i refuse to even consider this a possibility
Not sure if this has been discussed yet, but saw this article in the Seattle Times regarding a UW infographic advising women how to do their makeup and hair for cheer-team. It's really pissed a lot of people off here, including those in the cheer community who feel it belittles the athletic nature of cheer. More than anything, I just wonder how the hell does this stuff get approved? People in charge are in charge just because...
Some Twitter banter between Cavs owner/Quicken Loans owner/Detroit overlord Dan Gilbert and Pistons owner Tom Gores suggests (not-so-subtly) that the two are teaming up to bring an MLS team to Detroit. Any name suggestions?
I don't know what the current status is at the jail site but there was some scuttlebutt in the past that Gilbert wanted to put a soccer stadium there.
As a side note, the Detroit urban planner responsible for that may be the worst in the history of urban planners. "Hey, everybody, I've got an idea. You know piece of land that connects a growing/popular area of downtown with another growing/popular area in Eastern Market? Let's put a giant, scary looking jail there!"
On April 15, 1989, the deadliest sporting event in British history occurred. A soccer match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest took place on the neutral site at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, England. 96 men, women, and children were trampled to death, and more than 766 were injured, several seriously, during the game.
At the time, British soccer was characterized by loud, drunk fans known for their hooliganism and attempts to start fights with rival teams' fans. To combat this, and prevent fans from mixing during the games, sections of the stadiums were divided by steel fences, and the areas became known as "pens", with only one way in and one way out.
Anticipation for the semi-final match was high, and fans traveled from afar to attend the event. As crowds gradually grew outside the old, decrepit stadium, police, who were understaffed and unprepared, became concerned for the safety of the fans.
Police Superintendent David Duckenfield, assigned in charge for his first match, made the fateful decision to open up only one of 23 gates to the stadium, Gate C, an exit gate, in order to ease the crowding. Fans in the back of the line could only see signs in a dark tunnel ahead which were marked above with the sign "standing" to the stadium, not knowing that those in front of them were being trampled, until it was too late.
Besides the poor decisionmaking, most police literally took very little action after the crush happened, and can be seen standing idly on the pitch, preventing fans and eventually emergency services from attending to the injured. There were no emergency plans that were place. If they had taken immediate action, it was determined that nearly half of the eventual deceased could have been saved.
British officials deflected all responsibility to the victims, covering up the incident, and blaming the event on drunk hooliganism. Blood samples were drawn on all the dead, including the 10 year old. The spouses, significant others, and parents not only had to suffer the loss of their loved ones, but also deal with blame that the victims were responsible for their own demise.
Today, an official inquest reached a verdict, that the incident involved "unlawful killings", which opens to the door to manslaughter charges being filed against Duckenfield.
As a father of two young daughters, I can not imagine the horrific pain Trevor and Jenni Hicks, who also attended the game, must still feel, watching their two daughters being crushed and knowing they could do nothing about it.
I highly recommend watching the 30 for 30 Soccer Stories on Hillsborough co-produced by ESPN and the BBC.
On a side note, on this day, I was knee deep in finals my senior year at Michigan when the event happened, and have no recollection at all of the event.
We've talked summer, we've talked biggest/smallest/etc. we even heard that half of you should be dead based on the "dumbest" things you've done with cars. How about most embarrassing? Did your car break down on the first date? Did you have a "LeCar" and all your friends called you "LeGeorge"?
Did you accidentally buy the F-Series?
No shame here, just funny stories among friends. What's the most embarrassed you've ever been by your ride?
Author's note: This is about soccer. If you find the subject-matter distasteful, please move along. But if you are a SPORTS fan, even if you don't follow soccer, you SHOULD read this.
With the Tottenham Hotspurs (at home) "drawing" (=tying) West Brom Albion 1-1 today, England's Premier League is now on the verge of the MOST AMAZING sports championship just about EVER.
First-place Leicester City Foxes are 7 points clear with only 3 games remaining in the season. At 3 points for a win and 1 for a draw (=tie), the only way Tottenham can catch LC is if LC loses at least one and either loses or draws (=ties) the other two, AND Tottenham wins all three.
In other words -- Leicester needs only ONE WIN in its last 3 games to win the title.
THIS IS JUST ABOUT UNPRECEDENTED. Consider:
- With 9 games to go last year, LC was in last place, facing "relegation" to the next-lower division (confusingly called the Championship) (although that's not as confusing as the next-next-lower tier, the 3d tier in England called--wait for it--the First Division). LC went on to win 7 of their last 9 to stave off relegation, and they just didn't stop winning.
