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MGoRadio 6.5: Spiderdork Pointing

MGoRadio 6.5: Spiderdork Pointing

November 27, 2020

wsg Reid McCarthy of Ann Arbor Elder Law

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[After THE JUMP: the player and what we said]

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1. Rutgers After UFR

starts at 1:00

Cade the savior? Milton deserved to get pulled and the confidence level went up but what happened was they started running their damn offense. They also used the things that you use against what Rutgers does. Defensively, DTs were good against a bad OL, Dax Hill had a Ryan Mundy game, the walk-ons can all play, the team needs at least a Kwity back.

2. Basketball Weekly, and Hockey

starts at 40:50

They have a lot of guys with a lot of length. If Franz is really 6'10" now he fits in here or as a very weird guard. Livers and Chaundee Brown give them

3. Penn State Preview

starts at 1:01:48

They're 0-5 but the best kind of 0-5. They've got a quarterback controversy but it's the best kind of quarterback controversy. They have a lot of offensive line holes but they're all 4- and 5-star holes. And they're biting off a bit more than they can chew on defense but that's only because they're running a defense for five-stars and they have a bunch.

4. Gimmicky Top Five Best Media to Consume While Quarantined

starts at 12:07

Reid always brings out the dorkiness, but I think Brian explaining the difference between Rogue-like and Rogue-lite may be a new low.

MUSIC:

Today we're featuring Emily Scott Robinson, who was my camper at Crystalaire Camp once upon an age, and is now Telluride's sweetest and most awesome singer-songwriter.

  • "Free My Soul"
  • "Westward Bound"
  • "Better with Time"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

The Ace Pod 3.4: Big Man

The Ace Pod 3.4: Big Man

November 26, 2020

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.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: BOWLING GREEN INSTA-REACT

Alex Cook joins the pod to discuss Michigan’s season-opening win over Bowling Green. Three newcomers had particularly big performances. We think the Chaundee Brown shooting is (somewhat) sustainable. Center depth is good. Depth everywhere is good.

SEGMENT TWO: POST-BG HOOPS MAILBAG

Alex sticks around to help answer your basketball questions, most of which have something to do with Hunter Dickinson. Also: how the game impacted our outlook for the season, how to divide the minutes in the frontcourt, potential overreactions to game one, and the physics of Terrance Williams.

SEGMENT THREE: BIG TEN FOOTBALL PICKS

Recorded before the OSU-Illinois game got thrown into serious question. Connor makes a sicko under pick so Ace doesn’t have to do so.

 

MUSIC:

  • “Big Man”—Antibalas
  • “Feelin’ Alright”—Ohio Players
MGoPodcast Supplemental: The 2020-’21 Hoops Preview

MGoPodcast Supplemental: The 2020-’21 Hoops Preview

November 25, 2020

This is a supplemental podcast. Normally we use a bye week to preview the upcoming basketball season. But since we had none, we recorded segments across various MGoPodcast sessions. Here they are together, plus two more segments on opponents and Michigan's place in the pecking order that we recorded just for this episode.

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. The Guards

starts at 1:00

A bit shaky situation but a lot of options. Mike Smith is hard to extrapolate because he's a spot-up shooter in a bad league who probably should have had more assists if his guys could convert at all. Small so may be a defensive liability. For those situations you have Eli Brooks, who goes on Three-li streaks and brings a defensive presence, but we can directly correlate his shooting to bad defenses, and his floater hasn't happened yet. At the two we're probably looking at Chandee Brown and Franz Wagner (when he's not the three). Franz came on late last with his drives, though he's going to need to be much more of a creator. Hope the wrist injury explains the shooting issues. Defense really came along—still growing and has those gumby arms. Down-roster contributions as they come: can Nunez at least be a shooter? Can we get more than freshman stuff out of Zeb Jackson?

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

2. The Wings

starts at 22:07

They have a lot of guys with a lot of length. If Franz is really 6'10" now he fits in here or as a very weird guard. Livers and Chaundee Brown give them.

3. The Bigs and Rotation Predictions

starts at 44:07

The minutes crunch pushes three potential starters into this spot. We think Johns is going to get the most minutes because he can quasi-start at the four along with all the wings, and gives them the best late-game opportunity. He's streaky. Big Country is a great slop-baller with legit post moves but limited defense. The wild card is the 7'1" freshman, who shoots left-handed, and can do so.

