|2 hours 25 min ago||Why am I even bothering to debate you?||
If you are going to quote me, you might want to use my exact words and not paraphrase what I said and put that in quotes. That's REALLY dishonest.
We were comparing teams based on your OP - some weird AP points system. When you didn't like those results, you added a whole bunch of other criteria, in essence, changing the discussion, i.e., moving the goalposts.
You want us to recruit like elites. Jim Boeheim, Calipari, and Pitino are considered elite coaches. I prefer not to be mentioned in the same breath as those morally ambiguous coaches. You are allowed to broaden the discussion but I'm not? OK, sure buddy.
|13 hours 54 min ago||Stay hydrated||
I freaked out, stopped eating and drinking and developed a kidney stone. I gave birth to a stone a week after my son was born. My wife's delivery was more painful, but not by much.
|16 hours 52 min ago||You moved the goalposts||
And then questioned who was being dishonest. There is nothing factually wrong about my response. And if the choice is Beilein or Boeheim, I'll take Beilein.
|17 hours 32 min ago||Selected comments from Maizen over the past few weeks||
You want to challenege my points, fine, but stop with the name calling, douchebag
It's not trolling when it's accurate, asshole.
Let's be smarter about this please.
So please, be smarter people.
Says the confused simpleton who can't decide if he's a UNC or Michigan fan. Seek help.
This really is the fringe lunatic 1% of the fanbase because I've never seen so many people eat their own like Michigan fans.
Actually that's not my point but I'm not surprised a simpleton like yourself reached that conclusion.
You're a flat earther aren't you.
I was at a funeral this past weekend you fucking asshole.
Not everyone's life revolves around this blog like yours does. (my personal favorite)
John Beilein doesn't know what defense is.
|18 hours 11 min ago||I wonder if Harbaugh watches John Oliver|
|19 hours 9 min ago||Things could definitely be worse||
Why isn't Ohio State, #12 on this list of historically super awesome teams, recruiting all 5 stars? Forget about #FireBeilein, if anybody is on the hot seat it's Matta.
Once you get past Kansas at #5 (857 points) there's not much separation between schools. The difference between Kansas and Michigan (857-423=434 points) is more points than Michigan has. To take this list and say Michigan should be recruiting with the elites is not being honest with the facts. We're closer in points to Oklahoma State at #34 than we are to Syracuse at #9.
|21 hours 48 min ago||Avatar checks out||
|1 day 12 hours ago||Alumina||
And alumina is another name for aluminum oxide.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Preach||
We recently learned that DeVeon runs a 4.75 40 and Brian keeps mentioning that Evans could not break tackles. Yet, somehow the team averaged 4.8 yards per carry behind a "mediocre" offensive line. Something does not compute.
|1 day 20 hours ago||Blogonomics||
I, too, am fascinated by blog economics. Andrew Sullivan's blog went to a subscription model. He would post updates on subscriber numbers and total dollars raised. I believe he got up to around $1M in annual revenue. This was enough to run the servers, have a staff of a few bloggers and pay them health care. Just as he was getting into the recurring phase of the business (annual subscriptions were being renewed,) he burned out and shut the blog down. It's good that Brian has Seth to take some of the business-burdens off of him so he can focus on the writing and vision stuff.
The ad-based model works if the topic is broad enough to engage a large user-base. Michigan athletics fits that. Michigan basketball likely doesn't.
With ads, donations, t-shirt sales, and HTTV-type items, there appears to be enough revenue sources to keep this blog going. At least I hope so. The real challenge is maintaining creativity from the writing staff when daily content is demanded by the rampaging hordes of MGoUsers.
P.S. However, the whole model breaks down when folks start turning in their MGoPoints for those shiny bolivars.
|2 days 12 hours ago||Mo minutes||
He averaged 24 mpg this season. With another year of experience, he should be able to reduce his fouls and play 28-30 mpg.
|2 days 12 hours ago||A crater?!?||
I regret that I have but 1 neg to give
|2 days 13 hours ago||Protesters||
Waved broccoli. It was crazy.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The A's||
does this mean they get a new ballpark? Or will they at least do something with the coliseum to make it more baseball friendly?
|2 days 21 hours ago||A Las Vegan||
lives there but avoids the buffets
|5 days 1 hour ago||Granny style|
|5 days 10 hours ago||UNC-Kansas||
That's possible, but Kentucky looked pretty good to me tonight
|5 days 11 hours ago||I was rooting for Wisconsin||
But the result, especially how it happened, does not make me sad
|5 days 11 hours ago||Barry||
His blocked shot in OT was huge
|5 days 12 hours ago||4.75||
I wonder how he was able to average nearly 5 ypc at that speed behind a mediocre line.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Denard's run||
The only thing missing from that is Ufer tooting Patton's horn. That would make it perfect.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Single most overrated band||
I think you have them confused with Radiohead.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Trey Bergkamp - hadn't seen that before||
That's pretty good, but I prefer Denard Bergkamp.
|6 days 1 hour ago||"great" might have been stretching it a bit||
but the point remains, they only committed 5 turnovers. That, combined with the rebounding edge they had gave them 8 extra possessions. Being able to outrebound a team when you are missing your starting center is impressive (or you can be a Debbie Downer and blame DJ and Moe for not being better rebounders.) It's hard to beat a good team when they are getting 8 extra possessions. Oddly, both teams attempted 58 shots. The difference was the FT line, where they had 9 more attempts. Considering how poorly they shot FTs and the fact that DJ and Moe ended up with 2 each, maybe we should have challenged them more at the rim and made them make their points at the line.
I'm not blaming the refs. The block/charge call is a judgment call and it's basically a 50/50 play. The way the refs called the game, it gave an advantage to Oregon. They were the more physical team driving the ball to the basket. I thought they were out of control a few times and should have been called for charges, which would have increased the number of turnovers they committed.
|6 days 1 hour ago||1,000 Points, 400 Assists, 500 Rebounds Club||
Why is that a club? It seems arbitrarily created to highlight Walton's career. I can see having a 1000/500/500 club, or a 1000/400/400 club, maybe.
It basically shortchanges Gary Grant's career because he just barely missed the 500 rebounds, but he crushed the other two criteria. Grant's line: 2222 / 731 / 455.
Walton's 1471 / 498 / 563 is nice, but I'll take Grant's 2000 / 700 / 400 club anytime.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Rice||
Rice is in the 100 3-point club, but he's well behind Walton. Rice had 135 three pointers. The line didn't exist for Rice's freshman season, but that hardly mattered. He averaged 0.1 3PG as a soph, 1.0 as a Jr and 2.7 as a senior.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Turnovers||
We ended up only turning the ball over 8 times. That's a little better than our average. The problem was, Oregon only turned the ball over 5 times, 6.5 below their average. Is that because our defense wasn't overly aggressive, or was it because Oregon came in completely focussed and played a great game? Gotta give credit to Oregon on this one.
