will be michigan's highest pick in a while
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|1 week 5 days ago||That Gallon pic||
. . . is awesome. Is it wrong that I laughed so hard at it?
|1 week 6 days ago||Title IX||
While all animals are equal, we all know that some are really more equal.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||rankings||
Are based off pro potential, which doesn't change based off your team/coach. Its more a statement of "in a vacuum, he's the nth best player." However, his "sleeper" status brings those other, non-vacuum things into account (team talent, player fit, coaches, etc.)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||true||
I already know most of these acronyms, to be honest. Nevertheless, I thought it would be smart to hash these out for people who don't already know them. Also, while google is good for each individual acronym, I thought a compendium here would be more useful. P.S. Do you normally look up OPs? Not mad, just weirded out
|2 weeks 5 days ago||will work on the edit||
Its all one paragraph for some reason. I'll edit it when I'm not on an android. Sorry for any horribleness in the mean time.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||3rd time now||
This is true. Belein has constantly said one thing, while doing the other. So, here are the facts at the table:
1.) We've got the PG pretty well established, and nothing should change there.
2-3.) At the wings, we might have a log-jam. We've got
4-5.) But here, we've got the BIGGEST log-jam
It seems obvious, based on numbers, that Robinson moves to the three. That would leave us two-deep at every position. STILL, two-deep isn't necesary when you're playing only 7-8 guys. In that case, you're trying to simply get the best talent out there.
My point: If Irvin, Stauskas, and LeVert collectively play better than Morgan, Horford, Bielfeldt, and Donnal, we're going to see GRIII at the 4.
Since we can assume Irvin and Stauskas will be good to go at the 2/3, the only way we play with GRIII at the 4 is if
Long/Short: I think we still see GRIII at the 4 a bit early on, and it might become much more common later in the season, especially if Horford/Bielfeldt/Donnal can't match up in production.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||That guy from||
Named Wes Unseld
|5 weeks 4 days ago||sentence two||
I find faults in it, dawg.
First, you are more likely to be drafted if you play in the US because DURR (if you make the tourney, watch yo' draft stock go up, a la McGary)
Secondly, If you play in Europe, you are FARTHER away from your family.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Not to be that guy||
But I'm always that guy when it comes to Data.
Give me it, let me analize it, let me make my own conclusions.
P.S. I hope you're right and correct; I just wantz da data! /tryin' to be hip
|5 weeks 5 days ago||/no bias||
This had to be added because no UM fan thought C-Webb was stupid at the time.
And also because . . . We all have bias.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||admit it||
you replied just so he couldn't edit that.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||"Awesome" Moderation||
. . . We need one.
For things like this ^
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||I signed in||
I signed in just to upvote this, because you are smart.
. . .
And to downvote him, because he is stupid.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||To contradict||
Kentucky's players didn't come back this year, and I don't think the fab-5 could have left due to draft eligability rules back then (I believe you had to be a rising-junior at the time).
It would be great to have them all back, and based off Burke's comments it isn't unrealistic; I merely want to show the other side of this equation.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I don't understand why...||
Everyone thinks Fisher is a bad coach. Remember who he faced, and his circumstances: Duke's crazy-good team, which had the only college player on the dream team (think about that), playing with all freshmen, and in a one-off tournament.
In 5 years he won our only championship ('89), had the greatest freshmen class ever, and took us to two championship games which we lost due to 1.) playing that crazy Duke team, and 2.) a C-Webb timout screwup.
If he was such a terrible coach, why did he take us farther than any other coach UM-tourney history? I mean, you can yell "recruiting" all you want, but at the end of the day, he's the best tourney coach we've ever had.
What am I missing?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'll take the bait||
For comparison's sake, this year we have (I'd assume) 5 future NBA players, whereas the Fab-5 had 6 (I believe Riley also played NBA).
I don't think we've got any future HOF players, whereas C-Webb might be HOF-worthy.
Finally, their low-post game man. Mitch Guards C-Webb, but "guard" is a loose term because...C-Webb, man. But then who guards Howard? GRIII? We'd get destroyed down low.
. . .
Although. . . BURKE.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Also||
Burke had a flu during the Kansas game. I believe this explains Albrecht's minutes (re: why is he playing when Kansas isn't pressing well and they're killing us on the boards)
|8 weeks 6 days ago||What's to stop boosters from||
What's to stop boosters from "endorsing" recruits then? Or, even if a rule is passed that you can't endorse a recruit, what's to stop an Ed Martin from promising (under-the-table) to "endorse" the recruit to come to Michigan?
I understand the argument for "you have a skill, get paid for it." I actually agree with it in theory. HOWEVA, in application, it just leads to boosters doing the same shit we complain about, but OVER the table now.
Not sure where I fall on that, but my initial reaction is "ick". How do the schools, or new association, or NCAA, or whatever, stop boosters from "endorsing" recruits under this model?
