I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
What the headline says.
University of Michigan men's lacrosse head coach John Paul announced in conjunction with his counterparts at Ohio State (Nick Myers) and Penn State (Jeff Tambroni) the establishment of the Creator's Trophy, which will be an annual award among the three Big Ten schools that sponsor men's lacrosse.
A team that earns a 2-0 record against the other programs will take ownership of the trophy each spring and have its name and the year inscribed. If all teams earn a 1-1 record then no team or year will be recorded on the trophy and it will reside with the most recent team to win it outright. Following each game, a player of the game from the winning team will be selected.
Ohio is a conference rival at the moment, but Penn State is not - they play in the CAA. But this essentially cements a nonconference game against PSU every year, as if we didn't mostly expect that already. A neat idea.
I would give Penn State a slight edge over Ohio this year, but it shouldn't be long before U-M is competitive with these two schools. I think by 2014 - the program's third year - we could be in contention for this thing.
Maybe it's just me, but considering the mind-boggling amount of world-wide hype over the World Cup, the championship trophy appears to me to be a little runty and unimpressive. For all of the hysteria over winning the Cup, shouldn't the trophy be a little bigger? Shouldn't it be slightly more difficult to carry around, like Lord Stanley's Cup?
Phase 1 is complete. Today, Michigan's Chris Berset was named one of the 16 semi-finalists for the Johnny Bench award, recognizing the best catcher in college baseball. The full list:
- Jeff Arnold, University of Louisville;
- Jett Bandy, University of Arizona;
- Chris Berset, University of Michigan;
- Robert Brantly, UC Riverside;
- Dan Burkhart, Ohio State University;
- Micah Gibbs, Louisiana State University;
- Andrew Giobbi, Vanderbilt University;
- Yasmani Grandal, University of Miami;
- Ben Heath, Pennsylvania State University;
- Bryan Holaday, Texas Christian University;
- Jose Iglesias, Coastal Carolina University;
- Jim Klocke, Southeast Missouri State;
- Ryan Lipkin, University of San Francisco;
- Matt Rice, Western Kentucky;
- Cameron Rupp, University of Texas and
- Derek Trent, East Tennessee State University.
Phase 2 occurs on June 2nd, right before the regionals. There, the three finalists will be announced. All three finalists will be flown into the Wichtia, Kansas (the trophy is sponsored by the Wichita Area Sports Commission) for a July 1st banquet where the winner will be announced.
The Paul Bunyan Trophy, IMO, is quite possibly the ugliest thing in the state of Michigan save Marky D's contemptuous smirk. For those who have not seen it:
Question: Is there a way we can win this football game and leave the trophy in East Lansing? I don't know anyone who respects the game as a Trophy Game.