and... i like them? I think I like them.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Too little too late, NCAA.||
Too little too late, NCAA. They still gonna sue yo ass.
|1 day 7 hours ago||+1 Insightful. I loved both,||
I loved both, but I'm not so sure they loved each other.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Oh Canada!||
|1 day 11 hours ago||I know this.||
I know this. But I can still dream, can't I? I hate the NBA.
We're not quite One-and-Done U, but we are Two-and-Thru U. Oh well.
That's become Beilein's niche - Two-and-Thru. He's getting the guys that are not quite good enough to be One-and-Done's, then he develops them to be NBA-ready by the end of their second year. It's worked for him so far . . . 2 Big Ten titles and a bounce away from a third, an NC appearance and a hold-your-breath shot from a second Final Four.
I hope he can keep it up. It's nerve wracking for us fans, but I guess it's better than One-and-Done's.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Oh, goody.||
Yet another upcoming year where everyone gets to remark about how well John Beilein is doing with a depleted roster.
The was a "Far Side" cartoon that showed two lions surveying a heard of zebras. The one lion says to the other "Enough of this weeding out the old and the sick stuff, I want something in its prime."
Enough of watching John Beilein perform miracles with young, skinny, inexperienced players. I want to see him kick asses with some elite players in their prime.
|1 day 14 hours ago||A sick team next year would||
A sick team next year would be a big recruiting boost.
Color me not happy with the NBA kidnapping of our team.
|1 day 14 hours ago||+1,000.||
|1 day 16 hours ago||Will the 6 bowls horse-trade||
Will the 6 bowls horse-trade to try to keep their traditional alliances alive, like the Rose taking an eligible B1G team in the years they are not hosting a semi? I have heard speculation that that something like that may happen.
If not, we could be seeing three, four years in a row where the Rose does not have a B1G team in it. Would be a shame.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I actually learned something.||
I actually learned something. I thought the selection comittee was only going to meet once to pick the top 4 at the end of the season, like the NCAA BB committee, but they are actually going to rate the top 25 every week, starting mid-season.
Also, there is nothing preventing Indy or Detroit from bidding and winning the host of the NC. Chicago would be great, but it's probably limitited to domes in northern cities.
I say put an inflatable roof on the Big House in January and enter the bidding process.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Damn, she must have seen some||
Damn, she must have seen some great Michigan games in her lifetime.
|2 days 13 hours ago||We're like||
We're like "One-and-a-Half-and-Done" U.
Whoo Hoo!! Suck it, Kentucky.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Who says they will have to go||
Who says they will have to go to class?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Looks like there is no||
Looks like there is no passion for College Football at LSU either.
It's a shame. I'll bet they could have some really cool night games there if they cared.
|2 days 15 hours ago||But the Spring Game is their||
But the Spring Game is their Bowl Game.
|2 days 15 hours ago||I worked instead. Threw off||
I worked instead. Threw off my whole routine.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Ohio State sells them on not||
Ohio State sells them on not having to go to classes.
I'm not even joking.
|4 days 10 hours ago||All of a sudden, Notre Dame||
All of a sudden, Notre Dame wants to be a modern program.
Next up . . . a conference. And tats on Touchdown Jesus.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Between fucking Ohio State||
Between fucking Ohio State and Penn State, has there ever been anybody that's emerged so unscathed from NCAA sanctions?
|4 days 10 hours ago||Nah, he goes to every team's||
Nah, he goes to every team's Spring Game.
|4 days 10 hours ago||We should have the damn thing||
We should have the damn thing in May.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Does it help us that we will||
Does it help us that we will be playing on the same turf that we have when we go to ND for the last time?
|4 days 10 hours ago||+ 1 Insightful. It's when||
+ 1 Insightful.
It's when it's time to get help.
|5 days 6 hours ago||Maybe Jalen can hang his||
Maybe Jalen can hang his banner there.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Seriously. If I was a||
Seriously. If I was a recruit, Michigan would be more appealing to me than any of the schools on those lists.
We've been on a sweet ride the last 3 years. Everybody knows about it. We no longer have to beg and explain why we're worth a long hard look. To the winner go the spoils.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Taxes. Blah. Lots of nasty||
Taxes. Blah. Lots of nasty surpises this year.
At least 70's and Sunny!
|6 days 7 hours ago||Me too. He had his own||
Me too. He had his own unique perspective on things.