There was a whole thread last night about the auto-bench. Moe and DJ each only had 2 PFs. Each only played <28 minutes. This was like the reverse Purdue game. Beilein forced Painter to go small. Somehow, Oregon forced Beilein to go small.
|6 days 12 hours ago||I wasn't complaining||
In fact, I like this silent Dantonio better. I'd prefer it if I never had to listen to him again.
|6 days 12 hours ago||My snowflake||
Two months ago this team was hard to watch. The last two weeks have been must see TV. I hope DJ and Moe come back. I hope MAAR and X step up to replace Walton's leadership.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Meanwhile,||
|6 days 19 hours ago||Surprising?||
That's putting it mildly. I was shayok'd to see his name.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Sandy Cohen, III||
From Marquette, 6'6" JR SG. I say we take him just for the eyebrows.
|1 week 21 hours ago||In layman's terms||
The NTSB reported a post flight inspection found the right elevator geared tab inboard pushrod linkage damaged which restricted movement of the right elevator surface but allowed movement of the control tab.
In other words, the flapper-thingy on the tail got stuck?
|1 week 1 day ago||Doyle||
He had a six inch tumor. I think Beilein recruiting/development gets a pass for Doyle.
|1 week 1 day ago||LA roads are pretty bad||
And we don't have the salt excuse or the dramatic seasonal temperature change excuse.
|1 week 1 day ago||As someone with German heritage||
the thought of Nowitzki and Wagner playing for Germany is music to my ears. (Sorry, after all of Raftery's bad puns, I had to.)
|1 week 1 day ago||3PT%||
Burke went 0.348 and 0.384 from three in his two years. Walton is 0.399 in his career and 0.419 this season. So Walton is going to make 1 extra three pointer for every ~30 shots they put up. I don't think that's enough of an advantage to make a difference.
The problem is, they are both competing against the 6'6" Lonzo Ball type PGs that have better court vision, akin to the NFL drafting that 6' 6" QB to see over the line.
Will the NBA view Walton as a system PG? How much of his success will they attribute to being a Beilein product?
|1 week 1 day ago||Oops||
My mistake, the Big 10 has won 5 and tied 2 in the previous 7 years. The ACC hadn't won the challenge since 2008 before winning in 2016.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hoke||
and 5-7 was even worse. He maybe could have survived going 7-6 in his third year if he had a winning record in his 4th year and he hadn't screwed up the concussion-gate thing and been so closely associated with Brandon.
|1 week 1 day ago||ACC vs Big 10||
I wonder how much of the perception that the ACC was better than the Big 10 was influenced by the ACC-Big10 challenge in November. The ACC won that in seemingly dominant fashion, 9 games to 5, but if 2 two point games go the other way, it's a 7-7 tie. And if Michigan beats VT (we lost by 3,) the Big 10 would have won the challenge for the 8th year in a row. Which begs the question, which conference really is the better conference?
|1 week 1 day ago||Mr. Potato Head||
I'm pretty sure I saw those custom potato message people on Shark Tank. Makes sense they would send one to one of Cuban's players. It's basically the pet rock of this age, at least that's what they are hoping for.
|1 week 2 days ago||UCLA||
I've watched some of their Pac12 tourney games and their first round game. They didn't look like the same team that beat us in December. I couldn't figure out why until I watched the UCLA-Cincy game. Ike Anigbogu was a big part of that December game. Even though he only scored 6 points, he had 4 rebounds and 4 blocks and played 25 minutes. That's his season high in minutes.
Their defense is really bad. At least Ike gives them another inside presence. Alford gets attacked on the regular. He's like their Donnal on defense (a flashing sign saying 'attack me,') only he plays major minutes. Welsh and Leaf are like Wagner and Wilson on defense. They don't have the physical presence you need. Ball is incredible on offense, but he seems to play D like he's waiting to get back on offense.
I did pick UCLA to win it all because of that whole, "guards win in March" line of thinking and UCLA has four guards that score 12-16 ppg. The tournament could be Ball's coming out party to the rest of the nation (the folks that don't pay attention to college hoops except during March Madness.) His court vision is incredible, and the way he just nonchalantly jacks 25 foot threes is something to see.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bolivian Zebras||
Bolivian Zebras have no shame. Put it away, put it away.
|1 week 3 days ago||Bolivian Zebras|
|1 week 3 days ago||3rd||
We didn't play at PU this season
|1 week 3 days ago||Guards win in March||
Mason III reminds me of Minnesota Mason. Walton is better. Tum Tum can't shoot.
|1 week 3 days ago||Kansas||
Is playing very sloppy. A disciplined, fundamental, good shooting team should be able to beat them.
|1 week 3 days ago||refs||
what bothered me about the refs in the first half is that the calls on Michigan were 'and-1' type calls, giving Louisville a chance for a three point play, whereas calls on Louisville were 'on the floor' type calls that prevented Michigan baskets.
I also don't care for the quick whistle whenever they get to the under 16/12/8/4 minute TV timeout period. I'd instruct my guys to take it to the basket whenever those situations occur. The refs are dying to blow a whistle to accommodate TV. It's patently obvious and it lends one to see NCAA basketball as nothing more than professional wrestling.
|1 week 4 days ago||SOS||
SOS is another criteria. Minnesota's was 20. Wisconsin's was 80. Going by the committee's criteria, the seeds made sense. Going by common sense, the seeds were idiotic.
|1 week 5 days ago||Miami||
They were horrible. How did they manage to go 10-8 in the ACC, the world's greatest basketball conference, or so I'm told, over and over again?
|1 week 5 days ago||Same here||
I suppose this is what a 10-7 game looks like. I heard WSU was under seeded. I'm not seeing it.
|1 week 5 days ago||yeah, but||
our guys are getting mugged every time they try to post up. It's like the refs aren't watching any of the off-the-ball action.
|1 week 5 days ago||Post defense||
Their post defense is basically equivalent to giving a bear hug. I can't believe that doesn't get called when so much ticky tack stuff got called early in the game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wow||
we got outrebounded 40-21 by a team that shot 54.7/43.8/87.5% and we won the game. Amazing. If we have a decent 3PT%, we lose by 10 points. Crazy game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Go blue||
That was not a 10-7 game. OMG, what a game!
|1 week 6 days ago||My 40 time||
is twice as good as Gary's. I run a 9.14.
|1 week 6 days ago||So...||
Peters vs. Sessa is going to be the QB controversy going into the fall?
Sessa is 6' 8". I suppose we should expect to see him at TE before too long.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nordin||
no kidding, his vertical is 1" higher than Gary's.
|1 week 6 days ago||Kenpom||
had Minny at 33 and MTSU at 45, so it's like a 12 beating a 9.
|1 week 6 days ago||Minny||
I was wrong. Minnesota had no reason being a five seed. It's blatantly obvious that the tourney loves those 12-5 upsets so they can sell the cinderella story. It's all about marketing. They set Minny up to be the sacrificial 5 seed cow in the neverending quest to satiate the country's lust for the 12-5 upset.
(Yes, I'm bummed that I didn't pick MTSU in my bracket. So effing obvious. At least I have Butler over Minny in round 2.)
|1 week 6 days ago||OSU ORtgs||
those are terrifying.
|1 week 6 days ago||Gender neutral pronouns||
I'm not a fan of using "they" because that's too confusing. There are other attempts at inventing gender neutral pronouns. I'm probably too old to start using Ne, Ve, or Ze.
