Michigan women's soccer is off to a 10-2-1 start this season, the best start in program history, and Holly Hein is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. Fan voting is 1/3 of the final tally and goes through Nov. 25, but let's pull her out of this early rut: VOTE HERE.
If you don't follow the WS program much, Hein is a redshirt senior, second-year captain and was an All-Big Ten defender last year. Here's a full bio, but she also was diagnosed with thyroid cancer her second year on campus, underwent surgery to have it removed and redshirted that season to recover.
With Notre Dame having played in Ireland last year and Penn State playing in Ireland in the upcoming years, I began thinking about whether or not I would want Michigan to play a game internationally. While I obviously wouldn't want to lose a home game, I personally think it would be extremely cool for Michigan to play a game internationally. An international game would allow for Michigan fans from outside of the U.S. to potentially see a game and would allow for foreigners to see Michigan play as well. Additionally, this game would allow me to do my two favorite things: travel and watch Michigan. However, that is just my opinion. What would the board think of an international Michigan football game?
The other day I was chatting with a friend who went to the game at UCONN and it got me thinking about all of the away games I have gone to. After thinking about it, I decided my favorite was the 2006 game at Notre Dame. Notre Dame was ranked #2 for that game and was supposed to "return to glory" that year. Also, the winner of that game would be #1 for winning percentage. As we now know, Michigan dominated 47-21. That game was truly awesome to go. Now I must ask everyone else: what is the your favorite away game that you have been to (and if you haven't been to any, then do you have a favorite away game from the past?)
The ESPN coverage maps have been released. Here is the link to show them.
Notre Dame offensive linemen Zack Martin and Chris Watt recall Under the Lights I with irishillustrated.com, ranking the experience above some other notable away games:
"According to Martin and Watt, nothing last season - not Oklahoma under the lights or USC at the Coliseum - stood up to the Big House two seasons ago. It’s likely no stadium moving forward will, either."
I hope this year's game is two times as loud and leaves them with an everlasting impression of the big house. Go blue and beat ND!
No one seems to want to report the sad/bad "breaks" incurred by Central Michigan in yesterday's game against Michigan. MLive reported last night that the Michigan Defense (1) knocked CMU starting quarterback Cody Kater out of the game with a broken collarbone and (2) knocked CMU starting running back out of the game with a broken ankle.
This is obviously very sad news for the players themselves, their families, and teammates.
The "breaks" significantly impact CMU's future offensive options as well as their depth. Here's wishing them as rapid a recovery as each can safely achieve. Michigan followers certainly can appreciate such bad "breaks."