Unverified Bearacity

Submitted by Brian on May 14th, 2013 at 12:21 PM

MORE LIKE AMBEARCROMBIE AND BEARFITCH, AMIRITE. Offensive linemen Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson as models of a certain variety:

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Slight difference? Naw. Yes I am going to take this opportunity to note that Kalis seems closer to the field than Magnuson solely based on resemblance to Soda Popinski.

You are victorious. Savor your victory. Spencer will eat cheese, and refugees will be settled, and if any of them look like they might have a double-digit block percentage we're sitting pretty well.

Behold the eye lasers of Brady Hoke.

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They are looking. Michigan's got a couple scholarships open and Hoke got locked into a luncheon where fans pepper him with questions so the first one everyone goes with is about the backup QB—could be worse, could be the starter. Answer:

"Yeah, we are (still looking)," coach Brady Hoke said Monday before the West Michigan Sports Commission Annual Luncheon at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids. "But, it's one of those things where there's a lot of I's to dot and T's to cross to make sure it's the right fit."

Michigan's got a month and a half before their summer semester starts, and hopefully they'll be able to reel in someone by then.

The double troll. Hoke got a two-for-one in at the same event:

"The Notre Dame game, that rivalry, which they're chickening out of," Hoke said Monday ….

The remark drew thunderous applause from the crowd.

"They're still gonna play Michigan State, they're gonna play Purdue, but they don't want to play Michigan," Hoke continued. "I don't know how they made that decision."

Tell it like it is, man. Kicker JJ McGrath approves.

U MAD? Also on twitter (shut up Bry):

#inthecommunity #intheweightroom #inurbasesteelingurdudes

Um, okay then. I guess if Michigan's going to have a nonconference game at a neutral site New York isn't the worst place:

"The reception we've had in New York every year we've played there has been tremendous," Beilein said. "I think it's the plan to get there often. How often, I don't know.

"Is it every year? Every other year? I don't know. Right now, it'll be two years in a row and there's a tournament down the line we're obligated to as well. We're going to get there often."

I would prefer games on campus in all situations, but it's less of a big deal when you have Arizona and Iowa State coming in. Michigan is generally going to be the defacto home team against anyone they play there.

Regional: acquired. Also: Super Regional. Michigan got knocked out of the Big Ten softball tournament in the semis, a disappointing result for team with a 91% win rate in conference play. Despite that, Michigan did get a seed, specifically the eighth and last. That means that not only does Michigan host an NCAA regional this weekend, but if they advance they will host the super-regional.

Central Michigan vs Cal kicks things off at 4:30 PM Friday; Michigan hosts Valpo at 7PM. Unlike the Big Ten tourney, NCAA regionals are double-elimination. Valpo is 34-25 and was 11-9 in the Horizon League; they should be a pushover. Cal had a good overall record but was 10-14 in the Pac-12; Michigan mowed CMU down 11-0 in a mercy-rule game about three weeks ago.

Moar replays, fewer charges. The NCAA basketball rules committee didn't do much. They allowed some late-game replays—just what the game needs, more stoppages—and changed the charge rule so that a defender need to be set before an offensive player "starts his upward motion" to pass or shoot to not get called for a block.

I am not a fan. The game's problems stem from a refusal to call obvious fouls, as anyone who's flipped on the NBA playoffs after immersing themselves in this year's Big Ten schedule has been shocked to find out. All that hand-checking? Yeah, gone.

Tightening up the charge rule in that manner just seems unfair to the defender, who can get there in plenty of time and still get nailed because he didn't anticipate that by the time he was getting plowed in the chest the offensive player would put his arms up.

I am vaguely hopeful the proverbial crackdown will be more effective. From Andy Glockner:

The other changes, which really are just a re-emphasis of existing rules on the book, will require officials to consistently and, perhaps exhaustively, crack down on handchecking, armbars, and other techniques used both on a primary ballhandler and on cutters moving through the lane. If the officials do call this regularly, we’ll end up with a lot of fouls and free throws early in the season, and then hopefully teams will adjust and we’ll see better, more free-flowing offense later in the campaign. The off-ball contact in the lane is an especially big problem in the college game, and it will again challenge coaches who teach this as part of their defensive approach to find another way to successfully guard.

