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|1 day 19 min ago||Soccer and the NHL get comparable ratings||
This isn't quite apples to apples, but the English Premier League typically gets about 800,000-1,000,000 viewers for its Saturday matches.
By comparison, the NHL first round of the playoffs (just completed) averaged 750,000 viewers. Obviously, for some series (e.g., Maple Leafs; Canadians) fans in the U.S watch on TSN or CBC (or whatever channel its on now), but it shows that it is close.
|1 day 1 hour ago||Oh, it's not so bad|
|2 days 4 hours ago||Just what the team needed||
I still think X should/will be the starter, but if/when he gets in foul trouble and just in the regular flow of a game, having an experienced PG who can regularly play 15-25 minutes a game will be key if UM wants to win a B1G championship. I like Eli Brooks, but considering the below average quality of high school competition he went against, he's going to need some time (probably a whole season) to acclimate.
Plus, Simmons comes from the same AAU team as Burke, Levert and Watson. So keeping that pipeline flowing is a good thing.
|2 days 4 hours ago||SONNNN OF A BIIII-T-C-H! YOU||
SONNNN OF A BIIII-T-C-H! YOU DONE MESSED UP, A-A-RON!
|1 week 5 days ago||Someone has IFC on their cable package||
I don't know why Alien and Aliens aren't shown more often. They are Godfatther, Fugitive, Matrix Shawshank, Lord of the RIngs etc level classics, and those other movies are (rightfully) on all the time.
|1 week 5 days ago||I don't care!||
I don't care!
|1 week 6 days ago||Yep, and that comparison makes it all the more ridiculous||
George Halas founded the Chicago Bears, led them to 6 NFL championships and was one of the original inductees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
William Clay Ford inherited his money, used it to buy the Lions, where he proceeded to be one of the worst owners (in terms of on the field performance) in thie history of U.S. professional sports.
Only one of these people deserves a permanent patch.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Was the B1G just terrible for OL this year?||
I never quite understood how we:
I know doing well in college does not always directly translate to pro success, but it seems there was a real disconnect this year in the perception of our OL.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Kentucky had significant foul trouble||
The first half was very choppy, with quite a few calls. Additionally, there were a couple of calls that even I --- unbiased observer ---- thought were not good.
That said, this video doesn't do them any favor. The first couple of examples made me say, "Looks fine to me. What are you bitching about?" Plus, you obviously don't see how they were calling UNC at the same time.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Five stars (basically) don't come to the Big 10||
- 2014: 2 total (1 each for OSU and IU)
Michigan's last 5 star? GRIII in 2012.
Notice that Wisconsin, the most successful team in the B1G this decade has zero on that list above (their last 5 star was also in 2012, Sam Dekker).
So it would be great to get Mo Bamba or some other 5 star. I also think this, in part, explains why the B1G has not won a national title in over 15 years.
But UM and Beilein are far from unusual in our recruiting; the entire B1G is a "3 and 4 star mafia". Basically 65% of the 5 stars go to Kentucky, Duke, NC, Kansas or UCLA and the rest of the nation fights for the rest.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Definitely not his son; likely his nephew||
"A wedding and seven cross-country moves later, they’re now settled in Kansas City and have two sons together, Eric III (20) and Elijah (16)."
- Edit -
According to an Oklahoma State site, Jamal is his nephew.
- Final edit -
Eric has a brother named Jamal (who would currently be 35 years old, so definitely old enough to be the dad of a junior in high school), so assuming this is Jamal Jr, that would confirm he's Eric's nephew.
...and I'm done with Googling.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Maybe, but it seemed more than that||
Just to make sure I wasn't mis-remembering, I dug up this thread: while the best "rated" posts state the obvious, there are some dumb, dumb takes in there (and not just from some usual suspects) that got plenty of up votes.
As you noted: it was* crystal clear that Spike, considering his injury history and only having one more year of eligibility, had to move on. It was best for him and best for Michigan.