P.S. If you continue this train of thought, it leads to an oligarchy where the richest teams get richer as they win more and more boosters come in, while crappy teams lose their boosters, and so can't compete for the recruits. You have a dual upward-spiral for the good teams, and downward-spiral for the bad teams. Does a salary/endorsement-cap need to be used then? If so, what differentiates Pros from "Amateurs"?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Milton Friedman disagrees. To||
Milton Friedman disagrees.
To wit, "The University of Chicago Economics department, considered one of the world's foremost economics departments, has fielded more Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel laureates and John Bates Clark medalists in economics than any other university."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I assume OSU doesn't have this policy...||
. . . because they don't have enough helmets left.
(for those who STILL don't get it, yes I'm refering to selling memorobilia)
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Next year's team||
Walton will obviously be the 1. No doubt about that: he's too talented to sit behind Spike. However, this team will have to have other scorers. Right now, Burke is the go-to guy down the stretch. He's the guy we go to when in trouble. I'm not talking about what we do against teams we're WAY better than (see: the OOC schedule) but rather, the good teams we'll play (IE, teams like IU, MSU, OSU, etc).
Walton is a pass-first guy. There is no problem with that; in fact, that's my ideal PG. But he's not playing with an ideal team; he's playing with a REAL team. GRIII, THJ, Zak, and (especially, I think) Stauskas will have to carry the load scoring-wise. They can, and I believe will. Nevertheless, this kid is not the type of player that Morris/Burke was/is. He is a TRUE PG, not a scoring PG.
The portents, the things you should glean from this? Michigan will have a wonderful PG next year, and for (I'd assume 3 years) the future. Yet, we're not gonna be like this year's team. No player will dominate the ball like Burke does ("dominating the ball" is not bad, merely the truth as is). Instead, Walton and I presume, Stauskas, will be the drivers. We will rely on off-ball movement (IE, that which we've seen from GRIII this year) to score. As most players will be a year older, this should be enough.
Caveat: I presume Stauskas will get a lot of time as the 2. This shifts the line-up to
Walton is NOT a score-first guy. He's awesome, but we'll see a different offense. And for those not in the know, umhoops has a great article on Stauskas' efficiency in the PnR. So, Walton, THJ, and Stauskas should be the main ball handlers, while we see 4 guys in 10+ PPG.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Burke is Magic||
Have you heard of this sophomore named Trey Burke? I hear-tell he has numbers not eclipsed since MJ (Magic Johnson): 17/7! Oh, and he's around the same in POY voting as a guy named Oladipo. By the way, Oladipo is the second best player on his team. . . And Burke isn't even the leading scorer in the conference, though many project him as player of the year. The leading scorer goes to OSU, but he's not their best defender. Their best defender is a guy named Craft, and he's crafty. But Craft is not as good. . . (ad infinitum)
Not gonna neg you, but the B1G has some talent. I mean, the NPOY might not even win the Conference POY.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||"reloading"||
First, I agree with everything you said.
That being said. . . It's funny that we're using the term "reloading" when we're only gonna lose one guy. It's crazy how much he means to this team.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||lolz||
the kids are playing a sport they're really fucking good at. They play it better than almost anyone their age. Not only that, but they do so in the best conference in the world.
And you imply "well, we're fans. And we're irrational. So like, they owe us."
Although I will agree with your last sentence. It's just....we claim to be the "rational" fans because we're from Michigan. More than that, guys, we read sports blogs. As in, we know how good these guys are (or at least, should). come on.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||If you defend someone||
you are therefore that person. I have seen it like, twice in my life as a blogger. Therefore, it applies to all cases. This is the logic of a Michigan Man. This is the sublime intelligence!
|11 weeks 5 days ago||for me?||
I posted it with Minn up 7 with a minute left to go. Figured I'd get some flak, but...I went to Bolivia? Wut?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||therein lies the rub||
"and continuously claim Michigan as the state of legal residence for tax income purposes."
As a military person myself, whose whole family has served (save for the little bro, but he's still 17), I know a lot of people switch residencies for those tax breaks. Like I said above, most people do it in states like IL (no income tax on military personnel). I think he did the same when he went to basic, or A-school, or whatever. If he didn't then this would be a non-issue.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||This||
I second this. Dude had the option, when enlisting/comissioning, to choose Michigan as his state-of-residency. If he didn't, then got stationed in say Great Lakes and chose IL as his state, that's on him. I feel bad for the kid that he didn't know this, but his ignorance shouldn't be a reason for UM people to get insulted.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||speaking as ref here||
but I will say that you see many more misses in games where less fouls are called. The B1G lets people get away with a lot of "50% fouls" (IE slapping, hands-on-the-back, rough body contact). It's those "no-calls" which make it so hard.
For instance, if you call those "50% fouls" three or four times early in the game, and defenders start backing off, you notice a HUGE difference in games. This is why Tim Donaghy landed a job with gambling sites: he has a special knowledge of how games will unfold due to which referee is at the game, and that ref's tendencies.
So yes, bigs are having trouble finishing lay-ups. No, it's not because they're simply worse than before; officiating has a very large impact upon games.
/thinking about writing a diary on this. Here's the head's up.
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||Can't upvote any more||
So I'll just leave a reply saying "you're awesome"