and... i like them? I think I like them.
It had to happen eventually, but it's sad for it to happen like this:
the world's most generous organization, the ncaa, has finally okd schools providing enough food to fully feed athletes.
even walk-ons are allowed to eat. no word on a toilet paper allowance.
A lot of interesting things...
Not surprised to see Floyd "Money" Mayweather at the top or Ronaldo and Messi as 2 & 3...
but had no idea that Stafford is the 6th highest paid athlete in the world of sports. Stafford is probably not even a top 6 QB in the NFC North (kidding...sorta).
Other interesting names to most professional and collegiate fans in the state of Michigan include Tom Brady @ 7 and Calvin Johnson @ 16
Today my grandmother was laid to rest. She was an avid Michigan fan with many Michigan items hanging in her living room. She has been rooting for Michigan since the 1940s.
It has been very hard to take as only a little over a month ago she was delivering meals on wheels to people that were very sick or can't get around. At 85 years old she was still driving fine and had the ambition of a 45 year old.
She was diagnosed with acute leukemia just over three weeks ago after she had some shortness of breath after first week of March. The doctor (who was kind of a dick by the way as he described what she had as a ''trainwreck'') only gave her a week to live at most.
She was able to stick around with us for three weeks to visit family, play euchre, and teach us her ways of her unbeatable cooking. We also got to watch Michigan get to the elite 8.
I'll always feel like she was taken from us too fast as besides a case of pneumonia a few years ago she had relatively little health problems, but she did go out the way she wanted to which was fast and painless in her sleep. I couldn't see her living in a nursing home. Many of her friends have been in much worse shape for a few years while she still cleaned her whole 2500 sf house by herself up until March.
She was laid to rest in a beautiful blue casket with yellow roses (which we had to change from red at the last second). She was wearing a Michigan sweater and her 1998 Rose Bowl pin was on her collar and a ''I was a Detroit Tigers fan before it was cool'' shirt was placed in the casket with her.
Who knows if it was a coincidence or not, but right when the service was over the clouds parted for a few minutes after it had been cloudy all morning.
Many grandchildren have a special bond with their grandparents just because they're grandparents, but it's extra hard when you've only lived three miles from them your entire life. It will be hard not going to visit her anymore. She was the greatest person I know.
After breezing past WMU in a mid-week mercy rule walk-through, the Maize & Blue softball squad took Sparty to the woodshed in a 3-game sweep. The Wolverines bombed the Spartans back into the Stone Age, delivering 9-1, 8-0, and 14-0 drubbings.
The pitching and defense were outstanding, as Michigan allowed only one earned run (a solo homer off of Wagner) on the weekend and did not commit a single error. The Wolverines came into the weekend at 11th nationally in team ERA and 4th in fielding percentage, and managed to improve their stats in both of those categories (NCAA won't update their database until later, so I don't know about ranks). For a team that struggled defensively last year, this is a major bonus. All three pitchers have been dominating since Big Ten play began, and the fielding is first-rate. If this can keep up as competition gets stiffer, Michigan has a great chance to go deep in the tournament.
Offensively, it was more of the same. Romero went 5-for-8 on the weekend and drew a pile of walks. She crossed home-plate multiple times in each game. Romo came into the weekend 6th in the nation in runs per game, and improved her numbers. This is a great testimony to her insane on-base percentage, but even more so to the ability of the rest of the team to push her across. It has to be a huge help when she's up there drawing walk after walk & hitting singles instead of homers to have that trust, and the trust has been well-earned - major praise to the whole hitting line-up!
A fun side-note on Sunday's game: Michigan hit for the cycle in home runs as a team, delivering, one, two, and three run blasts along with Driesenga's pinch-hit grand slam to finish off the scoring in a 10-run 7th inning.
After a mid-week match-up against CMU, the 2nd place Golden Gophers come to town for a 3-game set. As long as Michigan gets a win, they'll retain a multi-game lead, and 2 out of 3 would put us in great position, but you can bet the team has it's eye on a sweep!