From last year's Final Four when Syracuse was trash-talking Michigan:
Syracuse senior guard Brandon Triche to the media: "We think we've got mismatches at every position".
Jon Horford's rebuttal: "Brandon Triche is a nice young man. Nice young man. And I would love to have tea with him to discuss matchup issues. Honey always in the tea. Green tea, honey. Every night, and I would love it if he joined me."
|6 days 18 hours ago||Spot on. Eastern PA. It||
Spot on. Eastern PA.
It shows how formative your early years are. Even though I have not lived there for decades, it was able to pinpoint where I was "from".
|6 days 18 hours ago||I had never heard of the term||
I had never heard of the term "Devil's Night" until I went to UM. It's a Detroit thing.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Sign me up, even with that||
Sign me up, even with that "overtime".
|6 days 18 hours ago||Who will replace his||
Who will replace his three-point shooting?
|1 week 9 hours ago||$2.2 million according to the||
$2.2 million according to the above.
|1 week 9 hours ago||Lunardi has the best job in||
Lunardi has the best job in the world.
You only work about 2 months of the year and nobody cares about your work until the last 3 weeks. And you don't even have to be right.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I wish I wasn't so cynical||
I wish I wasn't so cynical when it comes to DB.
So, I read the article and half of me thinks "OK, it's good that he gets input from his customer".
But the other half of me reads the little lectures he gives to the students about Stubhub, and alcohol, and so on, and I think he is just going through the motions because it looks good . . . and he does not actually give a rat's ass about what the students think because he is smarter than them and his mind is made up anyway.
|1 week 19 hours ago||The theme of his life has||
The theme of his life has been to work hard to overcome doubters at every stage of his life. And succeeding at it.
|1 week 19 hours ago||I've been following Michigan||
I've been following Michigan football since the early 80's and Denard is probably the most beloved player I've seen in that time.
Some guys make a big impact but then you kind of forget about them once they leave. But not Denard. Never Denard.
I hope he is one of the faces we perpetually see around campus for years and years to come. He's from Florida, but of Michigan.
|1 week 1 day ago||But in an exhibition game and||
But in an exhibition game and without Wilson and Kaepernick.
Still interesting and entertaining from a curiosity point of view, but nothing at all like seeing a real game that means something with all the key players giving 100%.
|1 week 1 day ago||Whoo Hoo!! The Significant||
The Significant Six. That's even better than the Elite Eight, right?
|1 week 1 day ago||Sad but true. Purdue has won||
Sad but true.
Purdue has won more Big Ten titles than anybody over the last 25 years. But they always fall short in the NCAA's. They would trade those Big Ten titles for NCAA runs like we've had in a minute.
|1 week 1 day ago||+1 for the Underdog||
+1 for the Underdog reference.
|1 week 1 day ago||For better or worse, the NCAA||
For better or worse, the NCAA tournament trumps all. When we look back 10 years from now, last year will be considered a better season for us than this year. 1992 / 1993 stand out more than 1985 / 1986.
That's just the way it is. Those Final Four banners are where your eyes drift when you walk into the arena.
|1 week 2 days ago||I would have thought that||
I would have thought that we'd see more of Duke and Ohio State.
Oh wait, you have to at least win a game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Kentucky never lead for even||
Kentucky never lead for even one second of the game.
|1 week 2 days ago||Just like their basketball||
Just like their basketball team.
|1 week 2 days ago||Calipari makes it all about||
Calipari makes it all about him. If they win it's because of what he did. If they lose it's because of him. No credit to the other team whatsoever
|1 week 2 days ago||WTF??||
Nice. You stay klassy, UConn.
|1 week 2 days ago||You'd have to guess that this||
You'd have to guess that this is probably not his first, nor last, life-altering fuckup.
|1 week 2 days ago||"Dominate" is an interesting||
"Dominate" is an interesting description of whatever it was we did.
|1 week 2 days ago||UConn, the lesser criminal,||
UConn, the lesser criminal, wins.
|1 week 2 days ago||We lost, but we played a good||
We lost, but we played a good game. Nothing to hide,
Nothing like tonight's dumbfest.
|1 week 2 days ago||That was unsightly. I need to||
That was unsightly.
