At press time, Harbaugh had sent Michigan’s athletic department an envelope containing a heavily annotated seating chart, a list of the 63,000 seat views he had found unsatisfactory, and a glowing 70-page report on section 25, row 12, seat 9, which he claimed is “exactly what the great sport of football is all about.”
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|3 weeks 1 day ago||I don't get this criticism.||
The stories are intentionally meant to be different. There were lots of dull moments in season one, guessing why two cops are being interrogated the entire season with various flashbacks serving as backdrop for action. I mean the structure of the drama in the two seasons is completely different. One is told almost entirely in flashback and the other is straight narrative.
The first season cast a guy best known for romantic leads in chick flicks and the lead performer in Magic Mike as a burnt-out cop without morals or direction as one of two investigators in an occult-based murder. The other lead character is a guy best known for early work in a barroom sticom and sometime dramatic roles in mostly light comedies or drama. In short, the casting of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson was also based on going against career typecasting. The actors took the roles because of that.
And they are executive producers for this season which means at they very least they are associated with the production values of this year's season which has been written by the same guy, the creator of True Detective, who has been a screen writer and literary professor for the past 20 years.
Not every episode or season of Sopranos was epic either. And that show also cast a little known character actor as its primary star. And that was the very reason why he was cast.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, and if the Godfather had sucked||
Francis Ford Coppola, who was nearly fired in the early weeks of its filming, wouldn't have directed Godfather !!, which was completely different in its telling from the first.
This season can't even be compared to last year. The plot lines are completely different. The locales are different, and the story centers on a corrupt community outside LA that is encilrcled by the tentacles of shifting interests and power structures which the repeated shots of the freeway with bypassing traffic moving oblivious to the turmoil is meant to reflect.
The ugly milleu of Vinci, with its power plant setting and strip mall stucco casino, plays backdrop to three compromised and emotionallly spent and tortured cops seeking clues to an occult-based killing of a mysterous and debauched city manager who was running a spiderweb of criminal activity.
All that plus natural audience expectations make establishing new challenges with unfamiliar characters playing against type a tough proposition to accept. You gotta admit having your lead actot shotgunned at the end of second episode a massively effective cliffhanger even if near-death is foreshadowed in the bar scene seduction with the waitress. That's some good writing.
The bosses don't want the case solved, they just want it to go away so life goes on as before. It seems like a lot of folks here feel the same way about this season.
What is true about True Detective is that it's the story that sucks you in even when you doubt the possibilites and where its headed. That is the way most crime investigations go.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||OK, whatever you think of Albom||
you have to give him credit for knowing how to interview people. And, of course, it helps if you've known a guy professionally since his days in college and his favorite coach. That, of course, changes the tenor and nature of the interview to begin with. However, the questions Albom asked Harbaugh were questios all Michigan fans want asked, not the dumbass touchy, feely crap that Cowherd offered as a way to inveigle a sense of intimacy with his subject.
Again, Albom is a journalist and not just a talk show host, author and playwright. Plus Albom knows Michigan sports inside and out. That was a great interview. And in the end, you get an engaged Harbaugh wanting to hear sound bites from everybody's all-time favorite baseball announcer and legend.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Competition..........!||
The man never misses an opportunity to compete with an energy unknown to mankind. Until he runs out of energy or, in this case, fireworks. A very cool story, though.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Outside of Martin Scorcese,||
who does the Rolling Stones with greater stones than this film. Lawrence Kasdan is my hero, a classic with a classic cast. And even the angst of Ann Arbor and Michigan fans is on complete display. Perfection. Love it. An all-time favorite on multiple levels.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's hard to know how good he'll be||
be based on his Iowa experience, because he wasn't asked to do more than manage the offense and was never a prolific thrower in their run-oriented attack. I see why Harbaugh would like him because his efficiency numbers are decent and he knows when to kill a play and not extend it when you really don't have a guy to throw to.
