|09/25/2018 - 11:45am||While it's disappointing…||
While it's disappointing when we fail to land a top player, it's unlikely that we will get 5 star players. We have a program that is best suited for high 4 stars who might stay at least a couple years not one and dones.
|09/21/2018 - 1:19pm||I still recall how unfair it…||
I still recall how unfair it was for Nebraska to vault Michigan in one poll at the end. Nebraska really wasn't an undefeated team that year since it took a miracle last second illegal play to prevent a loss to Missouri. And it was obvious purposeful kick by the Nebraska player. It still annoys me.
|09/21/2018 - 1:15pm||Yes, I was at the game. …||
Yes, I was at the game. That was an amazingly bad call, possibly the most blatant PI non-call I've ever seen. That's was the only way they were going to complete that pass against Woodson, by cheating. I remember being fearful that might cost us the game. And it should have been salted away before that but Carr played conservative Lloyd ball with the lead, giving them extra chances and keeping the game close.
|09/08/2018 - 2:33pm||It's probably time to get…||
It's probably time to get McCaffrey some snaps.
|09/04/2018 - 1:11pm||It wasn't good. The problem…||
It wasn't good. The problem with college football is that too much hinges on a game or two. These players aren't professionals and it's a game - there's random chance and iffy officiating calls. It's only "bad" because there's only 2-3 games each year which make or break a season.
Alabama is probably the only team which has such a huge talent advantage both in starters and depth that chance becomes much less important.
|09/02/2018 - 10:32am||They haven't changed at all…||
They haven't changed at all. I thought this game and OSU were likely losses and they would be favored in all the rest but might drop one more. They played a top 10-15 team essentially even on the road in their first game but lost a close one. It was not smart to schedule this type of game if you want to run the table. And in a better system, it wouldn't count against you when determining playoff teams.
That being said, I was disappointed in the bad penalties, defensive lapses on key plays and our passive and unimaginative offensive game plan. I expect better from this highly paid coaching staff. At the same time, I think its completely nuts to give up on them.
|09/02/2018 - 12:40am||Of course they aren't,…||
Of course they aren't, especially as the first game of the season on the road.
Despite a lot of expected first game mistakes, we basically played a top 10 team even on the road. Yet the loss will drop us in the rankings and severely damaged our chances of making the CFP and winning a national championship.
The irrational overreaction of Michigan's fanbase (Harbaugh's the problem! Fire Harbaugh!) on MGoBlog to this loss is the same irrational reaction of the playoff committee. So we just shouldn't schedule games like these - unless the system changes and we have a real playoff with 8 teams.
|09/01/2018 - 7:52pm||Missing the entire game…||
Missing the entire game because of a thunderstorm warning! Holy #%#}!
|08/30/2018 - 12:33pm||While I'm counting on…||
While I'm counting on Patterson to be the man this year, it's very good to hear some encouraging news regarding those behind him. I'm still very hopeful Peters and McCaffrey will be good or better QB's in the short term and also optimistic about Milton longer term. We really need solid depth at QB due to the risk of injury and also for the future.
|08/29/2018 - 7:47am||I think this a question of…||
I think this a question of someone's overall philosophy about life. Is it a philosophy of forgiveness and tolerance or the opposite? In my humble opinion, we have become an increasingly intolerant and unforgiving society. Any human failing or mistake, even simply by association, is seen as a grounds for the most extreme condemnation including the ending of one's livelihood or future prospects. Why can't we continue the good work to stop these bad behaviors while also showing greater forgiveness and humanity towards those involved?
Personally, I will continue to enjoy life including sports and other entertainment, while realizing those involved may be imperfect or even deeply flawed human beings at times.
|08/24/2018 - 2:27pm||The latest on Poole is not…||
The latest on Poole is not surprising. I had him pegged as a future NBA player after seeing him in a high school all star game. If he gets a lot of minutes and good looks at the basket this year, watch out.
|08/21/2018 - 12:25pm||The turnovers are concerning…||
The turnovers are concerning but I am confident that a Beilein team will have that sorted out by the time the season starts. As for the 3 point shooting, it's a small sample size and I believe the 3 point line there is farther from the basket than NCAA regulations. And defensively, I don't think we can expect perfection just minimizing lapses, especially from players who add so much offensively.
|08/10/2018 - 2:39pm||No surprise. Cole Bajema…||
No surprise. Cole Bajema took his spot and looks like the better recruit anyway.
|08/02/2018 - 1:33pm||This is one of the most…||
This is one of the most rational and fair-minded statements I've ever read on the Gibbons situation. There are too many people here, and elsewhere, who assume "guilty until proven innocent."
|05/27/2018 - 9:42am||Harden's an overrated...||
Whiny little bitch. He pushes off on almost every play and it's rarely called, travels on every other play and then the defender is called for a foul if he's within 3 miles of Harden.
