a terrible blight on our fine country
It is past 5:00 so everyone who is out of work can start drinking now. For those that are still hung over from last night, have some hair of the dog that bit you. Its also Labor Day weekend and the unofficial last weekend of summer.
Some of the kids have just hand-picked sweet corn from the field - its heirloom, organic, non-GMO, yada yada. Should go well with salmon. Mgowife wants to add salmon-raising capability to our pond on the farm to raise them here. Great idea, but the logistics of permits, digging the pond out and making sure the creek flows into it just so, filters, and keeping the bears out seem to be insurmountable.
So what are you drinking and what are you doing this holiday weekend.
whatever it is, be safe and have fun.
What better way to get over the malaise of realizing how much work is ahead of us in football (although major progress has clearly already been made & the rest is underway!) than a reminder of the payoff that patience can have? Carol Hutchins took over a program in a low place in the softball pantheon and built a perennial powerhouse in Ann Arbor, but it took her years of steady improvement to do it. Now we get our first glimpse of the 2016 edition of her work, although things will look very familiar to those fans who followed the 2015 season.
The team will play 6 fall exhibition games, 4 in a mini tournament in Traverse City against Oakland, WMU, and CMU (round robin + championship/consolation games) and 2 more in a home-and-home with Sparty. Not as exciting of a slate as last fall, when we hosted Kentucky is what was billed as a "fall super-regional", but it'll be a good chance to get a first look at the team. The number 1 question will be who is behind the plate on defense. If we settle in with a catcher early on, especially one with a solid bat, we're gonna have a good time.
I went through the comments section of the Guess the Score, Win Stuff: Utaugh contest. 24-17 was a pretty popular score to predict, and would have won had Rudock simply connected on the long TD pass instead of the pick-six. As it turns out, only two people correctly guessed the 17-24 final score. Those people were 'jblaze' and 'GoBlue96'. An additional three people guessed 17-23, being off by only one point. Those people were 'Trebor', 'Above and Beyond', and 'Ellerbe is Yoda'. No one predicted a 16-24 or 18-24 result because they're not writing the preview for the main page, so these three are runner-ups.
According to the rules, only the two people that picked the correct score win. However, since we have five award-winners this week, I would be in favor of amending the rule and allowing the off-by-one guessers to also win. Others may selfishly disagree, preferring to screw the runner-ups and add the three books to next week; given I've already ordered the book I don't care.
Peas in a Pod - Minnesota assistant AD takes a leave of absence from the univ after five anonymous complaints
First the AD, now his hand picked assistant. Another black eye for Minnesota.
University of Michigan softball RHP Sara Driesenga will return for a fifth year in 2015-16 after earning a medical hardship upon the conclusion of the 2015 season and regaining the year of eligibility. Driesenga, now a graduate student in the School of Social Work, appeared in seven games before losing the remainder of the season to injury.
"Last year's curse is this year's blessing," said Michigan head coach Carol Hutchins. "We are very excited to have Sara back on our staff. She's a great pitcher, and she's going to be great asset to Team 39."
A two-time All-Big Ten first team and NFCA Great Lakes All-Region selection (2012, '13), Driesenga owns a career record of 49-25 with 405 strikeouts, 12 complete-game shutouts and nine saves. As a sophomore, she established a Michigan record with 54 appearances while tossing 26 complete games and eight shutouts and striking out 233 batters in 263.1 innings. She defeated Arizona State with a complete-game shutout in the WCWS.
A senior captain in 2015, Driesenga played in the Wolverines' first two tournaments, earning a 4-0 record with a sterling 0.78 earned-run average through 27 innings pitched.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology with an emphasis on sport psychology and a minor in gender and health in April 2015. She is now pursuing a master's degree in social work.
After a loss in the national championship game last season, M should be primed to make another serious run this year, especially with Driesenga back.
Since there is so much interest in BLL, I thought I would mention JUB will be at Rackham Auditorium tonight at 7pm for a book reading, Q&A and signing. Apparently there will be presigned copies available and he mentioned on WTKA that he will sign personalized copies. It is a free event, so a great opportunity and they will be taking audience questions.
He also has an extensive list of appearances here .
There are signings throughout the country.
You can also listen to the WTKA podcasts from his appearance on the show yesterday here.