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|1 day 11 hours ago||Time flies, that's for sure.||
Time flies, that's for sure. I remember thinking when they were freshmen what a privilege it was going to be to get to watch them compete for four whole years with no worries about going pro. Hard to believe it's the last time 'round this year. I just hope they've saved the best for last!
|2 days 8 hours ago||8-1 final. Thorough drubbing||
8-1 final. Thorough drubbing of an over-matched opponent. The real stuff starts in 12 days.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Death to the Packers.||
Death to the Packers.
|2 days 8 hours ago||PP goal to make it 7-1!||
PP goal to make it 7-1! Blowout on in earnest now, as it should be in an exhibition like this.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Dominant 2nd period. Really||
Dominant 2nd period. Really enjoying the video stream, hope they keep doing this throughout the season & maybe w/ some other sports too. Could be a great way to watch some more softball. Not sure that letting us hear the radio guys chatting during commercials is on purpose, but it's funny. :)
|2 days 9 hours ago||Rebound goal of our own, and||
Rebound goal of our own, and the 3-goal cushion is restored! Offense has really come alive in the last 5 minutes or so.
|2 days 9 hours ago||3-1. :( Loose puck in the||
3-1. :( Loose puck in the slot gets put home against a scrambling Racine.
|2 days 9 hours ago||And another! 3-0!||
And another! 3-0!
|2 days 9 hours ago||Goal! 2-0, finally put some||
Goal! 2-0, finally put some distance between us & them. Let's keep up the pressure!
|2 days 9 hours ago||Listening online - sounds||
Listening online - sounds like we're moving the puck really well, just gotta cash in.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Just got back from playing||
Just got back from playing football - so great to have Michigan hockey back! Really want a solid season this year, tonight's our first chance to start setting the tone for that.
|5 days 10 hours ago||If not, this should||
If not, this should definitely happen. Would be a great off-season feature, going back & exploring some of the great Michigan Os of days gone by.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Thanks for the reminder & for||
Thanks for the reminder & for putting together an awesome website! I'll still do my usual season preview when the time comes, since I figure we've got two pretty different projects. I love the interactive/dynamic thing your website has going on, my stuff being in a more traditional mold. I'll definitely be referencing your site (with due credit given, of course!).
As for tonight's game, looks like a pretty thorough drubbing, as anticipated. The defense couldn't stay perfect forever, but the O is still killing it. Looks like the damage is coming from a variety of sources, both familiar & new. Going to be so much fun watching all the position battles going on this year. The big challenge for the coaching staff will be identifying who gives us the best chance to win while maintaining team chemistry in a situation where there just won't be enough innings to go around. Good problems to have!
|1 week 2 hours ago||How did the tech guy||
How did the tech guy wandering on screen behind the announcers and then going "Oh shiiiiii...." and walking out not even get an honorable mention?!
|1 week 1 day ago||Really hoping for a good year||
Really hoping for a good year this year, since it's on track to be Red's last. I know he's struggled the last couple years, but the man single-handedly saved Michigan hockey from being cut as a program & has brought us National Titles, Hobey Bakers, and scads of CCHA crowns. He deserves to go out, if not on top, at least with his head held high.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'd say Florida lost a bit||
I'd say Florida lost a bit more than we did, given that Haeger was their top pitcher & also one of their best hitters. We lost a great pitcher, but Wagner rarely swung the bat & was not especially great in that area (although she did have a few clutch plays). Sweet was a good hitter, but in our ridiculously good line-up she was only the #5 hitter. Florida will definitely be an amazing team again this year & should be contending for the title again, but I'd have to say they have more to replace than we do off the 2015 squads.
|1 week 1 day ago||Great information! Thanks||
Great information! Thanks for providing your thoughts from having observed the team live. Great to hear about the quality at pitcher & catcher (also, as a Saline alum, I'm happy to hear about Alexander getting some playing time!). Looking forward to hearing more. Wish they'd give us some film/highlights from these games to look at.
|1 week 2 days ago||If Sobczak can hack it at||
If Sobczak can hack it at catcher right out of the gate, that would be great - esp. if she can contribute offensively. We've seen before (Roya St. Clair, Lauren Sweet) how much value an experienced, consistent catcher can bring to a team, so if we can get another 4-year starter going, that's great.
