|1 day 14 hours ago||I have not revised||
the post. Sorry for the confusion.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Im not sure||
if we can discuss this on the board but I bet a C-Note on the under.
|1 day 14 hours ago||The Super Regionals||
started today. I realize that most people do not care about any other team than M. However there are a few of us diehard softball fans that appreciate some good softball.
Washington just tied up Mizzu in the top of the 7th.
|1 day 18 hours ago||Oh no||
say it aint so.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Lloyd Carr||
was the best I ever heard. It was 2003 at my daughters HS graduation. He spoke about when he interviewed for the job at my (and my daughter's) high school. He was chosen over another good guy in my HS Football Coach.
Lloyd was almost my HS coach. It is difficult to grasp but true. Lloyd said he regretted not getting the job because of the HS tradition we had. Somehow I think he landed a job that had just a little bit more tradition, but not by much.
I still have it on tape and I transcribed it too.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Hi there M,||
How are you? Brooke and I missed you last weekend. I know Jon is busy but are you going to the game this weekend?
|2 days 16 hours ago||I traded emails||
with him last weekend. He works during the evening but he will respond.
I was hoping to meet up with him for a ginger ale the weekend for the softball game but he has a convention (I think) that he is going to.
|3 days 2 hours ago||I have said||
this many times before. MSU is not our rival. A rival needs to be able to compete with us year after year. We compete with Ohio for recruits and they have a decent football team.
MSU does not compete with us in any metrics. We only compete on the athletic field, court or ice. The casual fan considers this a "rivalry game" but by definition, MSU is not a rival to most people that have a financial investment in our school. If you ask "Joe Football Fan" on the streets of Fowlerville, he will say MSU is a rival, when in actuality, they are not.
We have so much tradition (and hatred) for Ohio over the years: The Ten Year War I, the upcoming Ten Year War II, Tatgate, Fab Five, etc. Hell we even want to beat them in the annual blood drive every year. MSU is just another Big Ten conference that happens to be in close proximity to us.
The UM/MSU game does not even get on regional TV and is relegated to BTN Channel 3. However, UM/ohio is the prime time game every single year.
|3 days 2 hours ago||Toledo War|
|4 days 20 hours ago||The key is||
that softball seams are higher and larger surface area compared to a baseball.
YES!!!!! You hit the nail on the head. The batter CAN see the pitch. However the reaction time is actually less in softball than baseball. The plate to the front edge of the mound is exactly 43' by rule. However, the ball is typically released 3~5 feet in front of the mound via the foot drag and forward leap. So the pitch is released at about 37'. A good college pitcher is up around 67 or 68 MPH. So 68 MPH = almost 100 feet per second. 100 fps @ 37 feet is 370 miliseconds.
Now keep in mind that the batters swing is about 100-200 miliseconds so the batter has about 200 milliseconds to decide to swing. This is why good pitching beats good hitting every time. Most good teams hit about .300~.350.
A good baseball pitcher is about 92 MPH = 135 FPS. But baseball mound is at 60'6" and they do not get the benefit of the foot drag. So 135 fps @ 60'6" is about 450 miliseconds.
|4 days 22 hours ago||EDIT: Friday and Saturday Games this weekend.||
Friday at 2pm and Saturday Noon with the "if" game following.
|4 days 22 hours ago||The "drop" pitch||
is very similar (but not exactly) to the curve in baseball. I could get into the physics with you but I'm an engineer and I love geeky things like this.
Basically as the pitcher releases the ball, she rolls her wrist. I teach my pitchers to "turn the door knob" (counterclock wise for RHP).
The index finger should be in full contact with the seams. As the ball is released, the follow through will force the arm to come across the body as opposed to the fast ball where the hand/wrist will follow through up to the neck/face area.
The ball will have severe rotation. The ball will develop high and low pressures around the ball surface. If enough rotation (and speed) are acheived, the ball will "drop". This is very similar to a "stall" in an airplane. There is not enough pressure to hold the weight and the high pressure will cause the ball to move down.
The "rise" ball is just the opposite of the drop although very difficult to master. The ball starts off at the hip of the pitcher. As the ball is gaining velocity and rotation, the ball bites into the air molecules and "climbs the ladder". The batter sees the ball at the letters but when she swings, the ball is up around her chin. Typically the batter misses the rise ball. Ashley Lane is probably the best rise ball hitter that I have ever seen. She will at least get a piece of the ball to foul it off.
Alabama's Jackie Traina is a master of the rise ball. I counted every pitch in the WS. From my vantage point (my lay-z-boy) she threw about 33% of her pitches in the strike zone. Most of her strike outs were from batters chasing the high ball. Even Ashley struck out a few times on the rise ball.
Most people do not understand the game of softball. Many think that a high pitch is the sign of a pitcher losing control. FALSE. A good pitcher will throw the rise ball until she walks two batters in one inning. Then she will mix up her pitches a little more. Teams have figured out Traina and now force her to throw pitcher in the strike zone where it can be hit.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Should be||
the same as the Regionals.
|5 days 14 hours ago||+1 to you good sir||
for getting Reed City in a post.
|5 days 16 hours ago||Yes||
There were top 10 pre-season IIRC. They had a few bad loses, but we did as well.
This is going to be a great series.
I still predict a Oklahoma-Michigan World Series Final.
|5 days 16 hours ago||YES||
|5 days 17 hours ago||We must have||
been sitting very close then. I was originally in Sec 1 row 7. Then I moved down to the dugout area.
Emily Hepker is out of the hospital and was in the dugout with the team. It was such a treat to see her smile and get a hug from all the girls.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Henderson was in the dugout||
and not having muh fun. I spoke with her briefly after the game as we waited for the players to come out. She said her knee was killing her and she was about to pull herself out. If Cal won the first game, she would not have played in the second.
