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03/16/2019 - 9:21pm Things could change, but…

Things could change, but family has been pretty adamant that they are going nowhere. He has nothing to prove right now. If rankings change and the NBA does remove one-and-done, maybe there's benefit to show off against the best in the nation to get drafted as high as possible. But with his measurables and his shooting/handling ability... he's a first round pick right now. NOW. As a 15year old.

02/19/2019 - 7:19pm The Big Ten should block any…

The Big Ten should block any attempt to do anything unless it comes paired with scheduling concessions. Want a third assistant? Push the season back two weeks.

Yes, yes and yes.

02/11/2019 - 3:40pm Ironically, everyone's…

Ironically, everyone's favorite scapegoat Jim Whymer was the one who nailed Brad Davidson with a block when he went down on Saturday. Looked like the other ref was ready to give the charge. Probably was a charge, though Davidson deserves exactly 0 calls.

If you look closely a lot of officials that work the midwest (basketball officials aren't crews and a single official will work several, if not many, different conferences) will be working the tournament. 

I'm sure there's a little something to your point - if anything getting away from Tom Izzo's tirades will lead to better officiating, sad but true. Plus, your random official working the UM-PSU game tomorrow may or may not make the cut for the NCAA tournament. After those first two days, you're down to the best officials just like you're down to the best teams.

Still, I'll give Beilein the credit, not having different officials. Beilein is one of the superior tacticians in the game and that's what really counts come tourney time.

01/31/2019 - 3:55pm Michigan basketball is a…

Michigan basketball is a known family atmosphere. Lots of season ticket holders are there with elementary/middle school aged children. That's the normal crowd.  "9pm on a School night" doesn't mean anything. You're the same guy who would rag on people for not showing up to a 9pm Tuesday game and in this post you say "don't bring your kids to a 9pm game."

Families have been big season ticket holders at Crisler for longer than you've been around. They are an important part of Michigan basketball. Personally, I think having a family atmosphere is key to keeping Crisler full on a regular basis.

You're way off on this one.

And let's not even get into the fact that it wasn't even really a school night. Well before 9pm everyone knew school Wednesday was cancelled.

All that said, I'm 32 and have had hoops season tickets since I was in high school, as a student, and after graduation.  I thought it was very "meh" and didn't care one way or the other about the chant.

Whatever happened to the student section chanting go blue with the other side of the arena? Or singing the victors as the clock runs out? The constant programming of entertainment has killed the student section's participation and creativity.

01/28/2019 - 12:19pm Well, schools are going to…

Well, schools are going to be closed on Wednesday. I would expect the normal Ann Arbor family crowd that will brave the cold once they hear it's not a school night.

I'll be there. Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to get there much before 9p, which means I'll be hiking a bit from and to my car :|

01/28/2019 - 12:14pm Tough to think of a spot…

Tough to think of a spot where I'd name a true freshmen a captain, but that alone doesn't say a lot. You need the full context of that situation to use it as evidence of a bad coach. That record tho.. that alone says enough.

12/29/2018 - 9:56pm Brandstatter said in an…

Brandstatter said in an interview (Drew and Mike Podcast) last week that the reason Michigan Replay is no-more is the high percentage of afternoon at late games. To do Mich Replay as it used to be, you'd have many game days being extended to 2, 3, 4am.  Brandstatter's words.  

So, that point is a little invalid.

12/22/2018 - 7:44pm Meh... that last Baird 3…

Meh... that last Baird 3 goes and Michigan hits the spread.  Whatever. It's getting annoying, but I'm not worried.  They'll be fine.

12/15/2018 - 10:45pm Hate dad like everyone....

Hate dad like everyone....

But y'all are crazy to not want an elite recruit.  In Beilein we trust. If the kid were ever to be offered, I trust JB.

12/15/2018 - 10:43pm WTF even is "normal…

WTF even is "normal standards?"

The virtuoso pianist or artist that is admitted because of their amazing portfolio (and not SAT scores) is somehow less than some kid who took the ACT 6 times to get a 34?

12/14/2018 - 9:58pm Michigan is paying $$$ WMU…

Michigan is paying WMU $$$ to come to Crisler and lose.