If Michigan is running a West Coast offense that relies on efficiency passing to spilt receivers and tight ends and backs out of the backfield instead of longer downfield throws, then I think Rudock is the ticket. I think he had more drops and interceptions at Iowa when he was throwing deeper passes, fades and seam routes. But again, Iowa has never been a pass heavy team and Rudock is no gunslinger.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Game is the game.||
I don't care what time it's played. But the newtwork does, and ABC pays the conference and schools for allowing it great influence when deciding which games will be played at what time with the school's having a final say on prime time contests. We already know that an evening start has been ruled out. And we already know that a midafternoon game becomes a night game in the second half in November.
Michigan has repeatedly played MSU at 3:30 pm in both Ann Arbor and E. Lansing. Michigan-OSU is sacrosanct in most respects based on when its played --the last game of the season and time is important --to many.
I really don'rt have a personal preference because the game is so special it transcends that concern, for me.
So, in my mind, the only question is whether you think there are inherent security risks and travel issues with a late afternoon contest. I think those are minimal. But maybe the game time should be determined as it is for most during the season, by the record and rankings of the teams and the significance of the contest before deciding that.
Here's the thing, though: If you claim you want to be considered a national elite and play the top teams, you play in prime time windows not in old school timeframes, even if it disrupts our cultural sentiment and tradition. We don't get hung up on when other sporting events between these schools are played. So, I think the question of when its played ought to be determined as other big game rivalries are played, when most are likely to watch, our feelings nothwithstanding.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Yes, the last time||
The Game was featured as a twilight last gleaming contest, the battle between the two college titans turned out to be a remarkably entertaining game. I have always liked the noon start for the rivalry because of the anticipation of it. But clearly when this game became a national standard for excellence during the 10-year war period, the set time for it was dictated as much by team and fan travel considerations as it was by calculating audience shares from TV coverage.
Now, of course, with rights fees through the roof, and witht the understanding that the mid-afternoon contest is not even the primetime matchup on Saturdays anymore, the noon window has become a dumping ground for lesser games. And because of that feeling, I think the noon start for Michigan-Ohio State, while traditional, still suffers.
Charles shouldn't be too concerned, however. Because Michigan gave some thought about whether to make Michigan State and Ohio State evening affairs this year, before deciding against it. Interestingly, Michigan has played MSU at varying afternoon times, again because the question of trtavel is essentially not an issue for that game.
Noon or 1 pm kickoffs are pretty limited. With Harbaugh's hiring, Michigan has also raised the stature of their contests just by the coaching matchups it will have week to week this fall. I can't imagine a more classic matchup that Harbaugh-Urban Meyer on the final Saturday in Alabama-Auburn are faring this year and other strategic regional rivalries on Thanksgiving weekend.
Here's the thing though: Michigan gets to set the gametime. So, we shall see.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Lloyd was particularly short||
with reporters if they questioned his judgment or coaching approach. He suffered no fools, taking a page out of Bo's book. The Harris interview or failure of it, was classic Lloyd. The king of Well-ness took some major criticism for walking away from Harris at halftime of the Ohio State game with Michigan enjoying a lead in one of its most decisive victories over the Buckeyes in recent times. .
I actually think that the question about whether to increase the lead before halftime by being more aggressive was a legitimate point and question.
However, Lloyd clearly felt differently and his smirking walkaway treatment of the sideline reporter also was well appreciated by many Michigan fans although some thought him rude. But I would argue that arrogance means nothing in the context of the pressure of that game, Seeking excuses for playing it safe and conservatively at home is like asking if water is wet and it feels good to be ahead at halftime. Yeah, it beats being behind. Thanks for the insight.
I have never felt a coach is obligated to explain himself unless something extrodinary occurs that requires a statement from him as he's running off the field. Typically you get nothing from these interludes except Captain Obvious capsule comments pretty much designed to jive with whatever the color guy has been pontificating about for two quarters. Vindication, we must have it, apparently.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Can we be honest about||
our coach in noting that he doesn't feign interest in things he's not interested in, like talking to some dumbass ESPN personality in remote about things which don't intrigue him. I guess being sociable and engaging is part of your job and "selling your program" but I don't really have an issue with Harbaugh not engaging Cowherd with questions that a first-year college student would have greater imagination offering a Michigan coach on national radio.
