OT -Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon dies

OT -Harlem Globetrotter Meadowlark Lemon dies

Submitted by MGoGrendel on December 28th, 2015 at 5:32 PM

George "Meadowlark" Lemon, the basketball star who entertained millions of fans around the world with his antics as a longtime member of the Harlem Globetrotters, died Sunday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 83.

Lemon played 24 seasons and by his own estimate more than 16,000 games with the Globetrotters, the touring exhibition basketball team known for its slick ball-handling, practical jokes, red-white-and-blue uniforms and multiyear winning streaks against overmatched opponents.

 

OT: Tigers acquire closer Francisco Rodriguez

OT: Tigers acquire closer Francisco Rodriguez

Submitted by GoBlueUSMC on November 18th, 2015 at 12:35 PM

http://www.rotoworld.com/player/mlb/3568/francisco-rodriguez

 

Tigers didn't give up a ton to get him, shipping infielder Javier Betancourt and a player to be named later for the closer.

 

I'm not a huge fan of the move myself as I think the Tigers need to get younger.  But it's a cheap price for someone who has been a "reliable" closer so to speak.

Baseball Recruiting: Three More Hellos

Baseball Recruiting: Three More Hellos

Submitted by Raoul on November 3rd, 2015 at 9:12 PM

The latest Michigan baseball commitments (which happened over the last three weeks) increase the 2016 class to eight and the 2017 class to seven.

Marcus Chavez: 5-10 C, Grand Street Campus HS (Brooklyn, NY). Prep Baseball Report is not particularly high on him, ranking him #27 in the state of New York in the 2016 class. They say his bat "is not advanced" and call him "pull happy," but they were impressed by his "big arm behind the plate." According to a local news article on his commitment, he's a "tremendous leader," and he picked Michigan over Oregon, Seton Hall, Villanova, Maine, and Boston College.

Ben Dragani: 6-4 LHP, Catholic Memorial HS (Waukesha, WI). PBR has him ranked #4 in Wisconsin and #203 overall in the 2017 class: "Dragani has one of the easier arm actions you’ll see producing an 80-83 mph fastball, touching 84 mph. He couples that with a hard darting slider at 75-77 mph, which we’ve previously seen up to 79 mph, so the hand speed is clearly there." PBR also has post-commit Q&A with Dragani.

Cody Bolton: 6-3 RHP, Tracy HS (CA), class of 2017. Not much out there on the latest product of the strong California-to-Michigan pipeline. Perfect Game has his fastball topping out at 88, while in his NSCA profile, Bolton listed it at 89.

On a related note: Michigan has now posted their 2016 roster, and they noted the team's 13 newcomers (3 transfers and 10 freshmen) in this press release. They've also posted a "meet the newcomers" feature in three parts, with part three including links to the first two. The biggest roster surprise was no Charlie Donovan, arguably the highest-rated player in Michigan's 2015 class (although a case could be made for Jonathan Engelmann). I have heard nothing about why he's not on the roster.

Michigan Baseball 2016 schedule announced

Michigan Baseball 2016 schedule announced

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on October 29th, 2015 at 6:18 PM

The schedule has been announced for the 2015 B1G Tournament Champions. Michigan stunned EVERYONE last year by going on a run to win the B1G Tournament and earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. 

Michigan has finished higher and higher as we further progress into the Erik Bakich era.

2013- T-5th
2014- T-4th
2015- T-3rd, B1G Tournament Champions, NCAA Regional Runner-Up
2016- ?

Schedule highlights-

  • Opening the season at Ray Fisher Stadium South: Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, which is the owned by Fred Wilpon who is the New York Mets owner. 
  • Hooray! Michigan gets to play both MSU and OSU this year. Why is this news? Well, they haven't both been on our schedule as B1G conference series since....2011.
  • 4-game road trip to Hawaii
  • Return series to Oklahoma State
Date Opponent Time (EST)
2/19 vs Canisius (Tradition Field) 2pm
2/20 vs Canisius (Tradition Field) 11am
  vs Canisius (Tradition Field) 2pm
2/21 vs Canisius (Tradition Field) 11am
2/26 Saint Joseph's (in Santa Clara, CA) 1pm
2/27 Cal Poly (in San Jose, CA) 3pm
2/28 at Santa Clara 9pm
2/29 at California 9pm
3/2 at San Jose State 9pm
3/3 at UC Davis 5pm
3/4 at UC Davis 5pm
3/5 at UC Davis 5pm
3/10 at Hawaii 12:30pm
3/11 at Hawaii 12:30pm
3/12 at Hawaii 7am
3/13 at Hawaii 10am
3/18 at Oklahoma State TBA
3/19 at Oklahoma State TBA
3/20 at Oklahoma State TBA
3/25 vs Illinois-Chicago 4pm
3/26 vs Illinois-Chicago Noon
  vs Illinois-Chicago 3pm
3/27 vs Illinois-Chicago 1pm
3/29 vs Central Michigan 4pm
4/1 at Northwestern* 4pm
4/2 at Northwestern* 3pm
4/3 at Northwestern* 2pm
4/5 at Notre Dame TBA
4/6 vs Bowling Green 4pm
4/8 vs Minnesota* 4pm
4/9 vs Minnesota* 2pm
4/10 vs Minnesota* 1pm
4/14 vs Eastern Michigan 4pm
4/16 vs Nebraska* 4pm
4/17 vs Nebraska* 2pm
4/18 vs Nebraska* 1pm
4/20 vs Toledo 4pm
4/22 at Iowa* 7pm
4/23 at Iowa* 3pm
4/24 at Iowa* 2pm
4/29 vs Michigan State* 6pm
4/30 at Michigan State* 1:05pm
5/1 vs Michigan State* 1pm
5/3 vs Eastern Michigan 6pm
5/4 at Eastern Michigan 6pm
5/6 vs Rutgers* 6pm
5/7 vs Rutgers* 2pm
5/8 vs Rutgers* Noon
5/11 at Central Michigan 4pm
5/13 at Ohio State* 6:30pm
5/14 at Ohio State* 3pm
5/15 at Ohio State* 1pm
5/20 at Illinois* TBA
5/21 at Illinois* TBA
5/22 at Illinois* TBA
B1G Tournament  (Omaha, NE)^
5/25 TBD  
5/26 TBD  
5/27 TBD  
5/28 TBD  
5/29 Championship  
NCAA Tournament^

*B1G Conference Game
^ if applies

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Michigan bar in Tel Aviv

Michigan bar in Tel Aviv

Submitted by winged helmet on October 16th, 2015 at 4:57 AM
I hate to be the guy starting one of these threads, but.. I'm traveling through Europe and the Middle East and am looking for a Michigan-friendly bar in Tel Aviv to watch the game tonight. I've searched all of the internets high and low, but no luck... There's surprisingly nothing on Facebook, and I can't find an alumni club website for Israel. Any suggestions are appreciated! As they say, L'chaim

OT: Yogi Berra Dead at 90

OT: Yogi Berra Dead at 90

Submitted by Everyone Murders on September 23rd, 2015 at 8:46 AM

"The lousy teams are good this year."

I've always suspected that Yogi Berra's "unintentional" aphorisms betrayed an incredible wit.  And his cultural status distracted folks from awareness of what a wonderful catcher he was.

We'll miss you, Yogi.  The future ain't what it used to be.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/24/sports/baseball/yogi-berra-dies-at-90-yankees-baseball/catcher