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|1 day 17 hours ago||John Adams quote||
Fun fact: Adams was referring to July 2, not July 4.
From the beginning of that letter (the quote is from a letter he wrote to his wife on July 3, 1776): "The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epoch, in the History of America."
|3 days 16 hours ago||There you go.||
Awesome! And then everybody could argue about whether or not Jakub Kindl deserves to wear Ebbie Goodfellow's #4 legends jersey.
|3 days 16 hours ago||Great idea.||
There needs to be a way to honor former greats short of having a number retired. Anybody with their name on 3 or more Cups as a Red Wing, and anybody who is in the hockey Hall of Fame who is known primarily as a Red Wing should be honored somehow in the new arena.
Number retirement needs to be a very rare event, not just for every hall-of-famer who plays in Detroit.
|3 days 16 hours ago||No bitterness here||
He was a great player and the Wings wouldn't have won their Cups in the '90s without him. No doubt about it. I don't get bitter about free agency either--you have to do what you have to do.
I just like number retirement to be rare: no more than 1 player a decade or so, and that's stretching it. It needs to be for people with a clear place in hockey history. Yzerman & Lidstrom are no-brainers. What about Datsyuk? I think he might deserve it at least as much as Fedorov, right?
|3 days 16 hours ago||Maybe...||
But couldn't you make the same argument for putting Syd Howe's #8 in the rafters? He was a dominant forward on Detroit's 1936, 1937 and 1943 Stanley Cup teams.
Not to mention Marcel Pronovost & Red Kelly for making the 1950s possible. It wasn't all about the Production Line & Sawchuk.
|3 days 17 hours ago||There is doubt about it||
"...There's no doubt about it, he deserves it." I disagree--there is doubt, at least in my mind.
I won't say "absolutely not," but isn't there more to having your number retired than putting up numbers? I would retire Fetisov's jersey before I would retire Fedorov's.
|4 days 12 hours ago||Negged||
For the sole purpose of getting you back to 1970 points.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Just don't look.||
Colin Cowherd's primary job responsibility is to get people talking about Colin Cowherd.
People here are doing exactly that, including many people who should know better.
|5 days 12 hours ago||+1||
I also wish MGoBlog wouldn't even acknowledge that shit bag.
I will not be listening; I would like to invite everybody reading this to join me in not listening.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Look closer.||
The budget deficit ($7.9 million) was for this recently completed season; they are presenting a balanced budget for 2015-16. The deficit, obviously, was a result of lower than expected ticket sales and higher than expected compensation costs (i.e., buyouts & signing bonuses)
"The University of Michigan Athletic Department presented a balanced budget based on operating revenues of $153.6 million and operating expenses of $153.6 million to the Board of Regents for the 2015-16 fiscal year"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Mercyhurst Hockey||
You are mistaken about the Mercyhurst games; those are on Friday October 16 & Sunday October 18.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Yes and No.||
Back in the '70s and even '80s, it was a pretty common rumor that if you had prime seats (near the 50) at Michigan Stadium, and an Ohio State fan ended up sitting in your seats for the M-OSU game, you would not find a renewal notice in the mail the next season.
I have absolutely no idea if this is true, but even if it is, I have no problem with it.
Of course, there was a huge list of big donors who wanted to upgrade their seats back then. It would be a pretty stupid business decision now, with demand much lower than it was used to be.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Six home games after New Year's Day||
* Just 6 home games after New Year's Day, and 1 of them is during spring break.
* A 31-day gap between consecutive home games (January 17 to February 19).
* 9 of the last 12 conference games on the road.
* Third consecutive year playing only 1 home game against Michigan State.
* Home hockey game on the same day as the OSU football game.
At least they announced the schedule before the season ticket renewal deadline--last year, Mr. Brandon waited until after the renewal deadline to release the schedule and announce that they had given up a home game against Michigan State in order to play them outdoors in Chicago.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Not great, but not desperate.||
First, Michigan's starter will be Keith Lehmann, who spent some time as a starter early this season before working mostly out of the bullpen during the conference season. Michigan's #2 starter, Ryan Nutof, has not worked yet this weekend (apparently he has the flu).
I'm guessing that in the bullpen, Pall might be out and Benedetti and Cronenworth will hopefully be able to find the strength to pitch this afternoon if the game is close.
|5 weeks 13 hours ago||Double Elimination vs Consolation Bracket||
Wrestling isn't double elimination; it is a single elimination tournament with a consolation bracket. In true double elimination, you aren't eliminated until you lose 2. So at some point you will have 1 undefeated team and 1 team with 1 loss. At that point, there's nothing to do but have them play each other until one or the other takes their second loss.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Hmm.||
Not sure why you don't let Jacobson bat in that spot. Anyway, lefty Kyle Jusick in for Wenson to bat.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Adcock||
Adcock strikes out the side after giving up a leadoff double to start the second. That's 4 strikeouts of the first 7 batters.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Same.||
I think they would delay it the same amount of time, but they would have to rearrange the schedule for tomorrow, because a team is only permitted to start 2 games in one day, so that would push the first championship game from Sunday at 4 to early afternoon on Monday.
