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|56 min 47 sec ago||I have||
us over Florida in the NC. Florida over staee and us over Creighton in the semis.
|1 hour 18 min ago||There is||
much more to consider than drinking and driving. Are we really expect parents/volunteers to be trained in selling alcohol?
|1 hour 22 min ago||I agree||
with DB. Although I could go with limited alcohol in the suites but never in the bowl. There are too many negatives with limited upside.
|6 hours 28 min ago||I have||
them winning 2. So let the games begin.
|6 hours 30 min ago||The CBS||
guys had tmoo u in the Final Four but then out. This is still over rated but reasonable.
|6 hours 29 min ago||Creen is||
gone. What a mess.
|6 hours 31 min ago||Izzo is||
a good Coach but Staee is Staee. They are not elite by any means. If they make the Final Four Lady Luck will be with them. I have them as an Elite 8 team.
|6 hours 34 min ago||We should||
own the place. Many of our Chicago Alums should make the trip and pack the place. We travel well and this is not fair to the others.
|1 week 1 day ago||msu||
has lost cred recently. Izzo's time is running thin.
|1 week 1 day ago||lets go blue||
|1 week 5 days ago||I have one||
I bet no one has ever done or thought of this before. 1)mTake the cell phone out of his pocket, 2) dial 911, 3) tell PA State Police that he witnessed a rape.
|1 week 6 days ago||Sorry||
I had an over-seas conference call late last night.
1) Tigers at 5
2) Tied at 4 are Bulldogs and Wildcats.
|1 week 6 days ago||You are correct good sir||
typo on my part. Thanks for pointing that out. All 7 of our runs were earned as well.
BTW: No one caught my little play on words in the OP. Utah Valley is called the Wolverines as well. There are only 2 D1 schools with that Nickname.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hi MGoBrewMom||
I will not be in SoCal this weekend. Actually I am heading to Atlanta to catch the ND vs GT game either Friday or Saturday. My daughter is a weatherperson for the USAF at Warner Robbins so I will stop and say hi to her as well.
Are you going to be there? If so, can you take some pics for us?
|1 week 6 days ago||This is great||
Izzo is finally getting exposed. I do agree that he runs a clean program so I will give him props for that. However, he is certainly exposed for his coaching ability. Why would a coach stick with Appling when he obviously is not performing.
The RCMB is blowing up because we are better than msu is. They are starting to blame Izzo for msu's woes. Some are even calling for him to leave. The msu fanbase is in a free-fall. They think that msu should win the B1G Title every year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||It certainly||
is great. I am proud that Michigan is MY school.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I would not like any||
Friday Night Games for us. If some of the others want to try it them so be it. I am just old school for November games. Bo was right about this one.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Her speed will||
be her greatest asset. This kid can flat-out fly. I look for her to lead-off next year. I think we have another Bree Evans in the waiting here.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I had||
the pleasure to watch Megan during Fall-Ball. I though to myself, "She is going to be really good in a year or two". Now I am sure my statement will prove out to be true; however, I may not have expected it this soon in her career.
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I would not||
call 6 out of the last 8 much of a rivalry. We own staee. Now lets get on to the Tourney and have a deep run and get on to Spring Practice to kick their ass in the fall.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||HAIL Yes||
we own it.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||I certainly will||
I gave my sparty friends props for winning the Rose Bowl for the first time in 3000 years. But do you think they will give us credit? I am not expecting any but I sure will rub their noses in my waste.
|3 weeks 22 hours ago||Izzo got outcoached||
bigtime today. I wonder if he will bolt to the Pistons? I do not want to be anywhere near Cedar Grove tonight.....burn things and flip over cop cars.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||So far||
Haylie is dominating the Cats 2-0 and allowing only 1 hit.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It was a good day||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks||
for the post and pic. Congrats to Charlie and Meryl. True Michigan Men and woMen. It great to be a Michigan Wolverine.
I am sure DB will find a way to make the Charlie and Meryl Scholarship fund for anyone who at 5 years old, wanted to be an Olympic Athelete. I cant wait until Appy St. to see them at Half Time.
