a terrible blight on our fine country
As many of you know, my daughter (named MGoKid by some on the board) is a SSgt and Meteorologist for the USAF, stationed at Warner Robbins AFB, near Atlanta. She has responsibilty for the eastern half of the US. She is a huge Michigan Fan and gets to the Big House every couple of years with Pops. Her Commanding Officer (A Georgia Bulldog Grad) knows that I am a Michigan Grad Student and Season Ticket holder so he does not mind her giving me Official USAF Forecasts on game days.
So she is providing hourly forecasts to the USAF on Tropical Depression 11. TD 11 is currently several hundred miles off the coast of Florida but the storm track will turn due North tomorrow.
She tells me that the center of circulation will remain off the coast of Maryland/Delaware and the rain will begin in DC sometime Wednesday and carry through the weekend. The center of circulation will be well past the DC area this weekend but rain will remain.
Her game-time forecast is for very low clouds, IFR conditions with rain. NNE winds at 20 MPH. Temperature 57F and 65% chance of rain lasting the entire game. The area will get a few inches of rain starting Wednesday so the field will likely be sloppy. There will be a high pressure system inland that should keep the heavy weather out to sea. So if you are planning a trip to the DC area, take your rain gear.
She cautioned me that forecasts are less reliable more than 36 hours out. She will update me daily and I will relay any information as I get it from her.
Continuing the positve Maize & Blue momentum on the weekend from the BYU game, Team 39 saw it's first unofficial action of the year in their annual trip to Traverse City. Over the weekend the Maize & Blue took on CMU, WMU, and Oakland (who rode an auto-bid to a tourney spot last year) in a mini-tournament. The teams played a round-robin, followed by a championship game for the top two teams.
As expected, Michigan cruised through their over-matched opponents without any serious difficulty. All 4 games ended in shut-outs for the Wolverines, topping Oakland 12-0 & WMU 10-0 on Saturday. On Sunday, Michigan pounded CMU 9-0 before meeting WMU again in the championship game. An 11-0 run-rule thumping ended the weekend early. This is a tournament that Michigan should win every single year, but even so, doing so in such fashion is encouraging - especially the goose-egg on the scoreboard.
Stats are a little thin on the ground due to the fact that it's exhibition softball & only crazy people like me want stats, but a few stand out. Sierra Romero showed that she still has plenty of pop in her bat with a grand slam & Kelly Christner had multiple hits in several games. A wide variety of players tallied multi-hit games, proviing an early indication that last year's record-breaking offense should be carrying over into 2016.
Finally, the pitching couldn't be beaten - and it wasn't just Megan Betsa. Tera Blanco & Sara Driesenga also got significant playing time & got the job done. While you can't take much away from a walk-through like this weekend, if there is one positive to focus on, it is the pitching. The biggest question mark for 2016 is whether Blacno & Driesenga can fill some of the void left by Haylie Wagner, and this weekend was the first small step towards indicating that they might be able to do so.
Fall ball continues on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Alumni Field. If you're in Ann Arbor, get yourself down there for a free sneak peek at the team! I'd love it if someone could go & let us know a bit about who's playing where, etc.
In other futbol news, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski entered the match against Wolfsburg in the 46th minute, and then what happened between minutes 51-60 is unreal:
55' Goal (hat trick in 4 minutes!)
This leads me to ask--where does this stand in the history of scoring outbursts across all sports?
Edit: Probably should have mentioned initially, but this is not my kid. Found the pic on reddit and thought everybody would get a kick out of it.
A confession: I was motivated to go through the scores after the Utah game because I hoped my 17-21 guess was close enough to win. After the frontpage shout-out, I figured I might as well continue through any remaining contests. I couldn't do last week's ntOSU contest because comments were frozen after the game. I speculate that was to prevent posters from guessing the correct score after the game had already played out. Don't worry Seth; I filter by time too.
Most everyone guessed UNLV would fail to break 10 points on our defense, but very few thought Michigan's offense would not break 40 points, much less 30. Fortunately for me, this week the winner both guessed the answer dead-on and announced after the game that they won. Congrats to 'Gabranto'; your tempered expectations of Michigan's offense has earned you some extra reading material.
I got home a little bit ago, grabbed three Octoberfests, and poured them in my giant stein. Fuck it! I'm staring early. I also threw Denard '14 in the 360 and continued my dynasty. Let's go.
EDIT: I originally posted this as a diary. I'm sorry. Thank you, acnumber1.