12/08/2018 - 3:01pm And Caris LeVert

And Caris LeVert

12/05/2018 - 1:24pm "With Purdue on the rise"

"With Purdue on the rise"

Hilarious.

12/04/2018 - 1:26pm In the past, a win over a…

In the past, a win over a 300+ RPI team was essentially the same as losing on the road to a conference foe.  I think.  But with the NET, who knows.

12/02/2018 - 12:12am Lexi Zimmerman was the goat…

Lexi Zimmerman was the goat. Paz was right there. And, I’ll say, I rather enjoyed walking past her in East Hall on Monday’s and Wednesday’s one semester. Whatever happened with her and PBeilein? Or was it MBeilein? They coulda been a Michigan superhero couple 

11/30/2018 - 3:08pm Has Purdue played any zone…

Has Purdue played any zone this year?

11/26/2018 - 3:15pm Yep; I really don't…

Yep; I really don't understand why anyone care at all about exhibition games. And that's exactly what bowl games are. 

11/22/2018 - 12:32am I think the joke/sad reality…

I think the joke/sad reality is that he doesn't.

11/22/2018 - 12:31am Regardless of the…

Regardless of the circumstances, obscure allegations on Twitter is unbecoming of a so-called professional. See ya.

11/22/2018 - 12:29am Yes. Are you kidding me with…

Yes. Are you kidding me with that? You're a professional at a post-secondary institution that has a sterling reputation. And what do you do? You bitch out high school kids on Twitter and - worst of all - call kids' fathers "worthless."

Fired. Tomorrow on Thanksgiving. Seriously, what a joke. Guy needs to go.  Oh and I didn't even mention that his job is HIGH SCHOOL RELATIONS.

Fired guy.

11/18/2018 - 8:33am 1. Yes, there's a head of…

1. Yes, there's a head of officiating for the BigTen.

2. Extremely competitive. Guys have to prove their worth in HS/D3/D2/lower level D1 for years sometimes before getting the call.

3. There is turnover, but as mentioned in #2, to get their you have to prove your worth; they don't take fliers. They take guys they think will make it and are invested in. You'd have to suddenly go from very good to very bad to get a hook, but I've heard of it happening.

source: experience with and talking to officials at those levels

4. The O'Neil hate is pretty ridiculous here. It's basically the same whining every fan base does against every official who they can recognize. That the game didn't turn into a shit show after #72's unsportsmanlike is partially attributable to the job the officiating team did to calm nerves. Also, of course, a long delay where a player's long-term health is a concern certainly puts things in perspective.

But people are making incindiary comments (and others are liking them) because:

The kicked ball out of the refs hands... yeah, I was pissed. Pretty tough for an official to ascertain intent in the moment and it still would have been borderline whether the snap got off. PLUS, Harbaugh said they were going to clock it. If the snap got off and they took the 1-1.5seconds to clock it, they probably still don't get another snap. It was poor time-management by Michigan that cost them points at the end of the half, not the officials. Either way, it's not O'Neil's call to make.

The Chase injury... honestly, it seems nobody that is unbiased on the Internet is claiming it was a dirty hit. A little unnecessary? I think so. Happens every other play in football? Probably. This again is not a play O'Neil is watching as he is the "R." He is watching the QB all the way through the play. This is the Center Judge's call, not O'Neils.

Pass Interference... I never fucking know what pass interference is, so I don't even bother. I do know that as the R, O'Neil has nothing to do with decided pass interference. If guys on his crew are getting it wrong, it's not really on him. He doesn't pick his own crew. It's on the B10 office.

I honestly have no opinion one way or the other on O'Neil. But it's hilarious to me that because people recognize him (because he's been around), they think he specifically hates Michigan. It makes the fanbase seem like butthurt Internet losers.

11/13/2018 - 8:04am Northwestern's undergrad…

Northwestern's undergrad enrollment is 8,278 (per 2017 figures).

11/04/2018 - 10:47am Henne/Manningham I think was…

Henne/Manningham I think was the beginning of "We Own Penn State."  Popular basketball chant since we are something like 182-3 against PSU in basketball.

10/31/2018 - 11:32am Yeah, agreed. I just don't…

Yeah, agreed. I just don't believe Teddy if he thinks/says it was out of nowhere. I've worked with people who publicly claim their sacking was out of nowhere, but it's well known there were good reasons and processes followed - I'm sure you've seen that.

