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- Pick and roll master? Check.
- Solid long-range shooter? Check.
- Underrated defender with quick hands and a knack for steals? Check.
- Insane work ethic/gym rat? Check.
- Tough-as-nails competitor w/huge heart and brass balls in the clutch? Check.
|4 days 8 hours ago||Hey, it's defensible||
I ultimately chose the hoops championship, but I wouldn't have posed the question if I didn't think there was a legit case for choosing the win over OSU. I was curious to see for how many people the perception of Michigan as a "football school" first and foremost mattered more. (Or, just hatred for OSU.)
|1 week 4 days ago||Same here, BiY||
I appreciate what Borges said about the passion of the fans and understanding that criticism comes along with the job, and I've always thought he seemed like a good guy. (Heck, he even sat down for an interview with Heiko during the offseason -- can you imagine anybody on Carr's staff taking the time to sit down for a one-on-one interview with a BLOGGER?) Now, I still think he's not the right guy to be the offensive coordinator at U-M going forward -- the whole offensive staff probably needs overhauling -- but as you said, we should always be careful to keep our criticism focused on the coaches' performances and not go after them as people. They work hard and they care about the kids, and they're certainly trying as hard as they can to get things right.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Without recruits your ceiling is Dantonio level Sparty"||
After the last couple weeks, I'm sure more than a few people around these parts would see a ceiling of "Dantonio-level Sparty" as an upgrade...
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, it's probably time to retire that meme on this site||
"Brady Hoke poops gold." It was funny for a while...
Anyway, can anyone really say they didn't see this coming once Bama came on strong for this kid? Can you say he didn't make the best decision for himself from a football standpoint?
The vibe around this program is really bad right now. Let's just hope Hoke & Co. can hang on to the good commits we already have (Peppers et al.) until signing day.
|25 weeks 5 days ago||Burke to Mavs, pretty please?||
As a Mavericks fan, am I too naive to hope that so many teams will be THAT dumb, and Trey will fall to the Mavs at #13? The Mavs are one of those analytic-obsessed teams and it wouldn't surprise me if they liked MCW better (DraftExpress.com has them taking Carter-Williams in their latest mock). But I sure wouldn't mind seeing Trey working the pick-and-roll with Dirk -- would be a nice consolation prize if the Mavs lose out in the Chris Paul sweepstakes.
|25 weeks 6 days ago||Let me second the Smokenator suggestion, and amazingribs.com||
The Smokenator is a pretty damn ingenious contraption for turning your Weber kettle into a smoker.
And as others have noted above, AmazingRibs.com provides a wealth of information on all things 'cue.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, big oversight there - Texas/Texas A&M||
Though perhaps they consciously omitted it b/c they don't play each other anymore since A&M's move to the SEC.
Having grown up in TX among a family full of Aggies, I can testify that is one fierce rivalry -- sort of like cousins in the same family who grudgingly respect but nevertheless can't stand each other. It's some real, good old-fashioned hatred that goes well beyond athletics to embrace the schools' whole cultures (formerly all-military ag school vs. sophisticated flagship university) and locations (boring, ultra-conservative College Station vs. hip, ultra-liberal Austin). As this writer put it: "Longhorns vs. Aggies is about family pride. It’s about farmers vs. city slickers; burnt orange vs. maroon; it’s the Corps vs. the Spurs and Cowboys; horses vs. oil wells. It’s about how we identify ourselves not just in college, but in life. " Damn shame the rivalry had to end.
After that, I'd vote for Alabama-Auburn in terms of pure mutual hatred quotient.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Gotta admit, Notre Dame's is pretty good.||
Nothing equals The Victors; John Philip Sousa called it "the greatest college fight song ever written," and that's all anyone needs to say about that.
But as a musician I'd vote ND's as a clear #2. Much like The Victors, it has a great, catchy melody, and some terrific lyrics -- "wake up the echoes," "shake down the thunder from the sky," all that stuff. And I say this as someone who, though a Catholic, has despised all things ND since I was young. I'd punch that damn leprechaun if I could. Doesn't change the fact it's a great fight song, though.
Having grown up in Texas among a family full of Aggies, I also have a soft spot for the Aggie War Hymn. If you're ever at Kyle Field or watching an A&M game on TV, notice how everyone sways back and forth during the second verse to mimic a saw blade as they sing "saw Varsity's [i.e., UT's] horns off" -- you can feel the whole stadium literally sway, and it gives you goosebumps, I tell ya. As some noted above, it does have a pronounced "little brother" aspect to it, with all the vitriol toward Univ. of Texas in the lyrics. That said, UT's "Texas Fight" (which I'll also admit is quite catchy) also references A&M specifically ("And it's goodbye to A&M").
