Looks like the NCAA is following pro sports' examples and pulling events out of North Carolina due to their sexual orientation and gender identity laws.
Affected championship games:
2016 Division I Women’s Soccer Championship, College Cup (Cary), Dec. 2 and 4.
2016 Division III Men’s and Women’s Soccer Championships (Greensboro), Dec. 2 and 3.
2017 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, first/second rounds (Greensboro), March 17 and 19.
2017 Division I Women’s Golf Championships, regional (Greenville), May 8-10.
2017 Division III Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships (Cary), May 22-27.
2017 Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship (Cary), May 26 and 28.
2017 Division II Baseball Championship (Cary), May 27-June 3.
The release does mention that if a North Carolina team earns the right to play a championship game in their home state, it will be held there.
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First thread ever created by me and probably the last, might as well be a "cool story bro".
[TL;DR ver. at the bottom.]
I am a part-time Uber/Lyft driver in the DMV(DC, Maryland, Virginia) area and just got finished with a long and ardous drive with a passenger who felt the need to vent her whole life problems to me. As I ended the ride I immediately received another request and the pick up was at Paul VI, which is a basketball powerhouse in town. My first thought was that this was probably going to be some sweaty smelly teen who just got done with football practice and now wants a ride home. [I am getting there] I pull into the parking lot only to find no one outside the normal pickup zone. I wait and make a couple of calls but no answer, so after some time I am ready to cancel the ride, right? No, I wait some more and then get a call saying the rider was on the other side of the school and was making his way to me. As he approaches the first thing I notice was the Michigan Jordan apparel and then some light luggage.
At first I think nothing of it, he gets in, verifies that I am his driver and then we proceed. I small talk and ask if he is a coach at the school, all the while not bringing up his Michigan gear...yet and his answer is that he was just 'checking out some of the kids' there and the he is from 'Michigan'. I instantly get a sinking feeling of excitement in my chest but my focus is on the road, as it should be, and give a calm "...okay that's nice." It's football season and the name he was using on the Uber, William, didn't register in my brain so I am assume this is football related but I should have known when he didn't recognize their football field when he described where he was during the call. So I throw out a mentioning of the beat down of those rainbow warriors and he said, "no, basketball" and because of ignoring the aforementioned clue of the football field identity crisis, Paul VI, basketball powerhouse, full jumpsuit despite 103 degree heat and etc. I then understood he was with bball side of things.
We begin the chat about the area, recruiting(nothing major or ground breaking nor did I probe), local DC sports and Uber vs Lyft and a little bit about myself. I asked how recruiting was when he coached at American U in DC and to compare it to Michigan, came away with how it is important to recruit locally but even more of importance to be able to recruit nationally and so on. I then asked how he sees Michigan's success and general success in recruiting and we agreed it isn't always about landing that "top 5" guy as long as you can get that under appreciated guy who develops in a year or two and contributes. I then threw out the Trey Burke example, he agreed and then we moved on. Oh and about some of the lost battles, he backed up Mr. Beilein's integrity and said he would never play foul to win like some of the others, I agreed and that was that. He also really likes the guys they have for the 2017 so far. Talked about his very busy itinerary, laughed about my Redskins and our false sense of revitalized hope every season and completed an excellent, safe Uber experience. 40+ min drive and that's about it.
- Picked up Asst. Coach Billy Donlon in my Uber at Paul VI, basketball powerhouse. Northern VA.
- Talked about crootin' and stuff.
- Ride was safe.
- Didn't have subs but still was awesome.
- The end.
In preparation for the upcoming season, I reserved a spot on one of the Michigan Stadium and Crisler Center tours this week. It is really a pretty incredible value at only $20 per person for a 2 hour tour of both facilities. Here is a link if you are interested in getting more information or making your own reseration:
Consider this the official 2016 stadium tour story thread. Anybody have any "Cool Story Bro" moments from one of these tours? We are taking my 89yo grandpa (lifelong Michigan fan...grew up listening to Harmon play on the radio). He is able to walk, but we'll probably use a wheelchair to help him keep up. Is the tour pretty wheelchair accessible? Any recommendations or things that you wish you would have known ahead of time?
Go Blue and thanks for the tips!
ESPN projects the Pistons to finish one game better than last year, with a chance to have homecourt advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Their reasoning for only a one game improvement is the return of the same starting lineup. I personally think the bench is markedly improved and that coupled with a more experienced roster will lead to a 3-5 game improvement.
I know football season is approaching and our attention has mostly turned to the team (and rightfully so), but I find it so encouraging to see both Michigan football and the Pistons on the up and up. Anyways, just my two cents.
Ouch. Link @ Eleven Warriors.
Kid Man played right across the river from Detroit in Windsor. I'm not sure if he lied about his age to get out of Sudan, where he's from. Either way, please remove him from your prospective 2018 hoops roster.
Best quote on the whole situation: