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04/14/2018 - 11:53am Viel Glück

The silver lining is that this news means I don't have to think how The Victors sounds in German any more. Weil es nicht gut klingt.

04/03/2018 - 12:20am Aspirations

I want a team like Villanova. That was impressive.

04/03/2018 - 12:13am Last Game

Based on the 2013 precedent, maybe he thinks tonight's game won't count, so he just put up the last game instead.

04/02/2018 - 12:55am UCLA

Grant's comment right after he left, that if he had it to do all over again, he'd have gone to UCLA kinda cemented that deal. It didn't help that his teams were generally viewed as underachievers.

03/31/2018 - 10:10pm Loyola

Beilein did some coaching this game, looking for the right combination against their switching defense. That said, from my couch it sure looked like much of Loyola's problems starting at the mid-point of the second half were self-induced. I'll take it, and hope they get another Texas A&M game on Monday.

03/31/2018 - 9:44pm Shouldn't Have Been Tired

Moser got enough minutes from his bench that they shouldn't have been tired. I agree that's how it looked, particularly during that stretch when they had five straight turnovers. I guess you say the defense wore them down.

03/25/2018 - 1:40am Weird

Basketball school, not a football school (banner finally reflects that).

Defensive team, not an offensive team.

I don't know who we are any more.

03/22/2018 - 11:34pm X

Zavier SImpson has become so good at this game. He has put on a defensive clinic the last month. Geez, the game is so different when your point guard is a fucking wall.

03/18/2018 - 11:36pm And

April 1989 was good too. Beating Illinois on Hash Bash Day when the Grateful Dead were in town... sigh...

03/11/2018 - 7:36pm 1989

Yeah, I missed that Seton Hall will be in Wichita too.

I'm sure Kansas fans will love seeing Michigan there.

03/11/2018 - 7:05pm Party Like it's 1989

Michigan a #3 seed, UNC a #2 seed, Steve Fisher presumably in the house, and Xavier somewhere in the bracket.

03/03/2018 - 4:24pm Hail

Hall to the victors, bitches.

02/17/2018 - 7:34pm Disappointed

Disappointed that there was no reference to Jess Settles getting a 19th year of eligibility.

11/25/2017 - 5:05pm This Year

This year stung because my team is up 14 at home, at which point the defensive back drops an easy interception, and I think "Shit, Michigan is going to lose to the Ohio State University aagain, aren't they?" And that turns out to be correct.

I hope you guys saying rosey things about Harbaugh are right. But what I saw from the offensive line and from the other quarterbacks was not encouraging. I suspect some assistants will be shuffled around, and if that's the case, I hope the corporate spin is ignored.

11/25/2017 - 4:02pm Moot

Yeah, but O'Korn missing wide open receivers isn't a new thing. You got to call your plays based on the personnel you have.

10/28/2017 - 4:24pm Yeah

The redshirt freshman is more likely to improve than the redshirt senior, but yeah it's a little early to be declaring Peters the savior.

10/28/2017 - 4:09pm TIming

Timing looked about right to me, maybe one series sooner. And that's for the whole year.

There's a gray area between patient and stubborn, and I think Harbaugh managed the difference well. Next year will be interesting again.

10/22/2017 - 12:43am Feelings

> I don't have any feelings even remotely close to what I felt during Hoke and RichRod.  Not even close.


Generally speaking, I agree with this, but a play action pass from an I formation on 4th and 11 brought back some bad, bad memories.


10/22/2017 - 12:09am Penn State

It's amazing to me how quickly all the snark about James Franklin has dried up. That team is really good.

10/14/2017 - 4:30pm I would refine this by saying

I would refine this by saying the QB is definitely a problem, but I'm not sure how much it will help if they drop the freshman into this mess. And I could see where it hurts Peters' development.

Yes, I'm still scarred by what happened to Devin Gardner.

10/14/2017 - 4:26pm Don't Forget the OLine

There's a lot of bad stuff to unwind with the offense. I'm not sure who gets all the blame, but this isn't what I expected from Harbaugh.

10/14/2017 - 4:04pm Yeah

The defense looked exhausted at the end. Rashan Gary's breathing was so labored at the end that I wonder if that's the reason Harbaugh called the timeout.

