is there such a thing as an etsy genuis? if so, this is it.
The University of Michigan Softball team climbed into 7th place in the ESPN.com/USA Softball rankings this week. The Wolverines started the season at #11 and won their first 15 games. The are powered by the dominating pitching of pre-season All-American Sr. Jordan Taylor (.68 ERA, 71 Ks and 6BB) and the strong offense led by Sr. 1B Dorian Shaw, another pre-season All-American.
The suprise of the year comes from my pre-season All-American selection 2B So. Ashley Lane. Ashley leds the team in RBIs at 22 and led most of the year in HR, which she is now tied with Dorian at 7.
This is welcome news because the 1-2 punch gives Coach Carol Hutchins an opportunity to keep the pressure on opposing pitchers. Those pitchers cannot pitch around Dorian because they will face Amanda Chidester (.650 slugging percentage and 15 RBIs) and then Lane. Hutch has Dorian batting 3rd, Amanda batting 4th and Ashley batting 5th. This trio accounts for the bulk of the RBIs and half of the Runs Scored.
The Wolverines are in Florida on spring break this week although they will be playing many games this week. I will keep the Blog updated daily.
Good Luck Ladies and GO BLUE.
Thought this little bit of absurdity might give some people a laugh. I object to the logo's ugliness personally.
The secretary general of Iran's National Olympic Committee said Iran sent a letter to International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge. The letter claims the 2012 logo spells out "Zion," a biblical term widely recognized to refer to the city of Jerusalem.
Having upgraded to droid x from blackberry storm a few months ago, the world of apps has really impacted the way I utilize my phone.
Some of the best I have come across so far are: evernote, trapster, fxCamera, pubmed, golfcards gps, chess, and ofcourse following tomVH on twitter.
Was wondering the best others have come across??
I am looking at purchesing Red Wings Playoff tickets for this years up comming run. However, I live out of state and will not be able to make every game. I would be happy to sell them to the community here at face value for the games I cannot make. My seats are going to be in Section 112 row 15 i dont know the seat numbers. This is a section where the wings shoot twice. Games for round 1 are $100 round 2 games are $130 per ticket. I have the option for buy for rounds 3 and 4 but 4,080 bucks is quite a hit on me.
EDIT i will have 2 tickets together
The reason I am posting this I want to make sure someone can use myseats or atleast wants to. Yes i know I could sell them on ticketmaster ticket exchange or stub hub. But id rather my tickets go to a michigan fan.
The company is called the Compass Mangement Group, founded by Ross graduate Dan Sillman.
Brandon Graham and DeSean Jackson are featured in the article, as prime examples of properly managing money. Other clients include Manny Harris and Brandon Minor.
It's a great read, and very relevant, given the impending lockout and general monetary issue that so many pro athletes face. Within 2 years of retirement, 78% (!) of all NFL players are in financial trouble (or worse).
HT: Doc Sat
The University of Michigan Softball team is Red Hot. They mercied Maine 9-0 in 6 innings in a game that was not close from the start. Hutch did some juggling of the line-up today. Hillary Payne (Jr from Canton Mi) was in the circle today. He pitched 6 innings, giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while walking 0, striking out 5 and 1 HBP. She took a perfect game into the 5th inning before giving up a single to LF. Hillary played for Loyola Illinois for 2 years before transfering back home. She is from Canton, Mi. Welcome home Hillary!!!
Maine started a Freshman pitcher, Beth Spoehr, so this allowed Hutch to play some new players as well. Michigan newcomers to see action was Mandy Gardner (Fr from Mission Viejo, California) who replaced Dorian Shaw at 1B, and Taylor Hasselbach (Fr from Clarkston, MI) who started at 3B, Brandi Virgil (Fr from Houston Tx), and Lindsay Doyle (Fr from Channahon Illinois). Welcome to the University of Michigan ladies. We hope you enjoy your stay.
The offense was led by my pre-season All-American Ashley Lane. Hutch moved her to the the #4 slot today, which is a difficult hitting slot. It did not seem to affect her much as she went 3 for 3, with 2 runs scored and 2 RBIs. She also recorded a stolen base and a double.
Dorian Shaw went 2 for 2, with 1 Home Run before getting a break from Fr. Mandy Gardner. Marley Powers went 2 for 2 with 1 run and 2 RBIs. She also had a double and 2 base on balls.
The Wolverines play Tuesday at 2pm against Valparaiso in Clearwater Florida.
It was a great opportunity for Hutch to get some of the Freshemen some reps, including Jr. Hillary Payne. The old addagge, "you can never have too many pitchers" holds true here. We scored early (2 in the top of the first) and often. Hutch is dialing the line-up in very well. I think she already knows what she will take into conference play but she wants to give the Freshmen an opportunity to play. Hutch is under-rated in my opinion.