the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|16 hours 25 min ago||"What does he know?"||
"He only won this tournament before you were born."
-"Cheech" Marin's character Romeo Posar suggesting that Venturi's analysis of Roy McAvoy's game at the US Open MIGHT be worth listening to in "Tin Cup", the "Slap Shot" of golf movies.
|16 hours 38 min ago||So.||
How 'bout those Red Wings, then?
Switzerland is playing for the gold medal. Trouba doesn't get a matched set after all. Sucks.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Dude is obviously a long-term fan||
...and bought that sweater prior to Reebok's NHL deal. The prior generation Nike and CCM (the best manufacturer for hockey sweaters, in my opinion) were designed to enable the "C" and "A" to be worn on the player's left.
The Wings used to wear their letters on the right side when Gordie Howe played...the sweaters were much more form-fitting then...and are supposed to be today, but really aren't.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Sakic||
was in the NHL in 1994...his WJC days were well behind him by
then...what two international tournaments did Canada win that year with him on the squad?
|2 days 15 hours ago||Trouba||
Winning two gold medals in the same hockey season would be a pretty cool thing to do. I'm guessing there may have been some wunderkind from the old USSR days who might have done it, but with such little regard given to the World Championship on the senior level in North America I can't imagine anyone having done it from this side of the pond.
|3 days 21 hours ago||Waded thru the W0RST THREAD||
Waded thru the W0RST THREAD HIGHJACK EVER ...but am grateful to post in support of Rick Leach's #7 being once again worn by a Michigan QB.
Who knows, maybe by the time Adidas starts making them the build quality will be worth replacing my Henne-era Nike versions with.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Taxes||
They're prorated. He pays state taxes proportionally to the states Jacksonville will play road games.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Pat White was drafted by a||
Pat White was drafted by a team that featured the single wing/wildcat formation as part of their offensive attack and Tebow was one of the most decorated and successful quarterbacks in NCAA history.
The gimmicky nature of the Wildcat makes Pat White look like a bad pick for the round he was taken, but to the Dolphins it made perfect sense at the time.
As for Tebow, well...as of now he has won just as many division banner and ONE MORE PLAYOFF GAME for the Broncos than Peyton Manning.
I'm not saying Denard couldn't have higher than thefifth round; a few years earlier he might have, based on the White/Tebow picks. But Denard may still have a bit of a wonky hand, too.
I'm glad he got drafted and will play pro ball in his home state. I wish he could've been picked by a better team, but you've gotta believe that he'll have a better chance of making (and contributing) on Jacksonville's roster than most.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||"L" is for "lefthanded"||
...and no, it's not a reach; the first QB to start four bowl games
Was none other than Ricky Leach.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||And hockey.||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Sack up, Dutch.||
I'm a man, I'm FORTY (six)...which means I've been watching Michigan lose games like this since Gerry Ford was in the White House. A few years ago when (Rich Rodriguez prodigy 1.0) Pat White became the first quarterback to start and win four consecutive bowl games, I laughed maniacally to remember that Rick "The Peach" Leach was the first quarterback to start AND LOSE four consecutive bowl games...bowl games which would today be considered BCS bowls, at that.
As much as I hate to say it, it's just what they DO. Pick a sport, and they'll break your heart. They'll draw you in, give you all manner of faith, hope, and above all CONFIDENCE, and then somehow manage to pull the rug out from under you in excruciating fashion until after awhile you just shake your head. You think about how many "classic" games are re-run that feature Michigan teams on the losing side and you wonder what cosmic wrath must be endured for an entire program to be "posterized", to use an NBA term, as the subject for so many other teams' favorite highlight reels.
It's not unlike following the Red Sox at any point from 1919 thru 2003. Although unlike the Red Sox (which did have some pretty bad teams sprinkled in there before the Ted Williams years and following his return from Korea), Michigan has always been generally very good, but rarely completely good enough. For perhaps a better baseball analogy, think about the Atlanta Braves winning aaaaaaaaaaaallllllllll those Division titles during the 1990's-2000's and only one World Series during that stretch...and being called losers an chokers and anything befitting any number of teams that were nowhere near as successful over the same stretch of time.
I don't know what to tell you...at some point you will experience some sort of catharsis, where (yet another) big game loss just doesn't send you into a funk for days, maybe just hours. For me personally it was probably the App State game. At that point the level of absurdity affecting the Michigan athletic program reached what Bill Simmons calls "The Tyson Zone", where no action, regardless of how preposterous, could be disbelieved due to its source. At some point you just throw up your hands and say "Well, of course they did" and you get on with your life. You still support the team ("...the team, the team..."), of course...you just have to accept that you can't take their results personally.
Great post, by the way. I totally understand. And I am here for you.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I get it.||
The Fab Five were rock stars. Celebrities. Icons. It would have been better if they were champions (of anything), or at least if C-Webb hadn't've been involved in the worst scandal in the history of the Michigan Athletic Department.
