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|2 weeks 5 days ago||But is Michigan strong enough||
But is Michigan strong enough yet to take advantage of that weakness? I think so, but I would be a lot more confident if they were winning faceoffs this season.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As a club team alum I love||
As a club team alum I love this. JP and the athletic department are clearly building the varsity program (Team Four and all that), but they are also making a real effort to honor the past. It's smart. The club alums are the donors and job network for the current players. The guys from my era had a lot of fun and made great friends playing, and the guys from the last few club teams have a lot of pride in the championships they won. And in Michigan's case, which is kind of unique in lacrosse, the D1 program came about in large part because of the way the club team was built.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Defense is much improved over||
Defense is much improved over the last few weeks. Not sure what people are seeing when they say awful defense. Yes there were a few breakdowns, but overall you can see the improvement. And other than Logan, they are doing it without a single guy who I would call great at that end. No defense, I don't care who you are, can shut down a good offense (and Ohio State has a good, not elite, offense) if the other team has the ball a lot more than you do. Faceoffs are the biggest factor holding this team back. And today there were a few untimely turnovers, both on offense and on clears, that didn't help. I loved the scrap in the first half. Diving for loose balls and flying around.
They just played a muderers row of faceoff guys between Maryland, Rutgers and Ohio State. They survived Rutgers because they actually are a slightly better team and they had just enough offense, but Maryland and Ohio State without the ball isn't going to work out too well. I'm hopeful they can compete a little better for faceoffs in the next two weeks. Hopkins and Penn State are good there, but not like these last three.
If this team beats Penn State and makes the Big Ten tournament that's a success for this year. Everybody picked them to be last of six, and they already are positioned to be 4th or 5th.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Release says attendance was||
Release says attendance was 800 and some change. To be expected I suppose on Easter Sunday.
I seem to recall that the date of the spring game was changed within the last couple of months, so I would guess that had something to do with it. That and the regime change with both new Jims taking over. Probably other factors too having to do with the Big Ten starting up. I suspect they have less flexibility with their own conference scheduling than they did with the ECAC. I'd love to see them do what Ohio State does with their spring game and lacrosse game combo. They play the lacrosse game first, then have a real game for the spring game, which helps draw huge crowds for both. Winning also helps I suppose.
Huge win yesterday though. Nice to have King back. They got dominated at faceoffs for the second straight week, but this time found a way to overcome that.
Ohio State looked great last night against Hopkins. Chances for an upset depends on which Buckeye team shows up on Sunday. The one last night or the one that laid a goose egg against ND and lost to Detroit. Hopkins, as much as they are struggling, will be a really tough out, especially on the road. That game is their homecoming (yes, they have their school homecoming in the spring at a lacrosse game). Penn State seems to be the best chance to get another win and hopefully lock down a tournament spot.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Got to go to the game||
Got to go to the game yesterday. Maryland is a top 3 team for a reason. To be fair, three of Michigan's losses this season are to the current #1, #3 and #10. This is still a much improved team in its fourth year. They just don't have the horses and skill sets that the elite teams do yet.
A few thoughts from this one.
1. Maryland is loaded on offense, but they don't wow you there. They are very methodical. Where they kill you is on faceoffs, where Raffa is a complete animal, and defense/goalie. Michigan didn't get the ball much because of Raffa, and when they did they had a lot of trouble generating quality shots. The Maryland goalie ate up most of the shots they did manage. They are giving up less than 5 goals per game this season, which is insane.
2. Michigan really misses King. As I said, they had trouble getting good shots and then burying them. It can't help to be missing their one legitimate great player on that end, especially against the best defense in the country. I thought the Michigan players were athletic enough to make some things happen offensively, but their sticks let them down a lot with turnovers or bad shot placement, and Maryland jumped all over mistakes like a top-5 team should. Kyle Jackson made some things happen, but he can't do it alone. Shlosser is really fast and explosive, but his stick needs to improve.
