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According to a Gallup poll, residents of Ann Arbor, Michigan were the happiest in all US cities. They “ rated their current and future lives the best, for the second year in a row.” (Ann Arbor was one of the top six cities in overall well-being scores.)
By contrast, Ohio was one of the 3 most miserable states. “Residents generally had low evaluations of their lives, trailing only West Virginia and Kentucky by that measure.” They had among the fewest state residents who stated that day they were thriving or had a learning experience. “They were among the most likely in the U.S. to have felt angry.” Ohio was in the bottom ten percent of states in overall well-being scores.
ADDITION: If the Gallup poll were not enough, also remember that—this year alone-- AA has been rated "The Most Intelligent College Town" and the #2 most educated city as well as the #3 Best Midsize City to Raise Children", #7 Best City for New College Grads and one of the "Top 25 Most Beautiful Cities in America".
UM is ranked #23 in the world in the 2014 rankings.
Other Big Ten schools:
#109 the Ohio State University
#112 Penn State
and....drum roll, please....
at #195, cracking the TOP 200! the Spartans of Michigan State University.
The next time your Spartan friends start that "both UM and MSMoo are great universities", point them to this link:
Detroit just took a 1-0 lead over Cleveland in a very big mid-September game at Comerica, as JD Martinez continues to assault Cleveland pitching. The 22nd homer of the season for JD (I believe that 7 of them have been vs. the Indians) came with two out in the 4th. Justin Verlander has been pitching well so far, no serious threats by Cleveland so far. Verlander's pitch count after 4 is 65, it would be great to get 7 solid innings out of him before handing it to the bullpen.
Did anyone catch the game last night? Fun game to listen to I drove those 2 1/2 hours home from The Big House! Avila put a charge into one for a 2-run shot with two out in the bottom of the 8th, and Joe Nathan wiggled out of a self-induced jam in the 9th for the save. The win kept Detroit a half-game ahead of the Royals. Just 15 games remaining on the schedule for Detroit, including 3 the final weekend at KC.
As I finish this OP, Verlander in a bit of a jam in the 5th, one out, runners at the corners.
[Edit: Correction on the upcoming schedule (thank you, BlueinLansing!)---the Tigers finish as follows, after today:
This coming week: 3 at Minny, starting tomorrow, then a bye Thursday before heading to KC for 3 next weekend.
The final week: 3 at Comerica vs. the White Sox, then the season-ending (Thursday thru Sunday) 4 games at home vs. the Twins.]
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The Michigan Softball team has released their fall ball schedule for September/October. For you MGoBloggers in Northern Michigan, the weekend of September 27-28 features four games against Western Michigan, Central Michigan, and Oakland U at Traverse City West High School in Traverse City, Michigan. This is a great opportunity to see college softball up close for only a few dollars (supports HS athletics in the Grand Traverse area) and interact with the players, as the setting of the games is quite intimate. It's also a chance to see the five Michigan freshmen for the first time: IF/OF Aidan Falk, IF Taylor Swearingen, IF Amanda Vargas, OF Nikki Wald, and P Tera Blanco. Blanco joins the three returning Michigan pitchers from last year: seniors Haylie Wagner and Sara Driesenga, and sophomore Megan Betsa. The vacant 1B position left open by the departure of Caitlin Blanchard should be a battle between the lanky Swearingen and Falk, who could also slot in out in the outfield.
For those of you closer to Ann Arbor, there will be a three game series against the Kentucky Wildcats on October 4 and 5 at Alumni Field. Kentucky holds a #6 ranking nationally and is coming off a Women's College World Series appearance. Michigan won the lone meeting last year, upsetting Kentucky 3-0 behind a dominant perfomance on the mound from Haylie Wagner. This fall series, which is FREE ADMISSION, is must-see softball. Normally a three game series between #10 and #6 is a Super Regional matchup. This is going to be good, competitive softball.
If anyone has any questions or needs more info, I'm happy to help, and you can also check out the link below. I hope to see some of you either in Traverse City, or out at Alumni Field! Go Blue!