the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|5 weeks 6 days ago||Defense||
This may have been his best defensive game. 5 steals!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||This||
Just read this one and I could not agree more.
|12 weeks 7 hours ago||Reffing looked ok||
The two pushes looked pretty legit on tv.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Quint is not a homer||
Q is anything but a Hopkins slappy. He has worked really hard to earn a reputation of even-handedness - go to the Hopkins board on Laxpower.com and you will see many of my fellow alums complaining about how Quint is always bashing Hopkins.
What Quint is, however, is one of the sport's biggest advocates of safety. He was calling for major penalties for head-hunting way before the NCAA added some teeth to penalties for high hits.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Replied way down||
in the thread, but: Quickness, leverage, and technique are the important characteristics. Many are compact but powerful. Think wrestling.
However, quite a few "old-school" middles are still really good at face-offs. Rangy, 6'3" guys.
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Yes||
Unless the B1G adds a few more lax powers, Maryland will own the B1G in lacrosse for a while. Penn State is looking really good since Tambroni took over, and I would expect consistency there, but Maryland would be the current class of the B1G.
Hopkins to B1G is purely rumor. You'll notice that it did not even get mentioned by today's announcing crew. (I would love it!)
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Pleasantly surprised||
As a Hopkins alum I certainly was rooting for my Jays, but I was glad to see that my hometown team is looking like it has a good future. There was a lot of good to see here today on Michigan's part. They appear well-coached, and disciplined. There is certainly a long way to go, but the goaltending is really good, and there are some athletes playing midfield - there were some speedy guys out there. They are all ridiculously young, but their execution is so much better than a year ago. Offensive ball movement was good. Faceoff weakness is a killer, as is their need to slide really early on defense. So while defensive communication seems good, more athletes are needed on the defensive end to join some of the athletes getting PT on offense. (it is possible they are there, but since Defense is much harder to learn than offense, freshmen are less likely to see the field early, even if they are better athletes.)
|12 weeks 12 hours ago||Face-off characteristics||
A good face off guy needs leverage, technique, and quickness. These guys are usually pretty powerful, but compact. Think wrestling.
Edit: meant to be in reply to a question way back.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Really nice work||
Terrific writeup wahoo.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Could potentially help Hopkins lax too||
Coach Petro has been talking for a number of years about recruiting nationally, and tapping the growing hotbeds in the "west." Note what is being built at Denver using non-traditional sources of talent. Hopkins has, and will always have deep roots in the three traditional hotbeds (MD, LI, CNY) but being part of the B1G would give Petro more access to these newer sources of talent.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Hopkins invented the modern research university.||
Hopkins would be huge for the CIC. While Michigan brings in over $800 million in federal research $$ yearly, Hopkins brings in double that - $1.6 billion in federal research $$. A lot of that $$ is biomed, but a ton of it is also the Applied Physics Lab (lots of DoD $$ there.) As a Hopkins alum, I would love for this to happen.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||CIC||
The CIC would make the B1G the logical fit. The question is how much of a benefit Hopkins would get from the CIC compared to the massive benefit the CIC would get from Hopkins. While M is the current giant in the CIC in terms of federal $$, Hopkins pulls in double (1.6 billion versus 800 million.) I would guess that if a place like Michigan doesn't see a research $$ downside to admitting a Nebraska, then Hopkins would stand to gain from CIC membership.
Anyone know more about the extent to which being in the CIC acts as a resource multiplier?
|15 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno..||
..was Magnus around the Hopkins campus in the mid-80s? On my visit to Hopkins during the college application process, I actually played quarters with an upperclassman named Johnny Hopkins.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Hopkins alum says wow||
I would love this move. It would guarantee me seeing my Jays here every year (although it would not surprise me if Petro kept M on the schedule permanently anyway.)
From a CIC perspective, it would be a huge coup. Hopkins is #1 nationwide for federal research $$.
I don't think JHU's traditional rivalries would be threatened. It would mean replacing a couple of the tomato cans on the JHU schedule with harder contests, but still not as brutal as the UVA-UNC-Cuse-Pton-MD guantlet that comes later in the season.
