Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Throughout the show we will preview tomorrow's Football game between the Wolverines and Illinois.
We will also briefly discuss Michigan Basketball, the World Series, the NBA, the NFL, and our weekly college football picks.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Darius Morris, the most highly touted of the Michigan freshmen, looked a little nervous, but none the less solid. Morris showed promise during a Maize vs. Blue scrimmage when he ran several fast breaks and showcased an ability to find open men, most of the time DeShawn Sims, underneath the basket.
Blake McLimans can shoot. Although the 6'10" freshman out of the Worcester Academy in Massachusetts was not a big recruit by any means, McLimans proved to be impressive in drills when he hit, by my count, 9 out of 11 jump shots from just inside the three point line. McLimans, it should be noted, also proved to be a solid rebounder in the scrimmage.
Ben Cronin still cannot run. I know it's disheartening to hear that all of the 7 foot center's mobility issues cannot be pinned on his left hip injury last year, but the fact that Cronin still resembles a tree on the basketball court is the truth. Cronin still runs with a limp/waddle and by my guess will never see significant playing time with this squad. He was last in wind sprints, last to get into team huddles at mid court during practice, and will probably be the last big man to come off the bench come season play.
There have been changes in physique on some players on the Wolverines. Andrew and I both agreed that Laval Lucas-Perry looked like he had cut a little bit of his baby fat off from last year and seemed toned, and, in my opinion, ready for a big year with Michigan. I also believe that Zack Novak has put on a little bit of muscle, but, since I know he does a lot of work in the paint, maybe that's just wishful thinking.
Manny Harris is in a league of his his own- literally. Very rarely did Andrew and I see Michigan's most valuable piece even run drills with the team, as most of the time, Manny was working on his jumpshot by "stopping and popping" over on the side hoops of Chrisler arena. Harris did not participate in the Maize vs. Blue scrimmage and seemed relatively uninvolved in any activities that the rest of the team was doing. I guess that's just Manny being Manny.
My last impression, and I'll admit that this one did not fully come together until about 7:00pm Saturday, is that John Beilein is, without a doubt, the best athletics coach that the University of Michigan has in any sport. Beilein's practice was directed, controlled, and efficient, and I have no doubt that Michigan, under the lead of Beilein, will once again be a tournament team.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
ALSO, be sure to call in to the show to comment on Michigan sports or compete in our Family Feud Trivia (8 P.M.): 734-763-3500
Thursday, October 22, 2009
TONIGHT: Michigan Hockey's home opener against the Niagara Purple Eagles (7:35 P.M.) on YouCastr.com
TOMORROW: Game of the Week (7-10 PM) on 88.3 WCBN-FM Ann Arbor -- Call in to the show at 734-763-3500 to talk Michigan sports or answer Family Feud trivia questions in the 8 o' clock hour
SATURDAY: Michigan Football takes on #13 Penn St. (3:30) LIVE from the Big House on YouCastr.com
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Michigan is favored by 37 points today.
Rushi Vyas, Steve Pietrus, Roberto Jimenez, and Michael Feinberg will have the call.
You can listen to the broadcast here through YouCastr.com.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Cliff Keen is sold out and ESPN2 is in the building as Michigan tries to do what no team has done in over two years - take down the mighty Nittany Lions.
LISTEN LIVE or 88.3 WCBN FM Ann Arbor.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
Tune in to hear me:
Debunk the myth that Iowa's win over Penn State was all that impressive.
Argue that Iowa's defense is very solid, but not the impenetrable force of nature that everyone is making them out to be.
And completely debunk Jeremy's assertion that Ricky Stanzi is a good, reliable QB (Kirk Cousins is much better).
Brian Cook from MGoBlog may be joining us in the first hour via telephone.
We will preview tomorrow's showdown with Iowa, talk College Football, MLB, NFL, Hockey, and maybe some NBA.
We also might have trivia/"He said what?" in the eight o'clock hour.
If you would like to call in and join us on the air during the show the number is 734-763-3500.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Andrew Seid, Roberto, Tyler, and Jillian will have the call.
You can listen to the broadcast here on youcastr.com.
Saturday, October 3, 2009
It is that time of the year again; October skies, leaves changing and Michigan Hockey! Red Berenson’s team will start the new season with two exhibition games against the United States National Developmental Program Under-18 Team and University of Windsor. The game to watch should be the one against the Under-18 team because not only is it against top college recruits, but five of them are currently committed to Michigan’s 2010 class. Jack Campbell (1) is a stud waiting to be Michigan’s starting goaltender and could challenge Hogan for playing time as soon as next year. Defensemen Jon Merrill (15) and Kevin Clare (4) will be replacing seniors Chris Summers (4) and Steve Kampfer (5) with their size and skill. Jacob Fallon (8) and Luke Moffatt (7) will be adding more scoring potential to an already potent Michigan offense.
