Monday, May 11, 2020 - 9:39am
Ambry Thomas

Ambry Thomas wasn’t supposed to be at Detroit King that day, lacing up his cleats for a 7-on-7 scrimmage, feeling the summer heat blistering up from the field.  If it weren’t for a call from his coach, Dale Harvel, the night before, he wouldn’t have been.

Monday, April 6, 2020 - 2:29pm
The last four years have featured a number of memorable moments for Michigan athletics.

I picked eight. Your eight might be different. We’re all susceptible to our own biases. But here are the eight moments, runs, games and events that will define how I remember our four years on this campus. I’d love to hear from you, particularly my fellow graduating seniors — @Max_Marcovitch on Twitter or — to see where you agree or disagree.

Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:30pm

My feet were up on the dashboard of the passenger seat in my roommate Kevin’s 2015 Subaru Forester. The sun was beginning to set as we drove back from Atlanta. We were listening to a crime podcast, an iced coffee by my side. We were somewhere in rural Ohio, a few hours from a return to Ann Arbor for the final semester of college, a time that is supposed to be pure, unencumbered by worry, loosely jovial. It’s the time — the last time — to live and learn before reality smacks you in the face like a stiff board.

Thursday, March 12, 2020 - 7:20pm
The entire sports world, from the NCAA to all the professional leagues, has halted in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Thursday, New York City declared a state of emergency to fight a global pandemic; the Dow dropped 10 percent, its worst single-day drop since the crash of 1987; millions of Americans are indefinitely hunkered down in self-quarantine; Donald Trump said

Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 6:40pm

Senator Bernie Sanders lowered the microphone from his mouth to his hip, meandered over to the right side of the podium and looked out over the crowd packed into the Diag. The sun was just peeking from the tops of the Hatcher Graduate Library. Sanders stood there, holding his voice and his body still for nearly 10 seconds.  

He lifted his right arm, paused again, and unfurled one of his favorite lines:

Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 7:11pm
Freshman wing Franz Wagner has averaged 13.8 points over his last four games, helping lead Michigan to a five-game win streak.

A year ago, Wagner was a 17-year-old playing professional basketball in a country over 4,000 miles away. Then, right before making a life-altering decision, the coach he’d communicated with for years picked up and left town. Within two months, the new coach secured his commitment anyway, undoubtedly with some help from big brother. Then, right before a freshman season that could’ve vaulted him to the NBA, Wagner, bearing a reputation as a deadeye shooter, broke his shooting wrist.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 10:06am

The words poured over the crowd gathered on the Diag like a warm blanket, our collective voices growing in volume and conviction: 

Bless those in need of healing with re’fuah shlemah 

the renewal of body,

the renewal of spirit

and let us say, amen.

Sunday, February 9, 2020 - 6:26pm
Junior forward Isaiah Livers scored 14 points and made 2-of-5 3-pointers in Saturday’s 77-68 win over Michigan State.

Turning points are often arbitrary. They are judged retroactively, frequently in an attempt to ascribe meaning to results rather than default to the randomness of sports.

But if the Michigan men’s basketball team finds itself and rounds into form here, we will look back on Saturday’s 77-68 win over Michigan State as a catalyst. Not just because the Wolverines beat the Spartans for the first time in nearly two years, nor simply because Michigan stopped a two-game skid and added an all-important conference win over a KenPom top-15 team.

Sunday, January 26, 2020 - 9:56pm

Then, as anyone with any mild interest in the sport must do, I watched him play basketball. I watched him rise from 25-plus feet; I watched him drive the lane, knifing through four flailing help defenders; I watched him slam alley-oops and toss no-look passes; I watched him handle the ball with dizzying speed and yoyo-like control. And let me tell you: There’s not an ounce of hyperbole in these anonymous quotes and over-filtered Overtime videos.

Sunday, January 12, 2020 - 6:46pm

I’ll preface this by saying: I hate writing about recruiting. I hate the speculatory, veiled insinuations. I hate the underlying transactional tomfoolery that is so abundant it’s best left unsaid. Grown adults begging (and paying) teenagers to come play for them. Other grown men and women living and dying with the choices of 17-year-old kids.

Some people know things, but aren’t allowed to say. Others know nothing, but uncork their opinions at every turn. It’s a fraught environment that I prefer to stay away from, if possible.