I have the opposite problem. My wife and her parents are Chinese. They don't have gender-specific pronouns in their native language, so they are constantly mixing up "he" and "she" when they speak English.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Gender dysphoria||
The American Psychiatric Association, publisher of the DSM-5, states that "gender nonconformity is not in itself a mental disorder. The critical element of gender dysphoria is the presence of clinically significant distress associated with the condition."
Your statement seems to lump all of those experiencing gender noncomformity as being afflicted with gender dysphoria, and so in need of mental help for their mental disorder. That may not necessarily be the case. That may be why some appear to be reacting strongly to some of these comments. No one wants their friends or relatives to be called mentally ill, or mentally disordered when they are not.
As others have pointed out in this thread, there are situations where people have something other than XX or XY chromosomes*. The folks on here saying have XX and XY divisions and claiming scientific superiority come off looking like the believers in Newtonian Mechanics after the discovery of Quantum Mechanics. Things aren't always so simple as they appear.
I have a relative who transitioned last year. I was very surprised to find out how much I didn't know about the issue. The statistics regarding attempted suicides among this community are horrific. It's also sad that the significant distress associated with gender dysphoria is often a result of ignorance of the issue. In other words, the distress is caused by society's gender norms and inability to accept individual's choices that are different. I don't care if a young boy decides they prefer to wear pink, have long hair or play with Barbies. They shouldn't care either. But when society tells them they are wrong for doing these things, it shouldn't be a surprise that they feel significant distress.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||RPI and SOS||
If you look at RPI and SOS, MSU's closest comparison is Georgia. MSU was 51 in RPI and 10th in SOS. Georgia was 52 and 12, respectively. But Georgia was 1-9 against the RPI top 50 compared to MSU's 6-9. That was the difference between a 9 seed and not making the tournament.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||9 seeds||
If MSU was overseeded, their resume should not be as good as the other three 9 seeds, or else you have to say the committee messed up that whole seed line. These are the four 9 seeds:
Team RPI SOS W-L record vs RPI top 50
VT 47 75 22-10 5-8
SH 44 52 21-11 4-7
MSU 51 10 19-14 6-9
Van 38 1 19-15 6-8
They appear to fit with that group based upon my arbitrary criteria.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||it is||
I kid, I kid
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Bart Torvik||
That Bart Torvik link is fascinating. 3 of the 4 teams in our pod are in the top 16 in adjusted efficiency since Jan. 12. Screw the committee, man. What a joke. All else being equal, you'd expect 1 top 16 team per pod. Meanwhile, MSU at 38 gets a game against Miami at 34.
Crazy Bart Torvik stat of the day: Michigan's ADJOE AND ADJDE are better than Duke's over that time period, and Duke was a threat to be a 1 seed. Yet we got stuck with a 7?!?
Regarding the refs, there were a couple BTT games where our opponents had 2 fouls called against them well into the first half. I'm talking like 16-17 minutes into the game. That got me a little peeved. But it seems like our guys earned respect from the refs and things were more balanced during the 2nd halves of those games. We were no 8 seed and shouldn't be treated like one.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yes||
At the beginning of the season, I thought Purdue, Maryland, and Wisconsin were the top three and Michigan could get 4th or 5th in the conference if things went well. They finished in that bizarro 4 way tie for 5th because of the reffing at Minnesota.
We saw great improvements from Mo and DJ. Walton made the leap 12 games ago. Irvin had a horrible 5 game stretch, otherwise we'd be happy with his performance. MAAR is solid. The game really started slowing down for Xavier. I'm looking forward to next season.
Winning a banner is always something to be celebrated.
Beilein's record in 10 years at Michigan is 213-134. That makes the math fairly simple. An average Beilein season is 21-13. The team is 24-11 this year, a couple games better than an average Beilein team.
The problem with the tournament is that 67 teams finish the season with a loss.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Compare their resumes||
Vs RPI top 50, Minnesota was 8-7, Wisconsin was 5-7.
I was surprised that Minnesota got a 5 and Wisconsin only got an 8 like everybody else. But when you look at the criteria, and the resumes, it starts to make more sense. Still, Minnesota should have been dropped to a 6 based on that kid's injury, and Wisconsin could've been a 7.
It's like how Brian says Michigan needs to do a better job of gaming the RPI system. The same applies to Wisconsin. Their non-conf SOS was 304.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It does make sense||
if you use the criteria that the committee published: http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/mens-basketball-selecti...
Of the teams you listed that Wisconsin played, Syracuse, Georgetown, and Tennessee didn't make the tournament. Marquette is a 10 seed. Wisconsin has 1 RPI top 50 road win. Minnesota has three RPI top 50 road wins. If you use the selection committee's criteria, it makes sense. Anyone can take a few games here and there and make a case. Should OSU be seeded higher than us? They beat us in Ann Arbor. Obviously, that's silly. You have to take the whole season in consideration. Wisconsin did not play enough games against teams in the top 300 of the RPI and they only have one good road win and only 1 good neutral court win.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||top 150||
Wisconsin was 16-9 and Minnesota was 19-9. 19>16.
P.S. I must've missed the memo that we've stopped hating Wisconsin basketball.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wisconsin||
they were 32nd in RPI and 83 in strength of schedule.
Minnesota was 21 and 17.
It is what it is.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Criteria||
The criteria includes RPI and strength of schedule, two things that benefit Minnesota. It also includes "Player and coach availability." Minnesota will be without one of their starters. That should have bumped them down to a 6 seed. Minnesota actually has a decent resume, if you care to look at their whole season.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wisconsin||
Wisconsin was 9-0 against RPI SUB 150 teams. Five wins were against RPI 300+ teams. That's why they got an 8 seed. Schedule somebody with a pulse, please.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Minny-Wisconsin||
If Minnesota and Wisconsin had finished reasonably close in RPI and SOS, the head-to-head games would move Wisconsin ahead of Minnesota. But the RPI wasn't that close (20-32) and the SOS was strongly in Minnesota's favor (17 to 83.) Minnesota was 8-7 against teams in the top 50 and 13-9 against the top 100. I think we're undervaluing them because we beat them once and should have beat them twice and their style of basketball is not pretty. But they're a legit 5 seed.
Wisconsin was 9-0 against RPI SUB 150 teams. Five wins were against RPI 300+ teams. Minnesota only played 5 SUB 150 teams, and none were 300+. The message is clear. Schedule better non-conference games.
We were 7-8 against the top 50 and 14-11 against the top 100. If you flip that OT loss @Minn to us, we would have been a five seed. It seems like the committee saw us as the 8 seed in the BTT and thought of us as the 8th best team. We were actually tied for 5th. A fifth place team winning a major conference should have been given more respect and a better seed.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Donnal||
Donnal (that's the proper spelling, folks, sheesh, I've seen his name misspelled so many different ways) has the highest three point percentage on the team at .0471. He just doesn't shoot that many. I don't cringe when he does shoot one, so to me, he's a LEGIT 3pt shooter.
