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The Michigan Hockeycast 2.6: Sloth

The Michigan Hockeycast 2.6: Sloth

March 5, 2020

Back in December they were as dead as a trout in a bucket of motor oil.

wsg Craig Ross

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1. The ND and Minnesota Series

starts at 0:50

Deflating series against the super-defensive Domers. Get a split or get two wins and Michigan's in the driver's seat to win the conference, but they just didn't have the guys who can get a bucket.

Then they go to Minnesota, who's been hotter than Michigan in the back half of the season, expecting to finish 7th in the Big Ten. Gophers pour it on, and Strauss Mann is a wall. Weird bounce goal brings Minnesota back to 2-1, and then they call a really weak major that steals the game and what could have been a sweep. Craig likes Granowicz because he can do the Holmstrom heavy in front of the net. Mann is a god.

2. Craig's Penalties, Big Ten Tournament, MSU Preview, Pairwise

starts at 28:41

Fifteen seconds for horseplay, 30 seconds for hijinks, 45 seconds for tomfoolery, a minute for shenanigans, and giving him the business is a minute and a half. Roughhousing is 1:45, two minutes for roughing, and then various levels of Mayhem: 1st, 2nd, 3rd degree. Big Ten MVP? Have to get past MSU and their very good goalie to have a shot at OSU again. Sweep MSU and they're in the tourney? Pairwise can get to 12th at best, 14th likely if they don't get help.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "Passacaglia/A Bud and A Slice"—Joe Jackson
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
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MGoPodcast 11.23: The Dagger Bank

MGoPodcast 11.23: The Dagger Bank

March 2, 2020

It's been a rule since 1974: that was a big year for ululating.

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1. Hoops vs Ohio State

starts at 1:00

Ohio State gets two bank threes: can you remember Michigan's last (competitive) bank shot? Understand now how Purdue felt when they had to take Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan off the court. Michigan's trying all kinds of switches. Livers had a terrible week. Castleton hesitated on his corner three attempt. Very matchup-dependent team. Livers discussion: not great in the lane, stay in your role.

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

2. Hoops vs Wisconsin

starts at 27:30

Vastly worst defensive performance of the year. Wisconsin can't miss their threes but this time they're open. UW let X go crazy in the paint—it didn't really work for them. DDJ hits his breakaways and Michigan's got the lead at the end. Communication went badly but straight-up they got beat on drives. Wagner coming around. Why Nunez? Michigan this year is just incredibly unlucky in threes.

3. Hot Takes and a Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 45:55

Ways Brian is like Adam Sandler. You can't sue me for this: Saul Goodman is not real, first of all. There's a 90s open shirt with a t-shirt thing going on.

4. Hockey vs. the World

starts at 1:18:24

Old fashioned three-point weekend at Minnesota on the head of Strauss Mann.

MUSIC:
  • "Opposite Day"—Andrew Bird
  • "On Repeat"—LCD Soundsystem
  • "Lunch Lady Land"—Adam Sandler
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundable 2/27/2020: Cleveland Is Not In High Demand

WTKA Roundable 2/27/2020: Cleveland Is Not In High Demand

February 28, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers has an athletic team that can't shoot the ball.
  • Trevion Williams is the right guy for Austin Davis to body up. Put him on a brute.
  • Eli changes hair to look like X, plays like X
  • Can Michigan go to Cleveland?
  • Wisconsin: bad matchup for Michigan because they're three-dependent. Micah Potter has been a monster (also ironic people were complaining about King's transfer like two days after Potter became eligible from his Ohio State transfer)
  • Ohio State: How do those pieces fit together so well?
  • Craig: Michigan got a fair whistle at Purdue—the awful whistle disappeared after the first 8 games (by which point M had played 6) but Michigan still can't get a call at home—Ohio State game was one of the most ridiculous stripe games of the year. Ohio State has some crazy kind officiating (FYI the director of basketball who oversees the officials is a former OSU coach.)
  • Dr. Anderson: The guy who fired Dr. A was surprised decades later that the guy still had a job at Michigan. Athletic Dept. doesn't choose their doctors so someone at the university reassigned the guy. Who knew what when?
  • Craig: Was told if people knew, it wasn't at the higher levels.
  • Josh Christopher/Hunter Dickinson: Dickinson's defense has come around, he can shoot, can he go right? Christopher is uber athletic. Giant Dosunmu, throw out his high school numbers because there's no coaching at Mayfair.
The Teams: 1879

