Softball's struggles continued today on the West Coast, but fortunately did not prove costly. Blanco had a bumpy ride as the starting pitcher against New Mexico State, with 3 earned runs charged the her name in just 3 innings of work. Betsa came in facing a serious jam & pushed a few runners across on free passes, but settled in and delivered 4 innings of hitless ball to give the Wolverines a chance.
Offensively, it was all about the top of the order. Peters & Ramirez both got two hits, and those hits turned into 4 runs as Kelly Christner drove them both home twice. In the 3rd, Christner gave Michigan the lead with a 2 RBI bloop single, and in the 6th, Christner launched a 3-run blast to put Michigan ahead for good. The rest of the offense was stagnant, as the 4-9 hitters never reached base once against the Aggies.
At the end of the day, it's a win coming off a long flight & a time-zone change. With match-ups against 3 ranked teams looming in the next 2 days, though, Team 40 will need to elevate their game in order to get what they want out of this road trip.
Let's get weird
Edit: Looks like His Doucheness came up from his mom's basement. Welcome.
Figured this would be a good way to address today's biggest sports topic with one thread. We've already seen one star traded with DeMarcus Cousins heading to New Orleans.
Dallas just got Nerlens Noel for a protected first, Justin Anderson and Andrew Bogut. Seems like a fair deal for both sides.
The Pistons are reportedly shopping Drummond, Reggie Jackson and KCP, although SVG (unsurprisingly) continues to downplay the chances they make a move.
Paul George or Jimmy Butler could be in Boston by the end of the day since it sounds like the Celtics are now open to dealing the 2017 Nets pick. Figured we can use this space to talk rumors, completed deals and what your team should be doing today. Happy deadline day!
Much like Scott Vogel at a Terror show, we're going to open up this pit. Schedule now includes the major leagues. Enjoy today's action.
UEFA Europa League – Round of 32 Leg 2/ Final Day
11:00am Osmanlispor v Olympiakos Piraeus – FS2
1:00pm APOEL v Athletic Club – Watch ESPN
1:00pm Ajax v Legia Warsaw – FS2GO
1:00pm Zenit v Anderlecht – Watch ESPN
1:00pm Roma v Villareal – Fox Soccer Plus
1:00pm Besiktas v Hapoel Be’er Sheva – FS2GO
3:05pm Genk v Astra – FS2GO
3:05pm Kobenhavn v Ludogorets – FS2GO
3:05pm Shakhtar Donetsk v Celta De Vigo – FS2GO
3:05pm Tottenham Hotspur v Gent –FS2
3:05pm Sparta Praha v Rostov – Watch ESPN
3:05pm Fiorentina v Borussia M’gladbach – Fox Soccer Plus
3:05pm Olympique Lyonnais v AZ – Watch ESPN
2:45pm Las Palmas v Real Sociedad – BeinSports
2:30pm Wolfsburg v Werder Bremen – FS2
1:00pm Nantes v Dijon - BeinConnect
2:45pm Nice v Montpellier - BeinConnect
*Games Featuring major clubs are in bold.
*This is our weekly Thursday/Friday thread, to keep from needing one more thread for what is usually a light day of footballing.
*Europa League Round of 32 is played over 2 legs, and this is the second and final.
*If you don’t see a league or team listed that you want to follow and discuss, let me know and I’ll add it (within reason). I’m not going out of my way to make sure Scunthorpe or Drogheda United are covered here.
*I have heard the voice of the people. Time has shifted to your beloved Eastern Time Zone. I am a benevolent God.
Enjoy, cheers, and Go Blue!
Question: Does Ace Williams need to be a real person to be considered persona non grata around here?
This article explains a TON. It's both great schadenfreude and also very aggravating that someone so shitty can get as far as Yoder did.
Synopsis - Chat Sports basically made all their money by faking a ton of shit. Their founder should probably be in prison. And to top it off, apparently Fake Ace Williams threatened to fight real Ace Anbender. It's about as perfect a metaphorical car wreck as one could ask. Interesting read...
Even Hollywood never dared dream this up: NASA today announced that a star "only" 39 lightyears from Earth has 7 planets closely orbiting it -- and each of the planets is 75% to 110% the size of Earth, and at least six of them are "rocky" (hard surfaces like Earth). And at least 3 of them are in the "habitable" zone, meaning, they are at the right distance from the star where the heat from the star keeps water warm enough not to freeze and cool enough not to boil off.
There are some weird things about this system. The star is barely bigger than Jupitor, and a thousand times less hot than our Sun. So the 7 planets are all orbiting extremely close; one completes a full orbit in 1.5 days. And the planets are "tidally locked," so each keeps the same face to the star (meaning, each one rotates on its axis at the same rate it orbits the star) -- which is exactly what our Moon does with the Earth. This will cause the star-facing side to be much hotter than the other side, but an atmosphere and/or an ocean can distribute the heat (and there will be a very comfortable zone right at the horizon of where the star-facing side meets the other side).
You can bet NASA and scientists will be training telescopes on this system for years to come. We eventually will figure out which of those planets has an atmosphere, and what gases make up that air. We probably will even figure out mean surface temperatures, and perhaps if any have flowing water. Detecting life at this distance is hard to imagine. If the planets had seasons, you in theory could see changing colors on their surfaces (like forests of trees growing leaves) -- but tidally-locked planets won't have seasons, and given how fast these planets orbit that star, their seasons would only be hours or days long anyway.
A robotic or manned mission to this star will remain science fiction for now. While incedibly close by galactic standards (that star is only 0.13% the distance from the Sun to the middle of the galaxy and Sag A*, the supermassive black hole in it), even our fastest-conceivable small robot would need thousands of years to get there at current technologies.