my head wondering why Peedi isn't in the league.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Let me address some of your issues||
Your complaints fall under several different headings. The first of which, Petty, covers the noodle, skywriting, seat cushions, and Buttercup. If these things are really important to you, you've got bigger issues than I can address in this forum, though a little Xanax might help.
The second heading would be First World Problems, namely student seating, student pampering, etc. I kid you not, there were kids complaining that they couldn't cheer because they were too far from the field and everyone else was too busy texting. And this was justification for giving students MORE benefits? The sense of entitlement is staggering here. You are not God's special snowflake Timmy. Take your ridiculously underpriced student tickets or don't, but shut your spoiled mouth.
The third, Out Of His Control, comprises the B1G scheduling. Brandon didn't schedule All the decent games on the road this year. He had no say in the matter. I tend to believe most of the issues with selling season tickets stem from this fact(as well as somewhat disappointing football performance over the last two years). Acting like this is Brandon's fault reduces your credibility and weakens your argument.
Oh...and the band didn't go to Jerryworld? That's news to me. Oh wait they did. So you're complaining that you ALMOST had something to complain about. Seems legit.
Actual rational complaints: unjustified price increases, stadium rental ads. I don't like this either. Renting out the stadium feels...commercial. Like renting out a church. And the price increases are painful. I go to fewer games because of it, and while I respect people who support the program with season tickets and seat licenses, it doesn't make sense to me economically, and hasn't for years. For people getting priced out of their lifestyle...yeah, that sucks and I'm not going to try to justify it.
Finally, let me just say, when I read, "God dude, wipe your mouth off already." It makes me think that you're probably not a very good person. It also makes me think that you're probably not all that intelligent. Further, it makes me wonder if you have any knowledge of the concept of irony or indeed hypocrisy. You may want to look into that.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Downvoted||
For the title. And the repetition. And the Backstreet Boys reference.
May God have mercy on your soul.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||That would make more sense||
If this thread didn't have more upvotes than everything else on the front page(Diaries and Board Posts) combined.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||How many kids do you have?||
I've got a pair of two year olds, and raising 4(on any timetable) successfully seems pretty exceptional to me.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Yeah||
I'm sure firing Dunn, Mahoney, and Jackson all at once was 100% Beilein's idea.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||Let's revisit that again||
At the end of the year. Call me optimistic, but I think this is the year the rubber hits the road. Hoke has brought in some very talented players who are just now reaching maturity.
Also...he's been there 3 years. Whose recruits were he supposed to have used?
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||And I would be more sympathetic to your argument||
Had I not stood helplessly as the hypothetical post-nuclear moonscape doomsday twisted hellish alternate universe unfolded before my weeping eyes.
holy freeking balls, dude
I've learned not to take anything for granted.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||I'll admit this||
Borges is a MAC level OC. But he was a guy that Hoke trusted. And he was able to fake competency enough for a year for Michigan to win 11 games. Stop for a moment and consider where another 3 win transition year would have left Michigan football. Don't think it couldn't have happened.
|3 weeks 19 hours ago||How so?||
Where exactly is the bias, and which facts have been twisted?
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Maybe this is the time to milk the cow||
There is reason to believe that the current model for revenue sports is about to end. Maybe Brandon is positioning Michigan to succeed in the brave new world to come. Is it possible that funds for the facilities that Brandon is upgrading like gangbusters could dry up in the future? I don't know. I think there is a very real possibility that he might have a better grasp on the situation than we do.
As far as the price increases go...Yeah. Premium basketball games at $60 minimum is pretty ridiculous. But when it comes down to it, I'd rather watch them win on 70 inches of LED than watch them lose in Crisler.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||In truth||
In truth Beilein's staff has changed considerably(from when the heat was on). It has been a VERY positive change. And I tend to believe that turning over his entire staff probably wasn't Beilein's idea.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||People point to App St like it was the low point||
Like it was the low point of the program. You're forgetting that it was widely regarded as one of the biggest upsets in the history of sports. At least it was an upset. In the two(three?) years after Carr stepped down, App St. would have been favored.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||Dear James and LB||
Please don't encourage him. What did you think the answer was going to be? Might as well ask Rush about today's health care system.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||How can you screw up something so easy?||
You've got two classic colors that look great together. Why make everything all cluttered and grafix-ish like it came off the clearance rack at Kohls? My 1980's trapper keeper just called, it wants its general level of tackiness back.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||This reminds me of the old how would you fix Detroit joke.||
But "I'd call in an air strike" makes for a better punch line.
