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|1 day 7 hours ago||I'm hoping that tie against||
I'm hoping that tie against FSU will prove to be a turning point for this team, kinda like that Minnesota comeback was a few years ago. They've battled tough, but not broken through, and then had a chance at a season-defining W stolen from them. You can get deflated after something like that, or you can get mad. They played with some fire in the night-cap; now we need to see if they can carry it over to next week.
|1 day 8 hours ago||How has no one said Cordy||
How has no one said Cordy yet? You are probably getting some decent money, get field level views of the whole UM football season, and get to be mere feet away from every single Harbaugh blow-up! Granted you've gotta be on the ball, so it's trickier than back-up punter, but the perks are pretty damn fine.
|1 day 8 hours ago||+1 informative (seriously)||
+1 informative (seriously)
|1 day 8 hours ago||Awesome, congratulations. I||
Awesome, congratulations. I had a very similar feeling when I went there for my MA (almost 10 years ago now, yeesh). I never thought I'd be there, and was a bit resistant to even applying, but I fell in love with the people & community there pretty quickly. Of course the "Beat ND" button on my backpack meant that everyone knew where I stood. :)
|1 day 8 hours ago||Not sure what exactly||
Not sure what exactly would've happened in that event. The team twitter account called it a "drop dead" travel requirement, so I think the game was destined to end at that point no matter what. Not sure if FSU would've been credited w/ a W or if they would've reverted to the score before the unbalanced inning. If FSU had gotten a W in that way, I think Hutch might've murdered somebody!
|1 day 9 hours ago||Yeah, these early-season||
Yeah, these early-season tournaments operate under some strict time constraints, and I get that, but the logic that lets FSU bat and not us is beyond me. Either both teams get a chance or neither does - especially since the inning went 1-2-3 with 3 Ks, so it's not like it could've gone a ton faster. They should've known before it started that there wouldn't be time.
And yes, I can imagine South Bend would be very different from Florida. Never been to FL myself, but of places that I've been, South Bend is one of the most different from my mental image of it. What brings you there?
|3 days 14 hours ago||I will say this - as||
I will say this - as frustrating as the early season struggles can be, huge props have to go to Kelly Christner, who is having a great bounce-back from her rough 2016. She's currently hitting a comical (and sadly unsustainable) .633 through 10 games, and has almost single-handedly carried Michigan through some of these games. You always like to see players play their best ball as seniors, and Kelly's on track to do that for sure.
|1 week 1 day ago||The struggles have been||
The struggles have been frustrating, but I'm not too surprised, especially in terms of offensive difficulties. There are a lot of new faces in the line-up, and overall I've been pleased - through 9 games, we've scored 4+ against everyone but Florida, who has clearly activated some sort of pitching-related cheat code.
Betsa struggling yesterday was a surprise, and if the difficulties persist, that'll be cause for concern. Blanco being a little up & down is not unexpected, but hopefully she settles into a groove by Big Ten season.
Overall an ok weekend. Happy to see the team get their revenge in emphatic fashion today.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm not 100% positive, but||
I'm not 100% positive, but from the team's twitter account, it looks like she walked & scored following a Montemarano home run. So 3 hits in 3 at-bats, and a walk & run on the 4th plate appearance.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Good to see the team put||
Good to see the team put together a strong finish to the weekend, even if it's agaisnt weak competition. This is the sort of game where it would be easy to come out flat, win 3-1 or something like that, and get out of there. They came out with an attack mentality, though, hitting through the order & putting up crooked numbers in every single inning. That shows some mental toughness. Excited to see this team get back at it, hoping to see continued improvement week by week.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Also worth noting that those||
Also worth noting that those 29 innings last season were not, by and large, against elite competition. She threw 5 against Florida early on and got roasted. After that, only saw spot duty in games that weren't in any serious doubt. We'll have to see what she does against other top-25 type teams to get a better picture. Rough start, but she'll have plenty of chances to make up for it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||As my handle might indicate,||
As my handle might indicate, I'm also part of this club - MA in 2010 from ND. I agree, it was a little tough being in hostile territory. Granted, the "Beat ND!" button on my Michigan backpack didn't exactly help my cause. :)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Deeply sad about the whole||
Deeply sad about the whole thing. I've never known anything but Red Berenson hockey, & had great love & respect for everything he's accomplished. Seeing things go down like this is brutal. Really hoping he hangs 'em up after this year.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's a long season and UF &||
It's a long season and UF & USF are both solid teams, but man, what a rough day. On the positive side, Betsa absolutely demonstrated in her 1st two appearances that she is ready to play at an elite level. 15 Ks yesterday & 12 more today, holding UF to just one run through 7 regular innings and two bonus-difficulty innings before finally ceding a 2nd.
