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…

OT: MLB wild card playoff moving to 2-3 format

OT: MLB wild card playoff moving to 2-3 format

Submitted by GoBlueinEugene on May 17th, 2012 at 3:38 PM

"Baseball's owners have approved changing the format of this year's AL and NL Division Series from a 2-2-1 format to a 2-3 format, giving the team with home-field advantage the last three games of the five-game series."

Home-field advantage doesn't seem like much of an advantage anymore.

http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/7942366/owners-approve-wild-card-winn…

U-M's Kellen Russell (College) & Taylor Massa (H.S.) MI Athletes of the Year

U-M's Kellen Russell (College) & Taylor Massa (H.S.) MI Athletes of the Year

Submitted by Everyone Murders on May 17th, 2012 at 12:33 PM

The Detroit Athletic Club named two-time NCAA wrestling champion Kellen Russell its Michigan Collegiate Men's Athlete of the Year.  Given the competition of Denard Robinson, Draymond Green (I feel dirty writing that, but give the devil his due), Trey Burke, etc., it is quite an honor.  And well-deserved:  4-time B1G champion, 33-1 this season, and .918 overall win percentage.  He's only the second Wolverine to achieve the [ed. men's] honor in the 16 year history of the award (swimmer Davis Tarwater won in 2006) [ed. which was expanded to include collegiate athletes in 2006 - see HopeInHoke's comment below for a nice table, etc.].

In the H.S. division, rising freshman wrestler Taylor Massa won the award.  Taylor's from St. Johns, MI and attends St. Johns H.S..  This rising Wolverine will bring a 231-0 H.S. record with him, along with various other awards - the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award among them.  This young man is legit, and we look forward to seeing him represent U-M over the next four years.

Congratulations to Kellen and Taylor, and Go Blue!  Links below. 

       

Kellen Russell                                Taylor Massa

http://msay.thedac.com/

http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/m-wrestl/spec-rel/051612aaa.html

OT - Initial USMNT WC Qualifying Camp Roster

OT - Initial USMNT WC Qualifying Camp Roster

Submitted by hailtothevictors08 on May 15th, 2012 at 3:22 PM

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/05/Jurgen-Klinsmann-Discusses-Roster.aspx

http://www.ussoccer.com/News/Mens-National-Team/2012/05/Klinsmann-Announces-First-16-Players-to-Report-to-US-MNT-Training-Camp-in-Orlando.aspx

Very strange first 16. We have a ton of holding middies and the real issue is no timmy chandler. As John Infante puts it, he is like a college commit who is still taking other visits because this is his second chance not getting cap-tied to the US. Very scary. 

Up to 13 more will be called in and are just being given rest (landon, gooch, altidore etc).

The truth is the world cup starts now, 3 friendlies and then our first 2 qualifiers. 

Feeding Division 1 Athletes

Feeding Division 1 Athletes

Submitted by Hardware Sushi on May 15th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Recently saw this Omaha World-Herald interview with Nebraska's Director of Sports Nutrition, Lindsey Remmers. She discusses her team's role in getting Cornhusker athletes ready for competition. Nothing earth-shattering in the article; I just enjoy learning about different parts of athletic departments that don't get a lot of spotlight but have a big impact on what we see on the field.

I also think this article does a good job shining light on the positive aspects of collegiate athletics that numbskulls like Buzz Bissinger forget about when they write hackjob articles espousing the evils of division one football.

Lifeskills like learning to balance a diet and how to shop at the grocery are lessons that many of these students never received. My mom was somewhat of a hippie so I got the other end of the healthy diet spectrum but that's something I'd still enjoy learning more about from an expert.

The Blockhams in "SUMMER BREAK"

The Blockhams in "SUMMER BREAK"

Submitted by Six Zero on May 15th, 2012 at 9:21 AM

SUMMER BREAK


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