Didn't see anything in the tweets about Crockett, but they were a little sparse & that's the only source I've got thus far.
|1 week 4 days ago||No. That's not what cheering||
No. That's not what cheering at the game is for. Go nuts, back the team, and if that's an atmosphere recruits want to be around, then great.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This is the thing - piping in||
This is the thing - piping in music does make the place louder in some sterile, scientific sense, but all noise is created equal. The kind of noise that creates an intimidating atmosphere is organic crowd noise, because it creates the impression that you're not just going up against 11 men on the other team, but against a howling mob of thousands. (This also impacts referee psychology, incidentally, which is one of the biggest factors in home field advantage.) When it's just noise, that's an irritant maybe, but not intimidation.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Factually inaccurate. Every||
Factually inaccurate. Every now and again, piped in music and a frenzied crowd coincide, but that shouldn't be confused with the music causing the frenzy. 9 times out of 10, though, piped in music crushes organic chants & cheering. If you want an energized stadium, boot the canned music. That's just fundamental crowd dynamics, consistent across every stadium I've been to, from the Big House to Crisler to MLB parks, etc. etc.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I keep irrationally having a||
I keep irrationally having a hard time being excited about Peters because he has just the most generic name in the world. Slowly overcoming that bizarre mental block w/ all the hype that's coming in.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||"I don't think Burns bought||
"I don't think Burns bought into DB's vision...or whatever the hell you call all the things he did"
Not exactly a vision... a hallucination?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dickbag comments||
Dickbag comments notwithstanding, this sort of thing was one of the biggest points in BLL that jumped off that page. Sure, there were one or two instances of Brandon making some good/necessary moves - going with Bakich in baseball stands out as one that probably needed to happen. The list of BS coaching decisions, though, is much, much longer. The men's tennis situation, the boggling axe to the water polo coach, Burns (although I do recall at the time some people saying that, while he had success, he wasn't a very well-liked guy - not sure if that was valid or not), and so on. The biggest one, which I don't think got mentioned in BLL, has to be the insane pushing-out of Mel Pearson. I lay the dip in hockey's fortunes almost 100% on losing the best assistant coach in the country. He'll prob come back when we call, but man, I'd rather have not sucked for several years in the meantime.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||"I just always have such a||
"I just always have such a good time at tailgates and games. It was like that as a child. It was like that as a teen. It was like that in my 20s. It was like that in my 30s. And it is like that now in my 40s."
This whole post is phenomenal - well-written, evocative without being sappy, thorough without being wordy, and so on. This line, to me, is what cuts to the heart of it. At the end of the day, all the different flashy fads come and go, but this is what remains. We have a good time together. We have a good time with family, with friends, and with total strangers who just happen to be wearing the right colors. It's not so complicated in the end. I'm glad you get at least another year, hopefully many more, of having a good time.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||She'll definitely be a||
She'll definitely be a contender for the position. The question with her is will she be able to hit well enough to make it worth keeping one of Swearingen/Vargas/Monte (the triad I see battling it out for some of the lower spots in the order) on the bench? Conversely, of course, as you note, Falk has the question of whether her defense will be strong enough to keep her in the position. You're probably right to give the edge to the player playing her natural position, and if it's close, I lean towards giving it to the freshman. We saw last season how awesome having a 4-year catcher can be.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Forgot to include the link:||
Forgot to include the link: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-softbl/spec-rel/090415aaa.html
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Seems to me that there's a||
Seems to me that there's a lot of story-telling and not a lot of measurables in this hypothesis, although again, I'm open to correction. The QB can trip, but a D-lineman can slip too. The ball can slip out of a QB's hands, but an RB can slip out of a LB's grasp. Maybe there's slightly more random crap for the O, but to a large extent there's stuff for the D as well that we just don't put as much of a spotlight on.
I do like the point, though, about suprise 2-point (fake PATs, etc.) versus expected (line up in a normal offensive formation). I know that in onside kicks those have been separated out, and it's been shown that a surprise-onside is basically always a good decision (caveat: if you do it too often, it stops being a surprise). Separating out regular 2-points from fakes, etc. would be interesting. Because there aren't very many fakes these days, I doubt it would impact the numbers much, but it's a legitimate variable to take into account. If nothing else, let's say fakes do work at an abnormally high rate, then this would be the perfect situation to deploy one in. The other team will be expecting you to go w/ conventional wisdom, and then boom, you do the smart game theory thing and make it even better by having an unexpected fake to improve your chances.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think you misunderstood the||
I think you misunderstood the question I was trying to answer. The point wasn't whether a 2-point is harder to get than a 3rd down of equivalent distance at the 50, it was whether a 2-point in the final minute of the game is harder to get than a 2-point in the 2nd quarter. Space doesn't enter into that equation.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I doubt this in particular||
I doubt this in particular has been studied, but studies of such "intangibles" generally show that they don't really make a difference. Also, I don't see why the offense in particular would be less likely to succeed. The defense would also be feeling the "pressure" as well, since the game is in the balance for them too. As always w/ stats, I'm open to correction if the numbers are brought forward, but I would be very surprised to see it make a difference.