I don't think they changed Les at all actually
|1 week 23 hours ago||Tim Tebow is the official||
Tim Tebow is the official Godfather of OMG Shirtless-ness. I am old for knowing this.
|1 week 2 days ago||Lavigne is pretty||
Lavigne is pretty highly-regarded for a goalie, just young.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||Yeah, that other NAHL goalie||
Yeah, that other NAHL goalie that got drafted last year(Connor Hellebuyck) is doing pretty okay as well.
Quick breakdown by strength
AHL (Think like AAA baseball)
ECHL (Like AA baseball)
CHL, SPHL (I don't want to get a real job)
Tier I : CHL(includes OHL, WHL,QMJHL), USHL. CHL players are ineligible for NCAA hockey. The NTDP team participates in the USHL.
Tier II: NAHL, BCHL, AJHL, SJHL CCHL, OJHL, other various alphabet soup Canadian leagues.
Tier III: You've probably never heard of any of them.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||In hockey, the line seems to||
In hockey, the line seems to be the best women in the world can compete with an above-average high school team. I could see that being pretty similar in other sports as well.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I don't blame him for moving||
I don't blame him for moving on and taking more money. He's got to get the capital to start up his tennis academy somehow.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Impressive...||
...but they need at least another win or two in the tournament before they're not automatically "...you mean that school Reed Baker transferred to?" in my head.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Not a huge mystery. Empty||
Not a huge mystery. Empty seats don't drink.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'll laugh at how Minnesota||
I'll laugh at how Minnesota burns money more than anyone, but I'm not sure that was the full quote. They weren't expecting to make a profit in the first year. The law allowing them to sell beer was passed pretty late--I believe a game or two into the season--and they didn't have the infrastructure set up to sell it themselves, so they contracted the job out to a third party, knowing that their cost would probably only allow them to break about even on alcohol sales. Next year, when they take over the operation themselves, they should make a lot more money.
If you really want stupid, look into the politicking and grandstanding that went into beer being served there in the first place.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||As much as that sucked, the||
As much as that sucked, the silver lining for me is that if I had to choose one could-go-either-way 50/50 tap for a share of the Big Ten title to fall Michigan's way between yesterday and Draymond Green last year at Crisler, I choose last year without even thinking twice. YMMV.
Then again, I probably trade both straight up for DMo's runner against Duke to fall, and buy that team another five minutes.
|19 weeks 18 hours ago||If you exclude the guys||
If you exclude the guys listed above, that leaves Milne, Copp(you can cross him off too), or Selman.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||To be fair, that guy did have||
To be fair, Shayok did have some pretty crazy dunks in that game.
He was also beyond useless once he got more than 4 feet from the rim.
|27 weeks 2 days ago||The worst part of that story...||
...is how much the accompanying photo made me laugh.
|28 weeks 6 days ago||They're also going to be||
They're also going to be wearing a bunch of purple accessories for epilepsy awareness.
|29 weeks 19 hours ago||1. The reason they keep||
1. The reason they keep picking the same sites out east and with Minnesota is because they hand out regionals based on bids, and if nobody else bids to host those events, the same places keep getting picked.There's just very few places that meet the NCAA's criteria for what they want out of a regional site and have the interest to do so. About the only reason Cincinnati was picked was because they were a new choice.
2. Home sites would be infinitely better. The NCAA's problem is similar to the issue they had with home sites for football; namely the possibility of a team with an inadequate or unavailable arena earning the right to host.
|30 weeks 10 hours ago||It's a good idea, but it's||
It's a good idea, but it's not going to go anywhere because the "organization" or whatever you want to call it that claims to be representing the players is a total joke.
|31 weeks 1 day ago||This has been a bad move, if||
This has been a bad move, if only for how bad of a PR hit the team, and Kill specifically, have taken once word got out that they paid $800k to avoid playing a real opponent. Public opinion has largely been sympathetic towards him, and yesterday put a huge dent in that.
