Dear Diary Is Still Laughing at 2012 Duke Comment Count

Seth March 21st, 2014 at 11:08 AM


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Things in the Past. There were some great diaries that would have been required reading if this was yesterday. Paps previewed Wofford (this you saw on the front page), Erik_in_Dayton tackled the history of 15 seeds upsetting two seeds; it's happened seven times since 1991. That may be more fun to visit now that the danger is passed, if only to relive 2012 Duke.

The game was played only 55 miles from Duke’s campus, but it was also the site of the first round game for UNC.  Tar Heel fans gladly joined in rooting for the Mountain Hawks.

Oh man, Duke. That was two years ago. Is it still acceptable to laugh about it?

It is considered acceptable to still laugh about this game.  

Lol Duke.

Speaking of way-back, remember the Big Ten Tournament? LSA has stats on that.

Meanwhile MGoBlueline put a ton of effort into reintroducing the hockey team for the Big Ten Tourney and then who-knows in the plinko playoff system. But those guys lost to Penn State in double-OT (finishing 2-3 on the year against the hockey equivalent of our lacrosse team) and will need to be lucky to earn a tourney bid. There were plenty of things to go wrong, including really bad turnovers and the now-requisite game-winner that almost went in but didn't.

The hockey guys (Brian, Center Ice and Blueline) will cover the most unsurprising upset ever in more detail, but there was one thing that infuriated me all game, and that was Penn State's defensemen were pinching despite being rather bad backwards skaters, and only a few times did Michigan challenge this by speeding through the neutral zone. When they did move up-ice with any kind of urgency in the 3rd period, DeBlois and Nieves split defenders and got off great scoring opportunities.

Since we're now left watching tourneys and hoping the unworthy don't steal autobids, here's a handy graphic of the tournaments.

Things in the Future or Never. Interesting, quickly consumed diary by saveferris looks at the history of 1-4 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Survey says:

  Semi-Finals   Finals
Seed W L Pct.   W L Pct
1 27 20 57.40%   18 9 66.70%
2 12 13 48.00%   4 8 33.30%
3 9 5 64.30%   4 5 44.40%
4 3 10 23.10%   1 2 33.30%

I just stole his lede here, so I'll tell you that there's a Burke gif at the top if you take the link. My guess is the closer seeds are to each other the more this will look like 50-50, i.e. the reason two-seeds won just 4 of 12 Finals games since 1985 is only 12 two-seeds have made the Finals.

The other Sierra (soph. OF Sierra Lawrence) has a .462 OBP going into Big Ten play.

And Softball. I could probably say this about the softball team most years, but I really really mean it this year: pay attention because they're on a new level of awesome fun awesome. They've carried a 19-6 record so far through an epic brutal schedule. South Bend Wolverine provided the update as the team is (finally) going into Big Ten play.

Thing to Know 1: Pitching is huge in softball; one great one will put a team in the Top 25. Michigan has three(!) such towers. I'll stop comparing junior Haylie Wagner to Verlander because her 0.93 ERA/13-0 record is more like Walter Johnson. Freshman sensation Megan Betsa has 63 strikeouts in 49 innings. Something's been off with junior Sara Driesenga, who was All-Big Ten both previous seasons, and picked up the slack last year when Wagner was out. If Sara returns to form the pitching is just going to be unfair.

Thing to Know 2: Star shortstop Sierra Romero's looks like Miguel Cabrera at the bat and in the field; in the comments Hail to the Blue points out her glove is fine but her arm's been erratic.

[Jump for Best of the Board]

LOTS OF OFFENSE, itty bitty D

Soulfire found a guy on Reddit who compiled a list of how teams with great (top 30) offenses and not-great (>100) defenses do in the tourney, by way of questioning the standard logic about defense's association with championships. The seeds are listed so if someone can put that in spreadsheet instead of a screencap we can determine the real meat question (did they go further than expected?) rather than simply how far they went.


I've been very frustrated with the coverage of the Gibbons story, and that's why I let yesterday's "I know I am but what are you?" thread stand.

So here's a little parable: say scientists discovered that a small % of cows have a disease that could be transferred to humans in their meat, and that 50% of those cows exhibit noticeable symptoms. The fictional nation of Andor decides to spare no expense in testing every cow and removing all of those from the food supply chain that they even suspect have the disease, in order to best prevent people from getting sick. The neighboring nation of Cairhien decides to test only cows exhibiting symptoms. A third nation, Tear, doesn't do anything.