As for the Great White metaphor for Harbaugh's personality, which Brian so neatly served up in researching a former staffer's view, i am reminded of Jaw's dialogue uttered by Robert Shaw's Capt. Quint when confronting a shark up close and personal, as he relates in a story about the delayed rescue of men in shark infested waters from his sunken aircraft carrier Indianapolis, which delivered the bombs that ended World War II.
In conversation, Quint notes that a shark has "lifeless eyes," dull in appearance, almost like a "doll's eyes" and you really can't comprehend the danger and ferocious nature of this maneater until he bites you and turns the water red. Yeah, I can see a correlation with Harbaugh.
Take him to a ballgame, let him reminisce about his childhood, growing up a Tiger fan with his dad high school buddies of pinch-hitting legend Gates Brown, having Brown and Lou Whitaker share lunch at his home in Ann Arbor, and failing to grasp the full Charlie Lau hitting philosophy, and you might get a red meat interview instead of some pointless questioning about his intensity and the hours difference in pro and college coaching.
Yeah, so Harbaugh is human in a job that's all about a media feeding frenzy about winning games and appearing like a Great White when it suits your bite.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Exactly. The minute that guy||
took over for Tony Kornheiser, I quit listening to that show, period.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||First off, Harbaugh||
never sounds great when he's interviewed. It doesn't matter whether its local or national media talking to him, because he knows whatever answers he gives will be reinterpreted for whatever purpose that he can't control. How many profiles have you read or how many times have you seen him in interview situations where he focuses keenly on what is being asked and then gives a measured response. He is rarely glib and sometimes short if he feels his time is being wasted.
I think he was on guard in this particular interview and telephone interviews are rarely opportunities for vibing with the host unless they enjoy each and find a mutual topic of interest. Cowherd's questions failed to elicit great observations because they were boring, questions that Harbaugh has already answered a million times. What was the first thing you wanted to change at Michigan? What's the hourly difference in coaching in the pros and college? When do you put in a gameplan for your first game? Really. Did we tune in to hear Harbaugh give us a compelling answer to those dynamic questions?
And what's more, he confused Harbaugh with his "buy" question which I couldn't even figure out, and that seemed to put the coach on higher alert than he was starting off.
Now if you want to see and hear an engaged Harbaugh, check out his Detroit News interview on Tuesday surrounding his first-pitch appearance at the Tigers game where he offered a couple of stories about going to a baseball game at Miller Park in Milwaukee where Brad Ausmus tossed a game ball to his dad or practicing the Charlie Lau hitting approach while at Stanford with the school's baseball coach. Those are fun stories and they came as a result of some simple media questions that got Harbaugh excited to share, whcih the guy legitimately does every chance he gets.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I have not commented on this||
issue since the story broke last week. But it seems to me the argument over whether the coaching staff and Harbaugh are trying to push Pipkins out for anything other than his longterm welfare cannot be denied because the school has apparently agreed and Harbaugh has publicly offered to keep Pipkins under scholarship regardless of his team status during his senior year,
What we don't know about his health condition --but which both the prior and current staff are well aware -- is the kid's total medical history while at Michigan. And it has been apparent since his time on the roster that he has suffered multiple injuries that have sidelined him and kept him from becoming the kind of dynamic player he was touted during his recruitment.
Because we can't know certain details about his health status, we can't judge the motives being suggested for his current status and advisement that he leave the game permanently. How can you argue that this is a case of over-signing when there isn't even a hint or a prospect of someone taking Pipkins scholarship without expanding the roster?