The other problem is that season tickets are going to be a huge problem for the Gophers coming up. Lots of people paid full price for season ticket packages, and they've practically been giving tickets away to anyone that wants them the week before games. They sent out a deal this past week where if you bought Purdue and Michigan tickets at $15 a piece, you get the Michigan State ticket for free, while season ticket holders paid over $40 for each game. Good luck trying to keep those people buying season tickets at $40+ a game when the schedule includes a bunch of nobodies where you'll be able to pick up tickets for $5 on the secondary market.
The bowl thing is over rated. They've been to plenty of Sun Bowls and the like. Nobody cares, and if anything, it ends up costing the school money because the payouts are so dismal.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||He really wants that free||
He really wants that free t-shirt.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||No human polls factor into||
No human polls factor into the PWR.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||First off, by all accounts||
First off, by all accounts Denard is a great person. I don't want to confuse that with any critiques of him as a football player.
The issue for me is if Denard was one of the all-time greats, we'd talking about all the amazing plays he made in big games, not games against UConn, UMass, and Notre Dame teams spiraling to mediocrity. Some of that is the result of the overall talent level of the teams he has played on, but it's hard to think of too many games where he went up against above average defenses and looked good.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Kudos to the woman in that||
Kudos to the woman in that picture for having the savvy to hold out for the extra special zebra strip jerseys Michigan will probably be wearing against MSU this year.
|36 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, what kind of AD gets||
Yeah, what kind of AD gets his team embarrassed on a national level simply for a quick, easy pay day?
|36 weeks 6 days ago||I think the line on the||
I think the line on the Savannah St/OSU game last week was 67.5, and OkSt still covered that pretty easily.
EDIT: Also worth noting that despite losing 84-0, Savannah St did win the all-important time of possession battle.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Bartleby the||
Bartleby the Scrivener?......Not a big Melville crowd, huh?....................He's not an easy read.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||Don't go with Bort. Far too||
Don't go with Bort. Far too common...
|39 weeks 1 day ago||Of course he is. You can't||
Of course he is. You can't reach as deep into people's pockets from a seated position.
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Sad to hear, though my only||
Sad to hear, though my only memory of him is having a post named after him here: http://mgoblog.com/content/ontario-sneed-haunts-my-dreams
|40 weeks 2 days ago||Fred Jackson is the||
Fred Jackson is the anti-McKayla Maroney.
|43 weeks 22 hours ago||'No contact rules' probably||
'No contact rules' probably do get broken(I have no clue on the inner workings of football recruiting), but it's worth noting that those rules don't apply if the player is on that school's campus, which I would assume he was for the football camp.
I've never really seen the problem with recruiting young kids.The player has to be the one to initiate the contact, so if they're harassed, they're being harassed by choice, and it's not like the commitments are binding at all, so either party can walk away in the future if circumstances change.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||The fight was most likely||
The fight was most likely Chris Tamer from Michigan vs. Jim Cummins from Michigan State at Joe Louis Arena around 1991. FIghting rules were the same back then. Those teams just didn't like each other, and those were two of the toughest guys to ever play college hockey. Combined Tamer and Cummins had about 2600 PIMs at the NHL level.
|45 weeks 2 days ago||The last thing you'll ever||
The last thing you'll ever find at the NOOF is "perspective'
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Interested enough that the||
Interested enough that the Google search 'tim tebow shirtless' directed somebody to MGoBlog, making him the first ever OMGShirtless-level recruit.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||This goes back to the||
This goes back to the discussion in the Carrick thread about the CHL being a "professional" hockey league. Say what you want about the hasn't-been-raise-since-the-80s $45 stipend, but would anyone feel comfortable with Trouba playing a year in Kitchener after this "reported offer" and then showing up and playing at Michigan the following year as an "amateur" athlete?
|46 weeks 5 days ago||I don't see how you can call||
I don't see how you can call it anything other than a professional league, especially the week of the Import Draft and some of the dollars thrown around there. There's a difference between some players getting an embarrassingly small amount of money and players not being paid.
|46 weeks 6 days ago||Technically what changed is||
Technically what changed is that his right were traded to Plymouth from Guelph in the past week.
|47 weeks 2 days ago||The game was pretty much over||
The game was pretty much over by the time Kill had his seizure. The Gophers needed to go like 70 yards and score a touchdown in six seconds to tie the game. It's also worth pointing out that that close game they were in, and about to lose, was against New Mexico State, and that New Mexico State is apparently something that exists.
|50 weeks 23 hours ago||But being racist and batshit||
But being racist and batshit crazy is still on the table, right?
|1 year 1 week ago||It's considered leadership||
It's considered leadership because of what that team had done prior to that moment and what they did after that moment.
