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12/03/2018 - 3:40pm Or the Big Dripper?

Or the Big Dripper?

11/09/2018 - 12:33pm I've never been to a Rutger…

I've never been to a Rutger game, but live 20 minutes away. I'm going tomorrow with two kids. It looks like we got seats pretty close to the cannon -- section 109, row 4 for about $100 with fees bought last weekend. I also got an orange parking pass (the most distant, cheapest lot).

05/04/2018 - 6:36pm As another Williams/Michigan alum...

As another Williams/Michigan alum, I was all over the story from the start. It is sad to see him go. It was weird this spring to get braggy stories from both schools' Facebook feeds.

I wonder how many of us are around on here -- Blueph certainly appears to be one going by name and avatar, though I don't think I've ever seen confirmation of it.

05/02/2018 - 1:23pm 1997 Michigan at Duke

I have a VHS tape with some stuff from the 1996-1997 season I've been meaning to transfer in some manner for years. It has a few clips of the Traylor broken backboard from the Ball State game (local news and SportsCenter), plus (I think):

Michigan @ Duke, 12/8/1996
Michigan vs. St. Johns, 12/11/1996
Michigan vs. Arizona, 12/21/1996

Is that the game you were referencing? The game played in 1997 was at Crisler, and I think this one ended with an epic Duke collapse. (They led something like 61-54 and lost 62-61. It was one of several games that year where Maceo Baston blocked the other team's final, potentially game-winning shot.)

03/26/2018 - 12:18pm double post

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03/26/2018 - 12:17pm Interesting connection

It was the move of the outgoing Marist coach, Mike Maker, from Williams to Marist that helped prompt Duncan Robinson’s transfer to Michigan. On a related note, Robinson’s historical performance in National Semifinal games is strong: 30 points and 6 rebounds as a freshman:

02/22/2018 - 8:43pm Very insightful!

Very insightful!

02/02/2018 - 4:53pm I guess Bledsoe doesn't fit the narrative

I was a little surprised that the article didn't point out the same dynamic was there in Brady's early career at New England. Bledsoe was a real star, and beating him out to start would have been a tall order without Bledsoe's (gruesome, life-threatening) injury. I'd think the time he unseated the starter from the backup position has more relevance when they talk about his attitudes around Garoppolo.

12/14/2017 - 1:28pm Don't ignore the lobbying

The transformation of the industry into an oligopoly has been aided by lots of state laws passed at the behest of the telecom industry that prevent local governments from creating local ISPs. In places where this hasn't been prevented, there are several success stories where cities have provided better service at lower prices than big telecom. The industry has spent a huge amount of money trying to prevent these services legislatively, rather than compete with them on price/service. Makes it hard to take seriously the claims that "the market will sort this out."

12/08/2017 - 5:26pm Spartans will.

Every time I run across a mention of this tragedy the impressively vague "Spartans will" slogan flashes through my mind. Then I feel guilty.

08/30/2017 - 5:06pm Too bad about the rain

I was at the matches yesterday, and was excited to see that she was scheduled for Tuesday when the draw went up. I saw enough Michigan gear on enough other spectators that I think she would have had good fan support.

08/23/2017 - 2:03pm Publicity ploy?

This is exactly why I'm suspicious of this being a publicity ploy engineered by ESPN. Who indeed would notice that the game assignments were switched ten days out and make a stink about it? If they had wanted to quietly change the assignments, they could have.

My guess is it's either an intentional publicity ploy or a disgruntled insider decided to publicise the switched assignment. Either way, someone decided to get peoples' attention and succeeded.

07/27/2017 - 12:14pm Cornell is the only team...

Several years ago I was messing around with all-time records of UM vs other teams, and Cornell really stood out. It's the only team we've played appreciably sub-.500 against (6-12). It would just take scheduling a few double-headers against Cornell to set things straight.

06/16/2017 - 1:28pm It's hazy for me...

It's hazy for me, but didn't the OKC bomber have ties to the Michigan Militia? That was what I thought he was referring to.

04/18/2017 - 2:51pm beat me to it...

I got tired of hearing about our total destruction of PSU last year at the end of the season discussions about bowl berths, etc. They had none of their starting LBs against Michigan. The unfairly ejected guy was a walk-on. (They were good enough to be conference champs in anything but a huge fluke, but they weren't generally the team Michigan had the fortune to meet.)

03/10/2017 - 3:14pm How about going down 25-4 to Penn with 4/5 of the Fab Five?

In December 1993, with a team that made the Elite Eight, they started off in a 25-4 hole in Crisler. They battled back to lose by two.

03/09/2017 - 5:56pm ravine

I don't remember the source, but one description of the accident I read said that the plane stopped just short of a ravine.

03/09/2017 - 5:34pm Margin

Winning margin was one of the first things I thought of after the game, too. Illinois' worst conference loss was to MD by 25, but they lost to West Virginia by 32 out of conference.

12/06/2016 - 4:24pm I didn't think about it when this happened

It didn't occur to me this fall, but it's a good thing Wilton got his helmet on before Harbaugh worked his way up to the head!

12/01/2016 - 12:46pm And if we start factoring in injuries...