If that actually gets called like the NBA, the game is going to get a lot cleaner once we get past the section of time when all games are horrible foul-fests. That would be great for Michigan, which is historically a low-foul team that uses a crapton of cuts.

I AGREE WITH NICK SABAN. I've been agreeing with Dave Brandon lately about things like "how many conference games should we have?" and "should we schedule Virginia Tech," so I may as well just agree with everyone about everything. Here we go:

“I’m for five conferences – everybody playing everybody in those five conferences,” theAlabama coach said Thursday night before speaking at a Crimson Caravan stop. “That’s what I’m for, so it might be 70 teams, and everybody’s got to play ’em. …”

Saban reiterated his desire for the SEC to expand from eight conference games to nine per year for each team.

I… I'm with Napoleon.

Hockey commits. Michigan picked up a commit from OJHL goalie Hayden Lavigne for either next year or the year after. So while the door for Rutledge is hypothetically still open, he's just picked up two competitors for the rest of his career. I don't think he's coming back. Lavigne started 18 games last year, posting a .922 and being named "second team All-Prospect" in his league. He was a third round pick in the most recent USHL draft even though his OJHL team expects him back this year.

The addition of Lavigne signals a sea change in the way Michigan is acquiring goalies. Used to be they'd plug and play a top prospect every 3-4 years. Now they're adding a third contender to the mix, and instead of first-round draft picks they're random guys. This can work. It's clearly not the best way to go about things, but Jeff Jakatis and various Miami goalies have proven that goalies are weird and can come from anywhere.

Michigan also picked up a commit from a USHL defenseman named Cutler Martin. He's a '94 (ie, he'll be 20 when he comes in next year) and has very little internet profile out there. Seems like he'll be a third pairing guy to fill out roster depth.

At what point does something become and out-and-out lie? Here's NBC Irish blogger Keith Arnold claiming "Michigan asked to stop ND series first" because Bill Martin wanted to put in one of the occasional two-year hiatuses that the series has seen since its resurrection. Is this merely dishonest or a flat out lie? I think it's actually the latter, since of course "stopping" the ND series is something you do when you, say, cancel all future games. Michigan never had any intention of doing that.

Etc.: More than you needed to know about the all-time-wins chase from the perspective of a Texas fan. Women's tennis hits the sweet 16, their fourth straight. Men go down to a first-round upset. Soccer brings in the #6 class in the country(!). More things you wouldn't buy on eBay. It's Mott Takeover week at WTKA.

Comments

Don

May 14th, 2013 at 12:36 PM ^

and no doubt Magnuson could rip me in two with his bare hands without breaking a sweat.

Regardless, that photo makes it look like he's never spent a minute in the weight room.

Tater

May 14th, 2013 at 12:42 PM ^

For basketball, I am glad that Rutgers and Maryland are coming in, and glad for basketball games in New York.  If the effect is to open up the New York, Philly, and DC areas for recruiting, we could see the Big Ten get a few players who would normally be in the Big East or ACC.  

Allin4Blue

May 14th, 2013 at 12:47 PM ^

So I guess Texas is "on the heals" of Michigan in all time wins! They're 37 games back! If we went 6-6 every year to their undefeated seasons it would take over 6 years to catch us!  #GETOFFOURLAWN

M-Wolverine

May 14th, 2013 at 1:52 PM ^

An article that says Texas is 36 games back but a chart that says they're 37 games back.

And I think they should worry more about Notre Dame getting back the #2 spot than getting the #1. Notre Dame back vs. the ACC, and Texas not even being the best team in their state right now, that's far more likely to change than the top spot.

bronxblue

May 14th, 2013 at 5:41 PM ^

Yeah.  Caught that math issue as well.  Also, I love how they say they have a winning record against UM, what with their 1-0-0 record against the Wolverines.  While technically true, it's like how App St. has the highest winning percentage against UM (argh!). 

mGrowOld

May 14th, 2013 at 1:04 PM ^

"At what point does something become an out-and-out lie?"

