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Wolverine In Exile
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|3 days 20 hours ago||I'm not surprised or disappointed||
Copp to me was a disappointment. I didn't think his two way play was as strong as his reputation, and the teams inability to close the door on many games this year in the third period I put on the captain for not setting the example. His PP point play was middling at best... Basically I didn't think he was that great this year. If you want to make this an indictment of Red, I'm ok with that, but the players also have not been playing up to their potential on an individual executing his job level.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Nike maize||
Looks like the color on my shiny 90s era script Michigan hockey jersey. Hurry back, 'K?
|4 days 20 hours ago||soooo||
hello Chris Wormley, starting DE?
|1 week 2 days ago||bracketology update||
Obviously we have to win to be in, but there's a good shot Minnesota already has an at large locked in. They win, they're on the cusp of a 2 seed. They lose they're a 4 seed at large. Looking at the PWR, seems I was right in that if we had gone 3-1 down the stretch instead of 1-3, we're probably looking at an at large bid regardless of BtT final result. Uggghhh. Win or die indeed tonight.
|1 week 3 days ago||Go get a club fitting||
It doesn't have to be at a hoity-toity place either. Golfsmith stores have the video gear / simulation facilities, a big enough selection, and typically knowledgable enough pros to make sure you get fit with the set that best suits your needs. I went there for a driver fitting last year, and I came out with a clearance-sale driver from last year's model set that the pro adjusted for me in the store 'cause I hit it the best based on my mechanics. The guy could have easily pushed me into a more expensive club since he knew I was coming in without a budget, but his focus was on matching my swing to the club and making sure the simulation metrics confirmed it. He probably lost out on a couple hundred dollars more in sales on me personally, but because of his help and honesty, I've probably directed 6-7 others to his store and they've made out increased numbers of sales.
|1 week 3 days ago||The biggest change I'd be in favor of||
would be the 1st and 2nd rd NCAA tourney round to be best of 3 at the higher seeds arena. Advantage to the higher seed for a better season, takes some of the 30-sided die roll aspect of today's tournament away (if you can win 2 road games in 3 days, you're a better team), and would be unbelievably fun atmospheres. Could you imagine the noise if say this year's Michigan team got in as a four seed, went to Boston University, and forced a Game 3 in their bandbox? Or if Minnesota got in and had to travel to Mankato?? That's like Stanley Cup levels of excitement dripping from rafters of venues that are inherently loud!
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't get the OSU objection||
They have two hockey arenas in the same city within 10 minutes of each other (Blue Jackets's arena), and frankly they still have other facilities on campus and in Columbus that can host wrestling / basketball games for the HS State Championship. Understood about CBJ's arena maybe laready booked for NHL games or concerts, but lets be honest, it's not like we have to worry about OSU HOSTING any games, amirite? Hell with the crowd OSU usually gets for hockey, they could move a potential hockey series to one of the three hockey arenas in Dayton and they'd probably draw just as much.
|1 week 5 days ago||Is it bad that||
I think I want to hire this guy for my organization?
|1 week 6 days ago||This also kind of was the point||
of the Thanksgiving weekend tournaments Wisconsin or Minnesota would host with other B1G teams. When it was just Wis, Minn, Mich, Mich St, and OSU, it would be 4 out of the 5 in this mini-tournament (Ohio St usually wasn't invited unless someone wanted to dish out a good ass kicking). If the B1G didn't go all in on a new conference, I would've liked a 2-3 weekend tournament like the Bean Pot in Boston for just B1G teams and then you have a "Renfrew Cup" or some nonesense that becomes the traveling trophy for B1G Hockey. You could broadcast it on BTN and rotate the sites that host weekend 1 and weekend 2 between MSP and Detroit.
|1 week 6 days ago||No on UNO and UMD||
UNO fits better in a grouping with those smaller Colorado schools anyway, and there is no way in bloody hell that Big Minnesota lets UMD in. If we're going to let in adjunct members for hockey, I'd rather it be for new programs than poaching existing ones.
|1 week 6 days ago||Normally I agree with Erik of Dayton||
But this year, I can not. Wisconsin is a fun team to watch, and you know it must be killing Bo Ryan inside to have a team that talented play fun basketball and not have to bludgeon teams to death with a final score in the 40's to 50's. Next year when Wisconsin returns to traditional Wisconsin basketball, maybe my ire for them will grow, but this year, I want Kaminsky to win the whole.damn. thing. (Transitive Polish Pride Property) Beat Kentucky too while they're at it.
State will always be on the hate list because of Izzo theatrics.
|1 week 6 days ago||I like the concept of the B1G||
I hate the execution so far with the shitty scheduling, poor TV coverage (WHY IS EVERY GAME NOT ON BTN LIVE-- YOU HAVE 3 ALTERNATE CHANNELS FROM FOOTBALL SEASON YOU MORONS!), and a bad playoff system. I also like to think that if Michigan had been good along with Wisconsin at least, the season would be a lot more entertaining.
