that makes one of us
|12 hours 45 min ago||Other NFL status updates: Cam Gordon put on Injured Reserve||
by the Pats. Neither he nor Gallon got much if any playing time due to "undisclosed injuries," but Gallon is now listed as active, so maybe he'll get some time in the last pre-season game. Cam did get practice time early, so maybe he showed enough for them to keep him on IR.
|18 hours 16 min ago||I think I misspelled my own nom de Blog||
I guess michigas would be spelled with an "a" though it's pronounced michigahs, which looks less like a digestive issue, but gosling is spelled with an "o"...
And I'm not a baby bootie.
I feel so much better now.
|19 hours 2 min ago||It's an NCAA violation||
for Angry Michigan ACL gods to get involved while he's still in high school.
|1 day 16 hours ago||A very good shot.||
As long as I'm checking depth charts: He's #2, backing up one Larry Foote. (Still a starter after all these years.)
|1 day 16 hours ago||Jibreel Black was injured||
One of those put on IR one day and cut the next. Reached an injury settlement. (Injury listed as "undisclosed.")
But better news out of Tampa Bay, Omameh is the starting left guard! They stole him off the 49'ers practice squad late last season.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Read he also showed up out of shape||
and didn't take part in "voluntary" off-season activities/conditioning. So yes, the DUI made their decision easy.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Gamebook showed he was a sub two weeks ago||
but I never saw his number on the field. Only a couple shots of him watching sadly from the sideline. This past week he was listed as "did not play." Hope he gets on the field this week if only to let other teams think about him. Or perhaps the Jets know he's not ready and are still hoping to keep him for the practice squad.
|1 day 22 hours ago||He must have been thinking in German||
I suspect publishers think we don't need editors anymore and that software will solve all their problems. Why I know Ph.D. editors who are out of work.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I'm probably thinking the same.||
Simply don't understand this insistence on believing one's own negativity despite evidence to the contrary.
I'll leave out my addendum about wanting to cast him as the star of a movie I'm not qualified to write. Besides his talents in football, he has the charisma (and looks) to be a star both on and off the field, and something more important for film: there's always something going on behind the eyes. Intelligence, humor, and holding back as much as he reveals. Of course it'll be easier for him to get that second career after his stardom as a QB. And I trust he will reach his own personal goals before I subject him to mine.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Thank you for noticing.||
And saying something about it. This wasn't even a quote or from a reliance on spell-check, this wasn't a post on a blog where people are in haste and/or texting, simply having a conversation. This is from a supposed journalist. But how are kids supposed to learn when they're raised reading as many errors as hearing them?
I despair. Yeah, I'm an old get-off-my-typewriter old fogey. [And yeah, I used "old" twice.] But maybe they'll listen to you.
|2 days 9 hours ago||They didn't wait that long||
He was cut today. (Sunday, that is.)
|4 days 23 hours ago||Brandon Graham report?||
Since the coaching change moved him to linebacker, I'd read that it's been an adjustment and even talk about him sticking with the team.
Those of us from afar can only check the postgame stats to see how he's doing: Not a starter, but he had a highlight sack last week, and this week another sack along with a forced fumble. Any local/inside news on one of our favorite players?
|6 days 10 hours ago||And picked up a pizza||
instead of exploring Italy in between games.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Visibly Stronger||
or at least visibly better, according to LSASuperstar's detailed analysis of the Michigan Drill practice video [EDIT: bumped to Diary from Board?]. Here's his desciption of one of Miller's reps:
|6 days 21 hours ago||Miller||
So you're saying the coaches have some basis to their statements that Miller's showing improvement? Nice.
|1 week 2 min ago||Austin Hatch - the future is now (or a day or two ago)||
A preview moment that worked for me (twice): video of Austin checking into his first game with the team in Italy, and the description of the moment in team manager Devon Mulry's blog report:
Mulry was sitting next to Jim Hatch, Austin's grandfather, when a buzz started spreading in the crowd:
|1 week 17 hours ago||Willie Henry article with comments by Frank||
Linked to the article above, one about Willie having had to make adjustments on the field and off as a freshman and Frank Clark mentoring him, having gone through similar things with similar backgrounds, helping him learn to trust that their coaches, like their high school coach Ted Ginn, have only their best interests at heart.
|1 week 18 hours ago||I was thinking it doubles as a hockey rink||
and the glass was to protect the fans from flying pucks. So you're telling me it's the other way around?
|1 week 1 day ago||Mine too.||
Just got home, and there it was, curled up cozily in the mailbox.
|1 week 1 day ago||Also in NY, but not worried.||
Figure Brian might be bringing them to the Alumni thing tonight to hand deliver it. Too bad I forgot to tell him I can't be there this year.
I did receive the specimen kit for a medical research project I volunteered for. [Didn't fit in my mailbox, so I hope my neighbors didn't panic seeing "Human Specimen" written in such big letters on the box sitting casually in the lobby.]
|1 week 2 days ago||Not to the extent he was in jaxville||
He clearly couldn't hold on to the ball because his hand wasn't working.
And that first fumble on his first snap at Michigan was priceless. Turned into a TD if I recall correctly. So there's fumbles, and then there's fumbles.
|1 week 2 days ago||It took a long time for his nerve injury to heal||
which they now realize explained his ball-handling difficulties last season, so they'll trust him again and let him try more things. He's also spent time in the gym and looks much less delicate than before. But he can still flash that smile.
|1 week 2 days ago||The title of the other post doesn't say so||
but it also includes Hoke's post-scrimmage presser. A good listen, and recommended for the meltdown artists.
Also some tweets along the right margin with still shots and brief video clips.
|1 week 3 days ago||We all can't be in the stadium||
so we appreciate the sacrifice.
|1 week 3 days ago||When in Rome...||
Then bring it home:
|1 week 3 days ago||One of his best games||
on a broken foot. So without a broken foot...
|1 week 3 days ago||They look taller without the coaches.||
At least the taller ones look taller. Than the less tall ones. (Bacari's shot.)
EDIT: They look even taller with that MGoBlog response-post squeeze'm in effect.
|1 week 4 days ago||Camera... nt....||
With all the speculation, I thought you wanted a picture of the nose tackle.
|1 week 4 days ago||Poor kids probably tried so hard to schedule||
it before the season. And then Hoke springs this on them.
|1 week 4 days ago||Here's hoping it's one of those curable ones||
But in the meantime, seems watching your team when it can't lose should be pretty good therapy. And may the season be good enough to ease his way through treatment.
|1 week 4 days ago||And he's got that little twinkle in his eye||
when he's stonewalling, so you figure he's hiding good things instead of bad.
|1 week 4 days ago||Boren surprises me as he wasn't good at OSU||
Can we blame it on poor coaching/player development?
|1 week 4 days ago||I was thrilled to see this posted||
to know I'm not alone. (I was tempted but too cowardly.) I think the new design is ugly and amateurish. I'm not opposed to change and innovation, but here I'm in the "why fix what ain't broke?" school.
