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|20 hours 53 min ago||"I can’t tell if you’re in charge or a minion"||
Finally somebody else notices the fact that Emmert doesn't actually set any policy, and has no power to do so. His job is more accurately described as "spokesman" than "President." And yet Emmert, rather than the Universities who set NCAA policy, is the focus of amazing fury in the blogs and sports pages of the nation.
The purpose of the President of the NCAA is not to wield power, but to draw attention away from it.
|1 week 1 day ago||The NCAA . .||
Is not exempt from anti-trust laws, and never has been. Hence this lawsuit, and the inevitable fallout from it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Different outcome possible, though.||
But wouldn't a suit against the Big Ten have to start from a significantly different premise? It is pretty easy to prove that the NCAA is a trust, since to have any success at all in college athletics, a school is pretty much required to belong to the NCAA. (No, the NAIA doesn't count).
But you can't really say the same thing about the Big Ten. The Big Ten can point at Notre Dame, and say look--the Big Ten doesn't even dominate its own region in terms of television coverage, so how can you call them an illegal trust? They are just an association of 14 schools who have set up some rules for themselves to facilitate athletic competition. Or something like that.
Your third paragraph is spot on--there is a lot of change coming to the landscape, and the Big Ten would certainly be well served to get out in front of this instead of reacting to it.
|1 week 1 day ago||Something I haven't seen discussed...||
An interesting fact that nobody seems to be discussing is that the Big Ten (along with, presumably, several other conferences) most likely has its own amateurism rules that actually predate the NCAA amateurism rules.
This excellent summary by BiSB includes the idea that the court might "[f]orce the NCAA to allow schools to compensate athletes through group licensing rights without eligibility restrictions." Fine, let's say this happens. The NCAA, by court order, repeals all of its bylaws that prevent athletes from receiving licensing money. The Big Ten constitution or bylaws somewhere states that it is an amateur athletic conference, and the court order most likely can't apply to the Big Ten, right?
(I Am Not A Lawyer, but since Mr. O'Bannon himself had nothing to do with the Big Ten, and the Big Ten is not a defendant, and it operates entirely outside the court's jurisdictional area, I'm assuming the Big Ten bylaws won't be touched as a result of this case).
If the Big Ten Conference declares that their amateurism guidelines don't permit athlete compensation for their "NIL rights" (sorry, I don't know what NIL stands for), will this upcoming ruling on the O'Bannon case even change anything at all here at Michigan?
|1 week 4 days ago||Wildest series ever||
RPI won 7-6 on Friday, Michigan won 11-10 on Saturday in overtime, thanks to a Billy Powers hat trick. In that Saturday game, Michigan trailed 4-0 after 1 and 7-4 after 2 periods. Berenson put a third string freshman walkon in goal for the third (Mike Rossi). He did the job, making a save on a breakaway about 6 minutes into the overtime (overtimes were 10 minutes back then), which Michigan turned around for the game-winning goal.
|1 week 4 days ago||Wait...that can't be right||
Michigan hosted MSU once last year, MSU hosted Michigan twice. The fourth B1G game between the two was a Michigan "home" game at JLA.
The teams rotate. This year should be 2 home games for Michigan, 1 for MSU and 1 at JLA. Unless the B1G is letting them double-dip their home game in hockey as well as football.
The Michigan State hockey schedule lists the March 14 game in Yost:
It looks like either the January 30 or the February 7 game will be at the Joe, and the other one will be at Yost. The March 13 game is at Munn.
|2 weeks 18 hours ago||Rich get richer.||
Every single team in the top 40 will belong to one of the Big 5 conferences next season (SEC-10, B1G-9, P12-9, ACC-7, B12-5). Louisville was the only team in the top 40 that didn't belong to a Big 5 conference this season, but they will of course be ACC members next season.
Brigham Young University was the highest-ranked team (#42) outside the group of elite football conferences, with #43 Denver, #44 Princeton and #49 Harvard. #149 Washington State was the only "Big 5" school that did not finish in the top 100.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not quite.||
Mike Bottom was hired as the head coach of the men's swimming team in 2008 by William Martin, not David Brandon.
