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04/06/2018 - 1:31pm The 2014 class saw only 1 of

The 2014 class saw only 1 of 6 recruits play 4 years at Michigan due to a variety of reasons:
NBA: DJ Wilson
Injury: Hatch
Transfer: Aubrey Dawkins, Ricky Doyle, Kam Chatman

The perceived recruiting problems can mostly be chalked up to this class not sticking around and causing the coaches to scramble to fill holes.

The 2015-2017 classes and transfers in have been solid in filling the gaps of the 2014 class. The 2017 and 2018 classes look like they could be great.

I think these last 2 classes are more of a baseline expectation for recruiting under Beilein than the 2014-2016 classes that were mostly trying to fill unexpected gaps due to attrition.

04/03/2018 - 2:12pm 3 point shooting will be the

3 point shooting will be the big concern going into next year. If Mo goes pro, this team will be losing their 3 most prolific and highest percentage 3 point shooters: Duncan- 78 @ 38%, MAAR- 73 @ 37%, and Mo- 63 @ 39%.

Returning they have Poole- 40 @ 37%, Matthews- 34 @ 31%, Simpson- 24 @ 29%, and Livers- 21 @ 36%. No other returning player has made more than 10 3’s this year (Ibi and Eli both made 10 and shot below 33%).

The incoming freshman look to contribute solid outside shooting, but returning only 2 guys that shoot above 33% from 3 means that next years team might have offensive performances like this one all too often.

03/08/2018 - 5:15pm This most likely would’ve

This most likely would’ve happened under any CEO, but hiring Brandon almost definitely accelerated the process. My father worked for a toy/gift company that went under about 5 years ago, the whole industry is changing.

I live about 5 miles from the corporate HQ in New Jersey, interested to see who might move in there.

01/15/2018 - 3:33pm New York City is now the pro

New York City is now the pro basketball home to Trey, Tim, Nik, and Caris.  With Caris playing point guard off the bench for the Nets we could see a game where all 4 are on the court at the same time and matching up with each other.

12/27/2017 - 1:38pm They just ran out of the

They just ran out of the first batch- think there should be more on the way shortly.

12/26/2017 - 10:02pm Brewery 4 Two 4

I recommend Brewery 4 Two 4 in Holland, mainly because they currently have a beer on tap in honor of my brother: 

"NEW BEER ALERT!! #301 Under the Bridge Brown featuring Milk Sugar and Mackinac Island Fudge Coffee


The backstory to #301 Under the Bridge Brown (Featuring Milk Sugar and Mackinac Island Fudge Coffee)

Brian Genzink, loved craft beer. Getting out and exploring the breweries in West Michigan was a central component of Brian’s social life. His love for beer created connections and fostered relationships that went way deeper than just brewing; his friends became his family and these relationships brought out the best in Brian. From creating new brews and entering local competitions to sharing his latest brew on his friends home tap, craft-brewing showcased Brian’s creativity, generosity, and love for life. 

One year ago, Brian’s life was cut tragically short by diabetes. When Brian passed away, he was training to ride his bike 100 miles in the West Michigan Tour de Cure to raise money and awareness to help combat this deadly disease. To honor his life and continue to tell his story, Brian’s sister Lisa, along with many others who love Brian, rode their bikes 10 miles in the Tour de Cure on September 11, 2016. Collectively, they rode 100 miles and were able to meet Brian's goal in both miles and dollars. Sharing in this experience allowed friends to turn pain into purpose. When the Tour ended, Lisa knew that she couldn’t just walk away from her part in the fight against diabetes. So she began to get connected and volunteer with other young adults affected by diabetes and that’s where the idea for Brian's Brew was born. 

The event was structured around an on-site homebrew competition and celebration event at Brewery 4 Two 4. The competition was comprised of 10 teams of up to four brewers. Representatives of both the American Diabetes Association and the JDRF were on hand to hold some informal education sessions with the purpose of spreading Diabetes awareness during the down times of the homebrew process. 

The winner of this competition, was the team of Jimm Sullivan and Steve McPharlin. They got to brew the winning recipe in house at Brewery 4 Two 4. This beer, a session brown with lactose and Mackinac Island Fudge Coffee is a unique take on the last beer that Brian brewed before his passing. 10% of all sales of this beer will be donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation & ADA. We ask that you raise a toast to Brian while you drink this beer and enjoy it as he would have."

09/19/2017 - 5:30pm The brand has certainly

The brand has certainly fallen off in the last several years with "Jordans" losing much of their luxury brand appeal.  As they increased supply and reissued old versions- their mystique has definitely decreased:

http://www.highsnobiety.com/2016/08/02/retro-jordans-price-hype/

09/03/2017 - 12:28pm I was surprised to see how

I was surprised to see how much Furbush was playing and especially how much Lawrence Marshall was playing.  Seemed like both held up pretty well.  Looked like there were other guys rotating in on D that I couldn't keep track of.

