Today, as I drove up I-75 with my car decked out in my M gear, I kept a close eye on that pesky roving M-Hater called the ohio State Trooper. I was anxious to get home to collect more data on the game. It was reported in the second half that the NCG attendance was 74,000+: an all time record. I could not help but wonder if there was a direct correlation to Michigan being in the NCG.
The crowd was probably 40/60 Maize to Red. I commented to a Cards fan that I was surprised that more Card fans did not attend the game since L'Ville was so close (compared to AA). He responded, "This is all of us. UL has a little over 20,000 Students and the Alumni dont care about the school after they leave. It is not like UM at all."
I was very interested in the TV ratings. I have posted previosly that M Football has the highest TV ratings of any team during bowl games. I wondered if the M Magic carried over into basketball as well. Nielson reported today that the TV ratings were the highest since 2005.
The 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship has delivered the best overall tournament-to-date ratings since 2005. The overall tournament average-to-date rating/share is a 6.4/13, up 8% fromlast year’s 5.9/12. The 6.4/13 is the highest average rating for the NCAA Tournament through the Final Four in eight years (6.6/14; 2005).
I guess the M Magic is omnipresence. We certainly love our teams.
There is a nice piece in the Detroit News about freshman shortstop Sierra Romero. Good feelings all around, with Romero coming off as likeable and Hutch having nothing but great praise, including this bit I hope can apply to Burke and Co in Atlanta tonight:
She's just flourishing here. She's really confident. She's had some bad games -- I think she had four or five errors in a game -- but it doesn't faze her because she knows she's good. She comes from a quality family. She's respectful, humble. She has the greatest combination of swag, confidence, but I wouldn't call it cocky. She's just a real confident kid.
In addition, the piece compiles some of her very impressive statistics from her freshman year. M Softball will be lucky to have her for her college career, which is already pretty remarkable half a season in. Also, in other feel-good type things, the first comment on the piece is from her mother, via Facebook.
As I sit on the campus of the University of Kentucky, I am looking at the UK Softball fields. I watched the M SB game vs ohio via live stream. I am on my way to Atlanta so I decided to stop at UK and UT to check out the sights.
The #12 M SB Team continues to dominate the Big Ten. Today we scored 8 runs in the first inning en route to a 17-5 mercy-rule win against ohio. This makes it a sweep and second consecutive mercy-rule win. Ohio Pitcher Alex DiDomenico could not get an out in the first inning and was replaced. The M hitting came fast a furious today as we could do no wrong.
We were led by several players including Freshman Sierra Romero. This young lady is on fire. She went 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Ashley Lane went 1 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Caitlin Blanchard went 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored. Kelsey Susella went 2 for 2, Jaclyn Crummey went 3 for 3, and Sierra Lawrence went 2 for 2.
Haylie was the starting and winning pitcher today. She gave up 2 runs (0 ER) off 2 hits. She struck out 2 and walked 0 in 3 innings of work. She was relieved by Alice Fitzpatrick who pitched 2 innings and gave up 3 runs (2 ER) on 3 hits. She walked 1 and struck out 1.
Overall a great performance for our girls. Coach Hutch was able to get in several reserve players. Romero is playing lights out. If she keeps up this pace, she will win the Freshman of the Year.
An open thread if anyone is watching the Tigers while waiting for Monday night. Leyland has a sunday lineup out there and Justin is still settling in after a delayed start to spring training pitching.
Tigers down 0-3.
Men's Gymnastics defeated #1 Penn State (among others) to win their 16th Big Ten Championship, with junior Sam Mikulak and sophomore Adrian de los Angeles going 1 and 2 in the all-around competition. This is Sam's second all-around win, having won in his freshman year in both the Big Ten and the NCAA. He'd been battling injuries (again), and last night was his first all-around competition this year. He also broke an NCAA record score in parallel bars, a record set earlier this season (twice) by teammate Syque Caesar. But, as usual, the victory was a team effort. Based on last night's performances, eight members of the team qualified for 18 spots in tonight's individual event finals. Not that there's anything else going on...
The #12 SB Team and the BB Team both won today. SB hosted Ohio and won 5-1. BB traveled to EL and defeated MSU 6-3.
Sierra Romero was the offensive hero today by going 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs and a run scored. Caitlin Blanchard went 1 for 3 with an RBI. Ashley Lane went 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Haylie Wagner was the starting and winning pitcher. She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits. She had 4 Ks and 1 BB.
Sierra continues to impress the Softball World as she is leading the Big Ten Freshmen in batting Average with a .402 after today's game. She is certainly on pace to win the Freshman of the Year award in the B1G.