I felt bad for her because she played very well today but not good enough. She was hobbling toward Schembechler Hall with her dad. A good game by both teams.
I only ask that the best team wins. I think this happened today.
|5 days 18 hours ago||The delayed dead ball||
was the second call he made. The first was interference then he quickly changed to delayed dead ball AFTER the second base umpire called delayed dead ball. The second base umpire did not have position to see Ashley in relationship with the ball or the runner as the Ashley obscured her vision of the play.
The home plate ump then confirmed what both base umpires called. Hutch was arguing the original call with the first base umpire. Then the home plate umpire injected herself without being invited.
Bad call either way. If the first base ump CLEARLY called delayed dead ball and then the other 2 umpires confirmed the call, then you can say "umpires judgement".
Hutch was spitting angry. The home plate umpire was just as angry. I rarely see other umpires lose their cool with a coach. Overall I thought this umpire did a decent job but not good enough for Regional Play.
I have umpired many a high school game and I will admit I made more than my fair share of mistakes. I do not claim to be an NCAA quality umpire but I would have called this a "collision" or no-call as the runner did not leave her feet and just side stepped Ashley.
|5 days 19 hours ago||I was standing||
next to the dugout. Coach was pissed as she should have been. The umpire followed Hutch back to the dugout. They were about 5 feet from me.
Coach was arguing for an interference call. The first base ump CLEARLY signaled interference on the runner. The home plate ump came running out and called a conference. The call was reversed.
There are two problems with this. 1) this call was NOT the home plate ump's call. It was clearly the first base ump's call. He called interference. 2) The home plate ump said that Ashley did not have a "reasonable" attempt at the ball. So worst case we have a "collision" with no call either way. But to call obstruction on Ashley, the umpire had to interpret that Ashley's action was to imped the runner.
Rule 2.00 Interference: A runner makes contact with a fielder attempting to field a batted ball, except the batter with the catcher in the immediate vicinity of home plate immediately after the ball was batted;
Now NCAA does not have a "no contact" rule like high school and summer ball does. All runners are required to attempt to avoid collisions; if a runner fails to do so, he is guilty of malicious contact, which is one kind of offensive interference
Normally this would have been a "No call" which allows the play to continue. In this case the runner was forced out and the batter-runner was safe at first.
|1 week 17 hours ago||^^^^^^^^||
another big funny. Damn boys, this board is just too funny tonight.
|1 week 17 hours ago||^^^^^^^^||
|1 week 17 hours ago||I feel you.||
The dude is terrible. Even Section 1 could do better.
|1 week 17 hours ago||What ever happened||
to the unwritten rule that announcers do NOT talk about no-hitters? WTF???
|1 week 17 hours ago||Like Romero?||
She is the type of player that comes along once every 5 or so years. We do have some blue chips in the wings that will contribute.
|1 week 4 days ago||In this funny game of softball||
anything can happen: a bad call, a lucky bounce, a wild pitch or a rain delay. Thankfully it is a double elimination bracket which should even out any lucky team.
The chance of a team coming out of the losers bracket to win it is about 15% overall.
|1 week 5 days ago||Absolutely Agree!||
We cannot worry about other teams. If we play solid defense, get those timely hits and Sara/Haylie keeps us in the game, we are off to Oklahoma City.
|1 week 5 days ago||Good Luck to him.||
Hopefully he lands on his feet somewhere.
|1 week 5 days ago||No.||
There are 2 brackets of 4 teams playing double elimination. Each bracket has a winner then the winners play the best 2 of 3.
|1 week 5 days ago||That was||
some crazy softball last year. Dont count out Hofstra this year either. They are really good.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes.||
best 2 of 3 for the winners of the 16 Regionals. This will eliminate 8 teams with 8 teams remaining for the WS.
|1 week 5 days ago||I still hold||
to my prediction of Michigan and Oklahoma in the finals this year.
|1 week 5 days ago||Too bad||
that IPFW has to go to Louisville. AA would have been better travel-wise anyway.
|1 week 5 days ago||This is a GREAT||
bracket for us. Cal is going to be tough but we can beat LSU if we get there.
|1 week 5 days ago||ESPNU||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Lets be perfectly clear||
the NCAA ALLEDGED Webber took money. This was NEVER proven. Webber admitted he took money AFTER he declared for the NBA.
So we/Webber/UM was penalized because Chris did not go to the Registrar's Office and officially withdrawl from classes before he took the money?
If Chris withdrew and then gave an announcement from the Registrar's Office: "Hey everybody, I just withdrew from UM and I am heading over to Bill Martins Crib to collect me a stack full of 50's so I can go to 8-Mile and get me some Hoes" This would NOT be a violation.
I get so angry when everyone (including people on this board) assume Chris took $280,000. This is bullshit. This was just a charge laid by a ND Grad. Are you kidding me?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If we win||
the Big Ten Tourney, we will probably get the Super Regional at home. It will most likely be the Kentucky or Tennessee Regional winner.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly,||
this will not stand up to Judicial Review.
OP: Please edit your post, Webber admitted to taking about $30,000 AFTER he announced for the NBA. The NCAA alledged he took $280,000 but it was never proved.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||@77||
Yes it was me that made that bold prediction. We have Haylie and Sara plus Romo, Lauren and Lyndsay/Colie. My original prediction was NC in 4 years.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The money||
is certainly not in playing, it is in endorsements and camps.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It is time||
Free the Fab Five
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Look at 1:05||
the police siren goes off and his eyes light up. I thought for a second that he was going to take off running, "Aint nobody got time fer dat"
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I have written||
about this on numerous occasions. It is a softball "thing". The fans sit much closer to the field in SB. It is a more intimate setting. We yell out "Get a hit Amy" or "Come on Sara, throw a strike by her". This can be heard through out any softball stadium or sandlot field.
