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|5 days 12 hours ago||That is a fair point, but I'm||
That is a fair point, but I'm not too worried about ULL. We've already beaten them once this season (3-1 on February 22nd) and looking at their schedule, they don't really have a lot of terribly impressive Ws in there. A hot pitcher is always scary this time of year, but in a three-game set, I like our chances. That said, I also like our chances against LSU also - we'll see how it plays out.
|5 days 12 hours ago||ULL is up 1-0, LSU batting in||
ULL is up 1-0, LSU batting in the top of the 6th, 1 out none on.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Umps gave Cal two free base||
Umps gave Cal two free base runners in that inning (missed third strike that turned into a walk two pitches later and an incorrect ruling on a collision on the base paths), and we still get out of it unscathed! That last out scared me, but thankfully we tracked it down on the warning track. Huge win, now let's root for the Ragin' Cajuns to down LSU!
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||To quote the Macklemore song||
To quote the Macklemore song they were playing over the arena loudspeakers, "This is fucking awesome!"
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||GAH! Oh, so close. :(||
GAH! Oh, so close. :(
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Wow.||
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||It's still too early for||
It's still too early for clock-watching, but I can't help it...
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||I'll forgive his Sparty pass||
I'll forgive his Sparty past for shots like that!
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||Sorry Cogs - loved watching||
Sorry Cogs - loved watching you in the Maize & Blue, but no sympathy for that one. :)
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||What an absolute ROCKET from||
What an absolute ROCKET from Z! The refs finally remember that they've got whistles, and we cash in!
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||I'm glad we get to face||
I'm glad we get to face Wisconsin. It's frustrating that, in a 23-game conference schedule we don't manage to play everyone at least once, although the 3-game series set-up does have its advantages. The tournament creates the chance to rectify that a bit, though, letting us face some teams we haven't seen before. If we beat Wiscy, I hope we get a new opponent in the final as well - partly because Nebraska scares me, but mostly just because I want to face someone new.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||If memory serves, prior to||
If memory serves, prior to the Penn State game in 1997, Jackson had some comments about the magnitude of the matchup, and then said, "And if that doesn't whet your whistle, you're watching the wrooooooong channel." It sticks in my head, because whatever any channel that has both Michigan & Keith Jackson is *obviously* the right channel!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Any idea what it pays to play||
Any idea what it pays to play pro softball? I have to imagine it's enough to get by on reasonably well or no one would do it, but of course it can't be huge money either. Just something I was wondering about.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||One of my favorite things||
One of my favorite things about the non-revenue sports is you get way more 4-year players. There is a softball pro league, but it's a fairly minor affair (just 4 teams). The prestige is definitely in the college game, which has way more visibility (regularly on ESPN, BTN, etc.). So yes, we should definitely buckle up, because we are in for one hell of a ride. Romero is clearly the headliner among our young guns, but we also had four other underclassmen earn all-conference distinctions, three of which were first-team (we also had two upperclass first-team selections). Lots of talent and lots of youth - we will definitely be among the nation's elite, competing at the highest level for years to come!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I hope you're right about||
I hope you're right about that NC! Always tough to say, because there are a lot of great teams out there, but we've got as good a chance as anyone, I'll definitely say that. With Haylie & Sara in the circle for two more years and the Sierras here for 3 more, I am really, really excited about the future. As I've been saying, B10 pitchers had better settle in, because it's going to be a long, rough ride for them trying to find answers for the foreseeable future.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Boy, I dunno, I felt they||
Boy, I dunno, I felt they were working a little too hard to not seem pro-Michigan today. They were really nitpicking everything about Wagner's pitching all day the way I heard it. Maybe I'm oversensisitive about these things, but for someone who only gave up 1 run on 4 hits, there was a lot more criticism than I would've expected.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Great game, glad it was on||
Great game, glad it was on BTN for our viewing enjoyment! Just an all-around team win. Multiple home-runs, good pitching & defense, every single player reached base safely at least once. Can't ask for more than that, although I would appreciate the announcers being a little less negative about Wagner - all she did was rack up her 18th win of the season, allowing only one run on 4 hits, but the commentators were ragging on her all day.
