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|1 week 3 days ago||Absolutely - this is what is||
Absolutely - this is what is so hard to convey to people who are fans of other schools that are more generic, just sports factories, etc. To quote one of our gridiron heroes, "'Michigan Defense' is dominating everything, in every aspect of life. That's a rough definition." (Craig Roh) It's not just about what happens on the field. It's being part of the great public university the world has ever seen. It's the greatest college town in the world. It's a tradition of unparalleled excellence in so many ways.
At the end of the day, Yost (unsurprisingly) said it best: "But do let me reiterate the spirit of Michigan. It is based upon a deathless loyalty to Michigan and all her ways; an enthusiasm that makes it second nature for Michigan men to spread the gospel of their university to the world’s distant outposts; a conviction that nowhere is there a better university, in any way, than this Michigan of ours."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Ahh, gotcha. I just do this||
Ahh, gotcha. I just do this on my laptop, so I guess I didn't see the offending post. Thanks for the heads-up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||What?||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||A great season indeed! A||
A great season indeed! A special shout-out I think needs to go to Nkem Ezurike, whose brilliant career up front for Michigan came to an end. Ezurike is arguably the greatest player, and certainly the greatest forward, in Michigan women's soccer history, holding the career records for both goals and points. Looking at her play, she towered over many defenders & had the ability to power through as well as finish with clinical finesse. A great Wolverine and one whose legacy should never be forgotten.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm actually kinda glad||
I'm actually kinda glad there's no UFR this week. I really don't want to relive that game at all. In fact, after the Charlotte game, I was very happy to realize that there wouldn't be any more sports until hockey on Friday, with the sole exception of the Thanksgiving Day game, and as a Lions fan, lol. It sucks to have this happen on hate week, but we all needed a little break, I think.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Nice, that is a great call.||
Nice, that is a great call. Very affordable, a good number of games, and a quality team to watch. For the last few years I've been trying to make it back for a game or two, but living in DC I can't do more than that. I really hope we get to host a regional again this year, because I think I will probablybe home then. Alumni Field is just flat-out one of the greatest places to watch a game and enjoy an afternoon that I know of. Enjoy your season tix, wish I could do the same!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I am, in all seriousness,||
I am, in all seriousness, really, really looking forward to softball season. 6 straight Big Ten titles is my kinda Michigan team. We may not win it all, we may not even win the Big Ten, but we'll win a lot of games and have a talented, well-coached team that brings it at a high, high level, game in and game out. February can't get here soon enough. Everything else except for women's soccer has totally blown.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Great season for the team,||
Great season for the team, and especially great to see Nkem Ezurike going out with a bang in her senior season. Arguably the greatest player in Michigan women's soccer history and she just doesn't want to stop playing. Hope the ladies can keep things rolling!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No. Grow the hell up. The||
No. Grow the hell up. The kids on the field pour more of their life's blood into performing and representing our great university than any of us can imagine. You may think that you can just boo the coaches, but the reality is that booing isinherently indiscriminate. It rains down on everyone on the field & sidelines, regardless of what your intentions may be.
Honestly, I hate boo-birds so much that I'd rather you sell your ticket to a Buckeye fan than boo your own team. These are college kids working incredibly hard to do very difficult things. Back the team or get out, period.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Fitting that it's CBS guys.||
Fitting that it's CBS guys. No pretense of a balanced broadcast here.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I know that hasn't been the||
I know that hasn't been the rule in years past - I vividly remember it preserving Hunwick's shutout at the Big Chill a few years back. I could have sworn I read somewhere that it had been changed for this season, though.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I know it's tough to see and||
I know it's tough to see and all, but the whistle was clearly blown early. Also, aren't obvious & immanent goals supposed to count now?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Refs just handing it to UNO||
Refs just handing it to UNO right now. We score and it doesn't count, UNO commits a penalty and the coward refs just even it out, and of course UNO gets a goal when they should've been down a man and a goal. I guess for this old CCHA match-up they decided to give us some vintage CCHA officiating.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Special teams have definitely||
Special teams have definitely been the story of this game so far. Staying out of the box & sound defense could well be a pass to victory if we can manage it.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||BANG!!!||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Great goal there - it was||
Great goal there - it was starting to look like one of those nights where it just all goes wrong. Hopefully we get it going a little more here!
|4 weeks 4 days ago||CBS Sports Network.||
CBS Sports Network.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||... dude, you can't just||
... dude, you can't just throw out that you got banned for life from a bar without telling the story! :)
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Hutch continues to reel in||
Hutch continues to reel in talent from across the country. One can never emphasize enough how impressive her recruiting efforts are given the systemic disadvantages Michigan faces in this sport. A testament to her tremendous work over the years and to the kids who believe in her & what she's built. Hopefully it'll be four strong years in A2 for Falk!
|6 weeks 14 hours ago||In a season that has been||
In a season that has been full of pleasant surprises thus far, Nagelvoort has a good claim to be the best one early on. Obviously he has a long way to go, but his goaltending has been absolutely stellar and has made the difference in several 1-goal victories. If he continues playing at this level, the battle will be on in earnest with Racine once the latter returns from injury. Good problems to have!
|6 weeks 4 days ago||OT game winner in tonight's||
OT game winner in tonight's game against Michigan Tech.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Put me down for "whatever".||
Put me down for "whatever". Great players I'm sure, and if would've been great to land them, but it was no surprise to miss. When you're at this level of recruiting and going head to head with the big boys, you're going to lose a lot of battles. Both of these guys had offers from an array of elite teams. Just gotta win enough to keep up, and then let our coaching take us to the next level.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Looks like parkinggod is back||
Looks like parkinggod is back as well! Great stuff all around!