So my style is geared more towards the players and SB fans. I know the players dont mind when I write about them using first names. I know it is irritating to some casual members of this board and I appologize but I write to honor the players, parents and hard core fans.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A couple of things to note:||
Tailgating in the Gray Lot is a lot of fun. I dont understand why Brandon schedules baseball and softball on the same day. Thankfully we arrived early and was set up before the mad dash.
I took my ball team down and we were in SEC 8; directly behind the NWU football players. They were loud but respectful. They even started their version of GO......BLUE from section to section. Some of our fans were angry but it was all in good fun.
The only time I took offense was everytime Romo was up, they sang OVERRATED clap, clap, clap-clap, clap. I leaned forward and told one of the players, "your entire football team has been over-rated for years. Wait until this fall when we overtake Ryan Field again and we sign The Victors." He looked at me and said "Yea, I know"
One of the older adults (position coach maybe) was there and told me that NWU started the "Bump, bump bump-bump bump: Lets Go Cats song. I laughed and told him that it is Copyrighted by the University of Michigan and was written by former UM students in the 1970s. He said "Really?, I thought we were the first"
The NWU pitcher was cracking a smile when she hit Romo both times. The Pitcher thought she was being cute. I caught it on film. I thought Hutch was going to chock the Umpire. Caitlyn and Ashley made her pay because they hit dingers after both of Romo's HBP.
Sara did a good, not great job today. Typically Sara has a bad first inning but today she struggled in the 2nd too.
Wolverines Trooper was at the game as well. He was a big hit. He even caught the NWU home run out in RF but dropped it for the error. I did not see but did he get a shout out from the TV Crew?
Emily Update: Emily is home now. She has been in the Mayo Clinic since April 2nd. Read her updates here www.mlesupportteam.com/store/
|2 weeks 6 days ago||My guess is no.||
Only because physics (and statistics) are against her. We play in too many cold weather games. If she played in the SEC or Pac10, then maybe.
The warm weather helps and by a bunch too.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Good catch||
I did not mention this. Romo has more single season homers than Dorian Shaw and Samantha Finley and she is only a Freshman.
I will put money that we will have a NC within 3 years. This year we will lose some very good seniors in Amy, Jacklyn, Ashley and Spidey. But our core is still very young.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well you||
have to remember that Jinny was the color analyst. She does a very good job of being neutral but she is still a Michigan WoMan. There was nothing but love for Haylie today.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||SBW,||
I could not have said it better. Hutch is loved by her girls, past and present. She is also well respected by the other coaches as well. It is remarkable that she has been so successful.
Hutch was the first to win the NC east of the Mississippi (Alabama was 2nd last year). That is just crazy. Think of all the great teams in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee over the past 20 years. None of them won a NC. Then throw in that we are a northern, cold-weather team. It is a-maizing that any warm weather player would ever want to come to AA, but they do because of Hutch.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||yes||
it rotates now.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Agree 100%||
I get calls about twice per week from LinkedIn. I turned my profile off because I was getting hit up so much. However, it is an excellent method to network.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Well its easy to||
play Monday Morning QB. I love Hutch and respect her coaching. There have been many times where I would have done things differently than Hutch only to find out that she made the right call. That is why she IS the best Coach in the NCAA.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I am certainly not worried.||
Are you kidding me? We are leading the B1G in hitting right now. We have found our bats as compared to last year.
Everyone needs to remember last year about this time when everyone was bitching about our hitting and how we need to support Sara and Haylie better. Now our bats are hot, the pitchers are a tad better than last year and people still bitch.
All I ask is to refrain from bitchin until you get to a game and watch first hand. TV does not do any justice.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks||
I could not have said it better myself. I would not trade Sara nor Haylie for Traina or Ricketts at this point. Our pitchers are the best 1..2 combo on the planet right now. Call me a Homer if you will but the data speaks for itself. Name any team where there are two #1 pitchers with the stats that our girls have. They both have similar IP, K to BB ratio etc.
I will buy anyone a ticket to this weekends game if they can name a team that has two #1 pitchers better than ours.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I will certainly||
agree that good pitching beats good hitting every single game. However, I would not jump to any conclusions just yet. We are ranked 9th in RPI so it stands to reason that we would be playing some very good teams and thus giving up some runs.
We are way above average with errors made. Now errors do NOT get counted against ERA, errors do affect a pitcher and extends rallies. Errors also force pitcher to be more conservative with a runner on base as opposed to no one on base.
I think the jury is still out on Sara and Haylie. They both are only Sophomores. Remember Haylie was out for the first quarter of the season and could not throw. So now she is getting into mid-season form. Let wait and see how the next 2 weekends play out before we jump on Sara and Haylie.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Hoke is magic.||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||We lose 7-4||
Good job today ladies. You cant win them all. Nebraska played well today. Sometimes the better team will lose.
All we need is one win out of 3 against Northwestern this weekend at Alumni Field.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Nebraska scores 5 in 6th inning||
now lead 7-4.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||At some point||
Delany will have to give it up. ND can go to hell.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||End of 3: 3-0 Michigan||
We hit into 2 double plays or the score could be higher.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||At the end of 1 inning 0-0||
Sara struggled early but then settled down without Neb scoring.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Line Up.||
1. Crummey RF
2. Romero SS
3. Blanchard 1B
4. Lane 2nd
5. Lawrence LF
6. Knapp 3rd
7. Sweet C
8. Driesenga P
9. Doyle CF
10. Garfinkel DP
Colie is out. Hopefully this is not a serious injury. She went into the wall hard yesterday trying to catch a foul fly.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Tape Delayed 3pm||
I am not sure either. I just checked the FAA Radar and they are predicting rain for the next 2 hours so hopefully BTN shows SB and tape delay the Purdue at MSU Baseball Game.