The old masthead was so much classier. The new one has weird spacing between letters and letter sizes that aren't consistent enough or inconsistent enough to seem actually "designed." Guys on this blog do better graphics work with their Paintshop and little or no budget. And there's way too much white space for my taste. Pale limited text, and having to cursor constantly to find what I'm looking for or even finish reading a sentence.
There. I feel better telling someone.
|1 week 6 days ago||Damn. Mea culpa||
You know, right after the word slipped out, I wondered if I'd mispoken. But the coach didn't miss a beat with his retort. (So what was Stevie teasing him about?) Now I have to write him, and Stevie, to set the record straight.
|1 week 6 days ago||Great article||
and for those who have followed this incredible story, the accompanying picture is almost beyond belief.
|1 week 6 days ago||Apparently Mundy still considers himself a Wolverine||
In a story I posted elsewhere, earlier this year I met the secondary coach for the Giants (in an airport security line) and immediately asked him how Stevie (Brown) was. "Great!" And he added, "And we have Ryan Mundy, too!" [now with the Bears]
I mentioned that Mundy didn't actually graduate from Michigan, and the coach said with a smile, "Yeah, Stevie never lets him forget that."
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||The backup QB the most popular guy||
That's probably why I liked Brady so much. (Not rewriting history here. Honest.) Those were the days when I started watching the games far from home on TV. Hadn't paid much attention, didn't know a thing about recruiting, didn't know Henson was the #1 QB recruit and Brady only the #7 nationally (or something like that), so I didn't understand why they kept putting that freshman in. Why can't he wait his turn like Brady did? Henson didn't look any better than Tom. (To an admittedly less educated fan.) Brady threw an interception, so you pull him and the teenager throws an interception in response? Give the poor guy a chance!
Of course I also didn't know a thing about baseball lurking in the background until I saw a puff piece with Steinbrenner leading an OSU pep rally. Then it all started making sense.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And to be able to say they did the same things||
Instead of trashing or humiliating a newbie, he can laugh at seeing his past self and share his own foibles. It's more fun learning from a mentor than from an arrogant jerk. And certainly better for team morale.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||For those for whom the humor didn't clear things up||
KBlow seems to have meant O-Line coach Funk instead of just-retired legendary equipment manager Falk.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mythical Up-Votes||
I always like to watch the presser while following the text. Need the questions that go with the answers. "Torn ACL." WHAT!?!? WHO!?!?! [Hoping against hope the question was "What is the most devastating injury in a football camp?]
Welcome, Adam. Just in time.
EDIT: Geez. I wrote this before I noticed the "ACL tear is faux" post. (Fortunately after the subject post was deleted.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I remember some comments||
to the posting of that video panicking that Clark was turning to "outside" help, implying he couldn't get it from the coaching staff. In their defense (not that they should panic), I think Clark just said how much he was getting from Carr without identifying him as a coach, assuming listeners would know that. I for one didn't know until I heard on WTKA that Carr was official.
Love to see former players coming back to help, and feeding that coaching tree.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm getting visions of||
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing through the pennants. No, make that Tom Harmon and Ginger Rogers dancing through the pennants.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Nice listening on Yankees radio||
and hearing them have to end with "Tigers win."
Prepping for tomorrow's annual game in their stadium.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||I'm reading this||
just after Avila made a home run in the 12th inning. In fact, that's why I signed on out of curiosity after that thread a game ago.
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||Perfect size||
to balance that dazzling smile.
One of my favorites. Congrats to him.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||RB - Doesn't Mike Cox count?||
He's still on the Giants roster. Played in the 4th Q in the preseason game last night. A few stuffs balanced by some really nice yardage when he made it through. (OLine there is pretty new and raw.)
Very confusing that he has the same number as Thomas Gordon, so I'm not sure whose 29 I'm seeing on special teams.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting.||
The Jags changed his designation from OW to RB, and though he was still listed as an RB at the beginning of camp, I wondered if he'd need to be tried at WR because of their expected WR corps dropping like flies (injuries and/or suspensions) and Denard making some nice catches with comments from him and his coaches that his injured nerve is finally healing...
So checked the roster, and he is indeed now listed as WR.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm one.||
Small print: There's no choice of game and tix aren't transferable. As bad as my chances of winning a pair, as an out-of-towner I'd bet my chances would be pretty good that I'd win a pair for a game I couldn't attend. Non-transferable means I couldn't take a chance and then gift them to a local loved one.
So I'm willing to take one for the team by not participating and lowering your odds.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||New #2 Speaking from the Mothership||
EDIT: And a previous video from an interview where he already knew about the #2, but what this is new in this interview is that he had surgery this past May because of lower abdominal pain he had been having during the season. He breaks into a big smile when he says he feels terrific now.
Couldn't embed this one either, so here's the MLive link:
PS: I deserved the neg. Wrote hastily so I could search for the other video. Sorry.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Please no!||
I'm going to one of their next four games! (Of course, if we're lucky, your post could jinx them from underscoring...)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||From the official Michigan stadium info page||
Special edition for the soccer game - MDen at Crisler:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Just emerging from the cave in NYC||
and I see it's even on Fox here! Didn't occur to me. Thanks for the wake-up.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||At first glance||
I thought it was a digital alarm arrival countdown clock.
And then I saw the Pitney Bowes. (I don't work in a mail room, but I visit it now and then.)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hmmm....||
Got a "content unavailable" when I tried that link. Conspiracy theories? Or do they want us to watch the ads?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||He's the whole package||
For those who haven't seen him in action, here's an interview when he was first hired as linebacker's coach. [can't seem to embed here at work]
Besides being a player here with an obvious love for Michigan, he talks about coaching under Mattison after being coached by him, what he learned and how he learned, and how he keeps learning, in the NFL and now. And how can they not respond to his obvious sincerity and humility? Halfway through the interview, when asked about his job here:
I couldn't stop smiling either.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||As a confessed Robinson Video Stalker||
I've had that problem before on the Jags site. Sometimes they load, sometimes they don't. Sometimes a simple page refresh works.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Thompson also tweeted a picture from the Law Quad||
So maybe he is thinking about his education.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||These guys seem to be having more fun||
But then they're at the Law Quad.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yup, it's time again to bring up that mere 6th round pick||
who never did anything at Michigan either and somehow fooled Belichek into letting him play QB.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but with those helmets||
who's looking at the socks?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Naw, he just switched hats with Lewis.||
Concerned that Marcus was giving the wrong impression with that anonymous T-shirt.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hate to say it, but that's what I was getting||
Not from anything said by others, but from posted quotes from father and son-- their choice of words and reading between the lines. I guess if Dad says he's ready to accept his son's choice, whatever it is, we'll have to be too.
