Peppers at 10, which seems low.
Game #2 for the USMNT in Group A.
Time: 8pm ET
Where: Soldier Field
TV: FS1, Univision (Streaming Fox Sports Go & Univision Deportes en vivo)
USMNT Lineup (no changes from Colombia match)
Guzan, Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Zardes, Dempsey, Wood
I think we're headed for another RIP thread. But "official" reports indicate that Kimbo Slice was taken to a hospital and "it doesn't look good".
Link when I get it in a minute.
EDIT #2: Apparently he's gone. Allegedly his cousin confirmed that he had a heart attack and could not be revived.
As we say goodbye to our beloved softball seniors, including Super Sierra, it might help to know that one of our previous all-time champs is still going at it. After missing last year's Worlds because of two separate injuries, Sam made it clear that he's back in shape in time for the Olympics he was always aiming for. (He surprised himself by making the team in 2012, and then surprised everyone else by how well he did.) The two-day competition also determined the 18-man national team. They'll move on to compete in the Olympic trials in a couple weeks to determine the 5-man Olympic team.
Speaking of teams and the future, three members of the current M team (freshmen Emyre Cole and NCAA vault champion Anthony McCallum, Jr., and sophomore Dmitri Belanovksi, all of whom were members of Junior US teams) were invited to compete with the seniors, along with alum Adrian de los Angeles (who was runner-up in the NCAA All-Around in his sophomore year to teammate Sam). Naturally the TV coverage was of the current national team, but Youtube videos of each event show the promise of the youngsters. Sophomore Dmitri has more consistency, but both Emyre and Anthony are so exciting to watch-- Emyre with his fluid lines and Anthony with his explosiveness-- that one can see the future when they're able to balance the excitement with more control and strength.
I'll post now and then try to embed Sam's impossibly difficult high-bar routine (from day 1, so the crowd is sparse), which shows what that combination of high-flying excitement and staying off the ground can look like. He'd tell you it's not perfect, but not perfect for Sam is obviously pretty damn good.
In the wake of today's heartbreaker against FSU, I'd like if I may to extend a few "thank you"s here at the end of the 2016 softball season.
First, a massive thank you to all of the players, and especially the seniors. They've given us so much to cheer, shout, and laugh about over the last few years, and did so during a time when not a lot else in the Athletic Department was doing so. We just watched the final performance of Sierra Romero, the best there ever was, but there's a whole team around her as well that has been absolutely outstanding. The magnitude of the disappointment today is 100% a factor of how much they've made us expect of them.
Second, a huge thank you from me personally to MGoBlog. Brian, for giving me the space to publish my pieces about the team here, and Seth & Bryan Fuller for helping me out a lot with my post-season articles. As I've mentioned before, when I was a kid it was always my dream to works in sports media (I wanted to be an announcer, and drove my parents nuts by commentating on my EA Sports video games). My career has gone a different way, but it's been a privilege to get to play around a little with that dream from years ago.
Finally, thank you to all of you nuts who have packed the game threads from day 1 all the way up through the last out in OKC. It's great to have a community here that share my off-beat passion for college softball. We'll all be coming together again pretty soon come February.
Go Blue, and Hail to the Victors.