3. It was a good crowd, maybe 3,000 or so. Lots of Michigan people. Byrd Stadium is too big for lacrosse, like Michigan Stadium, but they do a good job with the event there as you would expect at a school where lacrosse is really important.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||Here's the||
Here's the release;
I think your memory is a little sketchy. That was their second D1 scrimmage. They played Providence at home before that, losing 11-10 in OT. The score against St. Joe's was 9-5. They were down 5-3 at the half. Granted, that was not yet a good St. Joe's team back then. Both teams have been steadily improving since then, but obviously St. Joe's had a big head start as an older program.
They did get smoked 14-2 by Towson that day. Maybe you're remembering that one.
Either way, this was a good win for this team right now. St. Joe's was 11-4 last year and thumped us at home. They almost beat Virginia earlier this week. To win this one on the road without a guy like King after losing two in a row says a lot about their fortitude.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Watched the stream. You can||
Watched the stream. You can really see how much the offense misses King. Schlosser was great until St Joes put their pole on him. Then there weren't a lot of other offensive options. Would really like to see Jackson get back on track. He was so promising the past couple of years but seems like he's mostly ineffective this year. Is he playing hurt?
Great to see the defense step up. Logan is part of that, and he played great, but the defense has been so inconsistent. They played well today, even without regulars like Hatton and Moore (assume both are hurt?). Slides and recoveries were better. Generally better on ball. Were forcing a lot of shots that Logan could save. He did bail them out a few times, but great goalies do that.
Lott had a good faceoff day today, and that made a huge difference. I thought the St Joes guy who was having success late was moving early every time, but they only got the call a couple of times.
Hard to tell from the angle they showed if the Joseph goal in the first OT should have been good or not. It was close.
|9 weeks 42 min ago||He has a nice comment about||
He has a nice comment about our lacrosse team in that article. Anyone know if Coach Paul had also offered him back when he accepted the OSU offer? Could he play both?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Coach Paul needs to teach||
Coach Paul needs to teach Mama G how to spell lacrosse.
Nice to the see the boys pulling away from teams that they were close with last year. Definite signs of improvement. Next step is playing close games with top-10 types of teams. That might still be two or three years away, which would still be fast for a new program.
Was wondering when Kyle Jackson was going to blow up in a game. Hadn't happened yet this season.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||You are projecting a loss to||
You are projecting a loss to Drexel? You're right, that will be a tough one. Although they did lose in a blowout to Albany today. I think Brown and St. Joe's could both be really tough as well. Hopefully these next two are wins. Even starting 4-1 with the only loss to one of the top teams in the country is a HUGE step forward.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||IrishLax, Really appreciate||
Really appreciate this post. I think you nailed it about the the ND team. I was hoping for an upset this week based partly on the GTown score and partly on Michigan's two blowout wins, but reality hit today. ND was a national finalist (and ACC champ, which is no joke) last year for a reason and is better this year. Michigan is a fourth year program with three recruiting classes and only one superstar.
The only thing that really surprised me was the faceoff struggles until Michigan apparently started using a pole there. They are an above average faceoff team. But that's often a matchup thing that can sometimes go either really well or horribly wrong despite prevous stats and match-ups.
It's way to early to say if JP is not the guy. As you say, the team is showing very steady improvement and from all reports they are blowing the doors off in recruiting (which Paul is ultimately responsible for) starting with their 2016 class. I played club with him and have so much respect for all that he's accomplished. But who knows? I'd love to see what he can do with a team that is loaded with ND level talent.
I am really happy to see this rivalry starting. As Michigan's program gets better, it's going to be great to see these games turn into battles. Congrats to Coaches Paul and Corrigan for getting it going.
|11 weeks 20 hours ago||Oosterbaan is definitely an||
Oosterbaan is definitely an advantage, but since the lights were replaced a few years ago I'm always amazed at how bright it is in there compared to the old days. Plus they painted the walls blue recently, which makes seeing the ball a lot easier than most indoor buildings (Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Ultimate where Detroit plays) that have white walls.
