Mike Lantry, 1972
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|1 week 22 hours ago||Hmmm...||
I suppose you're not the Michigan Music School grad who plays bassoon for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra? No, I think I'd know that by now. But for perspective I think I'll check with him as to the traditional tempo and whether he's willing to take up your challenge.
|1 week 3 days ago||Went to the NCAA Championships last year||
One of the most exciting experiences as a sports audience-member. Of course, Michigan upset host team Penn State and Sam Mikulak scored his highest ever on his breathtaking high-bar routine (gush, gush, yes, I've reported this before).
One of the great things about events like these is you want everyone to do well, and just hope your guys do just a little better. Makes it even better for bringing kids, because it's not the kind of rivalry sport that leads to bad fan behavior.
Seeing it live is so much more exciting than on TV, and seeing all the competitors makes it clearer how hard it is. Especially when the top people can still have a flub, a fraction of an inch landing you on the floor, and getting right up and finishing the routine (if you haven't broken or torn something in the process).
If your son likes gymnastics, absolutely. You can judge his attention span, but the men have six different events, so there's variety, and the tix are so cheap you get your money's worth no matter how his span holds up. [Hmm. I see Bando said this above.]
[The regular meets are in the smaller venue, so you're close up and personal. The championships will be in Crisler, and it'll be like a six-ring circus because all the events are going on at the same time with so many teams, which can either be terribly exciting or, as Bando says, sensory overload if you think you have to catch everything.]
|1 week 5 days ago||Oh, you were laughing at yourself!||
I'm so sorry. Didn't know you were an ice skater. I just thought you were ignorant. My bad.
|1 week 5 days ago||Did he really just join today?||
I thought I recognized his elegant syntax from a previous post.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Too bad we overly sensitive people won't see this post||
now that it's off the front page, but you need to know you don't know what you're talking about.
There may be other reasons why Charlie White is not dating his skating partner, but the most obvious is because he's been in a long-time relationship with this person of the female persuasion, who happens to have a silver medal in ice dancing from a couple of Olympics ago. Our resident MGoSkateBlogger TJ Young broke the news in this highly confidential forum a couple of years ago. But now that the Times and NBC have let the cat out of the bag, you may want to stop jumping to conclusions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Not a spoiler (not from today/tonight)||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Shibutanis and Evan & Madison||
have been gushed about too, as the young teams to watch, the heirs to Charlie & Meryl.
Here's the MGoBlue.com pre-Olympics feature on the Shib Sibs (safe for sports blog: no sequins):
EDIT: and, inspired by post below:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||TJ is absolved of spoilerdom.||
Brian already posted it on the front page. But here we're getting it from the authority!
And Brian left out Evan. Yes, he graduated in December (you mean he was going to school a few weeks before the Olympics?!?!) and he now skates with a non-Wolverine, but that doesn't diminish his cred, or his talent (and his recovering from an Achilles tendon sliced by his former partner's skate). Congratulations to all!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||All the UM-skater teams did us proud||
All three pairs in the top 10, and the commentators (Weir & Lapinski, neither of whom is afraid of speaking his/her mind) didn't agree with the judges placing several teams ahead of Evan Bates & (non-M-student) Madison Chock and Alex & Maia Shibutani (who as the Shib Sibs have become media darlings).
Worth watching them tonight. You're right about the TV. The morning thing included all competing short programs. The primetime replays will show only the top teams, and will no doubt include E&C and the Shibs.
Even for those embarrassed to watch ice-dancing, here's a great video from MGoBlue.com featuring Alex & Maia, making clear their feelings about Michigan. Snippets of practice, no sequins.
[The NBC evening news just showed Meryl & Charlie studying in their feature... Was that the law library? Most photogenic place to study.)
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I suppose you could call Greg Harden old news||
because he's been around for a long time doing great work, but work most people don't know about. So any news about Greg Harden is good news and worth posting.
Many people know Tom Brady's talked about how much he helped him, but it's probably new news that he's as important to walk-on volleyball players as to eventual NFL Hall of Fame QBs, and that they're as important to him.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Apparently when comments are removed by the mods||
they can still show up in the app. That definitely looks like a comment that would be caved, and apparently was.
One of the drawbacks when that happens is that replying comments remain but make no sense. This is a case where the intended sarcasm disappears through no fault of your own.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Sometimes autocorrect can be so creative.||
Thanks. I can stop obsessing now.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That's why you can tell they're so great||
You don't have to know a thing about what they're doing and you simply know.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Congrats on your first post!||
And since you're clearly informed... I'm not familiar with this use of "overworked." Do you mean they compete more at home and have that advantage, or that they're "overworked" by the judges (which could mean either they're harder on them or the reverse)?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I was overdoing it a bit in my word choice||
Sorry. I was being a bit sardonic, as in response to what may have been a sardonic "OMG, they're only #2!?!" But that tone probaby wouldn't read in the context of the rest of my post.
