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|8 weeks 3 days ago||Projectile fecal matter is real||
It only happens early on -- solid food and growing children cut the muzzle velocity down to something less alarming. A highlight of my daughter's infancy was a ten-foot shot (aided by the height of the changing table) that hit both the white carpet and the keyboard of a laptop. Thankfully the laptop was from my wife's work and was otherwise undamaged.
This led to a move of the changing table into a bathroom, where I discovered some residue beneath an outlet cover when painting the room a few years later.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||He could get some advice from Coach Wheatley||
Tyrone Wheatley was a Big 10 champion and All-American in the hurdles, and managed to play football reasonably well, too.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||It's all my fault.||
I missed the beginning of the game and turned it on with Michigan up 15-4. From there, ouch!
During the big run, we just weren't moving the ball on offense. The rare times we did get someone driving in, they either got swallowed by the IU defense (lots of times it looked like they were going for contact and the foul, and when the foul wasn't called it was a turnover) or kicked out for a decent perimeter shot, which was missed. It was ugly, but I don't think the sky is falling. This team can get it together.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I wanted to love it||
I read it in the late '90s when it first came out in paperback. It's clearly very cleverly written and I liked it a lot. Without giving any explicit spoilers, I was expecting a fantastic and extremely intricate climax and resolution, which did not come (at least to my satisfaction). All of these separate threads, elaborately described and developed, should have come together in a surprising and (in retrospect) inevitable fashion.
I don't regret reading it (and would consider rereading it), but it was good enough to disappoint me that it wasn't perfect.
|16 weeks 7 min ago||Robinson not quite "alpha dog" at Williams||
It's a minor quibble: Robinson was a solid contributor and starter as a freshman at Williams, but was not the "alpha dog". Robinson trailed senior center Mike Mayer (not to be confused with coach Mike Maker) in points, rebounds, and assists. (On assists, they were second and third on the team; they led in points and rebounds.)
Mayer was a first team All-American and Robinson fourth team, with Robinson also picking up Div. III National Rookie of the Year.
|19 weeks 3 days ago||Yep||
4/7 on 3's against YSU brought his average down a bit. I haven't tried to keep track, but he's also had a few attempts that were forced by shot clock or otherwise not by choice. In the national Div. I 3-point shooting percentage stats he has more attempts than anyone above him.
One could argue that probably anyone shooting around 60% on 3's should be taking more (presumably somewhat harder) attempts. This team is going to be able to spread out opposing defenses remarkably well. The only questions are whether the shots are falling on a particular night and whether our defense can do enough to keep us in the game.
Last year before LeVert's injury he was putting the team on his back way too often. Maybe he had to because no one else had developed to the point they could carry some of the load, but it made the team way too one-dimensional. The scouting report for opposing defenses is a lot longer this year.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||In the 90's...||
I was a math GSI. I never had a football or basketball player in my class, though I did collect Bobby Crawford's Calc II final from him (going up to the top of a big lecture hall so he wouldn't have to come down all the stairs on his crutches).
I did have some non-revenue sport athletes, and even they had some additional paperwork attached to them. I think the athletic department was anxious to stay out in front of any developing problems, while options still remained. I had a wrestler drop my (fall semester) class while he was doing OK (probably around a B or B-) with the drop-add deadline approaching, because he knew the approaching season would keep him from putting in the effort he wanted to give it.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Beilein's comment||
I remember seeing Beilein's comment, maybe after the first game in the Bahamas? He said something to the effect that they were going to increase Spike's conditioning load with less regard to the game schedule: trading less playing time for a while for a quicker return to game shape.
|25 weeks 1 hour ago||Not sure about the accuracy...||
I'm not sure about the accuracy of this, but I remember hearing in '97 that over the course of the season the guy Woodson was covering was targeted 12 times, with 4 completions, 4 incomplete, and 4 interceptions.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||lots of skeptics||
Yes, even in the past few weeks I've seen a lot of "He came from D3, so he can't possibly be any good." Those people probably didn't see him tearing though the D3 tourney as a true freshman (only to lose in the final on a circus shot at the buzzer). Sure D3 is a big step down, but playing well deep into the tournament at a young age, dropping 30 points in the semifinal, says something.
|39 weeks 3 hours ago||Bracket||
It is a pretty common format, but is at its worst when the initial seedings aren't great. If you have the best two teams facing off in the first round, one will end up 1st and the other 5th.
