landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Michigan Softball's senior catcher Lauren Connell has been writing a blog about the season (I think this is her second year doing so), posting once a week, typically on Mondays. If you haven't seen it before, I thought it might be of interest here as we're heading to WCWS weekend.
This week's post here is titled What the WCWS Means to Us. The search feature on www.mgoblue.com brings up her previous posts (though not in order for me), if you're interested in catching up on more of her thoughts.
Edited to make title clearer.
Saw this news on Twitter the other day. Apparently Sam McGuffie has been training with Tiger Rugby in Ohio in an attempt to convert to rugby (potentially for the Olympics, though he's likely much too late to make the squad for this year). He is currently listed as a reserve for the PRO Rugby Ohio team that is playing the San Francisco team right now (started at 6pm Eastern, will likely go until about 7:30 or so). The San Francisco team features Mils Muliaina, who played in 100 international matches for the legendary New Zealand All Blacks, so it should be an interesting match to watch.
PRO Rugby is the first professional rugby competition here in North America and is in the middle of their inaugural season. There are only 5 teams in this first season, with hopes to expand to ~10 for next year. Currently there are teams in San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Denver, and Ohio. Roughly half of the players are contracted full time while the others join the teams on a match by match basis.
It seems as though Sam will be joining the Ohio team (based in Obetz, just outside of Columbus) for tonight's match in hopes of getting some high quality match experience. The match is streaming live at the link below if you'd like to watch! Hopefully Sam will get some playing time towards the end of the match.
UPDATE: McGuffie only played the final 4 minutes (Ohio lost a relatively close match). He didn't get involved much in his limited time - only one opportunity for a tackle and didn't get an opportunity to carry the ball. You could tell he is very new to the game - looked like he wasn't sure where to be when the ball was away from him. He has mostly been training/playing 7s rugby - the Olympic version of the sport, which is a bit easier to learn/transition to - whereas this was 15s rugby. Hoping he'll get a few more opportunities to show what he's got moving forward.
It is Memorial Day Weekend and hopefully all or nearly all of you are enjoying some family and vacation time. Of note in the sporting world the Tigers got beaten like a rented mule, with two relievers giving up a combined 10 hits and 9 runs in 32 total pitches. You have to try to be that bad. Michigan baseball didn't fare so well either.
On a lighter note the girls softball team pulled out the victory 5-3.
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Have a great, fun and safe weekend
Congratulations to Mason Ferlic, Michigan Track, on winning the NCAA east regional. Mason is the favorite to win at the NCAA nationals in Eugene in two weeks. After nationals he is off to the Olympic trials.
There is an interview with Mason at Flotrack.org.
After getting it wrong in the previous two manager selections I finally think Man U has got it right in hiring Jose Mourinho. One of the best managers in the world (not a has been or an up and comer) who has won everywhere he has gone.
It will be interesting to see how long it takes him to turn things around and whether he is given the time to do so if if doesn't happen over night. With Pep moving in next door it should add a lot to the derby over the next several years if either of them can stand to stay in one spot for more than a couple of years.
With the multitude of top notch managers moving in and the underdog puling off the impossible this year I'm very excited with what's going on in the EPL.
I usually think it's Skip Bayliss, but I heard Jason Whitlock on the radio today--claiming that Art Briles shouldn't be fired because "it's his job to stand up for the players--and now I think it might be Whitlock.
Stephen A. Smith is another "top-quality" candidate.
Who do you think is the absolute worst?