I found these links at the bottom of the article you referenced to especially prescient:

More Inside the Irish

*Hoke says Irish ‘chickening out’ of Michigan series

*Te’o begins life in the NFL

Don

May 14th, 2013 at 1:44 PM ^

or schizophrenia, or outright hypocrisy, take your pick.

A staple repeat discussion on MGoBlog concerns Michigan's home football schedule, with focus on MAC-ky cakes, UMass, and other unworthies that we've faced, and will face in the near future. When somebody like me says I want to schedule teams like Texas or Georgia or OK for home dates when we have ND on the road, inevitably there is a sizeable contingent of diehard Michigan fans who say that's crazy because it makes getting into a BCS game that much more difficult because our conference season is so difficult, what with the gauntlet of Illinois, MSU, Purdue, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, PSU, and OSU. There's no heaping of scornful abuse on those with this view.

Yet when ND makes a scheduling decision for what appears to be the same exact reasoning—to make their schedule less difficult—all of a sudden they're chicken-hearted cowards. Their scheduling of Purdue and MSU is sneered at, even though those two teams have been part of our own allegedly tough conference scheduling forever. Rutgers and Maryland have been thoroughly derided here by everybody, yet the fact that they're now going to be yearly opponents of ours doesn't seem to enter into the one-sided view of how strong our schedule will be versus ND's, who will be facing Florida State, Va Tech, Clemson, Oklahoma, and Texas in upcoming seasons, in addition to their games with USC and Stanford.

Monocle Smile

May 14th, 2013 at 2:21 PM ^

I'd like you to demonstrate the scorn you claim is suffered by "people like you." Over at least the past year, Dave Brandon has gotten derided constantly for scheduling cupcakes. This blog DESPISES the idea of playing FCS schools anymore and seems to want the MACrifices gone as well. The trend I've been observing is the exact opposite of the one you claim, and it's not a recent shift.

Speaking of amnesia, this little thing called "CoFoPoff" is coming soon and the computers are being reconfigured to emphasize strength of schedule, at least to a higher degree than for BCS. So even if the blog DID want an easier schedule in the past, it was fully justified because of the stupid BCS algorithms. Once the playoff is instituted, there's no reason to dilute the schedule.

Thirdly, this isn't hypocrisy. Sure, the Big Ten isn't exactly a juggernaut of a conference compared to the SEC, but what control do we have over that? We have a considerable amount of control over our nonconference opponents, and Notre Dame has complete control because they're not in a goddamn conference and are choosing to eliminate a strong opponent when, as stated above, there will be no real benefit when the playoff starts.

tl;dr version: stop whining; you're being butthurt about blog trends from AT LEAST several years ago.

gbdub

May 14th, 2013 at 2:30 PM ^

To be fair, I think ND has a series against Texas coming up - Texas for Michigan is a closer trade in terms of prestige of opponent. So I doubt their 2015 will be much easier than their 2014. That said, to hell with 'em.

Monocle Smile

May 14th, 2013 at 2:35 PM ^

ND's schedule is still tough in the upcoming years. I'm not about to defend the argument that Don presented as a straw man...the idea that Notre Dame is doing whatever it can to get an easy-peasy schedule.

But I don't think it's any coincidence that Brandon was handed the papers to end the series until further notice after three consecutive soul-crushing losses.

This is Michigan

May 15th, 2013 at 8:20 AM ^

ND needed schedule flexibility with their move to the ACC. They had no buyout for the UM-ND series. Dropping Michigan made the most sense. I don't think it's any more complicated than that.

I don't buy that ND "chickened-out". Sure, it was a funny remark by Hoke and reflects the disappointment among the UM faithful. Personally, I am the least bit disappointed in severing ties with ND.

