For those of you not closely following, NOTY 2010 is into part two of the first round voting, which includes Leviticus Payne. Lets make him succeed where Iris failed! If you don't have it bookmarked, vote here.
Any other F1 fans out there? Thoughts on today's Grand Prix of Malaysia?
- What a start by Renault, especially Heidfeld. Really impressive after last race. As the announcers say every race, Kubica must feel so frustrated to not be in that car.
- Also what a start by Schumacher, ran much better than teammate Rosberg, who out-qualified him. I'm a Schumacher fan so that was nice to see.
- Even without Varsha, I love this announcing crew. Hobbs is my favorite. Matchett gets on my nerves on occassion with what I perceive as a McLaren bias, but his technical insight is invaluable. Will Buxton has filled in for Peter Windsor wonderfully; lots of energy, knowledge, and always well-spoken. Nothing lost in that transition at all. Hope that Peter landed back on his feet after the USGP disaster last year.
- The DRS really does seem to aid in overtaking. Gimmicky or not, at least it works, unlike other attempts by the rules officials at this in past years.
- Extremely impressive effort by HRT to get within about 6% of the top teams in lap-time performance after the off-season and first race they had. I still doubt they'll live to see the 2012 season, but I'm still happy for them in the meantime.
- Will Red Bull ever get their KERS system working? Will they ever need to, really?
- I'm a little disappointed there wasn't any rain during the race (or qualifying). That always makes things more interesting. Seems like there's always rain in Malaysia.
- Any thoughts on what this 'special announcement' about the Austin GP track on Tues evening might be about? Will be televised on Speed at 8pm.
Final classification: 1. S Vettel 2. J Button 3. N Heidfeld(!) 4. M Weber 5. F Massa 6. F Alonso 7. L Hamilton 8. K Kobayashi 9. M Schumacher 10. P DiResta
For those that don't closely follow F1, the next race (along with qualifying and practice) will be televised on Speed TV next weekend. Check your local listings! It's a great sport, and Speed TV does a great job of supporting it.
The #4 Michigan Softball team mercied Purdue for a second straight game today by a score of 10-0. This is the third back to back mercy rule win for the Woverines thus far this year.
Michigan was led my the strong arm of Stephanie Speierman who pitched 4.1 innings. Stephanie walked the bases loaded in the fourth with one out and JT came in and struck out the final two batters of the innings. Purdue only managed 2 hits today.
My pick for All-American Ashley Lane was the offensive hero today. She went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and a run scored. Ashley now leads the team in HRs and RBIs. Not to shabby hitting from the number 5 slot.
Colie Sappingfield also contributed by going 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Dorian Shaw's bat came alive today by going 2 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
These were both impressive wins considering the first three games at home were duds. I guess we are a warm weather team.
Final round is about to start with CBS coverage starting at 2. Post any and all thoughts/opinions/golf is not a sport diatribes here.
Rory McIlroy is the leader at -12, with Angel Cabrera, K.J. Choi, Jason Day and Charl Schwartzel all at -8. Tiger's back at -5 after a 3rd round 74, showing again that Tiger Woods 2.0 is still in the testing phases.
Looks like McIlroy's tournament to lose although it only takes a couple shots at AN to fall far in a hurry.
While watching the women's softball team today I started reading about Carol Hutchins and realized that not only was she from Lansing, but she used to play softball and basketball for Michigan State. I started wondering how she feels now and how she stuck around so many years... how did MSU not lure such a wonderful coach back to her original turf? Well, I found an article from The Michigan Daily that answered my questions and made me lover Carol Hutchins even more than I already did. I hope you enjoy as much as I did.
MAKING THE TRADITION YOUR OWN
Carol Hutchins used to be a Spartan. And every year, someone makes sure she doesn’t forget that.
“To this day, the week of the Michigan State game, people ask me who I’m rooting for. And I’m just appalled,” she says, sitting in an office with a giant, stuffed wolverine on top of the bookshelf. “I always tell them, I always root for Michigan State to come in second.
“But I’m just appalled people ask that question. To me, it’s a stupid question.”
She gestures to her navy blue warm-ups.
“Clearly. I’m blue. What part of me looks green?”
It’s a dumb question because it would be like asking if Bo Schembechler had still cheered for Miami (Ohio) over Michigan. Hutchins, a two-sport Michigan State student-athlete, has invested 26 years building a program from the ground up in Ann Arbor. It doesn’t matter if you come here from the outside, she says. The real issue is whether you take ownership of the tradition.
And she uses a example from East Lansing to prove that point.
“Years ago, Nick Saban was the football coach up there,” she says, referring to the nomadic coach who, in the past 10 years, has coached at Michigan State, Louisiana State, the NFL’s Miami Dolphins and Alabama. “And I used to say to my former colleagues and friends, that’s the difference between a Michigan Man. Because Lloyd Carr would never bolt to go to some other university, because he’s at the greatest university on the planet.
“The people who are at Michigan believe that Michigan’s the place to be, and embrace that and live it.”
Ron Kramer says that the Wolverine tradition is different than other schools, simply because it has been canonized more than any other. And Hutchins does her part to make sure her Michigan Women realize they are stepping stones in that Michigan legacy.
She talks to her freshmen at the beginning of each year about the honor of wearing the block ‘M’. She requires new team members to write a research paper about the Michigan softball players who wore their jersey number before them.
And if her athletes won’t cherish the importance of the tradition, Hutchins eventually gives them an ultimatum. You don’t just get to wear the block ‘M.’ You’re not entitled to it just because you worked hard in high school.
For those reasons — even with the 2005 National Championship on her coaching résumé — her favorite story from her time in Ann Arbor isn’t during a game.
It was after Stephanie Bercaw hit a two-run, game-winning homer to push Michigan into that year’s Women’s College World Series finals.
“Everybody thinks all these athletes are on full rides, but this kid was on like, not very much, and out-of-state tuition is enormous,” Hutchins says of the Wooster, Ohio native. “But … she came here and hit a home run that put us into the national finals. And on the podium at this press conference, they asked her, ‘Is this the greatest moment of your life?’
“And she said, ‘No. The day I got to sign a scholarship to go to Michigan was the greatest day of my life.’ ”
And congrats to UM pounding Purdue today!