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|2 weeks 16 hours ago||Well....||
The SEC is teh best conference in the nation. The SEC is also highly overrated...these two things do not have to be mutually exclusive.
But Stoops, having a poor record against SEC and also losing to ND at homelast year, is no tmuch in a position to say things like this.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Your last sentence is your best one.||
This game should be celebrated in many ways. It was an instant classic. There were a breadth of great Michigan moments in it, even if the result was obviously bad. That doesn't mean we should ignore all the good that happened that night.
If it's still that raw with you (and i don't blame you if it is), might I suggest not visiting a Michigan blog? Considering it's been just 3 days since the game, how could you not expect to see something about it on this site?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Another reason to love coach||
He doesn't have to take responsibility there, but it's a great show of character to man up to your mistakes. Coaches do make mistakes, probably a lot more frequently than we realize.
But Beilein is still an excellent coach and I'm proud that leads this program. He beat three of the best coaches in the nation (Smart, Self, Beoheim) before succombing to a Hall-of-Fame coach who now stands alone in having won tourneys with two separate teams (yet another indication of how hard it is to win). He demolished a team who was in it's third straight Elite Eight. That is quite a hefty resume from just one tournament....I don't think any other team, Louisville included, has quite an impressive wins resume as Michigan did in that wild run.
I don't think this mistake cost them the game, I think they just got beat by a better team who had luck on their side.
But still proud of him for fessing up to it in public, when he didn't have to.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Good God, settle down||
Ok maybe not ALL the time, but it happens when two guys are involved on a play and the ref calls the wrong one with a foul. Yeah, it happens. It sucks because it was kind of important to M tonight. But oh well...
No, missed goaltending is not part of basketball, but I didn't imply that. Missed calls are part of the game. Every sport, really. Refs are human. Clearly tonight, they weren't ready for the moment. It's not like they didn't call any fouls on Louisville.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Of all the crap the refs did tonight||
this was by far the worst. I have never been so upset at basketball officials as I was when this was called a foul. All the griping about reffing is overblown, but THIS play, THIS call was so obvious and so wrong and at sucha crucial part of the game that I think it may have changed the game.
Imagine what happens if no foul is called. This is a momentum-changing play that was neutered by the refs. I think this is the one thing from this game I will be bitter about for a long time. It didn't cost Michigan the game...but it was turrible. Just turrible.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Meh.||
The only oother thing that sucked was Hancock not getting the 4th when he should have...but again, those things happen. Refs call fouls on the wrong player all. the. time. It's only magnified here because of how it would have changed the complexion of the game.
All that stuff you say sucked (missed goaltend, questionable contact not called fouls), but it's part of a basketball game, especially in this year's tourney...calls seem random, I agree Michigan got the short end of teh stick more times than not, but don't forget that Louisville was in foul trouble early in the 2nd half. The game would be much closer if Michigan hits its free throws. How many times did Burke, Hardaway, anf whoever else go to the line and only make 1 of 2? Those misses added up, especially compared to how efficient Louisville was at the line.
To win a championship, you need to be really effing good, and you need luck to go your way. Michigan was really effing good tonight, but Louisville was both better and luckier.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Frustrating for sure||
But Louisville just beat MIchigan tonight, there's nothing more to be said. They were hitting some crazy shots in the 2nd half and could seemingly not miss at all.
The refs were all around awful tonight. The Burke block was I think the only one that had any meaningful influence on the outcome...because it was so blatantly obvious to everyone except the refs, and who knows what happens with momentum if that's called the right way.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Louisville is good||
They got points on, what, 17 of 25 possessions in teh 2nd? Yeah, it's hard to beat a team when then do that...and I don't think it was Michigan playing poor defense, I think it was Michigan being outexecuted. They had luck at the rim...some of teh shots they were making shouldn't go in, and yet they did. Sometimes you tip your hat off.
I'm still bitter about the Burke foul on his clean block, though. The refs were bad, but that was the one call that I thought had a meaningful influence on how the end of teh game went. Obviously not saying Michigan wins if the foul is not called, but I think it would have been much much closer than it was.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Yes||
Because it was the very first thing he brought up every time they talked about the game, as if it was the only reason why Michigan won.
Michigan won because they soved the zone in the first half and hung on to a lead in the 2nd half. And I don't care how butthurt Gottlieb was that Michigan was "playing not to lose" towards the end, because it worked, and would have worked even better had they made their effing free throws. When you get a double-digit lead on a team like Syracuse, you don't try any crazy things that cause turnovers in the 2nd half. Michigan was conservative because they could be, and it's not a bad idea against a team like Syracuse.
