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|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'd eat it up as well||
Very, very happy to see this. Haters gonna hate.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Reply post derp||
Nothing to see here. My comment was moved to a reply.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Exact opposite experience||
Just in case any prospective, future, or current students read this comment thread and shy away from taking a class taught by Markovits I thought I would share my own perspective.
Andy, as he likes his students to call him, always seemed very approachable to me. Yes, he is an academic to a T and lets that be known to his students, but that wasn't much of a turn-off. Most professors at Michigan (and I assume at other elite schools around the country) are quite proud of their work and their research and Andy is no different.
In class, Markovits is a bit flighty, literally jumping from topic to topic on a wide blackboard filled with short quips to be discussed throughout lecture, but he's also very engaging with students. At times he would maybe get a little frustrated with students taking a bit longer to pick up on the material at hand, but he would only get short with a student if he/she asked a stupid question (and in my class, it was always the same kid asking stupid questions that EVERY other student in the class would groan about when his hand went up).
When my friend and I did decide to talk to him after class one day, we ended up staying about 20 minutes after and talked another 10 minutes or so about Michigan basketball with him as we walked out of Angell Hall. We eventually formed a friendly relationship and Andy took us out for a nice dinner a few months after our class had ended to catch up.
In short, I would recommend a Markovits class (some Politics and History of Sport was the one I took) to anyone who can. The professor that looks like he's Dr. Emmett Brown from Back to the Future and dresses like he just woke up is simply classic.
Funny aside: one day one of those people trying to pass out fliers for gimmick jobs to a lecture hall was in Markovits's room before the start of class, went through his talk, and started trying to pass stuff out before I believe DPS came in to escort him out, the guy went to the other side of the classroom, and Markovits basically ran him out of the room himself.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Jeff Meyer||
Meyer actually works with the wings. Think Hardaway, Robinson III, Stauskas, etc. He also happens to be the Beyonce of the staff.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Malik McDowell||
One of the football recruits (I believe McDowell), clearly the biggest one there, sitting right in the front row of that section, slept through the majority of the second half of the basketball game. Thought it was interesting.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Comparisons||
It really is amazing how much a player's looks affect who we compare them too. Obviously Booker looks pretty similar to Rivers, and I'm not saying I disagree at all with the comparison (I actually don't think it's a bad one), it is just weird that whenever most people try to compare somebody to someone else they almost always first pick out guys that look very similar.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Izzo||
The thing that people forget most about Izzo is not that he has brought State to the level they are at while Michigan floundered over the same time period (which certainly played a part in MSU's dominance), but that he was HANDED the reigns of the program from Jud Heathcote, and it's not like Heathcote was some slouch of a coach that left a bare cupboard. Izzo had the luxury of taking over a good program for which he had already been an assistant with for 12(!) years. Heathcote made the NCAA Tournament five of his last six years at MSU before retiring and had his team in the top three in the Big Ten in four of those years. Izzo then proceeded to miss the Big Dance his first two years leading the program.
Tom Izzo is a solid coach and a very good recruiter, but give me the choice between him and Beilein and I will take the latter every day of the week, no question. And I have said this since the day we hired Beilein. It's not really fair to compare them by record, you have to go off what you see on the court and how well each can coach a team with varying levels of talent.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Keep in Mind||
You people who are ripping on this kid have to keep in mind that he is basically Moss Point's whole team. You can see him being double- and triple-teamed nearly every time he touches the ball in the OP's video, yet he still makes a number of nice-looking shots. Obviously it was probably a bit of an off-night with a lot of missed looks, but no one makes every shot. Trey Burke doesn't make six of every 10 he takes. Have to keep it in perspective.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Master Extraordinary Map-thingy||
If we plan to go to a game that someone has already bolded on the schedule (take this Friday's De La Salle/Pioneer matchup) should we even bother adding our own name?
|1 year 50 weeks ago||Wow||
Too funny to be soon.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Re:||
Is this "added bonus" a FREE ADDED BONUS for us???
-Department of Redundancy Department
|2 years 3 weeks ago||The real question though||
Is Kyle Bosch enrolling early?
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Fair enough||
Although from what I've heard many of those younger and inexperienced players will make up the core of Brazil's team come 2014, notably Neymar, who seems to be a rising star. It is really quite amazing to me sometimes how quickly guys seem to fade from their prime in soccer. Ronaldinho was often placed among the best players in the world around 2010 but I don't even think he played a minute in the 2010 World Cup.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||I completely agree...||
While a run by the US may be unlikely, I think it would pique the interest of soccer fans here, whom I would presume to be around 90% pro-USA. Obviously we are struggling a little bit in the qualifying stages and haven't looked very good since the 5-0 pummeling of Norway a couple months back; at the same time, however, we also need to realize that Klinsmann is bringing with him almost a completely revamped attacking style (as opposed to Bradley's favorite sit back and counter approach), and that this will take time to provide positive results (much like implementing a new system in American football). In two years' time, perhaps we will be in the conversation to reach the quarters or even semis.