This is for the Big Ten Championship (possibly). It has (arguably) the 2 best teams in SB. The baseball game is just another baseball game. Both teams are right at or below .500 so which is a better game?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Clinches at least a share of the B1G||
Regular Season Title.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Im more concerned||
about why Colie is not in the game. We cannot lose Silo at this point in the season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Very big||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Lauren||
had a very slow start this year. She batted under .200 for half the season. Now she llooks like she is the hero.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Neb has a rich tradition of||
softball too. Probably not as much tradition as us but very good none the less..
|3 weeks 6 days ago||WHO THE HELL||
downvotes a comment regarding a cancer patient? Emily is the biggest M fan alive. You are a fucking scumbag. Get off this board.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||This series is for||
the B1G Regular season title.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||Yes.||
that would be the same one. Emily Hepker. She Hails from Jonesville.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||All we||
need is to win 2 of the next 5 games and we will win the regular season.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||Thx. But we were||
trying to wait to post the website but since you posted it, we will have to work with it. It is really not that big of a problem. Brooke was just concerned that she would run out of shirts too fast.
I encourage everyone here on the blog to read the website about Emily. She is a wonderful person who has taken a turn for the worse today. She was getting ready to come home but she fell ill again and was rushed back to the ER.
Her immune system is depressed because of all the chemo. She has several infections and new cancer was detected. Sometimes life is not fair and times like this can really challenge one's faith.
|4 weeks 13 hours ago||You obviously do||
not know our bull pen.. /s
I was sitting a few rows behind home plate watching the M SB game on my gametracker. Sanchez was dirty all right. He was filthy nasty.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Typical Sparty||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I can see||
Oklahoma but not Kansas or Vandy. Vandy has high standards like us and NW but probably not a good fit. Kansas is...errr...well Kansas is just Kansas, nothing to see...move along.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I was waiting for someone||
to call me out on that. The vehicle was not in motion when I was texting. However GameTracker was on and I mounted my Galaxy like a GPS unit on the I.P. So both hands were on the wheel at all times.
Good catch though.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||One more item of note||
please support Underground Printing (an advertiser on the board). Sean is an awesome guy and reads the blog often (although he does not post).
His store has a nice set up, you will not be disapointed.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It was a pleasure||
to meet you this weekend. Hopefully Emily is back home in time for the last home stand and senior day May 5.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Here are the 2 different types: MLE and Keep Calm||
|4 weeks 5 days ago||What??? No Section 1??||
Or are you saying that Section 1 = Don???
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Softball should make||
it to Oklahoma City this year. I doubt Stanford will make it that far. So we should get more points for softball than Stanford does.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||and BOOM||
goes the dynamite has to be the worst in my opinion.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||great day||
For softball. Two wins today.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Sure thing||
If anyone would like to order a really cool T shirt, please contact Brooke at email@example.com
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is getting rediculous||
How many NC can we have? do we really need this many in one year? This is totally unfair. We need to share some with ohio or they will cry.
|5 weeks 15 hours ago||The only||
game on BTN this weekend will be Sunday at 3pm. So go ahead and get your stuff done outside and plan to be in the Lay-Z-Boy on Sunday. Problem Solved.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||Was hoping||
msu was in the West and Purdue was in the East but I will take it. I can handle a trip out east. MGrowOld?? I will stop by and pick you and the Mrs up on the way to Rutgers.
|5 weeks 16 hours ago||UPDATE: I HAVE MINE||
Primesports sent me 3 semi final tickets and 3 NCG Tickets. These are the hard plastic type 4"x8". They are pretty sweet.
I called them and gave them the order number. She said that she would put in a request but she could not guarantee that I would get a ticket.
She said that the NCAA sold them several thousand tickets for them to re-sell. All the tickets that were included in this would have a hard ticket issued.
My ticket was purchased from another seller. That seller has the original ticket. So lets hope that they are good with customer service and issue a hard ticket but a different seat and section.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||Diet A&W||
for me. I have to get up early for tomorrow's SB game.
|5 weeks 17 hours ago||I personally witnessed a terrorist attack||
at the Big House at UTL. Thank God the police was there to stop anyone from seriously being injured.
Apparently, someone dressed in ND gear injested large amounts of a toxic drug and tried to smuggle this into the stadium. I was directly behind this guy and his girl.
The guy was stopped before entering so he unleased his posion and sprayed as many people as he could. There were large objects being hurled through the air. I could have been killed myself. There was some bits of corn, chucks of potatoe chips, and gallons of the poision the was made from barely and hopps, then topped off with yeast.
I was so lucky not to get hit by shrapnel. However, I was a hero to my woman and saved her from any harm. This caused a chain reaction and other terrorists started to hurl their poison as well. The smell was aweful.
I will not be detered. I will not allow terrorist to win. I will sacrifice myself if I have to. This is Michigan. I am MgoSoftball and I am Michigan Man. I will protect everyone.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well said||
unranked finish should always get a negative, especially nd.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The Big Ten Schedulers||
have no clue. The team bus did not get back home until about 2am. Most of the girls have exams this week so getting up at 6am is hell on them.
I understand they had to cancel the game because if they played it, the kids would not have been home until past 3am. I dont understand why they schedule game so far away during the week.
The B1G should play a tourney style format and play 1 games on Friday, 2 on Saturday and 1 on Sunday. There could be 3 or 4 teams at one site and play a round robin. This would reduce the travel especially when Rutgers and Maryland join the B1G. The distance from Nebraska to Rutgers is over 1300 miles and over 12 hours via bus.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yes there is.||
I am working those details right now. Stay tuned. I should have the rest of the details later today.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||This information||
has been published already so I can post it here. She has lymphoma and has been battling this for 6 years.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks.||
I know soliciting is frowned upon in these parts. However, Emily is an awesome person.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Game 2 is cancelled.||
That is too bad because we had the second game in check. No re scheduled date has been announced yet. This is why April road games are so tough. Our girls have to get on the bus and head to class tomorrow.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||No.||
Im not that purddy.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Officially? Zero||
However, if you call the AD and sweet talk them, you might get offered 2 in the end zone, half way up. Just a guess on my part though.
