"It's a lot easier being a drug dealer than an AAU coach" - this guy. Tell me something I don't know. I mean, don't think but have never tried either.
In news relating to everyone's favorite non-revenue sport (well, my favorite anyhow), the outlines of the 2015 schedule have been released. I say outlines because the tournaments we'll be playing in have been announced, but not the specific opponents/dates/times yet in terms of most of the non-conference slate. As usual, though, Michigan will be taking some challenging road trips including visits to FSU, Alabama, ASU, the Judi Garman Classic, and the lidlfter at USF.
Getting those challenging experiences in during the non-conference schedule will be, if anything, even more crucial than usual, as the Big Ten slate Michigan has been dealt is just dreadful. Michigan will only face one of the four possible opponents who made the NCAA tournament last year (the defending B10 Tournament champions, Minnesota, on the road) and only one other team that even cracked the top half of last year's B10, Ohio State, who turned in an uninspiring 30-25 (13-10) record last year.
After that, things get really ugly, as Michigan faces three sub-.500 teams from last year's B10 in Iowa, Indiana, and PSU. Michigan also draws both newcomers, making road trips to Maryland and Rutgers. Maryland turned in a horrendous 11-35 (7-16, 9th in the ACC) campaign littered with embarassing losses. Rutgers fared better, going 34-17 in the AAC, but their record was stained by a number of bad losses as well, and they missed the NCAA tournament.
All in all, things set up very well for a battle-tested Michigan team to make a run at yet another Big Ten title, on the strength of Romero's bat & three experienced pitchers. There's a lot to replace on offense, but a ton of talent as always!
His thesis is that it was because the Tigers didn't trust Fister because he couldn't break 90MPH with his fastball.
Anyone hanging out at the Woodward Dream Cruise today?
Yes, many people who live along Woodward consider it to be the bane of their existence. And I'm not really a car guy. But I've come to appreciate how incredible it is that 1.5 million people congregate along Woodward Avenue on the third Saturday of every August to watch 40-50K classic cars cruise up and down the road. It really is an amazing sight to see.
My parents are of the generation who used to cruise Woodward...so I've been regaled with tales of the Totem Pole and other former Woodward Avenue landmarks.
We bought our first house in Birmingham in 1995 (the year of the first Cruise) and were just eight houses or so west of Woodward. We are now in our third house but are still only a 1/2 mile west of Woodward. So, whether we've liked it or not, we've been in the cruise pretty much every year. For a few of these years, we've even been some of the annoying people tooling around in golf carts.
Any classic car owners or lovers here? Do you love or hate the Cruise? Any interesting stories from past cruises?
Look for me in Birmingham. I'll be the guy in the Michigan shirt...in anticipation of being up in Ann Arbor for the UTL scrimmage.
A big heads-up to the MGoBoard on this, as in just about 10 minutes or so, the Jags take the field vs. Da Bears in NFL pre-season football. While I have no idea how much we'll see Denard Robinson and Chad Henne tonight in this exhibition tilt, it should be fun to watch those shoelaces flopping down the turf as Denard shows his stuff.
Last I checked, too, Chad has the nod at present as starting QB for Jacksonville ahead of the rookie Blake Bortles. I'd love to see both Denard and Chad have big games tonight to solidify their respective positions on a Jag team that really isn't picked to be anything better than mediocre this coming season.
A metaphor for the state of the football program? Wolverines to not be designated as threatened species...must adapt and thrive on their own accord.
Those Who Stay (Alive in the Wilderness) Will be Champions.