The Bartelstein Blog: Brooklyn, Alums, Burning Bacon, Breakfast in Bed

Dec. 20, 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 everyone?

We are getting ready to take on Eastern Michigan tonight, our last game before we head on Christmas break. Eastern is a very talented team, which plays a trapping 2-3 zone we need to attack. They have already defeated Purdue this year, and we know how good they are. It should be a great game, and I'm looking forward to seeing Crisler packed tonight like always.

Last weekend, we played a good West Virginia team in Brooklyn, N.Y., and pulled out a hard-fought win. West Virginia is very physical, just like a typical Big Ten team, and we matched them with our toughness. I thought Trey (Burke) was just sensational, pushing the ball up the court and just making everyone on the court better. When Trey and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) get everyone involved and are still able to score, our team is going to be hard to beat.

The most impressive part of our trip to Brooklyn was our fans. It might have said neutral-site game on the schedule, but the Barclays Center was as loud as the Crisler Center.

We love playing in New York because of our fans.

I was also fortunate enough to get to talk to many donors and fans at a pregame reception in the Barclays Center.

Along with Dave Brandon, it was great to meet so many U-M fans who love our school. It is pretty special to see so many people love the Block 'M' and unite over it. The excitement around our team is amazing, but more than anything else, fans love the way our team plays. We take pride in being unselfish, being together and having fun. I promise nothing is going to change regarding that all year long.

Off the court, there has been some controversy in our house.

My cooking skills, or I should say lack of skills, is the issue. It all started because Tim set off our smoke detector by cooking some bacon. It woke me up from a great sleep, and I came downstairs to see our kitchen full of smoke. Luckily, nothing happened to Tim or the bacon. However, since I was making fun of Tim, he and Jordan (Morgan) said they had never seen me cook since we had lived together and didn't think I could make anything, even something as easy as scrambled eggs.

Now I'm no top chef, but I mean making scrambled eggs is pretty simple. My point is it doesn't take a genius to make scrambled eggs, so I was pretty offended they thought so little of me. So to put this all to bed, I offered to make all of them eggs for breakfast and serve it to them in their bed. I can even throw in some cheese if they prefer it. Because of our finals schedule, I have yet to make the eggs, but I promise I can and will prove no one makes a better scrambled egg than me. I learned from the best, my mom! As proof I might even send some photos.

I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday.

I hope you all spend some quality time with your families and I know our team is looking forward to going home for a couple days and getting a nice break.

Keep writing in to the blog at

Hopefully, I see many of you tonight.

Go Blue!

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