The Teams: 1879

February 27, 2020

Seth and Dr. Sap return for a second season of The Teams, brought to you by…

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Previously: 1901192519321947195019641976198019881999

Special Guest this Week: Craig Ross, who was merely a 2,850-year-old druid when…

1. ORIGINS OF THE GAME

(starts at 0:45)

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Composite of the Harvard-McGill game, courtesy of the McCord Museum at McGill

Everything you think you know is wrong. Field and town games were purposely ignored through history, which puts a shroud over our records of these games going on in myriad forms throughout the Middle Ages. The American tradition comes out of England. We track the history of baseball because they're linked and it got there first. "Football" refers to all the soccer- and rugby-like games played with a large ball as opposed to "Handball" which used a smaller ball or "Stickball" from which tradition comes field hockey.

Football at Michigan: a guy named William Gailey, who also wrote "The Yellow and the Blue," and also Cal's alma mater, organized these 11-on-11 games that might have been more like soccer. There was also the tradition of "The Rush" which was a violent diag battle where the goal was to throw the other team over their fence. Muscular Christianity and the cultural shift toward a mass appreciation athletics. The athletics movement on campus: students organize sports as they like, create their own athletics association.

 

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Pushball on Ferry Field in 1907. [UM Bentley Library]

Rutgers-Princeton: 100% soccer, but the rugby-like game (and things similar to rush) were around. Michigan wanted to play a soccer-like against Cornell but the game was canceled by Cornell. When does it become football? Rules tensions between places that had rugby- or soccer-like traditions but all called it "football." Harvard-McGill play a game of rugby with a round ball and 15-on-15, had a second game scheduled that was 13-on-13, and it's not clear if it was played. "Food poisoning" means they got drunk. Return game is in Montreal, has an oblong ball, is a very plausible argument that it was rugby. Craig thinks it was still 15-on-15 but it was definitely more like football than soccer. Harvard had a hard time finding opponents for their "Boston Rules" game—found Tufts.

Walter Camp: a situational extremist, as opposed to the open, moving rugby game. What helped Camp win out was everyone was mad at Dartmouth, the extremist who wanted a game more like The Rush. Banned things like dressing like an orc from Warcraft.

2. THE FIRST GAME

(starts at 50:00)

01 LEAD First game

A drawing of the first game from the UM Palladium, 1880 [courtesy UM Bentley Library]

Camp's rules win out in late 1878, Michigan gets challenged by Racine and delays until next spring. Michigan puts on blue belts and blue hose and heads out to play a timed game of 11-on-11. We discuss the rules and the method of scoring a touchdown. Michigan dominates play, scoring the first TD in the first inning (half) but not converting it despite the Michigan fans and their umpire saying the ball went over the crossbar—like that's never going to happen again. Irving K. Pond scores another TD late and DeTarr makes the extra point good for a 1-0 victory (in modern terms it's 13-0).

3. THE TEAM AND THE TORONTO GAME

(starts at 26:04)

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THREE-QUARTER BACK Edmond H. Barmore (IN): First quarterback in football. Son of a steamboat builder, director of the athletic association, graduated in 1881. Mustache came along. Moved to LA and got into the transfer business. Feted the 1901 team. Check out this mustache progression:

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HALFBACK Charles E. Campbell (Detroit): Dad was a regent and law prof, caught the opening kickoff. Studied under Angell, big-time lawyer and civic leader in Detroit. Trustee of Mariner’s Church where I volunteer, where there’s a picture of him.

HALFBACK (didn’t make Chi trip): Collins Johnson (GR): Surgeon at Harper’s Hospital (overlooking the grounds where they played Toronto). Then was the district surgeon in GR for the railway. Made breakthroughs in Typhoid Fever at his lab in later life.

RUSHER John Chase (AA): Doctor, later General John Chase, Colorado National Guard commander. Dad was one of the first treasurers at Mich. Founded Denver Medical College. Known for leading troops against strikers: Ludlow Massacre was under his men.