EDIT: I could've sworn I refreshed this page before commenting. But Turd got there first and said it better.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I do believe it is.||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Summer League Works!||
In limited minutes, he had a great last game with obvious enthusiasm from his coach. That team had no need for a center, but if the showcase helped him get to play in a city like Rome with enough English-speakers to make the transition easy... A great opportunity.
For those interested in learning about the team, LINK to Virtus Roma's Euroleague (English-language) website page. Obviously this news is hot of the press and hasn't gotten there yet, but there's another Jordan on their posted roster (which is obviously about to change): Jordan Taylor from Wisconsin. Apparently in a rebuilding phase from some down years, but I was surprised that the team was founded in 1960.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Not surprisingly, defending NCAA Champ Men's Gymnastics||
has the #1 incoming class (signed even before M defended its championship):
Since this press release was published, Junior Olympic champion Marvin Kimble made the U.S. National Senior Team, joining recent M Grad and defending NCAA All-Around Champion Sam Mikulak.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||giving the staff time to develop him and lift his confidence||
Exactly. If the coaches are saying good things about him now, one could think the process is working. They've used the term "leadership" so much, but they use the term in general as a challenge to the guys as a group rather than throwing an individual under the bus. And not giving up on them.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Judging from the suit, he must be planning to do early entry.||
Challenging the coaches to do their "These kids should be at their senior prom!" routine.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||There's a video interview with Jack that popped up||
after playing the Daddy Dancing video above, where he says he lives in Ann Arbor (loves Ann Arbor) when he's not playing and trains in Plymouth with Barwis. Good to know Little Brother follows Big Bro everywhere.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Still very close to the program.||
Even if what you say is true, that the unnamed source may have been a starter and very successful player, is he a coach?
He may have been trained in the "teach by humiliation" school of his playing days, a style we now know may not be successful with all players. Calling a kid a wuss to give him a chip on his shoulder to make him work harder. Or maybe he's giving up on a kid because he didn't show up as a freshman knowing everything (Iike he undoubtedly did) and having a grown-up body and all the built-in technique we expect all freshmen to have when suddenly playing against guys bigger and older and more experienced.
Guys can watch from the side and bitch about how current players aren't as perfect as they were from day 1, just as we can bitch on our safe little internet whether or not we've ever played at all. As one who knows nothing about which player deserves playing time, I like to think that with good coaching guys develop, and the Jane of insecurity and confusion is worked out of their Tarzan bodies as they prove to themselves they're capable.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I think it could be codified at 50%||
When partly cloudy becomes mostly cloudy, taking it from mostly sunny to partly sunny.
Or perhaps I should say it reverses when it passes over the 50% line... At 50% it would be partly both.
Let me think about it some more.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thought it was going to be "only first round pick from Michigan"||
and bemoaning the state of the program, and how're we gonna get any good recruits if...? Etc.
But I clicked anyway.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||JMorgan had a very good night tonight in summer league||
After sitting out the last couple of games, he got more minutes tonight and used them well. A couple nice dunks should make the highlight film, 5 out of 6 shooting, and the night's coach (one of the Wolves ass'ts, who looks like a former player) was cheering him on and patting him on the back. Nice.
Semi OT: Robinson III also had a very good night, finally getting one of his high-flying dunks off a nice pass from the Wolves' first round pick, doing better at the foul line and a couple 3-pt shots falling. Looked much more comfortable tonight and his shots looked smooth. 17 points, a few rebounds, an assist and a steal, and no turnovers.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Streaming||
The NBA.com subscription for the rest of the Summer League play is now only $4.99: LINK
The times listed for the two games are 4:30 EDT for Sac v. Minne and 6:00 EDT for Utah v. San Antonio. Don't know if that's a change or if the stream is half-hour delayed.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||a bartender at Fraser's Pub for a spell?||
That must have been the year he wasn't an academic All-American.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Last night's game & Darius vs. Trey later today||
GRIII looked more energetic last night, but in limited minutes off the bench.
TV shot of JMo on the bench: He looked very sad. (Was before I checked the final stats to see he didn't play at all, but he must have known he wasn't going in.) But go engineering!
Darius Morris, on the other hand, is in the starting line-up for the Spurs and looking very good, though they were pretty successful last year and have all (or most?) of their guys coming back. But they like him enough to have an interview with him on the front page of their website: "Morris Making Plays."
He'll be facing Trey today right after Kings v. Wolves (7:30 Eastern).
|5 weeks 6 days ago||What I find most fascinating||
is that M-Live changed the title in the article from what is indicated in the full link:
The article headline now has "...gained plenty of attention." I suppose that's a word less likely to be misunderstood as implying naughty tendencies. Or maybe it's just the creative spelling.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting branches to the coaching tree(s)||
Article points out that the new head coach at Marist was an ass't under Beilein at WVa, replacing Jeff Bower, who was named general manager of the Detroit Pistons. Could training and experience lead him back to the area some day?
|6 weeks 56 min ago||I'd apologize for my seeming redundant up there||
except that we agree this can be said again and again.
|6 weeks 1 hour ago||His story has been on the blog, but there's new stuff here||
He left his job in the financial sector to return to the program as a recruiting assistant, and, more importantly, to take part in a pilot program funded by the NCAA to increase awareness of mental health issues for student-athletes:
And even if there weren't new information, telling his story again might help someone out there who hasn't heard it.
|6 weeks 9 hours ago||Nice little video on the Spurs' website front page||
Although it's entitled "Morris Making Plays"
it's also Morris making quotes: "The culture here is... very distinguished."
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Parents live on in their children||
But, as you've so beautifully proven, they also live on in their stories. And someday you'll surprise yourself when you find yourself telling the stories with a smile on your face, instead of the pain they must cause you today.
Thanks for sharing these with us.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think he meant that if he doesn't jump the gun||
someone lower on the list may commit, so he'd be losing his chance while Michigan has other guys on the list that they must like or they wouldn't have offered.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||THJ stats from Summer League Game #1||
A couple assists and 5 rebounds in addition to his point-per-minute:
Interesting to compare with Mitch's 5th game (also pretty impressive):
Same # of rebs & asts. Okay, so Tim didn't get the two blocks. But he's not just a shooter. Start drinking.
Source: BT Powerhouse - with daily reports on the B1G guys. A couple others who spread out their contributions on Friday:
|6 weeks 3 days ago||You're leaving for your honeymoon tomorrow?||
Um... You're not writing this during your wedding I hope?