- They were famously 5000-to-1 at the start of this year to win the Premier League. That's the same odds you can get for Christmas being the warmest day in the UK of the year, or Chloe Kardashian being elected president in 2020. (Although...)
- No team outside of five has won the Premier League since its inception just over 20 years ago. IIRC no team outside of a cabal of six teams has gotten close, for that matter. And by "close" I mean top 5.
- The cost to LC to assemble its ENTIRE team (through "transfer fees") is about $50 million -- which is less than the cost of the transfer fees for some INDIVIDUAL PLAYERS on their heavyweight competitors like Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, etc. The entire salary base of LC is a small fraction of the top teams.
- None of LC's top players this year were on any major team's radar -- ever. Their top goal scorer, James Vardy, is 29 and was in much lower divisions until the last couple of years. Their best player (and just voted this year's POTY for the entire League), Mahrez, was plucked out of a 2d-tier French team. Their captain, Morgan (see what I did there), was considered a washed-up never-has-been. Now -- Vardy, Mahrez, and their top defensive midfielder Kante will all command "massive" transfer fees this summer. (Although Vardy's age could be an issue for him.)
- European soccer is not designed to ensure parity -- it's designed to ensure the Haves keep what they have. No draft (it's a free-for-all to sign and develop players.) No mandatory minimum on salaries. No maximum on salaries (although recently you can't spend more than you earn...but when you earn 30X as much as another team....)
There is literally no equivalent in the US pro leagues, for sure. Mandatory salary minimums, the draft, etc. make even unlikely champions not all that totally unlikely -- the moneyball A's, the 'Greatest Show on Turf' Rams, etc.
TUNE IN if you can. Just watch the spectacle of LC possibly winning the most unlikely, unpredictable championship, EVER.
But while they need just one win, LC's 3 games remaining aren't joke-easy games. Next up is an away game at Manchester United, who while not their best ever team, is in 5th place. Then comes a home game against Everton, who again isn't having their best season but they have plenty of ability to score (defending is their problem). Finally they'd be on the road at defending champ Chelsea, who is having a VERY sub-par season. But if LC were to lose the next two and have to win at Chelsea, the pressure will be unbelievable.
Chelsea might still have something to say beforehand, however. Chelea and Tottenham are both London teams, and thus arch rivals. Tottenham plays Chelsea this weekend. So even if Man United beats LC... if Chelsea beats Tottenham, it's OVER. Chelsea players are already quoted as saying they want to stop their rival from winning the title, so this weekend's Chelsea-Spurs game could be a bloodbath. In a good-to-watch sort of way.
Seriously -- if you made a movie about this, nobody would have believed it. Except Cubs fans like myself, possibly.
Sad note to Gunners fans: Frankly, I don't care about Arsenal either way. (I would point out, though, you do have a Frenchman for a manager.) Anyway, it's fun to tease Arsenal fans, and once again, we can point out, a year in which Man United, and Man City, and Chelsea all SUCK... you STILL can't win the title.
For the third time in 3 days, the Michigan Wolverines sent the Maryland Terrapins home early, walking off in the 6th with an 8-0 run-rule victory. It was Sierra Romero day at Alumni Field, and Michigan's star didn't disappoint. She struck early with a trademark ROM-BOMB in the first inning, giving the Michigan a lead they would not relinquish. The entire line-up was active today, as every starter reached base at least once, and only one failed to record a hit.
As much as we all love to see the hits pile up, though, those familiar with Carol Hutchins will know that her favorite thing about today was the big "zero" on the board for Maryland. Megan Betsa continued her mid-season resurgence, going 6 strong, ceding just one hit while striking out 8 Terp batters. All weekend long, the Wolverine pitchers were locked in, allowing just 1 run in 16 innings. The upward trend in the circle more than anything bodes well for a post-season run.
Elsewhere around the Big Ten, Minnesota was effectively dealt a loss today by the skies rather than the Cornhuskers, as their planned match-up with Nebraska had to be cancelled. This means that Michigan & Minnesota could finish the season tied in the loss column, and Michigan would still win the outright Big Ten Championship because of the extra win (unless, of course, we suffer a rain-out as well). It would've been better for us to have Nebraska win, but a little extra breathing room is ok either way.