I feel bad that I haven't kept up with the soccer team this year. Ever since the departure of Soony, Meram, Harmoody, it hasn't been the same.
Today I headed over to the official site to find a game I could make. Then my eyes bled.
That B10 logo is just as big as the block M on the left shoulder.
For the love of God, give me blue. (Coming from a guy who generally loves maize, especially with hockey and basketball - BUT NEVER FOOTBALL).
Soccer uniforms are pretty hard to fuck up. They are the most wearable and stylish of any sports apparel. All you have to do is keep them white and not have the numbers on the back represent a neon light.
My wife is an avid Glee fan and occasionally I catch a scene or two -- anyway, there was an awesome one-liner on the show tonight:
"You ever look at a map? Ohio is like a giant turd that Michigan just can't pinch off."
There was also a reference in a prior episode to Michigan dominating Ohio in recruiting. See link:
Michigan Today has a video and brief article on long-time Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball (1959, 1960MA). Many will remember that Kimball had an illustrious diving career, including winning the NCAA springboard championships (1 and 3 meter) in 1957 and the professional world diving championship in 1963. (Professional diving? Yep.)
Kimball coached diving at Michigan from 1958 (Fritz Crisler hired him!) through 2002 and coached the 1964, 1980, 1984, 1988 and 1992 Olympic diving teams. Kimball was a member of Michigan's 1957-59 NCAA championship swimming and diving teams.
Kimball's son Bruce was an Olympian whose career largely tracked Greg Louganis's - unfortunately Bruce was involved in a horrible automobile accident (Bruce was at fault) that overshadowed an illustrious diving career of his own. Bruce won a silver medal in 1984. [Edit - had it as 1992 in original]
Other notable Olympians under Kimball's direct coaching included gold medalists Bob Webster (1960 and 1964), Micki King (1972), Phil Boggs (1976) and Mark Lenzi (1992). Kimball was a fixture around Ann Arbor throughout his coaching career, and by the looks of the video is still coming in at about a 9.5 out of 10 on the Red Berenson I May Be Seventy-Something Years Old But I Can Still Kick Your Ass, Son Scale (RBIMBS-SYOBICSKYAS Scale - for short).
Kimball was a strong proponent of women's swimming and diving, and volunteered as an assistant coach after his retirement.
A nice salute to a great member of the Michigan family. And the video is terrific, showing he's still a great athlete. [Edit - now with embed!]
U-M started a web page with an interactive map with the changes they're planning for the various facilities on South Campus.
As we relentlessly strive to be the Leaders and Best, we must continue to challenge ourselves to be better. We want our student-athletes to have the best facilities and resources. We want to compete for championships in all 29 sports. Embracing this challenge, we took a look at every facility and every sport and identified the greatest priorities. We have now created a comprehensive plan that will impact all of our student-athletes and elevate Michigan Athletics to a new level of excellence. Our plan is called South Campus.
With the cool map here-
The Walk of Champions intrigues me, making the area more unified and traversable.
WOOOOOOOOOO!!! U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
Saturday in Tokyo the US U-20 WNT beat Germany 1-0 to win the Cup. It was the only goal Germany allowed in the whole tournament (record shutout streak of 610 minutes). Just before the half right back Crystal Dunn had a great run up the right side, beating a defender and sending a cross into the box, and F Kealia Ohai put it home. G Bryane Heaberlin and the team did a great job of keeping the Germans from scoring. (They had scored at least 3 goals in 4 of their 6 games, including a 3-0 win over the US.)
Captain defender Julie Johnston won the Bronze Ball as the tournament's third best player.
Prior to the final, Japan won 3rd place by beating Nigeria 2-1.
Great job by our young women, and how sweet to get payback on Germany in the final!
Other US Soccer games:
Tu 9/11 @ 8PM ET on ESPN2 & 3 - MNT needs to get payback against Jamaica in Columbus.
Su 9/16 @ 3:30 PM ET on NBC - WNT has first friendly againt Australia in Carson, CA.
W 9/19 @ 10 PM ET on EPSN2 & 3 - WNT second friendly against Australia in Commerce City, CO. Pia Sundhage's last game as US coach.
Sundhage talks to USSoccer.com about coaching the WNT in the Olympics:
Very important away match vs Jamaica tonight for the US Mens team. Donovan and Bradley are out with injuries, so some others may have to pick up the slack.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION
GOALKEEPERS (4): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa), Tim Howard (Everton), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS (9): Carlos Bocanegra (Racing Santander), Geoff Cameron (Stoke City), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover), Maurice Edu (Stoke City), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Fabian Johnson (Hoffenheim), Michael Orozco Fiscal (San Luis), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland), Jonathan Spector (Birmingham City)
MIDFIELDERS (7): Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana), Jermaine Jones (Schalke 04), Brek Shea (FC Dallas), Jose Torres (Pachuca), Danny Williams (Hoffenheim), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (4): Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Rapid Vienna), Clint Dempsey (Tottenham Hotspur), Herculez Gomez (Santos)
My ideal lineup for tonight:
But I can almost garuntee that we put two holding mids on to start the game (probably Beckerman) in place of Shea.