I need to watch a video of last year's NC game to clense my eyes.
|1 week 2 days ago||We are easily one of the top||
We are easily one of the top two teams.
|1 week 2 days ago||UConn is just giving this||
UConn is just giving this away.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good. Get rid of him.||
Good. Get rid of him.
|1 week 2 days ago||That Chris Webber commercial||
That Chris Webber commercial is starting to annoy me as if it was Christian Laettner.
|1 week 2 days ago||Are you new to college||
Are you new to college sports?
|1 week 2 days ago||Love this quote, from a||
Love this quote, from a coach: "Cal probably doesn't have to cheat now as much as he used to, but he's still the standard. The rest of us can't even deal in his league. He's the best."
|1 week 2 days ago||They don't actually have||
They don't actually have clear lanes. They just put their heads down, charge at the defenders, and fling the ball up in the air. They either get a blocking call, or their other athletes get the OREB and they do it again.
If the game is called like a basketball game and not a football game, that strategy does not work so well.
|1 week 2 days ago||I was a Badger on Saturday||
I was a Badger on Saturday night. That didn't work out so well.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes, what was remarkable||
Yes, what was remarkable about the Fab 5 is that they did it against teams of mostly Juniors and Seniors . . . many of whom were NBA-level players who stayed to be Juniors and Seniors.
Kentucky did what it did against teams of mostly Freshmen and Sophomores . . . teams like us.
Not quite the same accomplishment.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'd rather not have a guy who||
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice of where he will attend college based on uniformz.
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice of where he will attend college based on the weather.
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice of where he will attend college based on the party scene.
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice of where he will attend college based on NFL connections.
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice of where he will attend college based on Conference reputations.
I'd rather not have a guy who makes his choice . . . oops, there's nobody left.
|1 week 3 days ago||At least we know we can beat||
At least we know we can beat UConn.
|1 week 3 days ago||But if Kentucky wins, I can||
But if Kentucky wins, I can hear it now: "They were able to do what the Fab Five were never able to do. They are the true 'Best Freshman Team of all Time'. The crown has been passed on to the new Kings, Blah, Blah, Cats, Calipari, Blah, Blah, Blah."
Go UConn. Watch Harrison.
|1 week 3 days ago||Out of millions.||
Out of millions.
|1 week 3 days ago||The OSU students get to be on||
The OSU students get to be on the field and be with the players. It is actually a pretty cool event.
|1 week 4 days ago||Over/Under on Fab Five||
Over/Under on Fab Five comparisons on Monday: 22.
Take the over.
|1 week 4 days ago||The problem is it's also a||
The problem is it's also a huge middle finger to guys like John Beilein.
|1 week 4 days ago||Why we hate Kentucky:". . .||
Why we hate Kentucky:
". . . Randle and the Harrisons shared a rich AAU history. Randle was the prize of the Texas Titans, a Dallas-based club that was funded by Kenny Troutt, a team parent and telecom billionaire; they traveled to tournaments like an NBA team in private planes with deluxe accommodations."
As high school kids. Yeah, I'm sure they are attending classes in backpacks and eating cold pizza for lunch with the other students as One-And-Done's at Kentucky. Those fuckers never even see the inside of a classroom.
All that is wrong with College Basketball.
|1 week 4 days ago||Except when it really counts.||
Except when it really counts.
|1 week 4 days ago||Um, UConn . . . don't let||
Um, UConn . . . don't let him have that shot at the end of the game.
|1 week 4 days ago||We had 2.8 seconds left.||
We had 2.8 seconds left. Wiscy has 5.7 left. It may be the difference.
|1 week 4 days ago||Kentucky, NO!||
|1 week 4 days ago||Does a Kentucky player ever||
Does a Kentucky player ever even see a classroom?
|1 week 4 days ago||Kentucky is starting to like||
Kentucky is starting to look tired on D.
It's not as easy as it is on O where you can just put your head down and toss the ball up.
|1 week 4 days ago||When Wisconsin does not try||
When Wisconsin does not try to make the game 42 - 39, I don't hate them.
|1 week 4 days ago||+1||
|1 week 4 days ago||This is looking a lot like||
This is looking a lot like our game.
|1 week 4 days ago||They're all over Kentucky's||
They're all over Kentucky's knob. I guess it's fair with Kentucky being up by 14.