*or at least should have been
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure it will work, but worth a try||
I have donated to UM Hoops during its last two "blog" drives and if I recall, neither time did it hit its target number. I know it didn't last year (I believe the goal was $10,000 and it ended up a couple thousand short).
While I really like the stie, I'm not sure if I'll become a patron. I always donated around $20 and I'm not sure I would personally get enough value to subscribe for more than double that (e.g., I don't need a weekly recruiting roundup for a sport with so few schollies available).
It will be interesting to see if there are 600 or so "hard-core" UM basketball fans willing to pay; I'm not sure. In my experience, we're not a passionate basketball school like Indiana or Purdue, not mention Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, etc; there are not thousands of die-hards. Our fan base does have a lot of money, though.
Good luck. I really hope it works out.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, and one note on why the Spike situation was stupid||
"Xavier Simpson came along at the perfect time. He got a year to learn from Derrick Walton, get his feet wet."
I wish we could transport in time, to read this, all the people who one year ago on this board bitched and moaned when Spike didn't get his 5th year from Beilein. It perhaps wasn't the majority of commenters, but it was a significant minority and was one of the stupdiest outpourings of sentiment on this blog in some time.
Spike *needed* to vamoose because Xavier *needed* to get ready to be the man in 2017-2018. The fact it turned out better for 2016-2017 (as Spike, not surprisingly, was injured and thus ineffectual this year, while Xavier was a real contributor the last 1/3 of the season) was just a secondary benefit for U of M this season.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It's a concern, but I'm cautiously optimistic||
When he did play against top competition (which wasn't often), he did OK, but not great -- there's not a lot to go on, though there is some from AAU.
I will say it is good that he clearly is "the man" and has taken his small school to heights they've never achieved before. It shows he can handle (at least at the high school level) the pressure of being a team leader, which is key for the PG position.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Do NBA "draft gurus" only watch a couple games?||
I don't follow them that closely, but I (generally) had a good impression of people like Chad Ford. How has anyone with more than passing knowledge of Moe Wagner's game have that much change in his "stock" after one game?
Moe's was (obviously) very valuable, but the only consistent thing about him is that he is inconsistent. Go look at his game log: he'll follow up a 24 point outburt against Purdue with an 8 point performance (on 2-7 shooting) aginst Northwestern; he'll do nothing the first two games of the B1G tourney, then put up 17 points on 6-7 shooting against Minny. He did jack squat in a 92 point game against Ok State, then looking like the second coming of Nowitzki against the much tougher defense of Louisville.
The *only* consistent thing about him is he brings great energy, will commit at least one cheap foul, and is not a shot blocker.
Moe is coming back, and so is DJ, unless they want to be second round picks. That's good for us and good for them.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Sure - but he didn't play in the modern era||
Definitely a different era (e.g., Larry Bird shot 1.9 three-pointers a game; today he'd take about 4 times that), but Laimbeer is memorable as an outside shooter because he did it when it counted -- during the Pistons' peak years (late 1980s) he made more like 35-36% and attempted about 2 three-pointers a game (and even slightly more during the playoffs) -- it definitely stood out.
That's better than Blake Griffin and comparable to guys like Al Horoford, Karl-Anthony Towns and Marc Gasol -- Laimbeer definitely could have played in today's NBA (well...except for the flagarant fouls part, of course).
|5 weeks 3 days ago||WaPo "Fancy Stats" article on UM's chances vs Oregon||
I just read this interesting, relative brief column on why UM (of all the lower seeds) has the best chance of winning in the Sweet Xixteen. Has some nice advanced stats without getting too geeky or going on too long.
A lot of it is about how good UM's defense has been (e.g., contesting jump shots; turnover ratio), which is a development that still shocks me, considering where we were about 2 months ago.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||But of course||
3-point percentage: 45 percent
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Very true||
I though we were in deep, deep trouble next year until X turned it around about mid-season and showed that he has B1G level skills (though he obviously has a ways to go, e.g., hitting the outside shot).
