Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
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- Do you know anything about what Nik is doing?
- Has his dad been approached by Nik?
- What is your opinion? Would you prefer to see Nik stay at Michigan, or go pro and be represented by your dad?
- Were you being somewhat serious? Than your post is probably out of line.
- Were you being sarcastic? Ok, but some people have thin skin.
- Were you trying to be funny? It doesn't work. And you should know this already: there are a whole slew of topics that are off limits. You generally can't make jokes about: racial character (African, African American, Jews, Middle Easterners, Indians, Mexicans, Italians, Irish, Poles, etc.) or gays, lesbians, transgendered folk, or religion (Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, etc.) A general "test" is to take some group that you strongly identify with, read a sarcastic joke about it, and see whether or not you laugh or find it offensive.
- Michigan State (or Arizona)
- Morford (especially Morgan) get called for a ton of blocking fouls.
- Two thirds of our sharpshooters (Stauskas, Walton, LeVert, Robinson, Spike, and Irvin) go very cold from beyond the three point line.
- We fell behind in facilities. Looking at pro sport facilities, and at top 10 facilities and programs (i.e., Ohio State, Alabama, Florida, USC, Texas, Florida State, Georgia etc. in football, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, etc. in basketball,) our facilities were pretty sorry 15 - 20 years ago.
- We didn't increase ticket prices regularly. If Michigan went 6 years without a price increase, I can see why people would complain. And I can see why Brandon would increase the price now.
- We didn't keep pace with the ticket prices charged by other Big time programs. It can't be that hard for Brandon to find out what other programs charge for tickets. It makes sense to me that Brandon would average out the Big 10 ticket cost, and want to be above the average.
- We didn't keep pace with assistant coach salaries (especially in Football.) I'm thrilled with Mattison and Nussmeier, but they wouldn't be at Michigan without a substantial salary.
- Demand is still there. This is the bubble that may burst. But it makes a lot of sense to me to whittle down the waiting list. I remember when the waiting list for Football tickets was so big that you had no hope of ever getting decent seats. Honestly, as long as demand slightly exceeds supply, I can understand what Brandon has done.
- What metric do you use to measure "difficulty."
- How deep do you measure a region? Top 4 teams? Top 6? Entire region?
|5 days 11 hours ago||You are correct||
You are correct to note that this is only sports related income. Once you add endorsements, you will find that Jordan is at the top of the list, and near the top are Jack Nicklaus, Arnie Palmer, and Magic Johnson. (in terms of net worth, Bundchen adds a ton to Brady's overall income.)
|6 days 17 hours ago||No big deal||
No big deal . . . at least you didn't put "SIAP" and not even do a site search. That bugs me more, because if something has already been posted and you're concerned it might have been, figure out whether or not it was, for crying out loud.
|6 days 17 hours ago||FYI, already posted||
I guess it doesn't hurt that you are posting this again. And I won't be downvoting you, as it doesn't matter anyway. But, as with most things that happened several days earlier, it has already been put up at Mgoblog, albeit two days ago.
As always, a simple site search is a good thing to do.
|1 week 1 day ago||Is there any reasoning behind when people make announcements?||
Is there any reasoning behind when people make announcements?
We all know that one way or the other, we'll be hearing from Nik GRIII, & McGary soon. Where I'm confused is how they pick the date they announce.
Obviously, the critical thing is when they've actually decided, one way or the other. That appears to have been the case with Jon Horford. The shock for me was that he had been urged by his family to transfer for the last 4 years.
For JMo, his eligibility is gone, so it kind of didn't matter what he did: we knew he couldn't come back.
And signing with an agent means you've lost eligibility, which is why the (erroneous) reports that Nik had signed with Bartlestein where taken as a de facto declaration for the NBA. Part of the decision could be waiting til you've retained an agent before you make an announcement (to avoid being hassled by lots of sleazy agents.)
My understanding is that being able to go back on declaring no longer works. However, I don't understand how this used to work, and why it no longer matters. I also don't know what protocol would best serve all parties involved: the NBA, the NCAA, the member institution, and the player.
|1 week 3 days ago||Loved article||
I loved this article. Thanks for posting.