You will not know until everyone else that had priority points in January get their seat assignments. Those seats are assigned in July.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||There is another||
thunder cell to the South of Bloomington. I think it will skirt a mile or two from the field but we might have another delay for lightning. The NCAA rule is 30 minutes must pass after any sighting of lightning. If there is any lightning spotted during the delay, the clock re-starts.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||There are||
a few good softball programs in the Big Ten. Nebraska was a power house in the Big 12 conference for years. They competed against Oklahoma for years.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||On more||
note; there is another rain cell moving into the area. My guess is that we will have another rain delay in the next hour or so. This is why I dont like softball in April. The Midwestern weather is too hard to predict.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Watching the Masters||
on the Big Screen with 12 different camera angles; all in HD OR watching M softball play msu with cartoon figures in miniture: hmmm the choices.
Is there REALLY any choice? For me, NO.
My School comes before all else.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Did the AD||
announce the attandance for the LAX game afterwards?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Why thank you||
+1 to you, Good Sir.
Softball has been the most consistant winning team on campus over the past 15 years. Coach has done a World Class job in building an empire in the softball world.
Think about it. What Southern California young lady would want to come to AA and its lovely -20F winter days just to play a little softball? They want to play for Coach. She is the Bo, Joe Pa, Petino, Woody, and the Bear Bryant of college softball.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Another item to note:||
Coach mixed up the batting order today. She had everyone move up a slot which put Lyndsay in the 9 hole while Colie batted Lead Off and Romero batted #2.
Michigan leads the Big Ten in Team Batting Average and third in overall Pitching. Romero is in the top 5 in 8 offensive categories.
Sara continues to play DP when she is not pitching. She is hitting very well.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||M wins game 2||
by a score of 8-7 in 8 innings.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The second game||
today is tied up 7-7 going into the bottom of the 7th. Ashley Lane hit 2 bombs, Kelsey hit one and Lawrence hit one. Haylie started and Sara came in relief.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks.||
I look at it a little differently. I compare team by team. So in men's sports we are 5-0-2 and women's we are 7-1. Overall comparing team sports we are 12-1-2 against sparty.
I will dig a little deeper as there are more than 15 total varsity sports.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I would like||
to see the overall varsity records this year. MSU power-house women's basketball team let Spartys down this year when we beat them. I would beat that of all the varsity team sports, we won over 90% of them. Sparty is on a down-ward trent for sure.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||This is GREAT||
news. Both BB and SB are leading the Big Ten. I cant wait to catch a BB game.
|6 weeks 16 hours ago||He is going Blue.||
Bank on it.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Congrats||
Its great, to be, a Michigan Wolverine.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I am just happy||
that he kept his word. He could have easily not done it and there is nothing I could do about it. Its nice to see people keep their word.....for once.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||No worries.||
I have said on several occasions that I am a male softball coach in SE Michigan. I coached my daughter for years including her D1 Club Softball Team. I really enjoy coaching the young ladies. I am still a very active coach today. I coach an 18U Summer Tournament Team.
I got interested in M SB when a local girl was given a full-ride in 1984. She was the starting pitcher for 2 years and did very well. This was many, many years before the Internets so getting information was rather difficult. I usually called the AD for updates.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I ate too||
much as it were. So I did not get any pie. I will go back there soon and I will try the pie.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No So Fast My Friend,||
you mean to tell me that my mother LIED to me? She made me wear that funny looking hat every day and all the girls laughed at me for NO REASON? This is unacceptable.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||From my||
vantage point in the upper bowl, it looked to me like a 60/40 split. Either way, UL had more Red than we had Maize. Although, we had more "air time" during TV timeouts. The big screen had our band, student section and Fab FIve more than UL.
Their student section was quiet and lame. Ours were jumping until the end. I was asked why I dont sit in the student section? My answer was I cant jump like that anymore.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Im not||
sure what you are saying? What dont you "think so" about?
The attendance was 74,000+ last night. Wiki says the capacity is 71,000+. I bet there were 2,000-3,000 empty seats in the upper bowl.
I also told the Card Fan that we pack in 30,000 students for a home football game and 70,000 "Alumni, Faculty and Friends" as Carl would say. At first he thought I was boasting but I reminded him the capacity at the Big House is 109,901 and we always pack 4,000 or so more, especially if it is ohio or ND.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I will||
agree that the East Coast certainly does not care about college sports. I wonder what the BTN sees in Rutgers and Maryland that the rest of the county sees. This will be the first time that East coast college sports will be highlighted on a major scale.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Margo Jonker||
Coach of CMU does a very good job. She has some impressive wins against the Big Ten. I will have to look it up,but I would not be surprised if Margo is .500 against the Big Ten in her career.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Typically there||
are 50-60 games in the spring then about 10 exhibition games in the Fall.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I was never more proud of||
my fellow Michigan alums and fans as I was last night. We knew we were going to lose but EVERYONE in maize stood and sang The Victors. It picked up our kids. We all clapped for Louisville and Petino. They are a class act.
Also, I was proud of the Fab Five. Jalen sat in front of me and he was going crazy for Michigan. He was the biggest "ass" out there. It feed me to be a crazy "ass" as well.
