Dear Diary Sprinkles Cheese Comment Count

Seth March 13th, 2015 at 5:34 PM

Several large bright objects have been reported in the skies above Ann Arbor this week. One is almost certainly this "Sun" the ancients were always going on about. But before we declare spring and release the frisbee people from their hibernation deep inside North Face jackets, we should rule out several other possibilities, like:

A Tiny Running Back Who Blocks and Makes the World Better


We will be in Ypsi tomorrow afternoon with Vincent Smith to benefit #EATING's Flint Garden. Corner Brewerey, 4-8pm.

A Basketball Team That Looks Like Spike Albrecht

Surely after a stretch that looked thusly:


in LSAClassof2000's seasonal four factors table, and that before losing Walton and LeVert, this season wasn't likely to end in the dance. Once those guys were out too, the step-back year because the Year of the Albrecht.

He has another left, but I think this season will go down as, metaphorically, the Spike one. They are too short, overlooked, worse offensively than they look, prone to the mistakes one makes when trying to do things outside the realm of normal basketball, and once in awhile pull something outside the realm of normal basketball:


click for Ace's gif

The artistry of Albrecht is the ridiculousness of the feint. In the above Spike takes two steps like he's about to posterize Ravote Rice. Unless they installed a trampoline in Chicago, Spike's Michael Jordan imitation will fall several feet below the rim. But Rice's brain isn't prepared for Albrecht to attempt this, because Albrechts don't attempt this, so Ravonte's body automatically does the thing it's been taught to.

When Spike would dribble the baseline you'd have two posts watching him whiz by like "is he serious?" And yet their bodies have been taught to twitch angrily at such attacks from far more plausible people. Because Spike was a sideshow, it took a year of this before coaches finally taught the collapsing guy to go for the steal instead of challenging the front of the basket.

Spike's shtick is the basketball version of that time Gardner took an Ohio State defender off his feet with a pump fake to nobody. You take advantage of the fact that a defender is a tightly wound spring of muscle memory. But it's not sustainable. In today's game Spike feinted like he was coming off a double on Dekker, then popped back on him and forced a turnover to help Michigan claw back in it in the 2nd half.

A Meatball All Covered With Cheese


sprinkle sprinkle!

Specifically one off the bat of one Sierra Romero. She's hitting .545 with 30 RBI in 55 at bats. Meanwhile the pitchers went through the first half of the season—all spent on the road because that's life as a northern team these days—with a 1.62 ERA.

Michigan is ranked #4 in the country, with two losses to #1 Florida, and a loss to Arizona State. The home opener is a doubleheader tomorrow vs. Kent State, and some MGoCrew are trying to make it out there for Sunday afternoon.

If you're going to follow this season, you need to know about the pizza. No, this is not a Gittleson diet; it's the most charming thing in Michigan sports since that rainbow smiling Iowa safety ankle breaking dude. Via junior catcher Lauren Connell:

We began to call Lindsay Montemarano "Monte Pizza" after she went on and on about all the reasons why New York pizza is better than Midwest pizza, as she deems herself a pizza expert. Every time Monte Pizza got on base, we would "Sprinkle the cheese" in the dugout, and thus, a new Team 38 tradition was born. Soon, we were sprinkling the cheese for everybody after a nice hit. We then rediscovered our love for the greatest food item on Earth as it quickly became the topic of all jokes and Instagram captions. Throughout the course of the season, we have developed a system involving pizza for singles, doubles, triples and home runs

Single they roll out the dough. Double they sprinkle cheese. Triples they make it rain pepperonis. She who hits it out gets to come home to sprinklers, and…

she *CHOMP* eats the pizza.

Michigan has 44 pizzas this season, nine of which the work of Romero.

Most Harbaughs Since Harbaugh
1985 quarterbacks, courtesy of John Kryk

WD noticed that the roster this year will include more QBs (walk-ons too) than any season since 1985. It makes sense since the roster was pretty bare when Harbaugh assumed the starting job in 1984, so this was the reload. In the comments markusr2007 tracked the '84 depth issues to when Steve Smith was the apparent starter for the foreseeable future, putting a dent in recruiting behind him. I'm sure Harbaugh appreciated the situation then, and certainly appreciates the value of QB depth and competition now.

My friend is married to Kyle Anderson, who saw the post and said there weren't really that many guys competing for the job since a few of them were playing other positions that season, and he himself was on crutches. Cernak was the nominal backup to Harbaugh but he'd looked pretty overwhelmed at the end of '84. One guy not on WD's list was Mike Gillette, who was listed as "QB/P" on the official roster.

Etc. Hockey was in line to win the Big Ten and perhaps an at-large bid with a good tournament showing but bombed at Penn State: thanks Oops I Crapped My Pants. Dallas radio gave us a shoutout, got our numbers right. Passing game video. SEC recruiting isn't all dollars and sense.

Your Moment of Zen:

(by me. original image via Angelique)



March 13th, 2015 at 10:33 PM ^

It is wonderful to know of former players like Vincent Smith being around the site & hearing what they are doing with their lives.  Good luck to you and #Eating, Vincent!


March 14th, 2015 at 1:33 AM ^

Yes no this week in college hockey... Was too busy setting up a trip to East Lansing tonight. And of course last weeks anger fed into a terrible fucking weekend so that's that for TWICH for now.


March 14th, 2015 at 12:48 PM ^

With all due respect to the fine ladies of softball:

Chicago deep dish > Detroit style >>>> NY style floppy cardboard >>>>>>>>> the cracker crust square cut shit they serve in St. Louis  and Columbus


True Blue Grit

March 14th, 2015 at 4:44 PM ^

Pulling out my 1985 media guide, I see the following players listed as QB's (this is pre-season obviously, when the guide was published):

Bob Cernak, Russel Rein, Jim Harbaugh, Demetrius Brown, Michael Taylor, Trey McNeil, Kyle Anderson, Chris Zurbrugg, Scott Crawford, and Mike Jones.  Also, as the article said, Mike Gillette was listed as QB/P also.  So, actually that's 10 plus Mike Gillette and there's only 8 in the picture.  Whatever.

I think Zurbrugg was the actual backup for Harbaugh, not Cernak.  Zurbrugg was the one who played most of the snaps at QB after Harbaugh broke his arm and started in the Holiday Bowl.  He was 3-3 as a starter after the MSU game where Harbaugh was injured, not including the bowl game. He actually played pretty well against Purdue, but we gave up 31 points to them and lost. 


March 14th, 2015 at 8:26 PM ^

After Harbaugh broke his arm, Zurbrugg finished the season: 63 of 113 passes for 691 yards, 6 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.

The 85 and 86 teams were mega good and he had plenty of opportunities in mop up time but rarely threw more than once per game, even in the 69-13 win over Illinois when the third stringers were scoring.

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March 14th, 2015 at 9:04 PM ^

nice research. Cernak said he was Harbaugh's backup in 1985. It could mean Zurbrugg was 2nd string but Zurb was not very good in '84 so it's plausible Bob passed him.

Anyway that's what i was.going on.