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- I'm not against night games. Actually, I think we could have a couple a year . . . one non-conference game, and one conference game. I'd prefer that night games be over with by mid. October.
- What I don't understand is why it is necessary that a night game be against a marquee opponent. Michigan is ALWAYS going to have a full house against MSU and OSU. That being the case, why not have night games against tier two opponents? That way, all the people who are really hot for a night game can get pumped up to play San Jose State or Northwestern or Illinois or Purdue or Indiana or Rugers or Maryland at NIGHT!!
- I can grant that Michigan could theoretically play OSU or MSU or PSU at night. Still think that specifically against MSU, you are more likely to have trouble. Just my opinion. But maybe not. Which is why I said that fine, go ahead and try a night game against the Big 3 from Michigan's perspective, and see how it goes.
- Regarding whining, I have no need to whine . . . I like things just the way they are right now. I support Coach Harbaugh. If he doesn't want night games, that's good enough for me. (And if he wanted night games, you can bet we would be having them!)
- There are six legitimate threats to hit the three point shot. And Donnal takes threes on occasion as well. This doesn't allow teams to cheat by leaving anyone on Michigan open. With six scoring threats anywhere on the floor, Michigan can weather one, maybe two guys being "cold," and just feed the hot hands.
- There are two very agile big guys (Wagner, Wilson) who are able to create. Watching Wilson drive the basket a couple games ago was incredible. They are not easy for bigger but slower guys to defend. Wilson has gotten better as he has healed up from some kind of ankle sprain.
- In addition to the bigs, I am very comfortable with Walton, Irvin, and Simpson driving to the basket. And Walton has really excelled in taking over a game.
- Robinson has gotten better at defense. He can cut to the basket. And he is such a strong 3 point weapon.
- Donnal has finally started contributing on defense, without being a total liability.
- Simpson has also started contributing. He actually is hitting buckets.
- The sting of Illinois' comments (white collar team) has really brought the guys together. And there is some amount of shame in losing to OSU. And there is so little time left in the season, I just don't see play regressing. Michigan can't afford to lose if they want to go to the NCAA tourney They are letting it all hang out and playing hard.
- Irvin back. Much needed for end of season.
- Robinson improved defense. Allows us to give wings a breather.
- Donnal playing D and a bit of offense. Helps out Wagner and Wilson.
- Beating Wisconsin. Man, we needed that.
- Solidified a spot in the NCAA's.
- Moving up massively in the rankings over the next 3 weeks? We will win enough to be IN the tourney. However, if we can beat Minnesota, Northwestern, or BOTH, (along with Rutgers and Nebraska), we have a winning record in the Big 10 Conference. I can barely imagine it, but should we win out, we would pass up all but the top three teams, and could pass one of them if they tank.
- Derrick Walton
- Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
- Zak Irvin
- Xavier Simpson
- Moritz Wagner
- D.J. Wilson
- Duncan Robinson
- Substantial improvements in . . . maintenance
- Increased reliability and efficiency
|12 hours 53 min ago||Several observations||
EDIT: I do believe that if night games become a regular thing, it will have some kind of impact on tailgating and who goes to the game. More specifically, there has always been a significant group of attendees who make a full day of it, getting up early to drive the van or RV to Ann Arbor from the Detroit metro area, from GR, from Bay City and Saginaw and Kalamazoo and Chicago. Many of these folks would leave at 5 or 6 in the morning, and are home by 10pm. Even with stopping for dinner in town or on the roads. That works well when you are going with a group, and when you have kids. Now, assume the game is over around 11pm. You get to your car by midnight. You're home by 1am? 2am? Later? That just doesn't work. Especially with a cranky wife and wiped out grade school or high school kids. Last year, after the Wisconsin game, the traffic on 94 was backed up pretty much all the way to Kalamazoo. And I was going to Chicago. I am not a blue-haired retiree. Some of you will counter, get a room and stay overnight. The problem is three-fold. First, getting a room means adding a huge chunk of expense which day trippers want to avoid. Second, there isn't the room capacity in Ann Arbor. You can't find rooms now . . . and you want to add demain for maybe 5,000 more rooms? Third, time involved. A full day is one thing. A full weekend? It just isn't worth it, because there are other things to do with life. Night game? Yeah, I'll pass. Let those who want to go, go. I'll DVR the game, start it a half hour to an hour in, shut off my phone, enjoy good food, drink, friends, hi-def TV, no commercials be done watching about the same time the game is over in real time, and be home and in bed within a half hour.
