"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Per Greg Smith's revelation that Goldman calls certain clients 'muppets', our endearing tradition now has a new cultural reference. Discuss. Also, "rip their faces off" is not entirely Goldman's creation either.
Note: For those not interested in financial services world happenings, feel free to pass by to the next topic.
The Michigan Softball Team dropped from #14 to #19 in the USA Today/USA Coaches Poll that was released today. We are tied for 19 in the ESPN poll as well.
I feared we would have a sizable drop after going 1-2 in the Louisville Tournament. It doesn't get any easier this weekend as we head out to Cali for the Judi Garmen Classic. We will play Notre Dame and #7 Oklahoma on Thursday. On Friday we play #5 and defending NC Arizona State. On Saturday we play Virginia and #24 De Paul.
The following weekend starts the Big Ten Conference play. I hope the girls can get it together and take some extra BP this week with the warm weather. We are going to need it.
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Looking at the U23 roster for the Olympic qualifying tournament, I can't help but be extremely excited about the future of US Soccer.
Im most excited by midfielder Mix Diskerud, defender Josh Gatt, and forwards Joe Gyau, Teal Bunbury, and Juan Agudelo. Though I am a bit puzzled that Gatt is listed as a defender, as he seems destined to be a right winger to me. Perhaps the coaches see him in the mold of Dani Alves or Kieren Gibbs: a right back who can be a serious offensive threat.
Full 19-man roster
Bill Hamid (D.C. United; Annandale, Va.), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire; Lilburn, Ga.)
DEFENDERS (6): Josh Gatt (Molde; Plymouth, Mich.), Perry Kitchen (D.C. United; Indianapolis, Ind.), Ike Opara (San Jose Earthquakes; Durham, N.C.), Kofi Sarkodie (Houston Dynamo; Huber Heights, Ohio), Zarek Valentin (Montreal Impact; Lancaster, Pa.), Jorge Villafaña (Chivas USA; Anaheim, Calif.)
MIDFIELDERS (6): Freddy Adu (Philadelphia Union; Potomac, Md.), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana; Chula Vista, Calif.), Mix Diskerud (Gent; Oslo, Norway), Jared Jeffrey (Mainz; Richardson, Texas), Amobi Okugo (Philadelphia Union; Sacramento, Calif.), Michael Stephens (LA Galaxy; Naperville, Ill.)
FORWARDS (5): Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls; Barnegat, N.J.), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund; Berlin, Germany), Teal Bunbury (Sporting Kansas City; Prior Lake, Minn.), Joe Gyau (Hoffenheim; Silver Spring, Md.), Brek Shea (FC Dallas; Bryan, Texas)
The Michigan Softball team continued to struggle with the bats today against Illinois State. We lost 5-1. We only had 2 hits; one home run by Ashley. The other was from Colie.
Sara was in the circle and took the loss. She struggled a little by giving up 2 walks, an IF single then a throwing error. All this led to a 5-run 5th inning for Illinois State. Haylie came on in relief and did a good job.
Overall, we need to get the bats swinging. I know this sounds easy but Coach is pulling her hair out right now. This is the most frustrating part of being a coach. We are NOT facing dominate pitching so we should be T-ing off, right? Well it just doesnt work that way. Im sure the girls are just as frustarted as Coach is. This is something that they have to work through.
Ladies, we are behind you 100%. Dont give up and continue to take extra BP. Stay focused and believe in yourselves. You are all great ball players and you will pull through this. Trust in yourselves and trust your coaches. Dont lose the mental part of the game.
On Friday the U-20 USWNT beat Mexico 4-0 in the semis of the CONCACAF tournament and thus qualify for the U-20 Women's World Cup in Japan starting August 19.
The upper right of the Mexican goal got abused on all 4 goals, one from close range, the remaining ones from outside the box.
On the first goal Katie Stengel made a nice run into the box, eluded a defender near the end line and crossed. G Cecilia Santiago deflected it, and it dropped for Julie Johnston at the far post, and she roofed it (12').
Second goal was a lovely free kick from Morgan Brian from 27 yds in front of goal (36'). Soon after Lindsey Horan hit the same spot (38'). Kealia Ohai finished the scoring (81').
Canada has also qualified, and the US will face them for the championship on Sunday @ 8 PM EDT on concacaf.com. Mexico plays Panama for the 3rd qualifying spot.
Highlights video link (first half highlights in Spanish, second half in English)