That said, I think Beilein shortens the bench in the tourney and he sees limited minutes unless there is serious foul trouble with the bigs. We got through 4 games in 4 days with him playing 2-4 minutes per game. With the day of rest between games and extended TV timeouts, I can see Beilein going with the core 6 plus X for a few minutes to rest Walton for a minute or two per half.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wisconsin||
if all you are going on is RPI (UW tied for 32nd with Maryland) and SOS (Wisconsin's was 83rd,) then their seed makes sense. But ours doesn't, 30th RPI and 26th SOS, both better than Maryland's, yet Maryland gets the 6th and we get the 7th because of a game in early January?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||WTF?||
We had a better RPI and SOS than Maryland and we won the Big 10 tournament, so naturally, they get the 6 seed and we get the 7th?!?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||or 2 seeds better than us||
but they beat MSU in the Big ten tournament, so they must be awesome, right Mark Hollis?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Stats||
I've seen several comments about recency bias. I haven't seen anyone say anything about our memories playing tricks on us. There is a tendency to glorify our legends. I don't think that's what's going on here. Burke played too recently for that. But I still wanted to check the stats to see how they compared. The major difference is in 2 point FGA. Burke took 9.3 2's per game, compared to Walton's 4.0. Walton actually took a few more threes and made a better percentage of them (and he also has a better FT%,) but that's not enough to offset the giant difference in 2's, resulting in a 4 ppg advantage for Burke. Burke also averaged 6.7 assists per game to Walton's 4.5. So Burke was responsible for about 8 ppg more than Walton when combining points and assists. Walton was the better rebounder, but Burke had more steals and blocked shots, so those stats balance out.
When you look at how great Walton has been recently and realize that Burke is creating 8ppg more, it really shows how high his usage was. Burke was the master of the pick-and-roll. He either got to the hole or dropped it off for an easy two. We seem to be running more pick-and-roll later in the season with Walton.
One final thought, Burke's team went 12-6 in the Big 10 and finished tied for fourth before going on that run. Walton's team went 10-8 and essentially tied for fifth. We should have been 11-7, but you know, Teddy V.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's "Smotrycz"||
Shoot More On The Run You Crazy Zombie. Wow, didn't think I'd ever use that again.
Irvin played all 45 minutes today. The day after playing against Illinois, the day after escaping from a plane crash. Let's all try to remember that tomorrow if he has an off game.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Chatman is Wilson||
Wilson is Chatman. That's why Chatman had to "transfer." Beilein took the best of both players and melded them into one super stretch 4. /Science
|2 weeks 6 days ago||More important question||
I was going to ask a more important question - Did your head asplode when you saw the practice uniforms? Glad you survived that.
|3 weeks 22 min ago||These guys||
They have more than a valid excuse for playing poorly today if they do so, but I have a hunch they will play well. When Maverick Morgan called them out, they responded by scoring 91 on Nebraska and almost winning at the Trohl Center. They followed that up by destroying Illinois and Indiana at home. The next bit of adversity was when they lost the home game against OSU to fall to 4-6 in the conference. They could have packed it in then, knowing they still had games to play @Indiana, and against Purdue, Wisconsin, and MSU. But they didn't quit and they won all of those games. Another bit of adversity came when they got screwed by the refs at Minnesota. They followed that with a ROAD WIN (OK, I jest) at Rutgers. Finally, Northwestern executed a perfect Hail Mary to steal a win from the team, and they came back with another ROAD WIN to seal a tournament berth. I know basketball results don't compare to a plane accident, but I suspect the guys will come out focused today, and if they don't, Derrick Walton will take care of things.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||that's exactly how i picture you|
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Young Pope||
I watched that. The one time I commented about it here someone replied that it was a shit show. I liked it. The best part was the music. I love the song that ended episode 4, I think, senza un perche by Nada. Halo and the instrumental version of all along the watchtower are really good, imo.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not the best, but||
I like that Anthony Bourdain show on CNN.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Faalele||
that SI story mentions his teammate, 6' 8" 372-pound member of the class of 2019, Evan Neal. He might be a good backup plan in case we don't sign Faalele. Heck, let's just sign them both and start 800 pounds of offensive tackle.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||MTA Pro||
For those outside the Michigan area, MTA Pros are Meijer Thrifty Acre's knock off LA Gear shoes. They are the Faygo/Vernor's/Stroh's of mid-Michigan sports apparel.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Saucony||
The first real pair of basketball shoes I owned were Pony brand. I thought they were cool because the boxer Larry Holmes wore them. Times have changed.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||"quitting"||
RichRod's players quit on him in the bowl game. Hoke's players didn't quit on him, certainly not in huge numbers. It just wasn't a good team.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Jok over Bridges||
at least Bridges had some help on his team. Jok was all by himself and still got Iowa to 10-8 in conference. They only had one other double digit scorer, someone I've never heard of at 12 ppg. Iowa somehow beat Purdue, Maryland, and Wisconsin.
Jok averaged 20 ppg. Bridges only scored 20 or more 4 times. Plus, Bridges was hurt and missed 2 big 10 games and scored 10 points total in his first 2 games. Consistency is more important in these all-big team things because you have to impress the voters when they see you. I think that hurt Walton as well. He may have gotten a few 1st team votes from the last 8 opponents, but he wasn't an all first-team guy in the first 10 games.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No swag||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||185||
I benched 185 once, 25 years ago
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Izzo||
The coaching genius put a midget on Melo Trimble for the last play. Idiot.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Watching MSU-Maryland||
Thinking back to the Michigan-Minnesota game. If they used the same standard for today's game as they did for ours, Izzo would have about 10 technical fouls already. What an asshole.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Steve Stoyko!!!||
There's a blast from the past. I loved Steve Stoyko.
I just read up on that 84-85 team. They had the best winning percentage in UofM hoops history. Maybe they should be ranked higher than #10. I mean, just based on names alone:
Chuck DeGlopper, wait a minute, CHUCK DEGLOPPER!!! Could be on the Mount Rushmore of Michigan athletics names.
Garde Thompson, who was perfectly named to play guard.
16-2 in the Big 10, won the league by four freaking games. Next best team was no slouch either, our perenial rivals, Illinois, who was ranked #12 that season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Just win||
I like that Iowa has moved into the top 100, removing that 1 "bad" loss from our record.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||it was Donnal||
see 1:33 in the video Ace included. It was Donnal. As I mention below, I would have put Teske or Moe there. More length. Oh well.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Donnal inhabits Beilein's lizard brain||
I hate criticizing college kids. That said, if Beilein puts Moe or even Teske on the in-bounder, they have to change the trajectory of the pass because of the extra length of the defender. That, combined with a 2 minute stretch in the 2nd half when Donnal came in and Michigan promptly went -4 or -6 on the scoreboard, was detrimental to our chances.
But Beilein doesn't trust younger players not to screw up in critical situations.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||KENPOM||
Seems like the last half dozen games the home team has been favored by 1 point.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Ultrafast Science Lab||
One summer, I had a fellowship to work at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Science on UofM's North Campus. But back then, we just called it the Ultrafast Science Lab. I had three main tasks I worked on there. The first thing they had me do was make coaxial cables. They gave me a soldering iron, some solder, a cardboard box full of coax connectors, and a few hundred feet of cable. They told me to make a bunch of cables of various lengths. I had never soldered before, let alone make cables. Many of the cables I made failed the "pull test." Basically, you pull the connector and if it comes off the cable, you fail the test.