Really the key rules are (1) you aren't supposed to start a game after midnight, but a game started before midnight can continue until completion, (2) a team can't start more than 2 games in a day, although they can complete one game and then play 2 more, and (3) the games must be played in the order scheduled, and they must be completed before the next one starts.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Starting pitchers||
The delay was probably short enough that both pitchers will continue in the game. If there is another delay, though, that has to help Michigan because it would likely get Louisville's lefty ace out of the game.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Last game of the day||
Since this is the last game of the day at Louisville, they will keep trying until midnight to get the game in. As long as it has resumed by midnight, they will play. If they can't finish it today, they will resume it at noon tomorrow, followed by the two regularly scheduled games for Sunday.
They have until midnight on Tuesday to declare a winner; after that, they will award the regional to the highest-seeded undefeated team. As far as I know, that has never happened.
Games can not be shortened; every game has to go 9 innings.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||5:15||
Play will resume at 5:15, they are announcing.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||NIKE||
Northern Illinois Knitting Enterprises
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Right.||
Alumni Field has a sign in the dugouts that says something like "no gum or sunflower seeds in the outfield." Pretty normal expectation for a FieldTurf field, I think.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly right.||
Think of it as Touchdown = 0 points, Extra Point = 1 point, Field Goal = 1 point.
Because the "extra point" was missed, Pond's touchdown had absolutely nothing to do with Michigan's win; David DeTarr scored the point for Michigan by kicking a goal in the last few minutes of the game.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Delayed||
Per twitter, there has been a weather delay. The game will start at 7:04 CDT (8:04 Eastern time).
I'm always amazed that people thought it would be a good idea to hold a major sporting event in Oklahoma City in late May & early June. There is essentially zero chance that there won't be a rain/thunderstorm/tornado delay at some point during the 7-day tournament.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Why?||
Yes, I understand that they have won 8 straight national championships. I just want to be taken through the reasoning:
1. "Michigan men's rowing has won 8 straight national championships."
3. "Therefore, Michigan men's rowing NEEDS to be a varsity sport."
I'm just not able to figure out what step #2 could possibly be. I understand why men's lacrosse was made a varsity sport after their series of national championships: varsity status was required to compete for NCAA tournament bids and, eventually, NCAA championships. But that logic just isn't there for men's rowing: there is no NCAA championship. There is not even a Big Ten championship.
You don't just hand out varsity status as a reward for past accomplishments. That's not the point of the distinction between varsity and non-varsity. I want the best for the men's rowing program, just like you do. But what positive good will varsity status bring to the rowing program, and why does a string of national championships make it more important than it would be if there were no such streak?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Why?||
"Men's Rowing NEEDS to happen..."
There is no Big Ten men's rowing championship. There is no NCAA men's rowing championship. Without a Big Ten or NCAA championship to compete for, why does it "NEED" to happen? What would change, and why would that change be a good thing?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Actually||
Every team does play on Thursday 5/28. Four games in 2 sessions--noon/2:30 and 7/9:30 Eastern Time (subtract 1 hour for OKC time).
The Thursday winners play on Friday 5/29. One session at 7/9:30 EDT.
Saturday is elimination day--the 6 teams with 1 loss play, with the 2 undefeated teams getting a rest day (same game times as Thursday).
Sunday is for the 4 remaining teams to play themslves down to two--1/3:30 EDT, with the "if necessary" games starting at 7:00.
The final 2 teams play a best-of-three on Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday June 1-2-3, games at 8:00 EDT each day.
It hasn't officially been determined, but I think Michigan's game Thursday will almost certainly be the 7:00 EDT game: Michigan-Oklahoma or Michigan-Alabama would be the feature game of the first round, getting the "prime time" treatment. If that's the case, Michigan's second game would be 9:30 EDT on Friday (if they win) or 2:30 EDT on Saturday (if they lose).
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Nice.||
This comment gets a post-game upvote.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Maryland upsets Illinois||
So here are the group finals for Saturday:
#4 Maryland vs (#2 Iowa-#6 Indiana winner), 10 am & (if necessary) 6 pm.
#3 Michigan vs (#1 Illinois-#5 Michigan State winner), 2 pm & (if necessary) 10 pm.
So Michigan has 2 chances to beat the Illinois-MSU winner and advance to the 1-game championship, which will be 2 pm on Sunday.