But they were ridiculously skilled players who made it cool to be a Michigan fan for a couple of years, despite not actually winning anything. Essentially they were all Michael Vick before Michael Vick was Michael Vick. He was the most exciting .500 quarterback who ever lived, and to this day in the ATL he's got legions of fans, despite (and maybe even to a degree because of) the whole dogfighting thing.
I don't regret the Fab Five's impact on Michigan basketball anymore than I regret the Falcons drafting Michael Vick #1 when they traded up to get him in 2001. But I think consideration should be given to the thoughts of the folks who believe that celebrating these men based on who they were rather than on the merits of what they've accomplished in the arena and/or in life might not be, necessarily speaking, "the Michigan Way".
Maybe we should have tried to get Rumeal Robinson furloughed from prison so that he could have attend the game as well?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Let's not kid ourselves.||
There were a couple of badly blown calls, perhaps even a few, but the refs weren't the ones turning the ball over regularly in the second half, making rec league-level bad passes, failing to take advantage of the foul bonus by missing free throws, and generally going cold down the stretch eerily similar to the way they finished against Syracuse. The difference was that Louisville was the best team Michigan has played all season and they knew how to take what Michigan gave them.
I think Michigan COULD'VE won this game, and it sucks that the team's core is breaking up, but the painful truth is that the way they played in the second half sealed their fate. Trying to pin that on the refs just makes us look petty and small. Good job to Louisville, they played up to their ranking and Michigan went toe-to-toe with them for most of the game.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Got your back RE: the Fab Five||
...just bad mojo.
I didn't sleep well. The wife took the boy to daycare since I don't go in until 11 today...all that means is that I've got nothing to do but brood for the next four hours. Damn, this sucks. If more teams played the game like Michigan I'd watch a helluva lot more basketball. And now we get to see this team gutted as its stars flood the NBA (deservedly, but still...).
Watching the hockey team lose in sudden death a couple years back was worse for me because it happened in an instant...last night's game was like watching someone drown after treading water for thirty-six hours...they just couldn't do it anymore and they didn't have anything left to give. Louisville just looked like they were never off their game. Very Roman in their calculation and execution.
Bah. This sucks. ONE DAY Michigan is going to win one of these things. I don't know what sport it will be, but one day Michigan will play in a big game which will be fun to watch, and when it is over, they will be on the winning side of the score. One day.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||WOW.||
Bobby Orr-esque...can't offer a better compliment than that.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Knowledge.||
For some reason I always thought there were more BU kids than 4. Eruzione, Craig, Silkie, and O'C represented bigger than they were.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||A couple 'Sconnies, but||
A couple 'Sconnies, but mostly it was split between Minnesota and Boston.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Can't have one without the other:|
|12 weeks 1 day ago||State of the program||
...was so poor that not a single one of those magnificent young men were Michigan students.
Hard to imagine...even this year's team sent Trouba to the WJC.
But yeah, the Miracle On Ice is still my favorite moment in all of sports. Thanks for the reminder.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Maize helmets w/ blue wings.||
Maize helmets w/ blue wings.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Today is also Woody Hayes'||
Today is also Woody Hayes' birthday. You might want to send a valentine to a turtle in observation.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||I had to re-read that a few times||
...before the abbreviations clicked.
Speaking of Asian, me and mine will be meeting for hibachi at the neighborhood steakhouse after work. We've got a tax bill due and a deductible to pay on a car wreck so it's not the best time for it financially, but sometimes you've just got to take the opportunity to let your spouse know how important they are to you.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||South Africa is to smoking||
South Africa is to smoking hot girls what Australia is to good cinema. Considering the smaller sample size of the population, they go toe-to-toe with anyone in the field in terms of sheer quality.
With that out of the way, that's awful news. And sadly, not alledged. Like Jimi said, he gave her the gun...he shot her.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Perhaps the decision||
to give up football for Lent was a bit rash. No matter...they've given a good account of themselves overall...I'm used to them being out of the UEFA (sorry, EUROPA) Cup at this point of the campaign, so this year was a nice distraction. We'll always have the Barca tie.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Congrats on the boychild.||
Probably a good time to give up the blog...football season's over, the hockey team sucks, and basketball only gets interesting after Easter anyway. No need to tell the kids that, though.
And probably still a more sensible idea of mine, which so far looks like it's going to be coffee.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Bummer.||
Well, once you've beaten Barcelona, getting motivated to play a team of mere mortals may be too much to expect. 'Salright, then...Champions League play after New Year's is unheard of in the SFA these days...glad it was Celtic representing.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It could always be worse.||
They could be Rangers.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Poop.||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||UP THE HOOPS!!!!!||
That is all.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Ah, the ECHL...||
...making the scenes from "Slap Shot" seem like high society since 1988.