10/08/2017 - 12:02am Ghosts of Hoke

This felt like a Hoke game. Except with Hoke you had that feeling of "Well, what do you expect from Hoke?" He wasn't the first choice of anyone in the fanbase or the administration. Harbaugh was supposed to be the savior on the other hand, the quarterback guru. It's not easy to square that reputation with the o-line this season. I'm too old to get angry about this stuff any more, but this isn't as much fun as I'd hoped it would be.

10/07/2017 - 11:26pm Split

Offense: They chose.... poorly.

Defense: They chose wisely.

07/29/2017 - 8:42pm Trinity

I grew up Catholic in Louisville. So it's weird to me that a 4/5 star recruit from Trinity didn't get an offer from Notre Dame.

03/12/2017 - 9:55pm 1989

I don't think folks realize just how messed up March 1989 was. That Michigan team had a ton of talent, but finished third in the league behind a smoke-and-mirrors team in Indiana and another obscenely talented team (more athletic, less eFG) in Illinois. Illinois dismanted Michigan in the regular season finale, back in the dark days before there was a BTT, and it looked for all the world like this was another Frieder under-achiever.

Presumably Frieder saw the same thing. Because even though he had all that talent, and he was Michigan alum, and he had been with the program since the early 1970s, Frieder went on a job interview right before the tournament and accepted the Arizona State positions. So Bo fired him.

This was a complete cluster. The cheerleaders didn't bother going to Atlanta, maybe because they were still upset their midseason in-game protest hadn't worked. The band didn't go either, so Bo got the bright idea of renting the Georgia State band, handing them all winged helmet baseball caps, and letting them play the worst renditions of The Victors that I've ever heard. Because of that, somebody I knew got into an argument with the band, calling them a fake band. The Georgia State guys responded by saying we had a fake coach.

Two weeks later Michigan was in the Final Four.

02/21/2017 - 10:13pm NCAA

I remember him playing about one minute in one of the 1989 NCAA tournament games in Atlanta, guessing the Xavier game, when there is a bit of foul trouble. It's been almost 30 years, but I have a vivd memory of Pelinka having no interest in having the ball in his hands.

Interesting that Magic would make a three-time Michigan guy his GM. I'm wondering if Magic even knows Pelinka is a Michigan guy.

06/30/2016 - 11:42pm It's Both

I think the NBA is trying to enforce a baseball-style model where busts can be weeded out better on the one hand, but also for your generic good prospect, they aren't paying $2 million per year for a mediocre 18-yo to become a very good 21-yo basketball player.

That said, NBA development is light years ahead of NCAA development, partially because of practice time limitations, partially because the competition is so much better, and partially because the coaching is light years ahead.

06/19/2016 - 1:13pm Email

"The man didn't even use e-mail...come on. "


IME kids today hate email. I think you're showing your age!

04/09/2016 - 2:10pm Age 25

Back when I used to follow this, most analysts claimed that age 25 was when pitchers, particularly starting pitchers, reached maturity.

I'd be cautious with the older studies. I also remember Nolan Ryan being the poster boy for careful use early in his career. That's true for the majors, but he did throw 200 innings as an 19-year-old in A-ball. He also got 31 starts that year, which is almost impossible for a minor leaguer in this day and age. Anyway, I doubt the earlier studies had access to minor league data, which can change the picture.

04/02/2016 - 9:58pm Regression

This is an interesting point. Morgan is probably the program's shining example of development of a big man. He wasn't at all physically talented, and he couldn't shoot from beyond five feet. He still became a solid enough big man, running the floor for cheap points, playing the pick and roll well on both ends, and playing good post defense.

But there was a stretch during his junior year where Morgan looked like the worst player in history. Perhaps not coincidentally that was when McGary emerged, and started looking like a future lottery pick. The pop psychology explanation for Morgan's slump was that he had lost all confidence because he saw he was going to lose playing time. I don't know if that is a valid explanation, but it does suggest that Belein's rule against playing two big guys at once could use some refining.

03/19/2016 - 1:03am 14th Seed

It sure looked like they would've lost to a 14th seed on Sunday if they won tonight.

I got a dumb question, but do college coaches work on jump shot form? Maybe it's too fundamental or maybe it's just something you don't mess with. But Irvin has such a weird ball path towards his release that it just looks like something that needs fixing. I think his timing gets screwed up, so his lower body is frequently not squared as a consequence. Just seems like something a shooting guru like Beilein would try to improve.

