"The University of Illinois is also in turmoil. The university sports an Interim Chancellor, an Interim Athletic Director, and an Interim Football Coach; the game will be played at Soldier Field, making this an Illini Interim Home Game."
Michigan is the greatest school, and it is in the greatest state. Besides our beloved football team there is so much to do during the fall. For the hunters on mgoblog, today was the bow opener for deer. Up north it is absolutely crystal clear, 33 degrees. No deer for me this morning, though the coyotes were nearby and a squirrel nearly sat on my head as I sat in my tree stand. It is also grouse, goose and duck season.
For those who prefer beauty without weapons, salmon season is here, fall colors soon, and apple cider all on our door step.
Rejoice because it is football season and our team is on a powerful ascendency, but rejoice too because fall in Michigan is unmatched anywhere. Share your fall traditions, and Go blue!
Reminder: FREE Michigan softball game tonight (WED) at 6PM against MSU. Also, I made a website previewing next season's team.
The game is at Alumni Field and admission is free.
Link to the website is below. I wanted to post it before the game tonight with enough notice that people could get there on time, so it's a bit rushed, but should work fine and hopefully you'll get the gist (if it doesn't, try Chrome/Chromium). Works better on a desktop monitor.
Haven't had a chance to MGoLawyer this thing yet, but figured I would pass this along for those interested. In essence, it appears to uphold the cost of attendance standard and the decision that the NCAA is not above Sherman antitrust laws, but rejected the lower court's ruling that the NCAA provide $5,000/year in deferred compensation to athletes.
Anybody have a link to a copy of the decision?
As many of you know, my daughter (named MGoKid by some on the board) is a SSgt and Meteorologist for the USAF, stationed at Warner Robbins AFB, near Atlanta. She has responsibilty for the eastern half of the US. She is a huge Michigan Fan and gets to the Big House every couple of years with Pops. Her Commanding Officer (A Georgia Bulldog Grad) knows that I am a Michigan Grad Student and Season Ticket holder so he does not mind her giving me Official USAF Forecasts on game days.
So she is providing hourly forecasts to the USAF on Tropical Depression 11. TD 11 is currently several hundred miles off the coast of Florida but the storm track will turn due North tomorrow.
She tells me that the center of circulation will remain off the coast of Maryland/Delaware and the rain will begin in DC sometime Wednesday and carry through the weekend. The center of circulation will be well past the DC area this weekend but rain will remain.
Her game-time forecast is for very low clouds, IFR conditions with rain. NNE winds at 20 MPH. Temperature 57F and 65% chance of rain lasting the entire game. The area will get a few inches of rain starting Wednesday so the field will likely be sloppy. There will be a high pressure system inland that should keep the heavy weather out to sea. So if you are planning a trip to the DC area, take your rain gear.
She cautioned me that forecasts are less reliable more than 36 hours out. She will update me daily and I will relay any information as I get it from her.
Continuing the positve Maize & Blue momentum on the weekend from the BYU game, Team 39 saw it's first unofficial action of the year in their annual trip to Traverse City. Over the weekend the Maize & Blue took on CMU, WMU, and Oakland (who rode an auto-bid to a tourney spot last year) in a mini-tournament. The teams played a round-robin, followed by a championship game for the top two teams.
As expected, Michigan cruised through their over-matched opponents without any serious difficulty. All 4 games ended in shut-outs for the Wolverines, topping Oakland 12-0 & WMU 10-0 on Saturday. On Sunday, Michigan pounded CMU 9-0 before meeting WMU again in the championship game. An 11-0 run-rule thumping ended the weekend early. This is a tournament that Michigan should win every single year, but even so, doing so in such fashion is encouraging - especially the goose-egg on the scoreboard.
Stats are a little thin on the ground due to the fact that it's exhibition softball & only crazy people like me want stats, but a few stand out. Sierra Romero showed that she still has plenty of pop in her bat with a grand slam & Kelly Christner had multiple hits in several games. A wide variety of players tallied multi-hit games, proviing an early indication that last year's record-breaking offense should be carrying over into 2016.
Finally, the pitching couldn't be beaten - and it wasn't just Megan Betsa. Tera Blanco & Sara Driesenga also got significant playing time & got the job done. While you can't take much away from a walk-through like this weekend, if there is one positive to focus on, it is the pitching. The biggest question mark for 2016 is whether Blacno & Driesenga can fill some of the void left by Haylie Wagner, and this weekend was the first small step towards indicating that they might be able to do so.
Fall ball continues on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Alumni Field. If you're in Ann Arbor, get yourself down there for a free sneak peek at the team! I'd love it if someone could go & let us know a bit about who's playing where, etc.
In other futbol news, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski entered the match against Wolfsburg in the 46th minute, and then what happened between minutes 51-60 is unreal:
55' Goal (hat trick in 4 minutes!)
This leads me to ask--where does this stand in the history of scoring outbursts across all sports?