4. Around the Big Ten, Part I: The Lows and the Knives

starts at 1:04:18

Year two is the second year zero under Hoiberg at Nebraska. Northwestern might be about to hit their floor. Penn State is back to being a dude and some guys. Maryland lost its two stars and hasn't recruited nor developed enough to function without that gravity. Minnesota is thin but we do like some of their roster's parts. Rutgers is back in headbands, and brings back nigh everybody, but can they continue to play so inspired in a quiet RAC? Indiana is their usual selves, and constructed terribly: who plays double bigs these days? Purdue, ah Purdue, you've got a center it was worth losing Haarms for, but you don't have two centers and the schedule is very compressed.

5. Around the Big Ten, Part II: The Contenders, and our Predictions

starts at 1:33:15

Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, and Wisconsin, plus Michigan and where we think they'll land in the standings this year. Illinois is Maryland last year: a great guard and a great big, but not quite deep. Iowa is very deep at scoring, with the Kenpom Player of the Year Who Can't Defend leading the way, and some majorly important parts coming back. MSU is missing their PG and C but they're MSU and Izzo will have a new generation configured. Ohio State lost the Wessons but has an ace coach, might be too thin at center. Wisconsin can play five out so it doesn't matter that they're Wisconsin-level talent. Michigan is deep with a lot of options but there's no way to get a complete team on the court.

MUSIC:

  • "Flight of the Valkyries"—Daniel Bryan walk-up version
  • “I Believe in You (You Believe in Me)"—Johnnie Taylor
  • “100 Days, 100 Nights”—Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • “Different Strokes”—Syl Johnson
  • “How Do I Get There”—Don Bryant

 

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.3: Named After a Human

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.3: Named After a Human

November 23, 2020

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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1. Broadcast Shenanigans & Wisco Game 1

starts at 0:57

Wisconsin's crew was a playful mess and they gave us another entry in the "how to pronounce Brisson" contest. Thomas Bordeleau was a huge part of game 1 with two assists. Michigan came out slow, withstood a strong second period. Beniers/Ciccolini recreated their goal, Lambert had the pass of his career. Not much Mann could do about either goal. Michigan needs to not hit opponents face first into the boards. Kent Johnson is working on adjusting his playing speed to the NCAA.

2. Wisco Game 2 & Notre Dame Preview

starts at 27:08

Choppy game overall, Michigan struggled in the second period and fell down 1-0. Tough shift from Jack Summers. Johnson and Beniers are Michigan's best line, score the equalizer with Granowicz. Michigan spends way too much time in the box, some justified, some not. Michigan just seemed a little bit off. Mann made some big saves, Bordeleau won it in OT. B1G's new standings points system makes so sense. MSU/ASU are pretty equivalent, Minnesota swept PSU. Notre Dame is not high scoring and have a new goalie, anything less than a sweep is a disappointment

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Leaving it On the Grass"—Herman Edwards Remixed
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
THE USUAL LINKS
MGoPodcast 12.10: Yes We Remember

MGoPodcast 12.10: Yes We Remember

November 22, 2020

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. Offense/Clock Management/State of the Program

starts at 1:00

All hail the Cade McNamara era, which began mid-way through the fifth game because. He's sharp, not perfect, and it's Rutgers. Also hail lead running back Hassan Haskins, whose cutbacks were the design of the play and righteous. Bell was a force everywhere but the stat sheet. We still can't pronounce Filiaga any better than he can block. Clock management was ludicrously bad.

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

2. Hot Takes + Defense

starts at 22:07

Let's read Vedral's passing stats. The biggest problem was Dax Hill; Seth thinks the coaching situation at safety is really showing. Ross was picked on until he got through the pick. Their 3-3-5 isn't a great pass defense either because the extra linebacker, Ben Van Sumeren, isn't very good in coverage. Cornerbacks were not a problem this time; small favors. The walk-on safety and linebacker were not issues either.

3. 2020 Hoops Preview: Bigs, and Rotation Predictions

starts at 44:07

The minutes crunch pushes three potential starters into this spot. We think Johns is going to get the most minutes because he can quasi-start at the four along with all the wings, and gives them the best late-game opportunity. He's streaky. Big Country is a great slop-baller with legit post moves but limited defense. The wild card is the 7'1" freshman, who shoots left-handed, and can do so.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:04:15

We actually have to talk about Ohio State this time because Indiana came within a touchdown in their top-ten matchup; Allen coached a masterful game but they had one too many mistakes to pull off the upset the top 49 states in the union were rooting for. Penn State started the new guy and benched him for the old guy, their OL is abysmal, and they should be favored (they're not). Nebraska wore their black shirts to be pants by Illinois. Northwestern's defense shut down Wisconsin because 72-year-old Hankins still run's Bo's defense in Evanston.