|13 hours 13 min ago||What do tickets run nowadays?||
I'm curious the price of tickets nowadays. I will say, back in the 80's, I was able to get season tickets for basketball for maybe $75, iirc. And I vaguely remember season football tickets in the late 70's for maybe $250? I can't remember whether it was 2004 or 2007, but I went to the Rose Bowl, and we were able to get a ticket for face value for less than the cost of a regular season ticket today! When you add up food, incidentals, lodging, a ticket to the game, gas, maybe lodging, a program, maybe a t-shirt, it costs a fortune. Pro sports are worse. Honestly, I don't know how people really can afford to go to NFL, NBA, NFL games at all. I guess I'm too frugal. But the whole thing seems like such an obscene money grab.
|1 day 34 min ago||actually, no||
if you read my post, there are three reasons I guess. First, the Michigan State game will sell out no matter when it is scheduled. Second, I suggest at least 5 possibilities for night games. personally, I wouldn't feel that two night games a season was a bad thing. Frankly, I don't get where this big game thing is critical for a night game. Use a night game 4 one of the non-conference teams, and for and early game against a Big Ten opponent. Maybe space them 3 weeks apart. 4 weeks apart. One in the first or second week of September, and one near the beginning of October. Why mess around with Michigan State. They're going to sell out the game anyway.
|1 day 3 hours ago||No||
No, I wouldn't want it. Of course, the decision isn't up to me. But from a pure marketing standpoint, you're going to get the crowds for Michigan State and Ohio State for a Day game. Plus, I really do think vandalism and drunkenness would be more of a problem with Michigan State. So I would have a night game with someone else. Wisconsin? (Wisconsin knows how to drink and party, but not as bad with vandalism as MSU.) Nebraska? (Nice crowd.) Iowa? (also a nice crowd.) Penn State? (least favorite of options, but still better than MSU.) A marquee non-conference game? (ND, obv., but also UCLA, Texas, an SEC team, etc.) Not Michigan State. Think there are too many potential problems.
EDIT: I "almost", for the sake of the whining MSU night game crowd, want for there to be an MSU night game in Ann Arbor. And for bad stuff to happen. Forget about burning couches . . . how about some burning cars and good fights and rocks through windows in the law quad. Which would shut down that nonsense of an MSU night game for good.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Ha ha||
Lactose intolerant. Sorry to hear that. I am so glad to have no food allergies of any kind. My daughter has celiac disease. Food allergies are not fun.
I do like my coffee various ways . . . sometimes black, sometimes with cream. Coffee is just a good drink imhe.
|2 days 7 hours ago||3-2 vs. 3-1?||
I think you might be missing something.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Oh . . . and church||
I happen to be a pastor. My schedule makes it nigh impossible to respond on Sunday mornings. Sorry 'bout that.
|2 days 7 hours ago||Minnesota free fall?||
This was poorly worded and wrong. Having said that, I think that Minnesota's wins have been against weaker teams. I have not been impressed by their four game win streak. When I think of how Michigan beat Michigan State, Indiana, and Wisconsin I think of significant, substantial wins. That's not how Minnesota is winning. I also personally believe that Michigan's offense is going to shred that defense, and that Minnesota's offense won't have anything to keep it a real game.
|2 days 20 hours ago||That's fair||
That's fair. It really is the lot of a Michigan fan. Why get your hopes up only to have them dashed. I don't blame you at all. That really is how I have rooted quite often. Honestly, that's how I feel about Michigan football vs. OSU. Until the football team, you know, actually beats Ohio State, I won't fully believe.
However, for some odd reason, I am "all in" for the basketball team.
Yes, we will know a lot more tomorrow. But if Michigan is able to win against Minnesota like they did against Indiana, or even win MORE convincingly, I think we'll know what we have for the balance of the year.
|2 days 23 hours ago||We shall see||
Yep, none of us really know. Some how, I am believing that the light has gone on, and Michigan is going to play tougher. The Illinois "white collar" term stung. But I also think that just playing has really helped Wagner and Wilson. And Wilson is healthy. And Walton is taking charge of the team. And Irvin got his stroke back. And Rahkman seems to have really embraced junkyard defense. And Robinson is playing better D, and so is Donnal. And the game is slowing down for Xavier, and he is getting in some quality minutes. So while I don't know, I am believing that the team has turned a key corner.
|2 days 23 hours ago||Good strong coffee||
Fresh roasted beans from Kenya, just ground, bit of half and half, always good.
|5 days 1 hour ago||MUPPETS!!||
|5 days 1 hour ago||Ok||
Ok on pundits. Michigan can show them in their remaining 5 games. Win on the road, better yet, knock off Purdue. Better yet, win the Big 10 tourney. Michigan has already cemented their spot. (assuming they beat Rutgers, etc.) Winning out and winning the Big 10 tourney would greatly improve Michigan's seeding. I'll assume not top 16, but play themselves into the top 32.
|5 days 1 hour ago||MUPPETS!!||
MUPPETS are in order. We have to be in the tourney now.