10/31/2018 - 8:44am Don't know what you mean by…

Don't know what you mean by passive aggressive. Most organizations or companies aren't going to broadcast to the world breaks in employment relationship.

This happens all the time, it's just never reported. Officials are constantly no longer assigned games. Most of them you don't know, so it goes completely unnoticed.

 

10/31/2018 - 8:42am It's quite the stretch for a…

It's quite the stretch for a "connection." As someone who's student taught (and in the same class for an entire school year, not 2 months), I remember no student. Maybe a couple vague first names.

10/25/2018 - 10:59am Would be cool if people…

Would be cool if people posting Croots posts include the croot's position/ranking for those of us that don't follow the croots that closely.

Just a friendly idea 

10/19/2018 - 10:43am I love Last Word... and…

I love Last Word... and absolutely would not suggest it for this outing unless you have 3 or less people.  It is tiny, there are very limited seats and it will be packed on a Friday night.

Good cocktail alternative is Raven's club, which is easier to find, bigger and can have seating for a larger group (might have to wait).  If you're willing to sit outside and want cocktails, check out Ann Arbor Distillary. They have even less room inside, though.

If the group is large, the safest bets are:  Conor's, Bill's Beer Garden (outside), HopCat.

3-5 people can work at:  Beer Grotto, Grizzly Peak, Jolly Pumpkin, practically anywhere really.

I suggest:  Knight's downtown (get a reservation yesterday) and if you want beer, go around the corner to HopCat before walking down to mainstreet and checking out Grotto/Bill's/Pumpkin etc.

EDIT: Sleeper picks that might not be full if you don't want to deal with that: Old German (below Grizzly Peak), Alley Bar early, Old Town later. Pretzel Bell basement early, will get crowded later.  Grotto tends to be a one-drink spot for younger (grad student age) people and a "post-up/sitdown" spot for older folks.  I'll be there tonight for a few. Point being, it can be crowded one minute and not the next. 

 

10/19/2018 - 10:38am OP how many people?  This is…

OP how many people?  This is a critical point...

10/14/2018 - 12:20pm Can't believe nobody's…

Can't believe nobody's mentioned it...

We played a real team.  It's a lot easier to get excited for top 15 Wisconsin than WMU or SMU or whatever.

But, yeah, I'm a big fan of 7:30p games.

10/11/2018 - 1:11pm We know where gameday is?  I…

We know where gameday is?  I would say you could easily park anywhere on the northwest side of downtown for free.  It just might be a small hike back to your car when you go to move it to the Coliseum.  Or pay to throw it in one of the parking decks downtown for a couple hours.

09/24/2018 - 10:43am A: I see an ad in this post,…

A: I see an ad in this post, which is funny.

B: You're not being downvoted for any opinion on Google algorithms. You're being downvoted for bringing political generalizations into an unrelated topic.  And probably for using "libs" in a semi-derogatory, but certainly generalizing, way.

09/23/2018 - 11:07am Michigan "doesn't need"…

Michigan "doesn't need" their money doesn't mean Michigan won't take their money.

The bottom line financially is benefited by having Rutgers.  The frustrating this is that's the only benefit Rutgers can offer and they offer quite a few negatives in turn.

Cable packages dying could lead to a reconsideration of Rutgers.  It wouldn't be the craziest thing.

09/22/2018 - 10:23pm The better argument is that…

A better argument is that Michigan's student population has become much more out-of-state.  Kids with less connection to the football team turning into alums that aren't sticking around michigan.

The better, better argument is Ann Arbor is significantly smaller than CBus.  If UM were in say Sterling Heights or Warren or Mt. Clemens, I'm pretty sure tickets would be much more similar to Columbus.  You'd have a lot more fans with easier access to the stadium.  I mean, yeesh, CBus is a metropolis of 2M people.  Ann Arbor is a 120k college town.

09/18/2018 - 12:42pm Yep!  Cool with me.  Who are…

Yep!  Cool with me.  Who are they really for, anyway?  The networks, right?  They broadcast because they can churn out better ad dollars than their normal Monday night lineup.  I'm glad it's on bc it's not bad background noise, but I guess I expect nothing more.