As far as conference fit goes, it would have to be either ACC or B1G, but from a research university perspective, B1G is a MUCH better fit.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Hop perspective||
As a Hopkins alum, I think that the traditional rivalries should not be that hard to maintain. Lax schedules have ballooned over the last 15 years, pushing the season earlier and earlier. Hopkins has kept their traditional rivalries (MD, UNC, UVA, Cuse, P-ton, Navy, Towson, Loyola) and had room to add a bunch of other regulars and semi-regulars - Albany, Army, Hofstra, Mt. St. Mary's, Siena, Manhattan. Some of these are tomato cans to warm up with, others were Petro scheduling against former assistants and coaches with whom he has had long relationships.
A bunch of these can go, esp. since MD would still be on the schedule. If UVA or UNC comes to the B1G, that would also work well for JHU.
Re: TV $$, Hopkins' espn deal has had a lot to do with the ABC afflilate in baltimore, which would still be happy to broadcast their games.
|17 weeks 12 hours ago||The talent level||
Is actually pretty amazing. It's open to kids from all Ann Arbor public high schools by audition. They started streaming it this year because they had to turn away 1000 people at the door last year.
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Very deserving||
Kovacs was leader of the D, which was clearly the strength of the team this year. The defense kept M in almost every game this season!
|23 weeks 6 days ago||As long as thread is random,||
what was up with the plungers in the student section at Bradley? I hated having my 11-yr-old son ask me "dad, what's up with the plungers" and have absolutely no wisdom for him.
|26 weeks 11 hours ago||Lacrosse||
For those of us who follow lax, Maryland and Rutgers would bring two more D1 lax programs, and in Maryland's case, an elite one. That would make 5 B1G lax teams.
Not saying that this factoid makes it worth it, but it's something.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Left UVa - M early||
I had just moved to Ann Arbor, and we left the game early. Tremendous regret. Never again!
|27 weeks 5 days ago||Gonna be cold at Homewood Field||
I don't know what Louisville is like in February, but it is lousy in Baltimore that time of year.
|30 weeks 11 hours ago||Muppets?||
and since you can't have one without the other...
|40 weeks 5 days ago||A very good point. It was||
A very good point. It was widely considered that PSU quietly accepting the NCAA's sanctions was a very good damage control move. NCAA investigation means even more free discovery for the coming civil suits. Prolonging the process just fuels the fire of those who would say that the university is unable to move forward and learn from their mistakes.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Suicide.||
So if they do it to themselves is it the death penalty or suicide?
Seriously, however, given all that O'Brien has done to hold that team together, this could send players running.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Did Bill give anything away||
Did Bill give anything away on who the fourth might be? John didn't have any idea today, but we chatted about CWood.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Both John and Bill (the head||
Both John and Bill (the head tour guy) have both told me that every Friday night before a home game event staff set the lockers up with game-day uniforms, pads, shoes, and helmet. John also said that on Thursday nights, six hand-picked event staffers tend to each helmet, painting over scratches and shining each helmet.
Just passing on what I was told...
|41 weeks 3 days ago||I think that is why||
they havn't easily re-arranged after the removal of Fitz's # 28.
|41 weeks 3 days ago||Good question||
When I took our group last year, they gave us the full-on tour featuring both towers, and lots of talking to the kids about Michigan history. While well-appreciated by the adults, that was totally over the heads of the kids. This year, I worked with Bill Austin to adjust our tour for our age group, and John did a nice job.
But while the kids don't know or care about the differences between the lockers, they think the locker room is really cool, and they love running down the tunnel and playing on the field.
Since the first "reading" most children do is of environmental print, the block M is a major part of any Ann Arbor child's emergent literacy experience. Also, things that are important to their parents are important to them. So going to this place where the block M is everywhere turns out to be very meaningful!
|41 weeks 3 days ago||somehow I missed that||
during the legends rollout - it was a total surprise to me when I saw it today!
|42 weeks 2 days ago||I really need the sarcasm tag||
I really need the sarcasm tag for a Fulmer Cup post? I mean, its the Fulmer Cup - ironic by nature.