Now I hope they don't do that against Louisville, because Louisville can score and can score fast...no lead is safe against them.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||It's simply amazing to me||
That THIS call is getting so much attention when (a) IT WASN'T EVEN SYRACUSE'S FINAL POSSESSION! They were only down 3 and could have still tied it for crissake! and (b) That jump ball call in the Wichita State game was FAR more controversial. Plus the jump ball rule is stupid and should be fixed (jump ball...therefore...GIVE THE BALL TO THE OTHER TEAM!!! Makes perfect sense.)
It's not fair to assess a block/charge in slow mo, because that's not how it happens. In slow motion, well, it's a block, he was still kind of moving I guess. At live speed, where the real world lies, it's a charge 9 times out of 10. The Cuse player was reckless, Morgan was still kind of moving but was square and compared to the Cuse player's speed he looked pretty darn stationary. As Brian says, he got hit square in the chest on his way up. Charge.
Many in ESPN have been humping the "Michigan won only because of a charge call" line, and it's starting to piss me off. Because why can't you also say that Louisville won only on a bs jump ball call? I just listened to Digger Phelps basicallly say Louisville will win because Michigan should have lost but got a lucky charge call against Syracuse. Logic, he has none.
Whatever man. Beat the Cardinals.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know, man...||
He sure grabbed his face pretty damn hard, and it wasn't like he was just doing a follow-through on a ball-swipe either.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well||
I was in a bar in OKlahoma, not really paying too fine attention to the game because M was down by a sizable margin pretty much the whole time. I had pretty much resigned myself to the loss. I mean shoot, they were down by 10 with 2 minutes left, I think many of us felt that way for a bit. What was the win probability at one point? 0.6%? It sure felt like a 1-in-100 type of situation...not much hope, just expectant to see the game over with a L. Of course, i knew the players wouldn't give up, but it takes more than effort and will to come back from 10 with so little time left.
And then, GRIII hits that clutch layup off of the Hardaway miss, and I actually thought they had a chance.
And the last play...from the missed FT to the chaos of McGary falling down on the screen, and then Burke launching a prayer from waaaay beyond the arc, all I thought was "No way, that's game."
But, funny things happen in sports. The prayer was answered, it went in, and my reaction was something similar to the sound of orgasm, honestly. With an "Oh my God" mixed in there and some maniacal laughter.
Me and the two other M fans in the bar made a scene. I don't think anyone there really cared much who won...but we did, and we let everyone know about it. And it was fun.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Yes!||
it was this exact reasoning that led me to purchase the hat on my way out of Cowboy Stadium today.
Also because it's an awesome-looking hat.
The shirt is...meh.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Glad you said this||
I was going to mention, as much as ISU got hosed by the questionable (pretty much downright wrong) charge call on the Craft play, the Illinois-Miami out of bounds call near the end was way worse. They got the call way wrong, or at least watching live it appeared that way. It basically cost Illinois the game. And one quick look at a replay would reverse the call on the court.
I don't watch basketball often, but in the handful of times I've watched this year out of bounds called are missed surprisingly often, and the fact that they aren't at least reviewable in late-game scenarios is pretty awful if you ask me.
And there are other similar easy reviewable plays that could be done. But they review potential flagrant 1's instead? Makes no sense.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Just one question I have.||
Why the hell didn't Andrea steal the Governor's truck? I mean, good God, she was asking to get caught when she didn't. Obviously when she didn't, the Governor was going to go all "I'm a really bad guy, remember?" by (a) surviving the zombie onslaught, and (b) catching Andrea RIGHT BEFORE she gets to the prison (of course). One would think driving a truck would get you there faster and without any chance of the governor catching up to you again, even if he survives
Also why the hell would you traverse a giant open field when you know someone is looking for you? You're just asking to be tracked down at that point. It's not like there were no trees or anything anywhere.
I didn't like Andrea anyway...but the writing seems lazy here.
|14 weeks 14 hours ago||In Young's case||
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Perspective||
This team quite frankly would have been 2-2 with this tough stretch if the Wisconsin guy doesn't hit the miracle half-court shot with 2 seconds left, or if Michigan hits a few easy layups, or maybe if the refs actually don't egregiously miss some obvious calls. And 2-2 was what most here were hoping for. Sometimes shit happens though. 1-3 is disappointing, but not the end of the world.
