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|4 days 21 hours ago||Put this on the list of||
Put this on the list of "thanks, Brandon" bullets. Mel was the heir apparent, and had turned down multiple offers from other schools in order to maintain that status. Then in comes the Pizza Man with his brilliant idea that Mel needed head coaching experience to even be considered for the job. So he torpedoed our hockey success for the last few years & jeopardized our ability to get Mel back by sending him off to his alma mater. Great.
|6 days 10 hours ago||Nice profile, always good to||
Nice profile, always good to get an advance-look at the incoming talent. The season's still months away, but I'm getting more & more excited for what lies in store. Great to see Hutch stockpiling more talent for the future.
|1 week 1 day ago||Nonsense. OSU absolutely||
Nonsense. OSU absolutely lucked into Meyer. They had a highly successful run with Tressel, which happened to end in bizarre fashion at a time that coincided quite remarkably with Meyer coming onto the market. Meyer's availability itself was bizarre. I can't think of any modern parallel to his departure from Florida. All those "reason why it couldn't happen" you mention were just smokescreens, and everyone knew it at the time. Meyer was always going to OSU once the job became available.
If we pick up Harbaugh, we will to an extent have lucked into it as well. An NFL coach with his track record getting pushed out the door & then returning to college, lining up super-conveniently with our need to fire our head coach, would definitely be a lucky break of the biggest sort. The obstacles are much bigger than in the Meyer situation, but can be overcome with some deft handling.
Both situations involve some luck; OSU's was clearly insanely lucky.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's kinda the way of it||
That's kinda the way of it for me as well. I've followed Michigan hockey on & off since I was a kid, and went to almost every home game while I was a student, cheered my ass off, the whole nine yards. Hockey has been hugely formative for me, and I still get home to catch at least a game or two pretty much every year.
The results haven't been there as much the last few years, it's true, but that's only played a small part in my focusing more on softball. I still know most of the players, I watch the games I can on TV & keep track of the ones I can't. Softball, though, has moved in & captured my attention (as anyone who knows my posts around here can attest!).
Softball consistently produces wins & championships, and that's a big part of how I got hooked. Even more than that, though, I just have the highest respect for the program, and for Hutch above all. She's a great coach, and built a top-level program here against truly insane odds. Seeing the great young women she puts out there year after year is an absolute treat.
Once hockey starts producing again, they'll probably jump back up & be at least close to equal with softball for me, but softball is here to stay for me as well.
|1 week 5 days ago||Somewhat related - Indiana||
Somewhat related - Indiana trailing Indianapolis by 6 with 7:37 left in the 1st half of their exhibition. I'm sure they'll put the hammer down at some point, but uninspiring stuff so far.
|1 week 5 days ago||Wow, that is really, really||
Wow, that is really, really disappointing. Still, a much better season overall than I was expecting, what with the departure of last year's phenomenal, program-redefining senior class. We're only going to improve in the years ahead, and coach Ryan has us pointed in the right direction. Hoping for more success going forward!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Amen! Class of '04, first||
Amen! Class of '04, first year we made the playoffs in ages. Still have vivid memories of rushing the field after knocking off South Lyon on a hail mary. Now playoffs are a regular thing, and ever since coach Palko showed up, it's been dominance. Hope we can make a deep run here!
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Many great memories of that||
Many great memories of that game - freshman year for me. One unique one, though, came on the following Monday. I was taking Religion 201 (Intro to World Religions), and none other than Prof. Ralph Williams was lecturing that day. He came into class and said, in his own inimitable way, "This Saturday ... I attended my first ever University of Michigan football game ... WWWOOOWWW!!!" Whole class busted up!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Really happy to see women's||
Really happy to see women's soccer getting things going. After they got shellacked twice on their trip to California, I was worried that the talent drain from last season would be too much and this would be a major rebuilding year. The team had other ideas, though, and have been playing great soccer in the B10. A win against PSU would be absolutely huge. If you're in A2 on Thursday, get down to that game. These ladies put on a great effort every night & represent our University well - let's show them some support!
Also, as a side note, how freaking lucky were we to hire Greg Ryan as a coach? We scooped him up after he went 41-1-9 with the women's national team & ended up as the fall guy for a bad loss in the Women's World Cup. Former national coach of the year w/ two Final Four trips under his belt as well, and now he's got us going in a great direction. Couldn't ask for more.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Lions win! Ugly game, but a||
Lions win! Ugly game, but a win's a win, especially with Megatron out of the line-up. D continues to look solid, O needs to get a bit more dynamic.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Uhh, defense? C'mon, get 'em||
Uhh, defense? C'mon, get 'em stopped!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Feel a lot better with that.||
Feel a lot better with that. I think our D can choke them out from here; three possession lead in the 4th quarter feels good.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Announcer basically just said||
Announcer basically just said we should punt & hope our D can score.
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||Our offense is legitimately||
Our offense is legitimately humorous to me. I mean, this is just funny.
|6 weeks 15 hours ago||FINALLY! An actual, non-draw||
FINALLY! An actual, non-draw play, QB run. MORE!