Obviously this hurts both the team and the kid. And it makes total sense that as a high-level competitor he would want to resume playing somewhere else if he receives medical clearance to do so by licensed professionals going forward. Notwithstanding his desire to continue playing and risk longterm injury which every player risks, Harbaugh's first priority needs to be his player's and team's welfare. There are, of course, insurance and legal consequences inherent with this move and Pipkins decision to leave and seek playing time elsewhere opens the door to some and closes it for others.
But in this case, if you really wanted to investigate what Pipkins has experienced and whether he is now being treated fairly, there are a myriad of ways to find out. I suspsect, however, that Pipikns getting medical clearance from another school to play again will be the ultimate litmus test of this roster move.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||It's a curious take because the||
origin of that stated perennial goal is Bo Schembechler whom Hoke was evoking having never worked under him. And the reason Schembechler always set that as the goal for his team is the realization that it is the only one you have control over even in an undefeated season which Michigan enjoyed under Lloyd Carr for whom Hoke coached under and who also shared Schembechler's view as Michigan's top yearly priority.
Again, it wasn't the idea of foreclosing vision and pursuit of the ultimate prize, just acknowledging that the conference championship is one your team can win without needing pollster support.
Harbaugh would seemingly have the same outlook as his late legendary coach since he played for him and knew his mind. Except that he played and coached in the NFL where winning a division is hardly the priorty of any team since even wild card playoff teams are capable of winning a Super Bowl. Hence, why Harbaugh is driven by bigger annual goals and by the idea of winning every game, which is the only sure way of getting to a national championship opportunity seems based on a different path of experience and coaching journey,
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, but but is||
uncontainable excitement with an enthusiasm that reaches a level unknown to mankind? That is, after all, the new standard here.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I actually like the||
roundtable format of the Thursday show on WTKA and Brian was re-running those near hout-long podcasts on the blog. They sort of do that now with JamieMac, but may be if he if invited another guy to talk about college football stuff that would be fine. Let's remember, that it's Brian's observations and analysis which drives the WTKA and his own podcasts. If he's hosting and interviewing, rather than just participating as a co-host, you sort of lose what's best about those shows.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Ironically, his motivation for helping hire and then||
helping undo the Rich Rodriquez transition remains as baffling as ever.
And other than that, I've always liked him. He had a terrific HOF career at Michigan.
He was hired by Bo after a lunch in downtown Ann Arbor that was primarily remembered that day because Bo nearly got into it with a guy who honked his horn at their car as they were leaving to go back to campus. Later, Gary Moeller asked Lloyd if Bo had told him he was hired, and Lloyd said he wasn't sure. The rest is history.
We all have our foibles. Lloyd was a pretty damn good coach and he won an NC. Nobody else can say that.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry, I disagree.||
If the story suffers at all, it's because you are comparing it to what has already been produced. And if you watched the credits, you probably noticed that last year's lead actors are both listed as executive producers for this season.
The chief writer and show creator remains the same, Nick Pizzolato. And there is a terrific takeout on him and the show in the latest edition of Vanity Fair, written by a guy who knew him back when he was a fledgling DePaw university professor and then later a writing collaborator on the Starz show, Magic City.
In the article, writer Rich Cohen notes that this was always going to be an issue for Pizzolato because this season dispenses with everything that set the first season apart as such a huge hit. If anything, the atmosphere and landscape of the first season was as flamboyantly different as the narrative style of storytelling and the performances.
You might find it interesting that Pizzolato knew exactly who he wanted for the latest roles and picked Vaughn as a villain because it goes against his career type, just as he cast McConaghey and Harrelson against their career type roles for season one. Actually, on Sunday night, HBO broadcast Wedding Crashers after the True Detective debut, in which Rachel McAdams and Vaughn both played comedic roles, totally opposite what they play here. And clearly that scheduling was intentional.
