HOEG. Richard Hoeg does small business law. Need to incorporate? Need some contracts? Need to talk about Star Control? Richard will do all three, and only charge you for the first two.
Anyway, Star Control. Star Control was a mindblowing video game because stuff happened in it and if you took too long you could lose the game as your allies fell to the great galactic menace. Losing is fun.
Having a bad contract and either getting sued or having to settle on unfavorable terms is not fun, and Richard Hoeg can help craft contracts for you that will avoid this eventuality. Police horses!
Tiller-era in more ways than one. This twitter bomb(!) from one of Purdue's recruiting yokels is frankly baffling:
— Due# (@JDue51) June 21, 2018
Why pick a fight with a program that held you to 15 yards in the second half last year? Why get mad about Michigan getting recruits? You're at Purdue! With limited exceptions for legacies and locals the number of bonafide recruiting battles you're winning against Michigan—against, hell, most of the Big Ten, is zero. Also Purdue's leading receiver averaged 3.6 catches a game.
I feel like this guy bought a Big Dogs shirt for the first time and was overwhelmed by it while near his phone, and he'll return to a mild-mannered citizen tomorrow when he puts his Ron Jon back on. It happens. It's good, really. It's fun when Purdue has a bunch of ornery passing maniacs who talk shit and bend rules.
[After THE JUMP: a bunch of stuff! And porpoises!]
Furies past. People were super mad when Michigan didn't offer Berkeley Edwards; Edwards didn't pan out at either Minnesota or Central Michigan and now joins Michigan as a walk-on. Probably, anyway. I'm not sure how he still has eligibility after he redshirted in 2013, played two more years for Minnesota, transferred, sat out, and played in 2017. Medical hardship, I guess?
Anyway, not every legacy is a scholarship player.
Different people were super mad when Michigan decided Matt Falcon was no longer a football player they could take after two high school ACL tears and offered him a medical scholarship instead; fast forward a couple years and Falcon is taking a medical scholarship at WMU after another knee injury and ten carries.
Another good guarantee game. Another basketball home game has been announced:
Western Michigan men's basketball will play Michigan at Crisler Center on Dec. 15. Broncos get a nifty $90,000 payday.
— Tony Paul (@TonyPaul1984) June 16, 2018
Western has been an approximately .500 MAC team for the last four years and was 177th in RPI a year ago. Their only games against high majors were bizarrely both against South Carolina, a team Michigan could play twice this year; they lost a road game 78-60 and a neutral court game 79-66.
This is a game that Michigan should win. At the time of the first matchup SoCar was #41 on Kenpom and WMU was #147; Kenpom gave the Gamecocks a 91% shot. Michigan will presumably be a top 20 team next year and should do even better than that.
But while it's almost certainly a W it is not a SWAC RPI anchor. That's a second game in the 150-200 range, along with Air Force. Taken together this is a sign that Michigan is thinking about their nonconference schedule and how to stop shooting themselves in the foot before the ball is even tipped off.
One prospect rises, one falls. Moe Wagner might be moving up draft boards here. NBA.com now has him going to the Jazz at #21:
He’s a tailor-made modern day big, who’s been a dynamic three-point shooter the last two years (39 percent as a sophomore and a junior) while also being able to put the ball on the deck and get to the rim. Wagner stuck his nose inside as well for Michigan last season, leading the team in rebounding at 7.1 per game. Wagner would be a very different kind of big than Derrick Favors, but he’d be a solid insurance policy for Utah with Favors one of the few quality bigs available in free agency this summer.
A majority of mock drafts now have him as a first rounder after he developed into a rebounding force this season.
Meanwhile, get a load of that sweet development down the road in East Lansing:
Miles Bridges mock draft projections...
Sporting News: 14th
Sports Illustrated: 15th
NBA Draft Net: 15th
Hope it works out but sure looks like he made a mistake.
— Jim Costa (@JimCosta_) June 20, 2018
Return to Izzo == drop, because Miles Bridges as a sophomore was the same as Miles Bridges as a freshman. On the one hand it's great that Jaren Jackson got the hell out of college, but that does rob us of a spectacular counterfactual: could Izzo have football-padded and toughness-drilled him into the second round if he stayed four years? Alas. We'll never know.
One and done has a tentative expiration date. The NBA is warning teams that there might be a real good draft in the near future:
The NBA on Friday sent teams a memo indicating that "eligibility rules" for the draft may shift as early as 2021 (but no earlier) as the league reviews issues "related to player development and the corruption investigation in college basketball," according to a copy of the memo obtained by ESPN.
The memo does not mention the one-and-done rule by name, but it is meant to remind teams that the league and the players union could agree to scrap one-and-done before the expiration of the current collective bargaining deal in 2024 -- and perhaps well before then, sources say. The memo says that, as of now, the league does not expect changes in draft eligibility rules to take place at any time "prior to the 2021 or 2022 draft."
Not the very near future. This change could not commit to Michigan for football or basketball. (Hockey? Yes, yes it could commit for hockey.) But the sort of near future!
Bah. Well this petered out into a whole lot of nothing:
Just shared on Inside The Huddle but the Jack Hughes - Michigan hockey marriage is not going to happen per a pair of solid sources.
— Michael Spath (@MichaelSpathITH) June 20, 2018
The once-tantalizing prospect of adding Hughes and Oliver Wahlstrom comes to nil. Michigan instead gets neither and loses Bode Wilde to "don't care, wherever else." Holding on to Quinn Hughes is all that separates Michigan from the worst case scenario.
Exit Jack LaFontaine. Enter Jack LaFontaine? This is sort of Michigan hockey summer but since LaFontaine lost his job to Hayden Lavigne, who returns, a departure was probably inevitable. Lo, it has come to pass:
— Penticton Vees (@PentictonVees) June 18, 2018
Penicton is in the BCHL, which is a league that will maintain your NCAA eligiblity, and apparently LaFontaine is going to return to school next year?
— MiHockey (@MiHockeyNow) June 19, 2018
That will be a crowded goalie room when LaFontaine returns. Lavigne will presumably be a senior. LaFontaine will return as a junior. Strauss Mann, who finished third in the USHL with a .932 save percentage on the Clark Cup-winning Fargo Force, will be a sophomore. Mann had a .936 in 43 games split across a prep team and a junior team in the East the year before so he's got a fair amount of sample size that suggests he'll be good.
Etc.: I am reasonably enthused about Gregg Berhalter's USMNT candidacy. 2020 hockey commit Austen Swankler profiled. Iso variants getting more popular than power in the "smashmouth spread," which sounds like a thing Michigan might do with Shea Patterson this year.