In all seriousness though, I hope they get everyone out...and that it blows up soon after that *looks around for ATF*
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Congratulations||
You have failed today's IQ test. Thank you for playing. It takes a special kind of fan to actively participate in sabotaging his own team. Never mind that absolutely no one close to the program thinks that Hoke is in danger of being fired this year. Thanks for throwing this misinformation back out there, just in case the recruits might have missed it the first time. Gold star for you. Paint chips sure are tasty, no?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure if serious||
In the context of the program's slide, a season like that would merit a lifetime extension. I'm not saying it wont happen, but it's definitely a best case scenario.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Dundee/Milan||
They're still almost giving away houses just South of AA. Very little crime(unlike Ypsi) and you can get most places quicker than rural AA just by jumping on '23.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He knew what he had to do to help the team win.||
And he did it without question. He so often took the opposing team's best player off of his game through sheer will. It's no coincidence that his 4 years produced some of the greatest moments in Michigan Basketball history. He will be missed.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Maybe the second most Beilein thing ever.||
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Shannon brown in 2006 was the last||
He went #26
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Canadian Nik Stauskas looking at 2.3 million a year at #8||
Consensus 5* Gary Harris/Adrein Payne outside the lottery, looking at something like half that #theBeileindifference
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||I hold a degree from Michigan||
And I've been binge-watching Veronica Mars for the last week.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Too soon, man||
It will always be too soon.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Tom Brady||
The guy has shown he can lead a team without receivers, backs, etc.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||This guy has no credibility whatsoever||
Izzo at #4 with...Draymond Green? And Shannon Brown like a decade ago? You're better off going to Lehigh or Murray St.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
But all those elite players who wind up going to Kentucky have Michigan higher on the list, and that tells you something.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Javon Bess part 2||
Izzo has been moving on several guys not quite impressive enough for a Michigan offer. I don't know where all the MSU optimism is coming from. Izzo is returning (on paper) http://mgoblog.com/diaries/tom-izzo-and-more-less-fallacy his worst team ever. If they think Michigan dominated them for the last four years(6 out of 9), wait till they see the next four.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||PS4||
With all the crap Microsoft tried to pull(Mandatory Live Subscription, mandatory active internet connection, mandatory $100 Kinect premium, Used Game Prohibition) I flat out don't trust them, even if they did change a lot of those policies.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Best one I've seen yet||
Although I cannot Imagine how you overlooked MSU as Theon Greyjoy. He was brought up as one of the Stark family, but could only stew in his inferiority complex(drowning his self-loathing in easy women and drink) before ultimately taking Winterfell(B1G Championship). Now he just doesn't have the men to hold it. Very much looking forward to the castration scene.
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||Well...||
|9 weeks 2 hours ago||Well...||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||What's the money like in soccer?||
I have to admit that soccer previews are about as interesting to me as my fantasy football scores are to you, but what kind of bank are we talking about? How do their salaries compare to the NFL? (I picked them because I think hey probably employ he most professional athletes)
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||I used the "fired" metaphor||
But is a deeply flawed one. We are talking about a seizure of property. A seizure that is occurring in the absence of a crime or any admissible wrongdoing. You talk about the NBA "losing profits" but you fail to realize that they are HIS profits. Someone said that he might have lost 10% of his profits when their sponsors pulled out. They're still raking in money, that argument just doesn't hold water. What percentage of that does the NBA even get?
I am curious about who is paying Blake Griffin's salary in the interim. They can really just seize his business and spend his money as they see fit?
|13 weeks 10 hours ago||I am going to guess||
I am going to guess that it protects against prosecution for beliefs too. The difference being that while we may not agree with Judaic beliefs, we at least respect them. That is not the case with Mr. Sterling. But who decides which beliefs we are going to protect? Do we appoint a Ministry of Religion? Maybe a catch all Ministry of beliefs to decide for us? Just so we're clear, are we going to force the thought criminals into re-education camps, or just disappear them?
|13 weeks 12 hours ago||So let's say I own a restaurant||
Unwittingly I move to an anti-Semite neighborhood. Business has really slowed since the local patrons found out that the majority of my staff is Jewish. My establishment is suffering because of the local perception of my staff's beliefs. So you're saying that if I fire them, they don't have a case for wrongful termination?
|13 weeks 14 hours ago||An association can make all the rules in the world||
They can be spelled out to a T. They could demand in writing that all owners wear red polka dots on alternating Tuesdays. But if those rules infringe on a person's pursuit of life, liberty and happiness they will be overturned in a heartbeat. You cannot punish a person for what they think. There is not a chance that this holds up in court. God help us all if it does.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I don't like Sterling||
I don't feel even a little bit bad for him. But I really don't like where we're heading here. This is straight out of 1984. Thought police. He didn't violate anyone's rights .
You cannot punish a person for what they think,
no matter how vile you find those thoughts.
Do you have any friends? Do you ever "give them the business"? Are any of your friends black? I can tell you that I have said(in fun) some vile, vile things to black/hispanic/asian friends in response to some vile, vile things they have said about people of my race/occupation/upbringing. Those were some of the largest belly laughs we've had. Now what if that bar had been wiretapped.
All that surprise and relief we shared because we could laugh about this stuff...That gets taken out of context, we could find ourselves out of a job and ostrasized. How would you like it if everyone who had an axe to grind with you wiretapped your home, your locker room, the bar you hang out at? That is the precedent we're looking at.
