Sunday, April 21, 2019 - 6:49pm
We love MIKE <3.

I’ll remember The Daily for being the thing that got me through the hard times. When things were at their worst, I never once dreaded walking into that building. Turning the corner from the stairs, entering the newsroom and seeing the sports staff at the first desk on the right washed away whatever else was going on in my life. For a year, that staff — the best goddamn student sports section in the world — was mine, and that means the world to me.

It was the biggest factor in the best four years of my life.

But at some point, the stadium lights go out, and you have to leave.

It is the worst part.

Sunday, April 14, 2019 - 8:39pm
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Many people would say it’s smart to resist the urge to fire off the hottest takes imaginable, but I am not one of them. Now that we all got a taste of football, the next four and a half months without it are going to be hard, and there is no better way to pass that time than by envisioning, in maniacal detail, all the success your favorite team is going to have.

Sunday, March 31, 2019 - 9:26pm
The Michigan Men's basketball team lost in the Sweet 16, but Sports Writer shows there is still much to look forward to.

For the 103rd time in a row, the Michigan men’s basketball team’s season ended.

Such is the futility of sports. But, hey, you never know. Maybe the 104th season will never end.

In the meantime, now begins the weird space in time after a sports season wraps up in which people don’t really know what to do with themselves.

That’s why I’m here. I’ve spent the last few days brainstorming things you can look forward to in the next few weeks and months that will get you through this trying time.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 11:57pm
Senior Guard Charles Matthews could be the leader the Wolverines need going forward.

Well, it happened again.

For the third time in the last month or so, the Michigan men’s basketball team took on Michigan State, and for the third time, the Wolverines started strong, got out to a lead and fell apart at the end.

Any pain that accompanies those losses and the Big Ten Championships that fell just out of reach is worsened by the fact that the Spartans used essentially the same formula each time. Or maybe it was that Michigan used the same formula to lose each game. It doesn’t matter now.

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 6:42pm
The Michigan men's basketball team will take on Montana in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Michigan will have a rematch of last season's first-round matchup, as it will face Montana on Thursday.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 6:59am
Students started lining up in the wee hours of Sunday morning to secure a spot in line, waiting to get their wristband granting them access to the Maize Rage.

By the time I left, around 5:30, the line had wrapped into the parking lot by Yost. A rough count gave me about 500 students that were there at that time. I would imagine the line kept growing after I went home.

What unites them all is more to the point.

Each of them chose to wake up at an ungodly hour, or neglect sleep altogether, to wait in the rain and cold to be as close as they possibly can to the Wolverines’ biggest game on Sunday. Every person I asked gave the same prediction — that Michigan would come out on top over their in-state rival.

Sunday, February 17, 2019 - 10:30pm
Declan Mitchell in Michigan football gear.

If you went there looking for Declan Mitchell, he would be the one dressed head-to-toe in sports attire, as he always is: jersey, socks, the whole works. Sometimes it’s Michigan gear. Sometimes it’s a LeBron James day. Sometimes it’s the Indiana Pacers.

A neighbor described him as a creature of habit. He watches sports habitually. He plays basketball habitually. He wears jerseys habitually.

These things make him tick. More importantly, they allow him to live as normally as he can.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 5:21pm
Pep Hamilton is leaving the Michigan football team after two seasons.

After two seasons as the associate head coach and passing game coordinator, Pep Hamilton is leaving the Michigan football team, according to multiple outlets.

In addition to the Hamilton news, Sam Webb of 247Sports reported that Ben McDaniels will be taking over as the Wolverines’ quarterbacks coach this season.

Sunday, February 3, 2019 - 9:15pm
Michigan coach John Beilein said after the game that he didn't know who would step up as the backup center.

Maybe what happened Friday was less a mirage and more a preview of what’s to come.

Maybe we’ll look back on Friday night and remember when Iowa found the end of a proverbial thread and the rest of Michigan’s season began to unravel.

Monday, January 21, 2019 - 9:36pm
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As Mel Pearson sat down in the offices at Yost Ice Arena on Monday, he admitted he was disappointed with his Michigan hockey team.

Pearson had just walked in from the Wolverines’ practice, and coming off a bye week, Pearson’s team didn’t have a great Monday practice.

It was clearly weighing on Pearson’s mind. At one point, he went off on a bit of a tangent, seeming to speculate about why his players were a bit lackluster.