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    WTKA Roundtable 10/21/2021: Cotton Candy Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 52:29

    Things discussed: Sam: “Michigan State has the softest fanbase in sports.”

    The Michigan Hockeycast 4.3: Victories Over 10,000 Lakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 82:13

    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 after THE JUMP] --------------------------------- Segment 1: Puttin' Down the Dawgs 0:51 Intro and Did Michigan think the game started a half hour later? Why do they hate Nick? The Power Play Starts the Offense Brisson, Beniers, and Van Whye Michigan deflates the third period Segment 2: You Say Mavericks, I Say Screaming Eagles 34:06 Is Michigan just starting late to keep it close? Once again, it's the Power Play! Why are we in the box so much? Shhhhhhhhhhh! Bordeleau and Brisson take over the third Takeaways, the B10, and a look to Western --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme 'Coach' Opening Theme Song Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    MGoPodcast 13.7: 2021-‘22 Basketball Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 143:59

    wsg Matt from Endless Motor. 1 hour and 32 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS), Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing The View from the Cheap Seats podcast by the Sklars, who will now be joining us for the Hot Takes segments. Please go subscribe and like their podcast, and leave your hot takes about this game in the reviews. 1. The Frontcourt (Fours and Fives) starts at 1:00 Hunter Dickinson was pretty good, awesome in fact, and then just plain awesome as they doubled him and took away his favorite shoulder. He can develop that and/or a three. Moussa Diabate is going to be an IMPACT defender, can play the four, might develop a shot, switchable nightmare. Versatility with Brandon Johns able to play 4 or 5. He was more commanding as a starter, team X factor. Terrance Williams is about to bust out. Will Tschetter: redshirt or instant Wisconsin center? [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. The Backcourt: Wings and Guards starts at 32:24 Caleb Houstan is like bringing in an NBA three-and-D dude. Not going to feel like a freshman, can shoot over anyone 6'5” and lower so he could be the new Chaundee shoots it guy. Backups: all the fours and twos. Eli Brooks is the most important player on the team (no hot take). Kobe Bufkin is going to outplay his rankings—this year he's something in between freshman and sophomore Caris. Could see a jump from Zeb Jackson, or he could fall behind Isaiah Barnes. Not Jace's turn yet. Could be Frankie's turn soon but Devante Jones is your starting PG and could be an upgrade on Smith. 3. Big Ten Basketball Preview starts at 1:06:53 Tier 1: Illinois gets back Kofi and Curbelo, Trent Frazier is a problem for Brooks, who else can play on this team? Purdue brings back everybody, can a sophomore breakout from Ivey and Edey and Newman and Gillis take them all the way? Ohio State replaced its backcourt, waiting to see if Seth Towns can take a big role. Maryland found a center and a PG to go with Ayala and Scott. Tier 2: Indiana is 2015 Michigan football. They'll put four out so TJD can work alone inside, and brought in four transfers/recruits to do it. MSU has a few dudes but can't figure out which and when to play. Iowa and Wisconsin suffered huge losses. Nebraska > Penn State and Northwestern. Are 200 teams better than Minnesota? 4. Hot Takes, and Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 1:46:57 Signs of life from future opponents who looked like pushovers, signs of death from objects in the rearview mirror. Indiana has to be a frustrating follow, but not enough that we can wish Jamie luck on fixing that OL. MUSIC: “Silver Dollar”—Sierra Ferrell “Proofs”—Mates of State “In the Stone”—The Goon Sax “Across 110th Street”

    WTKA Roundtable 10/14/2021: My Cheap Tricks and Yours

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 49:18

    Things discussed: Nebraska: They're a good team. Great defensive line. Was this the gutsiest win by Michigan under Harbaugh? Have to give credit to Nebraska for shooting themselves in the foot. Cade Talk: Sam asks when we go with McCarthy, Seth is on Team McNamara because he's got a high floor, and maybe that's what you need when you have a good defense and good players around you. Brian says McCarthy should be the redzone guy. Offense: Playing better to their strengths. Tight ends had a great day vs not Wisconsin LBs, running backs won the game, Cade wasn't that great but he was steady. TE leak. Note user Dragonchild's diary about how Michigan is using less split zone and associated plays. They're a good power team. Cade is a good 5-wide guy. They can run both out of the same personnel. Defense: Worried about the cornerbacks. Gray and Turner had BAAAAD pass interferences and that's not going to work vs Ohio State. Michigan State? Quarterback play and two good receivers are real—the run game might be an effect of playing very bad run defenses but respect is due. Seth: These are all just college football teams. Michigan/MSU/Iowa/Nebraska…not that much separates these teams. Hockey Talk: This team can score at will on the power play, additions are great, have a lot more age than people realize. Portillo gives up too many soft rebounds but that was 1/4. Jett: Big recruiting win—Howard showed he can pull a guy out of IMG *AND* make him clean his room. Versatile player, closest recent comp is Franz? Needs a left.

    The Michigan Hockeycast 4.2: Blue Light Special

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 66:26

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain   Segment 1: Intro and Game 1 Powerplay goals and also more goals KJ and his highlights Why are we always a man down? More goals Some added physicality? Segment 2: Game 2 and other Takeaways Goals before BTN+ shows them to me Michigan falls asleep on defense More penalties Michigan wakes up and scores more goals Any overall weekend takes Next weekend and what else happened in the B10

    MGoPodcast 13.6: The Solution to College Crappe

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 91:55

    1 hour and 32 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS), Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing The View from the Cheap Seats podcast by the Sklars, who will now be joining us for the Hot Takes segments. Please go subscribe and like their podcast, and leave your hot takes about this game in the reviews. 1. Offense vs Nebraska starts at 1:00 Better in numbers than it felt. Sort of a Washington game but with dinky doo passing. The TE leak stuff was something they saw on film and kept working. McCarthy's arc read worked when they thought it was Cade, but they need a pop pass or something off of it because it's too obvious late. Had to use multiple guards—Stueber wrecked. Appreciation for the running backs—greatest hurdle of all time? McNamara deep accuracy, where'd you go? [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs Nebraska starts at 23:45 Nebraska is very good at college crappe, not very good at fundamental football. DTs have a very good day again, impressive that Mazi Smith could keep going after the opening screen. Jenkins had the 3rd down stuff. Hinton was great. They're not pass rushers however, which is still a step-up problem. Michigan had crappe as well, especially when Morris and Hawkins played that 4th and 2. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 47:15 Not a lot of weird decisions—both teams punted on 4th and 1 in their own territory. Special teams battle wasn't as big as we expected because of Michigan's punt returns: one flub, one ran backwards, one let bounce and lucky it went in the endzone. The rest was great: Robbins added distance to his Boom. MAAR blood in Moody. 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 1:14:03 Iowa-Penn State changed when PSU didn't have a backup quarterback, which is very hard to do in 2021 when your Will Levis can just go start at Kentucky. PSU's defense is legit: Luketa is doing the Micah Parsons stuff, and their secondary is filled with stars. MSU-Rutgers you can watch the highlights because that's all there was. Wisconsin's best RB was booted from the program. Ohio State is shoveling coal again. MUSIC: “You and Me ”—Penny and the Quarters “Maria También”—Khruangbin “On the News”—Your Old Droog “Across 110th Street”

    MGoRadio 7.5: A Shooting Gallery of Feet

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 63:47

    1 hour and 3 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire. The Video: 1. Nebraska Preview: Offense Get Martinez throwing off his back foot, and please get off the field ASAP. Respectable defense too but Seth thinks the OLBs are crackable. Special teams are a foot shooting gallery. 2. Nebraska Preview: Defense starts at 14:52 Not the 2018 confused guys, also not Wisconsin. Good LB and a pair of DTs. Can they be edged? 3. Wisconsin After UFR Starts at 30:53 Seth explains the Cade cyan for 15 minutes. 4. Seth's Hockey Podcast wsg Nate Wells Starts at 51:20 Part II of our preview for the year, featuring THE guy to talk about college hockey, even if he wants to talk about Minnesota and then have his internet cut out on him mid-segment so we couldn't get into how bad MSU and OSU are going to be. MUSIC: Tonight's featured musician is Via Mardot of Holland, MI, and three tracks off of self-titled 2020 album. Wife and I discovered her music last year, and I asked for this one personally. Olivia Mainville makes Frenchy indie with Pulp Fiction vibes. Find her on Instagram. My favorite of hers is Wreck but the songs I chose for the pod were: Stand War Tie to the Bar And because Sony bought Across 110th Street and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro: “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat 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 10/7/2021: Meditations on a Fetty Wapping

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 56:38

    Things discussed: A Fetty Wapp is the internet term for a 38-17 victory. Wisconsin's left tackle was really bad in pass pro. Wisconsin's defense is For Real. Sanborn and Chenal were beating up on our tight ends. Exception: split zone versus a guy slanting inside from inside. That block doesn't work. Can't punish that with McNamara. Ben Mason is pined for. Dives behind Stueber and Zinter work. I mean if someone said this was single wing offense versus a 5-3 defense in 1950 what's the difference? Are our mesh points real? Seth now thinks McNamara is missing them. Michigan capitalized in some high-leverage situations. McNamara: Missed a lot of long reads that we never saw because Fox broadcasts are so bad. If you go to the video at around 11 minutes you can see the screenshots that Sam brought up. Wheel route: McNamara put it in the only spot that safety could have broken it up. First play he had a TD to Sainristil. The shorted throw on 4-verts to Roman had a wide open seam to All. Hutchinson was rampant. Michigan played with a 5-1-5 and can get away with it because Hutch owns one edge and Dax owns the other. Defense had such a dominant start it could have been 28-0 after the 1st quarter. Hockey talk: Exhibition looked like Michigan is going to be a MONSTER this year. Kent Johnson has turned the corner. Mix of forwards seems to be perfect for three lines of a Grinder+Scorers.

