OT B1G Lacrosse Championships

OT B1G Lacrosse Championships

Submitted by scanner blue on May 5th, 2018 at 4:45 PM

Michigan will be hosting the Big Ten men's lacrosse championship  tonight at 7pm.  #1 Maryland (RPI) will be taking on #7 Johns Hopkins.These are the top two teams in the B1G and longtime rivals that should make for possibly the best match ever held in Michigan.

The semifinal on Thusrsday between OSU and JHU was easily the best, most exciting lax game I've been to in ten years of fandom. Good defense and goaltending, bench clearing brawl, last second win, a large contingent of obnoxcious Buckeye fans all contributed to the memorable night.

Hoping for more of the same tonight either in person or on BTN.

The Michigan Wolverines and Their Championship Tradition

The Michigan Wolverines and Their Championship Tradition

Submitted by justingoblue on February 26th, 2012 at 3:36 AM

It might surprise everyone to hear that there is no concise, summarized data on Michigan athletic championships by team (this page is close, though, and was found after I completed the diary). This diary is, to my knowledge, going to be the first (crude) repository of Michigan's team and individual championship history by sport. I will include number of conference championships, latest year, and number of national championships as well.

The table has been edited to include regular season championships for sports with tournaments. After some thinking, that's the standard I decided to go with. I do include individual championships (tennis doubles and track relays are considered individual for this diary), with the exception of women's tennis, simply because I could not find the information. I would be happy to add them to the chart if someone can give me a total number of women's singles/doubles Big Ten championships. One more note before starting: for hockey, the Big Ten titles won during the 1960's will count towards the total number of conference championships. This is not meant to be a list of CCHA champions, rather a look at M hockey and their championship tradition.

All data was compiled from either the Bentley Historical Library or MGoBlue. There may be inaccuracies, simply because I'm human, or more likely one of the sources messed it up and my counting/notes were perfect.

It wouldn't be a diary without a...Chart? Chart.

Women:

 

Sport CC (Team) Last CC CC (Ind.) NCAA Titles Last NCAA (Team) NCAA (Ind.)
Basketball 0 N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A
Cross Country 6 2004 6 0 N/A 1
Field Hockey 4 2007 N/A 1 2001 N/A
Golf 0 N/A 0 0 N/A 0
Gymnastics 18 2011 76 0 N/A 7
Rowing 5 2004 N/A 0 N/A 1
Soccer 2 1999 N/A 0 N/A N/A
Softball 14 2011 N/A 1 2005 N/A
Swimming 19 2004 N/A 0 N/A 11
Tennis 3 2011 ? 0 N/A 0
Outdoor T/F 7 2007 77 0 N/A 6
Indoor T/F 8 2006 55 0 N/A 6
Volleyball 1 1981 N/A 0 N/A N/A
Water Polo 6 2011 N/A 0 N/A N/A

Men:

 

Sport CC (Team) Last CC CC (Ind.) NCAA Titles Last NCAA (Team) NCAA (Ind.)
Baseball 35 2008 N/A 2 1962 N/A
Basketball 12 1998 N/A 1 1989 N/A
Cross Country 9 1998 11 1 1997 0
Football 42 2004 N/A 11 1997 N/A
Golf 12 1952 14 2 1935 3
Gymnastics 15 2010 126 6 2010 29
Hockey 14 2010 N/A 9 1998 N/A
Lacrosse 0 N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A
Soccer 1 2010 N/A 0 N/A N/A
Swimming 36 2012 299 11 1995 160
Tennis 35 1996 49 1 1957 2
Outdoor T/F 31 2008 303 1 1923 34
Indoor T/F 26 1994 221 0 N/A 11
Wrestling 11 1973 123 0 N/A 21

On a related note, I had an idea for an MGoProject. I think it would be nice if we could work together and create a page for each Wolverine athletic team which could then be edited by other users for updates/corrections. If we did this in a standard form that included coaching histories, championship years, All-American/All-Conference selections, ect. we could put the pages into the User Created HoF and they would be easily accessible to anyone looking for information on a particular sport. I could volunteer to take several sports, and users could post on a team they follow closely (i.e. MGoSoftball could make the softball page). If that idea resonates with enough users, I'll create a template and post it as a diary, and we can begin. If you're interested, or want to tell me that it's a dumb idea, just let me know here

Tom Izzo's media quotes with my questions inserted (attempt at humor apparently failed)

Tom Izzo's media quotes with my questions inserted (attempt at humor apparently failed)

Submitted by michfan4borw on February 1st, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Me: Coach Izzo, do you think big-ten-regular-season scheduling is much different now with Nebraska in the conference than it was before?

Izzo: "'Everything has changed so much,' coach Tom Izzo said. ""

Me: "Changed so much"?  Really coach?  I see that since at least as early as the 1998-1999 season, a big ten team would often avoid playing twice against at least two teams each.  What do you think about the effects of having to not play every team each twice?

Izzo: "'There's been seasons we've either won or lost strictly on schedule,' Izzo said. 'If it's really erratic -- playing the top four twice and the bottom four once -- that could be a four- to six-game swing. And who you play on the road (means) a lot. I think the champion a lot of times is now determined by the schedule.'" 

Me: You say the champion is "now determined by the schedule"?  Doesn't logic suggest that that must have been the case as far back as 1998 then?

Izzo: (silence)

Me: So you're saying that at least some of the big ten titles MSU won since 1998 were not based on merit?

Izzo: (silence)

Me: Do you think you'd make the same argument if your team were today alone in first place in the big ten conference?

Izzo: (frown)

Dantonio (surprise appearance): "'OK, here's what we're going to do,' Dantonio said. 'We're going to get other people up here. We're going to talk about more than [scheduling].

'How many guys got a guy that's [knowledgeable on big ten scheduling]?' Dantonio asked . . . . After a couple raised their hands, Dantonio said: 'One, two -- so the two guys can go back there in the corner and talk about that. All of us right here, we're going to talk about [excuses for losing] for everybody. Let's go.'"  

 

sources (disclaimer: one link is to a free press article; please avoid clicking to it if possible): http://www.freep.com/article/20120201/SPORTS07/202010433/Big-Ten-schedule-imbalance-irks-Michigan-State-s-Tom-Izzo 

http://www.freep.com/article/20120120/SPORTS08/120120037/Mark-Dantonio-cuts-off-Michigan-assistant-Jeff-Hecklinski-during-coaches-convention 

 

When do we start counting?

When do we start counting?

Submitted by Blazefire on October 4th, 2010 at 8:43 AM

Does anybody remember when Michigan was unquestionably good? When a fast start didn't lead to questions of when we would fail, but how long we would succeed? It was not that long ago. Why, in 2006, on a different forum I was a member of, started creating a record signature image at 3-0, fully expecting to see it reach at least 9-0 or 10-0 before I had to add a 1 to the other column. And guess what? It got to 11-0 before I had to do so!

It has only been three full seasons since then. And now, like then, we are undefeated, and my signature should read 5-0. But I won't do it. I'm afraid to jinx it. It's like uttering anything that even sounds like no-hitter before the 7th inning of a baseball game. You just don't do it. But in 2006, I wasn't afraid to do it.

So my question is, when can we all stop holding our collective breaths, and finally begin to believe that Michigan is no longer pretending, but is once again Michigan and can be reasonably assumed to have a good, if not great chance to win any game on the schedule?