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08/20/2017 - 2:18pm Same for me

Same for me

07/18/2017 - 11:42am I bicycle to work in a large

I bicycle to work in a large Midwestern City. When I turn or cross an intersection, I have to make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see me. I see multiple drivers texting and not looking up each day. It is extremely dangerous and I think our society needs to hold these drivers accountable just like with DWIs.

I suspect that in the future, we will look back on this era and wonder how we ever tolerated drivers to text -- just like now we look back at the past and wonder how we condoned drinking and driving.

01/14/2017 - 7:20pm This is correct.
At the same

This is correct.

At the same time, would be interested to do a SportsVU-style sophisticated analysis to see how open U-M's opponents have been on their shots. I would guess it would show that this streak is just bad luck.

There will be regression to the mean. Along with death and taxes, the law of large numbers always prevails.

09/13/2015 - 1:03pm Agreed, would be a good

Agreed, would be a good follow-up question to clarify if he'd like Shane to redshirt.

07/17/2015 - 3:03pm It's not just HBS and the

It's not just HBS and the athletic facilities. The medical school (and most affiliated hospitals), dental school, public health school, and much of the new engineering school are all in Boston too.

07/15/2015 - 3:19am I'm a huge fan of Trey, but

I'm a huge fan of Trey, but this does seem a bit curious.

This coming year will be the make-or-break in terms of whether he gets a second NBA contract.

07/14/2015 - 5:29pm The NBA highly values youth

The NBA highly values youth because they believe they can develop players better than college teams.

That is to say, a third year of school likely would have brought down GRIII's stock. Just like a second year did. There is opportunity cost in staying in school.

I know it's in your interest as a U-M fan to have players like GRIII stay, but try to take a more rational approach to the risks and benefits that players like him confront.

07/14/2015 - 5:25pm Because talent is still

Because talent is still hugely important, and there are only 150 starting spots in the NBA.

I don't really get your point.

07/14/2015 - 5:23pm I think this is

I think this is speculation.

NBA teams routinely put players they want to keep and develop into the D-league, so I think that's pretty strong evidence against your point.

07/14/2015 - 9:21am Why? So you could benefit

Why? So you could benefit from watching him play for free?

This line of logic is so old and weak.

The truth is that, all things being equal, young players tend to develop better in the NBA than in college. They also get to their second contract quicker. So, if anything, GRIII should have gone after his freshman year.


10/08/2014 - 11:18pm Epic dangling modifier to

Epic dangling modifier to start out this post:

As a former Michigan Daily columnist and current national political pundit who often discusses Michigan football, I'm not sure how OT anything by Jon Chait is but in any case I thought this would be of interest.


10/04/2014 - 7:24pm I agree with Dr. Explosion

I agree with Dr. Explosion that if this team is winning, all of the offenses of the Brandon regime are tolerated. That doesn't mean that we minimize the offenses; it just means that winning is an overpowering elixir.

04/16/2014 - 7:35pm Incredibly high-quality

Incredibly high-quality content. Nice work, Ace.

03/31/2014 - 10:34am What's wrong with celebrating

What's wrong with celebrating a team that, statistically, had the best offense over the past 12 years?

You have a whopping 29 days of experience on MGoBlog, so I'll let this be my last response to you.

01/21/2014 - 1:01pm You should make a quick chart

You should make a quick chart a la UMHoops of all the freshman point guards with KenPom ORtg and %Poss on the two axes. That would be the single best way to compare Waltons performance. I would include only those with minimum, say, 25% of minutes.

Just a thought. It would take like 5 minutes.

12/05/2013 - 1:54pm I like how you make fun of

I like how you make fun of people who misuse statistics then do the exact same thing yourself:

"Through 20 games Burke has shown he can't shoot, is not a good defender, and is injury prone, but I'm not willing to sell him down the river just yet."

All three of these statements are incorrect or easily contestable.

1. "Through 20 games" -> He's played 8 games, not 20.

2. "Can't shoot" -> Burke has shot 40% on 100 field goals, 40 of which are 3FGA (and shooting it at 42%). His eFG% is 47%.

3. "Injury prone" -> Burke has had 1 injury and missed 12 games. Hardly enough to already call him injury prone.

Think a little more next time.