RUSHER Irving K. Pond (AA): Engineer, son of a state senator. Architect who built a lot of the Arts & Crafts architecture in Chicago, including the Home Insurance Building, Hull House, The Lillie House, and the Lorado Taft Midway Studios, the Oregon Public Library, and the Union at Purdue and the Michigan Union. Rival of Frank Lloyd Wright. Also an amateur acrobat.

RUSHER Richard DePuy (North Dakota): on the 1878-1882 teams. Brother William was on the team one year. Became a physician in Jamestown, part of a company that became Johnson & Johnson.

RUSHER/KICKER/CAPTAIN David DeTarr (Iowa): First captain. Became a doctor in his hometown.

LEFT SIDE Randolph Thomas “RT” Edwards (AA): Father of Tom Edwards, the star tackle for the 1925 team. Owned the rule book (family brought a rugby rule book from Warwickshire, England). Lawyer and teacher and manager of a Seeds sales office.

LEFT SIDE Frank Reed (AA): Nothing available.

RIGHT SIDE Jack A. Green (Austin, TX): Nothing available.

RIGHT SIDE William W. Hannan (Dowagiac): Best athlete at the school, recruited by the athletic association but liked Law better. Became a real estate developer, top real estate guy in Detroit in the 1900s.

GOALKEEPER Charles S. Mitchell (Minnesota): Newspaper publisher/editor, editor in chief of the Washington Herald. Founder of the Athletic Association at UM. Captain of the senior football team. Attorney when he graduated.

FORWARD Frank Gates Allen (Aurora, IL): Moline Plow Company and the bank in Moline, Illinois. His home is the Moline Board of Education building.

SUB William B. Calvert (AA)

SUB Albert Pettit (AA): Real estate in Baton Rouge, LA: Grandfather of the basketball Hall of Famer.

We don't know how the Toronto game was organized but it took place on the ballpark they had recently built in an attempt to get what would become the Detroit Tigers into the majors. Two-hundred and fifty students got on a train that morning. The game started late because Michigan didn't arrive on time. It ended in a 0-0 tie. Little is known about the play because the newspapers covering it focused on the rules.

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MUSIC:
  • "Meet Me in Chicago"—Buddy Guy
  • "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major General"—Gilbert & Sullivan
  • “Across 110th Street”
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MGoPodcast 11.22: Serious Irrational Confidence Guy

MGoPodcast 11.22: Serious Irrational Confidence Guy

February 23, 2020

Don't change your hair late season, unless you become Zavier Simpson with a shot

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1. Hoops vs Purdue

starts at 1:00

Matt Painter goes full Tom Izzo for 2 and a half minutes, including a foul with 6 seconds left. Before foul time they were 15/40 on two's, 4/16 on threes includes the late one. Playing Williams straight-up with Davis worked: he's 5/16 before nonsense time. Thread of dig-downs made him pick up his dribble. Return games (nisi ref job at Iowa) have been much better strategically. Hot hand effect: Purdue goes under X and gets away with it, but the rest of the guys had beautiful assists too. DDJ, Franz coming on, Franz is two days younger and far ahead of where Caris was at this point of his career.

2. Hoops vs Rutgers

starts at 27:30

The Castletoning but first Nunez runs to the corner on a break. Pikiell has to drop the P&R coverage he wanted because X hit his first two. Michigan can win games vs tournament teams on the road without shooting well from three. Return of Teske's defense. Jacob Young why are you talking? Remarkable stat line. Jalen Rose hanging on Eli Brooks.

3. Hot Takes and a Gimmicky Top Five

starts at 45:55

Eli: rock the Rip Hamilton mask from here out.

4. Hockey vs. ND

starts at 1:18:24

I'm sorry I have my kid's birthday to get to and this was a miserable weekend that wasn't reflective of the effort.

