Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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- I wonder how fast the lines will go.
- Do you have to be scanned by the 30 minutes before?
- Will there be analysis of where the lines are shorter, to make the 30 minutes?
- Will they have someone mark the "end of the line" when the 30 minute period arrives?
- Will there be a five minute grace period?
- What happens when there are lots of people getting there early (think Ohio, MSU,) and the lines are much longer and slower?
- It forced Morford to step up their game. They wouldn't have done the same thing with McGary on the floor.
- It forced the team to become much more cohesive. They had to play together, if they were going to survive.
- It gave a real sense of desperation and motivation to the team. Everyone always talks about focus. Losing McGary brought a ton of focus.
- It allowed McGary to heal properly.
- Some individuals can handle it, some can't.
- You can put up 100 good twitters, but the only one people will remember is the one bad one.
- Public figures are much more targeted. I am not sure I would want to expose players to the excesses of rabid fandom.
|21 hours 21 min ago||Will be interesting to see how "30 minutes before" works||
Will be interesting to see how "30 minutes before" works. As was said above, the devil is in the details. This sounds good in theory. However:
If these details can be worked out satisfactorily, I think this new policy will be awesome. Reward superfans, and give a realistic incentive to get students there, and there on time.
As an aside, it would be interesting to know how many of the mogbloggers fall into the "superfan" category.
|1 day 13 hours ago||You need to learn to share||
Stop being such a homer. Beilein is a great coach, and will continue to be a great coach. But Miles completely shocked everyone who predicted he would dwell in the cellar, ending up 4th in the Big 10. And this in a place that has virtually no basketball history.
Sour grapes are no fun for anyone. Be happy for Miles, and happy that Beilein won the media COY.
|1 day 16 hours ago||Re: COY||
Regarding the Coach of the Year, I think Michigan is the better team, I think Beilein has done an incredible job, I think it is amazing what he has accomplished losing Burke, Hardaway, and McGary.
Having said all that, I still understand Miles getting the award. Nebraska basketball was nothing, and they have done an incredible job. I don't see this as a slight on Beilein. Frankly, with some of these awards, I believe the voters want to "balance" where they are going. Because Burke won so much last year, and Stauskas won POY, and Michigan won the League Championship, I could see some voters giving the COY award to Miles as a way to acknowledge that he had done well.
I don't think Beilein has sour grapes, and honestly, for him to perform at the same level means a lot more to me than any COY awards.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Most important mid-season development?||
Most important mid-season development? I think many have been pretty well covered above.
I'd like to throw out a different one which seems ridiculous, but may have led to success: the mid-season surgery on McGary. There are several reasons I think this was important:
On this last one, I find it fascinating that Beilein and everyone else have steadfastly maintained that McGary is "out indefinitely." They never have said "out for the season." He has gone from rehab off the court, to set shots, to running. With the current time frame, it isn't outside of the realm of possibility that McGary comes back for the sweet 16 weekend. If he was able to play a mere 10 minutes a game, that could make a huge difference. Going to the OP original question, (most important heading into the tournaments,) if McGary is able to play effectively at all in the tourney, and because of the mid-season surgery, that "could" be the most important mid-season development. Now, this whole exercise and speculation on my part is a huge "so there's a chance" pie-in-the-sky pipe dream. I don't predict it happening. But I would still maintain that there were some good side affects for the team caused by McGary being sidelined.
|2 days 11 hours ago||Thanks for sharing||
I watched "Band of Brothers" last year with my wife and 12 year old son, and absolutely loved it. Sorry to hear of Guarnere's passing.
My grandfather flew in WWI, and my father-in-law flew in WWII, dropping paratroopers at both Normandy and Market Garden. For all I know, he could have dropped Guarnere.
I'm proud of both of them, and proud that my daughter is continuing the military tradition, serving as a fire controlman in the Navy with the Aegis anti-ballistic missile defense system.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Mgotyrone, your avatar defeats your argument||
Mgotyrone, your avatar defeats your argument. It is impossible to believe that you're not a fan of that move, given the look on "your" face.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I just don't care||
If I can channel John Beilein, I think he would wave his hand dismissively and say, "that's out of our control. We play one game at a time. If we continue to win all our games, we'll be fine."
