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|38 min 22 sec ago||Absolutely agree||
I usually have a problem with competitions in the arts (apples & oranges thing), but I convince myself that shows like this allow off-the-beaten-path performers to get broader exposure and the chance to find their audience.
EDIT: Did you add that 2nd paragraph? If so, I'm glad I took so long to post my reply so you'd have a chance to do so.
|1 hour 5 min ago||Are you his wife's brother or is he your wife's brother?||
Either way, congrats to him. A friend, who's a Michigan alum, but we didn't meet until here in NYC, is a rabid fan of the show, got me to watch, and I was pleasantly surprised to find how the singers on this show are allowed to be unique and not all bred and groomed to become Generic Big Pop. He has a wonderful quality, a folky kind of approach, acoustic guitar and all, and we're both big fans. [For those of you who don't watch the show, they've had terrific contestants this year, so making it to the top 6-- as different as they are from one another-- is magnificent.]
|6 hours 23 min ago||"Counselors who worked with the couple"||
In the small print:
If that's true, wouldn't that have required permission from both Clark and his girlfriend? Wouldn't what the counselors told them have required an agreement of confidentiality? Or would the level of non-disclosure have been part of the agreement to allow the team to speak with the counselors?
|2 days 4 hours ago||In the caps||
|2 days 7 hours ago||Indeed he did!||
Thanks. #16 on the current roster.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Gallon was injured in camp||
and really didn't get a chance to play. Was finally put in at the end of preseason, and didn't show enough in his few minutes of the very last preseason game for them to keep him. Wondered if he was looking to sign elsewhere this year, if he ever got healthy.
|5 days 20 hours ago||He played really well for the Giants||
He was the main reason I was still watching them. Mike Cox was injured last season and cut a few days ago...
Interestingly, the only Michigan player left with the Giants is Thomas Gordon, who was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, injured in preseason but kept on IR, and signed to a futures contract. So they must have seen something in him in camp before he got injured. A new reason to watch.
|6 days 7 hours ago||So it's not just Google trying to kidnap us.||
Couldn't close the page without signing up. And here I was thinking of switching to Chrome. Thinking this was a thug approach, I changed my mind.
|1 week 1 day ago||That makes sense, from what we know of both of them||
Beilein would have found it hard to crush Austin's dreams, but Austin's dreams have no doubt changed. He recovered beyond anyone's expectations and found his moments on the court, but what he's gone through has taught him that there's more to life than basketball. He'll retain the bonds with his coaches and teammates, and the love of his fans, and now he can turn to using the hard-won rest of his life to do even more.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think he's already said he's changed his focus from medicine||
I think he's already said he's changed his focus from medicine and that he wants to use what he's learned from his experiences to help in other ways, I believe including public speaking (no doubt on the inspirational path).
The mere fact that he's speaking again at all, and so well, after months and months of therapy, makes this another version of a Hollywood ending.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's well remembered, but I||
It's well remembered, but I don't think it started here. Wasn't the "family values" thing one of the excuses of certain players (or player) who left for the wholesome atmosphere across the border? And perhaps from parents, and players who complained to parents, and perhaps certain writers for certain papers who were observing practice and were shocked, yes shocked, at the lack of wholesomeness?
On the other hand, It's not necessarily great PR to have coaches speak like that in public, but back in Bo's day speaking like that to players wasn't made public and no one was cell-ing and tweeting and broadcasting from every corner.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Hope he treasures his last year here as we do||
Finally got a chance to shine and fill the leadership vacuum when we really needed him. All the best to him in his next stop. Time for him to be a star.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Life has so few certainties.||
A welcome addition to death and taxes.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not surprising that he would focus on the kids||
He remembers his own childhood, and the child in him is still there in his smile. (When it comes to Denard, we can allow ourselves to get a little schmaltzy.)
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Wow. I'm sorry I didn't read this until after the late sports||
on one of the local NYC stations. Would have loved to see how they covered it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Concur. Besides being 3-time NCAA champion||
and national champion and Olympian, he's stayed at Michigan to be a volutneer assistant coach while he continues training for the Olympics and finishing his degree. And even the other members of the national team have told interviewers of what a great teammate Sam is, and commentators always taking about his positivity and good nature.
I went to the NCAA championships a couple years ago when they were at Penn State, which was then ranked #1 before Michigan upset the home team. I read a girl's T-shirt which made it clear she knew one of Penn State's top gymnasts. Asked if she was related, she said she was his girlfriend. When I mentioned Sam Mikulak, she told me her boyfriend thought he was just the nicest guy. And Sam had already beaten her boyfriend for All-Around champion. So even his rivals like him.
As for the current gymnasts, Stacey Ervin has become a big favorite.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Utah isn't more likely to have an off-day than UCLA||
Michigan already lost to them in what was then M's highest score of the season: Utah's almost perfect 198.250 to Michigan's incredible 197.675, which they topped only at the Big Ten Championships.
But off-days happen in Gymnastics, so the game is on!
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Correct||
Michigan was a #1 seed, so got to go close to home. UCLA was a #2 seed, but they were ranked only one spot below Michigan nationally, and from what I could see last night, they're really, really good. They must have just missed a #1 seed. (The two teams haven't competed head to head until last night.)