I may be wrong here, but I believe that Notre Dame practices and plays on a narrow field in Loftus as well, so the "tight confines" may not be such an advantage. They definitely have a track around their indoor field, so the building is bigger, but I believe they play the football sidelines.
Completely agree that the early season success is encouraging, but Notre Dame is a whole different level. Will be very interesting to see if the boys can hang.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Freddie Hunter. Also, even||
Also, even though he didn't play a ton and ended up playing football for Bo after a couple of years, Paul Jokisch was always throwing himself around.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||"what set them apart was||
"what set them apart was undying school loyalty, a fatherly love of their players, and the utmost integrity off the field."
I think you just described Brady Hoke.
The characteristics you listed were all true of them and many other great coaches, but I believe what set Bo apart (and Woody to be fair) were personalities that were at once unassuming - not wanting to be celebrated, but at the same time filled a room. And they won. That always helps in the fond memories department.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||On a related and more serious||
On a related and more serious note, the lacrosse team actually has Gerald Ford's grandson Christian committed to their 2016 class. He's a top 50 recruit from San Diego. Pretty solid legacy situation there. Wonder if he'll wear 48?
|14 weeks 4 days ago||How is this unique? I don't||
How is this unique? I don't know of any college coach who misses a day for being sick unless it's a serious illness. It's part of the job and not all that weird.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Since when does Denver have||
Since when does Denver have just one D1 sport? Their two "major" sports (the ones they consider their big-time sports) are hockey and lacrosse. In fact lacrosse is preseason #1 this season and has made the final four a couple of times in the past few years.
|22 weeks 19 hours ago||It was added because Brandon||
It was added because Brandon wanted to add it and because JP had built a monster of a club program that was successful both at winning and raising money. DB always said he was adding it for business reasons. He thought the growth trends showed lacrosse would be a much bigger sport in the future and wanted to be on the front end of that. The money that was raised was not nearly enough to endow the program. That would take 20 or 30 million at least. DB said it was just to offset costs the first couple of years.
If the average cost of a scholarship is about $50k, and lacrosse gets 12.6 (the NCAA limit), that would make the annual cost to the athletic department $630,000. Not insignificant, but won't break the bank.
|22 weeks 4 days ago||Can't answer that, but I do||
Can't answer that, but I do know the team won the department's community service award two years ago. Since then they switched to recognizing individuals, and Jeff Chu was one of the winners last year. So they take that role seriously.
|22 weeks 6 days ago||Only the 3rd varsity athlete||
Only the 3rd varsity athlete or are you including all athletes? Abdul was on the varsity-club lacrosse team. Won the Rhodes and the Marshall and was commencement speaker in 2007.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Football and basketball||
Football and basketball generate net revenue, although you could remove the basketball revenues and barely notice the hit to the overall budget. Hockey is more or less break-even and made money in the Big Chill year because of that one game. No other sport at Michigan makes more than it spends.
But it's not quite that simple. Facilities are paid for mostly through donations. Some scholarships and coaching positions are endowed. Other revenue sources bring in a lot (BTN, donations, sponsors, etc.).
I do know that in the case of lacrosse the first few years of operating expenses were covered by donors. I know this because I'm one of them (although my check was pretty insignificant in the grand scheme of things).
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Maryland lacrosse, both men||
Maryland lacrosse, both men and women, are also very good.
|25 weeks 4 days ago||Obviously none of you, in||
Obviously none of you, in fact, played lacrosse.
LaCrosse = city in Wisconsin.
lacrosse = sport
no capital C
Sorry, pet peeve. Back to discussion...
|26 weeks 2 days ago||Or even the lacrosse team.||
Or even the lacrosse team.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||Varsity lacrosse||
Varsity lacrosse (obviously).
Night football games. I wish we played one or two every year. Best atmosphere I've seen in my 50 years of going to games. The wins in those games don't hurt.
