Over the past two seasons, Wolverine guard Josh Bartelstein has provided an in-depth look and his personal insights into the U-M men's basketball program with his "Bartelstein Blog" exclusively on MGoBlue.com. Follow his updates here as he will post in new entries throughout the preseason, regular season and postseason!
Blog #29 -- March 26, 2012
My Blog's Season Finale, See You Soon or This Summer
hat's up everyone?
The 2011-12 Michigan basketball season will be remembered for so many things, some of which include winning the best conference in the country, traveling to the most prestigious tournament in the country -- the Maui Invitational, for the 24 wins and for the four great seniors.
Years from now when I call Zack (Novak) or Stu (Douglass) and talk about this year, we probably won't talk about any of those things. That is because the journey is way more important than the destination. The memories we will share are the laughs we had on the plane, some crazy idea Coach Alexander had, another memorable quote from Coach Jordan; it is everything that happens during the season that makes a team become a team.
We have traveled all across the country spending almost every day together for six months. The hardest part of the season ending is the knowing that this team will never play together again. In the blink of an eye, when the horn went off and zeroes were on the clock, our season was over. That is what makes sports so special; anything can happen at any time and nothing prepares you for the end!
When I decided to come play for Coach Beilein, he asked me why I wanted to be part of this team. I could have received a scholarship to other schools, instead I chose Michigan! I told him I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. There is something mythical about being a part of Michigan. There is something special about being a part of a team, where you give everything you have for the greater good of your teammates. It might not result in wins all the time, but more importantly, it will result in lifelong friendships.
The Bartelstein Blog 2011-12
Blog #29: My Blog's Season Finale, See You Soon or This Summer (3/26/2012)
Blog #28: The Big Dance, Bouncing Back and Vote for CB (3/14/2012)
Blog #27: The Fifth Road Win, Racing Back, The Joy of Being a Champion (3/5/2012)
Blog #26: The Work Ahead, A Shot at the Title and A Little Senior Day (3/3/2012)
Blog #25: Two Big Wins, The Real DVR, A Splash of Powder and Great Fans (2/22/2012)
Blog #24: A little win streak, Not just scoring, GameDay! (2/15/2012)
Blog #23: Team Effort, Celine, Update of a Few Former Wolverines (2/9/2012)
Blog #22: The Ohio Game, The Funny Story, The Votes for Coach (2/1/2012)
Blog #21: Resolve & Toughness, Our Moxie, No Easy Schedule (1/23/2012)
Blog #20: The Game, The Fun, The Defender, The Rookie (1/18/2012)
Blog #19: The Big Games, The Legends, The Wii, The Smoothie King (1/9/2012)
Blog #18: Great Three Days, Return of the DOBO and Evan Won? (12/29/2011)
Blog #17: The Recaps, The Return of Rory, The Scarf and The Playoffs (12/16/2011)
Blog #16: Resiliency, Three Things About Max and the Fantasy Stretch Run (12/8/2011)
Blog #15: The Wins, The Flip, My Jump and onto the Challenge (11/28/2011)
Blog #14: Can't Sleep, Dream Games, The Keys to Memphis win, Email Bag (11/22/2011)
Blog #13: Aloha, Snorkels, Black Crab, Can't Throw Anymore and NBA Jams (11/20/2011)
Blog #12: The Big 10 Day Trip, The Big Win, The Big Monday Surprise (11/17/2011)
Blog #11: One Game at a Time, The Cold Tub King, Fantasy Sorrows (11/11/2011)
Blog #10: iPads, Poets, The First Game and a Big Thank You (11/2/2011)
Blog #9: Pumpkin Carving, Paranormal Activity and a Special Ghostwriter (10/28/2011)
Blog #8: Week One Done, the Killer B's, Be the Voice, Leave the Lights on! (10/21/2011)
Blog #7: Preseason Tests, The Joke, A Big Question and a Shout Out (10/14/2011)
Blog #6: Countdown is on, No More Cones, Love the Fans & Maize Ragers! (9/29/2011)
Blog #5: Winning!, The Bills, A Real Practice, 50-in-5, Can't Wait! (9/20/2011)
Blog #4: 180 Degrees of Change, Sad Sox and Dancing with the Stars (9/7/2011)
Blog #3: Back to School, Don't Forget Your Drills, the League is here! (8/25/2011)
Blog #2: Summer Days Going Fast, the Rookies and the League (8/12/2011)
Blog #1: I'm Back, Summer Reports, Construction Boots, Dunk Tanks (7/29/2011
• Previous Seasons: 2010-11