People should and CAN only be judged by what they do. Just as an example...I can think of at least one couple of importance in this country who...Let's say it's not very hard to find evidence that they don't think much of white people. Let's say that these people were long time followers of a known bigot. That said bigot married them and baptized their children. Should that couple be removed from their place of importance because of how we interpret what they think? Can we?
The answer is no. I am no lawyer, but common sense tells me the guy is going to sue the NBA and win. He'll probably fire the payroll department and declare that everyone in the organization be paid by personal check signed "Donald Sterling, your Daddy".
The NBA probably had to do what they did as a PR move so the players wouldn't strike and the media can just blame the Legal System when they give him his team and privelidges back. People seem to think the guy is an "employee" of the NBA, and that he can be fired. Thing is, its his team. He owns it. This is more like getting evicted by your homeowner's association. I'm pretty sure if he wants to run the team back into the ground that's his perogative.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah...||
I'm rather doubting you will ever again hear that about Max again either. Trey was unguardable. I cannot recall another Michigan player who fit that bill.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Max is a pretty decent defender and rebounder||
I remember he had a nice game against Illinois(last year). He just seems to lack confidence in his bunnies and put-backs(this year). I guess he hits a lot of 3's in practice. I'd just like him to get comfortable around the basket, maybe work on rolling hard to the basket and finishing. Short Graham Brown is what we need from him, and he may be able to deliver.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Hell of a lawsuit opportunity||
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Some dude||
Some dude said Mitch told some girls he knows that Mitch said he's going to declare for the draft mid-week. Some other dude said Mitch wasn't there for his psych final. Some other people excited to see Mitch enjoying Ann Arbor night life...The last of which I took as a good sign. All you hear from Nik and GR3 is who they are training with and how they are preparing...Mitch doesn't seem like the kind of guy who would just pee away a semester of work for no reason...But who knows.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||One thing is for sure||
If I hear one more brain-dead 12 year old spouting off that "1 More back injury and his career is over" I am going to vomit. Dumbest thing I have ever heard. If you can help an NBA team win, you're going to make a roster. Period. A second round pick is basically a camp invite(and usually a ticket to the DL). And as a worst case scenario, there will be one of those waiting for Mitch whenever he gets out no matter how many procedures he undergoes.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Anthony Wright||
Anthony Wright thinks he is gone. Does Ant even talk with Mitch? Good question.
|15 weeks 6 hours ago||The thing with Mitch||
All the secrecy about his back is pointless. NBA GM's are going to want to see X-Rays and medical reports before they draft him.
Whenever Mitch jumps, where he goes will be determined by A. What he has shown(an excellent tournament) vs. B. health risk factor(which we wont know but NBA GM's will.)
The argument for staying is that you can boost A substantially. We don't(and wont) have a value for B unless things go very very badly.
Things going very very badly is the argument for going.
|15 weeks 12 hours ago||Johnny beat em to it by a quarter century|
|15 weeks 3 days ago||If Harris goes pro||
I'm willing to go double or nothing with my current mgopoints that MSU misses the tourney. Any takers? Mods: can we make this happen?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Tell you what||
Bookmark this page, and we'll re-visit in March.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I'd guess||
Roughly the same as this past year. But when the idiot press recycles the old "Michigan can't match their frontcourt"(assuming Mitch is gone) they'll probably be right.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Sam Webb says they're all gone||
You read behind the lines on umhoops he thinks they're all out
|15 weeks 3 days ago||This would've made a lot of sense last year||
But Deshawn Sims hasn't been able to crack a regular season roster. I can't think of a single thing GR3 can do better than Deshawn. He could've cashed in last year, but without some development(and without a guaranteed contract) he is at a great risk of washing out and ending up in Europe.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||247 guy||
247 guy said we were likely going to add another 2014 wing. Wonder if this is the guy.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Horford was a decent offensive option||
But the article makes hi sound quite a bit like the ex who hacked Denard's twitter.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah...||
You watch the video...Those put backs all have one thing in common. #15 standing around not boxing out. I didn't want to say anything but that was the difference in the game. Wish the officials hadn't kept JMo on the bench.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||If Mitch comes back||
If Mitch comes back Horford's departure really won't matter. Last week Mitch said he wasn't "ready to compete on that next level" yet. That may be referencing his injury(in which case he wasn't ready to compete at THIS level) but it makes me think we might be alright here.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Well...||
People who COMMENT on her twitter as if they know her are indeed a little different...But seriously, you're on a Michigan blog. How much time do you spend here? People start public twitter accounts to see how many followers they can snag. Otherwise they'd keep them private(and some people have both). You don't think Brian(or someone on the staff) has been monitoring friends and family twitter accounts?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Blurb on USA today||
Slightly encouraging article in USA today. States that last week McGary said, "Last week he said he's not ready to play on that "next level."
