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WTKA Roundtable 3/4/2021: That’s Just Rational Talk

WTKA Roundtable 3/4/2021: That’s Just Rational Talk

March 4, 2021

Things discussed:

  • Iowa: What did Wagner do: drove the basket, and Michigan completely disrupted Iowa’s offense: FOUR(!) assists.
  • MSU: they’re going to throw four centers at Dickinson and dare the refs to foul out the whole team. Credit to Tom Izzo for knowing his team can’t win if they play basketball.
  • State’s gotten some thruck from its opponents as well.
  • The Rocket Watts talk.
  • Did Illinois expose something? Seth: if you can single Hunter Dickinson and deny the middle Michigan can’t get into their offense, but who else can single Hunter and out-athlete Michigan outside?
  • Keep MSU out of the tournament!
  • Hockey: snakebit. Hit ALL the posts.
  • Football: the Quarterback Situation, been watching film on Allen Bowman and Seth likey, Sam notes he’s been injured. Allen likes to release the dragon, going to be interesting when he sees Michigan’s fast receivers get a step because he loves to chuck it downfield at the least prevarication. Comp: Alex “ol’ Tight Windows” Hornibrook.
The Ace Pod 3.11: Unbroken, Unshaven

The Ace Pod 3.11: Unbroken, Unshaven

March 4, 2021

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: ILLINOIS POSTMORTEM

Well, that sucked. Illinois guard penetration, Kofi Cockburn, and the Illini aggressively defending to keep the ball on one side of the floor all had major impacts in the loss. Can other teams repeat this? Should we be concerned? How do we feel about a potential postseason rematch? This felt like an extreme low-end outcome, ultimately.

SEGMENT TWO: READYING FOR THE RIVALRY

Previewing the home-and-home against MSU. Are we worried about the teams’ respective momentum? A very different matchup than Illinois, which should play in Michigan’s favor, save perhaps for the part where MSU has a lot of fouls to throw at Hunter Dickinson. Alex renders Ace briefly speechless by asking which MSU players are good for their roles.

SEGMENT THREE: FOOTBALL STUFF IS GOING… WELL?

Dan talks us through the additions of top-flight corner Will Johnson, big receiver Tay’shawn Trent, and quarterback transfer Alan Bowman. He also catches us up on a couple other key in-state recruitments and his twitter beef with MSU 247 Mods. Alex notes the likely inspiration for Trent’s first name and it goes over the Philly guy’s head. Why Dan’s Philly roots have allowed him to easily embrace the MSU rivalry. We may have taken some tangents in this one.

Songs:

  • “Unbroken, Unshaven”—The Budos Band
  • “Work” — Gang Starr
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.15: The Sleepy Weekend

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.15: The Sleepy Weekend

March 1, 2021

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: Ice Devils Game 1

starts at 0:59

  • Twitter Polls and BTN Softball Adventures
  • Late 1st period goals
  • Even second period play
  • Ice Devil weird goal #1
  • Matty Beniers Hat Trick!
  • Many attempts hit iron

Segment 2: Ice Devils Game 2

starts at 17:41

  • Mann and the seniors start
  • Same as previous game but without the goals
  • Alex falls asleep
  • Shots that go wide
  • Cole Brady plays well
  • Ice Devil weird goal #2
  • Captain Jack ties it up
  • Shootout confusion
  • Minnesota Preview
  • What does it all mean?
  • Octopus Talk
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Everything’s the Same”—Billy Swan
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
MGoPodcast 12.23: Mad Preemptively

MGoPodcast 12.23: Mad Preemptively

February 28, 2021

1 hour and 13 minutes. Don’t forget: Next Saturday is our Roast of John U Bacon

The Sponsors

"Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com."

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

1. A Tribute to Louis Nix, and Indiana

starts at 1:00

We pay tribute to the life of one of our favorite players from a rival. Used the same gameplan as Iowa because why not. Hunter Dickinson: one of the best offensive big men but also one of the best defensive big men? Player of the Year? Franz also playing out of his mind. IU made some weird decisions. Was the first half clunky?

