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|5 weeks 4 days ago||Just what Michigan needed||
I've seen Drake play in person several times (vs. East Grand Rapids), and I watched him on TV almost singlehandedly win the state championship for Christian last fall. When he was a Sparty commit, I tried to convince myself that he wasn't all that great, but I just couldn't. He is for real. Just as this column says, when he puts on a little more bulk/muscle, he'll be unstoppable. He already has the playmaking ability, body control, and incredible hands. Great day for Michigan (and for Drake!)!
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Awesome||
I LOL'd for 30 seconds at this^^^^
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||Great read||
Thanks, Ace, for your honest, heartfelt piece. As has been stated numerous times on this here blog throughout the season, we should really appreciate and treasure this '12-'13 Wolverines Basketball team--they are truly something special, even without the Final Four run (which, of course, makes it all the better!).
Thank you for sharing your personal situation--I love reading your pieces, and you're truly an asset to this blog/community, but your health should always come first!
|7 weeks 2 days ago||66-54 Michigan||
Michigan to the Championship Game
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Sample size||
While my first reaction is to agree with you & condemn all Sparty fans, you must admit these 2 encounters are just that: 2 encounters. I feel as if I have seen the same 2 reactions by the opposite fan bases--Sparties proclaiming mutual respect with Ohio fans hoping our team dies in a fire. Living in West Michigan, I come in contact with far more Sparties, and, in general (at least in these parts), they tend to lean towards the "I respect Michigan" side of things. I'm sorry you had to interact with such rude fans. Even if you truly hate the other school & fanbase with all of your soul, you should at least act civil in public (& with kids present!). Personally, I think all B1G schools are fine institutions, so why not hope for their success when it doesn't affect Michigan?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||69-63 Michigan||
69-63 Michigan to the Elite 8
|10 weeks 2 days ago||78-68 Michigan||
Good guys get revenge (and a good start to the BTT).
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan shares B1G Title||
UM 78-Puredoo 67
UM 70-Hoosier Cabinets 64
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||Happens often to Duke||
Honestly, I'm surprised they haven't brought this up before. During the broadcast of the game last night, the announcers highlighted the fact that following the past 33 road losses Duke has sustained, the crowd rushed the court 27 times (I apologize if my exact numbers are off, but this is close). In other words, when you're an elite level basketball program, you see this a lot over the years. No wonder they're sick of it.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Consequences For Flopping||
Anyone else think there should be consequences for flopping in College Basketball, like there is in the NHL ("diving" penalties) and pro soccer (yellow cards for extreme flopping)? Why not give Sheehey a Technical there?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan gets revenge||
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Buick ad too||
Agreed. His work in that Buick ad is pretty solid as well.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 75-68||
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Correction||
4/4 losses on the road
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Human Psychology||
This phenomenon that you mention is absolutely present in human psychology: they've found in many different situations that losing hurts worse than winning makes you feel good. For some reason, humans tend to react more strongly to negative outcomes than positive ones.
This is true in sports as well as finance (losing money on the stock market hurts worse than making money feels good). In an experiment, subjects were offered a deal which involves a 50-50 chance at one of the following outcomes: 1. Participant must pay $100 or 2. Participant is given $200. The average outcome from this is a gain of $50, but most people won't take the deal because the pain associated with losing the $100 far outweighs the joy of making $200!
Same thing here. It hurts much worse to lose (to Sparty especially) than a win gives joy (Rapture Guy notwithstanding). Sports fandom is tough.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan 90-64||
|15 weeks 2 hours ago||Sounds like a sincere apology||
Can't wait to watch this young man pound the Buckeyes for 4 years!
|15 weeks 1 day ago||74-68 Michigan||
Good Guys take Breslin
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan wins a close one||
|18 weeks 2 days ago||74-69 Michigan||
|19 weeks 2 days ago||Michigan wins||
|20 weeks 8 hours ago||TV Impressions||
Watched it on TV and am duly impressed (have been all season, though)--this team has the makings of something really, really special.
Some TV notes:
-Couldn't tell there was a huge Michigan presence from most of the TV angles--you could not see the vast maize and blue crowd until they showed one shot from the floor up, showing the top sections completely filled with maize.
-Lots of close-ups of Fitzgerald and the NW students (the few that were there) + band.
-Absolutely heard the 'Go Blue' chants.
-Definitely heard the 'Ohhhh's when Burke put his NBA moves on hapless Mildcat defenders.
-Announcers seem convinced that U-M is for real.
Love this team!!
|20 weeks 1 day ago||74-63 Michigan||
|22 weeks 7 hours ago||Old Helmets||
They still had the boring old Penn-State-like (but black & orange) helmets when I was there. In fact, I wasn't even aware that Crisler had used the winged design at Princeton until they brought it back. Needless to say, this does not equate to true hatred in my book. Interesting that your friends find this so infuriating.
The worst Michigan-Princeton interaction I can come up with is U-M beating Princeton in the first round of the NCAA Hockey Tourney back in '98--it was Princeton's first-ever tourney berth, but Michigan beat them 3-2 (in Ann Arbor) and went on to the National Championship. Old news now.
|22 weeks 7 hours ago||Princeton?||
Seth, serious question: where did you get that Princeton hates Michigan? I have no knowledge of this being true ('98 grad).
|22 weeks 2 days ago||82-56 Michigan||
|23 weeks 8 hours ago||Expensive, but he's pretty good||
Lots of dough, but his postseason ERA was microscopic--could be reaching his prime. Personally, I like this signing (it's not my money, though).
|23 weeks 2 days ago||Great Article||
Really enjoyed reading this--always interesting to hear the actual story/details as to how these things come about.
And I especially liked this quote: "This was the best move for the university in terms of athletics and academics and finances. The package that was put together, the ACC could not begin to compete with.”
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Whoa, everyone back from the ledge||
Simmer down, all. This was a hellacious schedule Michigan just fought through, including the (probable) #1 & #2 teams in the country on the road (Bama neutral site, yeah, yeah).
Say what you will about ND, but they just completed one of the most difficult schedules nationally (barely) unscathed, almost entirely on the strength of their defense.
Here's my admittedly optimistic hypothesis: Michigan is on the verge of having several elite recruiting classes (back-to-back) with a coaching staff that is focused on and has already proven to be outstanding at coaching defense. There is significant offensive talent coming in to supplement some stars already here. You can't convince me that U-M's offense going forward will be worse than ND's. So: Why can't U-M be playing for a National Championship in 1-3 years? Why is everyone talking as if mediocrity is all they see on the horizon? Am I missing something here? Why all the sudden pessimism for the immediate future?
|26 weeks 2 days ago||38-21 M||
Optimistic, but true:
U-M 38, Ohio 21