Also funny to me to see the Poster Boy article linked under 'cons' for Novak. The second half of that Minnesota is a very large portion of why he'd get my vote.
|1 year 1 week ago||I agree that Hunwick is the||
I agree that Hunwick is the only worthy candidate here.
The one thing I will say for Hensick that should also go in the 'pros' is that his 222 career points is a number that almost nobody is going to touch. The two closest players to Hensick since he has graduated were still 25 points behind him. Even the really good players that leave early are never close to the pace Hensick put up.
Shameless self-plug, but I wrote a little about how nobody is coming close to Hensick here: http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2012/1/23/2727960/jack-connollys...
|1 year 10 weeks ago||The WCHA's claim for sticking||
The WCHA's claim for sticking with the Final Five is that it is still the final five games of the WCHA season. They still can't figure out why their league fell apart.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||It looks like two losses by||
It looks like two losses by Cornell or Western Michigan would get Northern Michigan into the tournament.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Sinelli-Moffatt-Hyman was||
Sinelli-Moffatt-Hyman was Michigan's top line at the GLI, largely because of Moffatt.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||"It's worth pointing out that||
"It's worth pointing out that colleges do not have the option to extort local governments for facilities."
Somebody has never been to Minnesota.
Freshman ineligibility would only work in sports like football and basketball where the NCAA is the only option. It would have a pretty devastating effect on a sport like college hockey, or, I'm presuming baseball.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||But wouldn't hosting the game||
But wouldn't hosting the game in Chicago be an unfair advantage to "Chicago's Big Ten team"?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||CHL/AHL||
The CHL has their own specific contract with the NHL that keeps their 19 y/os out of the AHL, which is a big part of the reason the NCAA considers the CHL a professional league. The NCAA doesn't really care where their players play once they sign, since it's not like they can go back to the NCAA.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Simms!||
(Sorry. I have nothing else of value to add to these comments)
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Rochester Century HS in||
Rochester Century HS in Minnesota redeems the town a little by being one of the only high schools in the state to use The Victors as their school song amidst a sea of mediocre versions of the Notre Dame fight song.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||I thought Pearl bravely||
I thought Pearl bravely confessed to having the recruits at his house after he was shown a picture of him and the recruits at his house?
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I'd be very surprised if that||
I'd be very surprised if that ended up being a 15-person class. There's likely a couple kids that will be asked to play another year of junior hockey before coming to Ohio State. Plus, two of the recruits are goalies, with one who will be coming in as a junior in terms of eligibility. So essentially, they'll have probably 9 or 10 freshman skaters at most, which is big, but not unheard of.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||I've heard Groban is one of||
I've heard Groban is one of those guys that doesn't really care for the type of music he makes. But you can't really blame him for doing it since that terrible music has made him millions of dollars.
I've also heard that Groban likes his ladies to pop.
|2 years 34 weeks ago||A Diallo Johnson Sighting!||
That weirdly made my day.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||"Before the Rudolph bomb,||
Or a quarterback with scrambled eggs for brains.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||If you play an average or||
I guess with no Little Brown Jug game this year, Rodriguez skipped over the Minnesota game film.
|2 years 52 weeks ago||But I heard Mark Snyder from||
But I heard Mark Snyder from the Free Press on ESPN yesterday, and he said the NCAA may make a connection between these violations and the Ed Martin scandal, which would cause the NCAA to drop the hammer on Michigan.
What could he possibly have to gain by trying to make these charges sound 1000 times worse than they actually are?
|3 years 5 days ago||It's correct that Lessio was||
It's correct that Lessio was taken in the Entry Draft, and not the Futures Draft.