MUSIC:

  • “Beach House"—The Hours
  • “Make My”—The Roots
  • “Buddy”—The Orwells
  • “Across 110th Street”
MGoRadio 6.4: Well Ma’am Here’s Your Problem

MGoRadio 6.4: Well Ma’am Here’s Your Problem

November 20, 2020

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. Check out UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code GOBBLE27 for 27% off your next purchase!

And let's not leave out 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.

1. Wisconsin After UFR

starts at 1:00

It was bad. You don't need us for that. Linebackers especially are disappointing.

2. Michigan Hockey is Fun and Exciting, with MGoHockey Correspondent David

starts at 12:07

Wisconsin has talent but Michigan turned the ice them as soon as they began to call penalties (which were weird ones). Brisson's incredible passing. Not mad about UW's second goal. Gawd is our power play scary.

3. Basketball Preview Part II: The Wings, with Ace Anbender

starts at 40:50

They have a lot of guys with a lot of length. If Franz is really 6'10" now he fits in here or as a very weird guard. Livers and Chaundee Brown give them

4. Rutgers Preview

starts at 1:01:48

Why are we envious of Rutgers again? Their passing game is rough because they need everyone to stay in and block; if Shameen Jones is beating us finish your drink. Other side of the ball, it would be nice if Michigan still knew how to do the things they did last year.

MUSIC:

Today we're featuring Detroit-based band Bump.

  • "Last Chance"
  • "Keep It Close"
  • "Motorland"
  • “Across 110th Street”

If you or a friend made some good tunes and don't have a label out scrubbing for them we'd be happy to feature you.

WTKA Roundtable 11/19/2020: Right That’s Gonna Fix It

WTKA Roundtable 11/19/2020: Right That’s Gonna Fix It

November 19, 2020

Things discussed:

  • The Wisconsin disaster: what's wrong with the program?
  • Craig is having technical difficulties.
  • Seth: FUNDAMENTALS. Decide what your system is and play the guys who are best at it. Give yourself a floor.
  • Sam says they're thinking of a QB change, trying new things to see what sticks.
  • Joe Milton broke down. Andrew Vastardis isn't getting it done.
  • Different guy is breaking down any play. Can't fix that in a week or three. Michigan's going to be under .500 this year.
  • You can see all the decisions that got them where they are, but where do you go from here?
  • "We're the Rutgers now."
  • Brian is Head Coach for a day.
  • Recruiting: Still works? Still works. Give JJ McCarthy and Junior Colson credit. 2022 5-star defensive backfield is on the way?

Recording is here: https://twitter.com/michiganinsider/status/1329426134719631368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The Ace Pod 3.3: Reasons to Quit

The Ace Pod 3.3: Reasons to Quit

November 18, 2020

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.

[Writeup after the jump]

SEGMENT ONE: THE DEVIL ADVOCATES

After a quick rundown of our post-Wisconsin feelings (not great!), Connor presents the case for keeping Jim Harbaugh on as head coach, with the caveat that this is a thought exercise so please don’t go to Montana in an attempt to hunt him down. Dan eagerly takes the other side of the argument. Everyone agrees that even if Harbaugh is allowed to stay on, huge changes would need to be made. Even then, it’s not the most palatable option.

SEGMENT TWO: COACHING CANDIDATES, NOW A WEEKLY SEGMENT

After last week’s Matt Campbell-centric segment, we’re going to discuss at least a candidate or two per week, because this is the football stuff we can actually look at without hating what we’re doing. This week we look at a top-end and bottom-end outcome. First, we explore Luke Fickell’s record at Cincinnati and whether the lifelong Buckeye could fit in Ann Arbor. (The upshot: we’d like to see them take the shot, at least.) Then, we look at the other continuity option: getting rid of Harbaugh and promoting Josh Gattis in the hopes of hitting on a young coach who’ll modernize the offense and recruiting.

SEGMENT THREE: BIG TEN PICKS

Ace and Connor each went 4-2 with their picks last week. Dan, who took some bolder stances by choosing money lines over point spreads, is looking to bounce back from a 1-5 week. Connor and Dan end up in relative lockstep while Ace plays semi-reluctant contrarian. Does anyone dare take Michigan -9.5 at Rutgers?