Obviously, I'm not John Beilein, and I don't know what he'd say. But he has been pretty consistent in FOCUSING on what you can do, instead of OBSESSING about things outside of your control. That seems a good way to view this (and a good life principle, to boot!)
The one thing I'd add: if we do indeed win out through the BTT, that means that either we have defeated Wisconsin, or someone else has. If that happens, undoubtedly we would be seeded higher than Wisconsin. It also would seem logical that at least one other team ahead of us, if not more, would lose in the same period. Duke, Syracuse, Kansas, and Wisconsin are all stumbling, and this won't hurt us.
Really, more important than seeding is how Michigan is playing right now. The stronger they get, the better it is. I'm actually glad that Michigan lost several games in the Big 10 to Indiana, Wisconsin, and Iowa. This forced Beilein to deal with the schemes drawn up to negate Stauskas, and will only help in the NCAA tourney.
My ideal is a 2 seed or 1 seed in the Midwest region, allowing for shorter travel times and better representation from fans. In fact, if they end up in Milwaukee, I'd consider driving up to the Bradley to look for tickets outside the door for my son and myself.
|5 days 28 min ago||Hmmm, here's a counterpoint (to unusual and cool names)||
There's a family in my church who wanted to go the route of a unique name. Their first daughter was named "Ashly." The second was named "Nik-ee" (or Nichole.) Children three and four had common names. The hassle of dealing with constant misspellings, etc., was more trouble than it was worth.
I have been tripped up by the name Deshawn. How many variations can there be?
I give up. After that, I like a simple name like "Bob" or Jim."
And then there are nicknames. There was a classmate at Michigan with the name of "Richard." I asked if he had a preferred nickname (Rick, Rich, etc.) He said, "No, it doesn't matter." To which, of course, I replied, "Okay, Dick."
FTR, my father wanted to give me a somewhat uncommon name, which my mom strongly vetoed: Barnabas.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Every game is important||
Obv., the BTT isn't as important as the regular season. But Beilein's MO of "one game at a time" extends to the BTT. It doesn't really matter whether it is another added week to the season (eliminating the tourney) or anywhere from 3 - 4 games in a row . . . they are all games.
I do think there is a bit of preparation for the NCAA in the BTT. You are playing neither at home nor on the road, but in a neutral venue. You don't have lots of time to gameplan for your next opponent. You don't have a lot of time to rest between games. You may have to be a bit creative with your roster. All of those factors would seem to me to be helpful in preparing for the NCAA tourney.
This year, I would especially love to play and beat OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU. All of them seem to suggest that Michigan was "lucky" to win against them. I'd like to shut up Ohio and MSU, and like to prove to both ourselves and them that the loss to Wisconsin was a fluke.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Morgan is a man of character||
Morgan has played well on the floor, but his actions and choices off the floor, when no one is looking, are a huge part of what defines him. I think most of us hate the "Michigan Man" meme. Having said that, Morgan is virtually the archtype of what you could call a "Michigan Man." He is the valuable glue, huge contributions, humble player, hard worker, definitely a "Novak" kind of guy that you can't survive without. Morgan is exactly the kind of player that Kentucky has none of, to their detriment.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Girlfriend?||
Girlfriend? Pic or it isn't true.
|1 week 16 hours ago||Re: Whistleblower||
I believe he stands to receive something like $5mil, but the case has to wind its way through the courts and be resolved, with all appeals exhausted, before McQueary receives anything.
Your question regarding some college hiring him is intriguing. While in no way related, your comments reminded me of the case of Michael Sam, and how his recent announcement will (or will not) affect his recruitment.
|1 week 18 hours ago||Some things you can't know til you are there||
As a father of three, I can't imagine not doing something to protect and rescue a child. Part of this, however, is my personality. I have intervened in several fights which were not my affair, particularly when a man was assaulting a woman. I remember doing this while in my twenties back in Ann Arbor.
Having said that, I don't feel capable of standing in judgement on McQueary. The older I get, the less likely I am to judge. I realize more and more that so many people have been scarred very deeply, affecting their ability to act and react normally. I am saddened to find that McQueary himself was raped. I have had contact with too many rape victims, and seen how their lives are adversely affected in ways that are very difficult to heal. A child victim of rape at the hands of someone who should protect you is horrendous, and how this shaped McQueary is very sad.
|1 week 1 day ago||I hope the pain is relieved||
I hope the pain is relieved. I do not have chronic headaches, but I know too many people who do suffer that way, and I know it isn't fun. I do hope that the surgery is successful, meaning not only that there are no complications, but that this brings relief from regular headaches.