That being said, I do miss the visits from those wacky Yoopers from Northern Michigan in their wanna-be North Stars jerseys and their roster full of casting cuts from "Slap Shot", as well as the bi-yearly "I'm sooo going to stay up this weekend and listen to the Alaska-Fairbanks series on the radio" talks I'd convince myself were going to happen. Not to mention that when we did play State, it seemed like a bigger game in the CCHA than in the B1G.
On the expansion issue, I think Nebraska would be a perfect fit for hockey in the B1G for all the reasons mentined above. I also think that Northwestern could / would totally support it from a fan perspective. I'd love as a Michigan fan to know that we could schedule a winter weekend trip to Chicago for the Northwestern series where we take the train in, stay downtown, and then go watch hockey at a Northwestern rink while going back downtown after the game. I'm always amazed that for all the *perceived* big money grads out of Northwestern, they haven't had that one notable alum who bankrolls some athletic campus improvements.
|1 week 6 days ago||Married in 2005 at the League||
We sent invitations to Lloyd, Red, and President Bush. Lloyd and Red sent back RSVP cards with "not attending" checked, but we did get a response card back from the Bushes declining to attend with what appeared to be a hand written note that said "Sorry! Best wishes- Laura". Wife-y still has it in the wedding album.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||I'm going to do something unpopular||
and put a lot of blame on Andrew Copp. Doesn't seem to have a good sense of how to be a 2-way forward, and on this team, the Captain should lead by example. Copp's inattention to defensive detail is a shortfall that I think leaked onto the rest of the team. After 3/4 of the way through the season, there should have been an attention turned to "once we get a lead, we're going to sacrifice our left leg and mother's pearls to make sure we don't give up any odd man rushes and no rebound touches an opposition stick". You got a sieve for a goalie, then you make damn sure he knows his only job is make himself as big as humanly possible in the goal itself and clear the initial shot. Instead we get sloppy positioning, inability to properly close down rebound lanes, etc etc.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fine I'll say it today||
Christian Laettner is a whiny bitch.
There now go make a documentary about how you're offended by me. I only charge 2% of the total gate.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||When was the last time||
humans listened to anyone?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Mars||
If we're talking about two questions:
1) Where can look most efficiently for evidence of exterrestrial life? Mars wins becasue of proximity not only to Earth, but to the Sun which provides Mars with a fighting chance of having environmental characteristics at least within reason to how we understand organisms to develop on Earth.
2) For chance at establishing a next permanent human presence? Mars again. Closest to Earth, has at least some in situ resources we know are useful, and the climate is the least extreme, meaning we have to spend less engineering resources in making a habitat, you know, habitable. Unless you have a highly reliable mechanical system that turn all that planetary thermal source into energy equal to what you get out of pasive solar on Mars, the outer moons don't stand a chance.
Now if you're talking about chance for current day exterrestrial organisms? Europa since it has heat, water, and a dynamic environment (meaning things get swirled around by the heat source) encouraging natural mixing of chemical compounds that would be necessary for life sustaining substances.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||See my signature line||
I guess I now know who the dastardly culprit was...
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Additional note||
I was lured into re-reading the 10-yr anniversary of the Molly game via the link in the article. That's a 30 for 30 that needs to be made:
"What if I told you that the taunts of a cheerleader inspired one of the greatest hockey games of all time? What if I told you that 25 feet of difference in dressing room location reversed the course of history? What if I told you a singular hit broke not only a hockey stick in half, but the will of a prohbitive national champion favorite? What if I told you this all happened in an old barn, in the middle of Michigan, that almost collapsed from the sound generated by the souls within, inspired by a humanitarian who attacked a dog? ESPN brings you "The Molly Game" a 30 for 30 produced by Jeff Daniels."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'll go Yost but older||
Brendan Morrison's senior night was good, but his final game at Yost was better, a great experience. Here he was the unquestioned star of the team who had forgone the chance to go pro after winning the national title as a junior to come BACK TO SCHOOL (remember those days, Red?) and try and win two titles in a row. The team was stacked, Morrison was on his way to the Hobey, and there was this sense of inevitability about this being dynasty level stuff happening. He was the team captain, the sure fire NHL star, the ideal of Red Berenson hockey, and everybody that knew him considered him just a real fine dude. For the smaller but arguably more dedicated hockey fan base at that time, his last game was like watching your big brother get ready to go off to college or the military while you were at home finishing high school. And the thing was, it wasn't just Morrison- you also had short handed goal scoring machine John Madden and Marty Friggin Turco. We didn't just beat people that year, we blew the shit out of them. Every game against Sparty was a bloody battle by two Top 5 teams-- both with skill mind you. The formal senior night was kind of a downer, we tied Lake St 4-4, but in those days when the first round of the CCHA was a home series at the higher seed, Michigan came in as the prohibitive favorite on a collision course with Sparty in the conferencefinal and we beat the living hell out of Alaska Fairbanks, 8-1 on Friday night, then 11-0 on Saturday night. That 11-0 game was everything you could have wanted from Old Yost. The students were into it, the team was scoring goals left and right, chants had to be restarted immediately after finishing, and the after the game, the senior class did the usual cirlce at center ice with a stick salute, but then proceeded to skate to the student section and were shaking hands and signing things like they were the Beatles. It was glorious. How that team lost to BU in the semis of the NCAA's I'll never reconcile as long as I live.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Secondary benefit||
If the B1G tourney ran as you suggested, there would be more of a chance for "bonus point" RPI victories to be picked up by bubble teams in those semi and final round best of 3 series which would increase our chances of multiple B1G teams in the NCAA tourney as at-large teams. In normal years. Which this year is not. (sad face)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||this is my suggestion||
Start with buying the Sam Adams seasonal 12 pack. There's enough variety and if you get all 4-5 12 pks over the year you'll be exposed to a pretty good sampling of the different types of beer. Make notes ad to which ones you liked / didn't like. Then you have a sense as to what styles you want to explore more of. Take a trip to a good beer store that you can make your own 6 pks of and every 1-2 weeks get 6 different bottles of the same style to start to figure out the differences. After 6-12 months, you'll now be able to explore the entire craft beer world.
