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MGoPodcast 12.21: Steering Into the Skid

MGoPodcast 12.21: Steering Into the Skid

February 15, 2021

David Nasternak sitting in for Ace.

The Sponsors

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1. Sports! Basketball vs. Wisconsin

starts at 1:00

Other than Eli’s offense and everybody else’s in the first half it went as you might expect it to go when a projected 1-seed coming off a three-week hiatus visits a [checks notes] 3-seed. Switching defense was the key in the second half. Wisconsin’s Reuvers seems broken.

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

2. Around the Big Ten

starts at 28:58

This isn’t all about Michigan State, nor is it all about Illinois fans thinking Michigan tried to dodge a performance that almost lost them a game to Nebraska. Ohio State continues to destroy people. Michigan State, of course.

3. Raw Takes and Gimmicky Top Five Shovelfuls of Advice for People Who Don’t Live in Snowy Places

starts at 51:37

We should all be very good at staying home by now.

4. Ace’s Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:10:01

Michigan splits with Wisconsin, which is up there with Minnesota as the most dominant team in the Big Ten. Portillo starts and does alright. Rust not a huge issue but the Badgers’ talent is.

MUSIC:

  • "A Hazy Shade of Winter"—Simon & Garfunkel
  • “Grey Ice Water"—Modest Mouse
  • “20 Years of Snow"—Regina Spektor
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 2/11/2021: Craig Ross Gets a Library Card

WTKA Roundtable 2/11/2021: Craig Ross Gets a Library Card

February 11, 2021

Around Big Ten basketball

  • The shutdown, relitigated.
  • Illinois thinks Michigan is ducking them, so cute.
  • Northwestern is like a Rich Rod first half. Audige is fun though.
  • What do you make of Ohio State? Good at getting great centers benched with fouls.

Hockey things:

  • Wisconsin dominated Minnesota, could be the favorite in the Big Ten now. Wisconsin had a guy at the Canada World Junior camp who wasn’t there when we played them but is dominating now.
  • Michigan dominated Notre Dame, looked poised for a run, is the rapport damaged?

Football things

  • Jaden Mangham would be the first Michigan scholarship player from Wylie E. Groves. Like him more on defense.
  • Mel Tucker had his brother at Colorado but that guy’s transferring to USF.
  • I’ve been to Boulder, Colorado, and I’ve been to East Lansing, and I know which one I’d rather be recruiting to.
  • Who benefits most from a move the Ravens defense? Seth: Chris Hinton, because he gets to go one-on-one with guards on the backside. Also the SAM-like players like Ojabo and Harrell.
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.12: Like a VHS Tape

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.12: Like a VHS Tape

February 9, 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: BIG TEN UPDATE, NHL OVERVIEW

starts at 0:50

  • Double Sweeps
  • Wisconsin is apparently really good now
  • Big Ten Standings and CHN P16 guesses
  • NHL Divisional Previews

SEGMENT 2: SUPER BOWL AND A GIMMICKY TOP FIVE

starts at 43:49

  • Alex hates the Patriots and the Packers
  • Remember when commercials were good?
  • Gimmicky Top Five Super Bowls/Moments We Watched
MUSIC
  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “Seventh Heaven”—Gwen Guthrie
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme
MGoPodcast 12.20: Novak Flushed It

MGoPodcast 12.20: Novak Flushed It

February 8, 2021

The Guest

Zack Novak joined us for a segment, which is reason enough to put his Chicks Dig Scars shirt back up (think they’re organized by date created so you have to scroll to the end). Worth noting that Spike Albrecht does not have a shirt in the MGoStore.

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 UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code NEWYEAR for 25% off your next purchase!

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, and Information Entropy.

1. Football Recruiting Doesn’t Suck Again

starts at 1:00

Mo Linguist has been loosed in the Volunteer state and is making it into the new Massachusetts. Also three DTs, one or two or all three perhaps ticketed for nose, when it looked like none.

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

2. Gimmicky Top Five Elements to Add to New NCAA Game

starts at 26:00

I didn’t realize this would be serious things until right before the podcast so I’ll have to write an extensive article about all of my ideas later. More or less we’re looking for a Crusader Kings II version of dynasty mode, with the Madden engine and more cheating.