If you look into injuries, our win over linebacker-less PSU looks a lot less impressive.

11/21/2016 - 5:22pm My first year in Ann Arbor...

Michigan probably did that for the entirety of my first year in Ann Arbor (1992-3). I'm sure it happens not too infrequently, but only a handful of the teams that tend to have good hockey teams are routinely ranked in football or basketball. The Big Ten happens to have most of the prime candidates for this, so it might be more interesting to know when it happened last to a non-conference team.

10/14/2016 - 12:07pm The real enemy is Cornell

I looked at this a dozen years ago, so maybe the intevening years did some damage, but: I looked at Michigan's all-time records against all other teams. We had a winning record against every team we had played a reasonable number of games. (There are schools where Michigan has a losing record, but only where there have only been a few games.) The only school against whom Michigan has a badly losing record is Cornell (6-12).

My suggestion is that we schedule a few years of double-headers against them to set things right.

10/10/2016 - 1:53am Fewest yards allowed records

Looks like the Div. I record is held by Penn State, which held Syracuse to -47 total yards in 1947. A couple of years ago a Div. II team managed a -100 yards total defense game:

As far as Michigan goes (from the Record Book on
Michigan held MSU to 10 yards in 1942, but we can't taunt much on this, since MSU held UM to 6 yards in 1951.

10/04/2016 - 7:04pm I guess 1976 was a good year for Rutgers, hoops and football

I noticed this (in banner form) when I went to the UM @ Rutgers basketball game season before last. Rutgers went into the Final Four 31-0, only to lose to... Michigan. No wonder we're rivals.

Full story here. Odd tidbit: Dickie V. was an assistant coach for Rutgers then.

08/25/2016 - 6:21pm 4.849, to be exact

The price at issuance was 98.993, so the yield was actually a bit higher. It's federally taxable, too, for what it's worth. The most unusual thing about it is that it's a 100-year bond: maturing 6/1/2111.

03/07/2016 - 12:28pm Projectile fecal matter is real

It only happens early on -- solid food and growing children cut the muzzle velocity down to something less alarming. A highlight of my daughter's infancy was a ten-foot shot (aided by the height of the changing table) that hit both the white carpet and the keyboard of a laptop. Thankfully the laptop was from my wife's work and was otherwise undamaged.

This led to a move of the changing table into a bathroom, where I discovered some residue beneath an outlet cover when painting the room a few years later.

03/07/2016 - 11:59am He could get some advice from Coach Wheatley

Tyrone Wheatley was a Big 10 champion and All-American in the hurdles, and managed to play football reasonably well, too.

02/03/2016 - 5:35pm It's all my fault.

I missed the beginning of the game and turned it on with Michigan up 15-4. From there, ouch!

During the big run, we just weren't moving the ball on offense. The rare times we did get someone driving in, they either got swallowed by the IU defense (lots of times it looked like they were going for contact and the foul, and when the foul wasn't called it was a turnover) or kicked out for a decent perimeter shot, which was missed. It was ugly, but I don't think the sky is falling. This team can get it together.

02/02/2016 - 5:49pm I wanted to love it

I read it in the late '90s when it first came out in paperback. It's clearly very cleverly written and I liked it a lot. Without giving any explicit spoilers, I was expecting a fantastic and extremely intricate climax and resolution, which did not come (at least to my satisfaction). All of these separate threads, elaborately described and developed, should have come together in a surprising and (in retrospect) inevitable fashion.

I don't regret reading it (and would consider rereading it), but it was good enough to disappoint me that it wasn't perfect.

01/14/2016 - 6:00pm Robinson not quite "alpha dog" at Williams

It's a minor quibble: Robinson was a solid contributor and starter as a freshman at Williams, but was not the "alpha dog". Robinson trailed senior center Mike Mayer (not to be confused with coach Mike Maker) in points, rebounds, and assists. (On assists, they were second and third on the team; they led in points and rebounds.)

Mayer was a first team All-American and Robinson fourth team, with Robinson also picking up Div. III National Rookie of the Year.

12/21/2015 - 4:10pm Yep

4/7 on 3's against YSU brought his average down a bit. I haven't tried to keep track, but he's also had a few attempts that were forced by shot clock or otherwise not by choice. In the national Div. I 3-point shooting percentage stats he has more attempts than anyone above him.

One could argue that probably anyone shooting around 60% on 3's should be taking more (presumably somewhat harder) attempts. This team is going to be able to spread out opposing defenses remarkably well. The only questions are whether the shots are falling on a particular night and whether our defense can do enough to keep us in the game.

Last year before LeVert's injury he was putting the team on his back way too often. Maybe he had to because no one else had developed to the point they could carry some of the load, but it made the team way too one-dimensional. The scouting report for opposing defenses is a lot longer this year.

12/07/2015 - 5:15pm In the 90's...

I was a math GSI. I never had a football or basketball player in my class, though I did collect Bobby Crawford's Calc II final from him (going up to the top of a big lecture hall so he wouldn't have to come down all the stairs on his crutches).