FWIW, Eli Brooks (the likely backup next year at PG) just lost in the state quarterfinals. While Brooks did lead his team to best-ever performances, Spring Grove plays in a much smaller division in PA than Livers' does in Michigan, so it will be a big step up for Brooks to even be able to play meaningful minutes next year.
Beilein will need to get creative, e.g., I'll bet MAAR will handle the ball even more next year. And who knows -- maybe DJ Wilson will turn into a point forward on occasion -- he turned himself into a 3-pt shooting, cold-bolded FT shooting big man this year, so anything is possible.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||He's playing at 7pm on Tuesday in Lansing||
Kzoo Central won the regional, so they play in the state quarters on Tuesday at Lansing Eastern, if any local fans want to see him play.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That makes sense...but I'm not sure what people remember||
I'm a sample of just one person, but before this recent mini-brouhaha over Syracuse not making the NCAAs, I had completely forgotten they made the Final Four last year. I definitely remember Villanova beating UNC in the Finals (in part b/c of the fantastic ending) but Syracause making the Final Four? Completely slipped my mind.
Related, it took me literally a minute of hard thinking to remember who Villanova pulverized in the Final Four (no peaking). But at least I was able to pull Oklahoma. I thought UNC would smoke Syracuse, so I didn't even watch that game, so I guess it never entered my memory bank.
I think what tends to be more memorable, in many cases, than Final Four appearances are huge 1st round upsets. FGCU dunking all over Georgetown? Fun memory! And MTSU will always have a small special place in my heart (though that's obviously not banner worthy).
In any case, I'm not sure what people remember, though for sure a Final Four is a great accomplishment and does get you a ton of exposure. But I appreciate the longer slog and boosted the reg season B1G accordingly.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Well, that was a Maryland fan telling Crean that||
Still, high-level troll job by that fan. Approved.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Everyone has their own hierarchy||
For me it goes (if I can *only* pick one, i.e., not a B1G reg season title *and* a Final Four):
1) National Championship
That said -- winning a banner is a success. I thought this team, with its talent and experience, should be lower-edge Top 25, and shockingly (compared to where UM was mid-season), that where they ended up b/c of the B1G Tourney. Hopefully we can add many cherries to the top of the sundae from here, starting on Friday.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Don't get me started||
Spend over $20 million per year from the general fund on athletics, for one.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That's good, but I prefer this Casey Kasem quote||
Especially when it comes to how I feel about Jim Delany.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||This video is why God created||
This video is why God created the internet.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Shirts vs. skins wasn't an||
Shirts vs. skins wasn't an option?
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||If they gave a crap about classes, there would be no tournament||
The B1G held out for a long time, but eventually joined the money/exposure crowd by hosting a conference tourney. If the ACC, SEC, B1G, gave a crap about classes, there would be no tourneys -- teams that are seeded #9 and lower have to be there all week (games started on Tuesday), if they win just a couple games.
Personally, I'd be fine with bagging the thing and going to have 20 regular season games instead of 18, but that's not going to happen because of $$$$$. So once you've decided to hold a conference tournament, you've decided school / classes comes second. That's reality. Plan accordingly.
|7 weeks 18 hours ago||Right call to fly tomorrow morn, instead of bus today||
A bus drive, through areas affected by wind could take over 10 hours -- easy. You're dealing with power lines down, rush hour traffic, winds buffeting your high profile vehicle...it would be a mess and a real slog.
Do your walk thrus / final game prep at the Ypsi Marriott in a ballroom tonight. Then, take a flight tomorrow at around 7am (when the winds are projected to be 7 mph), get to DC by 8:30am, get on a bus, and you're at the Verizon Center by about 9:30am-10am. That's plenty of time to be ready for a game at 12pm.
It's not ideal, but eminently doable.