Vaughn seems leaner, more sinister and inwardly devilish as a would be criminal powerbroker who sinks his claws into Colin Farrel's trustworthy sheriff deputy wounded by an attack on his woman.
it's also clear that the industrial landscape surrounding the ribbons of LA highway that center this drama make it dramatcially different from the rural blankness of Louisianna and coastal Texas which swallowed the detectives in their chase to find the mystery behind an occut-related slaying that opened the first season wiht such odd talisman clues.
There is a hint in season 2, that at the very least, the killing of a corrupt city manager swept up in erotic mysogeny, is going to lead an unlikely band of detectives into an unsavory investigation where discovery of his killer is the least remarkable revelation of the unfolding case.
This isn't a criminal procedure story as told on every other network who-done-it show. This story has a Fitzgerald quality to it, in which the ugly, choking landscape with no redeeming view even at night, is part of the darkness of the broken world and people who inhabit it and manipulated by those running it.
This story could be as interesting as any other LA crime drama, Muholland Drive, Black Dahlia or as good as classics such as LA Confidential or Chinatown. We shall see.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Why are we debating his tenure at Michigan?||
He is who he is. And everybody else is assuming he isn't. He's a man of his own creation and passion for life and football, and making his alma mater just like the program was under his legendary coach whom he respects just like the predecssors who served in his job.
Why would you think that this man would want to leave before he even gets started? Why, because others float that possibiltiy? These are the same guys who misread his situation in SF. These are the same people who didn't know what we knew instinctively about the mindset of this Michigan man, this leader, this nutty, one-of-a-kind coach who believes in himself, his family, school and country. Perhaps in a different order but c'mon. Harbaugh will coach here longer than his current contract because he wants to make a difference and a mark.
And not just because its Michgian. Becase Michigan isn't just a program. It's a special place for a special coach. And Harbaugh knows this.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||In less time than it takes most coaches||
to get to know his own personnel and decide how to best use their talents, Michigan's new coach has revamped a coaching staff amped about changing the college landscape about how you go about teaching the game nationally and whether that mindset is appropriate or not.
So, while stupid writers engage in debate over the time that Harbaugh will spend coaching Michigan before returning to the NFL, Harbaugh has already reshaped the national view about you go about coaching collegiately because he know's this: When you sell the game and how to play it well, you don't have to worry about selling or exposure.
Has Harbaugh ever done anything that seeks to alter how he's viewed, or do others simply impose their own worldviews on him to justify how he should be perceived based on that opinion?
Harbaugh is a football junkie and ambassador. This weekend he and Jedd Finch plan to host the most remarkable qb talent camp possibly ever assembled at Michigan Stadium. If you build it, they will come. This guy is a football messiah. And they are coming.
You know, as a Michigan fan, I uesd to worry about this program, where it's going and all. Once Harbaugh got hired, the only worry is how quickly he puts his stamp on this team. But, I mean when you see what this guy is about, how can you even worry about that. Wins and losses? Sure we want 8 or more this year. But, really, what he's doing now, will make this program great for years and years to come. And he's still rocking the boat.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Demonstrating a passion||
for man's best friend with enthusiasm unknown to mankind. You just gotta believe. Harbaugh. The man's influence is otherworldly.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I once read a story about a Tom Sizemore||
movie that made less than $100, making it the worst movie draw of all time. But I know the producers of that film didn't spend millions to make it, either.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Back when the NFL and||
players union were renegotiating their current bargaining agreement, one of the primary concerns the players voiced about the league was the influence and the authority of the commissioner to judge and settle disputes. The players were right to be concerned about this. What has become clear since then is that Goeddel isn't any good at finding or rendering judgment
The nation's two leading newspapers have now issued independent confirmation of each other from outside experts looking at the NFL investigation of the Patriots alleged ball-deflation case and both reported the same findings: the NFL special investigation shouldn't be trusted because the methodology and results don't add up.
Quite honestly, the NFL has more to lose in being wrong about this, then it does in spanking one of its most stellar franchises and defending Super Bowl winning team and one of the game's best-ever quarterbacks (who I believe would do most anything to support his team to win a game). But if the ball deflation facts don't add up or conflate with the circumstances of the case, then you can't indict or support a cse of cheating even against a team known for it.
