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- Trey Burke: Naismith, let team to nat championship game as soph, left for NBA
- Romero: Set every hitting record at M, much improved infielder was iffy now B-plus, 2nd in PoY as junior, one year left.
- Sam Mikulak: 35 individual titles, led M to nat championships in '13 and '14
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|47 min 4 sec ago||I'm 99.9% certain they use||
I'm 99.9% certain they use ASA rules or something closely resembling them. Agreed if the defensive player is holding the ball she can block the path to the bag. In this case she was obstructing as the runner began her slide, made contact with the runner, then caught the ball.
The way I learned to call this was to keep it simple: if the runner is trying to get to the bag and a defender is obstructing BEFORE she gets the ball, it's obstruction. If she gets the ball then obstructs it's fine, but you really don't have to worry about that as much since by that point the defender will be applying a tag.
As an umpire if you're in position like you should be, you will be able to plainly see if the defensive player is making an obstructive move before the ball comes, and she plainly was.
|6 hours 28 min ago||You mean GlaD.||
You mean GlaD.
|22 hours 49 min ago||Thanks Craig.||
|1 day 21 hours ago||"Sporstmanlike" is a term||
"Sporstmanlike" is a term that should have been retired in 1870, which is about the time that various aristocracies realized they couldn't remain the only people allowed to play the sports they came up with.
That and children's sports. If I'm coaching a team up through high school JV I agree with you.
Understand the point of trash talk: it raises the competitive level by raising the stakes and how badly you want to beat the other guy. You say something you are honor bound to back that up. You get said to, you are honor bound to step up. Pride is fed to the beast that is winning.
There are levels of sport where you shouldn't sacrifice pride or raise the level of competition. I don't want high school freshman ballers ruining their shoulders for life for freshman ball, and kids that age are not mature enough to properly channel their emotions. The older the players get and the higher the level of competition, the more it's appropriate.
And you're not going to get rid of it. Kids my age grew up on the Fab Five and the Bad Boys, and we'd go out on the cracked asphalt every recess and say horrible things to each other because we were 10-year-old boys following our social coding to compete.
But at highly competitive levels, whining about sportsmanship for jeering is just that.
"Sporstmanship" can still be applicable but "ethics" means the same thing. You don't intentionally injure another player, for example.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I didn't say Romero moved||
I didn't say Romero moved Trey out of the conversation. I said she moved Denard out. I wouldn't have Hunwick in there either, and since I can't believe he didn't win the Hobey Baker I have to remove Porter too. If we're doing this:
Can't tell what would have been with 4 years of Burke but can't credit him for it either. Mikulak has to win this by any measure that I'd include Romero in.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Ironically I wrote that||
Ironically I wrote that paragraph first. The Florida preview was the last bit I hurriedly typed without thoroughly scouting.
Baseball fandom kind of wore me out on the minutiae of game to game events. This person or that person coming through in a big moment is relevant to that person but not to future events. The exception is an exceptional play, like several that LSU's centerfielder made during the WCWS before facing M, and Sierra Lawrence getting around on a tough pitch to score the winning two, then having the heads-up to steal home while LSU was napping.
|2 days 10 min ago||I was being punny. As for the||
I was being punny. As for the post it was just meandering meta--the policies of the message board already say all that. The mods are doing their best to try to clean up things but to a degree the internet's gonna internet and we just have to live with that fact.
|2 days 3 hours ago||This site is a vending machine||
That was...dare I say...out of order!
|2 days 4 hours ago||I hate it when our vending||
I hate it when our vending machine doesn't give me the snack I paid for. And I know Ace or Adam is going to come along in 30 minutes and see my Snickers hanging there and he'll be all "hey two Snickers for the price of one!" but no that was really my Snickers and now I am not satisfied and somewhere Ace is stuffing his face with MY chocolate and nougat and peanuts and caramel that I PAID FOR.
This was a metaphor for something but really I just think Ace owes me a Snickers.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Is it? IF (did you see I said||
Is it? IF (did you see I said "IF", softball gods?) Michigan wins Game 1 or 2 I figured that to be Muppet-worthy.
|2 days 23 hours ago||ungh. I was osposting from my||
ungh. I was osposting from my phone and it kept autocorrecting that. Fixed. Brian has to fix our posting mechaniism, since I have to-paste the youtube embed code every damn time.
|3 days 4 hours ago||We've reached out to him on||
We've reached out to him on several occasions but that never got anywhere. The guy Denard has doing this stuff hasn't been interested and we get permission for everything we do, from that person if it applies to a specific person.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Please not kale.||
Please not kale.
|4 days 8 hours ago||This softball team has some||
This softball team has some remarkable parallels with 1920s MLB teams. The players are informal--they jeer at each other and stuff and interact with the crowds. Superstars really shine because of a smaller pool of athletes but they also live among the people. The beginnings of all the major sport followings were a lot like this. The allure isn't just a rabbit hole; it's pure sport.