Another task I had was to make a curtain to separate areas in the test lab. They were getting stray light from one laser experiment and it was disturbing tests in another part of the lab. So I had to go to a fabric store and buy some heavy, black fabric and grommets. I cut holes in the fabric and installed the grommets so we could hang the curtain between labs.
The third task was the most interesting. KMS Fusion (see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KMS_Fusion) in Ann Arbor was in the process of shutting down, so they donated a bunch of optical equipment to UofM. My job was to go there with some grad students, identify anything of value, and bring it back to UofM.
KMS Fusion was dedicated to researching laser-based fusion. Basically, they would hit hydrogen atoms uniformly and try to get the pressure from the light to get the atoms to fuse together. Apparently, they were able to do this, but they could never do this in a positive generating energy sense. (It took more energy to get the atoms to fuse than was released by the fusion.) Anyhoo, this was like 1970's technology, so the computer that controlled the experiments was about the length of a basketball court and 7 feet high.
They would charge the lasing material for about an hour, and then they would get one giant freaking pulse of energy that used more energy than the rest of the U.S.A., but just for a very short time. So they had a room full of capacitors. These were more like car batteries. Stacked on rack after rack. We were cautioned to discharge the caps before disconnecting them because even though they hadn't been used in months, they might still have some residual charge.
The other eye opening story I heard there was we should remove any rings we were wearing, because if a cap discharged through your ring, it could heat up and slice your finger right off.
We rented this rickety old UHaul, and only one guy was old enough to drive it. Only one guy knew how to drive stick. They weren't the same guy. The truck stalled out one time on M-14.
We had the truck all loaded up and were ready to drive the stuff back to UofM. We showed up the morning we were scheduled to leave with the stuff to find out there was a major fire in the building. From wikipedia,
The owners didn't want us to leave with the optical equipment, because they wanted it to be part of the insurance claim. We figured it was already in the U-Haul, so it was already donated. While the people in charge were discussing the issue, we were told to slowly move to the U-Haul, get in, and get out of there. I may be embellishing somewhat, this did happen 26 years ago. I'm sure the statute of limitations applies in case anything illegal was done.
It's nice to know after researching this story today that I was exposed to bulk tritium and low-level radioactive waste. That probably explains much of my posting history on this here site.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Agree||
I would replace the GO BLUE with a block M on the back of each shoe. I prefer a symmetrical look.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Lance Bass||
Bass of nsync fame was supposed to go to the ISS on a Soyuz 15 years ago. The price tag then was $20M. I imagine the price has gone up due to inflation and they don't have the advantage of mass production.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||try 8 figures||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I blame Phil Donahue|
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Beatty||
he explained that he read the envelope and it said "best actress, Emma Stone," so he showed it to Faye to let her read the wrong award. I'm sorry, he's a dumbass.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Well||
Maybe they shouldn't let two senile actors announce the best picture
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Bullpen catcher||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Is the tournament going to be played in Crisler Arena?||
Home court advantage matters. Yes, it was a great win over Purdue, but let's not discount the advantage one has of playing in one's own gym.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||That's the point||
You are putting profit before the student athlete. Taking advantage of the powerless for institutional gain is reprehensible.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Doe popularity make it right?||
Regarding your statement about "your system," I'd like to take credit for it, but I think Adam Smith would be offended.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It's called America||
BTW, the NFL is far from a free market economy.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Player compensation proposal||
Free market economics? School offers athlete a job with a salary. Athlete either accepts or rejects. 5-star recruits are going to make more money, just like graduates of top universities can make more coming out of school than graduates of community colleges or high schools.
This works for McDonald's employees and Starbucks employees and rocket scientists. Why shouldn't it work for college athletes?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Even more confusing,||
this is a giant post about Sam Darmold
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Chinese desserts||
Red bean popsicles and taro smoothies are really good
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Fish||
I like mustard on salmon, but I haven't tried it on any other fish
|4 weeks 6 days ago||When I was a kid...||
I notice there are a lot of peanut butter recipes here. But what do you do when you run out of peanut butter? I used to make jelly and mustard sandwiches. My family was probably poor when I was a kid.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Gonzaga||
If they are the 1 seed, they are going to be in the West Regional, meaning a cross-country trip for Michigan possibly to Sacramento. I'd rather play a 2 seed that gets shipped out of their region into something closer to Ann Arbor. They are 'neutral' site games, but travel and fan support can make a difference.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||STA in EL||
our pastor when I was there was the chaplain for the spartan football team. He being Scottish and a spartan fan, we had the very unfortunate fate of being nicknamed the "Tartans." Our mascot was a bagpipe covered in tartan cloth. It was awful.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Especially Fridays||
or so I learned during elementary school at Saint Thomas Aquinas. Yep, ST3 went to STA.
|5 weeks 1 hour ago||Irvin sees red||
Anyone else notice that Zak Irvin plays his better games against teams wearing red? I think this is a good omen for our season ender at Nebraska. Check this out (opponent, pts scored):
He had a little blip against OSU and @ Indiana, but those teams wear scarlett and crimson, not red.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||we should be fine||
unless Gettys and Doorson decide to eat half our team. Those are some big boys.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||travel time||
I just read an IEEE Spectrum article about space travel. The article states that "Tiny spacecraft, each integrated on a chip and accelerated by laser light" could travel at 0.2 times the speed of light. We could reach that other solar system in 200 years. It would take another 40 for information to get back to us. None of us would be alive, but our great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren would appreciate our forethought or curse us for alerting our solar enemies to our existence.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Juice parole||
Sports Illustrated did a story about it:
Nevada has this point system for potential parolees. SI broke it down and showed he will likely get paroled, unless the parole board ignores their point system because he, you know, murdered two people in cold blood.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||Hoke/Crean||
Hoke is definitely Dorfman-esque.