Last year on vacation, I listened to John Grisham's "Playing for Pizza." It's a novel about an American football team in Parma, Italy, and for those of you who liked reading about football in China, you might enjoy this book too. However, to the best of my recollection, there is no link in Grisham's book to Michigan!
|1 week 3 days ago||It'd be interesting to talk to Bartlestein||
It'd be interesting to talk to Bartlestein.
|1 week 5 days ago||Think things will change eventually||
I do believe that things will change eventually, and we will see more of a Spring "game" in the future. The lack of depth, especially on the offensive line, was a serious, serious liability, and makes it much more difficult to play a real game. It truly is my belief that one year from now, we will have sufficient depth and knowledge of base plays, etc., to play much more of a game than happened this year.
I personally find Hoke very personable, and also think Brandon gets far too much grief. The financial arms race creates a lot of stress. However, Michigan fans have made themselves clear, and I stand with that group which wants to avoid endless commercialism.
|1 week 6 days ago||Rooting for UConn||
I simply find Kentucky annoying, and don't want them to win.
Having said that, I think we're a bit jealous. Wouldn't almost every team like to have such gifted individuals come to their school?
I'm not sure that Calipari is a jerk. He is just dealing with the hand he has been dealt, and the fact that many one and done players are coming to congregate at UK.
I really wish Michigan or Wisconsin had knocked UK off, but it didn't happen. To their credit, the Michigan players were respectful, and gave UK credit. They dared UK to hit from outside the arc, and they did. What can you say?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with Beilein||
I regret not having served. In the late 70's when at Michigan, the climate was decidedly hostile to the military. I remember ROTC members getting grief, and North Hall being the site of protests. I fell in a very small window . . . too young for Vietnam, too old to register for the draft (born just before 1960.)
It brings pride and joy to me that my daughter is serving in the Navy. She is currently in C School as a Fire Controlman, south of DC, and will be an Aegis Computer Network Technician. Her training is awesome, she is physically fit, she has a strong sense of responsibility and what it is to serve and what it is to be honorable. These characteristics are lost on too many 20 somethings.
I'm glad for Beilein's character, and thankfulness for what he has and the privileges we have in our country, due partially to the protection of our military.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's a clear contrast with my physique||
It's a clear contrast with my physique. It actually isn't appropriate: it'd add more fuel to the fire with her after me to eat rabbit food and exercise. I guess we all need that motivation, but I hate making it worse on myself.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Plus one to both of ya||
Plus one to both of ya.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Now THAT made me laugh||
That's really funny . . . "God took away 200 points" wow, what an interesting thought. Forget about going to Bolivia . . . now God himself is choosing to add or delete points. "I thought I made a funny joke, and all of a sudden, BAM, I lost 3,000 points . . . what happened?" "Son, it's the finger of God. Don't mess with God."
Just goes to show that it can be weird trying to discern what is funny and what isn't. I guess "funny" or properly sarcastic is in the "eye of the beholder/ear of the hearer."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||FTR, I didn't downvote you||
FTR, I didn't downvote you. However, as regards your post, it is tricky, and just unwise.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Don't go there||
You're risking the banhammer. There was another thread a couple days ago that did this.
Oh, and I'd bet money that Morgan wouldn't attribute McGary's back problems to God.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||yeah, I'm with you. Sanderson could be my PT||
Yeah, I'm with you on that. Sanderson could be my Personal Trainer. But it'll take more than a year for me to get into that kind of shape.
I wonder if MGrowOld's wife is also his trainer.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Love Morgan||
I love what JMo brings to the team . . . his attitude, his presence, his perseverence, his smile, his emotion, his hard work. He has grown and improved so much.
I remember while attending the Big10 Tourney in Chicago last year how Morgan seemed lost. He couldn't catch the ball, couldn't finish, wasn't an asset to the team. How much things have turned around in one year!! Without Morgan, and a bit of assistance from Horford, we wouldn't have a chance against Tennessee. With Morgan, I don't have any fear at all (well, except for stupid refs that call blocks which are actually charges.)