Congrats, and have a great time. Ignore us for a while.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Got it. Thanks, guys.||
Did you know that although Coney island hot dogs are not eaten at Coney Island, in Montreal they're called Michigan dogs? (Thought I should contribute something useful.)
|6 weeks 3 days ago||You may have something there.||
Don't know about the team as a whole, but THJ had a great opening game in the Summer League yesterday, top scorer (25 pts) for the Knicklets, half-time interview choice, as well as photo of choice for their website report.
Several highhlight plays including one showing great mentoring chemistry with their draft pick, Cleanthony Early. [The photo got a little squished here. THJ actually looks like he's put on some good weight.]
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Doesn't this article make it clear that Roseboro is an end?||
Or at least that's how M is recruiting him.
EDIT: This was meant to be a reply further up there, so I'll edit all but to add that I wasn't quite sure what you mean by "a coney dog from DT." Great phrase, however. So feel free to clarify.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I thought it was pretty classy.||
Google Image is my friend. Happy B'day to both you and The Dad!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||And the M guys representing||
Watched Mitch's last game and whoever the commentator was who wasn't Kendell Gill said he was most surprised about Mitch. Apparently he's not just a non-shooter. Lots of good highlights, and constant focus of the commentary. Pretty much the same for Tim H. in the Knicks' first game. Odd to think he was the rep for his first year's starters, interviewed about mentoring the Knicks' draft pick, with a highlight dish to the rookie for a dunk, with both enjoying it as if they were still in college. (McGary looked so serious. Except for his shoes.)
Tonight at 10:00 Eastern: Darius with the Spurs will be playing Stauskas with the Kings. Still time for the one-day free trial stream on NBA.com.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Well, if we're planning ahead for Dad...||
I suspected you weren't turning 3 and chances are you're not named Jacob, but here's another stylish option to adapt:
|6 weeks 4 days ago||There was a free trial period||
Either for the first day or the first day you try it. Then I think it's $14.99 for streaming the entire summer league schedule.
Just checked: Summer League Live. Still says "Free Trial Today."
EDIT: Apparently it was for the first day of the Orlando League play, and again today as the Las Vegas League starts. Giving you the bonus of McGary (with several highlights) and the L.V. games of M interest.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||(No subject)||
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||So, so sad.||
My dad had his first heart attack when I was just a child, and later died from "non-A/non-B" hepatitis (now screenable as Hep-C) via blood transfusion during his bypass surgery, knowing the risks of the surgery in those early years but not wanting to live as an invalid. We did get him for several healthy years after the surgery and will be eternally grateful for every one of them.
Thank you for the incredible photo so we can share a bit of your loveliest memories as well as your sorrow.
|7 weeks 19 hours ago||The video on 60 minutes [too late to edit/insert]||
featuring Vivek Ranadivé was part of an Anderson Cooper feature on Malcolm Gladwell ("The Power of the Underdog"), so includes video of the team he coached and worth a view. Something weird happened with embedding attempt, but here's the LINK to webpage which includes both video and transcription (pertinent part below).
[Yes, he has a couple engineering degrees as well as his MBA. And you NBA fans probably know that he bought the Warriors before the Kings.]
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||There was just a piece on [60 Minutes was it?]||
about this very wealthy guy volunteering to coach his daughter's basketball team even though he didn't know a thing about basketball. So he studied it. And taught his undersized girls that they clearly weren't going to win with dunks, so they'd have to do it by running around, waving their hands and constantly getting in the other team's way. The team ended up undefeated.
So he grew fond of basketball and bought the Kings.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the cue||
The picture I can never resist posting:
|7 weeks 3 days ago||'Prentice Pistons over Rookie Rockets||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Free trial today for streaming Summer League||
on NBA.com. Still time to watch Mitch for free and less than 2 mins for Pistons/Rockets.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Kings' website article on their crowdsourcing approach||
LINK to their process.
And, while we're at it, Nik's introductory press conference:
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Another video of the Ferns Doing Very Nice Thing story||
This after the fact (Showtime/Inside NFL), featuring the youngster whose father passed away. He's interviewed in the middle of what must be his two best buddies. The one who gets to talk is named Brendan Ferns. [Have I read he's ready to be recruited?] Both he and Michael get face/voice time, but it's well worth a watch even if they didn't.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This one's pretty snazzy||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||But he probably lives in only one of them||
At least only one at a time.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||We actually posted at the same time||
I'd seen the tweet too. Tried to edit and add: "He was probably talking to the same folks that Adrian Wojnarowski was." But you answered too quickly.
Now they're officially announcing it.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||What does Stauskas think of Sacramento?||
Why does Chad Ford say he's going there?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Trey Burke puts in his opinion||
Via Andy Katz on the ESPN.com twitter feed.
Andy Katz: "Source: Utah Jazz will take Dante Exum at No. 5. Trey Burke told me here he would be a great fit for them, can play either guard."
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||The Dog Desi is only one of a pair||
Desi's teammate Chihuahua is named "Bo Schem." [Per TheWolverine.com article linked in the previous post, and here]. These are serious M fans down there in Mo.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||30 min ago? And you went right to MGoBlog?||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The explanation: Live from Minicamp||
At about 22:00 or so in this video from Jaguars camp, you'll start to see #16 on the field, looking terribly mature and healthy. About a minute later in, one of their radio guys (Brian Sexton) talks about Denard and asking a coach about his progress.
"I mean here's this guy who held the ball at the University of Michigan-- and I'm not talking about the University of Kansas, my alma mater-- this is the University of Michigan! And he held the ball all the time, in warm weather, cold weather..." So the coach reminds him that he had an elbow injury, the ulnar nerve, and describes the ulnar nerve's role in being able to hold something in your hand, being able to open and close your fingers, or not.
Apparently his ulnar nerve is finally better, and it's doing the things Denard is asking it to do. Then they go on to talk about other things, but the camera is still showing a lot of Denard in RB drills, catching that ball easily (and tossing it back in a nice, smooth former-QB style). Henne is on screen too, enjoying his role as senior supervisor.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||And a Viking||
up front to protect him.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||His position coach says he's doing great||
I was standing behind someone in the security line at LaGuardia a few weeks ago who had a Giants logo on his bag. I didn't recognize him, but he was tall and healthy-looking... Security lines are long and boring at LGA, so I figured why not:
I asked if he was a fan or a genuine Giant. He smiled and said he was a coach, coaching DBs. The first thing that popped out of my mouth: "How's Stevie?" His face brightened: "Doing great!" Naturally I had to confess I was a Michigan fan. "I bet you've been counting all his interceptions." I admitted I had, and then he added, "And we have Ryan Mundy, too!" Although I follow (and root for) Mundy too, I thought I should clarify that Mundy didn't actually graduate from Michigan. Coach laughed, "And Stevie never lets him forget it." [Mundy's gone to the Bears, but still... Love the picture of their interplay, and that Mundy still thinks of himself as a Michigan man.]
