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|17 hours 48 min ago||Gee's Presdencies||
West Virginia (1981-85) -> Colorado (1985-90) -> Ohio State (1990-98) -> Brown (1998-2000) -> Vanderbilt (2001-07) -> Ohio State (2007-13) -> West Virginia (2013-?)
Talk about a rise and fall. Kind of funny that he passed through Ohio State once on the way up and again on the way back down.
|1 day 12 hours ago||Thanks!||
I'm going to be there as well, and I had no idea about the Red Wings-Wild game that Saturday. Thanks for the tip!
You're right that #1 & #2 get byes. Assuming it's Minnesota and Michigan finishing 1-2, Minnesota will certainly get the night slot on Friday, and Michigan will be playing at 2pm Central time. I noticed that the games are 5 separate tickets (no doubleheaders) as the WCHA used to do--I wonder if they will do that in 2015 in Joe Louis.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Not even then||
The #1 meant no more at Michigan than it did anywhere else until Lloyd Carr and Braylon Edwards invented and publicised a convenient fiction as a motivational tool, and Mr. Edwards continued to cling to that fiction for reasons that are frankly indistiguishable from self-glorification. If Mr. Peppers comes to Michigan, he has "earned" the #2--or any other number that he wants and the coaching staff agrees to give to him.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Fungo circles||
...but why did they feel the need to color the fungo circles brown? It's not like they are required by rule, or need to be colored differently than the rest of the artificial grass.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Brown field turf||
There are many top-level NCAA baseball programs with the brown field turf. It's ugly, but it's perfectly within the rules in the NCAA.
I think softball has to keep real dirt in the infield, and just installed the field turf in the outfield.
|5 days 12 hours ago||No Drew Sharp, please.||
Drew Sharp does things in order to get people to talk about him. You are talking about him. You are doing exactly what Drew Sharp wants. Stop doing what Drew Sharp wants you to do.
|1 week 1 day ago||"Michigan home games start at noon."||
There is nothing old fashioned about starting at noon. The only reason Michigan has ever played a noon game is because TV forced them to do so.
Traditional kickoff of home games was at 2:00 in the '30s, '40s and '50s; 1:30 in the '60s and early '70s and 1:00 in the late '70s through the '80s. Once TV came along, that's when we started having noon games. I think Michigan's first noon home game was in Bo's final season as head coach (1989), and I recall that they were rather unpopular at the time.
|1 week 1 day ago||Mitigating factor||
The only change he needed to make after 1984 was to wait for Jim Harbaugh's broken arm to heal.
In 1984, Michigan was 3-1 when Jim Harbaugh broke his arm trying to recover a fumble against Michigan State. Chris Zurbrugg and Russ Rein shared the quarterback duties for the remainder of the season, with less success than Harbaugh would have had, going 3-5 the rest of the season.
In 1985 and 1986, with Harbaugh completely recovered, Michigan went 21-3-1, giving Harbaugh a career record of 24-4-1. My recollection is people were unhappy in 1984, but nobody serious was demanding a change in the coaching staff. Because of the injury to Harbaugh and the fact that the starting tailback (Jamie Morris) was a true freshman, people were still optomistic moving forward.
|1 week 2 days ago||Awesome.||
Wow, thanks for posting that. I'm sure I read that back when it came out, but I did not recall that he gave a reason for discontinuing the Abstracts. When it comes to reading other people's research and opinions about sports, Bill James and this blog are probably my two of my three favorite things ever.
|1 week 2 days ago||Disagree.||
Michigan played Ohio State before Canadian Thanksgiving many times between 1897 and 1930, most recently on October 18, 1930 (Canadian Thanksgiving that year was on Monday, November 10, 1930, because from 1921 through 1930, Canadian Thanksgiving was on the Monday of the week that contained November 11).
I have no idea why I care enough to post this, but there you are.
|1 week 2 days ago||1963||
It should also be noted that the game was scheduled to be on November 23, 1963, but was postponed a week for obvious reasons.
|1 week 2 days ago||1939 Thanksgiving date.||
Cool history fact: when the 1939 Michigan-Ohio State game was scheduled for November 25, 1939, it was scheduled for the Saturday before Thanksgiving (which was to be, as always, on the last Thursday of the month--Thursday, November 30). FDR by declaration moved the celebration from November 30 to November 23 (SOURCE: http://docs.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/thanksg.html).
So they tried to have the game before Thanksgiving in 1939, but Thanksgiving moved.
The Big Ten then implemented a schedule where the season ended 8 weeks after the first Saturday in October, meaning the Ohio State game would fall between November 19 and November 25. As a result, if October 1 fell on a Monday or Tuesday, the Ohio State game would happen after Thanksgiving. This calendrical phenomenon would occur in 1944, 1945, 1950, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1973 and 1978.
