Hi All, it's been a while since UM Solar has been in competition. After a rather disappointing World Solar Challenge, by UM standards, the team has rebounded and is currently sitting in P1 for the Formula Sun Gran Prix. As previously, the Formula Sun GP sets the starting slots for the American Solar Challenge. Basically, this is qualifying.
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It's Friday! Second half of the Tigers season starts today. I'm closing on my first home on Tuesday. Training camp for football is right around the corner and it's going to be a beautiful weekend here in Michigan!
Chris Wormley days until Applachian State!!!!
So this is making the rounds today, and while you'll probably be sick of hearing it by the end of the week, I've got my own reasons for sharing.
So, Kacy Catanzaro completed the American Ninja Warrior finals course. And while the news is all about how she overcame her diminutive stature (with some haters saying the course was "easy" because her body is so light) or GRRL POWER (how "historical" is it when a competition has only been in place since 2009?), what I saw was the most beautiful clinic on body control.
The approach was as intelligent as it was incredible. Not that the course was any easier for the guys -- they all ran the same course and it's designed to make your weight work against you -- but the most amazing sequences were when her lack of length demanded a dramatically different approach probably not expected by the course designers. When she couldn't reach, she built up momentum or coiled up and leaped. When she lacked upper body strength, she generated power from her legs and core. Above all else, she showed an excellent combination of agility and precision. That's gymnastics for you, but this was a lot more fun to watch because by not needing to look pretty or elegant she brought her full ability to bear.
She ain't playing any contact sports weighing in at 100 pounds, but seriously, I'd show this to any asipring athlete, male or female. The lesson here is that when you're trying an amazing feat of athleticism, whether it's jump from pole to pole or catch a pass thrown low and three feet out-of-bounds, the situation restricts your options. What's left, however difficult, is what you have to do, but finding out what that is and how to do it is just as important as having the requisite athleticism.
I can imagine Jeremy Gallon getting a huge kick out of this for some reason. . .
Bleacher Report has a really interesting article about how 2 kids who grew up playing various little league through high school sports together now have contracts worth a combined $291.5M. Apparently, Clayton Kershaw and Matthew Stafford were childhood buddies. Pretty crazy.
Before they were Matthew Stafford, starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions and first overall NFL draft pick, and Clayton Kershaw, two-time Cy Young Award winner and ace of the Los Angeles Dodgers, they were two little boys playing soccer as their moms and dads cheered and their friends played alongside.
They played on the same youth soccer, baseball, football and basketball teams together. They played freshmen football and two years of varsity baseball together and both graduated from Highland Park High School in 2006 after dominant final seasons.
Kershaw compiled a 13-0 record with an ERA of 0.77. In a five-inning mercy-rule game, he struck out all 15 batters.
Stafford led the Highland Park football team to a 15-0 record and a state championship (59-0) by throwing for 4,013 yards and 38 touchdowns.
The news article is here :
According to the Ann Arbor News, UM is seeking approval for a new $12 million golf club house.
I think it is needed and fits in with the whole upgrade of the south university athletic campus paid for by the big donors. The club house is very dated and could be used better to host university functions.
btw the progress on the field hockey complex is rapid and it looks very impressive.
If the mods want to take this down, feel free. My friend sent me this article from the LSA Magazine featuring Michigan School of LSA Alums in Detroit either opening new businesses or working with or starting charities. It is really cool feature on Michigan Alums with creative ideas attempting to build and grow with Detroit. Here is the article:
Of note and for disclosure purposes, it is also a bit of a shameless plug as I have had friends work with Summer in the City and am friends with the guys who started the business Red House Imports. Both are great organizations. Regardless, all the alums in the article appear to be doing great things in the city.
SLIGHT MOD EDIT - fixed the link. LSA