09/18/2018 - 11:48am I'm a big TV nerd, so I…

I'm a big TV nerd, so I watch.  But I definitely watch with my laptop and while I'm doing work/responding to email/playing games.

I don't get why people complain about these shows.  Either watch or don't; you know what it is.  I don't go hunting out shows I won't like so I can put myself through watching them and then complain about them.

09/17/2018 - 12:47pm The only campus property…

The only campus property that's immediately surrounding the stadium is the parking lots connected south and southeast of the stadium and the golf course.  People will be drinking plenty and openly.

Otherwise, nobody will be on the diag, for example.  Everything else nearby is private residences where people tailgate.  (And Pioneer HS which is very lax about a no drinking rule that I guess technically exists but you'd never know).

I probably wouldn't walk from a hotel to the area near the stadium with an open container.  But like others have said, once you're in the neighborhood you are likely just walking from one person's tailgate to the next.  Keep an eye out and step onto someone's yard when needed.

09/17/2018 - 12:42pm  I have to think it's highly…

 I have to think it's highly likely many games are fixed or influenced by boosters in their teams favor, or by bookies to meet or break betting lines.

As someone who knows people in the officiating ranks and getting close to being on a D1 field, this assertion is ludicrous. 

Every call and non-call is reviewed by officials, their supervisors, coaches, People Of The Internet, etc.  You're insinuating a massive conspiracy involving any number of people where the evidence is readily accessible by anyone that wants to review it. 

It's just not the case.  It's a really, really, really hard job.  (Though, there are some unconscious biases that may come through with weaker/less experienced officials - like home teams getting close calls on the hardwood).

09/14/2018 - 11:32pm This score prediction was…

This score prediction was very uncomfortable to read.  How many "phonetic numbers" can you list in a real sentence that still makes sense.

1-70-2-2-7

09/07/2018 - 1:32pm Last time I had Zingerman's…

Last time I had Zingerman's was the only time in my life I've had food poisoning.  Anecdotal, I know. But, between that, their prices, and the long-ass wait even when you're the only one there, I can't believe people still rave about it.

09/05/2018 - 6:29pm ABSOLUTELY be in your seat…

ABSOLUTELY be in your seat for "Baaaaannnnddd, take the field!"

09/05/2018 - 6:28pm FYI steps to the Union are…

FYI steps to the Union are fenced off - as is the whole building - during renovations.  Until, approximately, 2165.

09/01/2018 - 6:31pm "Coach Harbaugh, why did you…

"Coach Harbaugh, why did you go for two with the game in hand?"

Why not?

 

08/31/2018 - 2:47pm First, no.  Second, "yellow?"

First, no.  Second, "yellow?"

08/31/2018 - 2:45pm Special Teams???

Special Teams???

08/27/2018 - 4:14pm Cuz Ace would know about…

Cuz Ace would know about this stuff?  *roll eyes*

08/27/2018 - 4:12pm He didn't claim he wasn't …

He didn't claim he wasn't "all in." 

And so we carry on, just in case Keith Jackson isn't really dead.

Iowa exists.  In our naive assumptions of what the PG-version of college athletics is, Iowa is everyone.  Except in real-life nobody is Iowa.... except, except, yes, Iowa exists.  In the middle of all this bullshit and money and lack of morals, Iowa is there holding the moral hill.  Are they holding that hill on their own?  I think the unwritten point of the post is "no."  We're here and we'll carry on. We won't give in to the evil bullshit.  Because if freaking Iowa can exist and always shock the world in some manner, than Michigan - with all its history and pagentry and beauty and talent - can many, finally, slay the bastards to the north and south.

 

08/27/2018 - 4:06pm See, I read the tone as …

See, I read the tone as "This is depressing and embarrassing and everything.... and yet... and yet, there's Iowa.  There's beauty.  There IS still something to amatuer collegiate athletics.  There's a reason we love our alma maters and feel at home when we are with fellow alumni.  And Michigan is one of those places.  What can man do against such evil?  We continue on and don't give in, even when we know we are facing great odds."

08/24/2018 - 10:53am Watched Q1 so far.  Biggest…

Watched Q1 so far.  Biggest takeaway is that the officials sure do love blowing the whistle.

08/24/2018 - 10:34am (No subject)