Not surprising that Coach Merritt is one of Stevie's reasons for wanting to stay a Giant, and nice that he says so:
[I posted some of this before, but in a far less appropriate thread.]
|10 weeks 5 days ago||The Real Charlie White||
has been a regular reader of MGoBlog, according to TJ Young, his former Michigan roommate in the Squad of Four (including the other two male halves of the ice-dancing teams that took the other two spots on the US Championship podium), so maybe it's TJ that's the regular poster and Charlie has just been lurking in the shadows? (So many hours on the practice ice, and it's so hard to text while skating.) Or Charlie has had the sense to use a mysterious sports-related avatar?
So it is entirely possible that the Real Charlie White is coming out of the shadows just as his long-time relationship has finally come out of the shadows.
Congrats on everything, Real Charlie White. Can't wait to see what you're up to next.
PS to ST3: Great verification question. (But wait. Did he only rumba once?)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||My Matternal Instincts||
naturally draw me to these Patternal™ recruits. Welcome, [surrogate] son!
|11 weeks 1 day ago||CBS This Morning||
(both the capitalized and lower-case this morning) was near the end of their coverage when I turned on the TV. (Sorry. Kept hitting the snooze button.) Thanks for reminding me to look for the replay.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||That Brady kid didn't do much in his freshman||
and sophomore seasons. No wonder he was such a low draft pick.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||This makes it even better||
He's coming whether or not he gets to play this year. Naturally hopes to, but is willing to sit. Could this mean he wants to come to Michigan because it's [gasp] Michigan?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Knew they liked his flexibility||
and potential from afar, but great to know he's impressing so early in OTAs. Always pulling for the guy who's hidden (from some) in the shadows of others.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||The author tweets again 5 mins ago||
"strong indications" not exactly "commits."
Not exactly Debbie Downer, but maybe Cautious Connie.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Some of us also know the parents||
of a terrific kid who was just being a kid (16) with his buddies when they drove drunk. Their kid was killed and they've never recovered, nor has the older brother. No one thinks about pointing fingers, just the promising life that was cut short and the family that has to go on without him. They probably feel even worse thinking that somehow they're at fault by not keeping him from doing dumb things, when they probably did the same at his age, but lucked out.
Nothing against kids being kids. But it isn't being high and mighty and throwing things at glass things to say that somehow we have to teach kids that they're not immortal and that some dumb things can be irreversible.
Fortunately I don't know anyone whose kids just being kids killed someone else.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Is this where I post that Hagelin just scored?||
His second short-handed goal in the play-offs. Described during the intermission highlights as showing "his ridiculous speed."
|12 weeks 23 hours ago||Just cross-checked out of curiosity||
Regular annual membership is $69 for individual, $79 for joint membership. This offer is for a two-year membership at the one-year price.
Research also shows that if you're over 60 you can get a lifetime membership for half-price directly from the association! Makes sense, considering how long half your expected lifetime would be at that point.
EDIT: Redundancy effect from too much research.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||And for those who are going to repeat the gloom||
and doom scenarios ad nauseum if Isaac doesn't commit, those who don't really read the small print in his story, let's try again: It would be a huge deal for him to have to sit a year, which he will have to do if he comes to Michigan. He may love Michigan, he may desperately want to commit here, but he may still choose to go to Illinois so he can play immediately, and has every right to do so.
His visiting (with his family) knowing the sacrifice he'd have to make to commit is a very big deal in itself. He's certainly aware of what all the other recruits and de-commits know about our season, or think they know, and he's seriously considering us anyway. So no flame-outs please if he chooses to be closer to home.
And kudos to him if he decides otherwise.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||This is why I love this Blog||
We're reading about our recruiting hopes and dreams, and we get an education.
Excellent read even if you've never seen the film.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||4 measly % to go...||
We can do this thing.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||....are the times||
that try men's souls.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||If you want to play possum||
You can take a nap and watch the free replay on ESPN3.com. I tried that yesterday, even after finding out the score (or perhaps because I saw the score and couldn't believe it).
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Me thinks you are absolutely right||
Fortunately my misspelling of Maks proves I'm still not quite an addict. (Former dancer with female card watching this year to see Meryl and Charlie. He got robbed, by the way. But not by Meryl.)
|14 weeks 1 hour ago||But what most surprised the DWTS world||
was that she tamed Max, the bad boy of the show. They were transfixed by the chemistry established between the two. [Friendship? More than friendship? The soap side that keeps 'em tuning in.] She with her hypnotic magic leads the Russian Bear to his first win in 11-12 tries.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||On that note, another Michigan DB on the Bengals roster!||
Some guy named Isaiah Lewis.
[Official Bengals roster still not corrected as of today. We'll see how long it takes them to figure it out.]
Guess teams below the border figure if we don't need to use the "State" part of their names, why should they?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||So that makes two hells of a defense pairing?||
Sounds good either way.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||There's some dirt on my monitor screen||
Any suggestions for safe cleaning?
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Don't know why you were downvoted.||
The clearly titled first thread you list is still on the front page. Also, I believe all three players posted above were not signed as undrafted free agents. They, along with Jibreel Black, received invitations to camp, which means it's a try-out. A big difference to the players. [Thomas Gordon, posted below, was signed as a UDFA, along with Marvin Robinson-- see info in another title still visible.]
|15 weeks 2 days ago||What cracked me up after reading that||
was going to their linked full report page.
Under strengths (among many): "Tough and durable."
And in their final summary:
Guess the CBS guys don't talk to one another.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Another Michigan DB to the Giants?||
I chatted with the Giants' DB coach in the security line at LaGuardia a couple weeks ago, and when he told me who he was, the first thing out of my mouth was "How's Stevie doing?" (Stevie Brown was on IR last year after breaking out the year before.) He said he's doing well, and when I identified myself as a Michigan fan, he said, "We had Ryan Mundy, too!" When i mentioned that Mundy didn't actually graduate from Michigan, he smiled and said, "Yeah, Stevie never lets him forget that!"
Interesting that they brought in Gordon. The coach (whose name is David Merritt, no relation to our basketball player as far as I know) played at NC State and in the NFL, but doesn't seem to have a connection to Michigan. But apparently they have faith in our DBs.