And if it doesn't go this way, he cries like a little bitch.
|05/23/2018 - 12:16pm||This...||
is an absolutely horrible post. Absolutely horrible. The plaintiff may have a legitimate case and has a right to a fair hearing. And this has nothing to do with Michigan sports.
|05/14/2018 - 12:32pm||Iggy...||
Will be a beast. Can't wait to see him in a Michigan uniform.
|05/11/2018 - 12:45am||Innocent...||
until proven guilty. Why is this basic concept so hard for many people to understand? The case didn't even go to trial! It's sickening to think this is even brought up so many years later. The accuser remains anonymous while the accused gets dragged through the mud. In the name of justice and decency, everybody should respect his innocence under the law and let him live his life.
|04/19/2018 - 2:25pm||I would bet all of these players will prove to be underrated..||
Iggy is probably a top 25 or better player, Castleston and Johns top 50, DeJulius top 100 and Nunez top 150 or better. And I wouldn't be surprised if 2-3 of these players end up in the NBA so I'm probably still not putting them high enough.
|04/11/2018 - 2:04am||I agree with you, Ace...||
I've been predicting JP would be a star since he committed and I watched him in a high school all star game.
|03/25/2018 - 10:44am||Quick words of advice....||
Learn how to read. And grow up. Don't tell others what to do.
|03/25/2018 - 10:34am||I'm sorry but you're wrong...||
There are merits to your argument. But you fail to see its flaws and the merits of an opposing argument. Zero shots from arguably your best shooter when the team is having an epically bad 3 point shooting night and can't hit a free throw to close out a win is questionable, to put it very mildly. Fortunately, it didn't end differently. And thankfully, we gave the ball to our best shooter at the end of the game in the second round. Hopefully, our shooting woes don't cost us in the Final Four. As for "letting it die," I don't see the point of this board if it's unacceptable to raise relevant questions and debate them.
By the way, I absolutely love Duncan but Poole is just as good a pure shooter and much better at creating his shot.
While I'm puzzled by the above scenario, I'm even more puzzled by the open hostility to intelligent debate on this board.
|03/25/2018 - 9:30am||A very good point..||
I don't claim to be dispassionate though, lol.
|03/25/2018 - 9:26am||I shouldn't have sounded so negative..||
in my original post. That wasn't my intent. I did have a few beers in me and did greatly enjoy the victory. I stand by my original thoughts but should have credited our incredible defense - that probably made FSU look bad. And I should have mentioned that I am one of coach Beilein's biggest fans and supporters. He has done an amazing job this year and did an amazing job yesterday as well. Just because I question some decisions doesn't change that.
I love this team and our coaches, win or lose.
I wish others here would be more polite. That's all.
|03/25/2018 - 9:19am||I appreciate your civil reply..||
The lack of civility here is a constant theme. But I disagree with you. It's perfectly normal and appropriate to ask questions and express opinions about coaching decisions on a sports blog. It's not appropriate to call somebody names or downvote them for doing so. It's childish. And treating a fellow Michigan fan that way is reprehensible. I'm one of Beilein's biggest fans, always have been, always supported him, unlike others here. But even the best coaches make questionable decisions. Zero shots for probably your best shooter when the team is having a historically bad night shooting 3 pointers is questionable. Zero. And then there's the free throw problem. Maybe it was best to keep our best defenders in the game and not try to get Poole a chance to shoot a 3 or even a free throw. But I have my doubts. And that doesn't mean I think I can outcoach Beilein, lol.
Once again, I'm disappointed by the jerks on this blog. But I think most Michigan fans are better than that. You seem to be one of them.
|03/25/2018 - 8:56am||So I guess you and the rest of the downvoters would...||
have been thrilled with losing a game because we made less than 20% of our 3 pointers and missed most of our free throws at the end of the game?