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Agreed - the climate is a||
Agreed - the climate is a huge factor. Having to play 20+ games on the road to start every season is a real drag, and elite players from the major recruiting centers have offers that will make life much easier on them. Softball is the same way - the only reason Michigan is a power there is that we have one of the 2 or 3 greatest coaches in the history of the sport driving our program, and it took her decades to build that kind of success.
I just hope Bakich continues to recruit well & get results on the field, and most importantly, I hope that he is at Michigan for the long haul. If he has the success & will to stick around for 10-20 years, we could see extended control of the B10 and occasional years where we make a bit of noise in the tournament. Unfortunately, more than that is not likely to be feasible until global warming makes everywhere into Florida or something.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||This worries me just a little||
This worries me just a little bit, I must say. Yes, we have a lot of talent, and yes, beating BC was a great way to start the season, but it's just too early for me to forget all about last year's debacle, especially after the team let RIT back in what should have been a blow-out. We're always ranked highly early in the season due to the beautiful Block M (and, for the most part, we've delivered), but I'll be excited once we can string more than one good week together.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Awesome, that is great to||
Awesome, that is great to hear. I admit that I don't generally follow recruiting a whole lot (in any sport) until the players are pretty close to stepping on campus, so I often miss these sorts of things. Great to learn more about the up & coming stars who will be guiding Michigan into the future. Sounds like the competition is going to be pretty fierce next year for pitching duty if we have two established seniors & two stand-out under-classmen as well. That gives me a lot of confidence that whoever does end up in the circle will be really, really good, which is encouraging, since based on the talent we have, IMO this year & next are legitimate chances for us to reclaim the WCWS title.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That's a very good question||
That's a very good question about the pitching - definitely something that we can file under "good problems to have"! There are a few teams that do make use of three pitchers, although there is definitely something of a hierarchy among them. I imagine that this is just the sort of thing that will get worked out on the field as the season goes along. Fortunately softball has a long non-conference schedule (although for us that's often at least as tough as the league!), so Hutch will have some time to tinker and see who's getting the job done most effectively.
I would say that I would be very surprised to see Haylie get bumped, since I'm thinking back to her fantastic freshman year, which is the last time we saw her at 100%. Word is that she's back, she's healthy, and she's in better shape than she's been before, so if Betsa unseats her, it will be because she is *very* good. Driesenga made some big strides last year too, though, so it will be a real battle - she does have the advantage of being the better hitter of our returning pitchers, so she can get on the field in multiple capacities. Definitely going to be a fun aspect of this team to watch!
I'm not sure if I've heard about this up & coming pitcher from California - do you have any detail or references about her? It sounds like if everyone stays on track & healthy, we may have a real embarrassment of riches next year!
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Glad you enjoyed the||
Glad you enjoyed the updates! I'd say that your tailgate source knows what they're talking about. We lost about as little as you can reasonably expect to lose off of a B10 championship/top 6 team and make some nice additions from Hutch's recruiting. Also, Haylie Wagner was injured much of last year, so having her healthy improves our pitching significantly right there. Lots to look forward to this spring!
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Only been to one away||
Only been to one away football game, and it was miserable. RR's first ND game, which we lost badly in a monsoon. The worst of it, though, was that I was just starting an MA program at ND at the time, and was always quite identifiable as the Michigan guy on campus, so I didn't get to just go home and forget about it. I got my own back, though, when we beat them the following year - I ran through their fountain after the game!
The only other away games I've attended were also at ND. I went to a baseball doubleheader which we split with them, which was entertaining enough except for the douchey high schooler fans who were sitting near me at one point. I also attended a hockey game there in the 2008-09 season which we won 2-1 in an absolute thriller. I brought a bunch of newspapers, so the whole UM section did the "who cares?" thing just like at Yost.
I've been to a number of non-UM games, but I was always backing the home team at those. I attended a lot of games at my current grad school, which is D-III. Winning our conf championship and rushing the floor last year was the highlight.
In the future I am looking forward to going to games at Maryland. As much as I hate adding them to the Big Ten, I am already planning on attending our upcoming football game there, as well as probably catching some b-ball & other sports as well. I guess this makes me part of the problem. :)
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||She's definitely got the||
She's definitely got the potential to get there, if not this year, then in the future. I don't want to put too much pressure on one player early in her career, but there can be no doubt that she is a special talent. Her ability to hit for average & power while (later in the season) showing flashes of crazy athleticism on defense is something you just don't see. Watching her for the next three years is a huge privilege for us as M fans.