3. Big Ten Shootaround

starts at 49:15

We go over what we’ve watched of the league. Illinois has figured out how to get Ayo right, Wisconsin can’t get Reuvers fixed and dies on the nights their fives can’t hit a three. Ohio State is weird, gets to the line, and can’t be ignored—credit to Chris Holtmann, who can’t recruit for some reason. Also Iowa: should they ever try to play defense? Also Michigan State.

4. The Zack Novak Hour

starts at 1:29:52

The true story of the legendary dunk contest. The Twitter beef with former Purdue point guard Spike Albrecht. Playing for Beilein. The secrets of Sanderson revealed!

MUSIC:

  • “Scratch My Itch"—The Soul Snatchers
  • “Getting On in Spite of You”—Remember Sports
  • “War”—Mos Def
  • “Across 110th Street”
WTKA Roundtable 2/4/2021: Great Kid, Don’t Get Cocky

WTKA Roundtable 2/4/2021: Great Kid, Don’t Get Cocky

February 5, 2021

Signing Day and the DTs

  • Rayshaun Benny: lolsparty, but even five-star DTs don’t
  • Most DTs play end in high school, Benny played mostly OT
  • Ravens front: take the 5-2 and change the names
  • Sam takes credit for seeing Alan Branch first, playing fullback in New Mexico.
  • What does this mean for Michigan State recruiting? Two highest rated recruits in their class got poached.
  • Scouting OL: the Kalis problem.

Basketball things

  • Michigan State-Iowa had ten guys playing 10 minutes or more. MSU can’t get to the rim.
  • Is Michigan going to suffer from a layoff hangover?
  • The Iowa question: can you be good if you don’t play defense?
  • Brian doesn’t get why we’re opening restaurants for sick people and shutting down health athletic teams: security theater?
  • Seth: Baylor and Gonzaga may be the best teams but Michigan’s schedule is so tough they might deserve the top one seed.
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.1: Team Upturned Rake

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.1: Team Upturned Rake

February 1, 2021

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: BIG TEN UPDATE, GIMMICKY TOP FIVE, MATTHEW STAFFORD

starts at 0:50

  • Craig Ross guest stars
  • Big Ten non-Michigan games
  • Big Ten standings/projections
  • CHN Power 16 updates
  • Gimmicky Top Five
  • Alex salutes Stafford, weighs in on trade
  • Does Goff suck?

SEGMENT 2: TENNIS VS BAYLOR, AUSTRALIAN OPEN

starts at 43:49

  • David catches a foul ball
  • Fenty/Siimar look good in Doubles
  • Michigan loses all 6 first sets in Singles
  • Fenty and Maloney come back
  • Beaty, Styler, Bickerstech have close matches
  • Siimar falls apart
  • Alex and Craig preview the Australian Open
WTKA Roundtable 1/28/2021: Three Hundred Years Ago I Was Hedging

WTKA Roundtable 1/28/2021: Three Hundred Years Ago I Was Hedging

January 28, 2021

Football Program’s Direction

  • Going with a recruiting staff: the right move for Michigan.
  • A John Beilein reboot?
  • Understand getting players but OL isn’t as pure star ratings as the rest, and Warinner was elite in his evaluations and preparing the guys to play.
  • Who makes moves for the future if you don’t plan to be around?
  • Fill in behind them with analysts. Greg Mattison?
  • This is a be good by 2022 plan; they’ll need some transfers for 2021.
  • Culture = Winning.
  • Feels like Harbaugh’s taking a home run cut.
  • Recruiting Ohio or New England: where do you put your resources?

Purdue Game/Hockey vs ND/Nazilla

  • Franz had a good game, thinks he didn’t,
  • Michigan hockey can’t get a call, did get the first goal both games.
  • Naz needs help, can’t afford not to have production from the Browns.
The Michigan Hockeycast 3.10: What Happens in Bowling Green

The Michigan Hockeycast 3.10: What Happens in Bowling Green

January 26, 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: THURSDAY NIGHT MASSACRE

starts at 0:50

Alex and David deviate from hockey and discuss multiple tangents . Michigan gets Notre Dame to play their style and it works well . Goals, goals goals! Portillo looks very comfortable in net... and using his stick.