On the down side, we saw the two weaknesses ruthlessly exposed today as well. Florida's always-dominant pitching was able to make way too easy work out of an inexperienced line-up, and against USF the lack of an elite #2 pitcher was evident.
I'm not writing off either Blanco or the offense yet - very, very far from it. These are highly recruited athletes with the best coaching staff in the nation. Today demonstrated that there's a lot of room left to grow, though. Fortunately we've got a few navigable games coming up to get in a rhythm before facing elite competition again.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Not necessarily completely||
Not necessarily completely balanced, but moreso than in recent years. We've had seasons lately where we didn't have to play much of anyone from the top third of the conference. If I were a Minny fan, I'd be a little peeved by that - this year is a bit more fair.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I was also caught off guard -||
I was also caught off guard - did not foresee Natalie Peters coming out of nowhere like that. Good first day for her, though - 4 hits & 2 runs to kick things off.
Fair point regarding Betsa. She's at her best when she's working that rise ladder well, and was hampered last year by a rules emphasis on the top of the strike zone. I guess I was looking for an epithet for a pitcher who hurls a lot of Ks, although flamethrower implies more that she throws fastballs.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Pleased with Blanco's start,||
Pleased with Blanco's start, let's hope she keeps it up. We'll need her as the season goes on for sure.
And yes, Groenewegen has been there forever it feels like. Still mad that she robbed Romo of a B10 POTY award once. I'll give her the best compliment I can give to a rival player: I can't wait for her to graduate.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wish I were there! Just||
Wish I were there! Just listening to the student radio coverage, which was pretty good today, I must say. It's a pity that more of these games aren't available for easy viewing.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Truth - they took USF right||
Truth - they took USF right down to the wire earlier. Would still like to see us string a few more hits together.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Well that would be a very||
Well that would be a very dumb idea...
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Offense still sluggish, but||
Offense still sluggish, but one bright spot is seeing Sobczak gun down another runner. Exciting to see her bring out the cannon in the early going.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Blanco getting into some||
Blanco getting into some trouble early, but she's battled her way back out of it so far. Would like to see some more runs go up on the board as we head into our second trip through the order.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Excited to see what Blanco||
Excited to see what Blanco can do here. The coaches have been talking her up, but there aren't a ton of options. We'll soon see how much of that is just coach talk and how much of it is Blanco growing into her potential.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wolverines load that bases||
Wolverines load that bases and score 1 in the T1 against Illinois State, but Ramirez is thrown out trying to reach home. 1-0, B1.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, I agree, consistently||
Yeah, I agree, consistently winning championships and reaching the equivalent of the Elite Eight/Final Four year in and year out totally blows. Geez, you must be a treat at parties.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, unanimous in both.||
Yep, unanimous in both. They're going to be mighty tough to beat this year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Amen - with hockey & b-ball||
Amen - with hockey & b-ball in the doldrums, I've just been waiting for softball ever since the end of football season. Hopefully they'll make the wait worth it!
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Similar problem to football,||
Similar problem to football, but exarcerbated by the structure of softball season. In order to keep down travel costs & to avoid too many mid-week games, the softball season functions as a set of 3-game series. The conference isn't formally split into divisions like in football, but it functionally is for scheduling purposes. So basically we play everyone in our football division every year, and then fill up the remaining weekends with series against the other division (there's also a mid-week home & home mixed in - for us, that's always against Sparty). It's about as good as you can do for a 14-team conference, but it has given us some unbalanced schedules in the past (we've benefited from that, to Minnesota's detriment, in recent years), and it means missing out on the match-up everyone wants to see, b/c it's a cross-division one.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||We've certainly earned it in||
We've certainly earned it in the sense that consistent success breeds respect. We've been in 3 of the last 4 WCWS tournaments, and missed the 4th by the narrowest of margins. I'll have to see who emerges to fill the big, big shoes left behind before I fully believe it, but Hutchins certainly has a record that you don't want to bet against.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Would love to see something||
Would love to see something like this take off. The analog here would be college hockey, which obviously does suffer in terms of quality compared to b-ball & football due to the presence of a serious minor league system. OTOH, it still is doing great as a sport, and it turns out that lots of elite players still choose the amateur route, even when a minor league professional route is available, so clearly there's something appealing about amateurism. Also, it means way less in terms of scandal, under the table dealings, etc., because the players who want the money just go to the minors and get paid.
If this became a large-scale phenomenon, yeah, college football would lose some elite players, and might take a bit of a hit in the TV ratings. The trade-off is more than worth it in my eyes.