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|5 days 13 hours ago||Correct||
Last year he qualified for the event finals in all six events, but decided to skip rings. The team had already won its championship and he'd already won the all-around, so he gave his shoulders a rest and let someone else compete.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Third Time as NCAA All-Around Champ||
Won as a freshman, too. But I bet this is his first time winning even after falling on what can be his best event. (He won the high-bar event final in last year's championship.)
And Stacey Ervin, who tore his biceps on his first event at the Big Ten Championships, had the okay from the trainers to compete this week. Amazing. (And did well enough to be in the event finals tomorrow night.) I'm assuming he only tore part of his biceps.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The polls are different in gymnastics||
as I posted below while you were posting. They're not opinion-based or based on wins or losses (Michigan is undefeated this season, including beating OSU face to face), but based on average scores as the average changes during the season. [See below for more detail about Michigan not using all their top gymnasts for every meet, so their total scores aren't as high as they could be, but high enough to win.]
But with two major team members injured and probably out for the NCAAs, it won't be as easy as it might have been. I think they also beat now-higher-ranked Stanford earlier this year, but they haven't faced Oklahoma, which is always a big gymnastics power. But they beat OSU convincingly again today, even without all their top scorers.
All these teams are really good and doing routines far more difficult (and risky) than ever before, making the NCAA tourney incredibly excicting live. And it's going to be in A2 with really cheap tix.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The polls during the season are based on average scores||
Michigan has not only dominated pretty much every meet this year, they're undefeated. But OSU was ranked higher the last couple weeks even though Michigan beat them face to face, because Michigan has been without several of their top gymnasts at many events, either because they had to skip meets because of national team commitments (Stacey Ervin, Adrian de los Angeles & Sam Mikulak) or because of injuries (ADLA and now Ervin). And even when they were available to compete, some of the other gymnasts were given a chance to compete to build depth and give the others a rest. I guess that strategy worked, because someone had to step into Ervin's place tonight in his other events. Some nerves from those who stepped in, but not as nervous as they might have been if they hadn't already had a chance to be in competitions, getting confidence and experience.
So Michigan has done what was needed to win, rather than run up maximum scores and wearing out or injuring the team (which still happens, unfortunately) so they're good for the tourney season. The NCAA won't be a slam dunk without both Ervin and de los Angeles, but now the team has shown they're up for it.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Historic meet||
Joanna Sampson's 10.00 was her first ever, and was the first in Big Ten Championship history on floor. (Emily Wong of Nebraska later tied Sampson's floor ten in the evening session.) And the full team score was Michigan's highest on that event.
Michigan was also the first team to win the championship from the afternoon session. The top four teams are usually in the evening session. As Willow mentions above, their beam rotation was great, making up for their very uncharacteristic beam debacle last week that left them third out of four teams in the meet that served as the B1G preliminary round. Only 5 of the 6 routines are counted, so one fall is no problem. But last week the women had 2 gymnasts make two falls each. That was enough to move them down to third in an otherwise terrific meet. But today they were terrific and consistent throughout, scoring the program's fourth highest championship score ever.
By the way, the Men's Gymnastics team completed an unbeaten season this evening, warming up for the championship meets to come.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Sadly the two also shared the NFL injury bug||
Pretty much cut out Manningham's two years in S.F., but great to see him back with the Giants. Hope he's healthy enough to get playing time, but that one play in the Super Bowl made him extremely popular here. [The second video on the linked article has a postgame interview I've never seen. Eli, Coughlin & Manningham all complementing one another about that play. And both videos dissecting the perfection of Mario's catch.]
Went to visit a friend who lives up near their training camp Mario's rookie year just so I could watch him. Worth the trip. Jumping and shouting like a kid, playing to the crowd like a cheerleader. And this was just in early practice. Thrilled for him he's back.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He was with the Saints||
Signed from the practice squad, active a couple years I think, but had injury problems. He was finally cut from injured reserve.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Just thinking I'd switch to the M broadcast||
for objective reporting:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||A serial mugging||
and then Morgan gets called for a love tap? I don't usually bitch about the reffing, but they're getting rid of our bigs and handing points to the other guys. End of rant.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||As long as we're at it||
Here's the link to a more recent article about Timmy and his chemistry with last year's Knicks first-rounder:
|4 weeks 4 days ago||But we had the earlier game||
So even if MSU is healthy, we'd have had more time to rest.
Poor Izzo. Life is so unfair.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||That answered my question||
on the Ryan Mundy thread.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||So I'm hoping this means||
that Stevie is healthy again?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I've never been an athlete or coach||
but I've been an actress, and I always had butterflies before a performance. Fortunately they miraculously went away as soon as the curtain went up, so I wasn't worried. No more thinking, just doing. But once I was backstage before a great role in a great play and realized I didn't have butterflies.
That was my first hint that it was time to move on. I realized I didn't care enough anymore, and if you don't care enough, you're not going to be that good.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I confess to utter ignorance||
It never occurred to me to think of the Maryland flag. Thanks for answering just in case I didn't know.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the heads-up||
Turned on just in time for OT with a reason to root for Smot's new team.
But what the heck are their school colors? Looks like it should be red and white, but they've got inserts that look like blue* & maize to my tired eyes. Is that a thank-you for donating a player?
But seriously, who has their uni contract? Please keep them from Michigan.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Assignment to the Pep Band||
Get the rights and do it!
Audience participation trigger if I've ever heard one.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||All the mythical up-votes.||
As one who's a sucker for the unsung and the under-sung, thanks.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah. Johnny Depp played him in the 1997 movie.||
Al Pacino was in it too.
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|7 weeks 1 day 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.]
|7 weeks 3 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.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Did he really just join today?||
I thought I recognized his elegant syntax from a previous post.
|8 weeks 20 hours 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.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Not a spoiler (not from today/tonight)||
|8 weeks 2 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:
|8 weeks 2 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!
|8 weeks 3 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.)
|9 weeks 1 day 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.