 

SEGMENT FOUR: DO NOT DRINK THESE DURING THE RUTGERS GAME

A Twitter prompt about terrifying-but-serviceable drinks turned into a thread and now a segment reading off the best/worst concoctions you (and we) drank in college. At least one of these includes an ingredient that’s definitely not meant to be consumed by humans. MGoBlog cannot possibly state enough how much it recommends against drinking anything mentioned in this segment.

MUSIC:

  • Merle Haggard & Willie Nelson—“Reasons to Quit”
  • Andrew Bird — “Scotch & Milk”
  • The Budos Band — “Old Motor Oil”
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.2: Four Kyle Connors

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.2: Four Kyle Connors

November 17, 2020

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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1. Game 1 lololololol

starts at 0:57

Michigan scored 8 times, pick your favorite goal. Complete dominance in every facet, lines seemed indistinguishable. Passing was precise and Michigan moved to open ice incredibly well. Power play is lethal and penalty kill created OMR's galore. Strauss Mann did what was necessary, saved a 2-on-0. Michigan could've even had 10 in this game if they converted most of their chances. Cam York has been reborn.

2. Game 2 lolololololol and Wisconsin Preview

starts at 55:59

Michigan might've been more dominant in game 2, yet got bad puck luck... still won 3-0. Eric Ciccolini got a goal, Johnny Beecher got rocked, then the game got chippy thanks to old friend James Sanchez. Michigan's PP was deadly again but ASU's goalie was even better. Lambert looks a step quicker and his shot is back. Owen Power looks ready for prime time already. Michigan's possession numbers were stupid good. ASU probably isn't bad, they probably aren't great. That Michigan steamrolled them is significant. Wisconsin has better athletes but will be down Dylan Holloway. Swept ND, will be an important litmus test to see if Wolverine dominance continues. Michigan is favored though.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Leaving it On the Grass"—Herman Edwards Remixed
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
MGoPodcast 12.9: Rebellion Comes From Within

MGoPodcast 12.9: Rebellion Comes From Within

November 15, 2020

Special Guest: MGo-Hockey correspondent David Nasternak

We are, as always, presented by UGP & The Bo Store, and if it wasn’t for Rishi and Ryan I might be doing a podcast on how the election might affect environmental regulations in water & wastewater. Our associate sponsors are also key to all of this: HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, the Residence Inn Ann Arbor Downtown, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, FuegoBox, and Information Entropy.

1. The Wisconsin Disaster

starts at 1:00

We started off badly and have some injuries so we're just going to half-ass this terrible segment and try to get it over with as soon as possible. But it wasn't a sad field goal. Hey yo!

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

2. 2020-'21 Basketball Preview: The Backcourt

starts at 16:25

A bit shaky situation but a lot of options. Mike Smith is hard to extrapolate because he's a spot-up shooter in a bad league who probably should have had more assists if his guys could convert at all. Small so may be a defensive liability. For those situations you have Eli Brooks, who goes on Three-li streaks and brings a defensive presence, but we can directly correlate his shooting to bad defenses, and his floater hasn't happened yet. At the two we're probably looking at Chandee Brown and Franz Wagner (when he's not the three). Franz came on late last with his drives, though he's going to need to be much more of a creator. Hope the wrist injury explains the shooting issues. Defense really came along—still growing and has those gumby arms. Down-roster contributions as they come: can Nunez at least be a shooter? Can we get more than freshman stuff out of Zeb Jackson?

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 39:55

Is Arizona State not good? ASU's been inflating their tournament resume. Even Moyle got a Hensick move on these guys. Defensemen hopping up, seeing Cam York the first rounder. Reality check line. All-effort line. Power play is unstoppable unless there's an extra stick on the ice, penalty kill had five shots and two breakaways vs six shots and zero scoring chances. Wisconsin has a grad transfer goalie and some talent to skate with Michigan.

4. Around the Big Ten wsg Jamie Mac

starts at 1:06:07

The scouting is good. Michael Penix-Peyton Ramsey grudge match. Maryland took the COVID way out against Ohio State. Michigan State is very much not good. Minnesota is very much not good either. Michigan-Rutgers for the bottom of the Big Ten East or is Penn State still in the running?

MUSIC:

  • “Heat Wave"—Snail Mail
  • “The Motivator”—T.Rex
  • “That Old Pair of Jeans”—Fatboy Slim
  • “Across 110th Street”

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