December 7, 2013 by Shash
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Sometimes, the only way to win is
not to play drink.
Not quite. I'm not really gonna look back, except when I predicted this team would go 11-1 and end up in the Rose Bowl. Heh. I'm also the guy who argues that the Tigers will be a better team next year mere days beforeDave Dombrowski went completetely Florida-schizophrenic with the Fister
deal dump. Ah, well.
Michigan's season can be summed up thusly:
No, wait, that's not right. There's a better one. Hmm. Seven wins, a losing record in conference play, barely winning against Akron and UConn, seeing an incredibly talented quarterback have his ribs turned into cheese on a weekly basis, wait, there's gotta be a better one.
Yep. That's gotta be it.
My obligatory comment on last weekend's Game: holy shit. That was incredible. We had a thread back and forth after the game among the MnB
staffraging beerhounds and it was unanimous - you go for it. With that OSU offense, a hobbled Gardner, and Wile kicking, you go for it. Being in the stadium for the comeback and the attempt was insane. Many of you can attest how batshit bonkers the 70,000 Michigan fans (yikes, there was tons of red)went during the latter stages of the second half - seventeen point spread be damned.
So, we're at kind of a weird place today. Both teams can't lose the B1G championship game, leaving Michigan fans with very few options tonight that don't involve self-mutilation. I'm still coming to terms with the fact that I'm going to have to root for Mark Dantonio's smirking bitchface. I still might not. Skip to 3:15 or so for the point:
So here we are. Stuck watching one of these teams going to the Rose Bowl is the nighmare scenario. But it doesn't have to be all bad. MnB's official recommendation to survive the evening: drink, and drink up.
It's Christmas beer season, which is good news for beer fans - most breweries come out with a winter seasonal that's eminently drinkable - not too wheaty, not too hoppy, and always a little different. This year's trend (as it has been in the past) seems to be toward plenty of nutmeg and clove in sweeter ales. It's ok for a meal with a turkey, but not really your everyday drinker. Definitely not what you'd want for heavy drinking tonight. Escape the Winter Lagers and Winter Warmers of the world and go with a local beer - give Frankenmuth Brewery's excellent Winter Town Ale. I had quite a bit of this after last week's loss and it is fantastic - using a fair amount of hops and plenty of dark malt brings out flavors that most wintry beers achieve with extra spices added after the brewing process. It's dark and spicy without being, you know, dark and spicy. Whatever. It's awesome. Give it a shot.
If that's a little too hard to find, or you want to start drinking NOW (if you haven't already, give it a shot) to get ready for three hours of head-banging tonight, Red Hook's winter lineup is great - and their current tagline is something like "the right playlist leads to something. Usually breakfast" or something fantastically edgy like that. Their Winterhook beer is similar to the Frankenmuth offering, but cheaper and easier to find/drink quickly - it's dry hopped to minimze the overall sweetness while still having that dark taste that a winter beer has.
I can't shake the feeling of ooginess this game is giving me. Good for both teams for having terrific seasons*, but I can't figure out which team is Pete Campbell here.
Whatever. Enjoy your weekends, Michigan Faithful. Go watch some basketball or hockey or something. Until next time, cheers!
*This comment was of course insincere
December 7, 2013 by Zach Travis
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We're just living in it.
Michigan had five scorers in double digits including Nik Stauskas with a team high 25 points. It was an offensive explosion from the Wolverines following a game against Duke that couldn't have been any more different. In this one Michigan shot 16 of 26 from 3pt, had assists on 26 of its 36 baskets, and turned the ball over just seven times.
Still, with everything else going right, it was hard to take your eyes off the big guy in the middle. Mitch McGary has been a lot of things to this team in his short career, but in this game he flashed bits of all of those. He finished the game with nine rebounds, six assists, four steals, and a block while committing just two turnovers and two fouls. On almost every one of his eight defensive rebounds he grabbed the ball and immediately led the break, finding his teammates for open looks on the perimeter and doing his part to set up a great outside shooting day for the Wolverines. He even added 12 points on seven shots and was 2 of 3 from the line.