While I hope Michigan's football fortunes increase significantly, I don't want to link that to Meyer's headaches and to bringing him pain. For me, it is about Michigan doing well and playing well and improving. While this means that I want Michigan to win all their games, the affect Michigan's winning has on other teams or coaches is immaterial to me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Rankings are nice, but what about NCAA seed?||
Rankings are nice, but what about NCAA seed? I'd love to see us finish strong and win the Big 10 Tourney. I assume we'd be a one or two seed with that?
|1 week 4 days ago||Elven Warriors||
Elven Warriors . . . that's a good name for them. We need a Keebler Elf graphic for them.
|1 week 5 days ago||Awesome, great, wonderful article||
What an incredible article to find on MLive. For all the dissing given various publications by mgoblogeratti, that is a well written, evocative article. Definitely brings a tear to my eye.
It speaks to Caris' tremendous character, and certainly to his formation. One of the biggest links between the football and basketball teams (more, between Hoke and Beilein,) is the high character students they have recruited. I have been so very impressed by a few who have been profiled, and suspect that more of the guys are cut from the same cloth. Thanks very much for posting this.
|1 week 5 days ago||Love your post||
Model of brevity and clarity. Kthxbye.
|1 week 5 days ago||Thank you||
Thank you for putting this together. Nice piece, and I posbanged you.
One quibble: Jordan Morgan would not "sell my soul to win this game." He plays hard, he plays fair, he's an invaluable part of the team. However, at the end of the day, JMo makes it clear that it is "just a game." There are other things much more important to him. Here's a link to a post on his nomination to the NABC Good Works Team which may help explain more:
Other than my quibble, I loved your pics, and love how important he is. JMo (and Horford) are part of the "balance" that makes this team great, and potentially better than last year's team. I remember going to the Big 10 Tournament last year, and how it just didn't go well for him. I'm so glad he got the chance this year, and has done so well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Some Parallels to Beilein||
There are some parallels to changes that Beilein made to his coaching staff several years ago. To be sure, I think Beilein's coaching changes were more severe. But nonetheless, I like that Hoke is making bold moves instead of just tinkering. Why not go for broke? I'm really hoping that with Gardner, Green, the WR corps, we see significant improvement. The great unknown and fear, of course, is the OL. Really, there's nothing we can do but wait. On the defense, I really hope that with Peppers, Ryan in the middle, and the return of Pipkins, we see vast improvement.
We just aren't there yet, but our schedule next year could really help. There has been a lot of moaning about how terrible the schedule is for fans going to the home games in 2014. That may be the case. However, when you look at the schedule, the first six games definitely look winnable, with ND perhaps being the hardest. If Michigan can win those first six games, and the team becomes "seasoned" and experienced, that could bode well for the rest of the year and the future. Win the first six and at least split the last six is a record no worse than 9 - 3. Of course I don't like it, but that would be enough for Michigan to get over the hump (in terms of line play.) This would be a good enough record to keep Hoke, and his staff, and for depth and experience to be there for 2015 and beyond. I really, really, really don't want the team to deal with more instability and coaching transitions.
|1 week 6 days ago||85 - 65||
With the win over State, Michigan is now confident, focused on the goal, but also playing loose. I believe they will really score LOTS, but will pull starters largely by the 10 minute point of the 2nd half, allowing Purdue to make the score semi-respectable. (not really, but not curb-stomped as bad as earlier.)