No, wait. They're down 4?
|1 week 4 days ago||This game is tracking a lot||
This game is tracking a lot like ours against Kentucky. Hold on to your hat.
|1 week 4 days ago||*Sigh* What could have||
What could have been.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, a little bit tougher D||
Yeah, a little bit tougher D inside. Not a ton, but just enough. If the Refs don't foul them out, they'll be able to go toe to toe with Kentucy and will win.
|1 week 4 days ago||Like we were, Wisconsin is on||
Like we were, Wisconsin is on the verge of breaking this open. We conld not finish a few key plays. We'll see how they do. If they get a double digit lead on Kentucky, they'll crack.
|1 week 4 days ago||Kentucky is going to crack.||
Kentucky is going to crack. The Freshmen are going to get frustrated and impatient with Wisconsin's pressure on them.
|1 week 4 days ago||The Refs are doing their best||
The Refs are doing their best to foul Wisconsin out of the game in the first half.
Meanwhile, Kentucky gets away with mugging on the other end.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, me neither. The NIT||
Yeah, me neither. The NIT ended on Thursday.
|1 week 4 days ago||Some perspective please. Of||
Some perspective please. Of course the D is going to look great in the Spring Game. They can just tee off and go after the QB and RB. There's no screens, no DG scrambles, no draws. Nothing to keep them honest.
In a real game, the O will have a lot more weapons than just running straight ahead. Gardner's legs alone will keep a defense honest.
No, we won't be the kind of offense that can just pound straight ahead this year. But we knew that. But that does not mean the O will not be able to move the ball.
I like the quote that Marcus Ray sadi abut Nuss in some of the earlier practices. He said that Nuss was good at finding something that worked, finding a way to move the ball, when the D was taking away what he wanted to do.
He's not afraid to go to Plan B and Plan C. That's refreshing. (It's even more refreshing that he has a Plan B and Plan C.) When you have an offense that has Gardner, Funchess, Canteen, and company on it, you are going to have some alternative options to move the ball. And Nuss will use them.
|1 week 4 days ago||The door looks open. Wide||
The door looks open.
Wide Florida sink hole open.
|1 week 4 days ago||You never want to show too||
You never want to show too much on Offense in the Spring Game.
Um, mission accomplished.
|1 week 4 days ago||A pick-6 is worth 7.||
A pick-6 is worth 7.
|1 week 4 days ago||I like Marcus Ray as an||
I like Marcus Ray as an analyst.
|1 week 4 days ago||I feel like I snuck in under||
I feel like I snuck in under the fence and am watching something I was not supposed to see.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah. I have no idea what's||
Yeah. I have no idea what's going on.
Good crowd though. I wonder if they know what's going on.
I wish we were playing in the Final Four tonight.
I like cheese. Especially swiss. I can take or leave cheddar.
|1 week 4 days ago||Charles Woodson||
Charles Woodson is a handsome dude. Where's all the endorsements? He should be all over the tube.
|1 week 4 days ago||Bo's statue looks||
Bo's statue looks like MacArthur wading onshore to take back the Philippines.
|1 week 4 days ago||We need all those footballs||
We need all those footballs to knock down all those ducks that Oregon recruits with.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yeah, I agree for "official"||
Yeah, I agree for "official" Soccer terms that are unique to the sport, like Yellow Card or Corner Kick. And there is a certain charm to the British vernacular when watching Soccer . . . I could listen to Ian Darke all day long.
But it's really odd when Americans use British terms for common everyday things that are not Soccer-specific, terms they would never use any other time, just because they are talking about Soccer. It makes them look like insecure posers.
I'd like for us to have enough self confidence as a Soccer nation to use our own damn Soccer terms.
|1 week 5 days ago||Um, you don't have to call it||
Um, you don't have to call it "kit" just because the British do. I guarantee that they do not call it "kit" in Spain. They have their own words for that, and so do we.
We'll know when we've advanced as a Soccer nation when we can use our own words for things instead of British words that we never use any other time just because we are talking about Soccer: "kit", "pace", "nil", "pitch", etc.
I even hear people on this Blog strangely use the plural form of team like the British do, but only when talking about Soccer: "The USA are up two - nil". Yet they would never say "Michigan are up 21 - nil over Ohio State".
|1 week 5 days ago||I hope he comes here and says||
I hope he comes here and says "I should have gone to Michigan in the first place. All you young recruits on the fence . . . always go to Michigan when in doubt."
Something like that.
|1 week 5 days ago||At least he went forward.||
At least he went forward.
|1 week 6 days ago||Woody, Bruce, Cooper, and||
Woody, Bruce, Cooper, and even Tressel all respected Michigan even as they tried to beat us.