SEGMENT 2: FRIDAY NIGHT BOATRACE

starts at 21:18

A couple of fluky goals in both directions. Similar style points, but better play from the Irish. NBCSN is going to shut down. Sad face. Jay Keranen just gets better. MSU deja vu...but with a different ending. PP/PK discussion. CHN Power 16 and Big Ten Standings.

MUSIC

  • NHL on ESPN Theme
  • “The Waiting”—Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Ice Hockey (NES) theme

 

MGoPodcast 12.19: Stops

MGoPodcast 12.19: Stops

January 24, 2021

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 UGP’s holiday gift guide at ugp.io/holidaygiftguide and use the promo code NEWYEAR for 25% off your next purchase!

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 Shutdown

starts at 1:00

Two weeks(?) without Michigan athletics because somebody wasn’t quarantined after coming home from the U.K. We discuss why it was necessary to shut down, how it went down, and how it might play out. We’re just baffled that this failure was allowed to happen.

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

2. The Last Game

starts at 18:50

Ugly game wasn’t that ugly unless you’re talking about Purdue’s shooting stats, which were a combination of Dickinson dominating Williams and the Boilers not having a Sasha Stefanovich to convert threes. It’s right that they went 2/18 because look how many of those were from terrible shooters. Seth likes that you can put Austin Davis out there against virtually anybody and score one for one, which eats up important minutes when you’re up by 11.

3. WBB and Hockey

starts at 43:48

Naz goes off for 50, brings Michigan back from down 16 but they lose because they’re out a Brown and the other can’t hit her threes. Nobody scored past the top four. Hockey looks good on NBC, came out on fire, can’t get a call.

4. Hot Takes and Warinner React

starts at 59:22

Seth is happy to have DeBord back. Think there’s some other shoe that dropped because no way you get rid of a guy like Ed Warinner on purpose. Offensive line coach and strength coach are coordinator-level positions.

MUSIC:

  • “Wait"—M83
  • “Sonny’s Lament”—Orgone
  • “Selfish Dreas”—The Rural Alberta Advantage
  • “Across 110th Street”
The Ace Pod 3.9: Glad and Sorry

The Ace Pod 3.9: Glad and Sorry

January 22, 2021

Cover art by Seth Fisher, based on 'Ohh La La' by Faces

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: COACHES, ASSEMBLE

Dan laments a slow week on the RCMB. Before we dig into the football coaching staff, Ace reads some stats from the M-OSU WBB game, which featured Naz Hillmon scoring a program record 50 points and, well, not much else on the M side of the scoring column. Then we go through the completed defensive staff, how we feel about this youthful group, and also discuss the yet-to-be-finalized offensive coaching staff. It may have taken way too long but a couple of us may feel something approaching optimism? Hopefully a few of these guys will be around for the Soup Era. One thing is for sure, they upgraded the safeties coach.

SEGMENT TWO: POSITIONS THAT NEED REINFORCEMENTS

Naming five position groups that could at least potentially use a transfer in order of need. The top two are obvious, though not necessarily in the order you’d think. We throw out some names to target. A look at the 247 transfer portal reveals a depressing number of departing Wolverines, but also a healthy number of talented former Tennessee Vols.

SEGMENT THREE: BASKETBALL WITH LORD BAUNCELOT, MARYLAND EDITION

Alex joins us from his possibly haunted room in the Grand Castle and immediately reveals Connor’s darkest secret. Nice to see them win while Hunter Dickinson isn’t scoring. Also nice to see Dickinson not forcing his own offense when teams double. Franz Wagner is playing well enough to garner NBA attention. Isaiah Livers and Mike Smith got great looks and Livers, in particular, didn’t hesitate to take them. How do we want to see the backup center position sort out? Is Brandon Johns caught in a minutes crunch or is there more time available for him?

SEGMENT FOUR: BASKETBALL WITH LORD BAUNCELOT, MINNESOTA EDITION

Surprise, this section is shorter. Can Zeb Jackson be a contributor? Burn the rest of the tape.

Songs:

Glad and Sorry—Faces
Mr. Ambulance Driver—Flaming Lips
You Know Me—Thunder Dreamer

“That’s a good thing for a coach to be is with the program in a physical, real way. Literally, just be there. It’s good.”

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