Romero continues to intimidate B10 pitching. After jacking a 2-run shot in the first, she was walked 3 straight times, two intentional and one semi-intentional (once the count got to 3-1 and a passed ball opened up space at 1st, they just put her on). The most remarkable to me was when NW issued a free pass with no outs and a runner on 1st. That goes beyond respect, that is outright fear! Having her services will be a huge boost to the team for the rest of this season as well as for the next three!
|2 weeks 6 days ago||We'll likely be home for the||
We'll likely be home for the regionals no matter what, since we're 12 in the RPI and 10 in both polls. It'd be a stretch for us the get high enough to host a super-regional, but we should be back at Alumni Field to start things off.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Hutchins continues to||
Hutchins continues to maintain softball as the gold standard of consistent excellence within the UM athletic department as well as within the Big Ten conference. Just can't say enough about her or about the quality young women who come to play for her. Yet another title, and we're just getting started!
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah, I really don't see a||
Yeah, I really don't see a 5-7 season as being within the range of potential outcomes. This is a really, really pessimistic prediction that is dependent on believing that there will be no O-line improvement, Gardner will not be as good as his numbers say, and the defense without Jake Ryan will be hamstrung. I just don't see that as likely at all. Gardner is a great fit for what Borges wants to do, we've got the best LT in America, and Mattison continues to head up the defense. We'll see, but a 7-5 season really seems like the worst-case scenario, if a lot of things go wrong, not a most-likely outcome.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Also, as a bonus for any Ann||
Also, as a bonus for any Ann Arborites going to Evanston, there is a bar there that took their entire deli menu from our very own Zingerman's. When they were opening, the Zingerman's guys let them come and observe them in their kitchen, etc., so they got all the inside info. I've only been there in the evening, so I can't vouch for the food directly, but it certainly has good credentials. The place is called Bat 17: http://www.bat17evanston.com/
|3 weeks 1 day ago||According to wikipedia:||
According to wikipedia: "Perhaps Whitfield's greatest professional accomplishment is reflected in the Heisman Trophy awarded to Johnny Manziel (aka "Johnny Football") whom he groomed in the summer of 2012. Manziel's rise from obscurity to becoming the first player in history to win the prestigeous award as a freshman can, in large part, be credited to his work under Whitfield's guidance."
That sounds alright to me!
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Guh. When will people learn||
Guh. When will people learn that free advertising on Youtube is GOOD for your brand?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Looks like you're right - the||
Looks like you're right - the BTN commentators were saying all day that we had a chance for a share with a win today. We did put Nebraska away, but Wiscy could still sneak in there. The good news is that all we need is one more W and we've got 4 chances to get it - I sure don't want to have to root for Sparty in order for us to get our crown!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Incredible come-from-behind||
Incredible come-from-behind victory! Gotta love the way this team plays - at any time they can come out and hurt you. They are never out of a game until the last out is called.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Huge inning, unbelievable! 3||
Huge inning, unbelievable! 3 outs, 3 outs.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hate to say it, but that was||
Hate to say it, but that was one ugly at-bat to end the top of the 6th. Chasing pitches way out of the strike zone. :( At least we put one across - gotta get some outs here and see what we can do in the 7th.
|4 weeks 3 hours ago||Like everyone's been saying,||
Like everyone's been saying, you just can't win them all, especially in a sport with a 60-70 game season. Never in UM history have we had a perfect conference record - we were very fortunate to get this far, with a few close calls in there. Just gotta get back out there and get the W on Saturday. Game will be on BTN, I can't wait to watch it! We get to watch so little softball throughout the season, it's a real treat when we do.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Believe me, this problem||
Believe me, this problem absolutely predates the RR era. As a student for the last 4 years of Carr, the top part of the student section was *never* full by kickoff, unlike the rest of the stadium. It seems to have gotten worse since then, but it's been an issue for at least a decade now.
Additionally, going GA will substantially improve the crowd's intensity level. One of the major issues we've always had is that juniors & seniors who don't really care about the team buy tickets just because they can get good ones, then some of them no-show, some sell their tickets (including to opposing fans), and when they do come, they don't get crazy. I'd love to hear an explanation of why someone like that should get to sit up close while a kid who has been dreaming of coming to Michigan his whole life and loves UM football has to sit up in row 90 just because he's a freshman.
As a student, I longed for GA, and if I were a student now, I'd be celebrating. Imagine, a system that rewards fans based on their intensity level! This is really good news.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Long, long overdue. As a||
Long, long overdue. As a student, I figured out pretty quickly that GA is the best way to organize a student section, and I've always stood by that position. Glad that good fans will be rewarded!