03/18/2016 - 9:19pm SFA

Kinda unfortunate for them they had to play a team that's badly underseeded.

03/18/2016 - 8:55pm Brad Underwood

Somebody is going to do a lot worse than Underwood this off-season.

03/18/2016 - 8:30pm Weber State

Good Lord, you people are young. Weber State gave us Harold "The Show" Arceneaux. And Dick Motta coached there about 100 years ago.

03/18/2016 - 4:46pm To hell with Michigan State!

To hell with Michigan State!

03/17/2016 - 8:13pm Technically

So technically Purdue's last game in the Final Four was the consolation game in 1980. Times have changed.

03/17/2016 - 8:10pm Nickname

The Purdue alum at work prefers Purdon't as the pejorative of choice.

03/17/2016 - 12:37am Ugly

No, he wasn't terrible, but he gets ugly at times. Irvin really doesn't fit what Beilein tries to do on the offensive end. His strength looks like it's off the dribble midrange jumpers more than creating stand-still 3 pointers or hitting stand-still 3 pointers. When he's playing the four, that's probably not the best skill to have.

03/13/2016 - 7:24pm Southern

Southern/Holy Cross is in the undercard on Wednesday. I haven't seen Southern since visiting Atlanta in 1989. I suppose that's a good omen.

03/13/2016 - 6:46pm Scorpions

Here I am

Rock you like a hurricane

Wednesday can't get here soon enough to get this 80s crap out of my head.

03/12/2016 - 3:54pm Robinson

I assume Beilein's plan last summer was that Robinson would be 10-15 mpg guy, and Chatman would be the starter. It doesn't really address your bigger point, but Robinson could've been useful in a reduced role. For better and for worse Robinson hit a bunch of threes against some awful competition and Chatman disappeared until yesterday, and playing time was disbursed accordingly.

I don't get why Beilein has all these guys on the roster (Donnal, Doyle, Wilson, Wagner) who aren't allowed on the floor at the same time. When you're getting steamrolled in the paint like that, it's too much to ask of Irvin, Robinson, MAAR, and Walton to post similar eFGs on lots and lots of jump shots.

03/12/2016 - 3:28pm SDS

I have to cheer for a team coached by Steve Fisher? The horror./s

03/05/2016 - 10:35pm Aging Curves

They should get a little better just by natural aging. Pretty clearly none of these guys is turning into a star though.

It's kinda impressive - in a mediocre sort of way - they've had the season they've had with the lack of raw talent.

03/05/2016 - 2:00pm IANAL, but I would guess the

IANAL, but I would guess the more complicated the NBA makes the criteria, the more likely the NBA loses in court. I mean, I would sue if I was seen by some draftniks as the #5 pick and seen by others as #6, and then I didn't get an exemption.


Besides part of the point of the current rule is that the NBA can delay the service time clock for a future star. Instead of paying $5 million for a good Ben Simmons somebody will be paying $5 million for a great Ben Simmons.

02/28/2016 - 8:53pm Rebounding

If the box score is right, Doyle, Robinson, Donnal, and Wilson combined for two rebounds in 69 minutes.That's unbelievably bad.

02/22/2016 - 11:00pm Phones in general

One thing Snowden made clear is that if you dont want Those People tracking your every move, then you can't carry a smart phone around. I get that Mulder's had a mobile phone going back to the 1980s (origins episode of the Lone Gunmen), but it still bothers me.

The Darin Morgan episode with the were-man was fantastic. Two of the three standalones were good. The Islamic terrorist episode was, um, unconventional, although I kinda suspect it was written so the achy-break heart scene could go viral on YouTube. The mythology episodes continued their downward slide. The fact that most modern "prestige" TV shows impose a timeline presents obvious benefits when I watch Carter continue to this drag out.

02/15/2016 - 7:42pm The entire state was still in shock

I was at that game too. The best part wasn't Webber's dunk or Jent's miss, it was the Ohio State fans booing the Victors all afternoon, until the last TO. For that final rendition, they didn't bother, because it was clear they were going to lose. There was a Cartman-esque let-me-taste-your-tears moment.