You also get a 1-2 team in 4th place and a 2-1 team in 5th.
|42 weeks 6 hours ago||Similar story||
My story is nearly the mirror of yours. I grew up in central PA following PSU by default, and even after getting to Michigan for grad school had somewhat divided loyalty. I would pull for either UM or PSU over anyone else, and when they played each other I'd root for whichever team needed the win more. Over time, my allegiance to UM became stronger -- I don't think I've rooted for PSU over UM in the past fifteen years or so.
Undergrad I attended the sort of Div. 3 school that doesn't create many conflicts with Michigan fandom. Let's just say I have a particular interest in how Duncan Robinson works out on the basketball team.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Might be graduate-related||
The reason it made any difference for Stainbrook to give his scholarship to his brother was that he was a graduate student and thus had much lower tuition. Maybe that makes his situation different enough under the rules that it doesn't compare to the Hatch's.
|1 year 39 weeks ago||On the bright side...||
By this line of thinking, the first collegiate football game (Princeton @ Rutgers, 1869) is now a Big 10 game.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||It's the other way around||
If this works, it sounds like it's more Beilein recognizing a good thing that his former assistant brought him than "plucking a 17ppg DIII player out of nowhere." My hunch is that Robinson figures he's switching coaches regardless and he would rather stay in Beilein's system (with the man himself!) than take his chances with the very young, unproven new coach at Williams. (The new coach was a Maker assistant for a year, but has never been a head coach.)
|1 year 40 weeks ago||I see you signed up today.||
I see you signed up today. Was Chandler already taken as a username?
|1 year 40 weeks ago||not a coincidence||
The outgoing Williams coach (who just hired CJ Lee as an assistant last week) was a Beilein assistant at West Virginia.
As a Williams and Michigan alum, I guess it's win-win: if he jumps ship I get to watch him on a bigger stage that I'm also invested in; if he stays in Williamstown there's the prospect of further trips deep in the D-III tournament.
|1 year 40 weeks ago||As a Williams and Michigan alum||
As a Williams and Michigan alum, I'm right there with you. I was already feeling conflicted about Maker's departure and his taking CJ Lee from UM. There's little doubt that Robinson makes a bigger impact on the Eph squad than he would (will?) at Michigan.
I had similar feelings when Maker's predecessor at Williams, Dave Paulsen, was hired by Bucknell, which is in my hometown and is the only other place I've taken college courses.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Why stop with the starting 5?||
Why limit it to starters? The 2013 roster includes freshman LeVert, but the 1993 roster has senior Eric Riley, an early 2nd round pick. He was the sixth man, displaced as a starter by Howard/Webber.
I think both of these teams would have a hard time playing defense against the other. Perimeter D was the main weakness of the '93 team, while the '13 team would have serious matchup problems against the '93ers. (I think Webber and Howard would outmatch McGary and Robinson, and then you have Burke, Stauskas, and Hardaway trying to match up on Rose, King, and Jackson.)
I'd really like to see this. Wish it was possible.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I was in row 9 or so of the||
I was in row 9 or so of the student section for that game. I rushed home afterward and managed to record several sports reports on it (ESPN and a couple of Detroit stations). I think the rest of that videotape has the Arizona, St. Johns, and Duke games from that season -- I've been meaning to transfer it for years.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||I was in grad school for all||
I was in grad school for all of that and the second year of the Fab Five. Good times indeed.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||That was my first year in Ann||
That was my first year in Ann Arbor. Indiana had its usual help from the officials at Assembly Hall. I remember Penn State in particular getting some rough calls against them when they were surprisingly in the game late.