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05/10/2018 - 1:57pm What Lebron is doing this season...

... is pretty amazing, but the comparison doesn't seem to be all that illuminating.  Yes, the Cavs without Lebron (seemingly) wouldn't make the playoffs this year, but what they've done instead is finish fourth in the East and have (thus far) won two playoff series--not win an NBA championship.  So, they are currently about "two degrees" better than not making the playoffs.  Just as the Bull's teams without Jordan didn't win the NBA championship or the Eastern Conference championship--and so were (roughly) a couple of degrees worse than they were with Jordan.

Now, Cleveland will likely beat the Celtics and go to the finals, but the Celtics are missing their two best players.  If the Cavs beat the Warriors or Rockets, then certainly that would be incredible.  Maybe Jordan would do less with this year's Cavs... but maybe not.  No one can doubt that Lebron is playing out of his mind in the playoffs as a 33 yr. old.   

05/10/2018 - 1:46pm Confused

Aren't you calling him wrong for stating what you acknowledge in the very next paragraph:  that the Bulls without Jordan made the Eastern Conference Finals?

(maybe I'm missing something)

05/10/2018 - 1:26pm 2014-15 Heat

I don't disagree with your general point--the loss of Lebron had a significant impact on the post-Lebron Heat--but their '14-15 team finished so poorly in large part because Wade and Bosh missed significant time--namely 58 games--due to injuiries.  So their squad was not simply the previous year's team minus Lebron.

05/06/2018 - 12:28pm Perhaps...

Jordan had the advantage of having a fairly stable core at the peak of his career, and had some nice complementary parts, but there are reasons to think that over the course of both of their careers, they've been surrounded by a similar level of talent.  You may or may not agree with the analysis, but this FoxSports article makes the case that Lebron had a stronger supporting cast for eight of his first fourteen seasons:

https://www.foxsports.com/nba/gallery/proof-that-lebron-james-had-bette… 

Kyrie is a better offensive player than anyone with whom Jordan played, and he seemed to be the Cavs' best, most clutch scorer during any number of playoff games over the last few seasons.  Kevin Love has never fit all that well in Cleveland but had two 26 and 13 seasons before arriving.  J.R. Smith is somewhat erratic but hit clutch shots for the Cavs in the playoffs.  

I'm not using this as an argument for either Jordan or Lebron being the better player, I'm just not sure that the supporting cast is such a strong argument in Lebron's favor.

05/01/2018 - 8:57am On the other hand...

... Forcier eluded his studies, which didn't appeal to me.

04/23/2018 - 7:33pm You need to have...

... at least 10,000 points.

 

(Too soon?)

04/22/2018 - 10:34pm When trolling in every post...

... isn't enough:  start using the word concerned in your posts.   

04/10/2018 - 8:53pm Wait, now I'm even more confused

So, on our roster, we have (1.) Niko Collins, WR (2.) Nico Collins, WR from Tennessee, in addition to (3.) Nico Collins, WR from Alabama.  Surely we're going to be over the scholarship limit.  Who's running this team, Matt Millen?  

04/07/2018 - 5:19pm St. Ignatius of Loyola

Founder of the Jesuit Order.  The Loyola schools are all Jesuit, Catholic Universities. 

04/03/2018 - 11:22pm Actually...

... he did get called for a foul for clearing out with his elbow.  And he logged eight fewer minutes than Bridges because he picked up his fourth foul with 11 minutes to go in the game and didn't play much from that point forward.

04/03/2018 - 9:27am ???

He is the best sixth-man in the country, and was projected to be an early pick in the 2019 draft even prior to this game.  

04/02/2018 - 2:21pm That's very helpful...

... and Villanova is obviously beatable.  I would add that VU beat Tennessee during the regular season, who finished the season ranked #13.  Also while we were indeed more tested during the regular season, VU has beaten three top-twelve (in Kenpom) teams in the tournament, which closes the gap a bit.  I've watched VU play all season, and they certainly have pleny of off-nights (relatively speaking), and likely wouldn't have had the same record having to play in the ACC or (in most seasons) in the Big Ten.  They are also certainly deserving of their 1-seed--which no one is disputing--and their top six players are as good as any in the country.  

04/02/2018 - 2:07pm I've mentioned this...

... in two other threads, but Villanova was down two starters (though not Brunson or Bridges) when they lost to St. John's--and St. John's was playing really well and had just beaten Duke.  I think it's still relevant that St. John's played them relatively tough both times, although I doubt Villanova loses to the Johnnies if playing at full strength (it was a one-point game with 25 seconds to go).

