The Bartelstein Blog: Entry 15, Big Win, Dancing with Stars and Fantasy Breakdowns

Dec. 20, 2010

Sophomore guard Josh Bartelstein will give an inside look all season at the 2010-11 version of the Wolverines.

Hey everyone! Hope you all are doing well because I know our team is.

The Oakland game was a very big win as we continue to protect our home court. Oakland is a very good team and they have played an incredibly hard schedule with games against Purdue, Michigan State, Illinois and Tennessee -- all on the road! We came fired up right from the start and everyone on our team knew it was going to be a special day.

A lot of credit has to go to our big guys for the job they did on Keith Benson. Jordan (Morgan), Blake (McLimans) and Jon (Horford) all really showed they can compete with one of the best big guys in the country and controlled the inside. That was a huge key to the game and we worked on all week being the aggressor and making the first contact in the post

Another key to our game was the fans. We had a great crowd on Saturday and it really does make a huge difference. The Maize Rage is one of the best student sections in college sports and they definitely impact the visiting team. I have had some friends on opposing teams admit they lost focus a couple times because of different chants our Maize Rage came up with. Every single player on our team really appreciates them showing up and supporting us every game and we hope the numbers keep increasing with Big Ten play starting soon.

The day after the Oakland game we had a light practice which included film and weight lifting. While we were lifting weights, I saw something that I have wanted to blog about for a while, but I kept forgetting.

It is ... The way in which Corey (Person) and Eso (Akunne) are always dancing -- if you even want to call it that. Their lockers are next to each other and they always just start dancing. I am not sure how to describe it besides it is hard to watch and you just feel bad.

It would be one thing if they had a rhythm or flow, but it is just a lot of body parts swinging around. Today was another perfect example. We are all cleaning the weight room and I look to the left and Eso and Corey are "breaking it down."

When this happens you find the team just staring and shaking their heads. If you are lucky, you might catch them showing off their swag before a game.

On a way more important note, right now is a very intense time in our house. All of the freshmen are over and we are watching NFL football because it is fantasy football playoffs time. None of us play for money because that is against the NCAA rules, but we all need to win for pride reasons. Mine and (Zack) Novak's teams are in the semifinals, Stu's (Douglass) team is out and Evan (Smotrycz) claims to have made the playoffs of his league.

I have always said fantasy football is a lot of luck, but if Novak loses this week he can only blame himself. He had Vincent Jackson, Austin Collie and Ronnie Brown all sitting on his bench this weekend. Funny thing is they all scored touchdowns. Every time there was a game break, it was guaranteed Novak was upset he didn't start someone.

With that I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday break.

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