There is a poll, and the unanimous preseason #1 ranking was determined by coaches who have and will compete against them. It's based on the potential of the team as a whole (NCAA champions with most of their highest score returning). And when the team doesn't compete with its full roster, it's not meaningless to base current rankings on what is put into play, any more than it is when star football players become injured.
In fact, the use of score averages in gymnastics as a basis for current standings is less based on opinion than football and basketball polls. No this defense vs. that offense variables. Each team is really competing against itself, and its own nerves (perhaps accentuated when you're competing against a top team). You can still measure yourself against different teams in actual competition, because then you will both be performing against the same judges.
The reality of having national team members on your roster means they'll have other obligations (Mikulak missing two meets and Ervin missing one). Even when they compete, their scores aren't guaranteed. The higher risk in their routines means greater chance of injury, so sometimes they'll work on the risk level in practice and save it for when it's really needed. And Coach Golder's approach of shuffling the roster is aimed for the success of the season as a whole. So far so good.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||They're not using all their top gymnasts all of the time||
The average point scores determine their national standing rather than their won-loss record, but they're planning ahead. Michigan has not used their top people in every event, still managing to stay undefeated. They beat Nebraska tonight by a huge margin (443.650-416.050) without Olympian Sam Mikulak (the second meet he's missed) and without anyone competing in the all-around, giving opportunities for more of the team to compete in individual events.
It makes sense to sacrifice some fictional placement to work for future depth and test the team for consistency, and by not overworking everybody there's a better chance of keeping them healthy for the end-of-season championships, when the scoring is far less forgiving. Co-captain Syque Caesar explains it:
|3 weeks 6 days ago||But didn't both Mallett and McGuffie have||
homesickness issues? Even before coaching change issues?
[memory post open to factual rebuttal]
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Had read the interview on the Mothership||
and couldn't help wondering if that's why the Shibutani sibs got so much facetime in the opening ceremonies (without identifying them by name, lest the Mich staff be accused of bias).
But maybe it was just that they're so cute.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Several athletes||
told their families not to come weeks ago, even if they were willing to take the risk themselves, because it would likely be their only chance to compete in an Olympics they'd trained for most of their lives.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Needn't narrow it down that far||
Only to countries who do not bribe the IOC and countries that do not choose the site per bribes and inflate the cost of the games by doling out contracts to those who pay the most for the privilege.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||And the snow white?||
Sochi being one of the few places in Russia that's usually warm, noted as a beach resort.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I have a book by that name||
Although it's appropriately named [it's a listing of WWII slang, including Yank, Brit, Aussie & German), relieved I didn't give it to you for your birthday.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Tempering expectations||
Harris & Darboh are both recovering from injuries that kept them out for some time, so as talented (and heightful) as they are, they may need more time. (Not sure about Harris, but coaches say Darboh's not ready to fully practice and may not be ready for spring ball.)
However, I choose not to temper my expectations that they'll come back good as [better than?] new and be terrific. Eventually. Soon? Heck, I hope so.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke did meet with some of the media||
a day or two before. See [hear] Sam Webb's reports from yesterday's WTKA podcasts. Link to first segment.
EDIT: Link may take you only to podcast menu page. He talks about it in segments 2 (2.31 in), 3 and 5 of yesterday's broadcast.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hoke added that he wouldn't recommend it for others||
Glad he had an opportunity to show the little twinkle in his eye we've been missing lately.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Manny played well for them||
but after two 10-day contracts they'd have to sign him for the rest of the season, and they have a couple of guys healthy again and returning.
At least there's this:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Since Mom was the one pushing for Michigan,||
her willingness to move to Florida sounded like the death knell to M's chances.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Seem to remember that he started there||
but ended up with a double major in sociology and communications. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong.)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Implied Causation||
I was about to criticize you for not reading carefully until I realized I hadn't read your post carefully. You weren't accusing the previous post for implying causation, which it clearly didn't. You were simply giving a clear example of why such a statement would be absurd.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||So that's Mike Tirico||
with shouts of "Ann Arbor in the house!" The M men getting lots of coverage and highlight shots. Even Darius Morris got a mention. (Commentator correcting himself after saying Harris & Hardaway played together at Mich.)