mesmerism! presidential assassinations! circuses on fire!
This past January, a League of Legends team composed of Michigan students won their regional qualifying tournament to send them to the North American Collegiate Championship playoffs. This placed them as one of 16 teams (4 from the North, South, East, and West regions of North America) competing for a piece of the $300,000+ scholarship pool. Last week, they played their round robin of the remaining teams from the North region, going 4-2 after splitting against Robert Morris University and University of Chicago. This gets them out of the group stage and into the 8-team single elimination bracket. Their first match is a best-of-3 against Robert Morris University, broadcast live on their Twitch stream:
Robert Morris should be favored, since they're the only school that has a scholarship program for a League of Legends team, and they recruit nationwide. That being said, Michigan is one of the few teams to actually beat Robert Morris this year. Should Michigan win their regional final, they play in a live "Final Four" event no later than the end of May.
I'm a long ways away from having enough information to do a proper preview, since Riot Games isn't promoting this event a fraction the amount they promote LCS. Still, it involves Michigan; hopefully MGoBlog LoL fans can follow the event for more than one day.
A friend linked this brief article on Facebook, and I thought it might be a fun offseason hypothetical to kick around for a bit. The gist of the article is, if you could change one single play in the history of sports, what would it be?
For me, there are two close contenders. First, have us make that late field goal against OSU in the year of the tie & subsequent illegal "vote". Bo then gets the best shot he'd ever have at a national crown. Second, I'd say change the ruling on the goal review from the UMD National Championship loss in hockey back in 2011. Shawn Hunwick gets his crown, and the greatest underdog story in sports history has its perfection completion.
What do you guys think?
I just saw an article on CNN where the NCAA says it's not their job to ensure academic integrity of its member institutions. This is in response to the UNC academic scandal.
I actually somewhat agree with the NCAA here. It's the National Collegiate Athletic Association. They deal with athletics. They are not there to govern how each school runs its classes, gives out grades, etc. Ultimately, I think it should be the institution itself that makes sure its professors, administrators, students, etc. are pulling their weight and upholding academic integrity.
Students are members of all kinds of organizations (student government, fraternities, sororities, etc.). No other organization is responsible for making sure that their president of student government or their random pledge of a fraternity is going to class, actually earning his passing grade, etc. I don't really see why the NCAA should be any different.
I know Brian has recently posted about AFC Ann Arbor and I know there are some of you who are local that are pretty interested in this. We are starting a supporters group for the team. We are known as the Main Street Hooligans and I just wanted to let everyone know that we will be having a gathering at Conor O'Neill's on April 18th at 8pm. We are just looking to get some people together so we could all meet each other and go over what our group will be about and just get to know one another before the first game on May 1st. So it will be a low-pressure/high alcohol event and should be a good time. I would love to meet anyone who is interested in singing along with us on gameday. I have had a surprisingly high number of people tell me they were interested in what we are doing so I think this could be pretty big and I'm definitely looking forward to it. We have a limited number of tee shirts and I'll be tallying up the number of people who would want a scarf to submit an order if there's enough interest in that. I hope to see some of you there!
Here is the link:
Alright, let's get this out of the way to save a few heart attacks. No one from any Michigan sports team is quitting, injured, transferring, etc. It's April Fool's Day. STOP IT! I can see you thinking about posting that Jabrill Peppers tore is ACL or had his arm cut off in a band saw. Don't do it. Let's just have a nice day.
The SB Team remained #4 this week dispite losing to a horrible Iowa team at Alumni Field. We are #4 in both polls. Also the first RPI poll of the season was released and we are #4 there too. In some years, the RPI is the best predictor of final seedings and in a couple of years, the RPI was exact match to the final top 8 seeds.
If this year is like others, it looks good for us dispite a few bad loses recently. Remember, the top 8 seeded teams host the Super Regional provided that team win their Regional. The winner of the 8 Super Regionals advance to the World Series in Oklahoma City starting 28MAY.
The RPI Poll: #1 Florida, #2 LSU, #3 Auburn, #4 Michigan and #5 Florida State. For the Big Ten, Minny is #19 , NW is #31 and Nebraska is having a terrible year at #53.
The Coaches Poll: #1 Oregon, #2 LSU, #3 Florida, #4 Michigan, and #5 Alabama
The USA Softball Poll: #1 Oregon, #2 LSU, #3 Florida, #4 Michigan and #5 Oklahoma