Also, a huge shout out to Irvin, and to Beilein for being patient with him.
Lastly, Donnal wasn't terrible, and Robinson is improving on defense. Wilson didn't do much, nor Walton, but we had more than enough with Irvin et al.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I don't feel bad||
I don't feel that bad. Michigan's starters have a total of 3 fouls. I don't like the autobench policy either. HOWEVER . . . in the 2nd half, I think that Wilson and Wagner can play much more aggressive defense against Happ. Wilson has no fouls, and Wagner has one. It would be hard for either to foul out in a full half.
I also wonder if Happ will be a bit gassed in the 2nd half. If Wilson, Wagner, and Irvin all collapse on Happ, make it hard for him to get the ball, force the rest of Wisconsin to shoot, it could be a very good thing. With only being down one point, Michigan has a full half for a statement win against the team currently in the lead in the Big 10.
Regarding Irvin, he is what he is at this point. However, 2 of 5 isn't as bad as he's been. As Coach Beilein has said, he is close to coming out of his shooting funk.
And there is a very clear reason that Teske hasn't seen the floor a whole lot. Beilein has done as much as he can do with the raw material with have on hand. Recruiting is hard work.
|5 days 9 hours ago||Amen re: Video content||
So much video and audio content is a waste of time. I rarely will watch lots of video or audio of people talking. Tbh, I rarely listen to the audio content that you produce here at mgoblog. You can get a lot more information easier, quicker, and with more depth, by reading a well written piece.
|6 days 4 hours ago||LOL||
I learned very quickly how much of a third rail any innocuous mention of a tangential connection between a Michigan athlete and politics brings for a poster/commenter.
|1 week 4 hours ago||Difficult Subject||
This is a difficult subject. The blog has spoken. I'm now waiting to be banished to Bolivia. Or for Seth or one of the mods to bring down the banhammer. C'est la vie. Should that happen, I'll gladly read the content, and just lose the ability to comment or to post.
FTR, I don't watch news on TV. I don't have cable TV. I don't go to any political websites. Never have, and have no desire to start now. I read the local paper (Chicago Tribune) and occasionally links to things in the Washington Post or NY Times. That's it for political content.
I do believe in respect for the office of the president, regardless of the officeholder.
I do like to read about news involving well known Michigan sports alumni. I would gladly read about anything having to do with Tom Brady, or Alan Branch, or Jim Harbaugh. I'd gladly read about things involving the Fab 5, or Denard Robinson, or Graham Glasgow, and on and on and on. I have always thought that posts with the intersection of Michigan sports personalities and other topics were fair game, particularly in the off season.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Depends on the situation||
It depends on the situation. Driving to work, picking up my kids from school, running an errand to a particular store, driving to a specific address (relative's home, etc.) I am fine with autonomous vehicles. Problem is, what happens when you remember another errand or needed stop while on the way? Or when you see something you weren't planning on in the least? You need the ability to take control.
The other thing is exploring and driving off the beaten path. I can think of places I've driven in West Virginia, in Colorado, in Montana, in Wyoming, in Nevada, in Arizona, even in northeast Georgia, where I'm really dubious about the ability of autonomous vehicles. I remember driving from Ely, Nevada to Round Mountain on Highway 50. That is a desolate area. Exploring ghost towns out there, and camping in Great Basin National Park. I remember driving in a national forest in Wyoming outside of Yellowstone on dirt roads where we encountered a grizzly bear. I'm somewhat dubious about the ability of autonomous vehicles in remote areas like these.
|1 week 1 day ago||I am just sad||
I take no joy in MSU falling apart and potentially being sanctioned. Evil is compounded by institutional coverups and control. It all comes out eventually. Hope this brings needed change.
|1 week 1 day ago||Hmmm||
I was really simply implying that Walton won "his" first player of the week award, and thought context was sufficient for the title.
Regardless, I hope this is the beginning of a number of such awards . . . how about DJ Wilson, or Mo Wagner? It'd be awesome to beat Wisconsin and Minnesota with either of them in a starring role!
|1 week 1 day ago||Very sad, very disturbing||
So much sad news. Terrible news. Wonder if Jeffrey himself was abused. I am simply glad one more perpetrator is no longer able to abuse others.
|1 week 1 day ago||Very excited||
I'm very excited about the potential.
Add to that Simpson - 10%, Duncan - 20%, Donnal - 10%, Teske - 5%.