    The Michigan Hockeycast 4.1: Reloaded and Motivated

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 99:50

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain Segment 1: Forwards, goals, and many talents Pairings make up lines: KJ and Matty; Bords and Brisson What to do with line 3? Beecher will miss some time Grind Line Part 4! Van Whye and Moyle Who fits in? How do they complement everyone else? How long has Pasta been here Segment 2: Defensemen, Goalies, and Intangibles Best D pairing in the NCAA? Who will play with the New Hughes? Plenty of options for 5-8 The Year of Portillo Special Teams and Friends  Around the Conference: Minnesota and.......anyone? Measures of Success --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "We Ready" - Archie Eversole ft. Bubba Sparxxx Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    MGoPodcast 13.5: No Lucy Talk

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 78:43

    1 hour and 19 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS), Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing The View from the Cheap Seats podcast by the Sklars, who will now be joining us for the Hot Takes segments. Please go subscribe and like their podcast, and leave your hot takes about this game in the reviews. 1. Offense vs Wisconsin starts at 1:00 Long discussion about Cade: were the bad passes on him or the receivers? Little bit of both but we disagree on the degrees. McCarthy can run options however, which seems like an important thing. No more split zone in short situations: you're asking for impossible blocks. Tight ends got Wisconsinized. Hello Roman Wilson (don't step out). [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs Wisconsin starts at 22:45 How Wisconsin was this? Quarterbackly: no. Wolf had two turnovers when he came in—similar to when Michigan lost Peters and fell apart here years ago. The front seven however! The DTs withstood some Wisconsin linemen. Ojabo had a GAME. Dax Hill had a game. Hinton and Smith and the young DTs with them looked pretty good. The interesting blitzes are an effect of running more zone. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 39:42 Seth reads off every 4th down decision and Brian says whether he would go or not go on that one. Really there was just one we thought they got too conservative. The pooch was a bad idea—20 yards in that circumstance is worth way more than 2 seconds. Special teams was a huge difference, e.g. punt from the 17, get it back on the 40. Moody hits all three. 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 56:22 Western Kentucky could have hung with MSU if they didn't just kick field goals. Indiana broke Penix as well as everything else. Ohio State did to Rutgers all the things we were clamoring to do to Rutgers. Nebraska did terrible things to Northwestern, with a walk-on running back.  MUSIC: “Marigold”—Jelani Aryeh “Wet Leg”—Chaise Lounge “Future Me Hates Me”—The Beths “Across 110th Street”

    MGoRadio 7.4: Hard Times Come Again No More

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 68:03

    1 hour and 9 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire. The Video: [After THE JUMP: the player and what we said] -------------------------------------------- 1. Wisconsin Preview: Offense starts at 1:00 They thought they had a quarterback. Now they don't have a running back either. 2. Wisconsin Preview: Defense starts at 17:17 As Wisconsin as ever. That linebacker factory is incredible. Can we deep pass? Will we deep pass? 3. Rutgers After UFR Starts at 31:57 Things got stupid. 4. Seth's Hockey Podcast wsg David Nasternak Starts at 47:51 Part I of our preview for the year with all the expectations. MUSIC: Tonight's featured musician is Miko Marks, and three tracks off of her new album Race Records, which came out TODAY. The ‘Hard Times' cover is such a good one, and such a good pull, says this Civ VI American. Listen on your preferred listening link. Hard Times Long as I Can See the Light Long Journey Home And because Sony bought Across 110th Street and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro: “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark “Ruska Vodka”—Motorboat 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 USUAL LINKS: Helpful iTunes subscribe link General podcast feed link What's with the theme music?

    WTKA Roundtable 9/30/2021: Pillow Soft Coverage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 46:42

    Things discussed: Why does Michigan play so scared and soft? Why are we playing off coverage versus Noah Vedral? Rutgers sold out to stop the interior run game and M had no Plan B: ran Bash once (twice). RBs didn't bounce when they had some opportunities. How good is Rutgers? Good on D, terrible on O. Seth: Michigan never takes Rutgers seriously. We could have just run the things they ran. Cade talk: Don't know what happened in his head. If you have to turtle because he can't throw after a hit, put in the backup. Struggles vs Power Read/Inverted Veer: No time to coach up Mullings because offense kept going three-and-out and they were right back on the field again. Offense was the big issue, and the offense died because they had no plan but to push a good defense off the ball. Michigan doesn't run a zone read correctly: they're reading it before the snap. Zone read options messed us up on defense too. Sam: Do you coach around a QB situation. Brian: Do you have to coach around your starting quarterback? Can you teach McNamara to zone read please? After the snap. It has to be after the damn snap. Not asking for Denard; can you get him up to Noah Vedral level? It seems ridiculous to not fix a problem you know you have until it causes a catastrophe. Late shout out to Aidan Hutchinson.

    MGoPodcast 13.4: Ripped From the Headlines

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 82:01

    1 hour and 23 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS), Prentice 4M, where we recorded this, and introducing The View from the Cheap Seats podcast by the Sklars, who will now be joining us for the Hot Takes segments. Please go subscribe and like their podcast, and leave your hot takes about this game in the reviews. 1. Offense vs Rutgers starts at 1:00 Signs in the first drive, great play-action and RPOs on the second drive, then they ran out of ideas and kept running into stacked boxes like they'd never scouted this team and what they do. RBs are going to come in for some minuses. Vastardis got roasted by the slanting nose. DID NOT TEST THE EDGES VS THOSE INSANE SAFETIES UNTIL 5 MINUTES LEFT WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs Rutgers starts at 21:05 Also not great. Rutgers ran a lot of college stuff, Michigan ran out a lot of DTs, Hutchinson was rampant, refs were unkind to us here and both teams on deep passes. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 35:25 The Sklars join us for the Hot Takes segment. Brad Robbins is not Jesus (in case you were wondering). Moody missed a field goal, RU missed too. Lots in the Game Theory segment, starting with Rutgers going for it at the end of the half on 4th and 10. And then Michigan not running a play with 5 seconds left. And lots more. 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 56:22 How long can we spend on Minnesota-Bowling Green? Long enough to name every Carr assistant and player, and not long enough to get to the implications for teams who may have been losing to Minnesota in the 4th quarter this year. MUSIC: “Drivers”—John Andrews and the Yawns “Jesus Was a Cross-Maker”—Judee Still “Good Intentions”—The 1AM Radio “Across 110th Street”

    MGoRadio 7.3: A Teddy Bear and a Bunch of Magnets

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 75:11

    1 hour and 16 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire. The Video: [After THE JUMP: the player and what we said] -------------------------------------------- 1. Rutgers Preview: Offense They're going to test Daxton Hill on the edge; let's see how that works out for them. 2. Rutgers Preview: Defense Not as bad, still doing the Stunt 43 thing. Can Michigan outflank them or is it another battle of Cannae? McNamara kind of game. 3. Gimmicky Top Five Favorite Rutgers Moments Since The Joined the Big Ten. Good Morning, Michigan has began a war with Rutgers University. Our Order, represented by some of Rutgers elite student leaders, see it fit that this rivalry be hereby declared. We have had enough of Michigan. Fence the Garden was brought forth because of Mr. Harbaugh, and us Scarlet Knights are ready to protect our state. We R battle ready. Tonight sparked the beginning of the end for Wolverine Football, and no longer will they return to their former glory. The Curse of The Bambino reigned for 86 years, Michigan's will last for 28. 4. NIU After UFR What happened on That One Drive is the only thing we learned. MUSIC: Tonight's featured musician is Terry Klein, from Austin, Texas, whom you can find at www.terrykleinmusic.com. He told me to save “Too Blue to Get That Far” for a loss but it's too good to sit on. That's Bart DeWin on the organ fyi. Straw Hat Too Blue to Get That Far Better Luck Next Time And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro: “The Employee is Not Afraid”—Bear vs. Shark “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat 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 9/23/2021: Competence Confidential

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 48:47

    Things discussed: The opening makes sense if you heard what we were tearing up laughing about before the segment started, which is Vance Bedford saying Michigan fans who aren't excited about this running game need to take some Viagra. Sam wants our thoughts on how well the team is playing vis a vis preseason expectations. OL charting: They don't screw up very much! This game was like 80%, and when one guy made a mistake they fixed it. Seth: JJ McCarthy has some competition for AJ's best friend because Vastardis can move. He's draftable. DL charting: They don't screw up very much either! Came back to Earth from Washington but not a weakness, and Hill-Green and Gray have been surprisingly effective when the were expected to be sore spots. Caveat: haven't faced good QBs yet. QBs: should they find a role for McCarthy? Seth: yes. Other guys: no. Rutgers and Wisconsin previews. What's going on with Kerry Coombs and Ohio State?

