Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
There was some chatter on another thread about April Fools pranks, and it seemed like a good idea to open a thread revealing what April Fools pranks people have on tap for today.
Also, please post any memorable April Fools pranks from years past. My daughter set a low bar this a.m. with a pretty unicorn sticker on my coat - I'm thinking the higher bar would be along the lines of an Eastbound and Down twin prank.
So - whatcha got?
Softball had what will probably hold up as its easiest weekend of the season, blowing away PSU to the tune of 6-0, 22-0 (!) (5 inn.), and 12-4 (5 inn.). There's not a whole ton to say about individual performances in a domination of that magnitude, but a couple points jump out. Michigan had two separate hitters go 4-for-4 over the weekend (Romero in game 2, Sappingfield in game 3). Romero is pushing the top in the country in batting average, on-base percentage (#1 in the nation coming into the weekend), and slugging percentage.
Meanwhile, in the circle Haylie Wagner was absolutely dominant. On Friday, she took a perfecto through 6.1 innings, ultimately completing a complete-game one-hitter. She took a no-no into the 5th on Saturday, before stumbling a bit, at which point Driesenga stepped in and shut the door. Wagner has pushed well into the top-ten nationally in ERA.
All in all, it was a pretty simple task this weekend against a wildly over-matched PSU squad. Next weekend Michigan will host a middling OSU team that swept a dreadful Sparty outfit last weekend and dropped the first game of their series with Indiana this weekend.
Elsewhere in the Big Ten, Minnesota is quickly emerging as Michigan's major competition, taking 2-of-3 from Nebraska last weekend and dominating Illinois thus this weekend. Nebraska also took a loss to Northwestern this weekend, putting them 3 games back of Michigan in the loss column.
If your brain is tired from figuring out matchups in tomorrow's game, check this out.
There's no language in the world that sounds funnier to me than Dutch.
While most of us were otherwise occupied, the Men's Gymnastics Team won their second straight Big Ten Championship, generally considered the strongest conference for gymnastics. Sam Mikulak, defending B1G, NCAA and U.S. champion, successfully defended his title by a generous margin, winning 4 out of 6 events outright, scoring above 15 on all events and an almost unheard of score of 16 or over on two (high bar and parallel bars). (The scoring is unlike the traditional limit of a perfect 10, which the women still use. Enough to know that on the elite level a score in the 14.00's is good and above 15.00 is championship material.)
The bad news is that Stacey Ervin, who can actually beat the Mighty Mikulak on floor, tore his biceps on parallel bars, but, as seems to be traditional with these guys,* finished the event without those of us watching even aware of his injury until he was seen with a huge pack of ice around his arm. He obviously couldn't compete in any other events, but, as the Mitch McGary of the mat men, It didn't stop him from jumping around and cheering on his teammates. Adrian de los Angeles, Sam's runner-up in the NCAA all-around last year, was unfortunately injured early this year, and yet the team had the depth to win without their expected high scores.
*Sam Mikulak fractured both ankles in a meet in Puerto Rico after his freshman championship season and didn't know until later. He got taped up and kept going. But that's the reason he's only won three championships.
The individual event championships will be on BTN tomorrow afternoon, in case anyone else wants to multitask.
Day 1 of 3 starts today for the Men's Swimming Championships. Based on the Psych sheets Michigan is a slight underdog to Florida to repeat as National Championships by 25 points (391-376). That does not include diving.
Michigan got a huge boost by placing their 200 Free Relay into the A Final (they were seeded 17th just out of the points). Assuming they have clean starts, at worst they pick up 22 points [I think, I am going from memory on the Relay points] from their seed points. [Florida was seeded 5th and was 4th in prelims. They would pick up 2 points if prelim results hold]
I use this link as a base, it will give you a link to the real-time results and live streaming.