this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Big congrats to the Wolverine cheer squad. They've now won back-to-back NCA Championships! Another banner!
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The University of Michigan cheer team captured its second consecutive national title at the 2014 National Cheerleaders Association Collegiate Cheer Championship on Friday (April 11) at the Ocean Center.
The Wolverines claimed the crown in the Coed Intermediate I division, besting eight other teams that advanced to the final round following a preliminary round on Thursday (April 11)
"There aren't any words that can describe what it does for our student-athletes," said head coach Pam St. John. "For them to compete for Michigan on a national stage, and to be a champion for Michigan, it is huge. They give a lot to supporting the other teams, and this is their priceless moment for them to compete and to win.
Michigan sat in fourth after Thursday's preliminary round. The coaching staff faced a decision, knowing U-M's routine carried a high degree of difficulty.
"We knew we made some mistakes on Thursday, but we asked ourselves, 'How can we give our kids the best opportunity to win?'" said St. John. "We knew the things that got us deductions yesterday, could get us deductions today. But we decided to go for it, and not dumb it down -- we trusted the training and trusted the kids, and we did it."
Michigan now has three top-two finishes in the past three years, after winning the title in 2013 and finishing runner-up in 2012.
At the State game I was mostly surrounded by Spartans. A few of them were very annoying, but the fans that bugged me the most in the immediate area were a couple with Maize 'n Blue gear. Why? As far as I could see, they had a poor grasp of stadium etiquette, at least as I understand it. I'm accustomed to standing up often for big plays as the "standing" wave cascades upward from the field. No big deal ... I usually enjoy the process and it seems healthier than sitting for the whole game. But, outside the student section I rarely see people standing continuously. That's what these two fans, who were apparently boyfriend and girlfriend, were doing.
When it became clear that this was going to be their baseline posture, I decided to engage them in conversation. (They turned my seat into an obstructed-view location. It was that simple.) I had to reach over a row to do so and the woman was closest, so I started with her. When I asked whether she wouldn't mind sitting for "less important plays" she gave me a really nonlinear answer along the lines of "GO BLUE DEFENSE AHHHHHHH!!!" Ever accidentally step on a cat's tail? Remember the sound the cat made? Multiply that by six or seven and you'll have some idea of how the chick sounded. It hurt my ears.
It was my brother-in-law's turn, so he tried poking the guy, who went ape$hit. In spectacularly nonlinear fashion, he started screaming to everyone in the area about how Michigan hadn't beaten State in many hundreds of days and how we needed to STAND UP and support the team. The doofus was the self-appointed spirit bunny of Section 21. Even the meathead Spartans behind me were stunned at the outburst.
Anyway, I'll spare the readers the rest of the details. They settled down a bit and, shortly after the dude screamed himself hoarse in the third quarter, they left (!). So much for the cheerleader role ...
Were they justified in standing up in a sea of sitting people? Spirit aside, I just wanted to see the game. I honestly didn't understand why they couldn't sit like everyone else (since their own view would not have been obstructed). What do MgoBloggers think of this?
You may recall that members of the now-defunct Quinnipiac volleyball team sued the school for dismantling the team to form a cheerleading squad. If you're like me, you meant to wait anxiously for the ruling but instead forgot about it altogether. Still, despite my apathetic forgetfulness, a federal judge has ruled on the case:
It's official: cheerleading is not a sport.
That's the word from a federal judge, who ruled Wednesday that Quinnipiac University failed to provide equal opportunities for its female athletes when it tried to cut women's volleyball and offer competitive cheerleading instead.
It seems members of the Quinnipiac volleyball team have sued the school for cutting the volleyball team in order to fund a cheerleading squad. They're asserting that cheerleading doesn't fit the definition of a sport under Title IX.
I'm going to be putting together a diary in the coming weeks in which MGoBlog readers will get to pick their favorite M team uniforms (varsity & club varsity).
I need a little help from those involved in the athletic program, or who follow the down-ticket sports.
If you'd like to be of assistance, I could use help with the following
1. Photo shout-out. If you got any good exemplary images of any team, send to misopogon at att dot net.
2. Thoughts on throwbacks: I want to include some of the more important throwbacks, since not every great M uniform is currently in use. Good idea/bad idea? Which are the most iconic that would warrant inclusion?
3. Swimming caps: I've seen the women wearing a cap with M's classic wings and stripes, but not the fellas. Anyone care to inform as to when/if our buoyant brethren and naiant1 sistren sport the wings rather than the block-M designs?
4. Peruse the list below and tell me if there are any unis (classic or modern) that have been omitted.
m baseball blue
m baseball maize
m baseball white
m baseball white alt pinstripes vest
m basketball blue
m basketball maize
m basketball white
w basketball maize
w basketball white throwback diane deitz
w basketball white
w cheerleading maize
w cheerleading white
w cheerleading white throwback
m cross country blue
w cross country blue
w field hockey blue vest
w field hockey maize vest
w field hockey maize shirt
w field hockey white vest
m football blue
m football white
m football white throwback
m golf maize
w golf maize
w golf white
m gymnastics blue
w gymnastics blue
m hockey blue
m hockey blue throwback block m
m hockey maize
m hockey maize throwback script
m hockey white alt
m hockey white throwback
m lacrosse maize
m lacrosse white
w lacrosse blue
w lacrosse blue
w lacrosse white
w rowing blue
m soccer blue
m soccer white
w soccer blue
w soccer white
w softball blue
w softball white
m&w swimming & diving blue
m&w swimming & diving maize
w swimming & diving blue winged
w syncro skating blue
w syncro swimming maize (actually it's red)
m tennis blue
m tennis maize
w tennis blue
w tennis maize
m track & field blue
w track & field blue
w volleyball white
w water polo blue
m wrestling blue
1. Naiant is a term from heraldry that means "fish swimming horizontally"