Go Blue and Bring Gold
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I had her down for the||
RBI for the bases loaded BB. We were down 4-2 at that point. Colie's walk made it 4-3. Romo's single plus the error scored 3 runs for the 6-4 lead. I did not mention Colie's 2 out walk although it was very important. I will make sure to mention something like this in the future.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I personally do not like||
to call out players for making errors. It is my personal preference. I have not and will not EVER publish the name of any player who makes a mistake. Its a softball thing I guess.
When the team wins, the players get the credit. When the team loses, the coach gets the blame. It is the coaches responsibility to prepare the team and scout the opposing team to formulate a strategy.
One of my former assistant coaches could not grasp this concept. In one game, we needed a bunt, the girl at bat was a poor bunter (10% success rate). He was coaching 3rd base and I told him to give the batter the swing away. He gave her the bunt sign and she failed. After I asked him why did he do that when he knew she could not bunt well? His reply was simple, "She has to do what I tell her to do and if she doesnt, then its her fault not mine. She should know how to bunt"
I laughed at him because I could not help myself. If the girl does not know how to bunt, by giving her the bunt sign isnt going to make her enlightened to bunt perfectly. We lost out on a good opportunity to score and win but he just did not understand basic statistics and elite Coaching. It was the Coaching Staffs fault that the girl could not bunt, not hers.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||@Trueblue and @snowcrash||
Sara is an All-American Pitcher. Is she Jordan Taylor elite yet? Well I think so but others may disagree. Throughout her career, Sara has been a slow-starter. Each of the past 2 years there has been at least 2 games where we had a lead and Sara took the loss.
Now some of this is simply the batters getting used to her pitching style on the third time through. Sometimes it is a simple defensive error that starts a snowball effect. I cannot explain it and I have contemplated doing a PhD on why softball players "fall apart" after a simple error as compared to baseball. I do not understand why this is. I have seen it on more than one occassion per year in all my years of softball coaching.
Some can question; "if Sara is prone to having a poor last inning, why keep her in the game?" This is a legitimate question for those that do not truly understand softball. I have had this same argument with some former assistant coaches in the past who just cannot grasp the concept. If a pitcher is hitting her spots, turning the ball over correctly, and her mechanics are all good; why take her out? She is doing what she is supposed to do. If the batters get hot, or the defense makes an error, why penalize the pitcher?
I had an arguement with a former assistant coach several years ago. We were in the State Finals Tournament. My pitcher was pitching a very good game and we were winning going into the bottom of the 7th. The wheels came off and my assistant coach was angry with me because I did not pull the pticher. The #2 pitcher was injured but could pitch some. My #1 was hitting her spots, her ball to strike ratio was even getting better, and her velocity was not dropping. The batters were just getting hot. We ended up loosing the game and the coach blamed it on the pitcher and me for not pulling her.
Years ago, softball rules were the same as baseball rules. Once a pitcher is removed from the mound (circle) she can not pitch again in that game. The rules have changed so that a pitcher can be removed from the circle once per inning as long as she stays in the game. Coach Hutch will do this occasionally.
My assistant coach's argument was to change for the sake of change. Now I agree that sometimes a coach will make a change to throw batters off but this was not the case. I almost fired the @sshole because the pitcher heard him and me arguing and she felt that she was the reason we lost. I did end up firing the guy several years later. It was difficult because he was my friend as well. I could not cover for him anymore and if you always do the right thing; you can never be wrong.
I have not read in any published reports that Sara is injured. Coach Hutch will NEVER take the chance of increasing the injury so we have to trust Coach Hutch. Sara will get better as the season progresses.
I am disapointed that we lost to UF but on Memorial Weekend when we win our Regionals, no one will remember that game...trust me on that. We have to keep focused on what is important.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||There are a few reasons||
that I (we) use first names. Softball in general is more of a first name or nick name type sport. You will rarely hear a Coach call a player by their last name.
I personally like to use nicknames and will even allow my girls to put their nicknames on the back of their jerseys if they choose. I do take some heat from outsiders for this but it is from those that do not understand the close-nit softball family-type atmosphere.
Second I know some former players and some will stop by my (football and softball) tailgate. I have some former players come to my annual softball tourney to speak to the girls (10U through 14U). I have had some current player's parents at my softball tailgates. So I guess you could say that first names are part softball culture and part familiarity.
I have said this several time previously, I have coached elite youth softball for 20 years. I have coached my daughters D1 Club Team a few years ago as well. So even though I do not have any relatives on Team #37, the use of first names or nick names is just second nature for me.