OT: The Masters! Who do you like?

OT: The Masters! Who do you like?

Submitted by yossarians tree on April 6th, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Stacked up Leaderboard heading into the weekend. Great weather predicted. This is one of my favorite sporting events each year. So, who do ya like?

--Love the final pairing of Freddie and Jason Dufner! Two super-laid-back guys. I would be really happy if either one of these guys gets the Green Jacket.

--Love the chances of one of the Euros to break through and win. Westwood, Garcia, McIlroy all look strong and they have the game. Any would be worthy champs.

--Don't forget Phil! He's in a great spot just three back and he knows the course so well.

--Finally, Tiger. Nope. I think he embarrassed himself today with his demeanor, dropping the club, even KICKING the club. Somebody needs to get ahold of that dude and teach him some composure. Even my wife said, "It doesn't seem like he has any interaction with his caddie." I think he misses Steve Williams very badly. And his Dad. He shows himself as a front-runner who cannot handle and overcome adversity.

--Not real psyched when a "guy from nowhere" wins, a la Schwartzel, Immelman, Oosthuizen. I like to see the trophy go to a guy who has paid his dues.

Friday Night Open/What Are You Drinking? Thread

Friday Night Open/What Are You Drinking? Thread

Submitted by hart20 on April 6th, 2012 at 9:49 PM

What the title says. Personally, I've got an exciting night of Monopoly and Uno going (#collegestudentgoinghard), along with hookah and maybe cigars. I also introduced my friends to Oberon and they love it, so I suppose some of that will be going around too. 

Anyways, let everyone know what you're drinking down below.

M SB smokes ohio in columbus

M SB smokes ohio in columbus

Submitted by MGoSoftball on April 6th, 2012 at 8:02 PM

The Michigan Softball Team traveled to ohio this weekend for a Friday Night / Saturday Double series against ohio.  ohio is play some very good ball but we were just too much for them.  We easily defeated our rivals by a score of 9-2

We were helped by a big 5-run third inning.  Ashley Lane and Lauren Sweet came up big in that inning and the game.  Ashley went 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored from the #4 hole.  Ashley hit a 3 run dinger in the 4th.  While Lauren went 1 for 3 with 3 RBIs and a run scored from a 3 run dinger in the 3rd. 

Sara Driesenga hit 2 home runs, a first for her in her early career.  Her first came in the 1st inning with bases empty.  It was a beautiful solo shot that just stayed fair down the RF line.  It looked like it hooked foul but just cleared the foul pole.  Her second came in the 7th inning and was to left field.  There was no question on this one.  Sara finished 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored.

Haylie Wagner dominated the suckeyes today except for one back pitch to star play Alicia herron who took her long and hard with a runner on.  She finished with 2 ER off 6 hits.  She had 9, count 'em, 9 strikeouts with only 1 HBP, out of 27 batters faced.  What amaizing control today for Haylie.

Now this is the type of game that we needed for weeks: a tough opponent that we dominate.  Coach has to be happy tonight.  The only problem is they have to stay in suckeye land tonight for towmorrow's double header.

OT: Dwight Howard wants Van Gundy fired.

OT: Dwight Howard wants Van Gundy fired.

Submitted by wolverine1987 on April 5th, 2012 at 1:32 PM

You may recall a couple weeks back that the Orlando Magic reportedely offered Dwight Howard the opportunity to help choose the next coach and GM if he chose to sign a new deal with them. This was something Howard denied, saying "no truth to that rumor, that is a responsibility that I neither asked for nor do I want." Well according to Stan Van Gundy, his current coach, Howard has told Magic management that he wants Van Gundy fired.  Van Gundy stated that was told to him "at the very top" of Orlando's management. Howard has again denied this. You decide who is telling the truth.

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7778991/orlando-magic-stan-van-gundy-…

 

New Detroit soccer team: Detroit City FC

New Detroit soccer team: Detroit City FC

Submitted by go16blue on April 5th, 2012 at 2:04 AM
I know we have a lot of soccer fans here, so I thought a new local team would be of interest. Personally I haven't gotten into US soccer because I've been waiting for a Detroit team to support, so this is pretty big news. It is only minor league (not MLS), but with enough support it could get there. The team has an awesome name & crest, and season tickets are only $30. They will play at Detroit Cass Tech (they're working with them to improve their soccer field for the team), so games will be safe. For only $75 you get season tickets, an awesome jersey, pregame and postgame access, and some other things too. www.detcityfc.com

OT- Drivers License

OT- Drivers License

Submitted by Ziff72 on April 4th, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Everytime I hear of an athlete getting popped for DUI or drugs I have no reaction now, I've become numb to it.    What I do wait for is the next sentence.  There it is.....he's driving on a suspended license.   Bingo.

Does anyone have a clue on what is going on here?   Are athletes afraid of the DMV?  Do they not open mail?   Doesn't anyone need a valid license to use as ID?    I just find this insane.   I would think teams and universities at this point would just assign an assistant to make sure everyone has all their paperwork filled out and their bills paid.    I imagine when the basketball team went to Europe they did not trust all the kids were going to get their passports ready by themselves.  

If anyone has any insight on this culture that could explain this behavior I'd really appreciate the info.

OT: Soccer - USWNT Beats Brazil 3-0

OT: Soccer - USWNT Beats Brazil 3-0

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on April 3rd, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The USWNT's final match of the Kirin Challenge Cup was moved up four hours from 8PM to 4PM local due to expected bad weather.  As it was, it was raining on and off, and it got worse in the second half.

I was a bit surprised that the starting lineup remained the same, given they played on Sunday.  Brazil did not have Marta, who was with her club team.