08/31/2017 - 9:39pm Even though he's clearly not

Even though he's clearly not 100% I still enjoy seeing him on my TV every Saturday. 

08/29/2017 - 11:39am This is the week where I just

This is the week where I just sit on mgoblog clicking refresh all day long

08/22/2017 - 10:45am Go to Karben4 Brewing: 3698

Go to Karben4 Brewing: 3698 Kinsman Blvd. Madison, WI.  It is easily the best brewery in the state (although Lakefront is great as well).  

If you like the beer they have there, buy some and take it back with you as it's very hard to find out of state.

03/13/2017 - 1:04pm Absolutely

After people were calling for Beilein to be fired 2 months ago, then he finished with a winning record in the league and won the Big Ten Tournament.

If they lose their next game by 15 points.  This season was still a great success. 

04/28/2016 - 10:43pm Look on the bright side,

Look on the bright side, Coach Freeze.  You'll be able to spend a lot of time with your family soon

12/09/2015 - 9:18pm The Toys R Us corporate

The Toys R Us corporate headquarters in Wayne, NJ are located 3.2 miles from Kareem Walker's high school (De Paul Catholic).  If we don't get Walker, we know who to blame.

11/03/2015 - 9:58pm Seriously, thank you for the

Seriously, thank you for the work you guys do.  I've been reading Mgoblog since I was in middle school, I'm 24 now.  

There are few things in the world that keep your attention for 10+ years.

10/20/2015 - 2:09pm Allow me to predict the

Allow me to predict the future here:

He'll blow up next summer, get more attention, higher programs will offer him, and John Beilein will be lauded for his ability to spot talent.

10/20/2015 - 2:00pm Send a cease and desist

Send a cease and desist warning.  Doesn't even have to be written by a lawyer

edit: unless you want money (which you're entitled to, people with shitty business practices should have to pay people they try to take advantage of).  In that case, sue

09/03/2015 - 2:47pm 10/7/2007 against Eastern

10/7/2007 against Eastern Michigan University

From NJ but in Michigan visiting family that weekend.  I was 16, I had long been a Michigan fan and I couldn't wait to see my first game at the Big House.  My dad had raised my brother and I to be UofM fans and I know he was excited to take his boys to their first games.

I remember I was really dissapointed that Mario Manningham wouldn't be playing due to suspension.  We knew there was a good chance that Mike Hart would break the rushing record that day, so we were really excited when he broke the record and we could say we were there.  

10/11/2008 against Toledo

This was the second game I went to at the Big House.  Not as fun

07/03/2015 - 3:02pm I've lost all ability to keep

I've lost all ability to keep up with what's going on in recruiting.  Too much is happening in a short amount of time.

04/30/2015 - 12:27am It's from an episode of Louie

It's from an episode of Louie

02/27/2015 - 12:59am When trying to make a point

When trying to make a point about handling yourself with dignity and class, it might be helpful to embody those qualities.

02/12/2015 - 11:26pm Michigan has been terrible at

Michigan has been terrible at inbounding the whole time Beilein has been here, one of his few flaws as a coach.  Lost 2 possesions in the final 2 minutes because of it today.

02/03/2015 - 3:52pm (No subject)

01/26/2015 - 1:23pm Does him going to Arizona

Does him going to Arizona make sense

01/22/2015 - 11:58am Per Bruce

Per Bruce Feldman:

@BruceFeldmanCFB: BREAKING #Vols OC Mike Bajakian is leaving #UT to pursue other coaching opportunities, multiple sources told @FOXSports.

If Kelly was going there to play RB this could have an impact

01/18/2015 - 2:29pm COMBOS!

COMBOS!

01/09/2015 - 2:58pm I live in Bergen County, and

I live in Bergen County, and the Bergen Record is a fantastic paper.  

Proud of the football players that come from this region.

01/09/2015 - 1:41pm Yeah, they haven't actually

Yeah, they haven't actually produced any of these things yet, it's just a concept and not even to the point of prototype.  

An OLED sleeve that you would wear on your arm seems much more plausible, even if it would look dorkier

01/09/2015 - 1:10am Jevon Sheppard (spelling?)

Jevon Sheppard (spelling?) has been a regular for the national team since leaving UM.

Robert Sacre from the Lakers is also a regular

01/06/2015 - 7:51pm On the sidelines at NFL games

On the sidelines at NFL games and on the air for the national title game.

The spotlight is good

10/24/2014 - 11:18am (No subject)

10/16/2014 - 2:43pm You forgot this

09/20/2014 - 6:55pm Contrary to what our brains

Contrary to what our brains are telling us, there’s no mystical force that imbues a winner with a streak of luck, nor is there a cosmic sense of justice that ensures that a loser’s luck will turn around. The universe doesn’t care one whit whether you’ve been winning or losing; each roll of the dice is just like every other.

-Charles Seife

08/20/2014 - 2:29pm Italian rap?

