If you have not watched college softball, give it a try. It is an exciting fast moving sport.
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If you have not watched college softball, give it a try. It is an exciting fast moving sport.
I love it. Baseball is harder to watch because it seems so slow but softball I like because the games are fast and if you're smoking a team they call run-rule. The only downside to that is, if you're losing 14-0 and make a comeback and win 15-14 like the baseball team did a couple of years ago, it can't happen in softball.
I love the fact that Michigan mercied ohio twice AND state twice last season. Hope the ladies can get another B1G Championship year added to the scoreboard at Alumni Field.
The run-rule has come under a lot of fire in recent years from D-I coaches, Hutch included. It dates back to a time when most softball games ended with scores of 1-0 or 2-1, and the best pitchers all had ERAs under 1. In those days, an 8-run lead with a couple innings to go was truly insurmountable. Nowadays, with more potent offenses and greater parity in the sport overall, such a comeback is possible, although of course still pretty unlikely. I hope to see the run-rule be dropped out pretty soon.
Other than that, though, I agree with your points. Another great feature of softball is that the pitching motion is not nearly as physically abusive as the baseball motion is. Combined with the shorter games, this leads to seeing a lot more complete games from pitchers and allows a team to utilize just one or two primary pitchers (Michigan notably ran a brilliant rotation with just Nemitz & Taylor for a few years). Imagine if Justin Verlander could pitch 2/3 of Tigers game instead of 1/5!
Who down votes a hello post? This is a Michigan sports team, and I for one am happy to say hello Sierra, wellcome to the family!
When does softball get going? and will there be a lot of games on T.V?
Apparently big10football REALLY only cares about Big 10 football.
What an ass.
I'm not sure why he/she still is allowed to post.
If you check the voting details on a lot of threads you'll see that both big10football and OMGshirtless love to downvote threads. They also love to go into threads and neg every single post.
The time and effort to do all of that is embarrassing, but you're always going to have trolls. If you block them, they'll create another account and come right back.
Edit: so my post isn't just a rant on some of the trash on this board...I'd like to add a "YAY!" for the Michigan Softball Team. I got a chance to see them in person for quite a few games last year while they played down here in the Central Florida area. Love how Coach Hutch tosses M&M's to her players if they make it to 3rd base.
And to 2nd a thought by another poster...softball is truly an exciting game. The park size, the way the rules are trailored to the sport...it's fun. Not to rag on women's sports, but I wish all of them found a way to alter the game so that it can be played at a high level like softball (in comparison to baseball).
You get some BOMBS for home runs, the game isn't as long, everything is condenced so you almost get an arena football like feel in terms of the action and how quickly things happen. And trying to hit a rise ball? 95% of this board couldn't get a bat on a rise ball from Michigan's best pitchers.
A) I downvote all MSU threads.
B) I downvote all threads that belong at MLive.
D) I downvote all threads with shitty titles.
E) I downvote your bi-weekly depth chart posts because I still believe you are Em0 v4.0. However, I don't downvote your comments in said threads.
F) I downvote every single thing posted by Mr. Mario aka McFarlin v123.0
G) I mark every single post by Section 1 as redundant, because I signed an E-Contract with ProfitGoBlue to refrain from responding to him.
H) I downvote any reference to points. I would downvote this post, but the system no longer allows you to do that.
PS - Points and Negs do not actually count anymore. The only useful thing about negs/posbangs is that they cause certain people to freak out, despite being functionally useless for about a year.
Wow, very detailed. Why did you downvote this thread though? Those are fine reasons, and they are yours.
My fault, i thought he did. Bring back the functionality of downvote yourself. My mistake. Thanks. OMG is one of the original posters, so I get him and he his a hard ass. At least you know where he stands.
I would never downvote you. You also wouldn't post anything stupid.
Thanks Shirtless. At least now I know I'll have one upvote if I make a "CC" post in the first quarter against a ranked team (which would actually be an improvement compared to some of the posters you mentioned).
Can't really disagree with any of this. But E and F are particularly intriguing. I feel like I haven't been as vigilant as I should for the return of Em0 and McFarlin. Pray tell, what's your evidence?
The evidence that Mr. Yost is Em0 is very flimsy. It's really the depth charts that leads me to believe it's him. However, multiple people have called him out on that and he hasn't melted down in quite the same way. So there's a good chance I'm wrong on that, or he's just gotten better.
I am convinced that Mr. Mario is McFarlin. He's admitted to being about the right age, has admitted to having pet bulldogs, and his spelling and reaction whenever someone makes fun of him are very similar.
Well said (minus the depth chart comment...I did a search, I've made 3 threads on it. Early October, late November and the day after signing day - that's hardly excessive.)
And for the record. I upvoted your post. I appreciate the information.
...and once again, I hate to hijack threads and get them off topic. So with that said, how is this year's softball team compared to last year?
relinquishing the thread back to those of us who love SB.