And, if the NFL overrides the findings of these independent studies, to back the results of its own investigation in order to justify itself and not show up its now tarnished report, why should we believe in its ability to administer anything but a rigged game designed, like the NCAA, to prop itself up?
I mean Goeddel had to take a private course on women's issues after announcing an initiial four-game suspension in the Ray Rice affair last summer after the NFL supposedly conducted an incredibly thorough independent investigation of that case, which turned out to be anything but thorough or properly conducted.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Whether this is perception or reality||
Michigan teams are defined by resiliency, not by our judgment of capability.
Character defines the Michigan mystique and capability drives its capacity for greatness under any circumstance, especially when the stakes are highest and the margin for error, limited to a last out. You get 21 of them in a regulation game. And tonight the chances between that context of opportunity will define this team's season or prolong it. We can preserve the future by discounting failure and counting the blessings of a well-played season, and this is just, but it sells short the sacrifice, commitment and mettle of a team steeped in a deeper commitment to itself to play beyond the passion of possibility, and rise again by taking it to the limit one more time -- a quality that Michigan teams are known for and live by in song and memory.
Take it to the limit one more time. Give us yet another night to celebrate your possibility.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Look, I can see||
why softball fans would hate Schilling as a commentator, but for ESPN I understand why they put him on their flagship broadcast of a game being watched by a broader audience to help both compare the game of baseball and softball and, thus, give its players and execution greater respect than an all-female team of former players can.
I mean if you didn't know that softball hurlers throwing the ball 60-plus mph is the equivalent of a baseball pitcher throwing in the high 90's, and that with the kinds of drops and rise balls with spin and movement that deceptively change eye level for any hitter, Schilling gave you that perspective as to how major league pitchers do the same thing throwing sliders, curves and changeups in order to get great hitters out.
What he didn't get is that in softball, almost all pitches are called from the bench by the pitching coach or head coach, something that is true for lots of baseball teams but not necessarily every battery or elite pitcher. So, whether Haeger took Betsa deep on a pitch that Betsa didn't want to throw or she got overriden by the bench call, the pitch still got hit out.
Schilling didn't bring anything new to the game for softball fans, he did give the wider audience a better appreciation of how good these softball athletes and pitchers really are talented and how their performance could be compared to baseball, which is the point of him being there.
The skills to play softball, eye-hand coordination, bat speed and speedup of reaction and response because of a smaller playing surface than baseball, should only enhance respect for the performers who are so dazzling in making it look easy when it's a difficult game to play, let alone master.
The women's game is such a pleasure to watch when played well by great athletes and so nerve-wracking like any other contest when you are hooked into the moment, that complaining about how it doesn't relate to a different game, seems ludicrous to me. It is a different game and great because of that. And the women who play it are wonderful athletes and should be recognized as such.
ESPN is simply trying to translate the game for those viewers who need a translator. I'm not supporting his presence on the broadcast, just seeking to explain why he's there.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||So even as Blatter was||
attempting to blame the FIFA bribery scandal on wayward prosecution brought on by a revengeful prosecution to cover for failed World Cup bids by the UK and US, a mysterious bank transfer to tthe Caribbean for an area that barely supports soccer infrastructure but has well-known off-shore banking and financial rules protecting investors and their identities, forces Blatter out.
Well, that makes more sense than seeking to explain how you are propping up the soccer universe with astronomical benefits accrued from countries that can neither support the game longer than the time given to build stadia for the pleasure of a blissful world audience while the community buidling them slumps in the wake of the financial fix. Talk about an income gap.
Question is, what does this say about the last two cup awards and the bid election process?
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Nice review and summary||
of what to look for and anticipate tonight. I thought Michigan was tentative at bat for the first time in their appearance at the CWS. Not to be unexepected at this point. Michigan regained its footing late and had the more dynamic chances to score and win than Florida's first inning salvo blast from national player of the year Haylie Wagner.