|3 weeks 50 min ago||goes back to the comment||
From bordon gerenson in my diary. When there was the hogan - hunwick switch, the guys on the team banded together and played like dogs in clearing the puck and being responsible defensively. Why that hasn't happened after the Minnesota sweep/Ohio state loss/Michigan state loss/Penn st loss on Friday night is baffling to me. Where the hell is the desperation to just say fuck it, I'm going to make damn sure there isn't a rebound, scoring be damned. At this point its beyond coaching x&o's. Its the coaching staff instilling the desire in the players AND the players taking it on themselves to execute. Lack of coaching and lack of player leadership.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||The weird thing is||
Red has shown he's not against coaching defense to win. When Hunwick got the nod, we basically went from a fly by the seat of your pants outfit to a two way backchecking "form a f*g wall" unit with great results. Granted that was the last year with Pearson, so maybe that is the thing. Interesting that up at Tech, Pearson is also employing Bill Muckalt and Steve Shields as assistants....
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||You have to account for||
the one year we get the title stolen away from us in the worst officiated title game in history, and the second when our entire team gets selected for the World Juniors and we choose not to compete the rest of the season.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||I would hope the last month||
would have solidified any doubt he had in his mind either way. Since 30 Jan, we've had 5 weeks of meaningful games, and we've had disappointment in 4 of them-- the notable exception being a sweep of a historically bad Wisconsin team in which both games were in doubt going into the 3rd period. We flip any of those weekends and we're sitting with a B1G title, and a likely at-large bid going into this weekend instead of the morass we find ourselves in. Add to that the no-shows against Tech, BC, and BU, and almost all games against top competition this year we've been outcoached. That should be enough of a sign. I hope he gets a chariot ride and is allowed to die in battle (metaphorically) in the NCAA's, but frankly he probably won't get to and that's partially his fault.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I would have no qualms about Babcock||
My worry would be that he'd be a shorter term option (would we get 3 years?) than Pearson, and Mel's window for a return may be closed. Babcock would be much like Red in the 80's & 90's... able to leverage his contacts with pro coaches and players (including familial ones) to get the high end talent with an understanding the coach knows how to get your kid to the pros. Babcock is techincally savvy, has good instincts on players in game, and knows how to teach a system to younger players.
Mel's my top choice, but Babcock would be 1A if you could get him to commit to 4+ years.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I'll gladly take the 30 for 30||
"imagine if the winningest coach in your programs history comes to the realisation of his own mortality, only for his biggest group of underachievers to transform into his biggest group of overachievers. Watch the 30 for 30, When Wolverines Decide to Die, the Story of the 2015 NCAA Hockey National Champions"
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I'm hoping||
For a pro wrestling like swerve where we get in the tourney as a 4 seed to play Michigan Tech in the first round game. Right before faceoff, Mel Pearson mysteriously isn't behind the bench for the Huskies. He walks out from the locker room, and as he reaches out to pat his captain on the back, he grabs the hockey stick, hits the captain in the back of the legs, and rips off his suit coat to reveal a Michigan shirt underneath, with Red just smiling and nodding behind his bench, then breaking into an EVIL LAUGH. Like it was the plan all along. Cue nWo music. 10 year reign of terror commences with Michigan winning 8 titles.
I mean that's what's going to happen right? Right? Hold me, Tiny Jesus.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||Yeah||
hence my comment about testicular fortitude. Penn St was reeling, and we let them off the hook. With everything on the line, we play probably our worst weekend of the season. Not setting up much hope for things to get righted.