When Jordan Morgan or Jon Horford came in the difference was palpable. The team feeds off McGary's energy, and as he continues to work back into game shape, Michigan looks better and better.
Michigan had a single game record 16 made three pointers, and no one shot them better on the day than Stauskas who hit 6 of 9 and 5 of 5 from the line. He looked night and day better than he did earlier in the week against Duke.
Really the only player to disappoint on offense was Caris LeVert, who only managed four points — the only starter in single digits — on four shots. He hit both his free throws and contributed a couple steals, but overall it was a quiet day.
Both Michigan freshmen ended the game with 14 points. Derrick Walton hit all three of his three point shots and Irvin hit 3 of 5. Glenn Robinson III also had a quietly efficient day with 17 points on 9 shots, four assists and four rebounds.
This was always a game Michigan was going to win, but after a rough couple outings, the Wolverines needed something to get excited about. One hundred seven points at home and a school record for three pointers made in a game is a good way to feel good. Doing it all thanks to the play of Mitch McGary creating opportunities for everyone is a good sign going forward.
December 7, 2013 by Zach Travis
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Michigan hoops plays today at noon and it is championship weekend. Plenty to talk about, so let's get watching.
More from SB Nation College Football
- Projecting championship weekend
- 10 things about Auburn-Missouri
- Easy Call: Auburn-Missouri, Ohio State-Michigan State, and maple bacon
|TIME||ROAD TEAM||HOME TEAM||NETWORK|
|12 p.m. ET||No. 17 Oklahoma, 9-2||No. 6 Oklahoma State, 10-1||
|12 p.m. ET||No. 16 UCF, 10-1||SMU, 5-6||
|12 p.m. ET||Marshall, 9-3||Rice, 9-3||
|1 p.m. ET||Memphis, 3-8||UConn, 2-9||
|3:30 p.m. ET||No. 25 Texas, 8-3||No. 9 Baylor, 10-1||
|3:30 p.m. ET||Furman, 8-5||North Dakota State, 11-0||
|4 p.m. ET||No. 5 Missouri, 11-1||No. 3 Auburn, 11-1||
|7:30 p.m. ET||USF, 2-9||Rutgers, 5-6||
|7:45 p.m. ET||No. 7 Stanford, 10-2||No. 11 Arizona State, 10-2||
|8 p.m. ET||No. 20 Duke, 10-2||No. 1 Florida State, 12-0||
|8 p.m. ET||UL Lafayette, 8-3||South Alabama, 5-6||
|8:17 p.m. ET||No. 2 Ohio State, 12-0||No. 10 Michigan State, 11-1||
|10 p.m. ET||Utah State, 8-4||No. 23 Fresno State, 10-1||
Title: Shadow Play.
The photo above is a sneak peek into a new show that I’m working on for 2014. I’m also hoping that with a few more phone calls this show might debut in NYC, and then come to West Michigan.
My upcoming show will be similar to the one I had in 2013 that featured window reflections, but this time around I’m playing around with shadows and silhouettes. I’m drawing inspiration from not only my reflection studies, but from the works of MC Escher. This time around I’m keeping the color palate simple and all images will be black and white… as I want them to have not only that Escher feel, but I want them to scream cinematic. Like a Woody Allen movie poster.
So onto the image… what makes this one for me is the offset sense of reality. One has to think through not only the shadow play and silhouettes, but their mind is eventually forced to figure out what is actually a shadow and what is real.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 6D and a EF 35mm f/1.4L lens.
December 6, 2013 by Anthony Mammel
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The Michigan coaching staff has been making the rounds following the end of the regular season, and two new offers are already out.
With the class of 2014 close to being finished for the Michigan Wolverines, focus has been shifted toward the class of 2015. Questions about the class area already abundant despite signing day being more than a full year away for high school juniors. Who would get Michigan's second quarterback scholarship? When would the Wolverines come through with an offer for five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle?
