The Bartelstein Blog: Being Captain, Making a Gretzky, Comic Relief

Nov. 5, 2012

Senior guard Josh Bartelstein begins his senior season and his third year writing the J-Bart Blog. He will give all Wolverine fans an inside look into the program and life outside of basketball during the 2012-13 season.

What's up Wolverine Nation? Yea, I thought I would change it up a bit.

Not a bad weekend to be a Michigan fan, with the football team pulling off a big win Saturday (Nov. 3) at Minnesota and keeping the Little Brown Jug, and of course us taking care of business on Thursday night (Nov. 1) against Northern Michigan. It was a great team effort with so many people contributing.

While I don't want to write too much about me being named captain, I just want to say how much of an honor it is. Being selected at a school like Michigan is something I value greatly.

My job is actually easy with all the great leadership we already have in our locker room. Guys like Matt (Vogrich), Jordan (Morgan), Corey (Person), Eso (Akunne), Blake (McLimans), Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Trey (Burke) do an outstanding job already leading and nothing is going to change. The only difference is I get the privilege of shaking hands with the referees before games and will have the opportunity to talk to Teddy Valentine and Ed Hightower, two fan favorites.

Okay let's get back to the team. While, obviously, we still have a ton to work on and clean up, the thing I took away from the game was how well we passed to ball. When you have a lot of talent, there is a tendency to hold onto the ball and be a little selfish.

Not with this team -- the ball was constantly swinging from side to side and putting the defensive in close-outs. We track something called a "Gretzky" pass. Simply put, it is the pass that leads to the assist. This pass is so important because it puts the defensive at a disadvantage quickly.

For example, when we run a pick-and-roll and Spike (Albrecht) quickly swings it out after being doubled team, we are now playing with a 4-on-3 advantage. Our goal on offense is to get these advantages because you are just one pass away from scoring now. On Thursday night, you saw this scenario over and over.

The big question I have for you is... How about Crisler Center?

I wasn't joking when I said there were no words to describe it. For people who didn't make it out Thursday night, from what I hear you better get your tickets soon and come check out this team and the arena. Tickets are being bought at historic rates and we want a full house every time we play. Don't miss out on this team!

And now for your comic relief...

I get to tell another story about myself. Yesterday, I was trying to do laundry (already the first problem in this story), which is located in our basement and also serves as (Jon) Horford's living quarters. All the lights were off, so I figured he was taking a nap since we just finished practice about an hour ago.

With me being the nice guy that I am, I didn't want to wake him up so I left the lights off in the pitch black basement and figured I could feel my way to finding the storage room where the washer is located. I have lived in the same place for three years so you would think I have a feel for it by now.

I make it down all the stairs and figure I'm home safe with a big smile on my face. As soon as I relax, BAAM! I walk right into the storage room door. Unfortunately for me, I didn't win this battle and crushed my head. I now have a huge bump on my head and a lot less self-pride. I then had to turn the lights on because I was a little dazed and of course Horford was not even downstairs. Yep, he wasn't even there. I had the lights off for no reason.

I will write again next week after we play two more games and really get this thing started. Come out and cheer us on! Again, I really am honored to be Team 96's captain. I really appreciate all the kind words everyone has said to me!

Keep writing into I will keep responding to you.

Have a great week and Go Blue!

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