I also love that Morgan has been recognized for his work off the court. As said by others, he is an exemplary "Michigan Man" and has such strong values which are a wonderful part of what he brings to the team.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agree with MGrowOld . . .||
I completely agree with MGrowOld, and would go further. If BA uses this to fire up the team, awesome. More than that, several on the team (Morgan, Robinson, Stauskas) are already irritated. Witness how Morgan felt about endless questions about how he would defend Texas. Beilein would never show it, but he also is irked. This is a huge motivational tool that HELPS Michigan.
So often, coaches on both the Pro and College level look hard for ways to manufacture being "disrespected" or "overlooked" or "unappreciated," etc., etc., etc. CBS has handed great bulletin board material to Michigan on a silver platter. Michigan has thrived on being an underdog, and this only helps.
Three years ago, people ranked Tennessee highly against Michigan. The Vols didn't know what hit them. Deja vu . . . I could easily see it happening again.
Actually, I'm delighted at how the brackets are lining up. I would love to play and beat the following:
I really want to see Michigan beat all these teams, but especially Kentucky and Michigan State, head to head. There are only two things I think that can cripple Michigan:
If Morgan continues to play strong and within himself, and we continue to hit 40% from three point range, we should win the whole thing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Agreed||
People are always blowing off on what they're going to do, but back away the minute it becomes a real bet. Last year an Ohio fan was mouthing off while we were watching the basketball game at Lifetime that happened to be at Crisler. He went on about how they were going to beat Michigan, and he'd bet anyone money that Ohio was going to win. So I pulled out $20 and said, "you're on." At which point, his tune changed considerably. It's easy to "bet" something until you have skin in the game.
Oh, and yes, another example of not using twitter, or using it carefully.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||Still remember running TN out of the gym||
I still fondly remember running Tennessee out of the gym a few years ago. While the teams are completely different, who have the Volunteers faced this year like Michigan? I think that Michigan's discipline, along with having six viable 3 point threats, along with a different set of offensive plays, will lead to another victory. I actually think Mercer would be a slightly harder matchup. We'll find out tomorrow, regardless.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I have kids||
Actually, I go slightly the other way. My mom was a collegiate coach kind of like Bobby Knight. She avoided child education because she was such a fierce disciplinarian that she was better suited to working with college kids than elementary school kids. Then she got married around 30, and expected a ton from us kids. It was kind of harsh. I guess you could say my personal challenges are with someone who imposes very high expectations. So it is kind of my issue that clouds things for me. (having adopted twins with many issues, I have to try to be less of a disciplinarian and have more grace and unconditional love.)
The truth is, I really like Hoke, and I think he is doing what he can to help mold players. He's talked about this a lot. Being on some kind of Probation or restriction during Spring Ball (while still practicing with the team) and missing the home opener seems about right. He gives Glasgow another chance, but still imposes discipline.
I probably didn't word my post the right way: I'm curious how his own background affects what he does as a coach.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Hmmm||
I wonder how Hoke's own well admitted track record in college affects how he deals with similar situations with Michigan players. That is to say, does he expect a lot more of him than he did of himself?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Vasectomy's can fail||
My story: I have a friend who has a beautiful 2 year old boy, third child, well after his vasectomy. Point of the story is that this surgery is not foolproof. Read up in Wikipedia or Google it for more info.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||How much will it cost you to push back your flight?||
How much will it cost you to push back your flight? It can't be that much to leave 3 or 4 hours later? Or at least get on a Wi-Fi capable flight.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Should my Sarcasm meter be on?||
Should my Sarcasm meter be on? I mean, after the first App State game, and after Brian's great frustration with DB rescheduling Appy State, I have that sense of doom and foreboding welling up inside of me. What am I worried about? That we could lose to Appy State again, bringing the apocalypse to Michigan. Never, never, never look past a game. This is one thing I have learned.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Great news||
Great news. I lived about 20 minutes away from where the accident happen, and I remember those strong currents and tides. Glad he's going to be ok.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Loved the article||
Absolutely loved the article. What a great read. We could have won. Louisville did, and I personally don't think we were robbed. It could have gone either way.