[The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Iowa

starts at 23:51

We kind of talked about Iowa in the last segment but this is the real Iowa talk because HOLY COY. Remember when Garza went mano-a-mano with Jon Teske and scored 44 points? Yeah, Dickinson shut THAT guy down. Also Brandon Johns and Austin Davis did too while Franz took over the game. Most impressive win this year?

3. Around the Big Ten, WBB, Hockey, and a Softball Note

starts at 39:58

Illinois can win out but needs MSU to beat Michigan twice. Also Ayo-less Illinois almost let Wisconsin come back and end it. Thank you MSU for doing that to them. Also: MSU—what the heck, beating Illinois and Ohio State? They went to a hack-a-thon against Illinois and dared the refs to call a foul on literally everything. OSU has a point about the officiating but also: LOL.

Hockey gets a Red Tie, where they pepper their goalie (and crossbar) with shots and nothing goes in and the other team gets a stupid weird bounce. WBB also frustrating—note that we recorded this before the Maryland game was rescheduled for March 4. Meghan Beubien K-thon.

4. Raw Takes and Football Recruiting

starts at 58:18

Will Johnson Hello! What this means for the in-state class and some other big targets that Johnson talks to. We also run quickly through the boards that I have a handle on (IE not LB, DL, or OL) and the shadow effect of recruiting 5-star quarterbacks in the class before.

MUSIC:

  • "I’d Fly Away"—Al Green
  • “Mr. Big Stuff"—Jean Knight
  • “Stupid Dreams"—Born Ruffians
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 2/25/2021: Pay Craig His Whiskey

WTKA Roundtable 2/25/2021: Pay Craig His Whiskey

February 25, 2021

Things discussed:

  • Ohio State: Like playing a Beilein team except…
  • At 5:35 we finally talk about the officiating (I said 6:35 because we were on for a minute before going on air and told the guys I was setting a timer). It wasn’t a “ref show” but the block/charge calls were almost all wrong and almost all for Ohio State. The push-off was ludicrous. Please call that Hunter Dickinson player control foul on Luka Garza.
  • Michigan’s three-point shooting was very much deserved: quality looks both halves.
  • Illinois? Michigan has length to guard Ayo, Cockburn does not pass out of the post.
  • Rutgers vs Indiana: Rutgers has an identity, IU has a lot of guys who do things well but watch their teammates not do those things well.
  • Hockey: record does not reflect the quality of their play. Portillo plays the puck all the time, just happened to misplay one in the 3-2 game not the 6-0 game.
The Ace Pod 3.10: Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party

The Ace Pod 3.10: Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go to the Party

February 24, 2021

This episode, as always, is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who may be socially distanced from the courthouse but is still taking on clients. You can find his new website here.

You can follow Connor on Twitter and subscribe to his newsletter, A Lonely Impulse of Delight, that includes literary analysis of Calvin & Hobbes and, blissfully, nothing about Michigan athletics. Dan is not a writer but he is @ThiccStauskas on Twitter. If you’d like to hear more, the two co-host the newly titled Yet Another Michigan Football Podcast. Alex Cook you know from his writings here, and his blog about The Grand Castle.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: REVISITING OHIO STATE

Mike Smith contributed more than the box score said. Maybe next time try Dickinson on Kyle Young? The benefits of sticking to the gameplan. Felt like Michigan got OSU’s best shot and still won. We’re the Tough Beilein Stylistic Opponent now.

SEGMENT TWO: POY RACE AND IOWA/INDIANA/ILLINOIS LOOKAHEAD

Luka or Ayo? While Garza is the favorite for good reason, we look at the argument that Dosunmu should be player of the year. Great offense overcomes great defense but does Garza push it too far? After that, we dive into previews of Iowa (great offense, makes other offenses great), Indiana (yuck, let’s move on), and Illinois (two major matchup problems and an interesting supporting cast). There may be a Michigan State tangent at the end because we can’t help ourselves.

SEGMENT THREE: THE COPE POST

We’ve wizened up and started making fun of really terrible articles on rival team blogs after wins now.