This year will certainly be a re-building year. But how does one rebuild after losing the best pitcher in history (IMO). The answer is simple, go out and get the best pitchers to replace her. And that is what coach Hutch has done.
Stephanie will do just fine on the mound. She needed to learn HOW to pitch and not just throw. She has come along way. She is ready and me personally would want no other on the mound. Hilary will get some innings as well as the Freshmen Twins. I suspect it will take at least 10 games to get in the groove.
what makes u think anyobdy cares what u think?
I don't get it, this is a blog for all Michigan sports! Why click just to down vote?
I love the SB Team and was so proud when they won in 2005, that is a monumental accomplishment. We're still the only program east of the Mississippi to win it, let alone being in the rust belt! Go Blue, Go Ladies, I will always cheer you guys on, one of the best programs around, thanks coach Hutch.
whew.. was starting to wonder
Its those Walmart Wolverines that do not understand that we are a family. Every sport gets our support regardless of the team record. We are truely a family. I am proud that when M SB plays a game, when snow is falling, the stands are full of fans.
Michigan Men (and women) are loyal and care about everyone in the family. Some people will never get it.
"I am proud that when M SB plays a game, when snow is falling, the stands are full of fans."
Alumni field is such a great place to catch a game. Hopefully some day I'll be living back in the A2 area & can make more regular appearances.
Don't you ever call a Michigan fan a Walmart Wolverine. You're no better than the ass who downvoted you for using that as an accepted term for a Wolverine fan. Shame on you MGoSoftball. Shame on you.
I hear you. Real Michigan Fans would never criticize non revenue sports. I get irritated when those who claim to be fans only support Football or basketball or hockey. We are a family and we never criticize our family members.
fun sport to watch. I have only seen M play on BTN. I agree with MGoSoftball: either you are a True Michigan Fan and part of the family or you are not.
A true Michigan Fan will never complain about any player or downvote any student-athlete. There are many who dont care about SB and this is fine. Just keep your opinion to yourself and dont complain.
The Michigan Experience is a wondreful thing. These student-athletes are excited to be a part of the Michigan Family. Anyone to downvotes this excitement is not a True Fan and thus a Walmart Wolverine. So any Walmart Wolverine that wants to talk trash about a HS senior can do it on the RCMB.
True words for the most part, except for the very end. I believe you may be confused as to what the term Wal-Mart Wolverine comes from. It is meant as a derogatory term given to those who are Michigan fans, yet have no formal affiliation with the University. Sparty fans use it as an insult to us by basically saying that U of M has tons of fans who have no true reason to be fan, other than the fact they like the Wolverines (as if that is a bad thing).
My formal affiliation is not as an alumnus, but as a former U of M staff member, so I get to side step the Walmart wolverine jeers. However, my wife, my sister, many of my friends and many of us on MGoBlog, are extremely loyal Michigan fans without any affiliation, and because of this are targeted by our Sparty "peers" as walmart wolverines. This royally pisses me off.
Why perpetuate this idiotic concept/term. How many on this board breathe and bleed all things Michigan without ever going to a U of M class or getting a paycheck from Michigan. I'll give you a pass for maybe not knowing the origins of Walmart Wolverine. But don't let me catch any of you use it as if we've accepted it as on OK thing to call a U of M fan. It's pathetic enough when a Sparty uses it, it down right appalling and pathetic when a fellow U of M fan does it. There may be plenty of ignorant or not as dedicated Wolverine fans, but there sure as shit aren't any Wal-Mart Wolverines.
have that same definition. A Michigan Man does is not required to be from the U of M. However, he must value our traditions, our history and our way of life. He that believes in Honor, Family Values, High Academic Standards and a strong desire to give back to society and make it beteer each and every day. This could be a Fan that has never been to the Big House or even been to the State of Michigan for that matter. He does not need to have any affiliation to the school.
A Walmart Wolverine is that person that is a bandwagon fan. He loves Michigan when we are on top, when we win championships. He then leaves and complains during adversity (RR). He would be a Bama fan recently and jumped back on our band wagon this year. A W/W doesnt care about anything but winning. It is like Sadaam who instructs his son to kill the Soccer goalie because they lost a game.
I gotta "side" with MGoSoftball here.
I have a very, very pretentious and snotty view of "Michigan Football fans." That is fans, generally unafiliated "officially" with the U that only care about the gridiron. I admit this view.
Now, I don't call those people Wal-Mart Wolverines, however, I am very cautious of them. They tend to be the ones that call into radio shows and perpetuate myths of Michigan fans, alums, students, etc. I don't like this. They tend to say things like "Who cares about Michigan Water Polo." I despise this.
Some things simply come with being a part of the Michigan/Ann Arbor community - one of this is that you tend to have a better view of the amateurism that is college athletics. It is something hard to keep in perspective when you're a fan through the computer screen and TV. Michigan is a family. The soccer teams, wrestling team, gymnastics teams, etc are all part of it. I'm proud of them all.