It wasn't until 1979 that they moved the end of the season from 8 weeks after the first Saturday in October to the Saturday before Thanksgiving. And that change lasted only 10 years until they started moving back and forth between the two rules, without any discernable reason.
|1 week 4 days ago||Unfunny troll; registered today.|
|1 week 5 days ago||Suggestion||
I'm not sure if you can create settings so that a user has to be registered for (say) 14 days before posting, but I think this would be a good idea at certain times of the year, including right now. I think it would deter the worst trolls.
|1 week 5 days ago||QF Matchups are set||
Unfortunately, Michigan will have to go on the road to advance to the College Cup. Friday's quarterfinal matchups:
#8 Michigan at #1 Virginia (Friday, 7:00 EST)
#6 UCLA at #5 North Carolina
#28 Duke at #7 Virginia Tech
#42 Boston College at #3 Florida State
The rankings are from the RPI; the actual top 4 seeds per the NCAA seeding are #1 Virginia, #2 Florida State, #3 Virginia Tech, #4 North Carolina.
The ACC has managed to place 6 teams in the quarterfinals.
|1 week 5 days ago||Big Ten Championship Banners||
First, I want to echo the other replies and congratulate you on one of the best diaries ever on this board.
Mostly, I want to add a bit of Michigan history, and point out that in addition to the Big Ten championship banners hanging in Mariucci, Yost Arena also had Michigan's 5 Big Ten banners up until 1992 or so. The banners were very small and pennant-shaped, and for the entire time from about 1975 when I went to my first games at Yost to about 1992 when they were taken down to make room for the new CCHA banners Michigan was just beginning to collect, they hung from the rafters over the north blue line, toward the players' bench side of the arena. I have not been able to find a photograph where you can see them, unfortunately.
I'm sure those banners are long gone, but I very much hope that Michigan can re-create these 5 Big Ten Championship banners and hang them in Yost Arena. As you point out, those are absolutely official championships, recognized by the Big Ten to this day.
|1 week 5 days ago||Maybe Friday, if Wake Forest can upset Virginia.||
The quarterfinal game against the Virginia/Wake Forest winner is at a home field to be determined. Since they prefer to go by seeding, Michigan (#3 seed in the region) would play at Virginia (#1 overall seed), and they would host Wake Forest (not seeded in the top 4 in the region).
If Wake Forest ends up winning, and assuming Michigan hosts, the game could be either Friday or Saturday (I would assume Friday, because of other on-campus sporting events Saturday).
The semifinals and final will be at Cary, NC.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||March 24, 1996||
Mike Legg scores a goal in the NCAA hockey quarterfinals against Minnesota, to tie the game up at 2-2. Michigan goes on to win, 4-3, and wins the NCAA championship 2 weeks later.
(caution: audio plays automatically).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Don't like this part||
"...fighting the decision puts all the athletic bands in a precarious position with the AD..."
That's even more disturbing to read than the idea that they decided to play a major home basketball game without a band in the arena. Any insight on this one? I'm not a band person myself, but is there distrust (or worse) between the band and the AD? Or is this just an acknowledgement that Mr. Brandon seems to react negatively to any contrary opinions?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wha?||
From the article: "The game is officially a sellout; however, there are several thousand single tickets still available."
Well, as long as it's a sellout.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Context||
The reason that the umpire stands on the ball in a normal substitution situation has the same logic as the "12 men in the huddle" rule: so the offense can't trick the defense by waiting until the last second to show its personnel package.
Because this situation is a blindingly obvious field goal situation, the deception argument doesn't apply--the defense knows what is coming, so they don't need to react to the offense's personnel package--so both teams are expected to make their substitutions in real time.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Why?||
But why would you want to do the same thing that everybody else does? If we are so concerned about copying other schools, then congratulations, we're going 7-5, just like everybody else does.
As the man said not too long ago, This Is Michigan. Unfortunately, we've reached the point where we're trying to sell "same-ness" instead of uniqueness.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for taking care of the "7 years ago today" thread||
There's unforunately at least one more poster who needs to be taken care of:
Already was sent to Bolivia, but obviously didn't learn his lesson.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||High bidder||
I think Michigan will continue to wear the athletic apparel of the company that bids the highest for the privilege. I don't have any real feeling for what company it will be this time around.
I am always surprised at people who think Michigan will choose Adidas or Nike or Keds or whatever based on the quality of the product. That's not how it works.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||TV thing?||
Yes, it's almost entirely a TV thing. By contract between ABC and the Big Ten, Michigan controls the game time of the homecoming game, but the rest of the schedule is essentially determined by ABC/ESPN with some input from the AD for night games. Brandon has essentially zero control whether a game (other than homecoming) is at noon or 3:30.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||My bad||
Oh, right; of course Men's gymnastics (also a varsity sport) won the national championship last year too.
Agreed that for team sports softball might just edge out hockey for most success over the recent several years, especially if you take into account the number of teams nationally.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Cool.||
Well, what makes you an expert on the Michigan Stadium sound system? ... (re-reads post, including last line) ... Never mind.
Thanks for the, uh, feedback. But why doesn't this ever seem to affect the refs? I'm sure they don't wear earplugs, is it just training?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Correct answer||
The correct answer is men's swimming; they are the only sport to win the NCAA championship in their most recently completed season.
Great update, MGoSoftball; always appreciated!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yep||
Hilariously, the Ohio State men's hockey team played there up until 1998 (and it has been renovated since then; the playing surface used to be smaller).
Because Value City Arena was being used for a high school event, the men's hockey team played their CCHA playoff series against Ferris State there last year, with attendances of 731, 860 and 628 for the 3-game series.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Strange.||
I think every referee since about 1985 would be surprised to learn that "we rarely use live wireless microphones at Michigan Stadium."