I did have some non-revenue sport athletes, and even they had some additional paperwork attached to them. I think the athletic department was anxious to stay out in front of any developing problems, while options still remained. I had a wrestler drop my (fall semester) class while he was doing OK (probably around a B or B-) with the drop-add deadline approaching, because he knew the approaching season would keep him from putting in the effort he wanted to give it.

11/30/2015 - 5:36pm Beilein's comment

I remember seeing Beilein's comment, maybe after the first game in the Bahamas? He said something to the effect that they were going to increase Spike's conditioning load with less regard to the game schedule: trading less playing time for a while for a quicker return to game shape.

11/12/2015 - 4:37pm Not sure about the accuracy...

I'm not sure about the accuracy of this, but I remember hearing in '97 that over the course of the season the guy Woodson was covering was targeted 12 times, with 4 completions, 4 incomplete, and 4 interceptions.

11/09/2015 - 12:50pm lots of skeptics

Yes, even in the past few weeks I've seen a lot of "He came from D3, so he can't possibly be any good." Those people probably didn't see him tearing though the D3 tourney as a true freshman (only to lose in the final on a circus shot at the buzzer). Sure D3 is a big step down, but playing well deep into the tournament at a young age, dropping 30 points in the semifinal, says something.

08/06/2015 - 3:33pm Bracket

It is a pretty common format, but is at its worst when the initial seedings aren't great. If you have the best two teams facing off in the first round, one will end up 1st and the other 5th.

You also get a 1-2 team in 4th place and a 2-1 team in 5th.

07/16/2015 - 12:20pm Similar story

My story is nearly the mirror of yours. I grew up in central PA following PSU by default, and even after getting to Michigan for grad school had somewhat divided loyalty. I would pull for either UM or PSU over anyone else, and when they played each other I'd root for whichever team needed the win more. Over time, my allegiance to UM became stronger -- I don't think I've rooted for PSU over UM in the past fifteen years or so.

Undergrad I attended the sort of Div. 3 school that doesn't create many conflicts with Michigan fandom. Let's just say I have a particular interest in how Duncan Robinson works out on the basketball team.

04/10/2015 - 1:57pm Might be graduate-related

The reason it made any difference for Stainbrook to give his scholarship to his brother was that he was a graduate student and thus had much lower tuition. Maybe that makes his situation different enough under the rules that it doesn't compare to the Hatch's.

08/01/2014 - 6:50pm On the bright side...

By this line of thinking, the first collegiate football game (Princeton @ Rutgers, 1869) is now a Big 10 game.

07/29/2014 - 4:45pm It's the other way around

If this works, it sounds like it's more Beilein recognizing a good thing that his former assistant brought him than "plucking a 17ppg DIII player out of nowhere." My hunch is that Robinson figures he's switching coaches regardless and he would rather stay in Beilein's system (with the man himself!) than take his chances with the very young, unproven new coach at Williams. (The new coach was a Maker assistant for a year, but has never been a head coach.)

07/29/2014 - 4:19pm I see you signed up today.

I see you signed up today. Was Chandler already taken as a username?

07/29/2014 - 3:11pm not a coincidence

The outgoing Williams coach (who just hired CJ Lee as an assistant last week) was a Beilein assistant at West Virginia.

As a Williams and Michigan alum, I guess it's win-win: if he jumps ship I get to watch him on a bigger stage that I'm also invested in; if he stays in Williamstown there's the prospect of further trips deep in the D-III tournament.

07/29/2014 - 1:15pm As a Williams and Michigan alum

As a Williams and Michigan alum, I'm right there with you. I was already feeling conflicted about Maker's departure and his taking CJ Lee from UM. There's little doubt that Robinson makes a bigger impact on the Eph squad than he would (will?) at Michigan.

I had similar feelings when Maker's predecessor at Williams, Dave Paulsen, was hired by Bucknell, which is in my hometown and is the only other place I've taken college courses.

06/27/2014 - 2:52pm Why stop with the starting 5?

Why limit it to starters? The 2013 roster includes freshman LeVert, but the 1993 roster has senior Eric Riley, an early 2nd round pick. He was the sixth man, displaced as a starter by Howard/Webber.

I think both of these teams would have a hard time playing defense against the other. Perimeter D was the main weakness of the '93 team, while the '13 team would have serious matchup problems against the '93ers. (I think Webber and Howard would outmatch McGary and Robinson, and then you have Burke, Stauskas, and Hardaway trying to match up on Rose, King, and Jackson.)

I'd really like to see this. Wish it was possible.

03/05/2014 - 12:57am I was in row 9 or so of the

I was in row 9 or so of the student section for that game. I rushed home afterward and managed to record several sports reports on it (ESPN and a couple of Detroit stations). I think the rest of that videotape has the Arizona, St. Johns, and Duke games from that season -- I've been meaning to transfer it for years.

03/05/2014 - 12:48am I was in grad school for all

I was in grad school for all of that and the second year of the Fab Five. Good times indeed.

03/02/2014 - 7:25pm That was my first year in Ann

That was my first year in Ann Arbor. Indiana had its usual help from the officials at Assembly Hall. I remember Penn State in particular getting some rough calls against them when they were surprisingly in the game late.