Would love to have Mitch back in blue. Thoughts?
|15 weeks 6 days ago||*bites tongue no politics*||
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Someone on umhoops||
Someone on umhoops forum says big Max is transferring too. This is the very definition of unsubstantiated rumor, but...Yeah. We could see a real youth movement inside.
|16 weeks 5 hours ago||Well...||
We could just badger JMo tomorrow until he gives us the inside scoop. He'll be at David Merit's sore on South U.
|16 weeks 6 hours ago||Judging from his sister's tweet||
He has been considering this at least since the 30'th. I guess Jon's trainer said he wasn't thrilled with Jon's playing time. Lots of possibilities now. Does Booker stick with Kentucky if Calipari leaves? Does Beilein take another late bloomer?
|16 weeks 6 hours ago||What makes you think||
What makes you think it was JB's decision? It seems unlikely...but could that mean that JB thinks EVERYONE is coming back? Because if your premise is true, that's really the only thing that makes sense.
|16 weeks 6 hours ago||Horford's sister||
Horford's sister tweeted out something like "I hope you'll root for John what ever colors he is wearing next year" like a week ago, so I'm not that surprised. I wish him well, but I don't know if his existential angst was ever going to provide the necessary motivation to eat, lift,(box out) and battle at this level.
|16 weeks 7 hours ago||I don't get it||
Mostly he makes me think of Kentucky putback dunks. That makes me think about Jmo officiating anger. Then I think about chocolate cake. Always with ice cream. French Vanilla.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Yeah I don't get that||
"Pay no attention to what I am about to say" raises some questions about your motivations for tweeting
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||Fairly standard||
I don't think you can read much into this. There are many, many tea leaves in twitter that suggest Nik is gone. But you don't know until you know.
|16 weeks 8 hours ago||It's tough to say||
If this really is his first time playing organized ball, it's tough to say what he could become. He'll be a project wherever he goes, but I certainly wouldn't declare a ceiling for the young man.
|16 weeks 9 hours ago||I guess he had never played basketball before||
He wants to be a biochemist...What do you think? He's a junior and relatively unknown to the recruiting sites. Is he earmarked for Auburn? Could Bacari and Sanderson turn him into Shaq? You can't teach 7'5".
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||You may be right||
But I don't really see the benefit in you spelling it out.
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||Did you even read my post?||
"The idea that they don't play defense in the NBA is one of the single worst sports myths that exists. It's totally embarrassing every time someone pushes this tripe"
First off, a cursory glance at statistics shows the nba's decline in defensive efficiency(points per 100 posessions).
Year Defensive Efficiency Best Team Worst Team
2013 97 109
2012 97 109
2011 95 107
2010 97 110
2009 100 110
2008 99 112
2007 82 96
2006 82 95
2005 84 97
2004 82 96
2003 79 94
2002 81 93
The numbers tell the story. The best defensive team today(97 points per 100 posessions) is less effective than the worst defensive team(95 points per 100) from when Shannon Brown was drafted in 2006.
And yeah, 2010 will go down as one of biggest coaching failures in program history(2010: 4* 5 *(RS 53) First Round ) but they still had a TON of talent on the roster. I believe they gave Izzo B1G coach of the year the next year based entirely on how totally inept he'd been the year before. Looking at next year...there's just nobody left. Do you really think playing Trice for 30 minutes is going to work out? Who is he going to guard?
|16 weeks 13 hours ago||Hatch could very well be JBart part 2||
I don't want to lose Nik, but I really hope Hatch doesn't have to medical. I think he's capable of coming in and being a leader on the bench right now like Josh was. And would anything be sweeter than watching Austin drop a 3 in garbage time at the Breslin? I think not.
|16 weeks 14 hours ago||Interesting article||
Glad he went with JBart's dad(if true). Interesting about the summer snub. I LOL'd when I read he was snubbed for not changing his body in prep for the NBA
They might want to rethink their position. Sounds like the decision burned them pretty good in competition too. Good.
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||That is a fair question||
I think it was the Adreian Payne bit at the slam dunk contest that put this particular itchy sensation behind my eyeballs. Just the huge and widening gap between media perception and reality. Payne is quite the humanitarian. Lord knows a college athlete has never befriended a kid with cancer before.
And yes, the general level of Izzo fellating that goes on in the media has a cumulative effect. I understand that in the past Izzo's teams have exceeded their seed. In the glory days, it worked like this: Non-conference MSU lays an egg. MSU rallies in conference by mugging players on the perimeter, not allowing teams to run conventional offense. Middling seed. Whistles swallowed in tournament, MSU thugball advances over more skilled teams. Rinse and repeat. Fortunately, the game just isn't played that way anymore.
