this may be of some local interest
The more I post, the more I find myself wanting to use "us" and "we" when talking about the football team. I am not a U of M grad, although I steered my little brother to Michigan over ND and tOSU and he graduated in April.
I have developed a strong aversion to people who have no connection to a school using inclusive terms like this. I don't know if this is a result of constant bombardment from tOSU fans who act like they've toted the ball for the Buckeyes, called plays, etc. or if I'm being self conscious because I'm not a real Michigan Man. Pro sports fans don't bother me because you don't have a realistic chance to be a part of the team or organization at that level.
Is there a name for this disorder? Am I alone?
Could technically be on topic due to Wolverine movements (including the Webb signing) but meh. Movement/discussions began at 10 AM for free agents and I know this is a special time for Lions fans. Personally I'm waiting to see who gambles big on Reggie Bush.
-Hasselbeck released by Seattle
-Eagles release EVERY UFA on roster
-Carson Palmer retires rather than play in Ohio another season
-Roy Williams cut. Best Lions trade evr?
-Lions rumored to be making a push for Cincinnati's CB Johnathan Joseph
- Kentucky running back Derrick Locke has joined the Vikings (Source/WWL)
-Cancer survivor Mark Herzlich joins the Giants
-South Carolina tight end Weslye Saunders to the Steelers
-Jake Delhomme may be cut from the Browns today
Mike Hart picked up a blocker with TCU's Jake Kirkpatrick going to the Colts
-Broncos offering to trade Orton (lulz)
-Eagles sign everyone ever undrafted
-Henne Watch: Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin joins Dolphins
-Lions add Wisconsin-Stevens Point WR Jared Jenkins and Kent State linebacker Corbani Mixon. Lions expected to pick up Purdue WR Keith Smith (HT: Pride of Detroit)
-Nick Barnett likely out at Green Bay
Jordan Taylor led Team USA to a 6-4 victory against Japan in the championship game of the World Cup of Softball at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City Oklahoma. This is the headquarters of ASA softball.
Team USA fed off the strong arm of JT. JT had a no-no going into the 5th inning before the wheels came off. Japan bitch-slapped us for one run in the 5th and one in the 6th. Japan rallied for 2 runs in the 7th but that was all.
JT gave way to Chelsea Thomas in the 5th who gave way to Keilani Ricketts in the 7th who picked up the save. JT pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 1 ER off 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. JT faced 21 batters.
Nice job ladies and thanks to JT, who continues to amaize us.
As many of you know, the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate softball from the Olympics. They say softball give the USA an unfair advantage because we are so good. Here is a petition to reinstate softball to the Olympic games. Please take a moment to sign it.
Finals against Japan and their ace pitcher (Yukiko Ueno) tonight (8:30 EDT on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com), following the US's 10-0 blow-out of Great Britain yesterday. Per previous post, Jordan closed out the Saturday victory against Japan with 4 strikeouts of the only 4 batters she faced. Per NewsOK (The Oklahoman):
Team USA is expected to start University of Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor, but coach Ken Eriksen said “the entire staff will be ready to go."
Jordan brought in at bottom of the 6th as third US pitcher in game over Japan, a must-win game for the US after losing to Canada earlier in the day. US up 8-4, but first reliever in trouble. Jordan strikes out batter to end the inning, then strikes out all three batters she faces in the 7th, the first being a 10-pitch outing. Commentator: "Great battle won by Jordan Taylor."
Couldn't find any stats, and bizarrely difficult even to find the final score. Went to ESPN3.com to replay, expecting just to skim through to the highlights. Pleased to see all the camera time Jordan got behind the fence cheering all the other girls on. Then fast-forwarded to the final inning to watch the glee of victory and surprised to see her out there. Worth replaying from her entrance. Four batters, four Ks.
Next game against Great Britain this afternoon, 5:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, streaming on ESPN3.com. Have no idea who's pitching, but Taylor's making her mark.
As tradition dictates that no GC contender may attack today, barring a crash, case of food poisoning or something else unforeseen, Cadel Evans (who does have a history of bad luck in grand tours) will finally win the Tour after numerous close calls in the past, giving Australia its first TdF win ever.
For the sprinters, though, it's game on. The Champs-Elysées is prime sprinting territory. Mark Cavendish is almost certain to win green, but will he win the stage? Will Gilbert or Hushovd give it a shot?
And of course, there is the ceremony following the stage. If Cavendish is indeed on the podium, will fans grumble that it's undeserved, given his consecutive finishes outside the time limit in the Alps? (IMO, the current rule - a points deduction when 20+% of the riders don't finish in time - is fine, but perhaps it should only apply the first time. If a rider is again outside the limit, maybe he should be disqualified, period.)
Any/all thoughts on the Tour and its dramatic conclusion can go here.