All I can say is its great...to be... a Michigan Wolverine. Thanks to theFab Five for attending. Thanks to Team 94 for defying the odds.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Except||
most alum do not think msu is a rival.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Dont forget||
about Tennessee and Florida. Im in Knoxville now and stopped at UT fields. It is a tad better than Alumni Field. UT will spend money on its softball program.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Hell I want||
anyone who took a class at M to be there. Lets have a tailgate with 500,000+ alumni. I dont understand why anyone would not want a former M student to attend the game? Especially if they played basketball before.
Come home C-Webb. Its been long enough. You are loved by many.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Can someone||
provide an address or general location for Gibneys? Is it near the Dome?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I have||
the D3100 55-200 with a 2x teleconverter on it. I too, took mine to The Palace and the security guard looked at it but I had the lens off.
I plan to be at the Dome about 6 to get some real good shots of pre-game warm ups Im leaving Detroit shortly for the drive down today.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What makes||
no sense? That he picked us to win?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Rob, that||
was funny. Touche'
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Phil has||
us beating ND, Neb, and ohio.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Im not||
worried. UM (the school) recruites itself. We will start to get the top tiered players. Come on, Delaware or UM????? Which has a better college life?
But at least both football team wears a similar type helmet.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Yes. She was an awesome M Player,||
Her name is Kelly (Kovach) Schoenly. She is a 1995 Graduate of UM. From the ohio website:
"During her collegiate pitching career at Michigan (1991-95), Schoenly earned numerous conference and national awards, including 1995 NFCA First-Team All-America honors. A two-time Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and three-time all-conference selection, Schoenly was a member of three Big Ten Conference Championship teams and played on the 1995 squad, which finished seventh at the NCAA Women's College World Series."
"A two-time GTE Academic All-American, Schoenly received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Michigan in December of 1995. After receiving the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Schoenly went on to earn her master's degree in elementary mathematics education from Michigan in May of 1998."
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Im driving down||
tomorrow for Monday's final. Going to make a pit-stop in Knoxville for "work". I would be interested in knowing if security is enforcing the No Professional Camera policy.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
for the complement but I am just a softball fan like everyone else. If I can add a few important notes:
Caitlin Blanchard hit a grand slam in the 6-run 2nd inning. She finished 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. Sierra Lawerence went 3 for 3 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.
Sara was the starting and winning pitcher. She gave up 0 runs on 5 hits. She had 2 Ks and 1 BB. Sara went 1 for 3 at the plate as well.
On a special note: M SB fan, young Emily Hepker, is at the Mayo Clinic in Minn getting treatment. She is a stalwart SB fan and follows the team as much as I do. She loves Blue and wears her M gear proudly under the most difficult of circumstances. May God provide her comfort and healing during this difficult time in her very young life.
Stay strong Emily. Everyone on MGoBlog is praying for your quick recovery. We hope to see you at Alumni Field soon.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Lets keep||
in mind that Chris was charged because the ND Prosecutor thought he lied under oath. Chris could have taken the 5th and said nothing.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Official Ways?||
How does one protest the official way? Isnt the point of civil disobedience to break the law? I dont get it.
Tell that to Rosa Parks. She protested because her feet hurt and started a revolution that we all know was a very good thing. Was it illegal for her? Yes it was. But we all HAILed her for breaking the law.
Not exactly the same situation here but the point is valid. Sometimes you have to break the rules to affect change. Chris admitted to accepting money after he declared for the NBA.
In court documents, Chris admitted taking $38,200 from Martin but it was never proven WHEN he took the money. Chris has said before that he took the money AFTER he declared for the NBA.
So Chris is going to get penalized because he took money after he declared but was technically still a student at UM? So he is getting crucified because he forgot to go withdraw from classes before he went to see Ed Martin?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I said the||
same thing 21 years ago when they cut Steady Eddie Murray. The Lions then drafted a no-name rooking who was not tested. I was so pissed. How could they release an old tried and true veteran like Murray for a young punk named Hanson?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Let me tell you||
about it. I work for a global company that has a manufacturing plant in Knoxville. I hear it once a month when I go there for meetings etc. They have a shrine of Manning in the cafateria. They are angry and bitter about it all. I have to remind them that Manning did not practically single-handedly win a NC.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||At 4pm||
the cheapest ticket on stubhub was $350 with 4,000 tix left. Now, at 10pm, there are less than 1000 tix left and the price is $450.
Mrs MGoSoftball and I were planning on catching Tigers Opening Day, no drinking, then hit southbound I-75. But for $450, I dont know about that.
I guess I will wait to see then AD releases them.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I bet||
his mother knew he was going to have one helluva game.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Good point||
Haylie will continue to improve as we move through the B1G. I suspect she will be in mid-season form shortly.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I really do not typically||
point out errors. However, if you count the errors and subsequent runs off errors, most are made by Freshman. I am not concerned at all because the Freshmen are going to make errors. Usually Freshmen do not get starting roles at such a high level.
The Freshmen are certainly worthy of starting at this level as evidenced by their hot bats. Romero will probably win Freshman of the Year in the B1G. So I guess we have to take the good with the bad at this point.
Defensive errors are easier to fix than a cold bat, by a long shot. So it is worth the wait for the Freshmen to improve their defensive skills as long as they continue to hit.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I know||
a few Kansas people and they are almost as bad as sparty fans when it comes to basketball. I just say "play in a real conference then talk to me".