Meyer and Co. are very different.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nevertheless, I love Jon||
Nevertheless, I love Jon Horford's philosophical perspective . . . on just about everything.
I want to follow him around and take notes.
Did Phil Jsckson have a son that we never knew about?
|1 week 6 days ago||Too bad that Ohio State folks||
Too bad that Ohio State folks are too stupid to realize they are being mocked.
|1 week 6 days ago||Are you sure you weren't born||
Are you sure you weren't born early?
Where exactly were your parents that night?
|1 week 6 days ago||Nobody dogged it like "The||
Nobody dogged it like "The Judge".
He was good when he wanted to be, but for some reason he seldom wanted to be.
He was the anti-Novak. Got the least effort out of the most talent.
|1 week 6 days ago||Unfortunately, he might be||
Unfortunately, he might be the best one now.
|1 week 6 days ago||You're||
|1 week 6 days ago||What could be more DB?||
What could be more DB?
And by "DB", I mean . . . um, yeah.
|1 week 6 days ago||At least then there will be||
At least then there will be something to look at in that section.
|1 week 6 days ago||That train left, Bucko.||
That train left, Bucko.
|1 week 6 days ago||Live Human Sacrifice.||
Live Human Sacrifice.
I've seen Reality TV. The public is ready for this.
|1 week 6 days ago||F Them. Then let's have a||
F Them. Then let's play Purdue at the Indianapolis Speedway.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||I wish Beilein could coach||
I wish Beilein could coach Football.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||The morning after the '89||
The morning after the '89 NCAA National Championship game, it was the top story on all of the A:M news shows like Today, GMA, CNN, etc.
Instead of getting my ass to work on time, I flipped from channel to channel all morning to watch all of the different takes on the Michigan victory and the subsequent near-riot party in Ann Arbor. I was running a VCR tape on record the whole time I was doing it. Somewhere in the basement I have that tape. I'm going to dig it up and see if I can watch it on an old VCR player that I have.
I'll look for the guy dancing up on the overhang outside the ballet studio. I certainly remember the guy hanging from the traffic light suspended by a wire across South U. I kept thinking to myself "How the HELL did that guy get up there?"
It was an impressive level of partying from a school that was not known as a "party school". When I saw it, I was not shocked . . . I was proud.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||The scary thing is that they||
The scary thing is that they don't look like that much of a prank nowadays. UConn's actual unis don't look that much different.
You have to go a lot further out there to come up with something truly shocking. There are some actual unis out there on teams that look like they could be April Fools jokes . . . but they're serious.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||+1 Insightful.||
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Doesn't do that well in UNC||
Doesn't do that well in UNC colors either.
I bet he killed it though in his Michigan sweatshirt and his Ohio State shorts.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Thank God that's over.||
Thank God that's over.
Does his mom have any eligibility left?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They crushed Bobby Knight in||
They crushed Bobby Knight in the 1986 season final. It was a "playoff" game, with the winner taking the Big Ten Championship.
I would say that Frieder's teams did not always play focused. Lots of Hotdogging. Even Knight commented on how good they were when focused, but that they were not focused most of the time.
He was a dick. He was also right. The 1986 team went out in the second round against Johnny Orr's Iowa State team at the Barn in Minnesota. They mailed in that performance, assuming it was just a formality. They did not take ISU seriously until too late.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Fab Five hated it at the||
The Fab Five hated it at the time. They were tired from their tournament run and just wanted to hang out at home and be kids. They were teenage city kids that could not have cared less at the time about the 2000 year old history of this European country or that European country.
This is what "the experience was lost on them" is about.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Based on how they did after||
Based on how they did after they left Michigan, Fisher is a much better coach than Frieder. He is the gold standard in terms of his Michigan record that the rest are chasing.
Beilein may catch him, but he's not there yet.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Is there a link to it?||
Is there a link to it?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wasn't there something||
Wasn't there something something about "The Team"?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Cotton pickin' Maize and Blue||
Cotton pickin' Maize and Blue hearts.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And people say that Bo never||
And people say that Bo never won a National Championship. He did . . . in Basketball.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good thing they got it built||
Good thing they got it built before the Unions have a say.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||People don't realize what an||
People don't realize what an illustrious basketball history Michigan has. Just since the '60's alone:
- We've won the National Championship (1989),
- Played in 6 total NC games (1965, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2013),
- Reached 7 total Final Fours (1964, 1965, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1993, 2013),
- Made it to 12 total Elite Eights (1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2013, 2014),
- and reached 13 total Sweet Sixteen's (1964, 1965, 1966, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2013, 2014).