Both of those questions were answered late in the week when the coaching staff offered both Settle and USC quarterback commitment David Sills, who plays for the same high school as Michigan commitments Freddy Canteen and Brandon Watson. The staff had been rumored to have narrowed its focus down to four passers in the junior class, but it's now apparent that Sills is their top priority. California product Josh Rosen is the only other signal caller to hold a Michigan offer and remains a pipe dream.
Why the coaching staff decided to hold off on offering Settle until now remains a mystery. The young defensive tackle is the most talented player at his position in the class of 2015, being rated as high as number one overall by Scout and as a five-star prospect by the other major scouting services. Michigan has been in contact with him for quite some time now; Settle is close friends with Da'Shawn Hand, who had talked to Settle about Michigan on more than one occasion.
These two offers could prove to be two of the most important offers in the class -- especially the offer to quarterback David Sills. Sills is an excellent fit for Al Borges' west coast passing scheme, and his crystal ball is already turning in favor of the Wolverines. His favorite target in high school, Freddy Canteen, just happens to be committed to Michigan in the class of 2014. His commitment to Southern California was made long ago when the program was still under the control of Lane Kiffin, who has since been fired and replaced with Washington's Steve Sarkisian. A flip to the Wolverines could be inevitable.
The decision to offer Tim Settle shouldn't be underestimated, either. Michigan clearly still needs help in the interior of its defensive line after poor showings against Iowa, Ohio State and others, and there isn't a better defensive tackle prospect in the class than Tim Settle, who is also athletic enough to help put pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Both Virginia and Ohio State have worked their way toward the front of the pack for Settle's commitment, but he won't make a commitment until the end of his recruiting cycle. The Wolverine have time to make up ground, and they have the academics and atmosphere that Settle wants in a school.
Expect more major recruiting news in the coming weeks. Brady Hoke and his staff are all hopping on and off of planes to see recruits, so more offers and interesting quotes are bound to come out before Michigan plays in its bowl game.
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December 6, 2013 by Fouad Egbaria
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The Wolverines return to the Crisler Center on Saturday to face 3-5 Houston Baptist.
Game: Houston Baptist (3-5) at Michigan (5-3)
Date: Saturday, December 7
Time: 12 ET
Location: Crisler Center--Ann Arbor, MI
After playing five of their last six games away from the friendly confines of the Crisler Center, the Michigan Wolverines return to Ann Arbor looking to rebuild some confidence on the heels of that 3-3 stretch. Losses at Duke and at Iowa State are by no means ones to scoff at (Charlotte might not even be a horrendous loss when all is said and done, especially given Michigan's injury issues in the second half of that game).
Nonetheless, while a convincing win against 3-5 Houston Baptist will do nothing to improve Michigan's resume, it is an opportunity for the Wolverines to collect themselves, especially with games against Arizona and Stanford in the coming weeks. The former will be especially big for the Wolverines, as, barring an upset against UNLV or New Mexico State, Sean Miller's Arizona squad will likely roll into Ann Arbor with a shiny No. 1 ranking.
Season so far
But, before the Wolverines tackle those foes, they'll have to take care of business tomorrow afternoon first.
The Huskies of Houston Baptist, of the Southland Conference, have limped out to a 3-5 start, with losses to Texas Tech, Texas, Wright State, Southern Miss and South Alabama.
On the positive side of the ledger, the Huskies tallied wins against Crowley's Ridge College, plus an overtime win at Army and a 2-point win at home against Rice. Unfortunately for the Huskies, Rice and Army are a combined 4-11 so far this season. So, while the Huskies do bring a two games winning streak into Ann Arbor, it isn't exactly much t write home about.
The Huskies' five losses came at an average margin of defeat of 16.8 points per game, nudged skyward by a 28-point defeat at Texas on Nov. 18.
