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|5 days 13 min ago||At least the cameramen were prepared this time||
He also won the vault title at the Winter Cup (a national competition that includes members of the national & Olympic teams as well as collegians), but you could only see his run-up, take-off and landing. The vault itself was too high for the camera to catch.
He was coming off an off-season injury, and noticed he's been having a bit of trouble sticking his landings. Imagine his score if he hadn't taken that extra step!
Wish the "live videos" were available as replays. Would love to see Emyre Cole's 3rd place vault as well. His prelim floor routine was gorgeous, with high difficulty, but he also had a bad landing that took him out of the floor finals.
A super-talented group of youngsters. If they can avoid this season's injury plague and gain more consistency, the future looks promising.
|6 days 2 hours ago||I thought it was my fault||
I clicked on the Harbaugh baptism post and got a "You're not authorized to access this page." Then Drupal tried to tell me how I could set up my own website.
I took it very personally.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not having yet been to med school||
not sure he would have been able to diagnose himself on the spot. May have been rolling around in pain, or may have been rolling around in anguish thinking his season was over before it began.
|1 week 1 day ago||Maybe everybody figured they were waiting for the M job||
to open up. Which was probably true. Mel only moved on after a long wait when his alma mater called.
|1 week 3 days ago||Correct!||
Who needs a life with such a spectacular memory!
|1 week 3 days ago||And the game-winner was by another kicker||
Would have recognized his name on the roster, but the old roster is still up. It was also a very pretty kick.
|1 week 3 days ago||And everybody forgets the Steinbrenner factor||
I watched the games when they were televised nationally and couldn't figure out why they kept pulling Brady for this Henson kid the fans kept calling for. Maybe Brady threw an interception, but then Henson came in and threw an interception. Brady had to wait his turn; why couldn't this other guy? How well can he play if he doesn't have any continuity or feel the coaches had faith in him?
Of course it later came out that the Yankees had drafted Henson for baseball, and Carr's post facto defense for benching Brady now and then was that Henson needed the playing time because baseball kept him from summer practice.
It also later came out (at least to some, in days of pre-twitter secrecy) that Steinbrenner was an OSU booster and wanted to get Henson out of there when he WAS needed as starter. Giving him an ultimatum of take the $ now or forget it. I always felt Brady's low draft grade had to do at least in part with the pros assuming his own college coaches didn't have confidence in him.
|1 week 5 days ago||True...||
But the 9.325 was one of the falls. The one that they didn't count was 9.2125. Both are higher scores than you usually get with a fall, but that's because the rest of each routine was done so well and had enough difficulty. Almost makes it sadder. (Also just checked the scoring of those two routines. Most of the judges had pretty similar scores, but two judges gave the 1st fall .2 less.) Unfortunately, their vault session was also below 49, without any major breaks. Just not quite as many 1000ths as usual. I don't know if they've had two events below 49 all season, certainly not recently.
|1 week 6 days ago||I think Alabama had to count a fall in the regionals||
when Michigan had one of their best competitions. Michigan had to count a fall on the beam tonight, and at this level, that's hard to overcome.
For those who don't follow women's gymnastics, the lowest score from each event is discarded, so you can survive a single fall in an event, or even a single fall in several events. But Michigan had two in the same event. Having to count a score of 9.1 or 9.2 when most of the tourney scores are going to be 9.8+, it was pretty much over after M's second event, one they're usually very reliable on. Though most of their other scores were good, there weren't enough in the 9.9+ range to compensate.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Prefer the idea of burgeoning group of dudes||
Brown doesn't use the term lightly, so the more dudes the better. To say nothing of encouraging daily competition.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That makes sense||
I've never seen a live game of either sport in A2 and rarely get to see them streamed, so it's possible the times I've seen softball home runs were when the baseball team was playing an away game or on another schedule. This was the first time I could see the opposing outfield turn to see the ball. Is the baseball outfield deeper? (Obviously not an expert here.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||There's even more evidence for favoritism||
The regional was held at WVU, and
(1) Morgantown is closer to Ann Arbor than to Tuscaloosa
(2) The home team Mountaineers wore uniforms with suspiciously similar style and colors to those of Michigan. Obviously some of the judges were confused and misapplied the requisite home-team favoritism. Evidence (a) W.Va:
(3) Michigan's coach went to WVU and competed there in gymnastics. Very suspicious.
I supposed we don't need to consider that Alabama had some uncharacteristic glitches and had to count 3 scores below 9.75 (which is still pretty darn good), while Michigan didn't have to count a single one. Alabama is a terrific team. Michigan beating them proves they're peaking at the right time.
*EDIT: Photo distortion. While Brianna Brown always has a lovely line on the bars, her legs aren't really that long. But it was great to see her compete again. She's been out most of the year, and it certainly helps to have her back, even if it's only on this one event and (I think) only the second time this season.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks for the info||
I was expecting the commentators to say something, but nothing was said. Trying to imagine how the outfielders can protect themselves, and how a game can be paused while they wait for a home run to fall safely without a specialized warning watch.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Also a good day on the other side of the field||
Baseball beat Penn State 15-2.