Thing is, the media didn't get that memo. And we get talking heads predicting an MSU championship every year for no other reason than "Izzo is magic". You've got local media proclaiming MSU teams(who haven't done anything) that Michigan has swept as being better for the same reason. It wears on you after a while.
|16 weeks 15 hours ago||Golf and bowling||
Golf and bowling are great sports to play for several reasons:
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Aside from Kansas||
I feel like Michigan has had enough to win the whole thing for the last two years(Some of you scoffed at the idea before the tourney last year, but 5 points is pretty darned close). But aside from Kansas, the ball just hasn't bounced our way. I feel like if McGary stays(a big if) Michigan would have as good a shot as anyone to bring home the hardware. In my opinion it would be Michigan's best shot yet.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Very sad||
Not to thread jack, but I haven't heard anything about Rory in a while(The kid Josh and JMo kind of adopted from Mott)? I haven't heard any updates since Bartlestein graduated and the blog ended.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Ba on senior night||
I remember Ba battling with a heralded OSU(were they ranked#1?) big on senior night(Oden maybe?) and being surprised by his efforts. I think that might have been the game where Courtney missed the dunk that would have saved Amaker's job.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
One is your very attractive fallout shelter-er-concourse(taken before one of MSU's 3 victories unfortunately). Two is a shot of my actual seats at said event. Three was stolen from a Buckeye posting board, entitled "Singing the fight song in the Breslin tunnel". I can remember a shot of Beilein getting interviewed in the same "abandoned warehouse" tunnel post-game, but I just couldn't find it. Hence the theft.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||If I had a dollar||
If I had a dollar for every time a talking head has pointed out that Izzo is "Doing it without NBA talent" I'd buy out the Breslin and pay homeless people to root for the other team. Thing is, they sure look like NBA talent when they get on campus. What happens after that?
Gary Harris is your exception, and he is a great, great basketball player, but his growth under Izzo can best be summed up as "Push off before you shoot and you wont get the ball spiked back into your face". I feel fairly confident that I could have coached Gary Harris to the NBA in two years. Might have been less prone to foul out on the next level too.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry||
I guess what I meant was
LOL *emoticon* Izzo SUX
*photo of sister in a thong*
|16 weeks 6 days ago||"Msu went S16, S16, S16, E8||
"Msu went S16, S16, S16, E8 the last four years" Well no, in Payne's freshman year(one of the most talented teams Izzo has had) they went out in the first round. And seriously, look at the teams they beat to get to the Sweet 16. Before Virginia, they hadn't beaten a ranked team in 4 years of NCAA tournaments. And Alan Anderson is considerably older than Shannon Brown.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I brought that on myself||
I started the little project as a simple analysis of recruiting numbers...But that sparked up the leftover whenstatewasgood hate. People around here expect fair and balanced. They're not going to get that from me when it comes to Izzo(Or anywhere else really).
|16 weeks 6 days ago||That's kind of the point||
Izzo has never had a poor talent year. I dont think he'll do well with it, and if history is any indication I doubt any member of the current team will see a Final 4 in a non-spectator fashion. This was also the point.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Nah||
It's a tad on the controversial side to go into a diary. Obviously if people dont have time to read it they dont have to.
|17 weeks 9 hours ago||Amaker had those two great classes back to back||
(Horton, Les, Graham, Hunter, Courtney, Dion, Petway) but then his recruiting really dropped off. That led to a non-existent bench. If he'd just hit on another of his point guard targets I feel sure he would have broken through. Amaker wasn't great at teaching fundamentals(Watching Michigan's turnovers in the era would surely turn Beilein's hair white) and when Horton was injured or suspended or getting a breather there was just nobody to put in for him.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Does that mean||
Does that mean Dave is paying his salary out of pocket? That would be pretty nice of him.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||On a more interesting note||
Can anyone help me out with twitter emoticons? What does two hands making a field goal post mean? Or the red "100"? Strictly context driven?
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Kind of an odd question||
With Spring Football in high gear, every team is undefeated. How does sadness come into the equation? Every year is a new animal, as evidenced by Lil bro turning a 6-6 embarrassment into a Rose Bowl winner.
I suppose there is Penn State...but even they have to be excited to put more distance between the show and "The Shame".
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Do you work for Mott?||
Really, what is the benefit for having more people at the spring practice? It's a nice little fund raiser for the hospital, but what does it do for the team or the University? It's a nice free event/photo op for families with kids too young(or numerous) to go to a game. Have we really become so entitled that we're complaining about free events now?
|17 weeks 2 days ago||Speaking of which||
Do we think Jacksonville takes another RB in the draft, or is it just Denard's show now?
|17 weeks 3 days ago||A competent defense||
No excuses in year 4.
|17 weeks 4 days ago||You're not entirely wrong||
I was going to put a diary together about how ridiculously loaded MSU's teams have been(in terms of rivals ranking and experience) adding 4 and 5 stars together with years of experience, Izzo averaged over 40(the equivalent of 8 5* freshmen or 6.7 5* sophomores etc. Thing is, Beilein won his first B1G championship with a score of 6 on that scale, and went to the Championship game with a roster with a score of 13. On paper, the current team Beilein has is the most talented he has ever had. If all 3 sophomores leave, on paper next year's team will still be the second rated roster ranking of Beilein's career. MSU however, will return(on paper) the worst roster Izzo has ever had. This is not an exaggeration, even Izzo's NIT teams were loaded with NBA talent.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Negative||
Jabba's palace. I think that's pretty universal.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||More importantly||
MJD no longer a Jaguar. Is this Denard's one chance to dance?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Victory for Michigan||
And for Virginia. 4 overtime injury plagued slugfest for KY/Louisville. Don't really care about the other game.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan grad here||
Most of our baby products(diapers, toys, even-gasp-some Michigan onesies and tops) come from walmart(and amazon). What does that make me? Are my kids walmart wolverines?