The Huskies are led by sophomore guard Rob Lewis,who averages 13.4 ppg. Lewis leads the Huskies in field goal attempts, but he's only connected on 41.6% of them (31.8% from three).
Tyler Russell, another 6'0'' guard, averages 11.5 ppg (he averaged 11.6 ppg two years ago and 11.4 ppg last season, so it seems like this is his sweet spot). Russell shoots it a little better from three than Lewis (33.3%).
Cody Joyce, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, averages 9.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg. As far as "big" guys go, he's probably the biggest threat on the team. The Huskies do boast a 6-foot-11 center in Ricmonds Vilde (a transfer from SMU), but he only averages 5.5 ppg. However, using that height, he naturally leads the team in rebounds (6.3 rpg).
Marcel Smith, a junior guard from Detroit, is probably the last player worth mentioning here. Smith averages 5.9 ppg and shoots 38.5% from three (albeit on 13 attempts). However, at 5-foot-6, you have to think that Smith is a pretty big defensive liability.
Given the opponent, these will be more about Michigan than they are what Michigan needs to do relative to its opponent:
- Start strong. The Wolverines have started slow more often than not this season, even against weak competition (tied at the half against Lowell). For the sake of progress and everyone's blood pressure, a strong start tomorrow afternoon would be a good sign.
- Half court offense. As is always the case against weak competition, Michigan will get its fair share of runouts and transition opportunities. With that said, Michigan's half court offense has been mediocre to downright bad all season, which I suppose is to be expected when you lose shot takers and creators like Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. I'm not even asking for a Hoosiers-style four pass offense, but some sort of discernible offensive rhythm would be a welcomed sight.
- Glenn Robinson III. This is probably going to be a point of concern for the rest of the season, but if GRIII can't get his buckets against teams like Houston Baptist, well, that's bad, mmkay. He'll have opportunities to take his man off the dribble if he wants to. I'm not in the business of questioning a player's desire/motives/general want to, but, for whatever reason Robinson hasn't been as aggressive as Michigan fans would like him to be.
Simply put, this is a bad HBU team, one that Michigan should handle with ease. However, following tough stretches like Michigan has just gone through, a letdown is always a concern.
I don't think that's in the cards, but I wouldn't be surprised if Michigan looks fairly underwhelming in the game's opening five to 10 minutes of play.
In any case, the Wolverines should win by 20-something, providing a much needed boost of confidence for a young squad trying to find its way.
December 6, 2013 by Anthony Mammel
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Michigan needs at least one interior defensive lineman in the class of 2015. Could Michigan overtake its competitors and land five-star mauler Tim Settle?
Film and Ratings
|Service||Star Rating||Position||Position Rank||Overall Rank|
As you can see, Settle is a truly elite interior player, climbing as high as number one overall in Scout's initial rankings and remaining in the top ten overall in both Scout and ESPN's initial rankings. He's likely to be a consensus five-star player once ESPN and Rivals actually release a full list of top players.
Settle is your prototypical nose tackle, coming in at between 6'2" and 6'3". He isn't too long for the position or too short to fend off long interior offensive lineman. His frame is relatively clean for a 300-pound young man.
As of right now, Settle is more of a finesse player than a strength player. That being said, don't overlook his strength, which is overwhelming for anyone he'll ever face on a high school football field.
I've been watching high school players' film for years now, and I've never seen a player this size move so well. Settle forced a pitch on a speed option then continued to maul the halfback who received the pitch. He chases down quarterbacks, changes directions to make tackles and flies in the air to swat passes down. Remember how scouts drooled over Ondre Pipkins' ability to move? Settle outdoes him.
On-Field Awareness: A
Settle makes all of the plays you can ask from a defensive tackle, doing a great job of reading the backfield by keeping his eyes up.