I guess I should have given more credit to our incredible defense. That certainly may have been the reason FSU looked so bad. If we lost though, I think most people here would have posed the same questions I did. Zero shots for probably our best shooter while we are shooting 4-22 from the 3? And leaving our two worst free throw shooters on the floor when you know they will intentionally foul? That seems strange, doesn't it? Why is it unacceptable to ask these questions? Unlike others here, I have always supported coach Beilein - and the players. He's a Hall of Fame coach. Questioning certain decisions doesn't change that.
I am disheartened by the general lack of civility on this board. I did enjoy the victory - I guess you missed the first sentence saying "I'm thrilled we won,' lol. Try to enjoy the win yourself and be more polite to fellow posters.
|03/25/2018 - 8:42am||I greatly appreciate your...||
intelligent and polite reply. It stands out from the others here, lol. You make some great points. I thought we were getting great open looks from the 3 and missing them, looks that I don't see Poole missing. I understand why Poole wouldn't play a ton of minutes given his flaws on defense compared to those ahead of him. He's not all bad on that end though and has shown an ability to make key steals. But zero shots in the game for probably our best shooter? When we have our worst shooting night in recent memory? That's very strange. Why not a couple plays to get him some looks? And then there's the free throw issue. Anyway, I didn't mean to sound negative, just trying to stir up some intelligent debate. I appreciate the incredible defense and maybe that's a good enough reason to keep Poole on the bench. And usually other players step up and hit shots. They just weren't doing that much yesterday. Beilein has done an amazing job this year and is probably the best coach in the country. I am one of the few here who has literally always supported him. My questioning of certain decisions doesn't change that.
|03/25/2018 - 8:23am||Thanks...||
for taking the opportunity to act like a complete asshole and huge crap on a fellow Michigan fan. You must be proud of yourself. And you have the gall to call me "a miserable fuck?" Unbelievable.
I guess you missed the first fucking sentence saying "I was thrilled that we won."
Hope you have a good day, enjoy the win and treat people better.
|03/25/2018 - 2:00am||I'm thrilled that we won but...||
that was some godawful ugly basketball. Shooting 4-22 on 3 pointers while probably our best 3 point shooter (Poole) plays only 2 minutes and doesn't attempt a 3? That's ridiculous. I know he isn't great on defense but we need Poole's offense in a game like this. And sitting him in the last couple minutes while playing two horrible FT shooters? That;s also ridiculous. These decisions almost cost us this game. We should have won by 20-25. We were very lucky that FSU is simply not a good basketball team.
|03/23/2018 - 1:49pm||There's just not enough||
There's just not enough interconference play to determine that one conference is that much weaker or stronger than another. And what interconference play exists is mainly at the beginning of the year, usually not too relevant to March. Seriously, do you really think that Michigan at the beginning of the year is the same as Michigan at the end of the year?
Bottom line, it is ridiculous to leave out a Nebraska with a 13-5 B1G record and give the B1G only 4 bids while giving an average of TWICE that number to other major conferences. Oklahoma is just one example of an undeserving team from one of these other conferences.
Perhaps MSU as the regular season B1G champ did deserve a higher seed. I don't think so due to the lopsided B1G schedule but it seems that it was more deserving than the ACC regular season and tourney champ, Virginia.
|03/23/2018 - 12:09pm||Giving only 4 invitations..||
to B1G teams was seriously unjust. Nebraska clearly deserved a spot in the tourney with a 13-5 conference record. The ACC, while good, does not deserve 9 teams in the tourney. That's ridiculous. And 8 teams for the SEC was beyond ridiculous. To have an average of 8 teams from the SEC, ACC and Big 12 while the B1G has only half that number is a travesty.