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Good stuff||
I dont recall anyone crying when we lost to Appy St or at anytime during the 2008 season. If anyone had a right to cry it was us. But I guess Kansas has only basketball to root for and for the occasional cow tipping contest, there is nothing to do outside of BB season.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Congrats||
to another M NC Team, The Leaders and Best.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yea I was||
going to try to get there tomorrow but no-go. I will get there next weekend for sure. I have to try out my new Nikon with 55-300mm
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Nice pic Sec 1||
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Not for softball||
hopefully. Softball is primarily and infield game. Most of the practices can be held indoors at Glick.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Going to be a long summer||
I think I am going to get 2 more season tix too.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Do you mean like...||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I understand that||
I am in the minority; however, I prefer Adidas over Nike. Nike is too over the top for my tastes. Adidas is somewhat boring but still presentable. Now I do not have all the facts on the recent uniform issues so I will reserve final judgement.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Most say||
this is the greatest hocey goal EVER.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I guess it depends||
if the sparty is just a casual fan or an Alum. I rarely get into debates with Walmart Sparties because we have more casual fans than sparty. I just respond than I am not a casual M fan, I am a Grad Student. That shuts them up. So I agree with OMG that it is not worth getting into an arguement with a Walmart Sparty.
However, occasionally sparty will respond that he is also a sparty Alum; thats when he gets nasty. I respond in kind.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Absolutely Agree!||
This year is so much different than the previous 3 or 4. Everyone in the line up is hitting. Special note to Amy Knapp and Caitlin Blanchard. These two young ladies flipped a switch. They both should make 1st Team All-Big Ten along with Sara and Haylie. Sierra Romero should be Freshman of the Year and Sara should be Player of the Year.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Forget WR||
look at :53. This kid can play OT.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Put me||
down for #1
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Chris||
is a very wise man. Sparty gonna spart. I agree with OP, this proves, once again, that Lil Bro is behaving like a Lil Bro and deserves the moniker.
This is not news or even worthy of a thread on this highly-esteemed board.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Oregon wins||
by 10 in the first game. Bank on it.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Not so fast my friend||
MSU recruits nationally.
Is it also possible that the store had 300 jerseys the day before but sold out in 2 hours?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Good point||
sparty will be at the Post by 5pm. We have nothing to worry about. Besides they cant afford the all session pass anyway. We are in session 2 and they are in session 1. I cant imagine they would stay even if they has an all sessions pass.
I will be there Saturday and I will not stoop to sparty's level and boo any young athlete trying his/her best to represent their school. These are students regardless of the color of their uniform.
I hope sparty makes an ass out of themselves. I will take photos and post them.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Not so fast my friend||
obviously the police have never been to Stubenville. Everyone there has cateracts and needs medicine.
Its the brownie capital of ohio too. Maybe he is a baker and doesnt like walnuts.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Do we have a time yet?||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Except||
now we have 2 Sierras. That sort of throws me off a little.
Because there are only 9 starters and 2 or 3 possible subs, there is no chance of getting anyone confused. I had this same discussion last year. If I say "Sara pitched a good game", is that any worse than "Driesenga pitched a good game"?
The point of the message is still the same. I have seen several other articles written by newspapers etc where softball players are referred to by their first name. Its a softball thing.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||While Mn||
has a very good pitcher in Sara Moulton, they just cant hit. I understand where you are coming from. However, Mn just cannot hit consistantly. They have only 1 real offensive threat..
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Do we have a time||
scheduled yet for Thursday?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Final Four||
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Can someone explain||
the purpose of different sticks?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||The 3 games||
are spread out over 3 days. That is a problem. Double headers are not used this year as in past years. Single games does not help, it hurts.
I prefer my pitchers to pitch back to back in a DH. They are warmed up and loose and I like to go with the hot arm. If I had only one Ace, I would not like to pitch in three consecutive games. It is just too much for that pitcher to get loose and warmed up. It takes a lot of energy to get warmed up. Some pitchers can throw 50-100 pitches to warm up. That is the equivilent of a complete game.
So if a team has only 1 Ace, they will throw many more pitches in single 3-game series than a 3 game series with 1 DH. It is all about the number of pitches thrown REGARDLESS of whether those pitches are in a game or warm up.
So 3 single game series helps those teams with a good #2 because that pitcher will get MORE not less pitches. This format helps us and not by a little but a lot.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||1) When Michigan is losing in||
1) When Michigan is losing in FB? I go to every game so I stay to the end. I almost left early for the UTL game and that would have been aweful. I stay to the end. On TV if we are losing (ala 'Bama) I might switch over to check another game, but I always watch. I dont watch any NFL games anymore so CB is the only football I watch.
2) BB Losing? I watch to the end.
3) BBT or Spring Game? Both. I watched every BTT game thus far AND every BB game this weekend. The spring game will get here soon enough.
4) Football INCLUDING the 2008 and 2009 seasons. I would not care if they went 0-fer. I enjoy watching all things Michigan especially football and softball.
5) SOFTBALL. I have said it before. The SB team has the best chance of a NC of all varsity sports. Volleyball had one hellava run recently. I will sign the yellow and blue in the Diag and post it on YouTube if another team other than softball wins a NC.
But to answer your question directly: football. I think BB is a one-and-done sport. Teams like Gonzaga have a good chance because they do not have star players that leave for NBA.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Remember that||
there are 3 games not 2. I would agree with a 2 game schedule back to back would not be a problem for 1 Ace. However, 3 consecutive games is just too much at this high level. We play Indiana for a double header but all others are 3 games.
We do not play Wiskey who has the best OOC stats in batting and pitching. Wiskey will be one of the 3 teams that contend for the BTT.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Oh shit||
here we go again. I hate rooting for them, but if I have to......... I feel dirty already.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Let me add||
that we beat Indiana but because of the no call on the flagrant, we lose. Sparty beats Iowa because of a bad call too. The shot where Iowa CLEARLY had all ball but was called a foul. If that does not get called, Iowa gets the ball and wins.
So yes, they are not better than us.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Besides||
AFAIK no alcohol at NCAA events is still in effect. Do you think sparty would stay and root against us or head over to the Post for a quick one?
We will be just fine.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Now you just||
jinxed us. /s
But seriously, we will get challenged for sure. There are 3 teams that will contend for the title. The new format favors us because we have two dominate pitchers. A few other Big Ten teams have a platoon system as well, most do not.
