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|3 days 7 hours 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.
|4 days 14 min 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.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Life has so few certainties.||
A welcome addition to death and taxes.
|1 week 5 days 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.)
|1 week 6 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.
|2 weeks 2 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.
|2 weeks 5 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!
|2 weeks 6 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.
|3 weeks 3 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.)
|4 weeks 5 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.
|4 weeks 6 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.
|5 weeks 15 hours 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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?
|5 weeks 2 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.
|5 weeks 2 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).
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Heck, he is just now building relationships||
with the kids on his own team! Fortunately, that seems to be going quite well.
|5 weeks 5 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.
|5 weeks 6 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.)
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The embed also now says "This is private."||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Still very much involved: New Duties as of last May||
More info in 2014 press release. Plus he still has other regular gigs, mostly radio I believe. (Wikipedia says he "was said to be" one of the finalists for the play-by-play spot that went to Dierdorff. But who knows who said it.)
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Given the bad cards he was dealt...||
And kept working and smiling. C'Mon, Magnus! Where are you? Prove our point with your avatar!
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||For a brief moment they seemed to have won an extra 3||
The headline on MGoBlue.com tonight said that Men's Lacrosse had beaten Penn State, Temple and the Puerto Rican National Team. It was actually Men's Gymnastics that won the Puerto Rican invitational tourney. Fortunately softball's victory moved that story out of the top spot so that somebody noticed and corrected it.
Highlights of the actual gymnastics competition included Michigan beating #2 Penn State, which had beaten Michigan in an earlier meet, and Michigan's own Puerto Rican gymnast, Tristian Perez-Rivera, competing in his first all-around in front of his home crowd, and impressing the coach of their national team to solidify his chance to compete for his country.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Harris was the solid under-the-radar guy||
here in NY. Terrific player, always showed up but never sought the limelight or drew attention to himself. Sometimes wondered if the non-Michigan fans even noticed. Nice to know that those in charge are still noticing.
On another front, since you mention Foote, he was cut by the Cardinals a week or so ago. Maybe he did such a good job of mentoring Kenny Demens in the same position that they figured they could stick with the youngster. (Also the Raiders cut LaMarr Woodley.)
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Shear Terror||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||One dose of Amoxi was more than enough for me.||
Went to bed after that first (and only) dose, knew I was in trouble when I starting feeling warm. Ended up looking like I'd fallen asleep in a tanning machine. A beautiful even pink color over my entire body, but add the swollen legs and the feeling that I was on fire... Needed a course of corticosteroids to get rid of it. (The dermatologist said Amoxicillin is "famous" for its rashes.)
But, hey, I'm not allergic to peanuts. So there's that...
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The T-shirt with this on it||
Suitable for wearing around friends who can't believe I like football. I explain that Woodson was recruited by the City Ballet, but he opted for an education and went with Michigan.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||and his brother Honus||
[Made more sense when I thought you were talking about that other BBall.]
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No.||
The new coaching regime has opted for something called physicality. Different strokes for different folks.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, that's the problem with attracting the best in the world||
Five of M's six individual championships are courtesy of Dylan Bosch, who swims for South Africa, and Bruno Ortiz, who swims for Japan. But the sixth, Paul Powers, is from Georgia and has already competed for the U.S. in junior international competition. And he's only a freshman.
It's fun to root for them all internationally, even if we're the only ones who know they're sort of Americans.
PS: We should still have former M swimmers on the next Olympic team, some of whom have already won medals.