...says Denzel Valentine of Big Ten Tourney favorite MSU, which is 5-7 in its last 12 games. Cumong, man.
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|2 hours 19 min ago||Just thinking I'd switch to the M broadcast||
for objective reporting:
|3 hours 46 sec 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.
|7 hours 21 min 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:
|1 day 7 min 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.
|4 days 20 hours ago||That answered my question||
on the Ryan Mundy thread.
|4 days 21 hours ago||So I'm hoping this means||
that Stevie is healthy again?
|5 days 4 hours 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.
|1 week 1 hour 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.
|1 week 4 hours 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.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Assignment to the Pep Band||
Get the rights and do it!
Audience participation trigger if I've ever heard one.
|1 week 1 day ago||All the mythical up-votes.||
As one who's a sucker for the unsung and the under-sung, thanks.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yeah. Johnny Depp played him in the 1997 movie.||
Al Pacino was in it too.
|2 weeks 2 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.
|2 weeks 4 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.]
|3 weeks 2 hours 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.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Did he really just join today?||
I thought I recognized his elegant syntax from a previous post.
|3 weeks 4 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.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not a spoiler (not from today/tonight)||
|3 weeks 5 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:
|3 weeks 6 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!
|3 weeks 6 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.)
|4 weeks 4 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.
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Sometimes autocorrect can be so creative.||
Thanks. I can stop obsessing now.
|4 weeks 6 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.
|5 weeks 1 hour 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)?
|5 weeks 8 hours 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.
|5 weeks 18 hours 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:
|5 weeks 1 day ago||But didn't both Mallett and McGuffie have||
homesickness issues? Even before coaching change issues?
[memory post open to factual rebuttal]
|5 weeks 1 day 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.