This is Michigan

May 15th, 2013 at 2:17 AM ^

I would like to point a few things regarding MSU and ND's future schedules:

MSU and ND are going on a two year hiatus for 14', 15' and then again 20', 21'. So for at least one of those years (15') ND has effectively dropped UM and MSU for Texas. We will see if the ND-UM series continues in 20' when ND misses out on MSU and adds Texas. ND should really get half credit for scheduling Texas. I know they added a few other games and we will see how their ACC portion of the schedule shapes up. Basically ND is a chicken leg.

I often, not specifically on this board, see many praising MSU's scheduling of Oregon, Alabama and Miami(FL). Oregon and Miami effectively replace ND in 14' and 15' and 20' and 21', respectively. MSU was forced to schedule or at least try to schedule a marquee match-up with ND off the schedule. Kudos to them for getting a big name but they've held strong to the 1 marquee non-conference game model. As for scheduling Alabama, well let's see if they stay on the schedule. MSU currently has 4 non-conference games scheduled in 16' and 17'. With the additional B1G game, they have to get rid of one non-B1G. Now, I don't know the contractual details between ND and MSU series, but if it is a anything similar to that of the ND-UM series, financially, it may make more sense for MSU to drop ND. I assume that the lesser opponents have a relatively sizable buyout and MSU would have two less home games. I also assume that the buyout for Alabama is also fairly sizable, but MSU would have one less home game. Then, like I noted above, there is a chance that MSU has no buyout with ND. Does Hollis hand a letter to Swarbrick before the game this season?

On a somewhat unrelated note, I would really like to see Brandon eat next year's game in South Bend. Schedule another home game against whoever and cover the debt from the buyout.

WolverineHistorian

May 14th, 2013 at 1:58 PM ^

You are correct, Brian.  Bill Martin never wanted to stop the series with Notre Dame.  Just do a 2 year hiatus like we did in 1983-84, 1995-96 and 2000-01.  The reason for that was in part because of the now tradition of dumbing down the conference schedule to all cupcakes plus a relevant team.  (Or if you're a team like Wisconsin, play all cupcakes.)  We were tied in with Notre Dame every year and I remember hearing some grumbling from fans that they wanted to play somebody different to play against some new blood but still keep the series with Notre Dame. The solution was another 2 year hiatus.  Problem solved.  It never meant we wanted to cancel the series altogether. 

Speaking only for myself, I never wanted the series to end either.  But then Notre Dame sort of joined the ACC last year and sort of didn't so they could, I don't know, have some type of a conference affiliation but still be kind of an Independent.  That pissed me off from day one.  If you're going to be a member of a conference, you need to be a full fledged member.  You should not allow a team to play half of a conference schedule and still "sort of" be considered a member.  This is just another example of special treament being allowed in Notre Dame's favor.  And seeing that they turned down invites from the Big Ten to become a member decade after decade after decade, I wish the the Big Ten would finally tell Notre Dame to fuck off once and for all.  That means never again asking or even considering them for membership and for Sparty and Purdue, along with us, to drop our series with them once and for all.  Notre Dame's entitlement can only go so far until you finally have to say, "enough!"

Sac Fly

May 14th, 2013 at 2:10 PM ^

I'm not even positive Red is coming back after next year. It would be very difficult for Rutledge to commit to Red, leave and then come back to a new coaching staff.

Adam Schnepp

May 14th, 2013 at 2:37 PM ^

Could just be coincidence, but Michigan appears to be following the NHL trend of stockpiling tall, athletic goalies. Racine and Nagelvoort are 6'2, while Lavigne is 6'1. Michigan's had some tall goaltenders in the past but I think this is the first time in recent memory that all of the goalies on the roster (in 2014) will be over 6'0. 

Michigan Arrogance

May 14th, 2013 at 3:58 PM ^

I really don't think the ND decision was a result of the choice b/t Michigan and Purdue/MSU.

I think it was a choice b/t Michigan and Tex/Bama/OU/FSU (a rotating big time team). They realied that even a pseudo-quasi conference committment-ish substance won't allow for them to play as national a schedule as they'd like.

Now, I think that pretty fucking short sighted considering that the ND-M game gets more national attention than many of their committments, but w/e.