I'll be the first to admit I was behind in picking up on the soccer trend (started to follow somewhat in 2006 World Cup, have been trying to follow soccer relatively closely since 2010 World Cup), but I'll do my best to assess the US squad on the same measures:
3 (Attack - solid but not great with Dempsey, Altidore, Boyd, maybe Agudelo, half-Donovan)
4 (Midfield - Donovan should still be top three player for us and Bradley has impressed)
3 (Defense - assuming Gooch is gone)
19/30 may be a bit ambitious and somewhat biased, but I think it's a reasonable rating.
While the 4-1 mark Brazil put on us in a recent friendly looks horrendous, we really had a number of impressive chances and seemed to at least belong on the same field as them.
I'll be interested to hear other input here specifically on the US side.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Perhaps you mean...||
|2 years 3 weeks ago||My own "Cool Story Bro"||
My cousin dated Chris Stapleton for a while back when she went to Michigan, and Chris became friends with my uncle (cousin's stepdad). Later on he gave his 1992 Rose Bowl hat to my uncle, who gave it to me a few years back. White corduroy snap-back that has seen its fair share of Michigan parties by now.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||False||
Harris has only been offered a scholarship for football at Michigan. If he accepted that, yes, he would probably be able to join the basketball team as well, but he has not been offered a basketball scholarship.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Re: basketball info||
I was at the camp most of the time and talked with Joe a little bit about Brown's performance. In my opinion, Vitto Brown was without a doubt the MVP of the 5-on-5 play. He has a college-ready body, is a legit 6'7/6'8, is very athletic, tenacious on the boards, showed a decent midrange game, blocked a number of shots, and really displayed a refreshing positive attitude, unlike many players these days it seems. He's going to be a solid player wherever he ends up and seems like a good option to keep on the board. We are not full for the 2013 class yet either...Reggie Cameron is the number one priority right now, but if we miss on him I have to hope Brown is still an option.
Also, as for kids getting offers on June 15, I think Booker, Bates-Diop, and Bluiett are locks for an offer while Jae'Sean Tate is also very likely to receive one. I also disagree that no one is likely to drop for us early. I think there is a very good chance Booker commits within a couple days of getting an offer.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||If you look closely...||
It appears that Trey Burke got another tattoo on his front right bicep...interesting.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Well...||
I think I heard somewhere he IS trying to enroll early. Let's hope it pans out. Any other info regarding Kyle Bosch out there?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Does ticket loyalty count for||
Does ticket loyalty count for my years at Michigan too? For example, I held football and basketball season tickets all four years, does that give me eight additional points?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Kinda OTish||
I just graduated this year and am still looking for a job (hopefully getting one soon), and would like some advice as to what to do in the future. Obviously the ticket deadline has passed for this season, but starting next year I'd like to be a life-long season ticket holder. I plan to get basketball season tickets starting this year and lasting until I can no longer see, but I don't know exactly how to accumulate these so-called "points". I understand I already have five(?) for being an alum and will probably garner more if I hold basketball season tickets. What moves do I then have to make to become a football season ticket holder in the future?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||He's not coming to Michigan.||
End of story. His grades are no good and his head is not always there from what I've heard. Look for him to end up at Kentucky or UConn.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||How about||
The David Cone/Jack Kennedy Sideline Purveyor of Play Calls Hand-Signaling Specialist?
|2 years 9 weeks ago||This.||
This might be the first time I have ever laughed out loud reading a comment on MGoBlog. Phenomenal.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||He doesn't||
You are right, Harris does not have an offer from Michigan to play basketball hear. Sounds like Hoke and co. have offered for football, but Beilein is adamant about sticking to the June 15 date of a kid's junior year before offering. As has been pointed out by a couple others above, I also think Harris would be better suited playing football in college. He has some good basketball skill, but I think his is a case of being way over-hyped coming into high school simply because he was faster, taller, and more athletic than everyone else at a young age. I think the older he gets the more his peers will catch up to him on the basketball court. At 6'4 with good speed, Harris is not an unusual guard/wing prospect for college basketball programs, but most football coaches would crave an incoming wide receiver with those measurables. I've seen Harris a few times play basketball and have not been impressed, and while I haven't seen him play football at all, I have heard very good things.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Good question||
I wish I could tell you the answer, or at least give you some perspective, but I really don't know. I would guess that Yogi being at IU could give them a slight edge, but the vast majority of star high school teammates do not end up playing together in college. Secondly, Tom Crean throws out offers like candy to little kids, so I really don't even know if Bluiett will get a committable offer from IU. I'm pretty sure about 50% of high school and eighth grade basketball players in this country have been "offered" by Crean.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Off this list...||
Off this list I think we have the best shot at and most want to take Booker, KBD, and Bluiett. I think Bates-Diop could develop into a five-star talent and it will be interesting to see how Bluiett does next year without Yogi Ferrell on his Park Tudor squad, but he looks very good on video. I doubt we will see any big men offered right away on June 15 even though it will be a need in the class; I think we will wait to see who develops well.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||This makes me sad||
First and only time I have ever been to Nashville was this March, for all of ~30 hours. It may have coincided with the most depressing loss of the basketball season this year. Now that I think of it, it definitely did. Next day was St. Patrick's Day and there was no way all seven of us college kids (the only students to make the trip I believe) were going to stay in Nashville after the dong punch we took the night before. Now everyone is commenting on how fun a city it can be and I really hope to be there in better times now.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||My two cents||
Well I have a couple of thoughts to share on this idea, which I think is a great one, and on some previous comments.