MUSIC:
  • "Come Together"—Syl Johnson
  • "Sabotage"—Beastie Boys
  • "Knock Knock Knock"—Spoon
  • “Across 110th Street”
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WTKA Roundtable 2/20/2020: The Orc That You Hear

WTKA Roundtable 2/20/2020: The Orc That You Hear

February 20, 2020

Things discussed:

  • Rutgers is a terrible shooting team. They needed half a dozen ludicrous shots to get to inefficient.
  • The Castleton'ing.
  • IU: hard to judge because Indiana's coaching was so bad. If there's one school that ought to be firing their coach right away and hiring John Beilein, it's Indiana.
  • Craig: Indiana game was their best of the season. IU's backcourt can't play man—whenever they tried something other than the high hedge X was killing them with they were running into each other.
  • How far up is Michigan trending: top four?
  • Brian sexy reads Jacob Young's stat line after the guy talked crap at X all night.
  • Caller: What to do with Beilein? Cleveland/Dan Gilbert have a terrible culture. The Cavs are high schoolers who rejected an adult.
  • Andre Drummond, nobody is picking up that player option.
  • Beilein walked into moronic management. What did he do at Michigan: he was careful about picking players based on their personality.
  • INCREDIBLE GOLLUM IMPERSONATION AT 29:00
  • Dantonio versus the Photo.
The Michigan Hockeycast 2.5: Back On Their Blades

The Michigan Hockeycast 2.5: Back On Their Blades

February 19, 2020

wsg  Craig Ross

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1. OSU, Wisconsin, and MSU series

starts at 0:50

In grand Michigan Hockeycast tradition, we've shuffled our lines. In the co-host's chair this time: the distinguished one himself, Mr. Craig Ross. David and Craig look at what went right against Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Michigan State and where Michigan may have benefited from some sloppy play by opposing goaltenders. Then the guys discuss ways to beat Michigan and how different those are from years past. Thirty blocks!

2. ND Preview, B10 Standings, PWR

starts at 29:35

Notre Dame is up next on Michigan's schedule, so David and Craig take a multifactorial look at where ND is right now and how this weekend might shake out. Then the Pythagorean theorem and some Bill James theories do a bit of heavy lifting to give insight into Michigan's expected overall and conference record; in other words, have they been lucky or a bit snake-bitten? A look at the Big Ten standings and what Michigan needs to do to win the conference follows, with some PairWise talk spinning out of that.

MUSIC
  • "NHL on ESPN Theme"
  • "NHL on Sportsnet Theme"
  • "Ice Hockey (NES) theme"
MGoPodcast 11.21: The Beilein Surge

MGoPodcast 11.21: The Beilein Surge

February 17, 2020

Juwan Howard, play me more minutes, or I will destroy you!

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1. Hoops vs Indiana

starts at 1:00

Archie Miller: great basketball coach! All those dunks and layups all come from sticking to this insane strategy of high hedging vs X, even after Michigan had 41 points because of it at halftime. Everyone except the centers had a 128+ and after Franz they're all in 140. IU's three-big lineup leads to Michigan going zone. That Davis guy went 9/9, with more than half of them garbage buckets. Brandon Johns is like a cornerback with closing speed: closing feet!

2. Hoops vs Northwestern

starts at 26:21

When you can get Dikembe Mutumbo and World Wide Wes to Welsch-Ryan Arena, you have basketball pull. Leads to a discussion of bag, and hopefully NIL comes soon so it's moot. Chicago's Big Ten Team looked like they didn't care except that one backup center canning uncanny jumpers. Pete Nance looks so sad.

Some Big Ten: Greatest Michigan State Floor Slap of all time: turned around a 6.4% win chance. What is there to love about PSU's offense? They don't turn the ball over? Iowa had a once in a generation collection and half of it got hurt; good news is they're all back next year.

3. Hot Takes and Hockey

starts at 55:18

Best Michigan State coach in five years, tournament seeding. Accessible five-holes. Children of Yost showed out for the MSU series at Munn! A bunch of them got a photo with Izzo.

4. Baseball and the NonRevs

starts at 1:17:43

Greatest week of non-revenue (and baseball) in recent Michigan history. Beat #1 Vandy and #3 ASU (we cherrypicked from polls) to start 3-0. Not going to have the pitching this year but very athletic outfield. WBB was climbing but got hit with a lot of injuries, including one to their star. Team goes where Naz, turnover battle goes. Men's tennis went on the road and was trucking people. Gymnastics is good: we need Jane for the gymnastics knowledge. Softball is 9-0, first-ever hit for a sophomore is a grand slam walk-off.  