Damn shame that rivalry had to end, though I dare say A&M has gotten the better outcome of that split so far.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Harping on Trey's size/athleticism so dumb. Stockton, anyone?||
The problem with draftniks is they spend so much time picking apart player's games, looking at measureables, etc., that they start convincing themselves a guy isn't as good a player as the evidence of real games obviously demonstrates. All this nit-picking on Trey's size/athleticism is a perfect example. Dude proved himself all year against top-notch competition and won every player of the year award there is. OK, he's only 6-0 or 6-1 and he's not Allen Iverson-quick, but it's not like Trey is Bobby Hurley either (he went to Sacramento w/the #7 pick).
One NBA comp I've been thinking about for Trey recently is John Stockton. No, I'm not saying Trey is a sure-fire Hall of Famer. But let's run down the list of traits they share:
Stockton was no superior athlete, either, but he was a great offensive PG and also managed to be a solid to very good defender in the NBA -- and that was against a generation of point guards who were no slouches on offense: Magic, Isiah, Gary Payton, Tim Hardaway Sr., Kevin Johnson, et al. (Of course, Stockton could be a pretty dirty player and the refs always looked the other way, which also helped his D.)
I do think there will be a learning curve/adjustment period for Trey as he adapts his game to the pros. But his floor as a pro is extremely high -- solid-if-unspectacular starter -- and despite his lack of "ideal" size/speed, I think his ceiling is still an All-Star-level player.
Now let's just pray he goes to an organization with a coach who'll know how to use him well, and a GM that'll surround him with solid talent.
|26 weeks 3 days ago||Umm... really?||
Probably more accurate to say Syracuse's 2-3 matchup zone "shut down" Trey -- it's not like MCW was guarding Trey man-to-man all night. (And for those who think MCW is such a great pro prospect because of his size, check out his stinker in that game - 2 pts, 1-6 from the field -- guy was laying bricks all night, he has no outside shot -- and 2 assists against 5 turnovers.) How many NBA teams will be deploying Boeheim's 2-3 zone against Trey?
Even putting aside my homerism, if I'm an NBA GM I take Trey over Carter-Williams six days a week and twice on Sunday.
|27 weeks 4 days ago||Reading in 2013, this post/thread is a good laugh||
This was linked somewhere on the front page today so I had a look. Jake Ryan, "sleeper" -- yeah, that worked out pretty well, I'd say.
We should always come back to this post to remind ourselves:
1) Ultimately, you need to trust the talent evaluation skills of your coaches (esp. the current Hoke staff)
2) The recruiting gurus do great work, but they don't know everything -- sometimes they miss out, even on kids from a well-scouted program like St. Ignatius. Jake Ryan, a 2-star!!! Good lord. ..
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Chance to build existing relationships w/football factories||
Thanks for this, Mathlete. You're right that U-M already has a pretty good presence at the best high school programs in this region, particularly Maryland's turf. For example, while it's true we didn't get CB Kendall Fuller or LB Dorian O'Daniel last year or Stefon Diggs the year before, a couple years back we got another cornerback almost as highly ranked from the same Maryland football powerhouse as these kids (Our Lady of Good Counsel) -- a guy named Blake Countess. Maybe the prospect of these kids being able to play a couple games close to home will help Michigan snag one or two extra 4/5-star players from these schools every few years, and that can't hurt.
I'm also excited about the prospect of getting more players out of Virginia. As Green and Hand show, there's some good talent in Va that will consider Michigan if we get in on them early enough, and the chance for them to play some games close to home will help.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||That was a treat||
Damn, he was fun to watch in the maize and blue. It's too bad for us selfish fans that we're in a different era -- can you imagine what kind of year we'd have in store if Trey was coming back?
Still, he made the right decision and I expect him to be a very good NBA PG. As the video shows, he doesn't have ideal NBA size and his iso D needs some work, but Trey is too talented, too hard-working, and too mentally tough not to succeed in the league.