Songs:

  • “Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party”—Courtney Barnett
  • “Campaign of Hate”—The Libertines
  • ”You Know Me”—Thunder Dreamer

 

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.14: Wish I Could See a Replay

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.14: Wish I Could See a Replay

February 23, 2021

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: Ohio State Game 1

starts at 0:59

  • BTN plus’s impossibly incompetent camerawork plus the Ohio State radio homer morons made for the worst broadcast experience in sports history.
  • Portillo fumbles the puck...much discussion
  • KJ PPG on a not the best PP
  • Another funky goal for OSU that we couldn't really see
  • A third OSU goal...also from distance
  • Michigan cannot generate great chances
  • Michigan's power play is reminiscent of their even strength chances
  • Matty Beniers gives Michigan a chance
  • Forechecking was not the best

Segment 2: Wisconsin Game 2, B10/National Standings, Culvers

starts at 25:36

  • The most boring first period of all time
  • Ways to die
  • Raabe on the Power Play!
  • AN AVALANCHE OF GOALS
  • The third period of little relevance
  • Snowden keeps dropping his stick
  • Goalie for the future debate
  • Michigan is stuck in purgatory
MGoPodcast 12.22: Barnburners

MGoPodcast 12.22: Barnburners

February 22, 2021

1 hour and 39 minutes, wsg the Sklars Brothers to promote our Roast of John U Bacon

The Sponsors

"Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. They're also behind our Ann Arbor Institutions t-shirt program. They have awesome custom tees and hoodies and low, affordable prices. They also have tons of great Michigan apparel that you can wear proudly to support the maize and blue! Check out their wide selection of officially licensed Michigan fan gear at their 3 store locations in Ann Arbor or learn about their custom apparel business at undergroundshirts.com."

And let’s not forget our associate sponsors: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, and Information Entropy, and introducing the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders.

 

1. The Game, Which is The Game this year

starts at 1:00

That and that and that and the other thing and then yes, the officiating.

The rest of the writeup and the player after The Jump]

2. Rutgers

starts at 26:35

Anyone remember this game? Oh right, Pikiell admitted they’re going to settle for bad twos and then they did.

3. Raw Takes, Football Coaches, Around the Big Ten

starts at 38:27

We manage to keep it on the rails long enough to talk about Illinois before descending into Michigan State basketball talk. Three of five, baby! MSU is on a roll!

4. The Sklars and a Gimmicky Top Ten Barnburners

starts at 1:10:01

We bring in the Sklars to talk about our John U Bacon roast on March 6 to save the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase. Then we play the Feud, as the Brothers Sklar have to guess our top ten Michigan barnburners in the last 20 years.

MUSIC:

  • "The Heat"—Jungle
  • “Sleep Now in the Fire"—Rage Against the Machine
  • “The Barn Tapes"—Andrew Bird
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 2/18/2021: Why Aren’t You Screaming at the TV?

WTKA Roundtable 2/18/2021: Why Aren’t You Screaming at the TV?

February 18, 2021

This was taped before the Milton news obviously.

Things discussed:

  • Offense comes awake
  • Hunter Dickinson guarding guards, dominating the rim
  • Upcoming games w Illinois, Rutgers & Ohio State
  • Craig doesn’t think much of Luka Garza
  • Some hockey.

 

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.13: Moving Your Headskin

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.13: Moving Your Headskin

February 17, 2021

With David Nasternak and Alex Drain

This Podcast Has a Sponsor: Michigan Law Grad Jonathan Paul is the guy with the C you want skating next to the ref and pleading your case. He's also a good guy to sit next to at the hockey games.

[Writeup and player after THE JUMP]

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Segment 1: Wisconsin Game 1

starts at 0:50

  • Slow, start, but Michigan turns it around after the first Badger goal
  • Big Second period for Michigan thanks to Beydoun
  • Portillo stands on his head
  • Brisson, Ciccolini, Beniers, Morgan score
  • Rowe looks better for Wisconsin
  • Rolling 4 lines
  • Very little special teams

Segment 2: Wisconsin Game 2, B10/National Standings, Culvers

starts at 25:41

  • Mann starts
  • Holloway dazzles
  • Penalty Kills > Power Plays
  • Cole Caufield creates havoc
  • Wisconsin PP finally tallies
  • Unlucky for Michigan on the winner
  • Standings/National Rankings
  • Culvers dinner debate!
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Badger Badger”—Jonti Picking
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme

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