There Once Was a Kid From Around Tha Way....
I know I'm a little late hopping on the "Mean Team" bandwagon (coming to a CFL stadium near you), but I still wanna get my shots in. In case you missed it, apparently a couple of Michigan's third/fourth stringers, including Jerome "Tito" Jackson (at right), decided to go all Tony Parker record a rap song or two. The only difference is Tony's got a video, view at your own peril. I know what you're thinking, there's no way in hell the "Mean Team" knows french, but from what I've gathered whether its in french or english, its still unintelligible. Now I'm a big fan of athletes becoming musicians. Really. I mean look at the success Jack McDowell, Barry Zito, Ron Artest, and The Bears' Suffling Crew enjoyed when their athletic careers started to fizzle. Music to live by. One note though, please don't choose your rap group name after watching the remake of "The Longest Yard" or anything else that involves Nelly.
Time Is On My Side
With almost a full week to prepare for the Indiana game, Tommy Amaker has got the Wolverines running the baselines and doing shuttle drills. Aparently Michigan's committing a season high 18 turnovers at Ohio State perked Tommy's attention. Thankfully, because Michigan has a few days to rest and prepare for Indiana, Lester Abram should be back in the lineup. A return to the basics and a healthy back court will be key to any post-season run.
The "bye" week couldn't have come at a better time for another reason. The Indiana team I so flippantly wrote off on Monday is still clinging to NCAA Tournament life. The latest Bubble Watch on ESPN still has Indiana with "work to do" to sneak into the Dance. A loss to Purdue would pretty much finish them off, but I'm not counting on it. They'll come into Michigan knowing a win will cement a Tourney bid.
If you'll recall, Indiana hung 70 on Michigan in Bloomington to start the Big Ten season. So the extra time to run drills, practice your outside shooting, and give Horton and Harris a little time off certainly plays in Michigan's favor.
ESPN's bracket watch currently lists Michigan at a #9 seed playing a white hot Arkansas team (won 4 of last 5) in Oakland (Memphis awaits the winner). Hopefully, a win against Indiana and a decent Big Ten Tournament run will strengthen Michigan's case for a higher seed, and a cooler opponent.
If Only We Could Combine Them
The Detroit News recently polled Big Ten players to find out who was the best, the worst, and somewhere in between on the hardwood. Michigan came away with top honors for Dirtiest Player (Graham Brown) and Scariest Dunker (Brent Petway). 27% of the players polled said Brown was the dirtiest, while 73% picked Petway as the best dunker. While the players bitched about Graham throwin' a 'bo or two, everyone seems to be on the Petway. "It's pretty much all he does. His warm-ups are like a dunkfest."
Imagine if we could squeeze Brown's size and nastiness into Petway's frame. He'd be the second coming of Charles Barkley. We can build him, we have the technology. Time to call up the medical school and see what they can do.
Vince Young Revisited
As usual, Johnny over at RBUAS has written a piece on Vince Young that makes me wish I paid more attention in my first and third year English Composition Board classes. A must read.