"Jim's a tough guy and you can see his personality is all over this football team," Fitzgerald said.
In the first game, Stephanie Kirkpatrick and Ashley Lane both hit dingers today to lead the Michigan Softball team to a 3-0 victory in Bloomington, Indiana. Haylie Wagner got the start and the win. She was relieved by Sara in the 6th Inning after she gave up 2 ER. Sara got the save.
Haylie final stats were 2 ER off 7 hits. She gave up 1 BB and 1 HBP. Sara finished with 0 runs on 0 hits 0 BB and 0 Ks.
In the second game, we lost 7-2. Sara got the ball first and went 2 innings. She gave up 3 ER on 4 hits. She gave up 2 BB and 2 Ks. Haylie came on in relief. She pitched 2 innings. She allowed 3 ER off 4 hits. She recorded 1 BB and 1 K. Hilary Payne finished the game. She allowed 1 ER off 1 hit, with 0 BB and 0 Ks.
The offense was led by Taylor Hasselbech. She had a 2 run single in the 5th inning. Colie went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
Somewhat disappointing trip for the ladies. We come back tomorrow for the rubber game. We really need to win as many B1G games as possible to hope to get a home seed for the World Series.
Personally at a Beer Pong Tournament for Relay for Life.
It is a bit early but keeping it chill before rolling all the way into the night.
What is everyone else up to? Getting ready for the FF?
hoping someone from here can take the $640Million home, well prob $400M after tax.
2nd period has started, still 0-0. 4th seed potentially on the line.
Let's Go Red Wings!
Edit: So good to see Howard back in net!
DISCLAIMER: I didn't read all the discussion at the end of the original MGoBlog HoF article, so someone may have already proposed this.
So there was talk awhile back about having an MGoBlog Hall of Fame that was spawned by the little talked about Grit Pantheon. It seemed like there wasn't too much agreement about what should constitute the rules of admission for the MGoBlog Hall of Fame, which is fine. We're a rowdy bunch. I wanted to propose a radical solution: we do it like the Catholics do sainthood (i.e., requiring two "miracles"). Don't worry, I hate Notre Dame, and this is not about them.
Before you start burning your couches and tweeting me with advice to FOLLOW MY HEART, hear me out. Instead of making admission to the HoF weighted heavily statisical element (# of sacks, tackles, yards, two-time All-BIG -- things that are ultimately not awe-inspiring), I'd prefer to hit on the emotional aspect of certain players' contributions, since that is why I watch sports. I don't watch to find out if Denard gets 120 yards rushing or 140 yards rushing. Plus, statistics are often taken out of context, like using a comparison of the passing yards of pro QBs now vs. 1970s. Would you rather have Roger Staubach or Fran Tarkenton as your QB or Matthew Stafford?
To give the criteria for these "miracles" some context: I think that any play/game/act of heart, selflessness, or pure grit that appears to divinely (don't hate me Atheists) inspired counts as a "miracle". Actually, I'd prefer to call this a "grit point", but I'm partial to grit as well as shrimp and grits.
Examples of obvious grit points/miracles: Charles Woodson's one handed interception against MSU, Molk playing the Sugar Bowl with a shredded tendon, Desmond's Catch, Denard's 1st play from scrimage, that play in hockey back in the 90s where our guy lifted the puck up on his stick and wrapped around to the top corner (sorry, I don't know my hockey history well), Hoke's reaction to Hagerup dropping the snap against Ohio, the Kork Coupons MGoMeme, etc.
Other, more debatable acts of grit/miracles: Van Bergen going beast on Indiana after letting in a touchdown in 2009, Denard patting Gholston on the ass after Gholston tried to break his neck, Vincent Smith handguns, Bloody Novak, Kovacs 4th down stop on the option against Northwestern, Dennis Norfleet's bouncing back up and cactching the winning touchdown after slamming face-first full speed onto the concrete at the Florida Max Preps, Taylor Lewan's playing hurt against MSU, Martavious Odom's block against Minnesota in 2008, Gibbons' redemption, All of Notre Dame game 2011.
The players who would've made it on stats will still likely make it because you don't accumulate stats like that without some defining moments. But this way, we don't get caught up on the details. Players like Charles Woodson, Desmond Howard, and Denard Robinson have at least three obvious miracle plays already. Kovacs probably makes it. Players like Van Bergen, who I personally believe should be in the Grit Pantheon may or may not make it based on fan-base perception of their "great works", which is fine. Ultimately, though, I think this refocuses the discussion on the true impact and legacy of a player rather than details taken out of context (which feels like comparing the passing yards of pro-QBs now to ones in the 1970s).
Sorry this article is football heavy. It's just the sport I follow. I think the Grit Panteon/MGoBlog HoF/Mount Schembechler should be graced by athletes of any sport who meet the criteria.
Colie Sappingfield had a walk off grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead the Mochigan Softball team to victory against Bowling Green 12-2. She finished the day 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 5 RBIs. What a wonderful day for Colie. She has been struggling of late that this is just what the Doctor ordered for her. Colie is not known for hitting home runs.
Sara Driesenga played one of her best games today against BGSU. She was in the circle today and received the win. She pitched all 7 innings. She gave up 2 runs (1 ER) on 3 hits. She walked 4 and struck out 4.
Sara was also a leader at the plate. She went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Chiddy also went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Lindsay Doyle went 2 for 2 with an RBI and 2 runs scored.
Overall we ended up with 13 hits on the day. We had 1 error as well. This game is certainly needed for a confidence booster. Bowling Green is not a Top 10 team, but a win is a win.
Great Job ladies. Keep up the good work. Awesome Job today Sara. We knew you could do it and we support you 100%.