What's very interesting about Michigan's NCAA history is that once we reach the Sweet Sixteen, we are golden. Only once (1988) did we reach the Sweet Sixteen and go no further. Only five times did we "only" get as far as the Elite Eight (1966, 1974, 1977, 1994, 2014). This year we were a close-your-eyes-and-hold-your-breath basket away from that number only being four.
That's a better record than such elite "Basketball Schools" as Arizona, Syracuse, and Purdue.
You could easily argue that during most of our lifetimes, Michigan has been more of a Basketball School than a Football School.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Dakich should announce that||
Dakich should announce that he changed his mind.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||My kids were playing April||
My kids were playing April Fools pranks on each other this morning trying to top each other. They did not know I was paying attention so they were not expecting any April Fools pranks to come from me.
As we were leaving the house for school, I told my 11 year-old son in an excited voice that I had just gotten an emergency email that there was a water-main break at his school. School was canceled for the day. He lit up like a light bulb and immediately dropped his coat and backpack and went back in the house.
I waited a bit then I announced: "April Fools!" The kids were surprised, shocked, and impressed all at once. They didn't expect Dad, of all people, to top them both on April Fools pranks. (For now.)
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Too soon.||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||The Spring Game has never||
The Spring Game has never really gotten off the ground at Michigan.
But what if . . .
What if we had a "Fall Game" before the start of the season at the end of two-a-day practices? Make the last scrimmage a "Spring Game" type of event.
People would definitely attend that. It would be like a dry run mini home game. The players and fans would love it. It could actually be a significant revenue generator for the AD.
Is there any kind of rule against it?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Cool. I would have killed to||
Cool. I would have killed to work on that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It's not like Columbus is||
It's not like Columbus is next to Key West. If it was 80 there, it was at least high 70's in A2.
Look, if they can do it at Ohio State, they can do it at Michigan. Essentially the same weather. Also, Ohio State does not have any magic depth multiplier that we don't have. They manage to have a Spring Game that looks like something without people getting hurt.
The "We can't have a Spring Game because our situation is unique" argument reminds me of the "We can't have a Night Game because our situation is unique" argument. Turns out it wasn't true at all.
If the AD really wanted to do it, they could do it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I hate the Kentucky program||
I hate the Kentucky program and Calipari for what they are doing to college basketball. And I hate the media for not calling them out on it. And I hate Kentucky players for being nothing more than mercenaries. And I hate the University of Kentucky for selling it's proud, noble soul to become the whore-house of One-And-Dones.
But you are right, this particular Kentucky team flat out earned their Final Four. They beat last year's National Champion, last year's Runner Up, and one of last year's Final Four teams. All those games were dog-fights that should have caused an all-freshman team to collapse. But they stood up to the test.
I still hope Wiscy beats them and makes them look stupid doing it, but I no longer think that's inevitable.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Trey's was a lot deeper. The||
Trey's was a lot deeper.
The blue circle by his foot is not the top of the key like it is for Harrison. It's the mid-court logo.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You are right. But give them||
You are right. But give them credit, they did it when it counted.
You should have to play out of your mind to make the Final Four. And they did.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||A win.||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, they seem to have||
Yes, they seem to have forgotten that they got a fresh 35 on the missed shot that still hit the rim. I'm surprised Beilein did not call timeout.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, they seem to have||
Yes, they seem to have forgotten that they got a fresh 35 on the missed shot that still hit the rim. I'm surprised Beilein did not call timeout.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly this. Them missing||
Them missing fre throws, if they did, does not automatically give us the ball.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||When is your execution? That||
When is your execution? That we'll all watch.
Maybe you could do it right after "One Shining Moment"?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Of course I'll watch. There||
Of course I'll watch.
There are 64 teams no longer playing, so they should all pout and go home? The single elimination is what makes the NCAA Tournament so compelling. We were all part of that marvelous show.
Yes, we should watch. We deserve to watch.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||An all-SEC Final. I just||
An all-SEC Final.
I just can't wait.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hence me being a Wisconsin||
Hence me being a Wisconsin fan for at least a week.
I can do it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Because we had to lay off||
Because we had to lay off their shooters to try to protect the lane. If we had McGary and did not have to help as much in the lane, they would not have had so many open looks that even Rec league players can make.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Agreed. Kentucky played out||
Agreed. Kentucky played out of their minds to win, and we made them have to play out of their minds to win.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Nice touch "replaying" the||
Nice touch "replaying" the tears of joy at the end.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's tough to go out this||
It's tough to go out this way.