07/29/2013 - 12:29pm This is not quite an "I'd let

This is not quite an "I'd let him date my daughter" quote, but I assume that's because his coach only has sons.

Hey, careful with the assumptions. You never know, perhaps one day we'll hear a high school football coach say something like: "I'd let this young man date my son."

06/10/2013 - 10:17pm Anyone know if you can buy

Anyone know if you can buy the small laptop sticker from the video with the block "M" on it? That was pretty tight.

06/09/2013 - 11:55am Get off your high horse a

Get off your high horse a bit. I don't think the purported "academic superiority" actually makes that much of a difference in the end, especially as most kids -- even at U-M -- major in the sports disciplines.

06/07/2013 - 12:40pm Love the old recruiting

Love the old recruiting board. Glad you're bringing it back, Brian. I think you had it in the Blogspot phase, no? Many ppl will not know the long, illustrious history of the board.

Sad Josh is an oldie but a goodie.

04/10/2013 - 7:56pm I think Darius's decision was

I think Darius's decision was actually a smart one. Please don't disparage him by calling him not an  "actual NBA prospect" when he's been in the league for 2 years now. He's already proven he was an NBA prospect. Keep in mind that Darius Morris made about $1,000,000 over the past 2 years. 

04/01/2013 - 10:33pm I hate that this thread

I hate that this thread exists. There is no question that he deserves his number retired. He's the best MIchigan player in 20 years. 

Geesh, the effrontery to suggest that he has to stay four years to "earn" such an honor is pretty mind-blowing. He was an awesome player and an awesome representative of the program. Now he's going to get paid. Good for him.

03/31/2013 - 10:04pm Only need to look at the
Only need to look at the Manny Harris model to see how important it is to develop your skills before you get to the bigs.

Sorry dude, people say this a lot and it's pretty ignorant.

Actually, Manny's decision did work out pretty well for him. He got the chance to audition for multiple seasons in the NBA, made NBA-money for 2 years, and got the chance to work on his game for a full year when he would have had to invest time in classes.

Just because he didn't make an NBA roster for 10 years doesn't mean his decision was a bad one.

03/31/2013 - 12:42pm I too worship at the throne

I too worship at the throne of KenPom, but Florida simply does not pass the sanity check for me of a dominant #1 overall seed. Vegas appears to agree with me to an extent and gives Michigan 2.5-3 points compared to KenPom's 5. In terms of probabilities, Vegas thus gives us something like a  40% chance of winning.

Not tempting KenPom deity, but, in the end, it's just a model!

03/30/2013 - 2:04am  
Should have been a flagrant


Should have been a flagrant 2, should have been ejected from the game. It was one of the most disgraceful things I've ever seen on a basketball court.

Basketball justice, too.

03/30/2013 - 2:04am Should have been a flagrant


03/23/2013 - 4:17pm We kinda have 3 of the best

We kinda have 3 of the best shooters in the Big Ten. Not sure if asking for Glen Rice 2.0 is realistic...

03/18/2013 - 8:29am No doubt the dude's got game

No doubt the dude's got game and would get minutes even in our backcourt.

HOWEVA, I was surprised how little lift he had on his jumper. The key will be stopping him from getting his shots off; if he does, he can obviously fill it.

Also, will he guard Burke? No chance in hell he can stay in front of him.

03/07/2013 - 10:52pm  

I'm just a guy, but over


I'm just a guy, but over the past year I actually haven't been that impressed by Walton's highlights. He's definitely guru-approved; it's just his tape doesn't jump out to me like Burke's did when he came out of Northland. His jumper doesn't look consistently smooth, and he tends to finger roll a lot of the bunnies. On the other hand, I do like his vision, and he's got good quicks especially of the pick-and-roll.

We'll see next year I guess how he adapts. I hope well.

01/26/2013 - 8:23am Lot of assumptions there. I

Lot of assumptions there. I don't want to speculate too much, but GRIII's dad has not been a big part of his life and I'm not sure what the family and personal situation is.

If GRIII is a top 20 pick like some of the pundits have him, it would be totally reasonable for him to go pro, and we (as fans) should support him.


01/23/2013 - 8:04pm Stauskis's TO rate is

Stauskis's TO rate is actually very low -- in the Burke range. Not sure what you're looking at.