When Irvin gets his groove back, all 5 guys can shoot, as well as Duncan and Simpson, and even Donnal. Wilson and Walton look unguardable. Wagner isn't shabby either. Rahkman is great at shadowing the best offensive player on the other team.
I'm really looking forward to the Wisconsin game. Northwestern gave a potential template on how to win . . . double team their best player and force them to win elsewhere.
|1 week 1 day ago||Yes||
I predict Michigan will make it. I think that Irvin is going to snap out of it soon, and begin to contribute. With the following all playing well:
We will go a lot further than we thought not that long ago.
It always takes a bit of luck. But if everyone is hitting their shots, I actually think Michigan can do a lot better and go a lot further than anyone previously thought.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nope||
My big point is that I don't like all the fair weather fans who want to fire Beilein. Are you one of them?
|1 week 2 days ago||Awesome win||
I love John Beilein. I love Michigan basketball. I love beating IU, at Assembly Hall.
However . . . I am kind of pissed at the fans who want Beilein fired. For instance:
LS And Play:
Brady Quinn's Sister:
San Diego Mick:
The list of naysayers goes on, and on, and on, and on. I had to quit reading through the "Fire Beilein" threads and snowflakes.
I hear some of you who say, "I'm waiting to see what they do through the rest of the season." Well, so am I, and I'll videotape and eat a lemon if they don't make the tourney. Those of you who are ready for a change, what will you pony up?
|1 week 3 days ago||No politics||
I 99% agree with no politics. There are a few rare occasions when it might be warranted . . . if there is a particularly informative article about Tom Brady and Trump, I'd love a link, even if it is a locked thread with no posting allowed.
|1 week 4 days ago||So sad . . .||
So sad . . . fortunate for me, I'm a Blackhawks fan.
|1 week 4 days ago||Don't pile on||
Yes, I think you are piling on. This is a very sad story. (Really, collection of different tragic stories.) There are so many overtones with the background of the players, the frustration of losing, trust broken, all kinds of things.
Look. Like every Michigan fan, I want to always beat the Spartans. But some of the elitism and hatred from Michigan fans is pretty sad. Doesn't reflect well.
When Michigan fans act like this, I feel like we're the bad guys in the movie Karate Kid. I feel like we're the snotty fraternity kids in Animal House. I feel like we're the emperor and his coterie in the movie Gladiator.
Be thankful for the privilege you have of going to Michigan or being a Michigan fan. You've got a great team. Focus on the positive. Don't focus on just hitting someone when they're down and taking glee in a team going through lots of misfortune.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Following this with great interest||
I am following this with great interest. I really hope they get it right. IIRC, CVN Gerald Ford is way behind schedule on trials. There have been significant problems with the cat, the arrest, and also with elevator reliability (getting planes from the hangar bays up to the deck). Reading from the press release, the things I really wonder about:
I can't help but think of "Enforcement Droid Series 209" from Robocop. You can promise the world, but how does it really work?
CVN Ford isn't the only new ship with problems. There were at least 3 engine failures in the new littoral combat ships in 2016. These breakdowns were both mechanical (rust problems? In a new ship? Causing leaking seawater to corrupt the engine?) and maintenance related (sailor error in what needed to be done before getting underway.) You can't have engines failing like that. In true war and combat conditions, that would be complete disaster. It would be better to have a conventional power system that was reliable than a high tech system that failed.
The newest class of Destroyer, the Zumwalt, is an even worse disaster. The ship is a 4 billion dollar debacle. It had several engineering failures, again with saltwater. "The crew discovered the casualty after detecting a seawater leak in the propulsion motor drive lube oil auxiliary system for one of the ship's shafts."
The Zumwalt also has a very high tech weapon system. Which isn't going to be used. Why? A single LRLAP (long range land attack projectile) costs $800,000. Thats 800k for a single bullet. So they have this high tech weapon system which ends up being so costly it is useless.
My daughter is on the USS Mason, one of the many Arleigh Burke class destroyers in the fleet. Because of all the problems with the Zumwalt, the Navy decided to put the Arleigh Burke back into production. There are 14 new Burkes in the process of being built. (Two separate shipyards construct them, and can only make one or two ships each per year.) The cost of one Arleigh Burke is not quite $700 mil. In other words, the Navy can build 6 of these for the cost of one Zumwalt class destroyer.
It is scary knowing what is really happening. The Mason came under a number of ballistic missile attacks last October (first time in 25 years for a US Navy ship.) Because of OPSEC, I can't say what really happened. Let's just say I hope the Navy is learning and improving from what they learned.
Coming back to the OP, all these bells and whistles and shiny new toys are nice, but do they work reliably and consistently, and can they be maintained? Are they (somewhat) affordable? Those are the hard questions that need to be answered.