Brandon made Bottom the coach of both swimming teams (men's and women's) in 2012, but Bottom's tenure as coach of the men's swimming team started in the 08/09 season.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||He didn't?||
The parenthetical 8th paragraph of Mr. Bacon's essay:
Certainly implies that his press pass has been revoked by the athletic department.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||General Admission||
The fact that nobody is talking about is the fact that the system last year was not general admission. When students arrived inside the stadium, they were assigned a row, and a seat within that row. That is pretty much the exact opposite of general admission.
The worst thing about it is that the seats among the worst in the stadium (row A, or row 1, or whatever they call it) were assigned to the people who showed up first. So there was a strong incentive to not show up early, which is the exact opposite of what the people in charge of the thing were trying to accomplish.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Why would people ever bet on a "friendly"?||
I guess what surprises me is that this comes as a surprise to anybody.
The article, of course, is about fixing "friendly" matches (exhibition matches between clubs or countries with absolutely nothing on the line), not world cup matches. These type matches have been notorious for years for the shady goings on from both the refs and the players. Other than the details in the article, which are both sad and hilarious, I don't really think this is covering any new ground.
If you're going to bet on soccer--or any other sport for that matter--wait until something is actually on the line, and the players (and officials) have lucrative careers to protect.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Saturday update||
Michigan advanced their #1 Varsity Eight boat to the "A" finals (1st-6th place), but had to settle for their #2 Varsity Eight and their Varsity Four boats in the "B" finals (7th-12th place). The final races will be Sunday morning. All 3 semifinal races were close calls, as Michigan finished third in their #1 Varsity Eight semifinal and fourth in their other two semifinals (the top 3 advance to the finals).
Brown, California and Stanford advanced all 3 of their boats to the "A" finals.
Unofficial standings through Saturday's semifinals, with minimum point totals:
The top 7 teams still have a mathematical shot at the national championship, although a lot of very specific and unlikely things would have to happen for anybody outside of the top 4 to get it.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||OK.||
I will take your word for it, but I would think that a team national championship would be pretty important as well.
Either way, though, the First Varsity 8 is 51% of your team score in the NCAA meet, so unless they really don't compete in the other 2 races, the team that wins the V8 likely wins the national championship.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Not a contender, judging by the rankings...||
Of those 9 teams with 3 boats in the A/B semis, the national rankings are #1 Ohio State, #2 Stanford, #3 Brown, #4 Virginia, #5 Princeton, #7 California, #8 Michigan, #10 Notre Dame and #11 USC.
#6 Washington and #9 UCLA were a little over-rated apparently. Not knowing a lot about how accurate these rankings are (but judging by the results of the first round, they are pretty good even if they do seem to have a western bias), I'm guessing that any top-5 finish for Michigan would be a very pleasant surprise.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||9 teams advanced all 3 boats.||
There are 9 teams to advance all 3 of their boats to the A/B semifinals: Brown, California, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Princeton, Southern Cal, Stanford and Virginia.
Michigan's semifinal races are tomorrow morning at 9:00 am (I Eights), 9:40 am (II Eights) and 10:20 am (Fours).
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||Postgame meal at the Palmer House||
Given that the team was "banqueted" by the Alumni Association after the game at the Palmer House, the menu probably didn't have anything that you would touch with your fingers.
A typical 1879 hotel menu: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/objects/menus/1087
"We had leg of Southdown mutton in caper sauce. It was splendid."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Some notes.||
* Irving K. Pond did indeed obtain Michigan's first touchdown, but it might be better to not say he "scored" the first touchdown. In rugby football in 1879, a touchdown was not a scoring play; it was only an opportunity to score. Teams could only score by kicking the ball through the goalposts. Think of it as if the rules today said extra points and field goals were worth 1 point each, and touchdowns 0. Michigan did not score a goal off of Pond's touchdown.
* The first player to score for Michigan was the captain, David N. DeTarr from Boone, Iowa. He kicked a "goal" (i.e., the equivalent of a field goal, or, if you watch rugby, a drop goal) in the last minutes of the game.