04/02/2018 - 12:36pm Well...

... I'm not sure this will make you feel better, but they had injuries to their starting lineup during a stretch in which they lost to St. John's and Providence--and, as Brian correctly notes, they aren't a very deep team (six players get most of their minutes).  Their other two losses were road games against decent (though not elite) teams.  Butler bet them by hitting 68.2% (!!!) of their three pointers... so there's that?

04/01/2018 - 9:27pm Villanova...

... is certainly beatable, but they were also down two starters due to injury against St. John's, so that game isn't a great point of reference.  They've lost only two games when at full strength, both on the road.  But, yes, Michigan is better than all four of the teams--St. John's, Providence, Butler, Creighton--that beat Villanova.

03/25/2018 - 7:29pm It was...

... even worse than the UM-Purdue call.  I can't believe that they overturned it.

03/25/2018 - 7:27pm Stupid call...

... and I hate Duke.  The worst of instant replay.  The KU player knocked it out of the Duke player's hands.  Of no consequence anyway.

03/25/2018 - 12:12am Brady Hoke,

... is that you?

03/24/2018 - 11:19pm Sandwiches...

... and BANNERS!!!

03/22/2018 - 10:11pm NIce!

Even Stephen is getting snarky!!  That a boy!!

+1 and Go Blue!

03/22/2018 - 10:04pm (No subject)

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03/18/2018 - 1:32pm I think I (politely) disagree...

I actually came to something like the opposite conclusion regarding the foul:

I thought it might have been a foul initially--that is, on the intial replays from behind Poole--but once they showed a replay from a different angle where you can see the space between their bodies, it seemed quite clearly not to be a foul.  (The original game view from the side is actually pretty helpful, if not perfect.)

According to the view from behind Poole, his body crumbles and flails out at the perfect time and it seems impossible that it couldn't have been a foul, but in fact the defender flies right by without contact--or with very minimal contact, all of which is initiated by Poole after he breaks from his natural follow-through to flail his arms and legs out sideways.

So I thought the refs were right not to blow the whistle, because it just wasn't a foul.

03/18/2018 - 12:40am (No subject)

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03/18/2018 - 12:24am Consider yourself...

... BANGED!

WOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03/11/2018 - 6:48pm And now...

... the committee chair just mentioned that ND was the last team knocked out by Davidson, which, first "LOL," but secondly, Syracuse and ND have a better resume than USC?

03/11/2018 - 6:36pm Nice! 3-seed.

In Xavier's bracket... but a potential rematch with UNC looms.

03/11/2018 - 6:33pm Auburn a 4!!

nm

03/11/2018 - 6:31pm Yeah...

... USC was not even in the "last four in" in either Lunardi's bracket or Bracketmatrix.  That was a head-scratcher.  Apparently being the ninth-best team in the ACC is better than being (arguably) the third-best team in the Pac-12 this year.

03/11/2018 - 6:28pm Arizona getting a 4 was good for us...

... Texas Tech getting a 3--not so much.

03/11/2018 - 6:24pm ???

They already announced every team that had made the tournament prior to highlighting the first four in and out--they just hadn't announced seeding yet. 

 

03/11/2018 - 4:05pm Exactly

A majority of major polls have us as a three, and--if we aren't a three--which teams take our place?

It seems pretty likely that the 1-seeds are UVA, Villanova, Kansas, and likely Xavier

The 2-seeds are almost certainly UNC, Duke, Cincy, and Purdue

The 3-seeds are UTenn, UM (us), MSU, and...?  (Auburn, WVU, or Arizona)

Are we going to get jumped by two of those last three schools?  Seems unlikely, although I'd accept a 4-seed under the condition that it puts us in an easier region.

03/10/2018 - 9:43pm Freedom...

... of Fox wanting to market their games to the largest possible audience?

(What does this have to do with freedom of speech?)

03/07/2018 - 9:01pm By the time...

... the FBI gets done with them, their own crotches will have done them in.

03/06/2018 - 10:22am Indeed.

To be precise, Michigan turned it over a bit earlier than that.  Matthews dribbled the ball out of bounds with 15:06 to go in the second half.  Nantz claimed that it was already our second turnover but then corrected himself coming out of break.

Still, nearly 25 mins. without a turnover is incredible--though we may have gotten away with one or two up-and-downs.

02/28/2018 - 4:32pm Villanova...

Villanova never recruits at the level of the blue bloods and tends to "get the most out of their talent," which (I think) can make them vulnerable to an early exit from the tournament.  Also, this year's squad is not as good defensively as in years past.  