    MGoPodcast 13.3: Advanced Time Management

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 78:21

    1 hour and 19 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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, Information Entropy, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!), and this episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge. Take their survey to decide what to do with Lucky's. 1. Offense vs NIU starts at 1:00 That was thorough. Takes us 15 minutes to bring up the passing game. The rushing game has a diversity of power instead of inside zone—split zone is really their IZ. It all works. [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs NIU starts at 33:19 Also quite thorough. Michigan has never seen a QB keeper on an arc read (because they never see it in practice—zing!). Scripted drive put the DTs on edge duty, that got cleaned up. No attempts downfield Rocky? Ready for the Stanford 4th and 1 fire drill. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 47:30 Why are they kicking a field goal on 4th and 2 on their only successful drive? Seth thinks they had Caden Kolesar out there for Washington because he's a vet and the atmosphere wasn't going to bother him, but the plan was to go with AJ Henning all along. One that he let bounce showed why, what happened after that also showed why it was a good plan. Congrats to the specialists on their day off. 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 47:30 Nebraska's defense holding Oklahoma to a manageable score is more surprising than Oklahoma's defense allowing Nebraska to shorten the game. Ohio State's defense is…bad? Does it matter? Michigan State faced a Miami team that punches itself in the face, but their new RB is legit. New Jersey defeated a maize and blue team with wings on their helmets. MUSIC: “Paving the Runway”—JJ Heller “Running Away”—Freak Power “Mr. Blue Sky”—cover by Mayer Hawthorne “Across 110th Street”

    MGoRadio 7.3: The Moth Joke

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 63:17

    1 hour and 3 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and made possible by SignalWire. The Video:   [After THE JUMP: the player and what we said] -------------------------------------------- 1. Norm Macdonald Tribute with the Sklars starts at 1:00 Randy and Jason Sklar come on to remember the humor of Norm Macdonald, whose humor inspired them and the humor of this blog. Here's the Moth Joke: 2. NIU Offensive Preview starts at 27:01 They're a racecar with Rocky Lombardi under center. Tempo and a speedy running back, and they'll take their shots downfield. Alex doesn't hate any of their linemen. 3. NIU Defensive Preview starts at 37:31 They're bad—Seth says the program was torn apart by coaching changes and defections. Worst one was their DT whom they donated to Indiana. 4. Washington after UFR starts at 48:16 Other than John Donovan, how seriously do we take the dual pavings? Semi-seriously. MUSIC: Tonight's featured musician is Maxwell Thomas, a Chicago-based, eccentric yacht rocker who produces alt rock inspired by JRPGs. Ghost Rising Sun Traveler's Theme And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outro: “Funk It Up Old School” “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat 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 9/16/2021: The School Bus Was Late

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 49:23

    Things discussed: Welcome back Brian. Thank you, John Donovan. Our defense had it easy. Mazi and Hinton came in for Aidan-like scores but CONTEXT. Hello there Rod Moore. Junior Colson less encouraging. Ryan Hayes PAVED. Counter worked, why stop? What does this say about the passing game? They clearly don't have much confidence in it. Seth: You play an opponent. Washington had safeties way back. Michigan has RUNNING BACKS. Hockey recruiting: the Alabama of hockey, except recruiting matters less in this.

    MGoPodcast 13.2: Who Flattened the Dogs Out?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 91:49


    1 hour and 32 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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,  Information Entropy, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!), and this episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge. Take their survey to decide what to do with Lucky's. 1. Offense vs Washington starts at 1:00 Vastardis and co. were mauling Tuli and Taki. Lots of interesting runs with pullers going opposite directions. First play: T pull with a backside read. 2nd play: TE crosses one way, Jet and G pull the other way. OL going to come in for huge scores. UW leaving 2 safeties back, playing one high, so why not? UW had LB flying outside when RB did, were not going to get edged. YOU CAN BLOCK BEHIND THE LINE GUYS! Erick All did work. Honigford is replaceable. Roman Wilson cannot block. Bell missed. CADE: Bad reads. Didn't have a lot of time but he spent too long on 1st reads and missed 2nd reads. [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs Washington starts at 32:37 Now you believe me about John Donovan. Why are you running on 4th and 4 when you haven't run before? Why aren't you reading an edge when Hutchinson is coming? Josh Ross much better game. Was popping OL. Mike Morris is happening. Hutchinson by god. Wanted to get Giles Jackson out in space and M had that anticipated. Tried to test Dax Hill on the edge once. Kris Jenkins is happening. Might be a little small still but breakout candidate. Live action for Rod Moore. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 51:20 Refs had just one (two but the 2nd was overturned) bad call. Their old fashioned punt led to that 4th down play because they have an upback. Good decision to go on 4th and 1, but decision to pass on 2nd and 2. UW: Why not have Jackson return? M: Why Kolesar if he dropped one? Michigan Foug'd one to Jackson and it looked scary until German Green hewed him down. Moody good from….60? 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 1:05:51 QUACK! We look for more MOONs on the schedule. MUSIC: “Mr. Brightside”—cover by Jada Facer “I Ran”—cover by Janet Devlin “Who Let the Dogs Out”—cover by Matt Mulholland “Across 110th Street”


    MGoRadio 7.1: First-Time Red Bullers

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2021 72:44

    1 hour and 13 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!). [After THE JUMP: the player and what we said] -------------------------------------------- 1. Washington Offense starts at 1:00 Alex thinks the offensive line and John Donovan's play-calling are the problems. Also the quarterback. Also all of their receivers are hurt. 2. WMU After UFR: The Offense starts at 16:52 Jimmy Lake's defenses always know what they're doing however, and always have a never ending supply of NFL cornerbacks. Tuli and Taki up front will be a bigger test for our suddenly lively inner OL. 3. Phil Brabbs and Washington 2002 starts at 30:16 We remember the 2002 Michigan-Washington opener, from the perspective of the guy who made the winning kick none of us believed he would, and the guy who was given Red Bull for the first time before entering the stadium. 4. WMU After UFR: The Defense starts at 51:30 Recalibrating how much I love the running backs. They put a lot on Josh Ross. NHG's issues seemed fixable. Might also have to recalibrate how we think of DL statistics. MUSIC: Tonight's featured band is Goat Motor, the Chicago-based funk rock band for whom reader Dustin Fillion does the bass work. Check them out on Spotify, or on their Facebook page. “Hold Me Back” “Slate” “How Could I Be So Blind” And because Sony bought our song and slapped a claim on us, the opener and outtro: “Funk It Up Old School” “Russian Vodka”—Motorboat

    WTKA Roundtable 9/9/2021: You Weren‘t Kidding

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 47:33


    Things discussed: Understand run-run-run when Zinter is in there. Sam: They didn't think he would play much. Vastardis! We were both down at him, but he had a game, was reading Ralph Holley well. The Henning TD was mostly Vastardis—Sam noted they also bluffed the DE with a feint from Vastardis. Graham Glasgow-esque job vs Holley. Filiaga didn't miss assignments. Good matchup for him. Ronnie Bell on his way to a Heisman before we lost him. We talk about That Catch! John O'Neill crew: Seth says it's seriously time to do something. Keep the woman, let her build her own crew. Every single down these guys are screwing something up. Breaktalk: Ron Hefley is playing for Kevin Kelly, the coach who doesn't punt. Washington talk: John Donovan sucks. He's got a 6'3” guy playing RT and a 6'8” guy playing G. Michigan defense: they're putting a LOT on their plates. Safeties look well-coached. Green can't plan zone. Vincent Gray can't play man, except he did well against WMU's fast guy. Seth pronounces UW names.