But most importantly, Michigan is an institution of higher learning. I worry many non-affiliated fans ignore this. I'm more proud of my University's claim to be one of the seven schools Microsoft recruits than I am of the football team. More proud of our world class research than the basketball team. Etc, etc. I love sports more than most- but it's more than football.
Now if you're an active member on this blog, you're likely one of the people who appreciates my concern and therefore, this rant doesn't apply to you (UM affiliation or not). But it is something I cringe about whenever I see or hear someone representing my school of higher education. (And this isn't to say there ARE Mich. students and alums who repreesnt the school poorly, either.)
Congrats to Sierra - you're joining two very special groups: A member of one of the best Michigan programs (which says a lot when you look at Hockey, Football, Gymnastics, and Swimming and Diving). And you're a member of one of the most prestigious academic groups in the world. Michigan can take you far both on and off the field - it's truly a great accomplishment. Welcome to the family!
"Who downvotes Hello posts?"
Unhappy people with little or no life that's who.
Can't guarantee you much in this world, but I can say with certainty, that I neither have the ability or desire to down vote.
Did y'all know he was a virgin till he was 28 and now...roll tide.
See, people think that's a joke, but that's how it is here. I can walk around anywhere, and I don't even need to say Hi, just Roll Tide, and they'll say it back.
Even if you don't watch softball, don't down vote a Michigan sports team- they all help our university
are a family. Family member do not condemn each other in public.
Should we have Hello: posts for every athlete that commits to a UM team?
Yes. We should have a hello post for every commit in every sport. If they are going to make the effort to represent our University the least we can do is acknowledge and thank them.
as long as they realize while doing so that 90% of why people read this blog is football, and the other 10% is basketball and hockey. But no harm done...
It's recruiting like this that really impresses me. Of course we have some local recruits - our up & coming pitcher comes to mind - but we're really quite a ways away from the major hotbeds, California being the biggest of course. For Hutch to walk in from Michigan and convince these young ladies to travel across the country to play the first 1/3 of their season on the road when they could easily stay home and play for the UCLAs of the world is truly impressive, and speaks to the quality of the program and of Hutch's character.
I don't know much about HS softball, but am curious what the other two hotbeds of softball talent are (with SoCal being one).
The second "hotbed" (im not sure we should use that term when we are discussin HS Females), is basically the entire state of Texas. Seven of the 50 Players on the All-American Watch list hails from Texas. The third is Florida/Georgia/Alabama/Louisiana area.
Notice all three area are warm weather states? Softball is played year round.
on the side of the cake? We are truely a family
That's awesome. Welcome Sierra!
I guess Sierra doesn't get it...
was going to make a comment abou that. However this picture could be a year old or so. Remember she verbally committed in her HS Freshman year.
Hell I cant find a Fathead without the Split M.
I suspect she gets it. I would bet on it.
Note the /s at the end of his post.
He was being sarcastic...
Michigan is always competitive. Great fans all across this country. You're a nice addition to the team. Have fun!
she hails from Murrieta, CA....her high school is called Vista Murrieta HS.
Awesome job coach!
Maybe coach Hutch could do a little SoCal football recruiting too! I love that M can compete with these warm climate states where softball is played year round
I always check to see if the softball team is playing, even exhibitions in the fall. Highly recommended. Bree is my favorite-talented and competitive.
Whoever negged this thread, you wish you had the athletic ability these softball girls do.
Next weekend is going to be so exciting. Take a look at the schedule:
I can't wait. I'm going to the hockey game at JLA and then the lacrosse game on Sunday.
I saw the "Hello:" and thought Kozan. That being said, welcome Sierra!
Especially since "Sierra Romero" doesn't have the same kind of hits on Google as, say, Denard Robinson. If she has friends or family members that are trying to see what kind of reception she's getting or for news about her, this is most likely one of the top search results.
I would be pretty upset if I had a girlfriend or daughter or sister accomplish something of this magnitude and then see some idiots talk this way on a message board, especially given some of the other offseason threads.
they are Michigans most consistent WINNER..I love the enthusiasm and teamwork they possess..I wish the baseball players played wth the intenisty that the woman do..Our baseball team could learn a thing or two from softball...Ive been following them for 25 years..They usually play in the Leadoff Classic In Columbus Ga nearby (though this year its in Orlando)
They are exciting and a national powerhouse and anybody who watches them knows .."those girls are GOOD"...
because we are not nationally known as a softball powerhouse. We are certainly consistant winners and the only team East of the Miss River to win a NC.
It is awesome to see all the football players at the sfotball games. Last year Denard was acting a fool late in the season. I dont know of any other school where the athlestes are so close.
Do you think Kirk Cousins goes to the BB or Hockey games, sits in the student section and act a fool?
however the second table shows that W Gym has not won a NC during the time frame. IDC either way. I support all things Michigan, including the chess club.
I just like softball more because I know it so well.