What happens: Andor finds several instances of the disease in its meat and takes a lot of it out of production, a crippling blow to their economy. Cairhien finds the disease is isolated and reports all those they found with it were caught. Tear reports no problems. What gets reported:  Andor's meat makes you sick.

That's not exactly how Mad Cow went down, but it's about how the Gibbons thing went down. Michigan was among the first to comply with the White House's mandate (via the Dept of Ed via Title IX) to round up sexual assaults that went unpunished after victims of apparently unpunished sexual assaults at Missouri and ND committed suicide. The reason Michigan found one is because they're testing for it.


When announcers do it it's still uncool, but now that the Craft era is finished you are allowed to appreciate the parts of Craft that are appreciable. Like that he's by all accounts a good guy and a great student. And that by accounts he likes to have the ball in his hand when the game is on the line. And that by accounts when the ball is in his hands with the game on the line he tends to completely screw the pooch.

Viva Craft. Let us never let Dakich near him again.


Here's how you know these won't be worn in any game: they're actually yellow, not neon highlighter.


Just practice. Practice. Not a game. Practice. I mean: practice!


Mine are "=$B$1" because the pool manager uses excel, is bad at excel, and puts "Winners" in cell B1, and "La Di Da Di We Likes to Potty" because I have a 2-week old daughter and my life is full of diapers right now. Better ones:

  • Crisis LeVerted
  • We're the Mighty Ospreys
  • Crimea River (also was the name of a guy on the liveblog yesterday)
  • That Shit is Creigh (southernor picking Creighton to win it all?)
  • Bee-line to Dallas
  • Glass Case of Emotions
  • Malik McDowell’s Mother’s Mission
  • CJK5H
  • Reggie Theus Drives a Prius
  • GR3 Pointer

ETC. When fortune smiles on something as violent and ugly as revenge, it seems proof like no other, that not only does God exist, you're doing His will.

Your Moment of Zen:




March 21st, 2014 at 2:52 PM ^

Please describe this entire march where nothing happens but cows moving in complete detail. Be sure to continuously repeat the same emotions and create repetitive situations to exemplify the situations of every character.


March 21st, 2014 at 3:22 PM ^

I started reading The Wheel of Time in grad school because my friend had the first five books in the series, and hey, "free books." Anyway, I got hooked and spent the next 15 years reading the series and waiting for the next one to come out and dealing with the fact that an 8 book series turned into 13 or thereabouts. I lost track after awhile.

When you wrote about Saldaea, Tear, and Cairhien, my first thought was, hey, those aren't from the Game of Thrones. Where do I know those names from? Oh, yeah, the Dragon Reborn. So now that that series is done, is there any chance they will make an HBO-style TV series out of the books? Just please not on Showtime because I don't subscribe to that channel.


March 21st, 2014 at 4:07 PM ^

Well if they do want to make a mini-series I've got a script for it and even planned out the opening sequence (string- and french horn-dominated arrangement that races over the ground like the wind that opens each book and is overcut by character moments. At the crescendo is a slow-mo capture of Perrin riding his horse off the embankment into the river while escaping Shadar Logoth in tEotW. Then the sword that is not a sword and light comes out of it. I've put a lot of thought into this).

They'd make a better miniseries than Game of Thrones, but there's several things in the way according to the Brian Cook of WoT bloggers (at Dragonmount):

1. Harriet doesn't want them made into live-action unless they're a major motion picture series or a Game of Thrones-level production. Look what they did to Terry Goodkind's (before he turned into a political hack) series when it went to television: they ripped apart alll the world-building to produce Xena/Hercules-style sleeveless fiction. The second you turn Wheel of Time into how-hunky-is-Rand it's D.O.A.

2. It doesn't have the raunchiness to interest HBO, etc. A Song of Ice and Fire is low on the totem pull of good fantasy series (Jordan, Rothfuss, Brooks, hell Stephen King's Dark Tower series even!), and as the series progressed you get a stronger and stronger feeling that the author is some sort of psychopath whose therapist told him to start writing fantasy as an outlet for the sick shit that goes through his brain. But that means people getting their heads and cocks cut off every other episode, and lots of exposed boobies, and TV eats that shit up. Fantasy viewers can buy dragons, but a world where women are equal to men?

I read them in early high school. I was on a rained-out skiing trip with my dad and the 6th book had just come out in paperback. After a day and a half he'd finished the book and I'd finished everything I brought to read (there weren't kindles back then), so I started reading that. When we got home he pulled out all the paperback copies of the series and I tore through them. I've done a re-read before every new book since and as you can probably tell, I know the internet community.