I also think that Michigan is annoyed with being thought a terrible team at the beginning of games, and a terrible defensive game. For this reason, I suspect that will come out with great intensity, and will be highly focused on their own defensive play. If they can ratchet up their defense a bit, and start games better, this bodes well for the Big 10 Tourney and the NCAA Tourney.
|1 week 6 days ago||Tricky subject||
It isn't that twitter is inherently bad (although it often seems very narcissistic to an oldster like myself.) But I think that other posters above have hit on most of the salient points:
There is one other piece to this that is almost inherent in the use of social media and the internet. The medium itself, coupled with a high degree of anonymity, leads to abusive and offensive language and insults. I am not a sociologist nor a researcher, but I have read some things suggesting that posting things, whether via twitter or blogs or texting, leads people to lose the social filters in place for normal discussions. Honestly, if it wasn't for the points, and the vigilence of moderators, the blog here would quickly descend into an unmanageable morass. We've all seen posters insult other posters. We all laugh at the schadenfreude pieces, but there are always a few people who go over the line to the area of personal attack. I think that athletes probably don't want to be exposed to that.
I also think that we forget these are young men, and that the coaches do have some responsibility to protect the athletes in their care.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Is his mom on board with Michigan?||
Is his mom on board with Michigan? No more McDowell type situations or house divided abominations!
Seriously, congratulations. Welcome to the adventure. My kids are very active in sports, and you will now become a big fan of whatever teams they play on. Hopefully you won't be swayed by any NY mommy patrols paralyzed by the fear of potential concussions.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Alaska 1:21||
Wow. just wow.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Very Complicated Issue||
It is a complicated issue that faces all of us. There are no good answers. It is really crummy for retirees who were "promised" something. The worst factor is when there were payroll deductions or the like, and the funds that were deducted from pay were misused or abused by those in power.
I myself am pretty sceptical about trusting any government or employer entities, so I have chosen to personally invest in a several 401k and 403b accounts, Roth IRA's, have a defined benefit pension, have a defined contribution account, all above and beyond Social Security, and not counting my wife's retirement income. If all of them work out, great. If the pension benefits or Social Security benefits change negatively, well, those are the least important parts of the basket. What I particularly dislike with pensions and Social Security is that principal doesn't revert to whatever entity you choose, but stays with the employer or government. While my income isn't huge, living sacrificially and setting aside for the future should mean that it will all work out, provided the whole country and financial system doesn't implode. What happened in Detroit should be a cautionary tale for everyone. I have a greater appreciation for those who kept precious metals, gems, and cash in their own storage, rather than having all their assets in paper accounts that could just vanish.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Do you live there?||
Do you live there in Hawaii? I have heard from some friends that after a while, they got tired of being on the islands, and longed for the mainland. It sounds crazy, but there are even people who prefer four seasons (a la Michigan) rather than the weather of Hawaii or California. That seems crazy to me. My daughter has the option of being stationed with the Navy in Hawaii for four years, but her first preference is Norfolk (closer to home.) Interestingly, she isn't even really that keen on going to San Diego. I think she's crazy, and would gladly go to either San Diego or Pearl Harbor if I was in her shoes.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Are you living in VA?||
If you're in VA, what was your snow and storm experience?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm, were you in VA for Navy?||
Just noticed your user name . . . if you were a Navy Corpsman, and were in the Norfolk area, it would make sense to me that you had no problems with racial tension. The cooperation and integration of different races, socioeconomic background, educational background, etc., is much more pronounced in the service, from what I can tell. My 20 year old Navy daughter just went to Dahlgren, VA an hour out of DC for Navy C School. My experience of her shipmates is that race was not a huge issue for them. In fact, some of her best friends were from a different race. (Even writing that seems . . . odd.) She had a bunch of shipmates home for Thanksgiving, and we took several to a cottage on Lake Michigan over Labor Day. If your experience is similar, it might be much different than others in VA. I can imagine, that in some areas there might be a much higher level of racial tension. For instance, my guess is that Lynchburg might be much different from Norfolk or VA Beach.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Noted and edited||
Noted and edited. Thanks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Annoyed with Michigan Scheduling||
I'm annoyed that ND has already announced their start times for all their home games, and we don't have a single start at Michigan set yet. (That's the only reason we know the time of the Michigan game.) I wish Michigan could set more start times earlier than a week or two prior to the game.
I understand that some of the problem is being part of the Big 10 Conference, and the fact that TV Networks want the "best" games later in the day. That only goes so far. Brandon could actually leverage this to make even more money: set the game times now, and charge TV Networks $500k to change the start time. At the very least, Michigan should be able to schedule Appy State, Miami (NTM) and Utah. And we know the Ohio game is going to be at noon.
Oh well, no use complaining about something you can't fix.