Support for all non-revenue sports. Important to remember that new facilities come from donor gifts, not from ticket revenues. Many of those donors wouldn't give for other causes. They want to see their names on buildings and/or direct their money that way. More power to them. Also important to note that while lacrosse is a non-revenue sport, they raised a ton of money on their own to kickstart the varsity program and probably brought of lot of additional potential donor support in the future.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Partly devil's advocate here||
Partly devil's advocate here and partly just asking questions...
Does Alabama charge less for student tickets? If so, what are their student fees? Michigan finally raised student fees last year to help pay for desperately needed new recreational facilities, but they are still far below the national average I believe. A lot of schools charge huge student fees to cover part of the athletic budget and recreational sports, which is basically taxing every student for sports whether they attend games or use facilities or not. Michigan does not do that. They charge more for the students that want to attend instead. (Not saying one is right or wrong - just different ways to fund the same things.)
Has Alabama attempted to endow coaching positions or the AD position? Do you believe they would turn that down if offered? I don't. It's not an uncommon practice at schools that have that kind of donor support. Many university positions and professorships are named. Even some presidencies.
From everything I've read the families of the football legends have bought into the program. Is there evidence out there that they haven't? Desmond Howard, the Ford family, the Harmon family all seem supportive, and I would guess the rest are too. I'm not in love with it and it doesn't bother me, but do we do damage to relationships with those important Michigan football families by removing the program?
How important are alternate uniforms to modern recruiting? I don't know. By limiting those or removing them, do we handicap recruiting, especially at a time when we could use all the help we can get in attracting and keeping top talent committed.
I can't come up with any challenging questions about the piped in music. I like the band whenever they aren't dancing.
Agree completely on the non-revenue sports. There's a balance though between how much we can cut and how much we can provide. If I had a beef with naming the AD or HC positions, for example, but had to chose between that and providing the new lacrosse facility or an expanded academic center, I know what I'm choosing. (By the way, I am willing to offer up my user name as a naming opportunity. The Stephen Ross laxalum has a nice ring to it.)
|31 weeks 3 days ago||I am in love||
that is all
|39 weeks 5 days ago||Inside Lacrosse had||
Inside Lacrosse had Michigan's 2016 class in their top 5, along with Duke, Hopkins, UNC and Virginia. Pretty good company for a program this young. That seems to be their first really big-time class, which makes sense as it takes some time to catch up with the big boys.
By the way, one of the highly ranked 2016 commits is Christian Ford. His grandfather wore #48 for the football team and accomplished some other significant things in his life too.
From all indications they are following up with another top class with 2017s.
Michigan is Michigan, but it's impressive that they are getting this done with no facilities yet and very few wins.
|42 weeks 6 days ago||This thread always turns into||
This thread always turns into an argument about who makes the best valued sandwich in town, but to me AK47's is the response that nails it. Zingerman's is about a lot more than grabbing a sandwich to a lot of people. If you're a foodie hater then you're not going to like the place. It's all about great food, and it's made for people who appreciate tasting 10 olive oils to find the right one or having a passionate employee educate you (and provide tastes to back it up) on cheese production as you look for the perfect one for a special occasion. If what I just wrote pisses you off, then Zingerman's is the wrong place to go.
I don't usually get a Reuben when I go to Zingerman's or to Maize and Blue or any other deli, but when I taste similar sandwiches at each place I don't detect a huge difference...except for the bread. Zingerman's wins there hands down in my opinion. If you disagree, more power to you. They aren't the only deli that deserves to be in business.
My favorite times at Zingermans are in the morning for breakfast, something I do every time I'm back in town. It's quiet. If the weather is nice you can sit outside. They have really, really good coffee.
For the record, I'm a big fan of Dibella's and love a good Wreck at Potbellys as much as the next red-blooded American.
|51 weeks 5 days ago||First two classes were ranked||
First two classes were ranked about 20. Not sure where the 2014 or 2015 classes are ranked, but they crushed it with their 2016 class which is in the top 5 right now along with the usual suspects like Duke, Virginia and Hopkins.