12/15/2012 - 9:28pm I'd honestly prefer Vogrich

I'd honestly prefer Vogrich over Levert. I'm not sure what extra he gives.

12/12/2012 - 1:44pm Amen. Someone with some sense

Amen. Someone with some sense around here. Amazing how many people have no concept of probabilities.

12/01/2012 - 6:17pm Relax, brother.
IU played at

Relax, brother.

IU played at home in a big-time game. This was us working out the kinks in a mid-major's arena. It was a solid if uninspired performance.

We have 3 quality wins against KemPom's #2 major conference schedule. We're fine.

09/15/2012 - 8:03pm Hey Ace, nice write up. I

Hey Ace, nice write up. I like the quick turnaround. It adds a nice feature to the blog.



04/05/2012 - 2:36pm Relax, dude. It's not that he

Relax, dude. It's not that he "does not want to be here next year" as much as that he thinks he can make it to The League. 

Support him either way. He's no less of a Michigan Man if he decides to try his luck in the NBA.

03/31/2012 - 11:21am Addiction is a disease. It's

Addiction is a disease. It's a lot more complex than just poor choices. Educate yourself.

03/17/2012 - 8:39am I think you're just about

I think you're just about right.

No way we see much of Morgan/McGary on the court together. I think their minutes wil be mostly split (with Horford as well)

I think Stauskas gets a ton of minutes, especially if he can defend well. I do think we'll see a little bit of Hardaway at the 2 as well.

At the 4, I think the rotation will be Smot, Robinson, and Beifeldt, with Robinson also getting some minutes at the 3.

02/29/2012 - 11:32am The NCAA basketball

The NCAA basketball tournament started small (8 teams) and mushroomed to 68 (and counting). 

I expect something similar to happen in NCAA football. No rocking the boat too much, just an incremental size in the tournament field over the coming years. 

02/19/2012 - 9:48pm Please provide me with

Please provide me with evidence why it would automatically be a bad decision for him to leave.

Don't let your affinity for U-M sports distort your view. Individual athletes must weigh many factors -- not just loyalty to an academic institution like U-M -- as they decide what path to pursue in their  athletic careers. We're fans; this is his life.

02/19/2012 - 9:42pm What is your evidence for

What is your evidence for this assertion?

01/19/2012 - 4:24pm Ace, love the new format.

Ace, love the new format. Great information and posted quickly.

Question: What are all the abbreviations in the table? I assume they refer to how contested a shot is, but I also wonder what you consider uncontested, medium contested, etc.

Great work.

01/08/2012 - 9:21pm How are you so sure? You're

How are you so sure? You're not.

UMHoops has detailed how he's on the radar of NBA scouts.

11/06/2011 - 4:55pm That was funny.

That was funny.

11/02/2011 - 6:14pm Are those plays actually the

Are those plays actually the veer? When we ran veer in high school, we never pulled anyone. I guess Denard is reading playside DE, so it's the veer principle, right?

09/29/2011 - 3:57pm I think this is right. 

I think this is right. 

08/23/2011 - 2:26pm His tape was better than I

His tape was better than I had expected. I think he might be pretty good.

03/31/2011 - 9:12pm You're ignorant.

You're ignorant.

03/31/2011 - 9:11pm "It's not as if the money is

"It's not as if the money is being taken from the black inner-city kids and given to the rich white kids."

Ummm . . . actually, it is.

03/31/2011 - 9:10pm momo is correct

I'll take the heat and agree with you.

People who disagree with your conclusion are too entrenched in their addiction to NCAA sports to admit that the system is egregious. Doing so would invalidate their fandom.

For one moment, try to take off your maize-tinted glasses and realize that, yes, in general, the NCAA redistributes from poor to rich kids. Basketball and football generate dollars to give to scholarships in non-revenue sports, which are dominated by white, more affluent athletes.

Ask yourself: How much is a Denard Robinson worth in a free market? Jalen Rose back in the day? Their revenue-generating potential is off the charts. We may disagree on whether such athletes are exploited -- although I think they are -- but it is a fact that the NCAA is maldistributive.

Finally, it doesn't matter that Michigan has both white and black as well as rich and poor athletes in the revenue generating sports. Counterexamples themselves do not disprove the general truth about NCAA prejudice.

Neg me, because I don't care.