I think what held softball back for awhile is between about 2002 and maybe last year it was such a pitching-dominated game that there were seldom lead changes or baserunners even to get excited about. Games would just coast 7 innnings and be done and you'd talk about the tan you got. Teams with a dominant pitcher would win 1-0 all the time.
I theorize that sports get less interesting the more competitive the leagues are. People say they want to be surprised but really they far more enjoy having their preconceptions justified. Rank the popularity of sports in the US and you'll have a ranking of how likely the better team is to win.
That's why I'm such a Sierra Romero fan. She's like a Babe Ruth for the sport. She generates ridiculous bat speed--like MLB hitter bat speed--and can dominate pitchers who don't have a lot of late movement. Such pitchers are still going to roll through lineups (when Betsa's stuff is going she's unhittable, and Florida's pitcher is like that all the time). But I think hitting has come far enough now that it's just excellent sport. She's so good that you can go to a game expecting her to do something amazing and most of the time she will.
If you're a sports fan, especially a college sports fan, getting into softball should be easy right now, because it ticks all the fan boxes.
|4 days 18 hours ago||Never mess with a streak.||
Never mess with a streak.
|4 days 21 hours ago||That flag flew over the||
That flag flew over the birthplace of Bo, Woodson, of Desmond Howard, of Horace Prettyman, and Jordan Kovacs.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Ah good catch. Now I'm more||
Ah good catch. Now I'm more confused.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Search mgoblog for "dear||
Search mgoblog for "dear diary sprinkles cheese"
|4 days 22 hours ago||That would be an NCAA||
That would be an NCAA violation.
|5 days 3 hours ago||Other categories than worst:||
Let's use all the power words division:
Eagles and America. The eagle is pooping sunshine because the tenacity is greatness.
This eagle wants to have words with you.
First person to move in gets to design the flag division:
Get it? I saw a beaver in the backyard. Also in 1859 we didn't have ruled stencils so...
Me injun, you chief, she squaw. Awahwahwahwahwhawhwah! This is still politically correct right?
In case you thought we meant Washington Irving, though he was cool too.
/looks up /points
Um, you realize we threw off the yoke of the tyrannical British aristocracy right?
Is that like Banana Republic? Do you sell flannel shorts in this establishment? You look like you sell flannel shorts.
Let's all copy New York's Flag Division:
New York's flag:
Good luck guessing who these are without zooming in:
Same as above but good job you put your name on it division:
States already thinking ahead to what the hockey jersey might look like:
A little busy but okay.
Too many teams with those colors already but good logo.
Classiest flag relative to classiness of the state:
I'd invite that to dinner, and would be highly surprised when it doesn't wear shoes.
We're MARITIME SEE?
So you're Scotland?
Flag I secretly admire (it's original and classy okay?!?)
|5 days 3 hours ago||Worst and there is no other||
Worst and there is no other answer:
You shouldn't be celebrating your history. You can't clean that symbol after it stood for the time you betrayed the United States because your country told you you couldn't keep slavery. You certainly can't clean it up barely half a century after it was the primary one used to stand for segregation, especially considering you AGAIN tried to war with the United States over it.
One of the first images that pop into Americans' heads when "racism" is uttered are the stands of Ole Miss filled with white supremicists waving the stars and bars while the governor played to their hate in his standoff with Kennedy over integration. That is what that symbol will always mean now.
