Mike Lantry, 1972
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|17 hours 48 min ago||Also see: Dick Kimball||
Also see: Dick Kimball
|17 hours 50 min ago||Between this and that weird||
Between this and that weird Jalen Rose thread last night, I have no idea what the hell is going on around here anymore.
Remember when no one gave a shit about basketball, and Brian just flat-out ignored it after around mid-January?
|22 hours 25 min ago||Super nice guy off-the-ice,||
Super nice guy off-the-ice, too. He lived near me and I knew a lot of people who knew him through his kids, and they had nothing but great things to say about him. I taught one of his kids in Safety Town, and I can confidently say the aggressive hockey genes can be passed right along. Kid didn't lose a bigwheel race all week.
|23 hours 5 min ago||Michigan was offered the||
Michigan was offered the template and said no. There are pictures of the damn things hanging in the lockers.
|1 day 19 min ago||Which was a nearly||
Which was a nearly stich-for-stich throwback from the '40s...
|1 day 1 hour ago||Basketball doesn't have an||
Basketball doesn't have an "iconic look" because Nike/Adidas keep changing the uniforms every five minutes. That is, if you live by the premise that there isn't an "iconic look." Which there is.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Also, real hilarity with the||
Also, real hilarity with the "Made in March" thing, when in reality they're "Made in Bangladesh/China/anywhere poor 12 year olds are sewing basketball gear."
|1 day 1 hour ago||"Adidas' most advanced||
"Adidas' most advanced uniform system," or "Adidas' improved uniform system that won't tear in half when you as much as cross midcourt"?
|1 day 2 hours ago||Because Adidas needs to sell||
Because Adidas needs to sell more piles of merch to people like Wolverine Devotee. That's the answer to everything these days, really.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Cleaner than what? How is all||
Cleaner than what? How is all that geometric garbage cleaner than, say...
|1 day 2 hours ago||Want to find ways to upvote||
Want to find ways to upvote this the way ole' Franklin is stacking the Supreme Court.
|1 day 2 hours ago||I just don't get the mindset||
I just don't get the mindset of a designer who says "I know! Let's put this cool raised geometric vector design on the shoulders!" Or for last year's experiment, "I wonder if I could find a way to incorporate the old Fruit Stripe Gum animal print somewhere... Eureka!"
|1 day 2 hours ago||Unpopular opinion here, but I||
Unpopular opinion here, but I really loved this template. I liked the simplicity, and the shorts were pretty great. A downgrade from what came before, sure, but in the moment, it was pretty decent.
|1 day 2 hours ago||Well, at least they got the M||
Well, at least they got the M on the shorts right. So there's that. But the TNG Q-esque vector shit on the shoulders and shorts... Yeesh. And, really not on board with Wolverines instead of Michigan.
Really, Adidas is just so bad at this stuff. I know, Nike isn't much better, but really, remember when we wore uniforms for Michigan, and not as vehicles for a shoe company's across-the-brand marketing ideas?
|1 day 15 hours ago||We're going to do this again?||
We're going to do this again?
|1 day 15 hours ago||Jansen never played, and may||
Jansen never played, and may not have even made it through the whole season. It was his redshirt year, IIRC.
As for Jermaine Gonzales, career stats:
5 games played, 12 total minutes, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block, took a three pointer and missed.
|1 day 15 hours ago||Gonzales may have gotten some||
Gonzales may have gotten some mop-up minutes, but never more than a couple here or there. Jon Jansen was on the basketball roster for about five minutes his freshman year, too.
|1 day 16 hours ago||His parents kept going to||
His parents kept going to games and got primo spots in the Maize Rage for almost ten years after he graduated. It was cool at first, but got a little sad after a while.
|1 day 16 hours ago||The only problem was if||
The only problem was if anyone as much as breathed on Lester Abram, he'd get hurt. Every season, he'd start hot, get hurt, and limp through to a middling finish.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Also, thread needs some of||
Also, thread needs some of this:
Just ignore the actual video.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I went to Brian Ellerbe's||
I went to Brian Ellerbe's Michigan Basketball Camp twice (1999 and 2000, if memory serves). Pete Vignier taught me how to box out. The second year, I got food poisoning from a bad Caesar salad at West Quad. For the most part, I put up goofy jumpers and ran around really slowly.