    MGoPodcast 13.1: The Cover's Cursed

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 97:58


    1 hour and 38 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, and SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded on during the pandemic because we'd had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!) This episode was supposed to be recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge, started by a couple of readers to have the perfect, affordable, safe, and clean living/renting/working space near campus. 1. Offense vs WMU starts at 1:00 Do we start with the good news (they can run), the bad news (Bell), or the future news (McCarthy). #SpeedInSpace is over—there were no reads and lots of fake reads that burned downs or delivered safeties and linebackers to the running backs immediately. In this game at least the RBs could put those defenders on their asses. JJ seems to be erratic. [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Defense vs WMU starts at 28:58 One drive of bleeding plus a Not Angry About That throw over Gemon Green (and a taunting on Ojabo) and then not much. Just a few gashes from LBs getting out of position. Hinton looked like their best DT, Hutchinson got to spend a lot of time on the sideline while they rotated a lot of guys. Mike Morris, hello there. Secondary looked okay but shaky—they're better as a zone team. 3. Hot Takes, Special Teams, and Game Theory starts at 44:45 The hot takes are half the segment even though there was a lot of special teams, because the only game theory stuff was at the end of the 1st half (learn to manage a clock!). Much of the game was spent waiting around for Brad Robbins punts to land. Using Bell as a returner. Foug'ing it. 4. Around the Big Ten, wsg Jamie Mac starts at 1:00:35 We go long this time of year because there are so many games. Jamie does not recognize the existence of Iowa. MUSIC: “Stop Making This Hurt”—Bleachers “Stay High”—Childish Gambino “Nothing Else Matters”—cover by Phoebe Bridgers “Across 110th Street”


    MGoRadio 7.0: Blue Jumbo

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 66:41

    1 hour and 6 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. UGP makes custom apparel such as t-shirts and sweatshirts and was founded by 2 Michigan alums over 20 years ago. They have 3 retail locations in Ann Arbor and offer thousands of University of Michigan athletic products for sale, ranging from clothing to accessories and memorabilia. Check them out at ugpmichiganapparel.com. And let's not forget our associate sponsors: Peak Wealth Management, HomeSure Lending, Ann Arbor Elder Law, Michigan Law Grad, Human Element, The Phil Klein Insurance Group, Prentice4M, and SignalWire (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!). [After THE JUMP: the player and what we said] -------------------------------------------- 1. WMU Preview starts at 1:00 We finally listed to you about putting the opponent previews first in these so you can listen to the rest on the way home from the game. Caleb Eleby gets the ball out quickly, has a LT who was a C last year and started at DT vs Michigan in 2018. Missing their star, Eskridge, who went in the draft as well as the star LT who also got drafted. Best offensive weapon is Skyy Moore. Defensively Seth thinks their good DT can get pushed around by Michigan's front, but this is still the defense to #SpeedinSpace to death. 2. John U. Bacon: Let Them Lead starts at 22:17 How do they let JUB take over a hockey team? Well it was the WORST hockey team. But anyway it's a new Bacon book so we go off the rails and you buy and read it at letthemleadbybacon.com. 3. Talking Michigan Football starts at 39:12 We FINALLY address the question everyone asks: What does Harbaugh have to do to keep his job? Answer is sell tickets to next year. Bacon: Washington game matters. 4. Seth's Hockey Podcast starts at 51:30 We're running out of guys who can't talk hockey so I get to the be dumb guy who shuts up as Brian and Alex Drain and Bacon discuss the better-than-Bama recruiting run Michigan's been on. MUSIC: Tonight's featured band is Georgia Mountain Stringband, which is reader Brendan Held's bluegrass band. Check them out on Spotify, or on their facebook page. “Hard Man to Love” “Choctaw Mackinon” “Bible Belt” “Across 110th Street”

    WTKA Roundtable 9/2/2021: Extremely Set-Up Play-Action

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 45:07

    Things discussed: WMU preview, Seth gets the Broncos QB's name wrong. Likes their DT and Anchor, not their secondary. Skyy Moore is their dangerbug. I would pass deep against them. Michigan wants to run. Seth is very mad that they don't read with their starting QB, and it sounds like they're going to do that again. Sam thinks they're better at running the ball than slinging it. Play-action maybe?

    MGoPodcast 13.0.c: Otherwise Known as a Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 1, 2021 71:38

    1 hour and 12 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, and SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded on during the pandemic because we'd had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!) This episode however was recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge, started by a couple of readers to have the perfect, affordable, safe, and clean living/renting/working space near campus. 1. Special Teams starts at 1:00 Two guys who took the jobs of two pros. If Ronnie Bell can get to punts and not drop them they're 75 percent of the way to being a top punt return team in this age of spread punts. Michigan doesn't spread punt; they need to find someone who can get to them like Khaleke Hudson. 2. Hot Takes and the Big Ten West starts at 19:04 We believe in Bert! Well above Northwestern maybe? Could Nebraska go 4-8 and KEEP Scott Frost? Wisconsin or Iowa? 3. The Big Ten East starts at 39:04 We discuss from worst to first. Rutgers is performing at a program all-time high under Schiano. Alex has been reading the Maryland blogs. Michigan State is still starting an Allen. Penn State and Michigan could form one super team to challenge OSU. INDIANA!!! 4. Stupid Predictions and State of the World starts at 57:44 Who's your boy on this team? Most disappointing thing about the season? Winner of the Big Ten East? C'mon, you know you want to say it. MUSIC: “Living Colour”—Cult of Personality “Edit”—Geese “Role Models”—Treeboy & Arc “Across 110th Street”

    MGoPodcast 13.0.b: The Rule of Kolesar

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 55:16

    56 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, and SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded on during the pandemic because we'd had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!) This episode however was recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge, started by a couple of readers to have the perfect, affordable, safe, and clean living/renting/working space near campus. 1. Macdonald's Origin Story & D-Line starts at 1:00 Brian does not like this idea of taking the Ravens LBs coach and making him the coordinator of a defense that looks like a 5-2 in 2021. The three guys they plan to start have talent but there are a lot of walk-on names behind them. [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Hot Takes and Linebackers starts at 17:08 Not as petrified as we were in spring, except Brian. Only two linebackers there are. We try to talk Brian into Nikhai Hill-Green—Seth thinks this is a good development because Barrett struggled against Wisconsin in a more linebacker-ish role. Not worried about Mullings because he was a two-year project. Colson should be fun. Josh Ross is mentioned like “He's good, next.” 3. The Secondary starts at 30:43 Immediately rip off the band-aid and discuss cornerbacks. Brian is the positive(!) one about Gemon Green, at least in man coverage. DJ Turner II has plausible deniability, the two 2020 cornerback recruits do not. May it be Ja'Den McBurrows to the rescue mid-season? The safeties are either the best tandem in the Big Ten, or that just because they have Dax Hill, but Seth thinks he will be in nickel role a ton this year with RJ Moten blooming at safety. 4. How it All Fits starts at 46:45 Please remember there's a nickel for every spread. Difference between this and Wisconsin. Can it work? It can't be worse. Maybe it can be 2011-style weird enough to kick the other team off the field sometimes. MUSIC: “DayLight/NightLight”—Aesop Rock “Do I Wanna Know?”—Arctic Monkeys “I'm Still Alive”—Cake “Across 110th Street”

    MGoPodcast 13.0.a: All the Fun Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 76:30

    1 hour and 17 minutes The Sponsors Thank you to Underground Printing for making this all possible. Rishi and Ryan have been our biggest supporters from the beginning. 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, the Raw Power app for iOS by Gentleman Coders, and SignalWire, which is the virtual office platform we recorded on during the pandemic because we'd had it up to here with Zoom (use the code MUPPETS and they'll buy your team lunch!) This episode however was recorded at Prentice 4M, on the other end of The Bridge, started by a couple of readers to have the perfect, affordable, safe, and clean living/renting/working space near campus. 1. Quarterback & Running Back starts at 1:00 We try to convince Brian to care about football by showing him all the wonderful things. Like Cade McNamara is the guy but his ceiling is…Shea Patterson? J.J. McCarthy is a much better floor. Not much from Bowman. But hey, running backs! Haskins is a Dude, way too good for Charbonnet to stick around. Corum is everything we desire in a running back. Picking out roles for Edwards makes it fun, as long as we can not think about how the backs were misused last year. [The rest of the writeup and the player after THE JUMP] 2. Wide Receiver & Tight End starts at 27:44 Ronnie Bell is he, but also the man who led the country in average YAC in 2019. Cornelius Johnson is an easy breakout candidate. Daylen Baldwin had legit Ohio State interest. AJ Henning inherits the Giles Jackson role, while Sainristil is the Jeter of the offense: coaches hype him every offseason, yet to see it. Don't sleep on Roman Wilson either. Tight end is thin unless the new wave of guys from nowhere appear, but All could have huge upside if he's only more like the guy who caught everything before he learned to block. 3. Offensive Line starts at 46:04 They clearly wanted Zinter to move to center but since that didn't happen it's Vastardis and both of Trente Jones and Karsen Barhart are waiting to get on the field. Not a terrible situation, really—Stueber can play and Hayes is locked in at LT, and they love Zinter, and the all-out melee at LG that Keegan won should mean he's pretty good. We disagree re: Moore. 4. Raw Takes and How it All Fits starts at 59:36 What is speed and space? It's Ronnie Bell leading the country in YAC. MUSIC: “Wolf Like Me”—TV on the Radio “Pegasi”—Jesca Hoop “Ghosts”—Ted Leo “Across 110th Street” THE USUAL LINKS: Helpful iTunes subscribe link General podcast feed link What's with the theme music?