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||Just an update, both soccer||
Just an update, both soccer teams are up 2-nil in the first half (men's against Rutgers, women's against IU). Full night of football for the Maize & Blue!
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Could you provide a link to||
Could you provide a link to the studies you mention that do show a hot hand? I saw one based on baseball recently, but it was so methodologically flawed as to be useless. I'd be interested to take a look at others.
Also, on another note, I absolutely hate the raw arrogance of statments like this: "I've never met anyone who has played a lot of competitive sports who doesn't KNOW that his confidence affects his performance." I've played sports my entire life, from the playground as a kid to various different rec leagues now as an adult. I would play sports every night for hours if I had the time & opportunity. I don't believe in clutch, because I've never seen it show up in a methodologically sound study, and I've never seen it put points on the board. I've seen a good shot put points on the board. I've seen bad decision-making take points off the board. I've never seen clutch, I've never seen momentum, I've never seen "mentality".
That's the great thing about sports - the raw purity of it. Does your thing put points on the board? Then I want it. Does it take points off the board? Then I don't want it. Does it have no effect on the score? Then I'll ignore it.
But don't tell me that oh, if I had just played sports, I'd know. I've played my whole life. I know. Stop condescending.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||No, it's not. You're not||
No, it's not. You're not taking into account sampling bias. That's like saying wow, the Jazz won all their games where they were aheadby 15+ in the last two minutes. They're really good when they're ahead by 15+! Games that come down to a situation where it's w/in 5 points in the last 5 minutes are essentially toss-ups every time. A crappy team might not have very many games like that because they get blown out a lot, but once they are in that situation, it's still basically a 50-50 shot. By choosing a sample of very close games, they have made it highly likely that the Jazz will have a better record in those games than their record as a whole - precisely because all the blow outs have been eliminated from the sample.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I know you're going to catch||
I know you're going to catch some grief for this, but it needs to be said. The numbers in the article are all well below levels of statistical significance, and also don't account for anything about how coaching, different situations, etc. might impact things. The best line by far, though, is this: "Clutch is defined in the NBA as a game with a five points or less deficit between teams within the last five minutes and overtime, and the Jazz were surprisingly good in clutch game situations games in 2013-14, going 9-7 in games decided by five points or less." So, when faced with 50-50 situations, the Jazz were one game better than 50-50? And this counts as "surprisingly good"? Awesome.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||And right back into the box||
And right back into the box for Michigan. Gotta have more control near the crease to avoid these goalie interference situations.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Larkin! The freshmen are||
Larkin! The freshmen are running riot!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||2 minute minor will negate||
2 minute minor will negate part of the major. We'll still have more than 2 minutes left, though, after the 4-on-4 situation.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||5 minute major in our favor.||
5 minute major in our favor. "All you can eat buffet", as the radio-guy put it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||And another one! Two for the||
And another one! Two for the freshman!
|6 weeks 2 days ago||GOAL!||
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly right! This is what||
Exactly right! This is what I've been saying for years. The things we love, the gameday atmosphere, the band, the Stadium (or the Arena, in the case of Yost; etc.), those are given to each generation in trust. They're given to the AD, they're given to the fans, the students, the band, etc., each with their own role in the thing. Change and developments will happen organically & naturally over time - a great example is how Yost cheers slowly change from year to year. Changes like that no one minds, and many hardly notice, because they come from the ground up, and people feel ownership over them.
This is the exact opposite of Brandon's famous "if it ain't broke, break it" principle. He sees himself as literally the exact opposite of a steward. He doesn't see himself as someone who was handed a glorious patrimony, with a serious responsibility to hand it on, touched up and improved where needed, but basically intact, to the next generation. He sees himself as on a mission to remake it all in his own (demented) image.
This is why it is so impossible for there to be communication between him and us. We think he's failing at a job that he doesn't even think he has. He thinks he's succeeding at a job we don't want him doing.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||This is a bit better. That||
This is a bit better. That first goal felt way too much like the FSU (NTFSU) game from Saturday, but this time the team bounced back even faster. Three first period goals is quality, and the NTDP is no joke, esp. this early in the season when they've been practicing & playing together much longer than Michigan has. Keep playing like this for two more periods, and I'll be very encouraged.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||MGoBlue.com has recaps and||
MGoBlue.com has recaps and box scores for all the games against Kentucky - that's where I got my info - so you're right that there's no rule against it. There usually is little to no coverage of these sorts of games, but they've been putting a bit of hype into this Kentucky matchup. My guess is that usually they assume that there's no interest in knowing the details of exhibition blow-outs of directional schools, so we don't hear much. Just goes to show how much our fandom exceeds all normal expectations!
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Just exhibitions,||
Just exhibitions, unfortunately. Often we just play a smattering of directional schools from the area, but this year we brought in an elite team. I'm really glad we did, especially for the benefit of the freshmen who have now had a chance to face some real top-quality opposition.
Edit: We have one more exhibition game this fall on Wednesday against EMU. Free admission!
|7 weeks 13 hours ago||Re-hire him as a D-line||
Re-hire him as a D-line coach. He's good at that, and that way we could still use his recruiting chops.