Round 2

The NCAA Tournament is the friggin’ best. Round one is done, and there were just a few hiccups in an otherwise chalky bracket, but I’ve got a funny feeling about Round 2 - just don’t want UM to be a victim of it.

  • Current NCAA runner up Michigan looking to make it to their 3rd straight sweet 16 when they tip off against Florida at 5:15.

  • Tom Izzo is an asshole (similar to Brian Kelly) with a Napoleon complex. What he does probably flirts with the line of acceptable, which is always moving based on the latest “rant of the people” on twitter. Twenty years from now, when the NCAA Tournament gives National Championship trophies to all 68 teams, yelling and pointing will likely be outlawed. But for now, I think it’s important to remember that Aaron Henry could beat the living shit out of Tom Izzo, so if Cassius is late restraining the angry little bastard, Tommy will be in the hospital while they appoint Tom Sizemore to oversee the investigation. Sparty plays the Gophers looking for their first escape of the opening weekend of the NCAAs in 4 seasons. Tip off 30 min after Michigan-Florida ends.

  • Over 100+ entries in the 2019 UMTailgate.com tournament challenge, and only 1 person made it through round one without losing a team from round two. Hats off Caroline: 27/32 and the most possible points remaining.

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  • Enjoy the games and GO BLUE!

How the West Can Be Won

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The dust has settled from selection Sunday.  Sparty took a second look at their bracket and has decided it’s not so bad until they play Duke.  Michigan fans are giddy with the “favored until Gonzaga and Gonzaga rarely makes it that far” scenario they find themselves in.  Is Duke the only thing in the way of a 4th time is the charm scenario?

I feel so damn confident...which is a surefire sign of impending doom, or at least chaos.  Here’s hoping that chaos will be around us, not bestowed upon us.

Last time they disrespected the Big Ten by not giving them a purportedly deserved 1-seed, that team went out and shit the bed in a historic manner.  That same team is doing a lot of whining today, and instead they should probably be thinking about the Braves.

Meanwhile back in Ann Arbor, we’ve taken a “we don’t match up well” approach to the thrice beating by Little Bro, which is sad, or optimistic, or something other than reality, which is that this team, who was the last to lose, who manhandled NC and Villanova, and who had only 3 losses to non-Nasser based teams, has problems that need to be solved.  

And in the words defensive genius 80% of the time Don Brown, I think we can solve those problems with aggression.

More Teske, a little Castleton...some post stuff.  Settle for the off chance of getting blocked inside rather than an off balance three or stupid long two. I refuse to believe we can’t get it down low.  And more Livers in general.  And more plays to get Poole open.  And score more points.  And give up less points.  And let me speak to the team before games.

And I’ll see you bastards in Minny. 

2019 UMTailgate.com Tournament Challenge

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Not enjoying the weekend’s lately. Feels like the end of football season.

It sucks to have your only victory of the weekend being that The Fighting Nassar’s have a real shitty draw.

I’ve had enough so let’s go win this whole damn thing and celebrate something.

If you’ve been in the pool before you should have got the email, if not shoot me a note at tourney2k19@umtailgate.com.

That’s A Record

Nine straight Big Ten tournament wins for Michigan, the most by any team ever.  Yes, it’s tournament time folks, and despite the overarching meaninglessness of a conference tournament when you are on the cusp of a 2-seed in the tourney that matters, I’m interested in hanging out as long as possible to get Charles his game legs and a third shot at Nassar. 

So let’s pretend we are playing Rick instead of Richard and avenge Trey’s clean block of 2013 that never happened because they cheated and Richard cheats too and let’s fucking go.  THATS A RUN ON SENTANCE AND SERIOUSLY LETS FUCKING GO.