The Regional Final is the toughest game to lose in the whole Tournament. If you lose before that, you were never really playing for anything. If you make the Final Four, you get to cut down nets and hang a banner, and you are the talk of the town for the whole next week.
But when you lose the Regional Final, you're left empty handed. Like fourth place in the Olympics. "Good job. Nice season. See you next year." The same thing they say to the teams that don't make it past the first weekend. To lose it on a hold-your-breath three from deep by a freshman non-shooter seems even more unfair. But that's where we are.
This loss will have to wear off over time. It's not something we can just talk ourselves out of. But wear off it will.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I thought the same thing.||
I thought the same thing. Beilein is nothing but class and the entire basketball world knows it.
It's only a matter of time before Beilein's reputation gives him the benefit of the doubt with Refs like Krzyzewski gets with Duke.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Insightful. *Sigh*||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||The Final Four is a big deal.||
The Final Four is a big deal. You win a Regional, you get to cut down nets, and you get a sweet trophy from the NCAA for it. It deserves a banner. Even Duke who has like 15 of them puts up banners for it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||What did 1993 do to piss you||
What did 1993 do to piss you off?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||From Grantland last||
From Grantland last year:
Self and Johnson have an interesting relationship, and by “interesting,” I mean that before every game, I’m pretty sure Self pulls Johnson aside and gives him the following speech:
“I’ve worked my ass off to get to where I am today. I spent seven years coaching at small schools in Tulsa just to get the chance to coach at a big-time program. Now I’m here. I have multiple luxury automobiles, I own real estate all over the greater Lawrence area, and women throughout the Midwest want to lay with me. Look me in the eye, Elijah. I have it all, I tell you. IT. ALL. And I’m not about to let some shithead like you ruin it for me. God as my witness, if the other team’s point guard outplays you tonight, I will end you. Your corpse will spend eternity in the crawl space of my summer home, and when guests ask, ‘What’s that smell?” I’ll tell them it’s the scent of mediocrity. It’s the smell of a guy who wasn’t half the man that Tyshawn, Sherron, or Mario were. Look at me, Elijah. I’ll tell them it’s the smell of a man who fell short of success one too many times.
“Alright, good talk. Remember: Just go out there and play your hardest, and everything will take care of itself. Go get ’em, buckaroo.”
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This is waaay out there, but||
This is waaay out there, but could a contributing factor have been that the color of the unis were so similar?
We all thought that the NCAA would have Michigan wear home whites to get the appropriate contrast with Tenn creamsicle orange, but that's not what happened. There's not that much contrast between our maize and their light orange. When you are looking to make a pass in the midst of 10 players moving at high velocity, every little bit of clarity helps.
Again, way out there, but who knows?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, they were not all||
Yeah, they were not all Walton's fault.
It looked like was instructed by Beilein to do a lot of bounce passes near the rim (which can be very effective against big men playing D), but his teammates were not quite ready for them.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Because the "E" in ESPN||
Because the "E" in ESPN stands for Entertainment. Not Enlightment.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't care.||
Don't care. Old news.
Now, about Kentucky . . .
|2 weeks 4 days ago||This is so true. They||
This is so true. They pre-write their story into a template and just plug in a few names and some metrics after the game. It's more "efficient" that way, don'tcha know. They can't be bothered with a story that does not fit the narrative.
Look for Belein's team to run a lot of back-door cuts and 1-3-1 zones against Kentucky. Even if they don't.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Loved the sweet Tenn foul on||
Loved the sweet Tenn foul on Walton. Now that's a foul.
If you are going to foul a guy shooting a three, then you go foul him linebacker-style in front of God and Country. Let the Ref's whistle sing it from the hills like the Sound of Music.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, Stokes was not in the||
Yeah, Stokes was not in the act of shooting. The "reporter" does not even know the rules.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||We made the Elite Eight in||
We made the Elite Eight in 1994 with the Fab Five minus Webber. Lost to eventual NC Arkansas in the Regional final.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Kentucky is a beast at the||
Kentucky is a beast at the rim. On the perimiter, not so much.