My question, for those of you who follow the NBA more closely (my interest in the Association has waned in recent years): What team (of those that might plausibly draft him) is the best landing spot for Trey? I'd hate to see him go to a team that has no decent talent around him.
|29 weeks 3 days ago||Consistency is key for him||
As noted above, when he's on, "Good Timmy" is very good indeed. This is the best case scenario for him -- he gets on one of his hot streaks during the pre-draft workouts and plays himself into a first-round spot. The key for his long-term career in the league will be to eliminate those "Bad Timmy" stretches (e.g., his cold shooting during the Kansas-Florida-Syracuse stretch of the tourney run) -- or at least limit their duration and provide enough defense and rebounding to still add value when his shot's not falling.
|31 weeks 6 days ago||This is actually a good situation for Denard||
Yeah, the Jaguars have been a crappy franchise for a while now, mediocre fanbase, etc. But there's a lot to like for Denard in this situation:
1) He gets to play fairly close to home, at least until the Jags' inevitable relocation.
2) The Jags are a team on the rise. Granted, they have almost nowhere to go but up, but hear me out. They have a new GM, Dave Caldwell, who's been a scout and player personnel guy in Indy and Atlanta, where he learned from two of the best GMs in the business, Bill Polian and Tom Dimitroff. Second, they've got a promising new coach in Gus Bradley, who's been coordinating Seattle's excellent D the past few years. And third, they had what on first glance is a solid draft -- they got their franchise LT in Joeckel, a guy who might turn out to be the best safety in this draft (Cyprien), and two dynamic playmakers in Ace Sanders (whose abilities we know very well from the Outback Bowl) and Denard.
3) It not only sounds like the GM is in love with Denard and has had his eye on him for a while -- it also appears the Jags want to play Denard at the position where a lot of people think he has the best chance to succeed in the league -- RB.
4) Another advantage to being on a (currently) crappy team -- Denard will be assured of getting the time he needs to switch to a new position and adjust to pro football. If he had gone to a team with more talent on its roster, he'd be under more pressure to prove his value on the field more immediately or risk losing his roster spot. That will not be a problem with the Jags.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||This ^^^||
Even getting one of these guys would be terrific. It'll be tough to pry Hand away from VT and Bud Foster, but if we don't succeed with him, getting Malik McDowell (#2 strongside DE after Hand per Rivals) would be a nice "consolation" prize.
|32 weeks 6 days ago||Dexter Coakley||
As a Dallas Cowboys fan (alas), I immediately compare all fast, undersized, tackling-machine weakside LBs to Dexter Coakley. He was 5-10 and played around 230 lb. as a pro. Racked up over 600 tackles at Appalachian St., and the Cowboys took him in the third round of the draft. He had 7 consecutive 100+ tackle seasons, and was a three-time Pro Bowler for some truly putrid Cowboys teams in the late '90s-early '00s.
Ross might have a little bit better size if that 6'1" listing is legit, but otherwise he's a very similar player -- great instincts, flys to the ball and lays the wood.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Is it worth getting into the double/straight-edge shaving thing?||
I've read lots of great things about it -- see here for example ... just not sure I want to commit that much time and effort to shaving, especially since I'm not a morning person.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Omameh always makes me laugh||
His deadpan delivery is just hilarious.
|34 weeks 2 days ago||Great piece by Rittenberg||
When I read about Taylor's self-awareness and appreciation for being a Michigan Man, or about how the basketball team handled the loss on Monday, or about the way someone like Denard handles his fame on campus ... man, I'm just proud that Michigan athletics gives us so many good kids to cheer for -- young men who try to be the best both on and off the field/court.
As for things Taylor can do to "round out" his Michigan experience... as an alum of the School of Music, I'd humbly suggest he hit up any of the outstanding concerts (almost always free) put on by the various ensembles at the School -- many at Hill Auditorium on Central Campus, so no need to trek to the SoMusic building on North Campus. The annual Collage Concert in January is a great way to see all different types of ensembles and styles of music back-to-back without pause.
|34 weeks 3 days ago||A few thoughts on the first video...||
Based on scant evidence, but fwiw...
* Clark destroys Schofield in the first play for the safety. I'm gonna take this as another hopeful sign that Clark is ready for a breakout year where he puts it all together.
* Good to see Chris Bryant back out there at OG. Looks like Kalis and Braden are your starting guards for now.
* Jake Butt's gonna be an early contributor this year, I think. Chesson and Darboh are showing some real nice flashes at WR too. Fantastic grab by Chesson for the TD on the last play there.
* Nice PBU by Delonte Hollowell against the much bigger Darboh.
