Happy Thursday, folks. Welcome to Morning Brews. It seems that at this time of year there’s only so much going on in the world of Michigan sports, so my apologies but the Brews is running on empty again when it comes to content this morning. However, the pendulum will soon swing back in the other direction when the winter sports get into conference championships and spring sports start up.
As usual, there is a song referenced in this morning’s Brews. There are at least two clues. Clues may be words, phrases, or photographs and may reference lyrics, the artist, or the album. If you think you know this morning’s song, fire away down in the comments.
Let’s get to it:
Anatomy of a comeback. In this week’s edition of Tuesday Brews, we recapped women’s basketball’s 62-58 win over Ohio State. The Wolverines were powered in large part by 20 points from freshman Naz Hillmon and 18 points from senior Nicole Munger, but of course it takes more than two players to win a college basketball game. For the inside story on the furious comeback win against the Buckeyes by Kim Barnes Arico’s squad, check out the feature linked above from MGoBlue.
The season that wasn’t supposed to be. When I get a chance, I like to read other sites’ coverage of Michigan sports to get a flavor of how those who don’t cover the programs week in and week out see the state of things. One good example of this is the above write-up from the SB Nation mothership. Admittedly I’m a bit late in coming to this article (it was published back in December), but I still think it does a great job of analyzing where John Beilein’s program is at and what he seems to be able to accomplish year in and year out. It’s relatively short, so if you haven’t already seen this one give it a read.
The broken foot that wasn’t. Y’all may remember that during bowl season one storyline after the Citrus Bowl was that Trace McSorely nearly led Penn State to victory against Kentucky on a broken foot. Yeahhh, about that. Reporting from the Senior Bowl this week, Ian Rapoport said, “Remember he was playing in the Citrus Bowl. It was announced that he had a broken foot. By the way, he did not have a broken foot.” Rapoport later said, “[McSorley] said after a couple days — not weeks — a couple days his foot was feeling fine.” Whoops.
The state of Michigan’s RB room. Nick Baumgardner over at the Free Press is undertaking his annual survey of who’s coming back next year for Michigan football and what that means for the team. Of the running backs, Baumgardner says, “Whether or not a bell cow emerges from this group remains to be seen. This is Evans’ last chance to prove he can do it and he’ll have competition behind him. Wilson will have a role on this team somewhere. Turner is an emerging talent and Charbonnet’s opportunity to be with the team for a year will create a competitive atmosphere.”