PS to Lions fans: He was on his way to NC to do some scouting back home, so I'm wondering if one of the targets was your new tight end. I read somewhere that the Giants had him high on their board, so maybe that's why the Lions took him so early. If it makes you feel better to know he was wanted by others.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||That was the moment on his highlight reel||
that put him over the top.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||First Romero at-bat I got to watch (on line)||
and she hits one out. [Considering her stats, I suppose the law of averages wouldn't make that such a big deal.]
|15 weeks 3 days ago||and taking you under his wing.||
Best place to go. They're used to getting value out of Michigan late picks.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||According to the boss:||
|15 weeks 4 days ago||One of the talking heads today||
said that the puzzling lack of a QB pick by the Texans was explained when the Pats picked a QB in the 2nd round.
Perhaps it was the same talking head who later said there were rumors that Houston was getting Mallett. Perhaps because what he said earlier started the rumors.
|15 weeks 4 days ago||Schofield's not having his party until tomorrow night!||
What if the Broncos want him to fly out now?
|16 weeks 6 days ago||Did the NBA just open a can of worms?||
Yes. And it's about time.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Correct||
Last year he qualified for the event finals in all six events, but decided to skip rings. The team had already won its championship and he'd already won the all-around, so he gave his shoulders a rest and let someone else compete.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Third Time as NCAA All-Around Champ||
Won as a freshman, too. But I bet this is his first time winning even after falling on what can be his best event. (He won the high-bar event final in last year's championship.)
And Stacey Ervin, who tore his biceps on his first event at the Big Ten Championships, had the okay from the trainers to compete this week. Amazing. (And did well enough to be in the event finals tomorrow night.) I'm assuming he only tore part of his biceps.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||The polls are different in gymnastics||
as I posted below while you were posting. They're not opinion-based or based on wins or losses (Michigan is undefeated this season, including beating OSU face to face), but based on average scores as the average changes during the season. [See below for more detail about Michigan not using all their top gymnasts for every meet, so their total scores aren't as high as they could be, but high enough to win.]
But with two major team members injured and probably out for the NCAAs, it won't be as easy as it might have been. I think they also beat now-higher-ranked Stanford earlier this year, but they haven't faced Oklahoma, which is always a big gymnastics power. But they beat OSU convincingly again today, even without all their top scorers.
All these teams are really good and doing routines far more difficult (and risky) than ever before, making the NCAA tourney incredibly excicting live. And it's going to be in A2 with really cheap tix.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||The polls during the season are based on average scores||
Michigan has not only dominated pretty much every meet this year, they're undefeated. But OSU was ranked higher the last couple weeks even though Michigan beat them face to face, because Michigan has been without several of their top gymnasts at many events, either because they had to skip meets because of national team commitments (Stacey Ervin, Adrian de los Angeles & Sam Mikulak) or because of injuries (ADLA and now Ervin). And even when they were available to compete, some of the other gymnasts were given a chance to compete to build depth and give the others a rest. I guess that strategy worked, because someone had to step into Ervin's place tonight in his other events. Some nerves from those who stepped in, but not as nervous as they might have been if they hadn't already had a chance to be in competitions, getting confidence and experience.
So Michigan has done what was needed to win, rather than run up maximum scores and wearing out or injuring the team (which still happens, unfortunately) so they're good for the tourney season. The NCAA won't be a slam dunk without both Ervin and de los Angeles, but now the team has shown they're up for it.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Historic meet||
Joanna Sampson's 10.00 was her first ever, and was the first in Big Ten Championship history on floor. (Emily Wong of Nebraska later tied Sampson's floor ten in the evening session.) And the full team score was Michigan's highest on that event.
Michigan was also the first team to win the championship from the afternoon session. The top four teams are usually in the evening session. As Willow mentions above, their beam rotation was great, making up for their very uncharacteristic beam debacle last week that left them third out of four teams in the meet that served as the B1G preliminary round. Only 5 of the 6 routines are counted, so one fall is no problem. But last week the women had 2 gymnasts make two falls each. That was enough to move them down to third in an otherwise terrific meet. But today they were terrific and consistent throughout, scoring the program's fourth highest championship score ever.
By the way, the Men's Gymnastics team completed an unbeaten season this evening, warming up for the championship meets to come.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Sadly the two also shared the NFL injury bug||
Pretty much cut out Manningham's two years in S.F., but great to see him back with the Giants. Hope he's healthy enough to get playing time, but that one play in the Super Bowl made him extremely popular here. [The second video on the linked article has a postgame interview I've never seen. Eli, Coughlin & Manningham all complementing one another about that play. And both videos dissecting the perfection of Mario's catch.]
Went to visit a friend who lives up near their training camp Mario's rookie year just so I could watch him. Worth the trip. Jumping and shouting like a kid, playing to the crowd like a cheerleader. And this was just in early practice. Thrilled for him he's back.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||He was with the Saints||
Signed from the practice squad, active a couple years I think, but had injury problems. He was finally cut from injured reserve.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Just thinking I'd switch to the M broadcast||
for objective reporting:
|23 weeks 2 days ago||A serial mugging||
and then Morgan gets called for a love tap? I don't usually bitch about the reffing, but they're getting rid of our bigs and handing points to the other guys. End of rant.
|23 weeks 2 days ago||As long as we're at it||
Here's the link to a more recent article about Timmy and his chemistry with last year's Knicks first-rounder:
|23 weeks 3 days ago||But we had the earlier game||
So even if MSU is healthy, we'd have had more time to rest.
Poor Izzo. Life is so unfair.
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||That answered my question||
on the Ryan Mundy thread.
|24 weeks 12 hours ago||So I'm hoping this means||
that Stevie is healthy again?
|24 weeks 20 hours ago||I've never been an athlete or coach||
but I've been an actress, and I always had butterflies before a performance. Fortunately they miraculously went away as soon as the curtain went up, so I wasn't worried. No more thinking, just doing. But once I was backstage before a great role in a great play and realized I didn't have butterflies.
That was my first hint that it was time to move on. I realized I didn't care enough anymore, and if you don't care enough, you're not going to be that good.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||I confess to utter ignorance||
It never occurred to me to think of the Maryland flag. Thanks for answering just in case I didn't know.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks for the heads-up||
Turned on just in time for OT with a reason to root for Smot's new team.
But what the heck are their school colors? Looks like it should be red and white, but they've got inserts that look like blue* & maize to my tired eyes. Is that a thank-you for donating a player?
But seriously, who has their uni contract? Please keep them from Michigan.
|24 weeks 2 days ago||Assignment to the Pep Band||
Get the rights and do it!