* The game was on May 30, which at the time was called Decoration Day and is now called Memorial Day (having been moved to the last Monday of May, of course). Sports events always seem to have been a part of Memorial Day observances, even when it must have been a much more solemn occasion just 14 years after the end of the war.
* The location of the game (White Stockings Park), where the Chicago Cubs played in 1879, is about where Millennium Park is located now.
If you look at the picture, the lake shore in 1879 was probably about where the tennis courts are now, and the field was almost exactly where the concert pavilion is now.
* A note on concussion management from the Chicago Tribune's article about the game (posted on the Bentley Library website):
"No bones were broken, but Torbert was stretched out on the turf. A bucket of water however revived him."
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not going away||
As far as I have heard, the tournament format isn't going anywhere. Everything I have read indicates the Big Ten is keeping the 8-team "neutral" site format.
Next year's tournament will be in Minneapolis.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||1-0 Nebraska through four||
Two walks and a single put Nebraska up 1-0.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||Winner!||
Michigan gets the 7-1 win.
Group finals on Saturday:
Michigan v Nebraska, 10:00 am & 6:00 pm EDT (Michigan must win twice, Nebraska only needs one win)
Michigan State v Indiana, 2:00 pm & 10:00 pm (Michigan State must win twice, Indiana only needs one win)
Championship game is Sunday at 2:00 pm. Winner to the NCAA tournament.
I have been consistently wrong about these predictions, but I would think Logan McAnallen gets the start Saturday morning.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||Leaves the game with 8.||
Hill leaves the game with 8 strikeouts in 7.2 innings; Jackson Lamb to make an appearance on the mound after starting the first 2 games of the tournament in left field. This will be Lamb's fourth pitching appearance of the season.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Friday before Memorial Day||
Stay up and watch the game.
On the Friday before Memorial Day when I was a senior in high school, I drove up to Mount Pleasant to watch Michigan baseball play Temple in the NCAA regionals.
The game was rained out.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yes||
Yes, loser plays Iowa.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Fascinating||
I can see the logic behind that, but gutsy move to start the Freshman here. Adcock is probably pitching better right now than anybody on the team, and you can save Hill for an elimination game.
Now the question is whether the game is played today or tomorrow morning; I hear the first game today is going to start about 90 minutes behind schedule because of weather.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Winner!||
Michigan gets the 3-2 win. Bourque with the win, Cronenworth the save. Michigan takes on nationally ranked Indiana Thursday night at 10:00, not long after the softball game ends. Evan Hill will almost certainly get the start for Michigan.
If Michigan beats Indiana, they will have 2 shots at making the championship, playing Saturday at 2:00 and if necessary at 10pm Eastern. If Michigan loses, they will need to win Friday at 8:30 and then twice on Saturday to advance to the 1-game championship.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||3-2 through 8||
Minnesota threatens with 2 runners on in the bottom of the 8th, but Cronenworth comes in to get the groundout. One inning to go, with both teams sending up their 7-8-9 batters in the 9th.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Great inning from Bourque!||
A 1-2-3 inning with 2 strikeouts in the bottom of the 7th. Michigan bats in the top of the 8th with a 1-run lead.
Bourque has retired 7 of the 8 batters he has faced, although I'm guessing Cronenworth spends the top of the 8th warming up in the bullpen, and that he is brought in at the first sign of trouble.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Maezes!||
Michigan's 17th home run of the season, and Maezes' third. Which ties him for the season lead on the team.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Pitching change.||
You generally don't want that in the opening game of a double elimination tournament: Szkutnik doesn't make it out of the 5th inning; Bourque in at p.
Really there seem to be 2 strategies during the early rounds of these huge double elimination tournaments: either (1) hope your starter can go deep into the game and save your long relief for the next day, or (2) use a "staff" approach and don't let anybody go much more than 60 pitches or so, hoping they can come back and pitch again if you make it to the weekend.
It looks like Bakich is going with option #2. Thanks to the quick hook, Szkutnik could probably pitch again on Saturday if we make it that far.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I can do you one better||
I've been going to Michigan baseball long enough to remember when the conference champions were actually rewarded with the conference championship.