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I saw it on a bumper sticker||
Funny with a seed of truth.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I hate to burst your bubble||
But I know a lot of Spartans and a few OU grads. When it comes down to who I'd want to spend time with, or to who I'd trust my children with...This is a small sample size, but the Spartans I've come into contact with don't measure up so well.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I've heard tales of douchebags.||
I guess one of my Co-workers ran into some douchebag Michigan fans in Crisler who asked where he went to school(in the Ellerbe era). Thankfully a lot of the real theater crowd better-than-you fans have moved on and been replaced by younger fans and alumni who actually care if Michigan wins the game.
For me, I'll take a guy who burns his paycheck on tickets and shouts down the opposing offense every day of the week.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not talking about the fans||
I don't even know any. I'm talking about the administration.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Great piece by John||
It stands alone as a great piece of perspective, but it doesn't really touch on the spartan delusions that bring "Walmart Wolverines" to the lips of the RCMB any time Michigan is mentioned.
They want to believe that it is just Michigan fans who think the people MSU graduates are probably a little South of the norm in terms of intelligence and morality. And they have a little point here--you don't want to make fun of MSU academics unless you've gone to a better school (LCC, WCC, etc.) or otherwise done something decent with your life. But truth is there is a "Sparty Stereotype" and its not just held by Michigan fans.
And if they really want to change it, they should probably look at changing their attitudes and actions.(Might help if they stopped reinforcing it on their message boards too)
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Minnesota||
Minnesota has a very shall we say optimistic view of their place in the sporting world. They think that they should be in the national title discussion every year. And they're...Minnesota. As far as I'm concerned if they're dumb enough to fire Glen Mason and Tubby Smith based solely on their delusion then they deserve what they get.
I just feel bad for poor damned Goldy. He doesn't deserve it.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
Because Chris Webber hired Brian Ellerbe, and let Crisler fall to ruin, and made Michigan basketball the red headed stepchild of the athletic department.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||You said it||
And those greasy little half-tat or tots. Drizzled with ketchup. I can literally feel the liver damage, but so worth it...
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I was thinking about throwing this together for MSU||
Assuming that Dawson stays and Harris leaves, on paper this coming year's State team will be the worst (from a rivals ratings and experience standpoint) since the modern era of recruiting sites(turn of the century).
With Izzo reaching for 3* recruits these days, and the NCAA taking steps to weed out thug ball, I don't see much help on the horizon for them either.
If you add up the stars for each year's roster and bump each player up for every year of experience, you come up with a score of 24 for next year. The next lowest would be the 32 and 28 from 2005 and 2006, years where MSU scraped into the tournament .500 in conference and got bounced the first weekend. Those teams were one or two 4* players better. For reference, 2009's final 4 team weighed in at a 51.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Roddy White||
Roddy White should apologize for ruining my fantasy football team. Then he should shut his ignorant mouth and put in the work to be a useful NFL wide receiver instead of the irrelevant decoy bum he was last season.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder how the numbers work out||
I'm sure that Kentucky sends the most freshmen to the pros, but Michigan must be near the front of the pack sending sophomores.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||Standard||
"People will be surprised" is pretty standard drama. I'd still put money on Duke.
|18 weeks 3 days ago||I guess I didn't notice||
Am I wrong in thinking everyone has this problem from time to time? Doesn't seem like it is affecting our turnover numbers...?
|18 weeks 4 days ago||I Believe I've seen||
I believe I've seen Beilein's son exchange tweets with Ace, Dylan, and the maize rage. He recently tweeted a photo he'd taken with a guy in a "subs" t-shirt. I believe the family(and the team) are well acquainted with the meme and the blog.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Stu MF Douglass|
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Our road may be easier now that Texas is in the rear view||
But that's the kind of thing that happens when you win the B1G by 3 games.
|18 weeks 4 days ago||Who are we supposed to root for?||
Who does Michigan match up best amongst KY, Louisville, and W St.?
|18 weeks 5 days ago||Go Blue!!!||
Thrashing Tennessee won't be the same without Stu Douglas's epic dunk, but I'm sure GR3 will think of something...Also...JMo is a giant killer.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Just beat Texas||
Just beat Texas.
|20 weeks 6 hours ago||And you guys didn't want a mascot||
|20 weeks 1 day ago||Have we captioned this yet?||
If not someone seriously needs to bump it to its own thread.
Stauskas: Lieutenant Dan!!!
Walton: That's right, Travis Trice cannot guard a one legged man.