Was it this guy, he's the only Italian rapper I've ever heard of

06/06/2014 - 9:01am This is the death of Michigan

This is the death of Michigan Exceptionalism.  Any lingering feelings that Michigan was special or different from other colleges in regards to athletics has died under this AD.  Despite his history and closeness to the program, Dave Brandon still sees his alma mater as a brand and runs it like a national pizza chain.

Not everything Dave Brandon has done has been bad and he most certainly receives a lot of criticism for fairly innocuous things, but he has fundametally changed the relationship between the AD and the students/fans for the worse.

Furthermore, Brandon and the B1G are some of the fiercest defenders of the "collegiate model" and "amateurism" which is infuriating due to their constant attempts to monetize and brand the shit out of everything.  If you want to hide behind "the collegiate model", don't try to run your athletic department like you're the Dallas Cowboys.

05/22/2014 - 11:07pm He rejoined the US squad for

He rejoined the US squad for the 2011 Gold Cup after a 2 year abscence and then he came back to the US and joined the Philadelphia Union from 2011-2013.  He did well in that Gold Cup and was solid in his time with the Union.  He left the Union and went to play for a team in Brazil that released him (Bahia) then he went to Blackpool in England and got cut from their team but continues to train with them.

He's still only 24, though some question whether or not his age is accurate, thinking he's older.  If he's really 2 or 3 years older than his listed age, it may have contributed to the phenom hype, a 17 year old that says he's 14 seems much better than he really is.

That said, if he's really only 24, he'd be the 6th youngest guy on this US World Cup squad.  He could still get his career back on track and be in his prime for the 2018 World Cup.

05/22/2014 - 7:29pm My Best 11

My Best 11

 

--------Johannsson --------- Altidore-------
Dempsey -------------------------------Zusi
------- Bradley -------------- Jones---------
Johnson - Besler - Cameron - Chandler
-----------------Howard-----------------------

I expect a 4-4-2 of sorts. This is not necessarily the lineup I expect Klinsmann to pick, just the one I would like most

05/21/2014 - 10:07pm I've watched this video about

I've watched this video about 50 times due to my undying love for Sigur Ros

05/21/2014 - 10:04pm I'm sure there's a sweatshop

I'm sure there's a sweatshop of graphic design majors slaving away in the Schembechler basement, cranking these out for their "internship"

05/20/2014 - 10:57pm This mistake is all too

This mistake is all too common

05/20/2014 - 9:03pm For those asking how the

For those asking how the Pistons lost their pick and why Dumars is to blame, they traded their first round pick to Charlotte (top 8 protected) with Ben Gordon for Corey Magette.  The Pistons had the 8th worst record, so they needed to have none of the teams below them jump into the lottery, bumping them down a slot (after top 3, order is set).  Because Cleveland jumped Detroit, they slid to 9, meaning the pick is no longer protected and goes to Charlotte.

05/18/2014 - 1:18pm It feels like this is the

It feels like this is the first good news in a long time

05/15/2014 - 5:05pm Whenever talk of Dave Brandon

Whenever talk of Dave Brandon / Branding / Domino's comes up, we must remember the Pasta Bread Bowl.

05/09/2014 - 7:02pm I think the NFL should lessen

I think the NFL should lessen the penalty, because the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

I know people will raise the tired argument: He knew it was against the rules, so he deserves the harshest of punishments

I'm not saying that Gordon should get off easy or that his punishment should be lessened, but in the future, every failed test should be a 1 game suspension with a $50k fine.

It should still be against the rules, but not so extreme.

Otherwise we might as well make every violation a lifetime ban from the sport, because these guys "knowingly break the rules".  Just because the rule-breaking is done with full knowledge of its against-the-ruledness doesn't mean the punishment is automatically fair/just

05/09/2014 - 6:55pm NFL: Why THC when you can CTE

NFL: Why THC when you can CTE

05/09/2014 - 6:49pm Yeah, my point is kind of

Yeah, my point is kind of contingent on believing that Manziel is a starter and you want him to look good, which whether or not we think he is, the Browns have decided that he is.  Once you decide he's your starter, you have to put him in a position to succeed.

05/09/2014 - 6:45pm Like I said, I loved the

Like I said, I loved the trade when they made it, but I guess to me the difference is whether or not they start Manziel this year.  If you start Manziel and he has no weapons, he's gonna look really bad.  If you "redshirt" him for a year behind Hoyer, you can "tank" this year, have two high first rounders next year and get Gordon off of the suspension.

05/09/2014 - 6:43pm BROWNS HAVE KNOWN FOR TWO

BROWNS HAVE KNOWN FOR TWO WEEKS!

05/09/2014 - 6:42pm Of course football players

Of course football players shouldn't smoke weed, just imagine what it could do to their brains

/s

05/09/2014 - 6:36pm Reporters are saying the

Reporters are saying the Browns knew about this before the draft yesterday.  How do you pass on Watkins at 4...