The selection committee is biased or grossly incompetent.
|03/17/2018 - 4:31pm||A solid addition to the class||
It sounds like he has all the intangibles with smarts, just what this team needs at the QB position. And I see the competition for starter heating up in the next couple years. This should help whoever earns the starting nod.
|03/17/2018 - 1:57pm||Yes, he saved our butts in the first round...||
He can be so frustrating with all his turnovers and free throw shooting but he adds a lot to the team overall with his effort, defense, rebounding and athleticism on offense. If he improves the flaws in his game, he can play at the next level.
|03/08/2018 - 6:04am||Recruiting is a liability...||
for Beilein but that's the price for running a clean program. Recent revelations (and more to come) have shown just how dirty college basketball recruiting is at the top. With perhaps the exception of Duke, I think it's fairly certain that the programs at the top of the recruiting ranks are all very dirty with players simply being bought. There's absolutely no way Calipari is running a clean program with the way he is pulling in the very best players year after year. I was initially disappointed in our failure to reap any recruiting rewards from the national championship game run but not after it became obvious why.
Beilein is one of the best coaches in the game. He has been able to keep this program in the top 25 or better basically year in and year out despite a huge recruiting disadvantage. He's done it with a combination of superior coaching and superior scouting of talent. He has had to scour everywhere for hiddent talent - transfers from top programs and lower Division 3 and even overseas. What he's done is simply amazing.
The success of recruits he's lost out on is a testimony to his superior talent evaluation.
|03/05/2018 - 2:27pm||I recall....||
being excited about Zavier when I saw his highlights after he committed. He's ultraquick and an elite ballhandler and passer. So it was immediately apparent why he was Mr. Basketball in Ohio and a Beilein recruit. And he had scored 52 in a game so I knew he could score extremely well. But I didn't realize he had such a bad shooting technique/form. I guess Beilein saw the positives and a highly competitive spirit - the dog in Zavier. So he knew he might be able to work on the negatives and get a fantastic player. I've been frustrated by all the negativity on Zavier earlier by posters here and happy Zavier has proven them wrong.
As for Poole, I'm still a huge believer. He is in a funk but even the best go through similar spells. And he's still learning. It's good to see him still positive and cheering on his teammates instead of sulking due to fewer minutes.
|02/28/2018 - 8:34pm||You may have a point but...||
Poole is 6'5" and the NBA player he has been most compared to, Steph Curry, is 6'3" and prior NBA MVP. So I would disagree on his potential.
|02/28/2018 - 12:07am||Great summary...||
The NCAA acted inappropriately in each case:
1. The punishment for the Ed Martin scandal was extraordinarily excessive, especially when you consider that there was no evidence that Fisher or UofM knew of the payments to players. In fact, there is one documented instance where Fisher stopped Martin from paying for something minor for a player.
2. The NCAA totally screwed over Jamal Crawford. This case shows how totally unjust the current system really is and why the virtual monopoly power of the NCAA should be illegal under antitrust law. Just think about this case and the other cases mentioned The NCAA is punishing underprivileged youth for receiving assistance even BEFORE they reach college. That's so f'ing insane and wrong that it boggles the mind. It violates their basic rights and basic decency.
3. The McGary punishment is wrong on mulitple levels. It penalizes a player for the equivalent of having a beer.
With that history, I also wish the NCAA would come down hard on other programs. The violations at Louisville and North Carolina were far worse than at Michigan and were done with the complicity and knowledge of the universities. Yet they have been punished far less so far. But ultimately, I want the evil NCAA monopoly demolished and college athletes to have their basic economic freedoms restored. Webber, Crawford and the rest shouldn't be coerced into giving up their economic rights to pursue a career in basketball. Professional sports leagues also shouldn't be allowed to collude and prevent young athletes from pursuing at pro career.
|02/27/2018 - 10:19pm||Nope...||
he has the whole offensive package. Go back and watch some his drives to the basket. And he's an above average passer. He has a shoot first mentality as he should with his skillset but he has had some amazing passes despite his minimal opportunity on the floor. And defensively, he has shown quick hands on some steals.
He's a future NBA player - a lottery pick or a steal with a lower pick. He may be the best Michigan player since Webber.
|02/27/2018 - 9:52pm||Great work, Ace...||
I've also been really high on Poole since I saw him in a high school all star game. Believe it or not, I predicted he would be a future lottery pick at that time. I had the same feeling about Stauskas when I first saw him in high school. I've been impatient with Beilein bringing him along slowly. I thought he should be getting more minutes. Over on UMHoops, the main criticism seems to be a lack of consistency. But I pointed out early in the season, this only comes with more minutes. The silver lining is that he likely will play two years in colllege rather than one - although he's more talented than most of the one and dones - unless he has a major breakout in the NCAA tourney. I honestly think he may be a better prospect than Trae Young. He's more athletic, has similar ball skills and similar range on his threes. If you doubt this, he showed that range in high school. He was nicknamed "Baby Steph" for a reason. I'm hoping to see him play starter's minutes and light it up next year.