And is that Horford enraptured by the victory of the human will over the oppressive shackles of determinism?
|20 weeks 1 day ago||I must have some pretty low standards||
Because I hit this sale about as hard as the MDen parking lot sale.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Thing is...||
If you invest it, you're not going to lose ALL of it. You bet it, and there is a remote chance you lose it all.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and no||
I though about this too. But even if you could...do you really want to put up 10,000 just to win a near-sure $1,000? You can earn 10% easier(and in most states more legally) just by investing.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Things I can be sure of||
Crean voted for Miles.
|20 weeks 2 days ago||Dan Dakich||
Dan Dakich said he saw Mitch, GR3, and Nik in the NBA next year. I really hope that isn't inside information from his son. Time will tell. Michigan would still have good starters, but the reserves would be somewhat unknown quantities.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||More of a diamond||
More of a diamond in an elite high priced jewelry store.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||GRIV||
That's GR4, nit griv. Ridiculous athlete.
|20 weeks 3 days ago||The guy went after a co-ed||
When your rival coach completely loses his shit I don't think it's too excessive to have a little fun with it. And yes, we may have won the last 6 out of 8, but MSU is still our primary basketball rival.
|20 weeks 4 days ago||Again I say: Guy is losing his mind||
I love 2014
|20 weeks 5 days ago||Thank you JMo||
Thank you JMo. Years from now we'll be talking about you and Trey and Tim and DMo. The guys who brought Michigan back to the top.
|20 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know if||
I don't know if I've seen such a collection of awesome and totally deserved tributes for anyone that I've seen for Jordan the last few days. It tells me two things.
|20 weeks 6 days ago||I'd call it||
I'd call it the Zack Novak award and award it to JMo. I'd consider Jeremy Gallon to be a major contender too.
Edit: I can't believe I didn't think of this. John Navarre.
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||Uh...||
|21 weeks 7 hours ago||Well...||
Wish it said "Michigan" but yeah...If they make the final 4 and they come in toddler sizes, I'll probably buy a couple. 11 and 23 or 11 and 52?
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Till he hurt his shoulder||
And couldn't lift his arms over his head.
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Epke Udoh||
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Don't forget||
Don't forget about Tory Jackson
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Whoops||
I need to lay off the crack. Ingerson probably wasn't anyone's kid. Who was the RB? I vaguely remember a mud bowl against Northwestern....
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Forgot about||
Space cowboy Maurice Taylor(cuz he speaks on the pompetence of love)
|21 weeks 23 hours ago||Daniel Horton||
1. Daniel Horton. Still can't figure out why he came here.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Someone needs to make a sign||
Someone needs to make a sign with Stu, Zack, Zak, Mitch, Spike, and GR3(am I missing someone?) with the caption: No Tom, WE helped ruin your basketball program.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||If Wisconsin loses out I won't care at all||
We just have a couple more losses than Wisconsin, and I want their 2 seed.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||You said it||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Just to elaborate||
Two Big Ten Titles
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Well deserved praise||
When the topic of "Guys Michigan should be proud of" comes up, JMo and Novak are options 1a and 1b.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||I'll feel more confident||
I'll feel more confident in a two seed if Wisconsin loses early in the B1G tournament. They played a weak schedule(Florida vs Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, etc.) but we've got a couple more early season losses.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||LOL||
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Epic||
Epic front page double post. First one ever? You had better not fix this.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I just picture Beilein||
I just picture Beilein letting out an 8 second sigh when he sees this. But I mean, you've got other teams throwing up gang signals, and these guys, it seems like they're celebrating being humongous dorks...literally.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Sports deity||
I pray that you give Michigan health and victory. If you cannot grant both, I will be happy with Health, please and thank you.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||In a word...yes.||
Not sure how I feel about it. But that doesn't really matter. They're 20 year old kids, and it's theirs. It'd be hilarious if my two year old picked this up.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||For my money||
I think he gets taken by the Indiana Fever. I think he's probably sick of coaching all these strange guys and weirdos.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||I guess that helps me to understand why he didn't do the right||
I guess that helps me to understand why he didn't do the right thing. But we've all had tough things happen to us. And at some point you need to take responsibility for your actions, whether you had a screwed up childhood or not.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||It had been a while||
It had been a day or two since I had seen the presser(and I had a bit of trouble finding it) and so the talking points are out of order(The Payne question came first) but if you'll take the time to watch the video I promise you it's all there.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||If you can't say anything nice...||
Here is a picture of a kitten.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Guy is losing his mind||
He looks absolutely geriatric in the commercial. Then you watch his post-Illinois presser. He starts hinting about the rape investigation being a distraction(As a coach who has worked so hard to keep this a secret...why bring it up at all?) They asked why Payne had been so lethargic and he was like "Why don't you go ask him?" Which...wow. Then when they asked him to elaborate he was all like "Don't mess with me right now" and he stares the guy down. I don't know why the guy didn't ask him "What are you going to do?" I mean Izzo is like 3 feet tall pushing retirement age. What is he going to do? He closes up with something like "It's going to be fun now, because I don't care about anything but my team now" which begs the question...What were his priorities before? It's a very interesting watch if you have the time.