18' - Abby Wambach got fouled in midfield, and Christie Rampone sent the free kick into the box.  It dropped down just outside the six, where it deflected off Rachel Buehler's heel and went right.  Unmarked, Carli Lloyd pounced on it for the 1-0 lead.  Brazil G Barbara did not come out to get the ball.  (Usual starter Andrea was there, but is still recovering from an injury.)

23' - Another set piece, taken by Lauren Cheney.  She sends it far post, and it's Shannon Boxx making a curling run and heading the ball down into the lower left corner, and Barbara can't get to it.

30' - Brazil sends a long ball to the right corner, crossed and headed into goal.  But it's waved off.  The announcer thought the cross curled out of bounds.

68' - Free kick, and Alex Morgan heads it into goal.  But it's waved off.  I don't see any offsides.  Was it a foul?  Grrr.

83' - Free kick 32 yds out, as Daiane dragged down Amy Rodriguez, who subbed at 71' for Alex Morgan.  Abby? heads it down and back (away from goal), it bounces off a leg, and settles in the center of the box.  Amy blasts it, gets a deflection off a defender into the right side of the net.

Coach Sundhage used more subs this game: Stephanie Cox for Amy LePeilbet at 32'; Becky Sauerbrunn for Christie Rampone, and Megan Rapinoe for Heather O'Reilly at halftime; Tobin Heath for Carli Lloyd at 62'; and Heather Mitts for Kelley O'Hara at 83'.

The Kirin Challenge Cup finishes with Japan playing Brazil on Thursday.  If they can't beat Brazil by more than three goals, the US claims the cup.

US Soccer recap

Highlights video link

Reactions video link

 

Next up for the USWNT is a friendly vs China on May 27 at PPL Park in Chester, PA.

The USMNT has four games showing on the schedule: May 26 vs Scotland, May 30 vs Brazil, June 3 vs Canada, June 8 vs Antigua & Barbuda.

Michigan's Prospects for 2011-2012 Director's Cup

Michigan's Prospects for 2011-2012 Director's Cup

Submitted by WolverineBlue on April 3rd, 2012 at 5:14 AM

As you most likely know, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) awards an annual Director's Cup to the nation's top athletic program, based on a points formula that encompasses all men's and women's varsity sports (more info here). Stanford has won the award for the past 17 years in a row, but Michigan has been among the top performing schools in the annual standings, finishing in the top ten in 14 of the 18 years the rankings have been compiled.

Unfortunately, the past two seasons have been down years, with Michigan placing 25th (2009-2010) and 15th (2010-2011). With some resurgent programs this year, I have been hoping that our maize and blue heroes could return to their rightful place in the top ten. I decided to  take a look at MIchigan's current status and forward-looking expectations.

In the last published update (3/22/12), Michigan fell from 5th place to 12th place in the standings. This Thursday, the updated Winter standings will be released, adding results for men's and women's basketball, men's swimming, and fencing. If my figurin' is correct, the updated standings should look something like this:

Rank Prev School Points
1 1 Stanford 876.75
2 7 Ohio State 707
3 4 Penn State 655.5
4 2 Florida State 636.5
5 9 Florida 612
6 5 Texas 583
7 3 Wisconsin 582
8 10 North Carolina 578
9 11 Texas A&M 526
10 12 Michigan 517.75
11 34 Notre Dame 503.5
12 28 Duke 490.5
13 6 Minnesota 486.5
14 33 Louisville 464
15 25 California 453

Michigan should climb barely back into the top ten, while Ohio State shoots up to the number two spot, based not only on basketball success, but also on winning the recent national fencing championships held in Columbus. Unfortunately, the NACDA points accumulated by the Buckeye sabre-rattlers will exceed the total points registered by the combined efforts of Michigan's men's and women's basketball teams plus Ice Hockey team. Curses! Foiled again. Yeah, the scoring system is a little flakey.

Looking ahead to the home stretch, some schools are traditionally stronger in spring sports and are likely to make a late move. If we were to project that each school's spring teams will match their performance from last year and tally up the resulting standings (allowing points for no more than 10 sports in either men's or women's categories), the projected final standings would turn out like this:

Rank School Points
1 Stanford 1491.75
2 Ohio State 1164.05
3 Florida 1145.75
4 California 1132
5 North Carolina 1055.75
6 UCLA 1026.25
7 Duke 983.5
8 Virginia 967
9 Michigan 956
10 Texas A&M 950.5
11 Florida State 923
12 USC 913.75
13 Penn State 888.8
14 Texas 887.75
15 Oklahoma 839

Of course, there is likely to be a great deal of variance in actual results, but this should pretty well identify who the top contenders are.

Michigan's spring prospects vary by team. Wolverine men and women gymnasts and tennis racketeers are likely to pile up some points, but it will be a challenge to just match the output of last year's successful teams. Struggling golf teams on both men's and women's side will be hard pressed to make the NCAA's this year (still, we can hope). The inaugural men's lacrosse team will not register any NACDA points this year, but it can only help to have a men's and women's varsity lacrosse program in years to come. Prospects also do not look very promising for the baseball team or either track and field team. Surprise us, please!

On the plus side, there is room for improvement over last year from the young and developing softball team, the women's rowing team, and the women's water polo team. Gals, we're counting on you!

Summary

It is all but certain that Stanford will repeat as the trophy winner for the 18th straight year. Ohio State, Florida, and California are likely to battle it out for the runner-up spot.

Michigan has a very realistic shot at returning to the top ten. We should almost certainly improve over the past two seasons. Sadly, there is very little chance of a top five finish this year or of overtaking that ohio school. Don't taze me bro', I'm just crunching numbers here. I personally have faith in Dave Brandon's determination to continue to elevate the competitive level of all of Michigan's varsity programs and I expect that we will once again become a consistent top finisher in the NACDA standings. Go Blue, one and all!