Watching part of it streamed, could've sworn a couple of homerun balls went into the softball field. The outfielders seemed to notice, but nobody ducked. Does this happen often?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They stayed.||
And the trophy says "Champions." [EDIT: It really does. You'll have to see the larger picture to verify: MGoBlue.com LINK.]
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||A special place in my heart for the NIT||
The 2004 NIT was my first time seeing an M basketball game live. According to the history book, Michigan beat a local team (Rutgers) for the championship. Didn't remember that, but remembered speaking to Tommy Amaker. Lovely guy. (Seriously.)
Also didn't remember that the semifinal game was a win against Oregon.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Somehow the stories sound new in his words||
This interview was hysterical.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't see any NCAA games there||
NIT and conference tourneys. Still trying to see the OkSt game and haven't found it anywhere, other than highlights.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, it's all about Harbaugh. Either way.||
I don't tweet, ergo I am not?
And didn't the Harbaughs have a premature baby recently? Was the bball season foremost in his mind? I bet today (unfounded rumor from my imagination) he was sitting in front of the TV feeding the little babe with bottled [whole] milk so Sara could take a break, with the devious plan of making sure the colors and music and cheers of Michigan permeated the developing little brain.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Heard the first two games on the official audio broadcast||
Definitely sounded like home games.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Also offended, and didn't even read it correctly||
Thought it said #wearJordan.
Either way, It's the sort of thing we'd associate with Brandon. Besides being dang ugly, that thing down the arm.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Practice Jerseys||
Did they have names on them? Were they their names?
Following the game on Gametracker, I was surprised to see that Kam Chatman, Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert were on the roster. None got any playing time... Guess they just showed up to show support.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||He was also a team physician for the US Women's Team||
And had been for many years. (The women's team on that level are usually young girls-to-teenagers.) So this has been a national story for some time. I believe I saw a segment on 60 Minutes recently, and because the Americas Cup was held this weekend (an annual competition in the US with select elite US & international men's and women's gymnasts), it was also covered during the meet on NBC.
EDIT after reading other comments: Generally the allegations from the former US program gymnasts were of "inappropriate touching" in the context of medical exams, young girls at the time and now old enough to know why they were uncomfortable. And they did trust him, and apparently he did help them medically. But many have come forward now to confirm what others have reported.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Looks like he's been up to a lot for a long time||
Looked at his IMDB.com page, and surprised to find besides his 93 listed acting credits, there are other credits for all sorts of things behind the scenes. LINK. Not Just an Actor.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||My fear is that the site will turn into those white-space things||
I understand why people complain that our common addiction isn't always available when we most need it, but I love the layout.
Too many other sites I need to use have switched to lots of white space and pale text floating there with too much space between lines, requiring constant cursoring and difficulty reading. Is it that they're designed for phone-readers? As someone who likes to see lots of text at a glance... On an actual computer... that's easy to read and kind to the eyes...
Please say that's not in the plan!
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||A moral victory!||
Or at least a moral 4th place. Glad you had a place to put it in writing.
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||Caris was there!||
I finally saw him play just last night in Bklyn! (A couple highlight-quality assists.)
Radio guys said a few alum players were there (Tim Hardaway & Josh Bartelstein?), maybe to watch Walton's record-breaking night? Spoke to the team before the game. Posbang them all.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Puh-RAM-uss||
I live across the river from NJ, but I hear about them on the news a lot. Weather, traffic, stuff like that.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Two more success stories (out of the only two I know about)||
A friend's dad recently passed away "naturally" in his mid-90s, years after his (quadruple or quintuple) bypass surgery. He was still going to Yankee games with his sons only a couple years before, when the long trip into the Bronx and the stairs in the stadium just got too much (for the legs, not the heart).
My own dad had completely successful bypass in the early days of the surgery, after surviving two separate heart attacks, both times lucky enough to be either in the hospital (where he worked) or surrounded by other MDs at a medical convention. Being a doctor he knew the risks, but was willing to take the risk rather than "live like an invalid." When he eventually passed away (from something else), his heart was the strongest in the ICU, proudly pumping away. We didn't want to lose him even then, of course, but we had him years longer than without the surgery.
It is so much more routine today, and well worth the trouble.
All the best to your dad and all of you who are there to cheer him on.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Forgive me for benefiting from your distress||
Since my primary NFL interest is following our alumni, preseason is when I can get cheap seats on Ebay and see our rookies get playing time, even those who might be UDFAs. With both the Jets & the Giants here, that means at least 6 other teams coming in to play them, and the number of guys in the picture, the odds are pretty good this year there'll be at least one game of interest.