UM softball to play thursday/friday

UM softball to play thursday/friday

Submitted by BluCheese on May 21st, 2012 at 5:01 PM

The Lady Wolverines will play Alabama in the Super Regionals on Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.  Game 2 will be on ESPNU on Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET.  If a game 3 is necessary it will be played on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. Friday night.

Go Blue!

http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120521/SPORTS0201/205210379

OT-US Mens Soccer team adds 11 to the roster

OT-US Mens Soccer team adds 11 to the roster

Submitted by swan flu on May 20th, 2012 at 5:47 PM

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/05/Klinsmann-Completes-Training-Camp-Roster-with-11-Additional-Players.aspx

 

Klinsmann adds 11 names to the training camp for upcoming World Cup Qualifying games

 

ROSTER ADDITIONS BY POSITION
DEFENDERS (4): Geoff Cameron (Houston Dynamo), Clarence Goodson (Brondby), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon), Michael Parkhurst (Nordsjaelland)
MIDFIELDERS (1): Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City)
FORWARDS (6): Juan Agudelo (Chivas USA), Jozy Altidore (AZ Alkmaar), Terrence Boyd (Borussia Dortmund), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Herculez Gomez (Santos), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes)

 

I like Onyewu, Agudelo, and Jozy Altidore... but the rest just leave me lukewarm.

With Donovan, Altidore, Agudelo, and Dempsey on the roster it doesn't make sense to bring along Gomez, Boyd, and Wondolowski while we are desperately thin at non-holding midfield...

 

I am excited for Joe Corona though, so there's that.

MICHIGAN SOFTBALL: REGIONAL CHAMPS

MICHIGAN SOFTBALL: REGIONAL CHAMPS

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 20th, 2012 at 11:09 AM

The game is at 1pm on ESPN2.

This year has been really exciting for the underdogs. There have been many seeded teams that have lost games.

#1 Cali lost to Arkansas.  They play for the Regional Championship today.

#5 Florida lost to South Florida, in the final game.  Florida dismissed their 3 top players for a racial incident against a black teammate.  I applaud Coach Walton for doing the right thing here.  He knew his team would be weaker.  He could has kept this all quiet until the tournament was over but he didnt.  Too bad marky mark didnt do the same thing with Chris L. Rucker.  marky mark was in the hunt for a B1G Title and possible NC.  marky mark is a loser.

#7 Tennessee lost to Virginia Tech.  They play for the Regional Championship today.

#6 Texas lost to Northwestern.  They play for the Regional Championship today.

#8 Texas A&M lost to LSU.  They play for the Regional Championship today.

And the most shocking is #12 UCLA is OUT.  They lost to my sleeper pick Hofstra and SD State.  UCLA was playing at home too.  Yikes.  Hofstra and SDSU play for the Championship.

My other sleeper pick; La-Layafette is 2-0 and should win their Regional today.

BTW: #11 Oregon won their Regional last night.  Wonder why they played early?  They had BYU in their Regional and BYU does not play on Sundays.

OT: NCAA SB Tourney

OT: NCAA SB Tourney

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 19th, 2012 at 11:03 AM

This year shapes up to be the year of the upset in the 2012 NCAA Softball Tourney.

The biggest surprise came from the Gainesville Regional where Top Seed and #5 ranked Florida lost to Florida Gulf Coast 2-1.  Fla GC is a school of only 12,000 located Near Naples Fla and was established in 1991.  Florida has been ranked in the top 5 most of the year.  Maybe a little too much looking ahead?

In the Austin Regional, Top Seed and #6 ranked Texas lost to the only other Big Ten invitee, Northwestern 2-0.  Congrats Wildcats.  NWU can surprise a lot of people.

In the Knoxville Regional, top seeded and #7 ranked Tennessee was beaten by Miami (NTM) 1-0.  MAC Champions are sure to keep up the pressure.  They are a good team.

In the Los Angles Regional top seed and #11 ranked UCLA was given a beat-down by my upset special Hofstra 7-2.  This regional is going to be very interesting.  Hofstra gave us a run for the money on 25FEB.  We were lucky to scrape out a 3-2 victory.

My other upset special La- Lafayette top seeded and ranked #14 beat Mississippi Valley 8-0 in a mercy-rule win.  The Cajuns are expected to win their regional but I predict them to make a run in the W.S.

Haylie Wagner named Freshman AND pitcher of the Year in B1G. Chiddy Player of the Year

Haylie Wagner named Freshman AND pitcher of the Year in B1G. Chiddy Player of the Year

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 19th, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Haylie Wagner and Amanda Chidester won some very prestegious awards late this week form the Big Ten Office in Chicago.

Haylie won the Freshmen of the Year as well as Pitcher of the Year.   Haylie had the best record in teh B1G for starting pitchers at 30-5.  She was second in ERA at 1.53.  Minny's Sara Moulton was 1.52.  Haylie was 3rd in OBA at .205.

Chiddy was named Player of the Year.  The senior from Allen Park Cabrini is a do-all type player.  Many people dont know this but she is a catcher converted to third converted to 1st base.  Chiddy had a .348 which is in the top 15.  She had 44 RBIs which is in the top15.  The most interesting stat is she scored 35 runs.  That is high for a #3 / #4 power hitter.  This shows how smart she is on the bases.

Her average is weighted down by a slow start.  She is now batting over .400 the last half of the season.  But that is the nature of averages: there is no such category as slump.

Congrats to both ladies.  We are very proud of you.  Keep up the good work in Louisville and we will see you in Oklahoma City.

OT: Champions League final discussion & live thread

OT: Champions League final discussion & live thread

Submitted by go16blue on May 19th, 2012 at 9:47 AM

The Champions League final has finally arrived, after months of build up. It features a pair of unlikely semifinal winners, as Chelsea and Bayern Munich upset Barcelona and Real Madrid, respectively. The game will be played in Allianz Arena (home to Bayern Munich), which most say will benefit Bayern. Both teams come in with multiple players suspended for yellow cards in the semi-finals, with Chelsea hit slightly harder. Bayern plays a very meticulous, attacking style, focusing on good passing and good wings capable of shooting as well as crossing. Chelsea plays more of a deep, counter-attacking style, featuring star playmaker Didier Drogba at striker. Bayern is normally amazing at home, but in a game of this magnitude with this much emotion, all of that goes out the window. 

The winner gets a trophy, bragging rights, and a large cash reward. Beyond that, the implications in the English Premier League are huge, as if Chelsea win they will take a 2012-13 Champions League spot from my beloved Spurs.

And before you soccer haters show up and ask "who cares," last year over 300 million people watched the final, much more than the super bowl. So please, if you don't like soccer, keep it civil.

The game starts at 2:30 on Fox

Come On You Bavarians!! Can't wait!

OT: Preakness Stakes

OT: Preakness Stakes

Submitted by MAgoBLUE on May 19th, 2012 at 9:12 AM
I know there is some interest in the ponies on here so who do you like today? I will be heading down to my local track for most of the early races leading up to the main event Preakness. It should be a lot less crowded than Derby Day which I will appreciate. Hopefully I can get a black eyed susan or two. 5 MGoPoints to the user who can name the official drink of the Belmont without looking it up. I don't know what my play will be yet. It depends on how I do in the early races. I was also hoping to steal some wisdom from you guys. This is a web site I use frequently for sports gambling advice. They do a nice write up on the race: http://www.covers.com/articles/articles.aspx?theArt=274863 The Baltimore Sun has the rundown on all of the days races. Also, a writer named Templeton is doing a very interesting series on the homeless in the city: http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/horse-racing/preakness/bal-2012-prea…