Audience participation trigger if I've ever heard one.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||All the mythical up-votes.||
As one who's a sucker for the unsung and the under-sung, thanks.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah. Johnny Depp played him in the 1997 movie.||
Al Pacino was in it too.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm...||
I suppose you're not the Michigan Music School grad who plays bassoon for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra? No, I think I'd know that by now. But for perspective I think I'll check with him as to the traditional tempo and whether he's willing to take up your challenge.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Went to the NCAA Championships last year||
One of the most exciting experiences as a sports audience-member. Of course, Michigan upset host team Penn State and Sam Mikulak scored his highest ever on his breathtaking high-bar routine (gush, gush, yes, I've reported this before).
One of the great things about events like these is you want everyone to do well, and just hope your guys do just a little better. Makes it even better for bringing kids, because it's not the kind of rivalry sport that leads to bad fan behavior.
Seeing it live is so much more exciting than on TV, and seeing all the competitors makes it clearer how hard it is. Especially when the top people can still have a flub, a fraction of an inch landing you on the floor, and getting right up and finishing the routine (if you haven't broken or torn something in the process).
If your son likes gymnastics, absolutely. You can judge his attention span, but the men have six different events, so there's variety, and the tix are so cheap you get your money's worth no matter how his span holds up. [Hmm. I see Bando said this above.]
[The regular meets are in the smaller venue, so you're close up and personal. The championships will be in Crisler, and it'll be like a six-ring circus because all the events are going on at the same time with so many teams, which can either be terribly exciting or, as Bando says, sensory overload if you think you have to catch everything.]
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, you were laughing at yourself!||
I'm so sorry. Didn't know you were an ice skater. I just thought you were ignorant. My bad.
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Did he really just join today?||
I thought I recognized his elegant syntax from a previous post.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Too bad we overly sensitive people won't see this post||
now that it's off the front page, but you need to know you don't know what you're talking about.
There may be other reasons why Charlie White is not dating his skating partner, but the most obvious is because he's been in a long-time relationship with this person of the female persuasion, who happens to have a silver medal in ice dancing from a couple of Olympics ago. Our resident MGoSkateBlogger TJ Young broke the news in this highly confidential forum a couple of years ago. But now that the Times and NBC have let the cat out of the bag, you may want to stop jumping to conclusions.
|27 weeks 1 day ago||Not a spoiler (not from today/tonight)||
|27 weeks 1 day ago||The Shibutanis and Evan & Madison||
have been gushed about too, as the young teams to watch, the heirs to Charlie & Meryl.
Here's the MGoBlue.com pre-Olympics feature on the Shib Sibs (safe for sports blog: no sequins):
EDIT: and, inspired by post below:
|27 weeks 1 day ago||TJ is absolved of spoilerdom.||
Brian already posted it on the front page. But here we're getting it from the authority!
And Brian left out Evan. Yes, he graduated in December (you mean he was going to school a few weeks before the Olympics?!?!) and he now skates with a non-Wolverine, but that doesn't diminish his cred, or his talent (and his recovering from an Achilles tendon sliced by his former partner's skate). Congratulations to all!
|27 weeks 2 days ago||All the UM-skater teams did us proud||
All three pairs in the top 10, and the commentators (Weir & Lapinski, neither of whom is afraid of speaking his/her mind) didn't agree with the judges placing several teams ahead of Evan Bates & (non-M-student) Madison Chock and Alex & Maia Shibutani (who as the Shib Sibs have become media darlings).
Worth watching them tonight. You're right about the TV. The morning thing included all competing short programs. The primetime replays will show only the top teams, and will no doubt include E&C and the Shibs.
Even for those embarrassed to watch ice-dancing, here's a great video from MGoBlue.com featuring Alex & Maia, making clear their feelings about Michigan. Snippets of practice, no sequins.
[The NBC evening news just showed Meryl & Charlie studying in their feature... Was that the law library? Most photogenic place to study.)
|28 weeks 11 hours ago||I suppose you could call Greg Harden old news||
because he's been around for a long time doing great work, but work most people don't know about. So any news about Greg Harden is good news and worth posting.
Many people know Tom Brady's talked about how much he helped him, but it's probably new news that he's as important to walk-on volleyball players as to eventual NFL Hall of Fame QBs, and that they're as important to him.
|28 weeks 20 hours ago||Apparently when comments are removed by the mods||
they can still show up in the app. That definitely looks like a comment that would be caved, and apparently was.
One of the drawbacks when that happens is that replying comments remain but make no sense. This is a case where the intended sarcasm disappears through no fault of your own.
|28 weeks 1 day ago||Sometimes autocorrect can be so creative.||
Thanks. I can stop obsessing now.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||That's why you can tell they're so great||
You don't have to know a thing about what they're doing and you simply know.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Congrats on your first post!||
And since you're clearly informed... I'm not familiar with this use of "overworked." Do you mean they compete more at home and have that advantage, or that they're "overworked" by the judges (which could mean either they're harder on them or the reverse)?
|28 weeks 2 days ago||I was overdoing it a bit in my word choice||
Sorry. I was being a bit sardonic, as in response to what may have been a sardonic "OMG, they're only #2!?!" But that tone probaby wouldn't read in the context of the rest of my post.
There is a poll, and the unanimous preseason #1 ranking was determined by coaches who have and will compete against them. It's based on the potential of the team as a whole (NCAA champions with most of their highest score returning). And when the team doesn't compete with its full roster, it's not meaningless to base current rankings on what is put into play, any more than it is when star football players become injured.
In fact, the use of score averages in gymnastics as a basis for current standings is less based on opinion than football and basketball polls. No this defense vs. that offense variables. Each team is really competing against itself, and its own nerves (perhaps accentuated when you're competing against a top team). You can still measure yourself against different teams in actual competition, because then you will both be performing against the same judges.
The reality of having national team members on your roster means they'll have other obligations (Mikulak missing two meets and Ervin missing one). Even when they compete, their scores aren't guaranteed. The higher risk in their routines means greater chance of injury, so sometimes they'll work on the risk level in practice and save it for when it's really needed. And Coach Golder's approach of shuffling the roster is aimed for the success of the season as a whole. So far so good.
|28 weeks 3 days ago||They're not using all their top gymnasts all of the time||
The average point scores determine their national standing rather than their won-loss record, but they're planning ahead. Michigan has not used their top people in every event, still managing to stay undefeated. They beat Nebraska tonight by a huge margin (443.650-416.050) without Olympian Sam Mikulak (the second meet he's missed) and without anyone competing in the all-around, giving opportunities for more of the team to compete in individual events.
It makes sense to sacrifice some fictional placement to work for future depth and test the team for consistency, and by not overworking everybody there's a better chance of keeping them healthy for the end-of-season championships, when the scoring is far less forgiving. Co-captain Syque Caesar explains it:
|28 weeks 3 days ago||But didn't both Mallett and McGuffie have||
homesickness issues? Even before coaching change issues?