    WTKA Roundtable 8/26/2021: Oh Angell, My Angell

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 51:06

    Things discussed: HAIL TO THE VICTORS 2021: The greatest 2021 Michigan Football preview magazine ever pulled out of my ass at the last minute. Yost: where he came from and what influenced who he was. History of Black athletes at Michigan. DeHart Hubbard and the Olympics. 1895: Michigan is the App State who beats an East team, East teams don't want to play us after that. Angell and the original vision for the University of Michigan. Ian Boyd “Flyover Football” and his view of Michigan's quarterbacks.

    WTKA Roundtable 8/19/2021: Big Red Pilled

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 52:52

    Things discussed: Northwestern lost their starting RB: Meh, they were on their downswing anyway. Their QB situation is way more alarming than their RB situation. Big Ten West: Wisconsin's or Iowa's, Graham Mertz was great against Illinois but just okay against the rest. He's not a world-beater. They're still going to Wisconsin though. Nebraska investigation. The S&C guy ran illicit practices and their analysts were coaches. THIS IS TRUE ABOUT EVERY POWER 5 SCHOOL. They buried the lede: Frost told the S&C coach to hide it from the administrators to practice during COVID. Seth: Every program is using their analysts as coaches. Alabama started it, Ohio State was doing it, the NCAA had a moment to do something and did not. Not going to hold Nebraska's feet to the fire for doing what Rich Rod did. They ARE guilty of cheating around COVID, which endangered the rest of the Big Ten, and not just their seasons. There's a difference between ignoring bad rules that everyone ignores, and ignoring COVID protocols to get an edge. When you cheat you're not supposed to have the head coach leave a record of saying “Let's go cheat.” Need to hammer this: Nebraska should be in trouble for breaking COVID, not for breaking NCAA rules that everyone breaks. Nebraska was so immature about this, and still think they're the ones who “Saved Big Ten Football” last year. They tried to get an edge by putting everyone else in danger. Seth: It's really hard for people to see a black market, because nobody who covers these teams wants to report their teams and sound like sour grapes if they turn in another team. So people don't understand the nuances because we don't inform them ahead of time. NCAA Future: The Big Ten-ACC-Pac12 have different needs than the rest of the NCAA. Could they split off? Only the NCAA Basketball Tournament to worry about. SEC's problem: They made enemies of their coalition of the corrupt. Fall practice: Barrett losing out to Hill-Green? Good for NHG; Barrett's game was not linebacker. OL: They're saying nice things about Filiaga because he's in the process of losing his job to Keegan, and people don't understand these things are subtle. Not subtle: the players like Sherrone Moore way more than Ed Warinner.

    WTKA Roundtable 8/12/2021: Hashtag Buckeye Problems

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 50:26

    Things discussed: AUGUST!!! I mean August 21sxt Breakout players. We go right past QB (and Blake Corum) to… Craig: Most important on defense is Mazi Smith. Thinks we'll see some Junior Colson. Seth: Zak Zinter and can he make it work at center, because that is the key to the whole thing they want to run. What do they mean by “We've got to run the ball more?” Seth: They spent half of their downs last year either in comeback mode or behind the chains, where they had to throw the ball downfield because a six-yard gain can't help them. Defense: Third and Grantham. They're going to take gambles, dangle big yards for the offense to get them to fall into traps. High-risk, high-reward. During the break Sam talks about Walter Nolan's recruitment. They're coming up for at least two games. If you like clean recruitments this isn't the one for you. Skip (filling in for Ira) goes on blast for his Spartandom. Where does Michigan finish in the East? Third. Even when we finish first we're third. Look around the East: they're down. Indiana looks good. Seth: The QBs of the Big Ten suck this year, except Penix. I don't like Mertz at all. Clifford is the third straight three-year starter Penn State broke. Adrian Martinez can ball, but has nobody around him. Ewers is at Ohio State because the State of Texas wouldn't let him make any money, not because he thought he can compete.

    WTKA Roundtable 8/5/2021: Old Jed's a Millionaire

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 52:00

    Things discussed: Tarris Reed: Expect him to commit tonight. Solid big who will be around for a few years. Not a one-and-done. Emoni Bates: Somehow managed to finish “high school” 2 years early, using colleges as leverage for a pro deal. But Jett Howard might be a two-and-done. NIL: Michigan is slow off the block. Endorsements are pennies, money is coming from boosters. Sam: Amateurism was always a scam. It wasn't about character; it was about classism. Coaches & administrators started getting paid like pros and it blew the whole model up. Make an NIL fair. What do you think it should be—don't use NCAA's standard because they don't have one. You don't become the Pac12 commissioner by being a competent individual. These are rich guys who didn't have the competence to be in charge of something actually important. Expansion: Sam: SEC is smart, setting themselves up for when they have to share TV money with the players. Big Ten plan: Step one is see if you can make your own mega-conference with ACC and Pac schools. Then look at adding the Pac. Kansas? Take their basketball program.

    WTKA Roundtable 7/29/2021: I'm Not Dead!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 53:13

    Things discussed: HAIL TO THE VICTORS 2021 is HAPPENING: It's going to end. Big XII: Did we forget to get into this on air? Oops. It was the entire pre-air discussion. Anyway, we think this is the perfect opportunity to get all the non-SEC schools together to pass everything that's great for college athletics but not for the SEC. Why should I be excited about Michigan football this year? Seth goes off: Don't you miss this? They can turn the game into Penn State 2014 but nothing can take away the link between fans and football players who put more effort into their play than any other sport. This is your team. Hassan Haskins is going to run some guys over for you. More football: How's the defense going to function now? During break: They made the GLI two extra home games vs WMU/Tech but aren't adding them to the season tickets. More football: QBs, and whether Michigan can run zone reads. Seth gives some of the insight about the offense from writing HTTV articles. NBA Draft: Franz 4th? If they think he can shoot and is an elite wing defender. 7th to Golden State seems likely. Livers is the best teammate out of the 200 three-and-D guys. Chaundee can get up a three and that's valuable.

    The Michigan Hockeycast 3.28: The Michigan Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 74:18

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain Segment 1: The Draft Giggling, obviously A walkthrough the actual Michigan-related picks Potential Lineup in the Fall Wings, Avs, Isles, and others Segment 2: Hockey Basics, revisited Alex wrote a series of Hockey Technicalities Breakout, Neutral Zone, Forechecking Special Teams Basics: Power Play and Penalty Kill Michigan does what regarding this, now? --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "#1"—Nelly Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    WTKA Roundtable 7/22/2021: Low-Rent Rendezvous

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 54:32

    Things discussed: HAIL TO THE VICTORS 2021 is HAPPENING: Let's get this funded today!  Oklahoma and Texas to the SEC? Who leaked it? Mizzou and A&M possibly, since they seem to be hard no's. Are there two other No's in the SEC? Florida/Georgia don't want Bama in the East perhaps? Seth's plan: If Texas & Oklahoma go to the SEC the Big Ten's only play is to combine with the Pac-12, rotate cross-country games, and play your pods every year, then play a championship at the Rose Bowl. Big Ten can send Nebraska to the West to even things out (and restore Nebraska-Colorado). Craig: What about Toronto? We…can't argue against it. Duke? Their lawyers can get them out of the ACC. Should academics/AAU membership play a role in Oklahoma to Big Ten? Seth: Hell no. That's a legacy from the early 1900s when certain schools like Notre Dame had professional teams of players who weren't enrolled at the school. Seth talks about the Ticket Watch column from yesterday.

    WTKA Roundtable 7/15/2021: Who Gets the Ring?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 48:50

    Things discussed: Legal advice for Dwayne Haskins. Ann Arbor Elder Law is going to be really impressed about Seth's knowledge of Michigan case law. NIL versus cheating: What's the difference? Sam lays out how he would make his NIL pitch to counter Florida's “Gatorade” play. Sam: I think Wes would choose Michigan over Florida. Michigan's advantages and disadvantages in recruiting. Players want to WIN more than you do. Where's the NIL money coming from? Are ADs worried that it's coming from their waterfalls? NCAA cheating is great for money laundering. Ed Martin came along 30 years too early. Why is a Michigan like a Ravens offense? Because we're going to be big up front, and use motion to let the RBs pick their gaps pre-snap. They don't have a Lamar Jackson at quarterback. Ravens use HUGE linemen in their spread, and Michigan's trying to put Zak Zinter at center. Seth doesn't think it changes what Michigan was already doing—they were already using a lot of Greg Roman's Beef Spread offensive philosophy. Why is a Michigan like a Ravens defense? Because we're going to be big up front, and force defenses to try to attack us outside. We discuss whether they can make it work? Is Michigan's defense going to improve? Yes. They'll go from 115th to 90th. Huzzah!