The live streams were by event, which is nice because you can switch to your own team and see everything, but you don't see the competition to be able to compare and understand the scoring. I watched UCLA during Michigan's two byes, and besides having very interesting, difficult routines, they were sticking their landings, so the half-point difference at the end could have just meant a little bobble here, an extra step on a landing for Michigan.
In women's gymnastics (unlike the men in the latter part of the season), 6 gymnasts go up on each event, but only 5 scores are counted. So you can have a big glitch and get away with it, as long as the other 5 hit. In Michigan's case, a couple of our top girls had slightly lower-than-usual scores (but on separate events), so perhaps their expected very high score instead of someone else's nicely high score could also have closed the gap.
And congrats to our neighbors! Central Michigan's team (ranked #21 nationally) lept above #18 Arizona to grab 3rd place.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Mo's a standard nickname for Maurice||
Especially on this side of the water, and I'd figure especially on the field in tough-man sports. (From a family that has some Maurices in their ancestry, as well as those named after them but hiding the tradition as middle names; even a newborn named to honor a late one from the other side of his family who's already getting Mo-ed.)
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I saw OT in the title and assumed Michigan wasn't his top pick||
Too many acronyms, too little space in the brain.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The men are right now tuning up for the B1G tourney||
in an event against Illinois-Chicago in Keene. The team is currently back to #3 nationally, the highest in the Big Ten, with the B1G tourney next weekend at Penn State.
The live results page lists Stacey Ervin in the all-around, which would make this his first attempt this season, after tearing his biceps last year. I actually don't think he's ever done the all-around, but with Sam Mikulak gone and former all-around runner-up to Sam (both in Big Tens and NCAA) Adrian de los Angeles still coming back from injuries, I guess they figured they should try to have someone compete in the AA and assume Stacey's biceps is strong enough to try rings.
Great start so far for Stacey in his feature event, floor: 15.850.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks. CBS Gametracker still said top of the 1st 0-0||
Was watching the video stream on and off before the hockey game, but the Gametracker kept saying it was top of the 1st, and I couldn't figure out why all those 1st inning runs I saw didn't count.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Best of luck to all of you waiting to hear||
Have gone through this day with family members. Nerve-wracking, but all turned out well. Can this be an open thread to let us know where you all are heading?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||PIpkins is not practicing||
Has been Injured. Thinks the coaches won't take any chances with him and not put him on the field this spring.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Then how did all those guys get so many words in||
their transcripts of his segments? And different words, too. I felt compelled to listen to each of the segments, because Marcus was saying so much of what we've been wanting to hear, and so detailed in his analysis.
So what are you waiting for, BTN? Give this guy the go-ahead!
PS: He also said that Pipkins has been out injured, and he doesn't think they're going to take any chances playing him this spring.
PPS: When he mentioned a bubble screen, he actually defined it (in very few words).
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Heck, he is just now building relationships||
with the kids on his own team! Fortunately, that seems to be going quite well.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||What was interesting about this meet||
was how many seniors there were competing today. Guys that have been on the team but rarely competing because they were behind now-graduated Sam Mikulak and Syque Caesar, and current senior stars Adrian de los Angeles and Stacey Ervin who have been out or battling injuries since last year; now have had a chance to step up, gain experience and confidence, and they're doing very nicely. Sophomore Tristian Perez-Rivera also didn't compete today, apparently an injury in training, but is thought to be returning for the Big Tens.
One of the two former National Jr. champ freshmen (Marty Strech) hasn't competed in a couple weeks (with actual commentators today, they said he'd been "out", but no word whether he's out for the season), and the other, Dmitri Belanovski, had been the only member of the team doing the all-around this season. Now Dmitri's only competing in a couple events, so it's possible that he was training as an all-arounder because he can, but his difficulty levels aren't yet high enough to pay off in the 5-up-5-down scoring the men use at the end of the season. So now some of the senior "specialists" who are capable of scoring higher on their individual events are taking those spots.
Unrelated to the age of our team, Illinois was definitely off its game today. Their senior star, CJ Maestas, was competing with recent injuries, and several of their top guys (including him) had major glitches and falls. So I doubt the the big difference in total score tonight is predictive of tourney results. But Michigan's "understudies" are getting better, and some of the injured guys getting stronger, so that's a good sign for the future.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Also set a record for largest crowd in NCAA history||
for a regular season gymnastics meet. Saw the broadcast. The place was packed. Utah is very big on gymnastics, their team was favored and they were very, very good. But Michigan showed that they belong in that company.
Hmm. Just went to their website to check the facts about the attendance record (whether or not it was for regular season or including tourneys). Discovered that the Utes lost to Georgia today, a ranked team Michigan beat earlier in the season. Interesting.
Maybe we can set a record for attendance for the B1G tourney in Crisler next weekend.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The video's been privatized||
They used to post the videos of the press conferences on MGoBlue.com. Guess they don't want them seen anymore. Maybe afraid of that Harbaugh stare. (Happens with the linked one below as well.)
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The embed also now says "This is private."||