[memory post open to factual rebuttal]
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Had read the interview on the Mothership||
and couldn't help wondering if that's why the Shibutani sibs got so much facetime in the opening ceremonies (without identifying them by name, lest the Mich staff be accused of bias).
But maybe it was just that they're so cute.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Several athletes||
told their families not to come weeks ago, even if they were willing to take the risk themselves, because it would likely be their only chance to compete in an Olympics they'd trained for most of their lives.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||Needn't narrow it down that far||
Only to countries who do not bribe the IOC and countries that do not choose the site per bribes and inflate the cost of the games by doling out contracts to those who pay the most for the privilege.
|28 weeks 5 days ago||And the snow white?||
Sochi being one of the few places in Russia that's usually warm, noted as a beach resort.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||I have a book by that name||
Although it's appropriately named [it's a listing of WWII slang, including Yank, Brit, Aussie & German), relieved I didn't give it to you for your birthday.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Tempering expectations||
Harris & Darboh are both recovering from injuries that kept them out for some time, so as talented (and heightful) as they are, they may need more time. (Not sure about Harris, but coaches say Darboh's not ready to fully practice and may not be ready for spring ball.)
However, I choose not to temper my expectations that they'll come back good as [better than?] new and be terrific. Eventually. Soon? Heck, I hope so.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke did meet with some of the media||
a day or two before. See [hear] Sam Webb's reports from yesterday's WTKA podcasts. Link to first segment.
EDIT: Link may take you only to podcast menu page. He talks about it in segments 2 (2.31 in), 3 and 5 of yesterday's broadcast.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||Hoke added that he wouldn't recommend it for others||
Glad he had an opportunity to show the little twinkle in his eye we've been missing lately.
|29 weeks 10 hours ago||Manny played well for them||
but after two 10-day contracts they'd have to sign him for the rest of the season, and they have a couple of guys healthy again and returning.
At least there's this:
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Since Mom was the one pushing for Michigan,||
her willingness to move to Florida sounded like the death knell to M's chances.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Seem to remember that he started there||
but ended up with a double major in sociology and communications. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.)
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Implied Causation||
I was about to criticize you for not reading carefully until I realized I hadn't read your post carefully. You weren't accusing the previous post for implying causation, which it clearly didn't. You were simply giving a clear example of why such a statement would be absurd.
|30 weeks 2 days ago||So that's Mike Tirico||
with shouts of "Ann Arbor in the house!" The M men getting lots of coverage and highlight shots. Even Darius Morris got a mention. (Commentator correcting himself after saying Harris & Hardaway played together at Mich.)
|30 weeks 3 days ago||If the totals look funny||
In women's gymnastics, six gymnasts from each team compete in each event, but only the top five scores are counted.
I thought men's recently changed to five up and five counted (no room for error), but that may only be for the tourneys.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||Gym Rankings Cont'd||
The average scores determine the current rankings,but it should be noted that Michigan's men competed last week without Sam Mikulak (training with the U.S. team in China) and this week without Stacy Ervin (training with the U.S. team here in the U.S.).
And they still won both group meets against highly ranked teams, giving guys further down the depth chart a chance to compete under that kind of pressure.
|30 weeks 3 days ago||And throw in an afternoon victory against OSU||
Women's Gymnastics. (M women were favored, but still.)
|30 weeks 3 days ago||So did Magnus||
Mundy was already on the Giants' roster, but started playing regularly when our Stevie Brown went down for the season. Made some nice plays.
Speaking of Stevie Brown, he was the guest player-expert repping the Giants (along with a longtime retired Jets star) on NY's Fox station for their perspectives on the upcoming Super Bowl. Stevie was terrific. Seriously. No M bias. (Well, a little. But he was still terrific.) So he's now officially a star.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||But he never complained when they kept putting Henson in||
even though he'd waited his turn to start. And he came back to speak to the team this fall. If you didn't catch the video, do. It should answer any questions about his deep connection to Michigan, even though his treatment may have led to his low draft position (which didn't give him a multimillion dollar start). 'Course that seems to have worked out okay.
My favorite Cinderella story. So I admit to a very strong connection to Brady, being old enough to have watched him at Michigan and in the few televised preseason minutes he got to play in his rookie year. Seemed so grateful for the opportunity, and me of little faith assumed that would probably be the last we'd see of him, backing up Bledsoe and all.
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Good thing the team proved it could win without him.||
Disappointing, but a hard invite for him to turn down. The two US women invited were 1 and 2 in the Olympic all-around, and Sam was the only U.S. male even competing in the Olympic men's all-around and so far the only man named for this competition, "a second to be named later." The other men on the US team did well in individual events, so the coaches must be waiting to see who besides Sam can be consistent enough for the all-around. [The men have more events than the women, so it's extremely difficult to be competitive on all six, and healthy enough in all body parts to be able to try.]
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Thanks, Raoul||
Went to bed before the summary went up and my Google search was fruitless.
But this may explain why I picked up a quirky headline from The Malaysian Sun about world gymnastics championships. (Was actually the lead to an AP article from SI, but from Anaheim? Further research required to see why the Americans are training in China when their team is scheduled for today's prelims. I'm awake now, so I volunteer.)
EDIT: Worlds are in Nanning in October. Have no idea what current championship referred to above. Pix in post below. Didn't want them squashed further in this here reply.
BONUS: while searching, found this on-line documentary about our own Stacey Ervin (also on national team, though not [yet] in the competition group) posted on front page of the US Gym site:
|31 weeks 2 days ago||Sam in China||
Yup. There he is. Back row, 5th from the right. The team is training with the Chinese team in Beijing [LINK].
Michigan Assistant Coach Xiao Yuan is there too, part of the US staff. And while they were in the neighborhood...
|31 weeks 3 days ago||Addendum to Men's Gymnastics Win||
Michigan was competing against 4 Big Ten teams who are all ranked in the top 10 nationally (plus host UIC), and they competed without their star, defending US and NCAA champ Sam Mikulak. Don't think he was injured, perhaps just letting some other guys get experience. [This is pure speculation. That's what happens when you can only follow with live scoring updates. If someone knows more, please post. Can't seem him in the picture above...] Whatever the reason for his absence, deep as they are, they pulled it out.
|32 weeks 10 hours ago||That was an old saying, going back to the 30s or so.||
They also used to call MSU Cow College and Moo U. But then MSU called us names back that would get them arrested today. So glad we've matured.
However, it's true that women who are intelligent enough to want to go to Michigan for an education may be less likely to do themselves up like pin-up girls. (I think that's what they used to call them, in those earlier days.) Takes time away from studies. Doesn't mean that a bucket of make-up and hair-dye and hairspray can't make them more suitable for guys with those particular tastes, but they'd probably be too intelligent for that.