I own a Josh Moore jersey. And an "Air Georgia #23" t-shirt I bought out of a black garbage bag in the Crisler parking lot for about five bucks on the way into a game.
I had student tickets for five years, stretching the final three Amaker seasons and the first two Beilein years. I sat in the third to last row of the gold seats for every game my freshman year because I wanted to prove a point and sit in my actual seat instead of sneaking down into the bleachers. For more than a few games, I was the only one there for a section in each direction. For the four years I was actually an undergraduate student, we went to the tournament zero times.
After all of that, my all-time favorite Dark Ages player is LaVell Blanchard, closely followed by Gavin Groninger. Dark horse benchwarmer love to Amadou Ba and Leland Anderson.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Or I just think the whole||
Or I just think the whole thing is kind of pointless in general, win or lose. In '98 it was a novelty, but it quickly became apparent it doesn't really mean much unless you're a cinderella team shooting for an autobid to avoid the NIT. For teams that are actually going to make the tournament, it's just a trap to get your guys injured or get yourself on bad momentum entering the tourney if you get embarrassed by the Northwesterns of the world.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Means very little to me,||
Means very little to me, honestly. Enjoyed myself when we won the first one, but my interest pretty much ended there.
|2 days 12 hours ago||All I know is the guy was||
All I know is the guy was absolutely cold blooded tonight. That 3-pointer where he just kind of dribble-faked with a guy in his face and drained a three anyway, with a bunch of time on the shot clock, is as much confidence as you can ask for out of a kid.
|2 days 12 hours ago||He comes off as a total||
He comes off as a total hothead, but in reality, Bobby Knight is a pretty likeable and charming guy. It's the same thing as if people judged Bo solely on his habit of spiking his headset and blowing his stack at referees on th esidelines. In football, that's standard. In basketball, Bobby throws a chair or picks up a technical for saying something he shouldn't, it stands out a lot more. I guarantee you, Bo (and to a close extent Lloyd) were just as vulgar and vocal on their guys as Bobby Knight ever was.
|2 days 12 hours ago||I'm proud to say I saw Bobby||
I'm proud to say I saw Bobby Knight pick up a technical foul in person, at Crisler in (I think) the 1994-5 season. It's like a freaking badge of honor.
A lot of Michigan fans don't realize that Bobby was just about the closest friend Bo had in the coaching profession, and if you believe both when they tell the story, they both could very well have ended up at Wisconsin had Wiscy not treated Bo like shit when he went to interview there before he ended up at Michigan. A few years later, Knight interviewed there, called Bo to ask about it, and Bo pretty much told him their AD was a trainwreck. Bobby said no, ended up at Indiana, and that was that.
Just think of the possibilities of Bo and Bobby leading the charge at the same university.
|2 days 19 hours ago||That's why I qualified it||
That's why I qualified it with maybe. To me, he's just about the only one who really has a shot, in a sea of guys who had talent and numbers but nothing else particuarly interesting or notable about them in the long run. Blanchard admirably did his part for a program in freefall, so I'd rather he be the guy out of the dark agesto actually get some lasting recognition, if there was going to be one at all.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Blanchard was a local kid who||
Blanchard was a local kid who signed on to play at Michigan and stuck with it, despite the fact it was one of the lowest periods in program history. Great leader on and off the court, put up great numbers, the whole nine yards. A complete player and a class act in a period where that meant something. Given the complete picture, that guy left a bigger mark on the program than Sims (who, in fact, got worse over time), Robinson Jr. (decent player, but just that), Horton (whose off-the-court issues speak for themselves), or any other player of the Ellerbe/Amaker years.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Michigan's policy, as I||
Michigan's policy, as I understand it, doesn't even require him to finish at Michigan. IIRC, Juwan and/or Jalen finished theirs at (I believe) UNC. It just has to be a degree.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Might be a while. Michigan's||
Might be a while. Michigan's policy on honoring jerseys thus far requires guys to come back and finish their degree in some capacity, or finish it elsewhere, if need be. No degree, no banner.
Really, Burke is just about the only guy in this bunch who belongs in the conversation alongside the other guys in the rafters. And even that is difficult because of the two-year thing. Aside from maybe LaVell Blanchard, he may even be the only guy in the last two decades, to be honest.