|21 weeks 2 days ago||Naming rights seem to be up for sale||
We could try to get a fund together to get an auditorium in the B-school named after Novak. Maybe one in the School of Engineering after JMO. I leave that up to you guys though, I don't have that kind of scratch.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure if it has been covered here||
But I actually gleaned an interesting angle from listening to Sparty radio(karsh and Anderson) this morning. If Michigan doesn't lose to Ohio after that first B1G Championship, Illinois probably doesn't steal Ohio's coach. Ohio's coach doesn't get stolen, Caris probably doesn't put his feelers out there, Michigan probably doesn't go after him. Like it was meant to be or something. Very yin yang.
|21 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know if you've read the report||
But you've got a young lady staing that Keith and Adreian had raped her. You've got Keith saying that their sex was consensual, but that Adreian had raped her. You've got Keith stating that the young lady said "I'm done" while the young lady claims that she said "Stop". You've got a prosecutor who says he cannot go forward because the stories told by the victim and the corroborating defendant DON'T MATCH. I'm willing to accept that the case may not be prosecutable, but I don't really see any way to frame this where the two gentlemen aren't scum balls. Do you?
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Why do we need Kirk Cousins opinion||
Why do we need Kirk Cousins opinion on the subject? I don't really care what the guy thinks, but why does the asshat reporter need to ask that question? So we can alienate and marginalized a minority group? Sounds worthwhile. There is a special place in Hell reserved for popular media. Or there should be.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Not much of a secret|
|21 weeks 6 days ago||No they wont||
And honestly, just because they have two scumballs playing for them now that doesn't excuse what Gibbons probably did. Glass houses and all that, but it doesn't make me feel much better about the situation.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Well...||
Initially I had written a script loosely based on Starship Troopers where JMo battles an invasion force of giant pipe cleaner spiders(Just try to tell me JMo wouldn't make a wicked space marine) but ultimately I decided to go with this instead.
|22 weeks 22 hours ago||Be honest||
How many of you followed me over to RCMB when the site went down? Little fellas were so excited too...
|22 weeks 1 day ago||LOL||
You got a little nervous when Nik landed on his elbow too, eh?
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Totally agree on the maize rage||
If the students sitting away from the court want to text and talk politics lets open those tickets(and the discount) up to people who are going to stand up and shout down the other team's offense. Seriously, maintain your decibel level or you're out. Crisler just isn't that big. This is 2014 and we have the technology.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I want two things in this order||
1. No Injuries
2. Victory for Michigan
I don't care if Michigan wins 39-38 on a bad call in triple overtime. Just give me health and give me victory.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I heard that Dawson really hurt his hand||
I heard that Dawson really hurt his hand knocking out Chuck Norris. This was after outrunning Jadevion Clowney and beating Matt Trannon(now I'm showing my age) in an arm wrestling contest.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Would have been '95 or '96||
My apologies if that was the case. Glad you overcame.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||I was impressed with Beilein's speech as well||
I wouldn't have said inspirational speaches are one of Beilein's strengths, but damn...Coach Beilein talked earlier in the week about coaching to their hearts, and he wasn't kidding. That whole combination had Tom Brady's fingerprints all over it, but Between Beilein and LaVell I was ready to sign my name and write my story. Our coaching staff are becoming superstars before our eyes.
|22 weeks 1 day ago||Doubtful||
I believe that Max's suspension was more of the Mandarich variety.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||IM basketball||
Tai Streets and Darius Taylor(hoops walk ons) were our ringers though. Then they bailed on us in the playoffs and we got smoked.(#coolstorybro)
|22 weeks 2 days ago||MSU's student newspaper||
MSU's student newspaper has outed them several times(some of them redacted). It's not exactly a secret, any more than The Gibbons situation is.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||These are fantastic||
Are you sure you can't .gif Izzo going full Bobby Knight on Russell Byrd? Pretty please?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||I don't want to punish the victim here||
But from what I've read several(all) of the parties involved likely aren't operating at an intellectual level where their testimony would hold a lot of weight in a court of law.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||It's an ugly situation||
But the State news running these articles under the "Vote For Coach Izzo Coach of the Year" banner is some seriously dark humor, intended or not.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Well||
Responding to something like this is a two-edged sword. You could very well be facing litigation from Gibbons if you kick him out without crossing all your T's. It's ugly, but it happens everywhere. I just hope the University didn't encourage the young lady not to press charges. If that were the case, the individual(s) involved would have to be terminated. And the young lady would justly have to be compensated.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||The defense was not basically fine last year||
But each year is an entirely different animal. Player development was a miraculous revelation in the first year of this staff's reign, and has been wholly disappointing in the two years since. Hopefully this is the year that all of those recruiting chickens come to roost. But the coaching transition is still going on, and really will continue for the next couple of years. It's hard to know what to expect, and it's hard to be patient after the success we were used to pre-2007. But that's where we're at, and there's plenty of room for hope if that's the kind of thing you're into. I hope for a rose bowl, but my expectation is 8 regular season wins. I think that's fair, all things considered.
On a side note...Spring practice! You ready for some football?
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Meh||
None of these guys have made it past the sweet 16 yet...What makes them think this year will be different?
I've got a bet with a sparty co-worker that MSU will NOT make the final 4. I feel pretty good about my chances.
|22 weeks 2 days ago||Congrats!||
That's a big baby.