The B1G is not known as a strong conference. Last year only two teams (us and NW) made the tournament. Most of the best players are from warm weather states. They dont want to build snowmen for recreation, although we have an Ace up our sleeve in Coach Hutchins. Kids would crawl to play for her.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Normally you||
can do this per ISF Rules. However, many tournaments do not allow subbing this runner. The NCAA has a modified version of this rule as they do not allow tie breaker until the 10th inning and this is NOT used in tournament play.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||SB is||
a low scoring game and ties happen regularly. I have even put a quick bench player in to bat when there were 2 outs of a tie game (last inning) so I could control the next inning. If the bench player struck out then I would have her starting off at second base the next inning.
I have NEVER asked a girl to strike out or not do her best although I have been accused of that. It is just strategy.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I have||
tracked his picks compared to the actual bracket the past two years. The problem is ESPN does not keep his pre-tournament bracket on the website. It can sometimes be found by other outlets picking up the story.
Lunardi is less than 50% accurate. He generates hype until the NCAA announcement then he goes quiet. Marketing 101.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Laugh all||
the way to the bank. Those of us who did buy tickets can sell them to sparty if msu can hold on to a 2 or 3 seed. I will double my money. If we do get to the Palace then its a win-win.
What is the downside?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||She is probably||
a sparty troll anyway. No real Michigan Man would ever be critical of any M Varsity sport.
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||Especially||
with this team. We have all the tools: speed, power, dominate pitching, great catchers, good defense and World Class Coaching; to "mercy" most teams we play.
The official NCAA terminology is "run-rule" but us old timers still prefer the term "Mercy-rule", or better yet "mercied". We make new words as we go along.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||Fair enough||
but the ratings were only for Metro Detroit.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||sure||
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||Hi SBW||
I have been scouting the other Big Ten teams. There are some very good teams coming into conference play.
I will have a Big Ten Preview next week.
|10 weeks 16 hours ago||Well Hockey Team||
just defeated WMU on the road. So this along with the SB wins today certainly takes the sting out of our pain.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||Well it may||
continue to spin but polarity reversal is more likely.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||#15 in Coaches Poll||
and #14 in the USA Softball Poll.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||Sometimes||
I just shake my head. I thought we had a great chance at splitting today. Sara proved me wrong, oh so wrong. But after the BB game, I certainly needed a pick-me-up.
Hockey team is tied 3-3 at the second intermission so lets get this one too.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||Sorry for||
the confusion. Overall we did very well today. We need to gain some consistancy.
Pics would certainly be appreciated. Thanks so much.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||Key Players||
Ashley Lane went long for 2 RBIs and ended up 1 for 2 with 2 runs scored. Amy Knapp went 2 for 3 with 2 RBIs. Nicole Sappingfield went 1 for 4 with an RBI.
Sara was the winning pitcher in 2.1 innings giving up 0 ER off 4 hits; she walked 1 and struck ou 2. Haylie came on in relief pitching 4.2 innings giving up 4 ER off 10 hits. She struck out 3 and walked 1.
Overall a very good outing for us. We only had 5 hits but they were all key hits. ASU had 14 hits but as the OP says, good defense kept us strong. No errors against a great team usually wins every time.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Or better yet,||
complete the entire tournament in one weekend. Start it on Friday at noon then Saturday morning at 7am at a central location, ie St. Louis.
Then have 4 different arenas for each region. Then play the Final Four (3 games) Sunday night. Boom goes the dynamite.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Sounds like||
someone needs to go to Jareds, ask her THE question and both move to AA.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Thats ok.||
She (inthebluelot) is probably a sparty troll anyway and probably never set foot on campus. She downvotes any post if the thread is not football. There is no Michigan Man on the planet who would downvote a non revenue sport. We are a family and we support all our brothers and sisters regardless of the sport they choose.
This is Michigan. We are more than a football school. We are a family. She (inthebluelot) just does not "get it" as DB says. Sometimes I wish the trolls were banned.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Yes she can.||
Jasmin Hails from irving California. Thus far this year she is 7-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 51.2 innings. She has given up 40 hits, 17 runs (11 ER), 44 Ks and 17BB. She has an opponent BA of .209.
These are not dominating stats but they are very good ones. VT problems are not pitching, its hitting. VT is good enough to make the tourney.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||My Grandmother||
was born and raised in Scotland. I remember she used to make me wear Orange on St. Pattys Day to school. One year, a teacher pinched my cheek for not wearing green and grandmother had a shit fit.
She went to the school and I thought she was going to fight the teacher. She was furrious. Grandmother told my teacher that mgosoftball was neither catholic nor Irish. Thank goodness the Tigers were Orange so every year since, I always wore a Tigers shirt to school. Even today, 150 years later, I still wear Orange mostly to honor my grandmother.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Make sure||
to get pics and post them for the rest of us. Tell the team that everyone on the blog is rooting for them.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Wikipedia||
has the definition of Michigan Man. In the description is "Hutch".
Thanks Steve for the memories and your dedication to OUR school.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I will not||
argue with the data. However, Illinois being a Top 5 engineering school just does not seem right. Purdue is a great engineering school as the others on that list.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Of course||
MGoBlog is the center of the media universe. The question is why did you NOT know that???
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||2nd Woah||
Someone posted on this board that the Saturday Morning MGoBlog WAS the Center of the media Universe. What are you trying to say?
|11 weeks 2 hours ago||It is difficult||
for me to conclude that "support for Sparty is waining". It could be sampling error. More information is needed: sample size, randomness of the respondants, method of sampling, etc.
However, if multiple polls are taken over time in a repeated method, the higher the confidence. Are the recent values a trend or are they measurement error? Where on the Bell Curve does each data point lie? This is actually a fun and interesting science.