The big difference between the two drafts is that players drafted in the Futures Draft can be put on a team's affiliate list--meaning the team retains their rights without having them on the actual roster--for up to three years. Teams can add them to the actual roster whenever they want though. A pretty good handful of kids taken Tuesday in the Futures Draft will be playing in the USHL next year. Boo Nieves was picked in the Futures Draft and is going to play a year of prep school and then probably go to the USHL the year after.
The Entry Draft is more of a one year thing. If a player doesn't make the roster after being taken in the USHL Draft one year, they go back into the pool the following year.
Lessio being taken in the first round would seem to indicate that Waterloo is pretty sure he's going to play for them as of right now. But then again, there's been kids in the past in similar situations that have had 'changes of heart' and ended up going the other direction.
|3 years 1 week ago||Chapman is such a cow||
Chapman is such a cow college....or a school of hippie egghead nerds. I really have no idea. Either way, I'm sure they suck and Michigan will beat the hell out of them.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||So after a soul-crushing||
So after a soul-crushing walk-off loss to the Twins in Game 163 last year, I swore to myself I was never going to the Metrodome again, but broke that rule on Saturday and was treated to another disappointing walk-off loss. Bad things just seem to happen in that place.
Usually I'll agree that the Dome sucks for baseball, but on a day that it snowed in much of the upper part of the state, and was a little too cold and windy to do any serious fishing, it wasn't all that bad to go sit eight rows behind home plate in a t-shirt and enjoy a baseball game on a Saturday afternoon.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||It is kind of sad that the||
It is kind of sad that the bronzed four horsemen statue is the closest that Notre Dame video gets to having people of color in it.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Technically WHL is a little||
Technically WHL is a little different than OHL since they draft a year earlier, meaning there's a little more projection at that age.
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Huntsville's arena would||
Huntsville's arena would actually be fine since it's a nice 6000-seat arena.
The bigger problem is how do teams get into an arena that they don't own on a week's notice? Does Ferris State have to rent out Van Andel for one weekend every year on the 1% chance they get to host a regional?
|3 years 8 weeks ago||Just because the Pairwise||
Just because the Pairwise math sucks, doesn't mean all math sucks and we need to go the complete opposite with hand-picking the last couple spots.
I would be more interested in seeing a proposal like you worked on a couple years ago where the Pairwise categories were used to tweak the RPI. For example, UMD had a 6 game advantage over BU in the RPI, but BU won the TUC category by half a game, and the common opponent category by about half a game. UMD still wins that comaparison by about 5 games, rather than losing the comparison, which is what kept them out of the tournament this year.
I'm not a math guy, so I'm not sure how the particulars work out, but it seems to me that at least solves one problem with teams that nobody considers credible bubble teams flukily winning comparisons against contenders that clearly had much better seasons--BU and Lowell this year, Northern Michigan two years ago, etc.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||It's like you guys are so||
It's like you guys are so deep in Michigan's pocket that you didn't even listen to Drew Sharp. Dorsey hasn't committed crimes in the last two years THAT WE KNOW OF!
RichRod is so desperate to win that he didn't even consider all the crimes Dorsey could have committed over the two year period where he stayed clean.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Two wins would be even||
Two wins would be even bigger. If Michigan swept this weekend and didn't meet Ferris again(or beat them in the playoffs), that would give them two points in their comparison with Ferris. Combined with Ferris' awful record against TUCs, Michigan would almost be guaranteed to win that comparison, even if Ferris remained near the top of the country in terms of RPI, and winning an outlying comparison like that could be huge if they're trying to sneak in on the bubble.
It's a really stupid technicality in the system--two games on home ice over one weekend negating 30 other games--but they may as well take advantage of it.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Technically, Alaska's goalie||
Technically, Alaska's goalie last year was Chad Johnson--who recently made his NHL debut, BTW. Wylie Rogers was Alaska's goalie two years ago.
|3 years 19 weeks ago||Who asked "Are you a||
Who asked "Are you a quintessential Michigan Man?"(Rhetorical. I'm sure it was the Free Press.)
Blech. Another example of why press conferences are useless.
|3 years 26 weeks ago||It took Harbaugh until year 3||
It took Harbaugh until year 3 to turn around a program in shambles?