    WTKA Roundtable 7/8/2021: No More Ululating

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 47:56

    Things discussed: Craig tells a story about the one guy who could defend Adrian Dantley, Wayman Britt. Caleb Houstan's non three pointer game. Big Ten Hoops-around: Is Michigan the favorite? Purdue has a ceiling of Williams, Ohio State lost Washington, Maryland got a PG and a C but lost their Ws. The Wisconsin locker room, and what the hell, we just roll through the whole Big Ten. Justice Finkley: Sam says Michigan got him up for their in-person evaluations and saw a Carlo Kemp not a Matt Judon, and shared that with Finkley, who wants to be an edge. We roundtable whether they should have taken him anyway. In the break we talk about gefilte fish. Shoelace and NIL. I was trying to build up to a point about NIL and then the guys started talking about giving Peppers love life advice and I lost my connection. My point though was that there are two NILs: paying the players through the loophole, and also there are all kinds of opportunities for players who aren't major sport athletes, e.g. Naz or a volleyball player who has thoughts about videogames.

    WTKA Roundtable 7/1/2021: They Call Him Tecatito

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 54:13

    Things discussed: Happy NIL Day. What's Michigan going to do about it? Sam: Line up 8 deals for Walter Nolen, duh. Michigan's policy is to follow the new Michigan law, since that has some protections for the university if a player wants to advertise something objectionable (and a 7-day notification period), but Craig points out it's pretty lax. Nike should lock up Michigan's stars now so they will stay through their eligibility, since they can't have them after. Supreme Court decision vs NCAA: Ignore Kavanaugh and ask what this means for scholarship limits, which seems to fall in the narrow prohibition on offering academic aid. So can the baseball team be fully funded now? Can the Big Ten take back baseball by having the most scholarships? NCAA defunct? No because they run a tournament and they need to play each other. Effect on the game? Planned economies don't work, commies! If you're worried about the freedom aspect, you probably haven't been exposed to the dictatorship of a football program before. History Hour: Michigan has been paying players since the 1890s. Seth corrects Craig on the Bo to A&M story but it brings up a point: the NCAA was more effective at policing in the mid-20th century, but these days the players and the game are already professionalized. Will NIL cause locker room friction? Do the 5-stars making $100k+/year at Ohio State get along with the 3-stars? Education component: Teach the players how to run their own LLCs. Seth: Stop trying to figure it all out right now. Capitalism works. Michigan to require athletes to be vaccinated: Fine with this. Organizations have to protect themselves and the vaccine is safe and effective. What school did Taylor Decker go to that he doesn't believe in vaccines? Yes, it's okay to dismiss people who have “issues” with the vaccines. Their issues have no basis in reality. It sucks that the wet whiny crazies have found a foothold in politics—though less of one than we're making it out to be—but it doesn't change the fact that if you aren't willing to do something as simple as take a COVID vaccine to protect your teammates, you're probably not much of a teammate, and we don't want you anyways. Dwayne Washington to the NBA: Not sad because he specialized in killing Eli Brooks. Big Ten title goes through West Lafayette? More Bufkin and Dug talk.

    WTKA Roundtable 6/24/2021: I Have a Big Bat, Give Me a Piñata

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 52:47

    Things discussed: Dug takes: Michigan wants a long-term guy at point guard—setting up to have a lot of experience. Wish we had some stats on his free throw shooting because a key for him is can he make shots off the dribble. He can definitely get them—quickest guy in his class. Bufkin: could he be the best player in the class? Depends when he blows up and how much we get out of Frankie. Recent football commits: Crowell put his stamp on Aaron Alexander CJ Stokes: Mike Hart has a type—big question is why did South Carolina's new staff not re-offer? There's a reason he's a 3-star and Corum was a top-100 guy but similar games. Seth once “raced” David Underwood—I actually stretched the truth here. I umpired softball in the summers, and David was I think the captain or the organizer of one of the two teams of football guys. When the other team didn't show vs the football guys once, I gave them the field, and they were screwing around hitting flies to the outfield. I jumped in as well, and got there first to a ball in the alley between us, and they gave Underwood shit for having less range than the ump. Owen Power: the #1 pick in the draft returning? Buffalo can get an extra UFA year and they're not going to be competitive this year anyway. If he wants to be in the NHL next year he will be. NHL isn't allowed to put guys in the AHL again so they can use college for that instead now. NIL: Court's decision is a sign the NCAA doesn't want to get before them again. We've reached the tipping point now where the schools that made it their mission to keep payments in the black market are jumping to make the most friendly NIL bill as soon as possible so they don't miss out on recruits. We should never forget Gene Smith was the #1 guy trying to stop this from happening. Will there ever be a reckoning for Ohio State being THE school defending the old racket? Will LSU ever get in trouble? Well not if Mark Emmert's brother in law is in charge there. Bagmen won't go away but they're not going to compete with Nike, and where does Nike want a player to go? Michigan (Oregon). Can we get MJ on the line with Walter Nolen? How can they differentiate between commerce and paying players? They can't; stop trying. $50,000 to wear an MGoBlog hat once for five minutes. MGoBlog will sponsor any fullback at Michigan.

    WTKA Roundtable 6/17/2021: Only a Mirage on the Horizon

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 56:37

    Things discussed before the show: Seth gets on early and Sam talks about Walter Nolen. Seth puts all this film into an If it Happens folder. Michigan has to blow the South out of the water in NIL to compete with the South. Anderson thing discussed: Good to hear the voices of the survivors. Wilmer-Hale report is so damning it's hard to believe there needs to be more. Taking this to the Attorney General's office sounds like a waste of time and a PR trap because we're at the point where the plaintiffs and the university have to decide on a number, which is not what we're really interested in. We want to focus on how we change the structures of power at the university so that we don't have these institutional failures again. Other things discussed: Daylen Baldwin scout: more Darboh but Fast or Junior Hemingway but not as leapy than Nico Collins or Devin Funchess, blocking really sticks out on film, Michigan needed another Cornelius Johnson since everybody else on the roster is #SpeedinSpace. Hoops recruiting: Do you take a Dug in hand or wait on a situation where two 5-stars deciding a month later are both down to UNC or Michigan? Hmmm. Bigs recruiting: we're not even going to consider Jalen Duren, and Lively for whatever reason is trending away, but if Donovan Clingan chooses hometown UConn over being Hunter Dickinson 2.0 he didn't decide based on fit. NIL: Recruits should use the Charity Bowl as the most scientific understanding of how each school's fanbases will spend money once they can aim their respective money cannons at recruits, though there's a little bit of nuance, e.g. you probably won't make more at Slippery Rock than 13 Big Ten schools.