I would have preferred Michigan putting a play on the seventh with none out and runners on the corners. Either a bunt or hit and run early in the count. But the problem with that strategy for Hutch was that you had Michigan's most efficient and timely bats coming up.
Still moving the defense and forcing it to react, gives the hitter a better chance to make something happen without requiring a clean hit. This play can both backfire and/or succeed but Michigan got what it should have have needed a ball up the middle that the defense sought to turn into two outs and not seek a play at the plate on Romero, who had to go then, if only because you can't count on anything else happening to score -- as things turned out.
I felt as the play unfolded, Michigan would tie it up, but Romero's failure to start home forced her to stay at third. The only thing that partially saved Michigan was a late relay throw to first. By the way, the shortstop made a great stop on that well-hit ball.
I have felt watching this tournament that Michigan is the most outstanding team and would only lose if it beat itself, which it did Monday night. Maybe Florida is better because it takes what it gets and makes it stand up. Michigan has one more chance to prove my belief. But even if it falls short, this program has given us a delicious season of passionate play. That's all you can ask.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||So, does this mean that Michigan||
no longer has to pay him his severance package? Now, that would be a real savings.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||i guess I'm a little||
different about this stuff. I have officiated softball for many years. I have actually worked games that involved former Michigan players and greats including Jennie Ritter and Auburn's starter in two of its elimination games. I think this Michigan team is its best ever and the chemistry and grit it possesses is championship material. But just as the 1997 national championship team played from behind in the Rose Bowl the year it won, Michigan must now do tonight and tomorrow or leave wondering about what might have been.
If it is to win, then Romero must rebound from a tactical mistake in baserunning. Michigan was in position to win last night and It has to live with that outcome, more than anyone of us will ever imagine or feel broken up about before we move on. You erase that memory by learning from it and responding to another chance. That's what champions do.
You have to realize that every pitcher at the CWS is throwing in the 60's or with velocity of breaking pitches which make hitting well a difficult prospect. A ball thrown at more than 60 mph in softball is the equivaletnt of the 90's in baseball. With movement, spin and change of eye level, it is remarkable how these femaie athletes perform. And they do it with such great resolve as teammates and performers, toughened by competition but never denying their other qualities as women athletes. Some people appreciate and enjoy this sport, others see only what they want.
I think that Curt Schilling actually put this game of thrones in perspective when he talked about how the kids throw and play in comparison to baseball, which I also umpire and love as a game. He gave them the respect they richly deserve.
Actually, it is not slight at this level when you criticize performance or decision-making because you are treating these players and their team as equals to any other Michigan team you support and root for.
Truth is, this is the most visibly successful team sport on the Michigan campus this season. I am proud of their achievements and disappointed with how they lost last night. I think that is what these threads actually enable us to articulate whether we agree with all the sentiment expressed or not.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Michigan got beat||
by the national player of the year playing better than its national player of the year when it actually mattered. You can argue about judgment and decision-making because of the circumstances but when you evaluate the stakes involved, one player earned her national accolade.
Waiting always leaves you guessing when acting almost always leads to victory.
If you argue that not going with less than two outs on a ball hit up the middle in which the defense is playing back, not up, to eliminate a big inning and not necessarily seeking to cut off the tying run, then you can't say Romero not going home in the midst of the doubleplay relay to first, makes sense. She has to go, the defense is allowing it.
The runner decides initially to go on any contact or then go when the defense is leveraged and commits itself to a play not focused on the lead runner. That was the case, and Romero had to read that and go home because, in fact, Florida was conceding the tie. Michigan lost its opportunity to gain the upperhand when communication betwee coach and runner failed failed.
The only thing that saved Michigan in that spot and allows for the counter argument of not going is the batter-runner being safe at first on the relay. If she is out, then Romero not going is made worse because she is now left at third with two outs.
In this case, aggrressive defense beat tentative decision-making and baserunning.