Settle is already ahead of most defensive tackles his age, but most defensive tackles need major technique work before being ready for college. He uses his hands well to shed blockers, swimming by them with regularity, but he can still use work on pad level and bull rushing, which is an extremely useful tool to have at the tackle position.
Settle is a rare gem at a critical defensive position. He has the size needed to play at any level and still manages to move like a linebacker. He could become an interior offensive lineman's worst nightmare given the proper strength training and coaching.
Settle holds offers from just about everyone in the country, including Michigan. The Wolverines have been involved with Settle for quite some time now, visiting Ann Arbor way back in September and talking with them long before that visit. Defensive tackle Hjalte Froholdt fell off of the board just a few days ago; Settle was offered today.
Two programs seem to have jumped out in front early: Ohio State and Virginia. The Cavaliers recruit their footprint well and have been in on Settle from day one, receiving countless visits from the young man. The Buckeyes are just as confident that they'll land Settle.
I have no idea where Settle ends up playing his college football. Both UVA and OSU would be realistic choices, and Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, North Carolina and other schools could all make legitimate claims for his services.
Michigan will get a serious look from Settle, who heard plenty of good about the Wolverines from Da'Shawn Hand despite the fact that he ended up choosing Alabama. He won't be making a decision until close to the end of his recruiting cycle, so Hoke and company have plenty of time to work their way in here.
We are all too aware of how curious cats like to be when something new arrives in their domain, such as a brightly colored Christmas tree or some decorations.
That can spell potential mishaps or even danger if you do not think about how to protect your cat from harm this Christmas.
Planning and common sense
You can certainly have a higher expectation of enjoying a happy and safe Christmas if you put a bit of extra planning and use some common sense when it comes to the decorations you use, bearing in mind that you are sharing your home with cats.
The last thing that you want is to hear the thundering sound of a loud crash while you are in the kitchen and your cat or kitten has attempted to climb the Christmas tree to reach something that has attracted their attention.
Make sure that the tree is nicely secure and unlikely to topple over by using a sturdy stand, probably with a water container for extra weight and maybe even secured using guy wires if you think it might be necessary.
Avoid using the chemicals that are available to keep your live Christmas tree fresh if possible as there is the possibility that your cat or kitten might decide to take a drink of water from the container.
You can get a wide range of different ornaments from a site like ChristmasOrnaments.com and the best advice for cat owners is to make sure that you put the non-breakable ornaments at the bottom of the tree.
If you have some highly-prized antique ornaments or simply some real personal favorites that you want to keep out of harm’s way, then make sure that you arrange them on the higher branches.
If you are really worried about curiosity getting the better of your cat when it comes to the ornaments on your tree, you could make some stuffed cotton ornaments for the bottom of the tree and maybe even make an extra special one for you cat, which they can have in the hope that they will then leave the tree alone completely.
Be wary of any wires used for lighting and make sure that they are protected from being chewed, especially if you have kittens in the house.
You can get plastic tubing from most hardware stores which will keep the wires and your cat safe from any harm.
Other dangers to consider
It is best not to use tinsel or metallic garland as tree decorations because cats have a tendency to eat it and that can lead them to suffer from internal blockages as a result.
It is also best not to leave your cat unattended in a room where you have decorations and certainly avoid leaving them in a room where there are candles burning, unless you are sure that they are not able to reach them and knock them over accidentally.
If you decorate your home and tree with the safety of your cat in mind then there is no reason why you will not have a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas.
Susan Thomson is passionate about holiday decor. She enjoys writing about creative and practical design on holiday and decorating blogs.
December 6, 2013 by SHirko
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ES Game Day:
B1G Ten Conference Championship
#9 Michigan State Spartans (11-1/8-0) vs #2 Ohio State Buckeyes (12-0/8-0)
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
When: 8 pm, December 7, 2013
Line: Ohio State by 5-1/2
SPARTANS: WHAT IS YOUR PROFESSION!!!!