Crean could be either Dorf-on-golf (see above) or Dorfman. Or just dorky.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Rob Voskuil||
Yeah, good ol' Rob Voskuil. I saw James play hoops at the IM building. He was clearly a division 1 athlete. Jason Bossard was also playing in that game. I think I could have taken Bossard. j/k
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Biggie Swanigan||
is going to destroy us inside. I hope we have a hot shooting night and can score with them.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Irvin's defense||
I watched him play defense during the first half of the Minnesota game. This amounted to standing in the corner guarding Minnesota's 5th option, and failing to box out. Duncan can do that just as well as Irvin. I think Ace is right that his defense is better than Duncan's, but he had a real bad night against Minnesota if defense includes defensive rebounding, which it does.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Complaints||
I think folks will keep complaining about the offensive line, John Beilein's recruiting, and Mark Donnal.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Kupchak||
I saw Kupchak eating lunch once at an El Pollo Loco. Seeing that guy try to squeeze into a booth reminded me of this:
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I bet it's Groce||
Sounds just like those white collar comments Maverick Morgan made. The dipshit doesn't fall far from the tree.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Fouls||
Our game-by-game foul totals are found on the last page of this:
28 fouls against us is 6 more than any other game this season. Yes, this game went to OT and we were playing from behind, but we weren't fouling extensively to lengthen the game. We just got hosed by these refs. When something so uncharacteristic happens, one has to wonder what's going on.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Refs||
Teddy was bad, but the whole crew sucked. The game is just moving too fast for those guys. They are calling what they think is happening instead of what is actually happening.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Tech||
I did that same thing in a 3/4th grade game and got T'd up. I talked to the person in charge of the officiating after the game and she said she would have thrown me out of the game if I did that while she was officiating. (She refs high school games.) Refs don't like getting showed up. They should have a tougher skin and realize when they mess up and not double down by calling the tech. I stopped coaching after that season. It's just not worth it to invest so much time and energy in the kids and have some idiot ref take the game away from them because they felt "shown up." I tried to explain I walked AWAY FROM THE REF precisely for that reason because otherwise i would have yelled at the ref and that would be a poor example to the kids. Ridiculous that the refs hurt pride cost Michigan a win tonight.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||OSU||
where we got outrebounded 42-24. Need to fix the rebounding. I thought we did with DJ at the 4. He got 7 rebounds tonight, but i think they were all easy ones off of Minnesota FT misses.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin||
I've been claiming that his defense is good based on looking at opponents' guard scoring numbers, so I decided to watch him play defense in the first half. He was guarding Minnesota's 5th option. Guy only took 2 shots when Irvin was guarding him. So if you are guarding a guy who is not a threat to score, you should be providing more help defense. He didn't do anything on the boards. Guys were flying past him all game getting ORebs. If it's a choice between Duncan guarding their 5th option or Irvin, give Duncan more minutes. Beilein did sit Irvin for major minutes in the first half to the point I was wondering if the flu came back. But he played a lot in the 2nd time and reverted to lizard-brain hero-ball late in the game and it cost us.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||FTs||
I agree, if we make ours, we win. Minnesota started making theirs so they won. They happened to attempt 23 more than we did.
41 attempts, man. I just don't know what to say.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Make FTs||
I'm tempted to agree with you, but then, if we had made a couple more FTs, I think the refs would have called a couple more fouls on us. There were numerous times Minnesota drove into a stationary player and got the foul called on us. It was atrocious. Worst reffed game I've seen in many years.
Minnesota got three fouls called on us by doing that 'head snap back' thing. Walton hit a guy on the elbow, for some reason the Gopher player's head snapped back. Whistle blew. (and blew and blew and blew...)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Fuck these refs||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin||
While attending a M-W game in Madison around the age of 10, I saw my first "Muck Fichigan" t-shirt. So in that sense, Wisconsin is one of our rivals because they claim to be, a la Illinois.
|6 weeks 23 min ago||Stafford, Henne, and Speight||
Reminds me of the Iowa game last season, when after every drive Speight came off the field there was a trainer looking at his shoulder.
|6 weeks 18 hours ago||Pension reform!||
There's your political angle.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||we lost 3 games by a total of 2 points in regulation||
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Modern era||
What, was Brady playing at UofM when dinosaurs were roaming the earth? 1999 isn't that long ago. You are making me feel old, so please stop that.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||So Cal||
I see a lot of users on here complaining about living in Southern California. I haven't complained about traffic since I started a job 5 miles from home that doesn't require me to take the freeway. Finding the right combination of job and home location is key to making it work.
When my mom visits and I have to spend 2 hours to go 30 miles to bring her to her sister's house, I'm reminded of how awful LA traffic can be.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||IDK||
but in Crean's defense, he was in the coaching box and Indiana's court has about 6 inches of room between the sideline and the bench. What a ridiculous setup. Someone's liable to get hurt.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||The officiating||
I thought the play that best epitomized the officiating is when they called a double foul when DJ's face fouled that Hoosier guy's elbow. Let's be serious, in previous seasons that would have just been a foul on DJ's face. Instead of playing 5 against 8, it was more like 5 against 7, and that may have been the difference in the game. That, and Indiana sucks.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Gedeon/McCray||
thank goodness those two guys had good senior years, and McCray gets another one thanks to a redshirt
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Brady||
His junior and senior year stats are comparable.
P.S. Brady's Michigan stats are awfully similar to Wilton Speight's.
Jr. Brady 7.5 YPA, 61.9%, 133.1, 14/10 TD/INT
Sr. Brady 7.5 YPA, 61.0%, 138.0, 16/6 TD/INT
'16 Speight: 7.7 YPA, 61.6 Comp Pct., 139.8 rating, 18 TD / 7 INT
|6 weeks 3 days ago||please move||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||3PT FG defense||
I've heard it said that three point FG defense is essentially random.
Let's look at our opponents' 3FG Pct in conference play and the result of the game:
0.211 L (24-42 rebounding disadvantage explains this one)
In our 6 wins, our opponents shot 35-97. In our 6 losses, our opponents shot 45-94, and if you eliminate the OSU game from that, the opponents shot 41-75. Was our defense really that bad? Or did we just get really unlucky against Iowa, Maryland, and Illinois? If those teams shoot <0.500, we win those games (maybe not @Illinois, but if that game stays close, maybe we don't give up in the 2nd half.) If we win just one of those games, we're sitting at 7-5 and everybody is breathing easier about our post-season chances.
So I was guilty as anyone else last week with my "Fire Beilein" comment. That's why I normally wait until the season is over and all this random variation can average out. Do I predict we'll make the playoffs? I've given up trying to figure out this team. If Irvin can accept his new role and let the better shooters shoot more often, I don't think 9-9/10-8 is out of the question. We get there with a BIG tournament win or two and we should make the field. Boy, that almost sounds like a prediction.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin||
Johnson scored 5 points and Blackmon had 6. I think Irvin guarded one of those two. He held Eron Harris to 4 points in the first meeting with State. He's doing a good job on defense ever since they let him guard guards instead of power forwards. He's got the length to disrupt a guard's game.
I was a little surprised (well, not really) to see him jack up his first shot from 20+ feet. I thought everybody knew that when you are slumping the thing you want to do is get going from the inside first. I don't mind Zak driving the basket, but his dribble-pull-up game just is completely lost, to the point where he's airballing more shots than he is making. I hope he gets it figured out soon.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||If I'm a GM||
I'm drafting the guy on the left. Holy shit is he huge.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||#newteamchaos||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The Red Cedar||
If the Red Cedar floods, that's just going to dump more crap on East Lansing.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||great stuff||
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Roid rage||
3-9 out of every 10 Spartans suffer from roid rage.
Now that I as the last person who had refrained from making that joke have finally done so, can we PLEASE retire that meme?
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Coach K's successor||
Chris Collins is putting himself in the mix with the year NU is having.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The white leggings||
The white pajama pants they wore under the maize shorts were just as bad as the socks, if not worse.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Well I'll be||
This team does have a pulse
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Brady at UofM||
It should be pointed out that Michigan averaged 3.2 ypc in Brady's final season at Michigan. That is the worst mark in the past quarter century of the program. That he was able to take that team to a 10-2 record really speaks to his ability.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Biggest factors in losses||
Iowa - fumbled kick return to start 2nd half, blown block that led to a safety
OSU - officiating, fumbled snap (only one of the year,) pick-6 (was that on Speight or the failed blitz pick up or the play call?)