MUSIC:
  • "Burn On—Major League Movie Theame"—Randy Newman
  • "Repetition"—TV On the Radio
  • "Wild Pack of Family Dogs"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
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The Ace Pod 2.1: Naz Is Like

The Ace Pod 2.1: Naz Is Like

February 11, 2020

This podcast is brought to you by the law offices of E. Jason Blankenship, who’s got a shiny new site to show off.

SEGMENT ONE: B1G BALLIN’

A look at the conference since we didn’t get to it on the MGoPod this week. Maryland finally gives the Big Ten a lock and Eamonn Brennan’s fingers a break. Penn State has quietly been one of the country’s best teams over the last month; if you’re looking at the metrics, so has Purdue, but they’re all over the place in reality. MSU is on a slide. Shame. In other things you hate to see, Northwestern collapsed again.

SEGMENT TWO: WBB UPDATE/MAILBAG

Nazilla continues to feast after her ESPNW player of the week honor. Michigan’s last two wins have moved them up two seed lines. Purdue was a hard fought battle, Minnesota a surprising blowout. Discussing how to get into WBB, where the Big Ten fits in the national picture, whether the women or the men have a better chance at making tourney noise, and how well this team has handled injuries.

SEGMENT THREE: MBB MAILBAG

Can we defense again? Changes Juwan Howard can make to maximize the team’s potential. Several questions related to the postseason selection criteria, plus ratings differences and the outlook for Austin Davis’s fifth year.

SONGS:
  • “Nas Is Like” — Nas
  • “Step Up” — The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble
MGoPodcast 11.20: Frampton Comes Alive

MGoPodcast 11.20: Frampton Comes Alive

February 9, 2020

Ever had a gnome thrown at you? It's not a pleasant situation.

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1. Hoops vs Michigan State

starts at 1:00

Franz Wagner didn't score but his gumby arms were huge—got a good Wagner face from the block that was inexplicably called a foul. Turned on some rebounding potential. Comp? Michigan finally wins from the 3 point line. Nice to have Livers back, not just because Johns is a very good backup 4. Michigan renders Bingham useless—Johns and Davis could body him, and Livers means he can't be on the floor for spacing otherwise. Izzo's <kiss fingers> whiny bitch fest of a press conference. Why does anyone play for that guy?

2. Hoops vs Ohio State

starts at 25:46

The most insane call we've ever seen—doesn't help the refs that their explanation for the call is patently untrue. Complete officiating debacle—Kaleb Wesson should have fouled out—you literally can't take a charge if the guy is in the air before you get there! Bad both ways yes but asymmetric, and good lord. When's the last time Michigan ever got a gift game, because we have to eat 3 or 4 losses a year. Michigan is 96th %ile in short clock plays. Questionable coaching: drop coverage on Kaleb Wesson. Peak this season is cursed.

3. Hot Takes and Mark Dantonio

starts at 45:32

The XFL: a lot of good ideas for entertaining football. Seems like this league is set up for more success than previous ones. Kickoffs are cool, punting is bad, "Team 9" league-wide practice squad. Michigan's tourney resume vs State's: um, actually it's better.

Dantonio: run by Curtis Blackwell! Was clear if he was going to leave he would have gone to Beekman and gotten his money. Tom Mars is involved now. If Blackwell comes out clean here Michigan should hire him! MSU job: inheriting a rogue program after its best coach with two years of cratered recruiting. Timing is bad because you can't get in on the portal now, terrible fanbase, toughest division. Preemptive no's from Narduzzi, ISU's head coach.

4. Ace's Sconnie Hockey Podcast

starts at 1:18:02

Wisconsin's goaltending is TERRIBLE. Getting production from Granowicz. Potential #1 line with Beecher (muscle)/Hayhurst (creator)? Control their own destiny to win the league (have to win 6 in a row) but still outside looking in on tournament. They've improving: get the puck out of the zone cleaner, playing solid. Wonder what position they'd be in if they didn't take a bad luck goal against PSU and get rogered by the refs vs OSU. Only PSU in this league is a lock for the tournament but all the way down to MSU is bubble.

MUSIC:
  • "E=MC2"—J Dilla (feat Common)
  • "Rip Off"—T. Rex
  • "Jump Around"—House of Pain
  • “Across 110th Street”
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