This flag means you suck at being a state. You should probably try to have the symbol of your state mean something else. Or keep it because the first thing anyone really thinks about your state is how much you utterly suck as a state.
|5 days 5 hours ago||Cabera-like indeed. Her swing||
Cabera-like indeed. Her swing is a lot like his.
|5 days 11 hours ago||My wife was against all the||
My wife was against all the Michigan references I kept suggesting so we settled on Glennebo.
|5 days 18 hours ago||And a good thing they didn't||
And a good thing they didn't review and change it, or it would have ruined that whole "Michigan must win a preposterous game by 4 points" narrative we had going since '09.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Good movie. Didn't more than||
Good movie. Didn't more than one of his players say it was all bullshit?
|6 days 3 hours ago||I had like an hour phone||
I had like an hour phone convo with Brandon Williams (who recoverd the punt and ran it in) about that game. Then when it happened again vs Nebraska a couple of years ago I was texting him from the stands "THAT'S YOUR PLAY!"
|6 days 6 hours ago||I thought the ball was||
I thought the ball was fumbled out of the endzone before anyone had possession in it.
|6 days 8 hours ago||He was a pretty smart guy and||
He was a pretty smart guy and a very nice guy who made a couple of dumb plays. It sucks that he made those dumb plays, but "dumbest guy to ever wear a UofM jersey" has SO so much more competition.
Austin White wore a Michigan jersey.
Robert Traylor wore a Michigan jersey.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Blue shirts are best||
Blue shirts are best understood by knowing what a preferred walk-on is. The pecking order:
1. Is the typical LOI guy.
2. Blueshirt offers are often a guy they want to put on scholarship but work out with him a deal to pay his own way the first semester so they can fit more kids into the class. They're mostly used to get around the oversigning rules but sometimes a school like Michigan could offer a blue shirt to a guy who's like the son of an NFL player and not hurting for cash and plans to redshirt anyway, since that gets you one more scholly for the year. A blueshirt also may take that fall semester off, or if there's space get a scholarship if one of the LOI guys never enrolls and the school is under the 25 cap for the class and the 85 cap for the semester.
Note there's no paper promises here. The player can still go elsewhere and isn't bound by a letter of intent, and the coach can turn around and be like "sorry no scholly."
3. Grayshirt is a guy they promise a scholarship to next year. In theory it's one more sememster than a blueshirt. Really grayshirt was the initial idea and blueshirt was just a way to one-up that in the brinksmanship of college sports recruiting.
4. A preferred walk-on isn't promised a scholarship; he is promised he'll most likely make the team and get into the school, which for many preferred walk-ons is a very nice offer indeed. There isn't much gap between a gray or blueshirt, but the gap between a preferred walk-on and a grayshirt is kinda big, unless *cough* Ohio State *cough* the school is known for offering grayshirts to guys they really only mean to make preferredf walk-ons. Michigan brings more preferred walk-ons than most schools because the offer of admission to MIchigan is kind of a big deal.
5. Special teams players are a side-group among walk-ons because many attended national camps and hoped to earn scholarships, but it's standard practice for big programs to only offer a scholly to the starter, so there's a big market for walk-on kickers and punters and long snappers. They are somewhat recruited, but not exactly preferred walk-ons (some of them are that, usually guys with scholarship offers elsewhere).
6. A "walk-on" is usually a guy the coaches know about beforehand but he isn't promised any help. He comes and competes for a roster spot on the 112.
7. The lowest of the low is a student body walk-on. It's highly rare for a program like Michigan to turn up Jordan Kovacs, and even then that was a specific set of weird circumstances (he was the son of a fmr player and Carr knew about him but his knee was too messed up as a freshman to make the team that year, and then he had a path to playing time because that secondary). A student body walk-on is usually a guy who came out to tryouts, which for many coaches is an excuse to football with guys who aren't as entitled and not really a way to find anything unless you're seriously desperate for a kicker. Some schools turn up more student body walk-ons than others because of the talent they've recruited relative to what the student body is like. For example Duke football finds a lot of them, because admissions for Duke overrates participation in sports on applications, accidentally providing a deeper pool of prep athletes.
The things blueshirts (and grayshirts) have to be careful of is tripping the penalty wires in place to prevent Saban from calling all of his oversignees walk-ons. If you take an official visit and come to the school but don't get a scholly the team gets penalized a scholly for fall and a scholly for spring.
Again NOT ALL SCHOOLS ARE HONEST ABOUT BLUESHIRT OFFERS. Nothing gets written down to ensure a scholarship after one or two semester,s and some coaches *cough* Urban Meyer *cough* are notorious liars when it comes to getting more players or preventing a rival school from getting players. If you don't trust the coach don't trust the offer.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Funny you mentioned that. We||
Funny you mentioned that. We have an interview with Hanlon in HTTV where he was asked his greatest regret and right away said how he coached Steve Smith. He didn't say he'd redshirt him, but Hanlon wishes like hell he'd found more ways to use his athleticism in the offense.