- BTN.com: Merriman, MSU 24-21; Bardo, MSU 28-24; Yarina, OSU 27-23; Dienhart, OSU 30-27
- ESPN.com: Rittenberg, MSU 30-28; Bennett: OSU 27-24
- CFN/Scout: OSU, 27-17
- CBSSports: Palm: OSU wins & covers; Feldman: OSU 14-10
- OffTackleEmpire: OSU 27-23
- BeforeItsNews: MSU 27-17
- Bloguin: Kenney, OSU 20-13; Coppens, OSU 34-21; Torres, OSU 20-14; Singleton, OSU 42-28; Biles, OSU 28-18; Parcell, MSU 24-21; Causey, OSU 31-28; McGuire, OSU 24-20; Perry, OSU 28-12
- movoli: MSU 27-17
- CollegeFootballPoll: Computer says OSU by 7.66, but the blogger picks MSU outright
- Channel3000/SportsXChange: MSU 30-27
- International Business Times: OSU 41-28
- CappersPicks: OSU 31-20
- NewsOK: OSU 19-17
- BuckeyeFansOnly: probably the most painful website blog on the eye, but it's an aggregate of a ton of different previews out there. Some predictions, but it just too difficult and bothersome to splice up for the ES site.
To the rest of the Buckeye Nation, the Spartan Nation, and the rest of college football, the ES sez:
Thank the good lord Ohio State is undefeated. It's hard to like Urban Meyer. More directly, it's hard not to hate Urban Meyer. He's a bottom feeder. The national media is swimming along next to him, sucking up to Meyer and the Buckeyes in the press conference on Wednesday. Asking MSU defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi about the greatness of the Buckeye offense, Narduzzi quipped, appropriately: “Shoot, maybe we shouldn’t even show up.” Thankfully, we have the vicious Spartan defense to take its hot poker and stick a big 'ole "L" on his butt cheek.
The ES is looking for payback in this game. Payback for the cheatin' ways of Tressel, whose players' arrogance for free tattoos and swapping jewelry ended up pushing Michigan State out of what should have deservedly been a Rose Bowl appearance in 2010-2011. In the record books, Ohio State now has L's next to all the games that season - but what hurt was the collateral damage of the Big Green NOT making it to its Promised Land of wine and roses, instead being sent to Florida for a slaughter at the hands of Alabama. And, no remorse from the Buckeye faithful. ES sez: payback is hell.
This is the most significant football game in my 45 years of life. Why? This is the best Spartan football team I've ever seen. It's better than the 2011 team with Kirk Cousins that failed to win the B1G Title game vs Wisconsin. It's definitely better than the 1988 Rose Bowl team, of which I attended every game: ES watching the title clinching game vs Indiana with mononucleosis, and spending New Years Day basking in the Rose Bowl victory over Southern Cal.
This season, our Michigan State Spartans have defeated every Big Ten team by double digits. So, when the media says the Big Ten is soft in 2013 - that's fine; the Big Green whooped 'em all. This is the best Spartans team since we last won the national title in 1966. That's why we NEED this game: it's in our blood, THE ROSE BOWL means everything to the Spartan Nation and our proud program.
You can read about the matchups, the stats, all the other hoopla elsewhere. ES sez the player of the game will be Max Bullough, using his storied family Spartan pedigree as inspiration to slow the Buckeye run game and position the defense for game-making plays. The leader of the best defense in the land that will get it done, and sacrifice himself so his teammates can break Braxton Miller in two. The angry Spartan defense will bully the Buckyes, and by the end of the game will shove a pail of buckeyes right up their arse. The whole nation is rooting for the Spartans because of the near-unanimous hatred of Meyer. The Spartans will deservedly end this ugly winning streak of that rodent of a coach, Urban Meyer.
The ES will be at Lucas Oil Stadium, in tears of joy, with Big Bob, Keith, Seth, Sloth and his juniors - handing out red and white roses to Green and White fans who've made the trip.
ES sez: MSU 24, Ohio State 20. See ya in Pasadena!