The Bartelstein Blog: Countdown is on, No More Cones Please, Love the Fans & 3,000 Maize Ragers!
Josh Barteltstein

Sept. 29, 2011

Junior guard Josh Bartelstein will give an inside look all season at the 2011-12 version of the Wolverines.

What’s up everyone?

The countdown is on! There are only 16 days until we drop the ball and practice begins. It’s crazy just how close it is, but the team is ready.

We have been continuing to do our routine of lifting, conditioning, open gyms and individuals, but if you ask anyone we are ready for Friday, October 14th. There are only so many cone drills, suicides and squats you can do before it is just time to play basketball. When practice begins is when the journey really starts. Each day you put in a little more, all preparing for our first goal -- to win a Big Ten Championship.

Speaking of playing basketball, everyone got the chance to check out where we play and see just how good Crisler Arena looks. We had an open house last week and it was packed with people. I think everyone was in amazement with how much of a 180-degree transformation Crisler has taken.

We got to talk with all the fans and sign autographs for an hour. The most impressive thing about the event was how excited all the fans are for this season. The line for autographs was the longest I have ever seen and we probably could have stayed for another hour signing with the amount of people that were there. Everyone wanted to talk about how good they thought we were going to be and how many wins we should have. Most people said they have never been this excited for a basketball season.

Speaking of optimism, one of the most important things for this season is for us to remain hungry. You have to remember this is a new season and so far we haven’t won a single game. It wasn’t that long ago that no one thought we were going to be good and everyone picked against us.

Even though this year we might be the hunted and not the hunter, we must act like the hunter. If anything, our team must work even harder than last year. I have no doubt this is what the feeling in the locker room will be this year!

Last but definitely not least, I went to the Maize Rage opening meeting this week along with Zack (Novak) and Stu (Douglass). It is pretty cool to think that my freshman year they had 400 students and now it is at about 3,000.

I can’t emphasize enough how much of a difference they make. We have the best student section in the Big Ten hands down. No one comes close. However, what I really learned this week is how much more they are than just a cheering section. Those guys do a ton of community service and travel all over helping people. Michigan is very lucky to have them! We are lucky to have them!

Finally, in a fantasy update, the standings after three weeks looks like this:

At a perfect 3-0 is Max Bielfeldt (somehow he got Sai (Tummala) to trade him Andre Johnson for garbage)

At 2-1:
Evan Smotrycz (luckiest player so far)
Jordan Morgan (I have no idea how his team has won a game, let alone two)
Sai Tummala (His team is going down faster than the Red Sox)

At 1-2:
Me (I am just shocked, but don't worry I won't be down here for long)
Matt Vogrich (Too many Bears players, should never have let go of Olin Kruetz)
Stu Douglass (Most disappointing team)
Zack Novak (Team Green Bay doesn’t look so good in fantasy)
Blake McLimans (He is just so happy about the Bills he really isn't worrying about fantasy)
Jordan Dumars (Still a solid member of the league, but Vick keeps getting hurt)

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Have a great week!
Go Blue!

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