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Iíve grown up and reside in Canton. This is where my familyís roots are, so I am familiar with Cantonís rich history and traditions. I attended Spoon River College and received my Bachelors of Science from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. My ...
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Iíve grown up and reside in Canton. This is where my familyís roots are, so I am familiar with Cantonís rich history and traditions. I attended Spoon River College and received my Bachelors of Science from Northland College in Ashland, Wis. My husband Cole, who works for the City of Canton, and I have an amazing two and a half year old daughter Ava, who keeps us busy. With almost one year under my belt as the Executive Director for the Canton Area Chamber of Commerce, we are continuing to partner with area businesses and community leaders to make Canton a great place to live, work and play!
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So the WSJ posted a piece [We Have a Basketball Team?] comparing the the lack of success of the Nebraska hoops program vis a vis the Cornhusker football team.  Since I have a string of posts going mentioning the name Fielding H. Yost, Iíll note that in 1898 Yost was the head coach in Lincoln and led the Huskers to an 8-3 record, their first eight win season in history.
The Huskers hold the distinction of having the biggest discrepancy between winning percentages between these two major programs, a gap of +.173 (football minus basketball).   In the same piece they cite your Wolverines as having the second biggest gap.  Details:
Michigan Football vs. Basketball
But..when youíre talking about the team with the all-time highest winning percentage of all the teams to ever to play this collegiate sport, itís not shocking to say thereís a decent gap between Michigan football and Michigan sport X.   Next, the source of the data is the NCAA.  Itís probably safe to assume their .579 all-time hoops winning % factors for the NCAA-vacated games, but the WSJ didnít mention that.  Yes, vacated means vacated and the NCAA is awesome and all thatóbut it was probably worth mentioning with a *.  
I checked with U-M media relations, they actually have the official winning % (factoring for the NCAA sanctions) at .578 but weíll let that point slide.   FWIWóthe winning percentage of the hoops squad, if you ignore the NCAA sanctions is .590, again according to media relations.   So while that doesnít really change the order of the graphic, it would slide the football gap down to +.144.
Finally, the graphic uses the title ďOne-Trick PoniesĒ (a fav of my dadís to describe entities like the Dexys Midnight Runners of the world).  This is to suggest Michigan doesnít have a historically significant basketball program.  Granted, in hoops lore even .590 wouldnít put Michigan in or near the top echelon of all-time winning percentage.  But again somewhere in here thereís a ďyeah butĒ—whether you count the 1990s or not, Michigan still had Final Four teams in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, and now whatever we call this decade. 
So..you say so what?  This is the kind of crap I think about man, so back off :)
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