Argh, But All Right Comment Count

Brian March 20th, 2011 at 5:36 PM

vikings

This is not a muppets post. I'm not even sure what this is since I don't think Michigan's had a team like this most recent edition of basketball since the blog's existed, and probably not since the 1997 football team went from "M stands for mediocre" to a national championship.

Expectations this year were on the floor, like "I hope they win ten games" on the floor, and they end it watching a runner to tie the defending national champions clang off the back rim. They swept Michigan State for the first time since 1997, breached Tennessee's reactor core, reached the second round of the NCAA tournament, and didn't bother to have a senior day. A friend kept saying he just wanted to keep seeing them play basketball, and that's about right, and when's the last time you could say that about Michigan anything?

The team is hereby awarded the above image of slightly silly looking Vikings charging headlong to glory. Denouement Monday.

Comments

notYOURmom

March 20th, 2011 at 5:41 PM ^

I'm with your friend....I just want to see them play.  I love these guys.

But...geez....wouldn't it have been proof of the existence of some kinda deity if Darius had made that last shot?????

Robbie Moore

March 20th, 2011 at 5:42 PM ^

...this team was something special. Character and heart. I hope they can find this space again next year. I just about walked away when Duke hit the three to go up 13 but for the last 6 weeks this team has been great in the last 10 minutes. They proved it again today.

kevin holt

March 20th, 2011 at 5:45 PM ^

I love Vikings. Hopefully won't have to see them too often in place of muppets, but yet my pride in this team still glows knowing they deserve these vikings more than anyone.

kevin holt

March 20th, 2011 at 6:21 PM ^

Yeah, I mostly meant "I love Vikings" as "I love them for this situation". Not meaning I want more of them, because the heartbreaking losses will come to an end in place of good wins.

I would much rather have these heartbreaking losses than crushing defeats, because being as young as we are, we can definitely swing the games by 3 points with another year's experience.

NateVolk

March 20th, 2011 at 7:17 PM ^

You all might know this story: After Laettner tore the heart out of anoutmanned Kentucky team in the classic 92 regional final in Philly, Coach K made it a priority to console the Kentucky players. But it got better. Immediately thereafter he asked Kentucky's radio broadcaster if he could have a microphone to address the Kentucky fans directly. He took the microphone and gushed about the tremendous heart and effort of their team and how proud they should be.  Told them they deserved victory that night.

Radio was still kind of a big deal back then and Kentucky is loaded with very rural areas where seeing the game was no absolute given.  There are many fan bases who view Coach K as some sort of Darth Vader like figure.  Kentucky's fan base loves him.  I think that interview after today's game gave us all a little flavor of that level of class that he has always exhibited.

Jasper

March 20th, 2011 at 7:24 PM ^

Sorry - this post and a couple others blew my mind.  Let's judge Coach K by his overall body of work.

He's peformed some graceful actions, yes, but most will find that overall he's a disingenuous weasel whose carefully crafted public image doesn't match his on-court demeanor (streams of profanity directed toward the refs, especially in "Cameron Indoor Stadium").

bronxblue

March 20th, 2011 at 5:54 PM ^

Great run by the team, and should be even better next year.  Excited about the future of this team, which hasn't been relevant since I was in HS back in the mid-90s.  Go Blue!

uofmmarcum

March 20th, 2011 at 5:56 PM ^

I couldn't agree more, I JUST WANT TO KEEP SEEING THEM PLAY!!!  The beauty is, we get another year with the ENTIRE team!  Thank you coaches and players for giving the Michigan Faithful something to get excited about!  GO BLUE!

HailToA2

March 20th, 2011 at 5:56 PM ^

I love this Michigan basketball team.. and so glad we will have them together for a while! The future is bright and I could not be more proud of what these guys did this year! Cannot wait for next season- lets try for a conference championship! These young players gained a lot of experience and really found themselves the last month and a half or so. Proud of you guys- GO BLUE!

harmon40

March 20th, 2011 at 6:00 PM ^

* You never wilt against even the toughest opponent

* Only 7 turnovers against the best team in the country

* 13-3 run to finish the game, no FG's for Duke in the last 4 or 5 minutes

* You hit some truly cold-blooded shots in the last few minutes of the game

* You came much closer to knocking Duke out of the tourney than that other Michigan team that was led by underclassmen

* Today you killed for good any idea that your torrid finish to this season might have been a fluke

* All of the above, plus the fact that you will all be back next year

They say there are no moral victories.  But perhaps today was a morale victory for Michigan basketball.  It is sooo nice to be back on the map again.  Thank you, men.  Very much looking forward to next year.

bluesouth

March 20th, 2011 at 6:02 PM ^

needed.  the denouncement that is.  I'm by no means satisfied with these young upstarts.  but expectations will be through the roof if this team gets another big man that just takes fowls and blo.. alter shoots and take up space. 

 

as always go blue. 

West Texas Blue

March 20th, 2011 at 6:08 PM ^

Extremely proud of our boys.  Never gave up, showed true grit, and fought till the last second.  I can't wait for next season; buckle up because Michigan's bball program is about to take off and reach heights we haven't seen since the early 90s.

m1jjb00

March 20th, 2011 at 6:09 PM ^

Contrast with all the dumb play we've seen in the past couple days.

Think of the development: first Morris, then Jordan, then Hemingway, then Smotrycz.  Now Horford has added a third dimension to his frame.  

The future is bright, go blue.

Lancer

March 20th, 2011 at 6:11 PM ^

Duke gets every call, "hands on defense" so many hand checks and nothing called. I love this michigan team, if we can work on rebounding this coming of season we will be in great shape.

M-jed

March 20th, 2011 at 6:18 PM ^

With how well this team has played down the stretch and the coaching, I cant imagine we'll keep missing these close games. Morris' passing is ridiculous - I look forward to more thrilla dishes as they get to know each other even better

The in-game and practice coaching is impressive. Late this year there were very few times that I've been frustrated by what the team was doing to itself in the game, and this passes my eye test for playas knowing what to do and where to be.

Sad for today and geeked for tomorrow!

The Man Down T…

March 20th, 2011 at 6:20 PM ^

They are scrappy, tough and skilled.  They never run away from a fight and even when they are getting hit left and right, they still keep fighting...

 

Plus with all their tough hard games they do cause a lot of drinking to occur...

 

I do so love this team.  Next year we'll be a lot better, but  I will always love this years version.  What a great bunch of kids.

Highflowing

March 20th, 2011 at 6:27 PM ^

Go blue. This is my senior year. I have been to ever basketball game for the last four years. This year’s team was amazing. Thank you guys for giving Michigan sports something to be PROUD off. They’ve played their asses off, hats of to this team. I could not be happier with the way this season ended. GO BLUE, and good luck in future seasons!!!

legalblue

March 20th, 2011 at 6:41 PM ^

You can't help but cheer for these guys.  They exceed expectations and there's no quit in them.  I'm happy we're bringing this team back but more importantly I'm happy we're bringing people of this caliber and class back to the U of M for another great year of bball.