Since we've learned that's not nearly good enough, I'd have to say pass.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||Matt's||
Matt's does have a really good burger, is pretty cheap and has a nice hole-in-the-wall local type atmosphere. I'd plan on getting there early though. It's a small place and I'm sure it will crowded tomorrow. Also make sure you bring cash since they don't take credit cards.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||RE: Henderson's academics||
Cretin-Derham Hall is a pretty intense private school(kids wear full military uniforms and the like), so the gap between "struggling academically at that school" and "struggling to qualify academically for the NCAA" is probably far greater than you'd see from your average recruit coming out of a Florida public high school or something.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I'm glad we'll be getting||
I'm glad we'll be getting Mike Patrick. Now that Britney is possibly going back to Judaism--probably purely for the jokes--I'll need someone to keep me updated on her during critical moments of football games.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||What Woodlief really didn't||
What Woodlief really didn't like about Bennett was his "country of birth" and "decision not to play major junior" and "not being Kevin Lynch"
|4 years 8 weeks ago||You're generally right about||
You're generally right about juniors, though I will point out that education packages can also be negotiable. Any good player with decent representation negotiates a deal where they're guaranteed four years of schooling as soon as they give up their NCAA eligibility. The problem is that not all players can negotiate like that, and for those that can, most don't end up using those education packages anyway.
For example, two years ago when the Vancouver Giants were trying to steal Kyle Turris away from Wisconsin for one season, they promised him four years of college at any school he wanted, but they knew that he was going to get drafted high enough that he'd at least get a shot in the NHL and they'd never have to pay a dime of that.
|4 years 8 weeks ago||I think even worse than the||
I think even worse than the "quiet 32-15" was in the first half after Griffin plowed over little C.J. Lee--a foul on Lee, naturally--and Griffin came up from the floor in tears and the announcers said something to the effect of "Those are the types of things Blake Griffin will have to deal with" Deal with what??? Every fricken call went his way!
Also, completely agree that by the end of the game I was thinking "Yeah, I can see why people would suplex him".
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Duluth is only 2 and a half||
Duluth is only 2 and a half hours from Minneapolis, which by Minnesota standards, isn't all that far. Their fans would travel pretty well. I'm sure in the committee can finagle it, they'd like to get UMD at Mariucci if they can't get Minnesota.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||Quick played in the USHL his||
Quick played in the USHL his senior year of high school. The reason he was already drafted is that he repeated his 10th grade year at prep school--not entirely uncommon for kids moving to a prep--which made him an older high school senior.
It's similar to Mac Bennett. He'll get drafted this summer, but still has to go through his senior year of high school next year.
|4 years 12 weeks ago||I don't know about being||
I don't know about being screwed as badly as Michigan, but last season, Denver had two calls go in their favor that the league eventually apologized to the other team for, including one so egregious the official was fired.
|4 years 16 weeks ago||I think you're a little off||
I think you're a little off in the analysis here. This year's version of Michigan State is obviously an entirely different animal than what you saw from Ron Mason's teams in the late '90s.
The big problem is that Rick Comley's recruiting has been terrible and it's starting to produce some really ugly results. They've had to resort to 1. Guys that come leagues no one really scouts(It worked well for Leveille. Perlini? Not so much.) 2. Older, less skilled retreads from the NAHL(Congrats on beating out Bentley and Army for those guys). 3. Guys that other schools looked at and passed on. 4. Guys with issues that made teams back off.
The first three are why they're in last place right now. The fourth is why this incident happened. Everyone knew about Conboy's past history. Doc DelCastillo(not exactly known his high character anymore) committed to him at UNO, and once DelCastillo was gone, it was decided that UNO probably wasn't the best place for him. But State was in a position that they were desperate enough for quality players that they took a chance on him anyway, and they ended up getting what they paid for.
If MSU was still bringing in great players and putting together quality, deep teams like they were in the past, it's pretty unlikely something like this would have happened.
|4 years 20 weeks ago||I actually saw him go with||
I actually saw him go with that kid on his first shift. He probably lost that one too, but it set the tone for the rest of the game that the U17s weren't going to get pushed around, and the 17s ended up winning that game pretty easily.