Last night sucked because Michigan didn't just lose, they lost big, they weren't even competetive. But, it was one game. One night. At the end of a very tough stretch of games. It's no excuse for poor play, but you can't ignore it either.
The team might still be destined for more, especially if they use this opportunity to learn and grow from this tough stretch. The games start mattering a lot more coming up...every team has a tough stretch of season to endure when things just don't go your way (at least we didn't lose to TCU, guys). Michigan went through it...now the question is how do they respond going forward? Do they keep crumbling in the big moments? Do they grow as a team and take it as valuable experience? Who knows. That's why sports are fun and we keep coming back to watch, despite being so effing terrible sometimes.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||No,||
But playing 4 very good teams (3 on the road in very hostile environments) in a row demands you play at or near your best for all 4 games. And that's a very difficult thing to do. It's not just physical exhaustion, it's mental exhaustion. There's a reason why freshmen crumble with that sort of pressure, they're just not used to it yet. They don't have the experience. But even the most experienced of teams have their off nights, and it's not surprising when they come at or near the end of a very tough batch of games.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Ha, wow.||
How the heck is that a foul on Burke?
Nice home court reffing there, boys.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||THANK YOU.||
Sheesh about time.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Uh, actually not so sure his heel was on the arc there,||
Mr. TV Color Guy.
It was close, sure, but far from the worst call the refs have made today.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||...who was also #10 in the nation||
Yeah, if that win doesn't qualify, then what in the heck does?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, my thoughts exactly||
Especially that it's the second time it happened. I think it was partially jitters of being #1 in the nation, and being way too overhyped about the game. Trey Burke is the real deal, but he needs to settle down because some of his shot selection is really questionable.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I disagree||
Just because you won doesn't mean you get to rub it in like that. Basic sportsmanship says you don't do that (Michigan concedes at the end by not pursuing...therefore you don't pad stats and put another 2 points on the board. Or you do if you're a giant douche)...and I bet you it comes to bite Indiana in the ass for future matchups. Michigan won't forget that.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||So...have we learned our lesson, MGoBlog writers?||
Tempt KenPom, and you get hosed. Every time. So, just go with KenPom. Always. And forever.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Removing field goals is stupid.||
I do, however, hate that hashes are narrower in the NFL thus making FGs easier because they are relatively straight. It always bothers me...you have the best professional kickers out there, and you make it as easy as possible for them? I think they should at least widen the hashes to collegiate level. It would make FG kicking more interesting and less of a guarantee. Of course, it by no means is a guarantee right now...but things would be much less certain if the game winning kick were at a significant angle.
Am I the only one who is oddly bothered by this?
Also, Skip Bayless is a complete moron.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||I don't care anymore||
I don't care if Teo was "duped" or not anymore...because its irrelevant. He lied and/or embellished the story to further his image in some way, "duped" or not. When you look at what Teo said of the course of the season and the stories written, it's hard NOT to come to that conclusion, hoaxed or not. And the level of "investigation" that ND performed is laughable at best, and totally looks like a transparent attempt at a cover up. Which...when paired with other recent ND stories that were swept under the rug, is not surprising at all. And the media...well, just confirms what I already kinda knew about them. They lack substance and integrity.
Also, I now hate the word "duped". Thanks, internet.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||Nope, sorry||
When someone uses the death of someone else to boost their publicity, I have little sympathy for you. Whether Teo was duped or not, he clearly has lied and embellished his way to sympathy, and over something as sensitive and tragic as death from leukimia? the way he talked about this girl like he knew her closely and all that, it's just sickening to me. Duped or not, Teo made this story about himself.
And I still find it very hard to believe that Teo was duped. He knew, he knew at some point before December, and he kept riding that publicity donkey all the way to the championship game. And the media ate it all up.
I hate everything about this story.
|18 weeks 1 day ago||Well...||
I'm not condemning the guy but there are waaaay way too many holes you can poke in the story that simply do not make sense that it was a simple "online dating only" relationship hoax.
Who calls themselves "boyfriend/girlfriend" without ever at least skyping to see each others' face? What about all the stories published about meetings with each other?
There's more to this story than meets the eye. It's certainly plausible that Teo was duped the whole time, but I find that much less likely than any scenario where Teo knew and was in on it (for reasons that are obviously not clear right now).
|20 weeks 3 days ago||Shame on every single one of you||
Kovacs has been one of the best players for Michigan these last few years. One bad play does not negate all he has done. Show some god damned class.