We'll need to run a 0-5 zone.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||2 days for Beilein is like a||
2 days for Beilein is like a week in ordinary coach-years.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||In the interview with||
In the interview with Calipari after the game, he seemed like a spectator like the rest of us. He had no idea what was going on. His players just did whatever they did and he watched them do it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||There is only one team that||
There is only one team that is still playing from last year's Final Four.
National Champion Louisville? Nope.
Wichita State? Nope
It's Michigan. Who would have thought that in December?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Epic fucking game. Worth all||
Epic fucking game. Worth all the hype.
The winner of this game is going to be spent.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Kentucky is afraid to shoot||
Kentucky is afraid to shoot the ball. Everything is right at the rim.
If we play them, we should go to a 0-5 zone.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Those boys are abusing each||
Those boys are abusing each other.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It was like she was Beilein's||
It was like she was Beilein's daughter.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I really hate to say this,||
I really hate to say this, but a Michigan - Kentucky matchup would look like a Duke - Fab Five matchup . . . skill within a system versus elite but undisiplined talent.
We know how those games turned out.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||They have to bring out the||
They have to bring out the cheerleaders to be recognized.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Louisville is a three-man||
Louisville is a three-man team: Smith, Harell, and Hancock. If you get anyone of those guys in foul trouble, you're going to beat Louisville.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I hate what Kentucky stands||
I hate what Kentucky stands for . . . "One-and-Done-U".
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Don't worry, Michigan -||
Don't worry, Michigan - Louisville or Michigan - Kentucky will be a glamour game.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A rematch with Louisville||
A rematch with Louisville will get our undivided attention.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Jordan Morgan was in charge||
Jordan Morgan was in charge tonight.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Let him win us a National||
Let him win us a National Championship and then go in peace.
next year will take care of itself.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Did you just turn twelve?||
Did you just turn twelve?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Take care of the ball, son.||
Take care of the ball, son.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Nothing is better than||
Nothing is better than Morgan!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That Michigan TOV% is||
That Michigan TOV% is appaling.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Yay!||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Barkley is just going to wait||
Barkley is just going to wait until 11:30 tonight before he picks the UL-KY winner.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We should be up 20. For||
We should be up 20. For real.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A little bigger . . . but||
A little bigger . . . but also a little slower.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No fouls on JMo! That means||
No fouls on JMo! That means he can play D for real in the second half.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Tennesee is big, but they are||
Tennesee is big, but they are slow. Orange traffic cones on D.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So you're saying there's a||
So you're saying there's a chance?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Give Tenn something to think||
Give Tenn something to think about regardless.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Work? . . . Damn. I knew I||
Work? . . . Damn. I knew I was forgetting something.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That's all Jordan needed to||
That's all Jordan needed to hear.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A man that light on his feet||
A man that light on his feet deserves to keep dancing.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I for one am flattered by the||
I for one am flattered by the concept of "Walmart Wolverines". It means that Michigan is so compelling that people that have no connection to it whatsoever still admire it and want to be a part of it. To that I say: "Welcome".
Nobody cares about Michigan State unless they are winning big games. When that's over, they go back to not caring.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's early. Give it time.||
It's early. Give it time.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Normally I squeeze an orange||
Normally I squeeze an orange for my breakfast, but today I CRUSHED it.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I was surprised he did it.||
I was surprised he did it. I always got the impression that he wanted to disconnect himself from his college career. But perhaps that's been way overstated. If you are Chris Webber, you have a lot of different ways to make a lot of money. I don't think he did this against his will just for a paycheck.
I'm also a little surprised that BK wanted him as their spokesman. He's a big deal to us, but for most people he's a remote figure from twenty years ago, best known for a screw up in a big game. Not exactly the best possible endoersement material for BK. They might as well have dragged out Christian Laettner if they're pulling in guys from twenty years ago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The reconcilliation has||
The reconcilliation has begun.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It is interesting, though,||
It is interesting, though, that he appears in the commercial in his college identity, not his NBA identity.
Of course he's much more famous for his college identity, and that's what the sponsor would want from him, but I always got the impression that he did not want to dredge up his college years, unlike Jalen.
Maybe it really is the first step in his reconcilliation process. If so, it's a good thing and it's time has come.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good call.||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Probably true. But against||
Probably true. But against Tenn, we really need the rest. It's to our advantage, even if they have a 4 days to look at our offense and not 2 days.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Voracity.||
Voracity. I got the wrong fake word.
I should have verified voracity.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Good. More fuel for the||
Good. More fuel for the Michigan team's fire.