FSU - gave up big plays on defense, no Peppers, offensive line sieve
Speight is a lock if he's healthy.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||JBB||
I can see him starting in week 1. It's asking an awful lot of a true freshman to come in and start right away. That said, I also wouldn't be surprised to see one of the freshmen supplant him by week 4 or 5.
It's always nice to roll with the same starting 5 all season long, but I don't think we'll have that luxury.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||DRtg||
I took it from the sports-reference website. It does vary a little from player to player. X appears to be our best defensive player. I think he was the only one with a DRtg < 100. It may be that Irvin is asked to guard the best player on the other team and Donnal is guarding a schlub. I don't know if they correct for that.
Donnal's ORtg doesn't help at all because of his low usage. I guess what I'm getting at is that we should be encouraging the better ORtg players (Duncan, DJ, Derrick, and heck, even Donnal) to stop deferring to Irvin. Beilein's sets take so long to get an open shot, I'd rather see them run more and play more pick-and-roll basketball (except for Irvin with Moe/Donnal, which often leads to a poor pass and a turnover.)
|7 weeks 2 days ago||the freshmen||
Teske has only played 10 minutes in 10 Big 10 games. I would like to see him get more minutes going forward. Ibi has gotten 9 minutes in conference games. X is starting to play better to my eye, but you are right, we've basically gotten zero out of the freshmen this season.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Net ORtg-DRtg||
ORtg is an estimate of how many points a player scores per 100 possessions. DRtg is an estimate of how many they give up. I calculated the net Rtg for the top 10 rotation players (ORtg-DRtg.) Fascinating results:
DJ Wilson +28.4
Derrick Walton +21.8
Moe Wagner +21.4
Duncan Robinson +13.7
Jon Teske +12.9
Zak Irvin -2.7
Xavier Simpson -5.6
Ibi Watson -33.5
I've bolded the problem.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Donnal||
I was hopeful that Donnal was going to show continued improvement going from his third year in the program to his fourth. Instead, he has regressed. The weird thing is, his percentages have continued to increase, but he's looking at the basket less and less. Check out his stats:
His FG% by year is: 0.522, 0.575, and 0.633.
His 3P% is: 0.368, 0.303, 0.462.
His FT% is: 0.710, 0.712, 0.769.
So he's shooting better, but his attempts per 40 minutes have gone from 11 last year to 7.3 this year. But they keep asking Irvin to jack up contested two's and three's off the dribble, and they continue to clank off the rim.
In addition to not shooting this year, he's not playing much defense as indicated by his blocks per 40 minutes going from 1.3 and 1.5 to 0.7, and thousands of Ace's GIFs. It appears that he doesn't care and that's he's just going through the motions.
AND YET, Beilein put him in for defense to save Wagner. If anything, his shooting percentages have gotten better so he should be brought in as an offensive player, and Teske should be brought in for defense. But Donnal's so worried about getting pulled for a bad shot, he doesn't even look at the basket anymore. This is one of Beilein's coaching errors this season. The others are letting DJ spend entire games hanging out 22 feet from the basket, not getting the ball to Moe down low, and relying too heavily on Irvin to generate offense. And I guess not spending enough time to make sure the players understood the new defense.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||42-63||
He basically played two games worth of football tonight. 466 yards and 63 attempts?!?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||and||
got outrebounded 42-24. Next practice, they should just watch film of Rodman, Barkley, and Walton rebounding for 2 hours.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Teske||
I was baffled yesterday when Beilein did the offense/defense switching with Wagner and Donnal. If you are bringing in a replacement for defense, go with Teske. He at least can bother some shots and play big. And maybe he hasn't given up, yet.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||MAAR agrees with me||
Wagner, Wilson, and Donnal, the three "bigs," combined for 3 rebounds in 64 minutes. Walton and MAAR combined for 17 rebounds.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||UMBig11||
Magnus told me he is Warde Manuel.
(do I need the /s tag? is it even appropriate in this case, because Magnus did jokingly say that.)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The bigs can't score inside||
when they are hanging out 25 feet from the basket.
Beilein is not adjusting his system to take advantage of the talent on his roster.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Fire Beilein||
because you can't fire the players.
Only Walton gives a shit.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Beneath SI?||
Let's not forget they still employ - everybody say it with me now - MICHAEL ROSENBERG!!!
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Carrying the baby||
just don't give the baby to the Young Pope
|8 weeks 16 hours ago||Commits||
I think the recruit I'm most excited about is Blavin Tunnel. I kept seeing his name during that Signing of the Stars show.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Our fearless leader||
was recently passed in MGoPoints by WD. I will now be switching my allegiance over to him.
Apparel posts uber alles!
|8 weeks 3 days ago||538||
Do you know how probability works? Nate gave Hillary ~ a 67% chance of winning. That means 1 out of every 3 times she loses. Roll a 6 sided die. If you get a 1 or 2 you are stuck with Trump. It's the NYT and other groups who had it 95-99% for Hillary that were waaaaaay off, and even then, they didn't say 100%.
I just finished reading Nate's book, the Signal and the Noise. I highly recommend it, and not just because he is a fellow ELHS grad. He takes a very measured, data-driven approach to his analysis. He is certainly not an ideologue.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Irvin||
I thought his defense was good. He was fighting through screens and denying the ball to Eron. Harris only scored 4 points. On offense, he was awful. It seemed to me that Beilein was forcing the offense through Irvin in an attempt to get him going. The more he missed and the more he turned over the ball, the tighter he got. Wagner had 4 turnovers but I bet two of them were bad passes from Irvin. Those two have zero chemistry between them.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Robbins & Plocki||
Tyler Plocki sounds like a fullback (or H-back) to me.
If Brad can punt like Monte Robbins he's a definite take. Any relation?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||White collars, pink shoes, can't lose|
|8 weeks 6 days ago||the schedule||
At their best, this is a team that can hang with UCLA AT UCLA for ~32 minutes. At their worst, this is a team that can get run out of the gym in 8 minutes against UCLA. At their best, this is a team that blows out the Illinoises of the world. At their worst, they get blown out by Illinois.
Home court advantage had something to do with the Illinois results. I don't think it accounts for a 26 point swing. Maybe 1/3 of that, with the rest coming from attitude, desire, and hustle (or cumulative lacks thereof.)
The problem going forward is that the schedule has 4 home games and 6 road games. It's very difficult to win on the road in the Big 10. We'll need to mostly hold serve at home (assume 1 loss to either Wiscy or PU) and win half our remaining road games. That gets us to 10-8 in the conference and into the tournament. We still have road games @Rutgers, @Nebraska, and @Northwestern. In normal years, I'd say those are three very winnable games, but Northwestern is not the same Mildcats of old.
The game at Indiana is going to be very interesting. They will be very motivated to avenge last night's humiliation. And of course, Breslin looms...