    The Teams: 1956

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2021 141:47


    The Sponsor: If you're buying or reselling, talk to Matt Demorest at HomeSure Lending now and see if you can't lock in a low rate while it lasts. He's a rad dude, and hasn't recently made MSU change its name or made you listen to Dickie V for five minutes in the middle of a broadcast. Previously: 1879, 1893, 1901, 1918, 1925, 1932, 1940, 1947, 1950, 1964, 1973, 1976, 1980, 1985 p.1& p.2, 1988, 1991, 1999, 2003, 2011 p.1 & p.2 [Writeup and player after THE JUMP] 1. Football in 1956 (starts at 1:00) F. Scott Fitzgerald was a super weird fan. Eisenhower vs. Stevenson. Platooning is out, T-formation passing and facemasks are in. Rose Bowl has a no-repeat rule. Ohio State is banned from the postseason. The Pac falls apart because every school is selling each other out. Everybody's playing each other. Racism: South is still segregated, North has an unofficial quota system so every team has one Black guy. At Michigan: Slippery Rock scores, a dog that makes a dashing goal line stand, and the Salk polio vaccine. 2. Fucking Kramer (starts at 31:34) courtesy Peg Canham-Keeley (left) Had a sweeter shooting stroke than Caleb Houstan. Created the modern tight end who's both offensive tackle and downfield receiving threat. “It was like having a license to play 12 guys” –Lombardi. At his funeral they asked the assembled “Who's ever been kissed on the mouth by Ron Kramer” and everyone raised their hand, including the media, and Don Canham's wife. Was to Michigan fans of his day as Denard is to modern fans. Never lifted a weight. “Big” scandal before 1956: his GPA is a 2.01 because Michigan just gives solid letter grades, but you need a C+ average, and Look Magazine reports Kramer shouldn't be eligible. 3. The Team Besides Kramer (starts at 00:00) The size of squads are just starting to balloon in this era, and Michigan is up to 60 players from 40 two years prior and 32 two years before that. Team was made of ends, I guess because they all wanted to play for Oosterbaan the way Juwan Howard has all the bigs. Tom Maentz is 6'3/210, Kramer is 6'3/216 and four guys they can play behind them. Jirm Orwing and Al Sigman are vets but they're hoping Willie Smith “who rocks the scales at 237” pushes Sigman. Agile and speedy guards in Dick Hill and Varv Nyren. Hill already a star. No depth--moved a guy from end.  New center is Mike Rotunno who also switched from End. They get back Gene Snider who started in 1954 but was ineligible in 1955 and is a solid linebacker. Big backfield with Herrnsten (6'2) and Ptacek (6'1) coming up from freshman. Nobody's much of a passer they worry. Ptacek (“Tah-check”) is a “locomotive” type and their best passer. Pace is the better runner but not a great defender, gained 10 pounds in the offseason. 4. The Games, Part I (starts at 1:3259) 9/29: #7 Michigan 42, UCLA 13. UCLA finished #4 in the AP last year after losing a close Rose Bowl to MSU, but PCC sanctions came down and all of the 1955 starters were ineligible to play for half a season. Sanders staggered all of their suspensions. Stars were back Donnie Long, Guard Esker Harris, Center Jim Matheny, and back Bruce Ballard. They were a single-wing team as well but passed a lot, going 9/22.  UCLA had four fumbles. Michigan just ran the ball for 234 yards. Went 4/9 passing including a 70-yard TD to Ron Kramer from Terry Barr. Kramer and Maddock each kicked three XPs. 10/6: #5 Michigan 0, #2 MSU 9. Duffy's 3rd season, coming off their 9-1 1955 “national championship year” when they only lost to Michigan and won a fantastic Rose Bowl that ended on a last-second field goal the kicker thought he missed and the ref had to convince him otherwise. Again game played in Ann Arbor--1953 was last time we went to EL but they had just added 9000 seats and were planning to add the 2nd decks in 1957. Coming off a 21-7 win over #12 Stanford, so this is a game of top 5s. Got over 100k in the stadium (101,001 is the listed and the capacity). State has Clarence Peaks, who went 7th overall in the draft. Michigan dominates statistically but can't punch it in, Herrnstein throws an awful INT setting up an MSU field goal. Herrnsten fumbled in the 4th Q and set State up at the 21, and they scored for the 9-0 score. Reel is on youtube. 10/13: #12 Michigan 48, #15 Army 14. Second year in a row playing at Michigan Stadium, shows how far Army's fallen? Big game that draws a national audience despite both teams falling to Tier #2 by now. 10/20: #8 Michigan 34, Northwestern 20. Ara Parseighian's first year, they used to yell “Rose Bowl!” if they got a first down. 10/27: #5 Michigan 7, Minnesota 20. WTF! Big upset on homecoming. Michigan scores quickly then Injuries: Lost Terry Barr (ankle) Kramer starts playing cornerback on defense for him. Pace, Orwig, and Hill went out. Time ran out at the end of the 1st half with Michigan on Minnesota's 4 yard line. Minnesota's “blitz offense” took over in the 4th Q after Michigan had a 7-0 lead at halftime and 7-6 lead at the end of the 3rd Q. Ran a hurry-up offense from the Wing-T and Michigan's “defensive timing was thrown off” by it. Two last-chance drives ended on downs to set up another Minnesota score, and the last drive ended on an INT in the endzone. Box score shows the yards and stats were close. #1 Michigan State was upset by 1-3 Illinois the same day, which meant Iowa and Ohio State were the only undefeated/untied B10 teams (Minnesota had a tie with NW) 11/3: #17 Michigan 17, at #7 Iowa 14. Check out the route to get there: Remember this the next time you're crying bored on I-94. Forest Evashevski's Iowa--only game they lost all year, second year in a row M was the only loss of the Rose Bowl winner, and 4th close game in a row he lost to his alma mater. No wonder the guy went nuts. Mike Shatusky, 3rd string RHB scored two second-half TDs to bring M back from down 14-3. Last one was at 1:06 in the game. Best UM played all year, coming up in big moments. 5. The Games, Part II (starts at 2:14:37) 11/10: #10 Michgian, Illinois 7. Wing-T team with a great backfield and one great guard. Revenge for the loss in 1955. This was a weird year for Illinois--two ties and lots of very close games, beat #1 MSU and Cal in a 2-5-2 season. Star cornerback/halfback Abe Woodson (who became one of the best kick returners of the 1960s in the NFL) had three second-half TDs and also set hurdles records. RB Dale Smith was good too, and UM was focused on stopping Bobby Mitchell and Larry Jefferson who'd torched them in ‘55. Smith scored on a left pitchout on their first drive--just a great individual play--but Michigan tightened up and ran all over them (328 yards, 120 from Pace). Took control on a Statue of Liberty play on 4th and 4 at the Illinois 12. Crowd cheered when Iowa beat Minnesota, which kept Michigan in the Big Ten title race (needing help from OSU to beat Iowa). Also we hate Minnesota. Would have been extremely unfair for M to go to the Rose Bowl--it was based on wins and Michigan had a 7th Big Ten game. 11/17: #10 Michigan 49, Indiana 26. Offense took over, but only 58,515 showed up (still a record for attendance, 566,093, breaking the 1949 record by 3k.) Kramer made one of his “miracle catches” and was all over the place, including a Woodsonesque interception and two more bat-downs in keeping IU's QB Steve Filipowski to one reception. Nobody mentioned the Heisman. Bittersweet win because Ohio State lost to Iowa, which gave Iowa the Big Ten championship. Michigan, with a win over Iowa and an extra Big Ten game, would have been able to go with a victory over Ohio State next week. 11/24: Michigan 19, at #12 Ohio State 0 Rivalry becoming #1 for Michigan? Blanking OSU isn't even above the fold in the Daily!!!! But 10k rooters went. Clearly the #1 for OSU: “For the almost fanatical Ohio crowd, the defeat meant “a poor season.” In Ohio, the Michigan-Ohio game often means the success or failure of a whole year. Also the Buckeyes “only” won six games this year. Woody Hayes in Year 6. OSU was playing for a 3rd straight Big Ten conf title. SCANDAL: OSU gets a slap on the wrist: Big Ten investigated Woody's loans to players, Woody refused to provide any accounting of his loans. Investigation also found “serious irregularity” in their off-campus work program. Probation for one year and ineligible for the Rose Bowl, which they weren't eligible for anyway. Tragically talented: Woody has a great line and backfield (11 guys drafted). One of those players is Jim Parker, the best G in the country. Outland winner. Went 8th overall and tackle Bill Michael went 16th overall. Woody is so confident he won the toss and chose the wind (that's not deferring--M got both kickoffs). Fumble luck favors Michigan: OSU lost all 4 of theirs, Michigan recovered all three of theirs. But Michigan's defense knew Woody was going to keep it to the ground and tightened up against the run, playing Kramer like a Viper. Kramer is outstanding in his final game. Literally flying through the air on some of his tackles. Delicious Woody tears: On Ohio State fans. Wrap: Heisman vote this year was LUDICROUS. Everyone but Tennessee fans and the worst Domers agrees who should have won. -------------------------------------------- MUSIC: "Green Door”—Jim Lowe "Why Do Fools Fall in Love”—Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers “I'm in Love Again”—Fats Domino “Long Tall Sally”—Little Richard “Across 110th Street”


    WTKA Roundtable 6/10/2021: A Sign of Appreciation

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 52:21

    Things discussed: New allegations from Matt Schembechler that significantly reframe the story reported in the WilmerHale Report. Doesn't change what's in the report, and doesn't change the fact that as Michigan fans we want to see Michigan continue to deal with sexual assault cases that continued at the university long after Anderson. Things in the provost's personnel report didn't trigger anything for years. Seth: disappointed with Harbaugh's response. NIL: NCAA has been kiting, nobody will be ready by July, and that's the point: the states who recently passed laws to go into effect immediately are just doing a recruiting. Gonna be the Wild West for a time. Expanding the playoffs: it's going to happen, just got to hash out the number. 12 sounds reasonable. Please put them on campuses. Juwan Howard's name in NBA jobs: he's going to coach his sons, but we get that the NBA is the pinnacle. Interesting that Howard said “that's in the past” when someone mentioned it to him. It won't be about the money if/when it happens; it'll be about “How good am I?” Point guard recruiting: we like Seth, would take a Bradley.