The worst call of the game was the block/foul. What some Michigan fans don't acknowledge is that even if it is a block and not a foul, that doesn't guarantee Michigan wins the game.
Hancock made an interesting observation (that it would have been harder if Robinson or Hardaway had been guarding him.) It has occurred to me that I think LeVert is a much better defender now than he was a year ago.
I love the fact that Michigan has improved so much, and that we are legitimately in a position where we could win the whole enchilada. I love the fact that we're doing well consistently now, with a great coach who is highly respected.
My personal hope is that we face MSU again in the title game, and beat them decisively. Now that would be a statement game for the ages.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I wouldn't be surprised if this affected the team the last month||
As a father, it had to be very difficult for McCaffery to focus his attention completely on basketball. Yes, you want to win, but your son is in a bad way . . . who cares about basketball at the end of the day?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Regarding Rip Tides, you can't be too careful||
Regarding Rip Tides, you can't be too careful. My mother swam and dove competitively, and was on the coaching staff at the University of North Dakota many, many years ago. Despite her own swimming prowess, I'll never forget her caution and fear with some rip currents off of Acupulco Bay when I was a boy. When I lived in Bradenton, Florida, you could see the water flowing in and out with the tides, and you could sense the power and force involved. Last Labor Day, I was swimming with my kids in Lake Michigan near Sawyer, and an inexperienced swimmer drowned because of underestimating the currents.
To the poster who asked how you can tell, sometimes you can even see the water moving out, especially when a small bit of debris is floating on the surface. You can wade out to knee or thigh depth and feel the currents, If they're consistently pulling you out (rather than the normal ebb and flow of the water,) that's a "red flag."
If you get caught in a current, the best thing is to swim parallel to the shore. You'll be pulled out some, but will eventually leave the rip current, and can make your way in slowly. The other thing is to float on your back and not exert all your energy. Assuming you are swimming with someone else, yell out, let them know, and someone can get out to rescue you. The worst thing you can do is to panic and expend all your energy fighting against the current. That's a fight you're not going to win.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I am personally priced out||
I am personally priced out of the market. I can't afford (translation: won't spend) the kind of money it takes to go to lots of games.
Having said that, I don't completely blame Dave Brandon. When I look at pro sports (and I consider Michigan Football and Basketball basically a "pro sport," say what you will) the ticket prices and facilities are in the same league as Michigan. There are a number of things in the article which make sense to me:
The personal affect on me (I don't go to games) isn't one I'm happy with. On the other hand, I'm ok with it. I live in Chicago, and I don't go to Bears and Blackhawks games either. I don't begrudge those who do, but it isn't enough of a priority for me to spend $500 - $1000 to take my family to a single game.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Actually, the balance is odd||
Actually, the balance is odd, and skewed in an interesting way. There is a link over at umhoops which comments specifically on the balance among the four regions and in the Midwest region in particular. The question is twofold:
The KenPom ratings shake out differently than the NCAA ratings. I don't know all about BPI and RPI, but the rating system you use makes a difference.
It also matters how "deep" you measure a region. If you measure all the teams in a region, the Midwest is "weaker" than the other four regions!! In other words, the difference between the first four and the last four in the Midwest is greater than in the other regions.
The upshot is that the Midwest Region is the one MOST likely to have a sweet sixteen of the top four seeds. That is to say, Wichita State, Michigan, Duke & Louisville are all extremely likely to proceed to the Sweet Sixteen (the one possible exception and wildcard is UK vs. Wichita State, a matchup that is a bit hard to predict.)
I'm kind of with Beilein, and his thought that while the fans love to obsess about seeds, in the end, the top 10 - 20 seeds are all pretty good, and can all win on a given day.
From my perspective, let's be honest: who of us wouldn't have been happy at the beginning of the year with a Michigan team that made it to the second weekend? My personal thought is that Michigan has "improved" much more over the course of the season, which will allow us to beat Duke. And I think we match up well against Wichita State.
We've already shown that we can play with Arizona. And I think that if we play MSU again, we'll be much more rested, which will help out Michigan. I also personally think that by that time, if we make it that far, who knows, maybe Mitch comes back for 5 minutes a half, enough to make a huge difference with our bigs.