|02/26/2018 - 10:49pm||The person I was referring to is not...||
a friend but a prominent expert with a PhD in sexual neuroscience. She has more credibility than anybody here or even the Economist (mentioned above). I won't name her because people like to shoot the messenger. Of course, that's what happened to Damore. I have a background in neuroscience research as well but not as specific as hers. One can quibble about specifics but that misses the point. Damore's memo suggested ways to recruit more women, not less. It didn't "suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to work" as the Google CEO stated. That's either a lie or ignorance. Then, he goes on about how people should feel free to express opinions or dissent at Google after firing somebody for doing so! And Damore didn't even dissent. His memo argued in favor of gender diversity! The CEO should have been fired, not Damore.
I appreciate your civil reply. We can agree to disagree if I still haven't changed your mind.
|02/26/2018 - 10:22pm||Brilliant...||
And witty reply, lol. You are losing the right to due process, the presumption of innocence, equal protection under the law, freedom of speech, etc. Some of these are not unique to men but it is now widely considered acceptable to deprive men of these rights. Personally, I believe everybody's rights should be respected. Does that make me an idiot, lol? If so, I am in great company.
I'm not sure why I replied since you didn't deserve a reply.
|02/26/2018 - 6:36pm||You are completely ...||
Wrong about the memo and why he was fired.
|02/26/2018 - 6:34pm||You are completely wrong...||
About the memo and why he got fired. I read the entire memo. A female expert with a PhD in the field read it and agreed with the facts he presented. Goole’s CEO even misstated the contents of the memo when he fired him. I don’t think anything would change your mind except perhaps personal experience like the Google engineer. Let’s leave it at that. This is a sports blog.
|02/26/2018 - 5:58pm||While I share your concern...||
I would hesitate to find gender differences in school or later life to be a problem in themselves. There are natural differences between the genders and that's fine. We should celebrate the achievements of young women while making sure that everybody has the opportunities to succeed and find fulfillment in life whatever path they choose. If their future plans are undermined by underachievement, then we should be concerned. But some people, maybe more likely males, are late bloomers. Or they may prefer a career that requires less academic rigor. At the same time, we need to make sure that these scholarly women have the opportunity to pursue their occupational desires after school. But as I pointed out above, it's also perfectly fine if they freely choose to be less ambitious in their careers.
|02/26/2018 - 5:43pm||Thanks...||
For the interesting post. Yes, it is a concern, especially in a time when men's rights are under assault. Unfortunately, the popular pc narrative doesn't accept these uncomfortable facts. Thus, you get downvotes. I, for one, wish for everybody to have opportunity, fulfillment and success in life, no matter their gender. And of course, I will get downvotes since men are evil and don't deserve any rights, lol.
|02/26/2018 - 5:30pm||Are you saying men and women are...||
different? You're on dangerous ground these days. You best not apply to Google, lol.
|02/25/2018 - 3:38pm||That is just a ridiculous schedule...||
with only 1 game each against 5 of the better Big Ten teams this year, 4 of those at home. Just ridiculous. We would probably be champs with that schedule.
|02/22/2018 - 1:56pm||I predicted great things for Poole...||
Ever since I saw him play in a high school all star game. Whether you call it swag or something else, he has a confidence and edge to his game along with elite all around offensive skills. Burke and Stauskas had it too. As for his mistakes, give him a break for pete's sake. He makes fewer mistakes than several of his teammates with much more experience. I think they are more obvious since we have started expecting magic every time he's around the ball. Wagner, for instance, had a very good game but had a few very ugly shots at the rim swatted away. Then there's Matthews who's a turnover machine and Simpson who's a nightmare from 3 or the free throw line and even had a late almost costly turnover. Even Robinson had a fugly air ball from 3 while having an epic game otherwise.
|02/21/2018 - 9:03pm||Now we have to...||
Sit Simpson snd Matthews.
|02/21/2018 - 8:33pm||Finally..||
Mo realizes it's better to take the open 3 than drive on the entire Penn State defense.