in town for free camps
Michigan's Men's Soccer Team released their 2015 schedule and it features nine 2014 NCAA Tournament teams. Last season was disappointing following their strongest recruiting class to date.
Michigan lost several players through transfer attrition (including Ahinga Selamani, a highly touted prospect) and Jacob Duska (to Ohio State). They have two incoming recruits who are solid prospects, Francis Atuahene, a midfielder from New York and Marcello Borges, a defender in the New York Red Bulls system.
Michigan is returning nine starters, including GK Evan Louro, defenders Billy Stevens, Lars Eckenrode and Midfielders/Attackers Will Mellors-Blair, James Murphy, Rylee Woods and Colin McAtee.
This is another ambitious schedule for Michigan soccer. Home matches include West Virginia, Niagara, Detroit, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Rutgers (at 11:30am for homecoming, football ticket holders get in free before football game that day), Duquesne, Valpo, WMU and Michigan State.
Novak Djokovic takes on Stan Wawrinka this morning at 9:00 AM EST for the French Open title. Could have big implications as Novak goes for a Grand Slam.
Should be a good match! Thought I'd post this for any fellow tennis lovers out there. Happy Sunday!
1-1 at the mid-way point. Zardes with the equalizer. Streaming on watchEspn app. Pretty good live stream quality. Work suffering.
Just a really good article from FiveThirtyEight on the virtuosity of Lionel Messi:
Because he is what he is (a self-aggrandizing misanthrope), Dave Brandon got a farewell profile in the Detroit News today. It's one of their top stories. Let's see if he learned anything from his time at Michigan.
(Spoiler: he has not! What an asshole.)
A fitting move, that. What better preparation could there be for running a kiddie emporium than spending five years in the middle of the Ann Arbor circus, a swirl of trustee politicking, fan resentment and a football team that had the audacity to fall short of mythical expectations?
Brandon sounds like a man pleased to be back on the familiar ground of corporate America. There he'll be tackling marketing and operational challenges, building (or repairing) a brand buffeted by changing technology and changing consumer tastes. (All of which, by the way, applied at Michigan, as much as the die-hards refuse to acknowledge it.)
Critics hungry for the old AD to lash back at the university, a majority of its regents or the fans and students who hastened his exit will be disappointed. He's not obliging, in part because his separation agreement with Michigan bars it and in part because Brandon is moving on to a new chapter with the knowledge his tenure is defined by more than Brady Hoke's won-loss record.
What about that didn't go right — the mistakes, the terms of your departure, the criticism by alumni, students and fans, I asked. How will the lessons of your Michigan tenure, many of them searing, inform how you run Toys "R" Us as its next CEO?
"Every job experience I've had, every lesson I've learned — some the easy way, some the hard way — changes you and hopefully makes you better," he replied. "If you don't approach things that way, then you don't improve, and I'm wired to constantly be challenging myself to, 'how can I do things better, what mistakes have I made?'"
"And, most importantly, how do I never make the same mistake twice."
Go away, you jackass. He is legally barred from bashing the Michigan fanbase, so he has a handpicked writer do it for him. What an asshole.
EDIT: And oh by the way, Toys R Us isn't making Brandon available for interviews to anybody. This article was conceived and proposed entirely by Dave Brandon.
Said this post was coming yesterday just put this season and this team into perspective.
Here are the records that were set this season-
Lauren Sweet was also the first Michigan player to ever hit a grand slam in a World Series game when she did so in the WCWS First Round against Alabama.
Earlier today, the team was greeted by fans at Alumni Field as they arrived home.