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Harwell, Scully, Ufer, and Harry Caray||
Baseball just lends itself to sportscasting. More dead time to fill. The best knew when to let the silence hang in the air. Radio guys are better, too, because they are painting the picture for you.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||3-2 vs 2-3||
I agree with you in general. When I coached a 2-3 in a youth league, I'd put the big guy in the middle. When I coached a 3-2, I put my most athletic player in the middle because I wanted him to be able to slide down into more of a 2-1-2 look, but still be able to challenge the top of the key 3. In that league, they forced you to play man-to-man in the first month of the season. We lost to a team by 18 points the first time we played them. Later in the year, you could play zone. I went with the 3-2, instilled it in 2 practices, and we won by 2 points.
I wanted that guy in the middle to be hyper-aggressive. Unfortunately, Michigan doesn't really have anybody in the top 8 rotation players who fits that bill.
If you flex the two outside guys of the 3 in the 2-3 out wide to the corners, I think that opens up the low post too much. Guys pump fake and drive and then you're in trouble because it's 2 against one near the hoop. If you play a matchup 2-3, it looks an awful lot like a match-up 3-2, except you have the 2 bigs down low. I don't want DJ 19 feet from the basket on defense.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Zones||
I'd like to see them run a 3-2 zone. That way you get three guys out on the perimeter where we've had trouble defending the three, and two (potential) shot-blockers down low in Wagner and Wilson. Yes, that opens up the free throw line area, but Wilson is athletic enough to challenge if the ball gets there and you'll still have Wagner down low.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||umbig11||
Now that he's at Rivals, do we know if he actually has a name? Who is he? What is his insider connection with the team?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Magnuson||
I think you have the scoring backwards on Magnuson, which gives ESPN a bigger win than what they should have. ESPN said he was the #27 OT. Show me 26 OTs that are going to be drafted higher than him. The other services have him #71-#82 overall. Isn't that in line with where many project him to be drafted, i.e., in the third or fourth round? Even the lowest ranking I found has him #12 at OT and a fourth round pick. (CBSsports)
Seth and Ace watch A LOT of Michigan football. Any errors that Magnuson makes are bound to be magnified as a result. Have they watched the other 127 teams with as fine an eye to determine where Magnuson really falls? Sorry, in this case I'm more inclined to agree with the national reporters who cover teams with a less biased viewpoint.
|10 weeks 1 hour ago||Bolivians||
Wow, there are more MGoUsers in Bolivian than there are prisoners at Gitmo.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||State of the Blog||
Considering that MGoBlog has a beveled guilt button, I've always thought Brian should be more forthcoming regarding the financial situation of the blog. Seeing that they are soliciting donations, some greater amount of transparency is warranted. Or not.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||2015 vs. 2016||
The 2015 offense averaged 4.2 ypc and 158 ypg rushing.
The 2016 offense averaged 4.8 ypc and 213 ypg rushing.
And yet, you're telling me that Bill Connelly says the 2015 line was better. That Tyrone Wheatley, Sr. must be a genius. Get that man a raise ASAP.
Something, something, smell test.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||2013||
You are right about the 2013 offensive line. I have them as the 24th best line in the last 25 seasons in both YPC and YPG. 3.3 YPC and 126 YPG. That's atrocious. Interestingly, the only team with worse stats is the '99 team with that other Brady (Tom) at the helm. They averaged 3.2 YPC and 122 YPG rushing. That team finished #5 in the country at 10-2. Brady was (and is still) an amazing quarterback.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||2015 vs 2016||
The 2015 offense averaged 4.2 ypc and 158 ypg rushing.
The 2016 offense averaged 4.8 ypc and 213 ypg rushing.
I think the baseline for 2017 is closer to 2015 and people are going to be really upset with the line. Maybe they'll get a pass based on inexperience.
We had three games this season decided by less than a TD. We lost them all. I think we'll need to win all the close games next season to finish with 10 wins. Not saying it isn't possible, but I think the over/under for next season should be 8.5 wins.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Chesson||
seems a little high to be ranked as the 4th biggest loss. He finished with only 500 yards receiving and 63 yards rushing. Junior season Chesson is a big loss, but senior season Chesson had zero VORP.
Interesting to note that Brian ranks his loss above Smith, Braden and Kalis. Chesson didn't even make honorable mention all big 10. Smith was honorable mention and Braden and Kalis were 2nd teamers.
Watching the Clemson-Alabama game was eye-opening to me. Clemson didn't give Watson much time to throw, but he was able to throw a couple jump balls to Mike Williams and expect Williams to jump over the head of the DB and make a play. I didn't see Chesson or Darboh do that once this year. I saw Chesson cost us the Iowa game by letting the DB steal the ball from him. We lost 2 road games and a "neutral site" game by 2 points in regulation. That sucks, but it's no reason to get overly critical of the offensive line.
One could also blame the three losses on these factors:
Iowa: fumbled KR to start 2nd half, Chesson letting ball get intercepted, Darboh crucial drop, Speight's injury (they showed someone looking at his shoulder after every series in the 2nd half,) stupid face mask penalty on last Iowa punt return.
OSU: fumbled snap - only one this whole season, two Speight INTs (one on Speight, one on the RBs failure to pick up the blitz,) the refs.
FSU: multiple defensive lapses that gave up big plays - an elite defense shouldn't give up 33 points to anybody, missing Peppers, offensive coordinator late in adjusting for speed rush of Walker
It's a team game. This need to single out one position group and lay the blame at their feet is misguided and contrary to Schembechlerian "THE TEAM, THE TEAM, THE TEAM," ethic.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Everybody does that||
We scored more points per game than OSU. They certainly ran up their totals against the dregs. Are you trying to tell me their offense was mediocre because they got shut out by Clemson? Come on, man, it's harder to score against better defenses.
There is a difference between elite, great, good, better than average, and mediocre/average. The post makes no room for nuance. We were not elite, therefore the offense was mediocre?!?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Mediocre?||
The name of the game is to score points. We did that. And I dare say, the teams ahead of us on this list play with a touch more pace. If you think 2016's offense was mediocre, you might want to just skip next season. Sheesh, the negativity around here is off-putting.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||FSU game||
Yes, he was overwhelmed by FSU's DeMarcus Walker. I watched Bama play Washington and saw that Washington was forced to play a 6'1", 270 pound true freshman at guard. He didn't fare much better than Bredeson, but the announcers pointed out how they adjusted their fronts or protections to cover for the guy. Michigan didn't do that until after Walker had exposed Bredeson. The coaching staff has to take some of the blame for not adjusting to Walker until the second half.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||I'm glad I never took your class||
The line as a whole produced the 2nd best YPC in the big 10 without the benefit of a running QB or a breakaway threat at TB. If the 2nd best line in the Big 10 gets a C+, your standards are pretty high.
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||How do you get to a C+?||
I'm not going to use the fact that he was one of four true freshmen offensive linemen to receive a freshman all-american award because you are right, the film doesn't care what class you are in. However, he did get an honorable mention all-big ten selection. I suppose you could give out grades based on that like this:
1st team - A (Magnuson)
2nd team - A- (Kalis, Cole, Braden)
3rd team - B+
Honorable Mention - B (Bredeson)
Everybody else B- to D
Rutgers - F
I'm grading on a curve. Someone has to get an A. The question is, where do you put the peak of the bell curve? In this era of grade inflation, I suspect most professors give the average student at least a B.