First off, I think almost all of these players are deserving of MGoHOF statuses. If we could vote for as many as we'd like, I would select all but DMo. I loved everything about Darius Morris - wearing the Maize Rage t-shirt in warm-ups before every home game, committing to Michigan when it wasn't very cool despite being a 4-star with multiple other offers and from 3/4 of the way across the country, assisting/scoring over half our buckets his sophomore season, standing up to Kalin Lucas after The Sweep, etc - but leaving after only one productive season when he seemed somewhat destined for the second round left a sour taste in my mouth. Now that I think about it though, I think DMo deserves his place as well. He certainly did a lot for the program and helped Michigan accomplish a good deal that probably would not have been realized without that sophomore season of his.
Secondly, obviously Novak will be (deservedly) voted in, but I will be extremely upset if Stu doesn't get his own recognition. As has been proposed before, I am also a proponent of the Stu/Novak entry. Someone already pointed out that he only led Michigan in either points or rebounds one time out of eight opportunities (rebounds junior season I think), and while his leadership should not go unnoticed, I believe MGoBlog would also be remiss to pass over Stu and his leadership contributions over the last four years. Their numbers were really not all that different in four seasons, and it is also note-worthy to add that Stu, not Novak, actually became the all-time leader in games played in Michigan history this past season. Novak places high on the list of games played, games started, and minutes played, but isn't number one in any of those categories.
3. (Numbers just seem easier) I have also mentioned in another comment what I think bears repeating. Novak and Stu had basically no other option than Michigan if they wanted to play high major basketball, and both embraced the opportunity Beilein presented to them and ran with it, obviously for the better of the program as a whole. This is in stark contrast to other nominees here like Daniel Horton, Darius Morris, Deshawn Sims, and especially Manny Harris. Horton played four years for Tommy Amaker and was brilliant despite having Dion Harris chucking shots and just about no one else around him in his career, helping us take down State in their high-water years (yes, I believe their in-state dominance is over) two or three times. Morris knew what he was getting into and made the most of it, leading us to the tourney his sophomore year and nearly helping us reach the Sweet 16, but played sparingly his freshman year and left to be drafted in the second round after his record-setting second year. Peedi stuck around despite having committed to and playing one season under Amaker, and while he was never consistently great, he had some amazing games, co-led us to the tournament for the first time in a gazillion years, dealt with the tragic loss of his brother (who was by all accounts his best friend), and stayed four years. Manny was in a similarly precarious situation after committing to Amaker with Legion and Grady (who lasted a combined two years in the basketball program) just to see him get fired and Beilein, whose system honestly didn't fit Manny at all, take over. Manny was long rumored headed to Tennessee after this happened but instead decided to stick it out and really started the turnaround we are seeing today. If Manny did not come to Michigan, we are simply not where we are today. He led us to upsets over UCLA and Duke his sophomore year, led the team in scoring all three seasons, made Michigan cool again, and was simply Fresh til the end. Yes, he left early and went undrafted (some purport due to an injury suffered), but can you really blame him? Him and Sims were as close as can be, and truthfully Manny would have served himself better if he left after only one year. Also note-worthy: Manny and Peedi are the only two players from Michigan, and specifically Detroit, on this list. That probably doesn't mean much, but it should count for something. Would anyone (still reading) perhaps back my recommendation of a Manny Harris-Deshawn Sims dual HOF entrance as well? If I have to vote individually, it's:
1. Manny Harris (Novak is getting in regardless, he doesn't need my vote)
2. Daniel Horton
3. Deshawn Sims
4. Darius Morris
If I had my way, though:
1. Manny Harris - Deshawn Sims (Call it the Manny/Peedi entry if you will)
2. Stu Douglass - Zack Novak
3. Daniel Horton
4. Darius Morris