There will be a couple of lineup battles going into the season. The top two centers will be Louie Caprousso (29) and Matt Rust (19), and David Wolberg (25) along with Carl Hagelin (12) will be wingers on the top two lines. Robbie Czarnik(27), Chris Brown(10), Kevin Lynch(11), Ben Winnett(16), and Brian Lebler (14) will fight it out for the final two wing positions. Freshman Lindsay Sparks (39) (Yes it can be a guy’s name) and Jeff Rohrkemper (22) will try show Coach Berenson they have the defensive reliability to be on the 3rd or 4th line. On the backend, Greg Pateryn(2), Scooter Vaughan(3), and Lee Moffie(13) will battle it out for the final defensive pairing and not end up in the 7th defenseman role.
The Wolverines will be challenged by America’s top junior program as the USDP has the talent and speed to keep up with Michigan for the first two periods. The third period will show Michigan experience and superior scoring skills. It will be a good test for this Michigan with high expectations. Prediction: 5-2 Michigan over U.S. under-18.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Now that Billy Sauer has graduated, it is all on Bryan Hogan. The positive about that statement is Hogan has the ability and experience to start all of Michigan games. He already has 37 games under his belt, 31 occurring last year. Hogan was the solid rock Coach Berenson was looking for. After an early season battle with Sauer for playing time, Hogan emerged as the starter. He finished the year with a sparkling 1.97 goals against average. Though ending on a soft second goal in the NCAA semi-regional, Bryan Hogan hopes to lead his team 30 minutes down I-94 to the frozen four in Detroit. The negative about the statement is the depth. All of three minutes of hockey have been played by Shawn Hunwick at Michigan. Once a recruit for Adrian (a division 3 school), Hunwick is not big and definitely unproven. Recently added Patrick Summers, younger brother of team captain Chris, will serve as the third string. If Hogan is sidelined for any significant time, Michigan will be in considerable trouble.
Defensemen (Projected lines)
1. 4-Summers 6- Burlon
2. 7-Langlias 5-Kampfer
3. 34-Llwellyen 2-Pateryn
Extra -3-Vaughan, 13-Moffie, 20-Elmblad
The strength of the team should be the back end. Anchoring the defense will be seniors Chris Summers and Steve Kampfer. They had 17 and 13 points respectively last season and amazingly neither took a single penalty last season. Hopefully with an injury free season from Kampfer and sophomore Brandon Burlon, the powerplay unit will improve on their disappointing 15.8 percent from last year. Freshman Lee Moffie will also get into the mix for playing the point. Junior Tristin Llwellyen will be the bruiser among the group and will be relied on to clear the front of the net. Greg Patryn and Scooter Vaughan will fight it out for the 6th spot, and Eric Elmblad brings more depth.
Forwards (Projected lines) From LW to RW
1. 25-Wohlberg 29-Caprousso 27-Czarnik
2. 12-Hagelin 19-Rust 10-Brown
3. 14-Lebler 21-Treais 16-Winnett
4. 11-Lynch 23-Glendening 15-Ciraulo
Extra- 39-Sparks, 22-Rohrkemper
After a season where the wolverine offense averaged 3.54 goals per game, they would like to keep that up this season. The biggest lost in the off season was their leading point getter, Aaron Palushaj. He was the player who “stirred the drink” by moving the puck and set up his teammates for goals. Continued improvements from David Wohlberg and Robbie Czarnik along with the freshmen forwards will help make up for the departed Palushaj. Louie Caprousso (24 goals), Matt Rust (11 goals), and Carl Hagelin (13 goals) will be the key goal scorers on the team. Senior Brian Lebler and Junior Ben Winnett look to also add to their roles on the team to become more than forwards on the third line. Look for one of them to break the 10 goal mark. (I personally look for Lebler to do it more than Winnett) Freshman Chris Brown and Kevin Lynch have the size (6’2 and 6’1 respectively) and talent to be offensive threats, but the question is, when will that occur? Look for one of the two to contribute right way while the other comes along slowly. In the checking role, Luke Glendening, A.J. Treais, Anthony Ciraulo will center the bottom two lines. Glendening showed last year he is an effective checker and can score the timely goal. Jeff Rohrkemper and Lindsay Sparks will, for lack of a better term, spark the 4th line when injuries occur. The Penalty kill unit will be lead by the fantastic duo of Rust and Hagelin. They score half the teams shorthanded goals (3) last season. Wohlberg, Glendening, Czarnik, Ciraulo and Treais will add depth to the penalty kill forwards.
If the Wolverines can continue their scoring power, they will live up to their pre-season #1 ranking in the CCHA.