* Mattison's gonna have his guys ready to play, as always. The defense will miss Jake Ryan's playmaking skills, no doubt, but boy, do they still look tough and physical and they fly to the ball. Beyer's looking good at the SAM in these clips, too (though some of that's partly b/c it seems our TEs still need a LOT of work on their blocking).
|34 weeks 4 days ago||That quote's from The Naked Gun|
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Damn these guys were fun to watch||
Would've been nice to cap things off with the title, and it still hurts to know just how close they came ... but that doesn't change how FUN it was to watch this team play. (Thank heavens we aren't fans of a program like Bo Ryan's Wisconsin, where you have to "cheer" for ugly basketball.)
These young men and their coaches gave us so much joy over the past few months, and for that, I'm thankful and proud.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Coming so close is what hurts the most||
As you say, losing by 25 would be easier to take -- you know you lost to a better team, end of story. But to come so close, and to know Louisville wasn't really *that* much better than us, that if a few things go differently we win it all... I knew Louisville was capable of putting together quick runs after falling behind -- but when Spike finished his epic scoring fest with that layup that put us up 12 with 4 minutes to go in the first half, I started to think: "Maybe we really are just destined to win this whole thing." You could taste the championship, it was right there... ARGH.
Still, so proud of this team and all the great moments they gave us this year. It was a privilege to watch them play.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Brian addressed this very comp (Illinois 2005) back in Jan.||
After we beat Illinois in Champaign to ascend to #1, he wrote this:
|34 weeks 5 days ago||This ^^^^^^||
This bothered me too. Seeing Trey sit so long in the first w/2 fouls was annoying but understandable -- Spike was playing out of his mind and I felt like Beilein was just rolling with it, knowing he was giving Trey rest that would help him play a big second half. But Spike getting such an extended run in the second half was a mistake. You could see he was gassed and wasn't used to playing those minutes, especially when he played so balls-to-the-wall in the first half -- at around 11:30 left in the 2nd, he barely grazed the front rim on a 3-pointer and you could see he didn't have the legs for his shot anymore. Then he committed a couple key turnovers down the stretch. I would've liked to see more LeVert in the second half and also give Stauskas a little more run.
|34 weeks 5 days ago||I'm also perplexed by timeouts and substitutions||
Still processing what to think about the refs and how much impact that ultimately had on the outcome (though I do think the crap call against Burke was a huge turning point). But I share your perplexity about some of Coach Beilein's decisions on TOs and substitutions. (And let me stipulate I am a huge Coach B supporter and recognize this program isn't close to where it is today w/out him.)
First, I agree -- why no timeout when Hancock went on his spree? Do something, anything, to stop his flow there and get your act together on defense so he doesn't keep getting those looks. You don't need to conserve first half timeouts! Really perplexing.
And the second half substitution patterns have me scratching my head too. I thought Beilein went WAY too long w/Spike -- after he barely touched the front rim on that one 3-pointer and made some sloppy turnovers, it was obvious the kid was gassed after playing balls to the wall for such a long stretch. I would've liked to see Stauskas get more run (he had hit at least one 3, so his shot was there), and I really think LeVert should have been brought back earlier -- we could've used his length on D and his rebounding during the second half, and maybe given Hardaway some more bench time so Beilein could tell him to stop shooting so many bricks. The only thing I can think of (besides wanting to ride Spike's hot shooting -- though by that point it was obvious he was done) is that maybe Spike was being more responsible in sticking to his defensive assignments that Nik or Caris.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||No kidding||
Looks like the forgot one important thing in the Crisler renovation -- they should've put 50-volt electric buzzers in all the seats, connected to a switch manned by someone from the AD. They could just flip it whenever there's a suitably big play, in order to get the Metamucil crowd out of their seats.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Last 10 years back that up - 5 of 10 made Final Four (see above)||
That, to me, would satisfy me that this team played to its potential -- once you get to the Final Four, anything they do beyond that is gravy. (Remind me I said this when I'm crushed w/despair after they lose in the title game...) Lots of randomness in the tourney, obviously, but this team should make the Elite 8 at minimum if they keep playing as they are now.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, grudging props to Brandon||
You make good points re: the PDC and renovation of Crisler. Clearly Beilein is the biggest reason Michigan basketball is nationally relevant again, but these factors have helped him finally bring in the talent he needed to make UM a top-ten program again. Brandon gets a lot of grief around these parts (and deservedly so) for stuff like UNIFORMZ and the "wow" experience, so we should be willing to give him credit when he's earned it.