    The Michigan Othersportscast 3.27: End of the Road

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 82:22

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain Segment 1: Baseball's Last Weekend and Look Ahead Hajjer was good, got unlucky and no support. Weston...not so much. Also no support. Who's back, who's not...who else matters? Decently strong core returning Segment 2: French Open Update and NHL Fireworks Men's Draw...well chosen! Women's Draw...uhhhhh not as much Isles/Bruins is great tv; Canadian Series is not really Tampa is just too complete; Avs/Knights have lived up to the hype Caveat for the summer! --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "Closing Time"—Semisonic Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    WTKA Roundtable 6/3/2021: The Magic of Detroit Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 52:30

    Things discussed: Detroit Day: rename the BBQ at the Big House—they’re letting Detroit know they’re a priority post-Brown. Craig: Local players have a stronger connection to the program. Gattis extension: Can’t recruit on a short contract. What if Michigan needs out? Hunter Dickinson draft: Like Livers last year, he’s probably just getting an evaluation, but it does start the clock that he’s probably leaving after 2021-‘22. Break Talk: Red Wings are cursed, NHL never has a problem getting other franchises the first overall pick. Owen Power first overall? Seth: how many years did the Wings get to the trade deadline needing a solid defenseman, and Power is that as a floor. Which NHL teams will leave our players in college? Which guys are we keeping? Michigan baseball: bit by the good pitching, last year’s run was good pitching too. They’re in a really tough regional: host Notre Dame might be the worst team. Naomi Osaka and the role of press conferences.

    The Michigan Othersportscast 3.26: Speed, Mayhem, and Violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 86:17

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain Segment 1: Baseball's Final Weekend and Tournament Scouting Alex and David debate hitting and assaults in hockey Michigan gets Pitcher'd Michigan Pitchers Nebraska Michigan rally is too late Notre Dame, UConn, CMU Previews Segment 2: Softball Reconstruction and NHL Playoff Updates Michigan loses their 4th infields What's in the Circle? Who's Coming In? What's up with the 5*s? What does it all mean? Playoff Round 1 Recaps Who Escapes Canada? Avs/Vegas --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "Rocky Mountain High"—John Denver Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    WTKA Roundtable 5/27/2021: They Like Things Quiet

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 55:09

    Thing discussed: The university’s report and recommendation that Fielding Yost’s name be removed from Yost Ice Arena, and the history of racism at the University of Michigan. Panel: Mostly fine with renaming the building, think it’s a small gesture and the story is much larger, involving most of those in power at the University of Michigan and other institutions around the country before, during, and after Yost’s life. Seth: Racism is quiet. It’s not about smoking guns and bad actors—it’s a culture that puts the feelings of racists over equality and a system of keep things “pleasant.” The “Moral Map” standard versus the reality that of Michigan’s 103 building names, all but one—the William Trotter Multicultural Center—are named for white people. Trotter’s lesson: You have to agitate. Craig: We should be Seth: 13.5% of my graduating class in 2002 was African-American; the last class was 4.4%. Report issues: Didn’t talk to the experts like John Behee whose information was used. Craig: It read less like a history and more like a legal brief, and he was really bothered that it made Gerald Ford out to be a hero. Willis Ward does not support that story. Seth: Michigan was different from other schools because they had protesters against sitting their Black player. Yost hired Pinkertons, who found three leaders of the protesters whom President Ruthven dismissed. Brian: Doesn’t that disqualify him from having a building named for him? Seth: Sure, but it’s a small part of a much greater system that’s still in force today. Sam: Highlight the student response. Highlight history. Discusses historical events of attacks on Black communities, and their resonance in events today. Seth: Example of Belford Lawson Jr. (read the article here). Same movements we have today. Same reactions we have today. Sam/Seth: History of Ocoee Massacre on Election Day 1920 in response to Black registration to vote, and how these stories are not told, kept quiet, specifically because they resonate with the same issues today. Michigan must teach this part of their history—name of a building is such a small part.You have an opportunity here to apply some function by teaching people, and open up the conversation again to real changes. Do more than being symbolic. Seth: Story doesn’t end with Yost. Crisler’s Quota system is visible in the team photos.

    The Michigan Othersportscast 3.25: Bit by the Viper

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 83:49

    With David Nasternack and Alex Drain, wsg Craig Ross Segment 1: Baseball and Softball Baseball has an epic comeback...and then not so much Maryland gets Shell-Shocked Senior Day Letdown Beaubien's No-Hitter Storako's Time to Shine No hitting at all We Should Have Just Gone to Bed Segment 2: Alex and Craig Draft the French Open General French Open Musings The Men's Draft The Women's Draft Final Thoughts --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "Anyone for Tennis"—Cream Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    WTKA Roundtable 5/20/2021: You Already Have All the Curses

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 65:18

    Things discussed: Seth & Craig come on early (Sam is out sick) to talk about sports analytics Softball seeding: Michigan got hosed, the Big Ten got hosed, Washington and the Pac 12 got hosed even worse. Seeding was absurdly SEC-biased. Committee based it on the Big Ten not playing out-of-conference games, punishing the conference for protecting their players during a pandemic. Will this be what finally pushes the northern schools to leave the NCAA and create their own summer league? Would they adapt Bakich’s proposal to make more money? Brian: plausible. Seth: no, because they’re a cartel, and the small schools are driving it. How scholarships work in softball/baseball now. Matt Campbell turned down the Lions, would you? Oregon State DT transfer, and Michigan’s Ravens-like front: will it work? Hockey: Brian crosses fingers that Michigan Hockey Summer leaves us at least three of the four guys about to get drafted. Hoops: Are they a 1 seed? Their floor is really high, a bit on Bufkin. Track is good. Let’s change the field hockey rules.

    The Michigan Othersportscast 3.24: All or Nothing

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2021 64:37

    New sponsor: We’ve taken the fetters off David Nasternak and Alex Drain so they can talk about all of the other Michigan sports, with some pro playoffs sprinkled in during offseason. Also because we have …A SPONSOOOOORRRRR: It’s local realtor and our good friend Sheri Weintraub (wife of Ira). If you’re house-hunting or looking to sell in Ann Arbor, Belleville, Canton, Chealsea, Dexter, Manchester, Northville, Plymouth, or Saline, go with Sheri. Visit teamweintraub.com and let’s get started! Segment 1: Baseball and Softball The Continued Fame of Alex Drain Baseball hits enough to win 3, but pitches well enough to only win 2 Softball crushes Rutgers Softball gets the WORST draw in the NCAA Tournament Alex breaks down Washington Segment 2: NHL Playoff Series Preview East: Isles/Pens; Caps/Bruins Central: Preds/Canes; Bolts/Panthers North: Habs/Leaves; Jets/Oilers West: WIld/Knights; Blues/Avs --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "All the Small Things"—Blink 182 Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    The Michigan (Field)Hockeycast 3.23: Muddy Sundy

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2021 58:26

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain. I think we’re going to rename this “The Michigan Othersportscast” and get a sponsor. Segment 1: Field Hockey, Softball, and Baseball Field Hockey Comes Oh So Close Is it Sustainable? Baseball Pitches...until Sunday Softball also Pitches...until Sunday Segment 2: Michigan Hockey Professional Alumni We walk through the 15-20 NHL players Werenski, Larkin, GLENDENING, Trouba Hyman, Hughes, Max Patch Carl and the Winnipeg Boyz --------------------------------- MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme "Crazy Town”—Butterfly Ice Hockey (NES) theme

    WTKA Roundtable 5/6/2021: A Bearskin Stuffed With Hamburger

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 62:04


    Things discussed: NFL Draft: is Justin Fields a good draft pick? What we think of the Lions picks. The trolling Michigan fans draft! Extensive talk on Melifonwu. How did a team with 8 draft picks lose to one with none? Did sitting out hurt or help? Will opt outs be part of college football in the future? Which Michigan draftee does well? This is the year Chris Evans catches a lot of passes. Devonte’ Jones or Frankie for PG next year? Jones can rebound—that’s a real skill. Crafty player. Chris Solari: Emoni Bates will be a 2-year player at MSU because of his strong feelings for Tom Izzo :) Around the Big Ten: who got better who got worse? Liddell transfer? Uh, right. Has there ever been a more delusional fanbase than Illinois? Softball talk. Strauss Mann: why did he leave? Portillo gets some time, NHL might not like big netminders but AHL needs goalies and rarely can you get a guy like Mann without a draft pick. 1991 What If: Derrick Alexander doesn’t get hurt? When the drop’s to Yale Van Dyne…


    The Michigan Hockeycast 3.22: We'll Miss You, Mann

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2021 60:12

    With David Nasternak and Alex Drain Segment 1: Ode to Strauss and some Baseball Best Michigan goalie since? Strauss Moments When/where will he sign? What Does It Mean For Michigan? Baseball vs Illinois...lotsa hitting, not much pitching...and some wind Segment 2: Michigan Softball Sweep and the NFL Draft When was the last time PSU beat M? Does this mean or change anything? Alex and his Lions David and the Jets 8 Michigan players were drafted...we try to guess things MUSIC NHL on ESPN Theme Graduation (Friends Forever) - Vitamin C Ice Hockey (NES) theme

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