On the other hand... they are the best scoring team in the country (87.5 ppg in a strong conference), two of their losses occurred when they were missing starters to injury, and ESPN currently lists them as no. 2 in both RPI and BPI, so I'm not sure they are "overrated" in any really obvious way.  They also beat Xavier twice by a combined 40 points. 

(None of this, of course, makes them some sort of Final Four lock, which I'm not sure even exists this year.)

[EDIT:  Meant principally as a response to JHumich, furthering the conversation above]

02/17/2018 - 7:23pm I was cracking up...

... I think Villavova went 29 minutes before shooting a free throw and had 5 free throws all game.  Admittedly, VU was relying heavily on the three, but it was still an intense game.  Apparently the 22-5 FT disparity wasn't enough for her.

02/07/2018 - 10:15pm Villanova...

... *should* have been able to win that game regardless--and it's a great win for St. John's--but it's worth noting that two of Villanova's starters were injured and did not play.  So they weren't competing with the squad that achieved the # 1 ranking.  And they've never had the depth of a UNC or Duke.  

02/06/2018 - 10:53pm So...

... Alabama in the National Championship game?  

I like where this is going.

02/06/2018 - 3:05pm I posted this below, but...

According to 247's own rankings, they were top-five classes:

2016:  5

2017:  3

According to the the 247 composite, they were top-ten:

2016:  8

2017:  5

Personally, I'd privelege the latter, but it's not like people are just "lying" or "exaggerating"--well, they could be, but there is a metric that one could use to justify such statements.
 
[Also, we've lost some of those guys--Asiasi especially stands out--but most programs lose players along the way.]
02/06/2018 - 2:59pm Well...

According to 247's own rankings, they were top-five classes:

2016:  5

2017:  3

According to the the 247 composite, they were top-ten:

2016:  8

2017:  5

Personally, I'd privelege the latter, but it's not like people are just "lying" or "exaggerating"--well, they could be, but there is a metric that one could use to justify such statements.
02/04/2018 - 10:46pm Come on.

There was no pass interference on that play.  There was some contact between bodies and arms as the ball was arriving but the DBs were just making a play on the ball.  No one "whacked" Gronkowki's arm.  It was actually fairly clean for a Hail Mary into a mass of players.  And I was rooting for the Patriots.

02/04/2018 - 5:55pm ???

I don't understand why people are saying this. 

Again, if you rewatch the game, the play occurs between the 16:50 and 16:45 mark in the first half.  Wagner clearly leaves the paint in the middle of his post-up, gets both feet out of the paint, reestablishes himself at 16:47, and gets a three-second call two seconds later at 16:45. 

It was a bad call.  

02/04/2018 - 1:45pm Re-watch it.

I agree with the OP.  Wagner was not in the paint the whole time he was posting up the smaller defender.  He was in the paint for about two second, moved out of the paint and continued to post up the defender, moved back into the paint for two seconds (maybe two-and-a-half) and the whistle blew.  It's like the refs never saw him leave the paint.

BTW, the play happened around the 16:50 mark in the first half. 

01/31/2018 - 2:48pm And...

... didn't the Gibbons-Lewan incident occur in 2009, in the midst of the Rich Rod era?  The case resurfaced under Hoke when Gibbons was kicked off the team near the end of his final season.  You can criticize Hoke for his "family issues" comment, but he seems be taking blame (and losing credit) unfairly.  

Thus, this comment regarding Lewan (and Gibbons) doesn't make sense, since Hoke was at San Diego State: "That should have gotten him suspended, but it's clear from the way the Gibbons situation played out that Brady Hoke was a neanderthal in this department."

01/28/2018 - 2:59pm Come on!

It's people like you that are responsible for Latin being a dead language!

(Seriously, though, thanks for the link.)

01/28/2018 - 2:41pm Typo...

... I'm assuming you meant 'pater'?

01/28/2018 - 1:57pm Indeed, great, great match.

Though, they played with the roof closed, so--if I'm remembering correctly--the temperature was in the low 70s at the opening of the match.

01/25/2018 - 8:34pm I feel pretty confident...

... that "caring about Michigan's recruiting" doesn't require me to think that "not having a #1 recruting class over the course of three years" should appear on a list of fireable offenses.  If you are smart enough to type, you probably know that as well.  

01/25/2018 - 8:20pm Wait, wait, wait...

... you're telling me that in three years at Michigan Harbaugh has NEVER had the #1 recruiting class in the country!?!?

Excuse me while I go throw a chair. 

01/24/2018 - 2:36pm Thread title needs work...

May I suggest:  "R.I.P. Kerry Coombs"