Joy! On Netflix a "new" season of Arrested development has appeared. Season 4 remix.
My first Post.
Happy Quattro de Mayo
Before the season started, many pegged this OSU series as one that could determine the Big Ten championship. In those projections, both teams were supposed to still be in the hunt. OSU dropped out of the race early when they suffered a 3-game sweep at the hands of IU, but they still came to Ann Arbor in a position to play spoiler, as (barring a PSU upset over Minnesota) Michigan needs to win the series to clinch a share of the Big Ten crown, and needs all 3 to take the title outright.
OSU struck first in this one, knocking a lead-off home-run over the wall in the top of the 2nd. Michigan didn't waste much time striking back, though, as a 2-out Aidan Falk walk turned into a run on the strength of singles from Taylor Swearingen & Haley Hoogenraad. The Buckeyes grabbed the lead again in the 4th, again on a lead-off solo-shot. After that, though, Meghan Beaubien settled in nicely, allowing just one more hit the rest of the way. Issuing no walks while mowing down 11 via the K, Beaubien was in near-total command apart from the two long balls.
The Wolverines, for their part, weren't done on offense. After loading the bases to no avail in the 4th, the Maize & Blue would turn the tide for good in the bottom of the 5th. Michigan's big bats came through, as Tera Blanco started the inning off with a single, followed by a double from rising star Madison Uden, hero of the IU series. An Aidan Falk walk would load the bases, but a strike-out put the pressure on, as Michigan again faced a 2-out, bases-loaded situation. They wouldn't let this one go to waste, though. Hoogenraad kept her cool & drew a crucial walk to bring in the first run, and then Lou Allan, the freshman with sky-high potential, brought in what would turn out to be the winning run on a single to the short-stop.
The series will continue with games tomorrow at 1 PM and then Sunday at 6. Both will be on BTN, and if you don't already have a ticket, that's your only option, as the whole series has sold out!
So, in another spectactular lesson in PR 101, MSU has told the NCAA that no violations occurred to their student-athletes during Nassar's reign of terror. A couple of excerpts from the story via Deadspin and then the link below. I am literally not shocked by anything that comes out of EL anymore. I understand they are now in full CYA mode, but, how can anyone from the University argue that they protected their student-athletes from a known predator.....?
NCAA Letter to MSU:
The letter said “Article 2.2 of the NCAA constitution establishes the principle of protecting student athletes’ well-being including health and safety” and warned the university that it also had an obligation to “self-report possible violations of NCAA rules.” The NCAA demanded, that “as a first measure,” MSU send any information regarding “potential violations of NCAA legislation” to the governing body for review.
Quote from letter penned by MSU Counsel Mike Glazier
I trust that you will see that the University is in no way attempting to sidestep the issues facing it, and that if the University had any reason to believe the criminal conduct of Nassar also implicated NCAA rules violations, the University would accept responsibility in that area as well.
However, after a thorough and analytic examination of NCAA legislation, and an application of the known facts associated with the Nassar matter to NCAA legislation, the University finds no NCAA rules violations.
This is pretty major and unexpected news for the Wayne State Physician Group and the WSU School of Medicine. While current residents and medical students will supposedly be fine for the reminaing of their training, I have to imagine that this has dark implications for the medical school moving forward. Would be pretty interesting if the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine swoops in and fully partners with DMC.
I haven't gotten to watch many Tiger's games this season, but it's a light morning in the office, so I have got it on in the background. Man, Kirk Gibson is brutal. His analysis is decent, but his delivery is lifeless. Maybe it's just me, but he just comes off so bored.
What do you guys think? Is the insight worth the bland delivery? For me, I'd take Rod Allen every day.
No sugar-coating it - this loss sucks. After building a 4-0 lead, Michigan let it all slip away, giving up the tying run with 2 outs in the 7th, and then ceding a walk-off homer in extras. Tomorrow's rubber game is a must-win if Michigan wants any chance at the regular season title. All margin for error has been drained out of the championship chase.
Michigan softball began the biggest series of the year tonight, traveling down to Bloomington to take on surprise contender Indiana in a three game set. Entering the weekend just 1 game ahead of IU in the loss column, it was imperative that the Wolverines get off on the right foot.
Early on, though, things were a little shaky. Meghan Beaubien was not at her usual dominant standards, ceding a hit and a walk in the 1st, followed by a run off a HBP & a double in the 2nd. Down 1-0, though, the offense started clicking. In the 3rd, Michigan posed its first real threat of the game, loading the bases. A strike-out would end the threat, however, giving IU a brief reprieve.
After Beaubien delivered her 1st 1-2-3 half-inning in the B3, Michigan took a lead in the T4 that they would not relinquish. 2 walks and an HBP loaded the bases for Alex Sobczak, and she tied the game with a sac fly. Staring down the barrel of Michigan star Faith Canfield with an open base at 1st, IU decided to issue the free pass & load 'em up. Natalie Peters didn't take kindly to IU's evaluation of her talent, and beat out a single to score the run.
After another scoreless IU half, Michigan gained some distance in the T5. A two-run shot from "Air-Mail" Aidan Falk was followed by a solo-blast from Haley Hoogenraad, and just like that, it was 5-1 game. Indiana would threaten in the 6th, putting 2 in scoring position with no outs, and then loading the bases with just 1 away. Beaubien kept her cool, though, and worked out of the jam with no harm done - an alert throw from Madison Uden off a ball hit by her sister to gun down the lead runner at home helped out. An uneventful 7th closed the book on game 1.
Michigan will face Indiana twice more this weekend, at 1 PM on Saturday, and again at 1 on Sunday. A win tomorrow to clinch the series would go a long way to staking Michigan's claim on the Big Ten championship. Don't sleep on Minneosta, though - they're still hanging around in the picture. Lots of exciting softball left on the season!
I don't know about you, but this wasn't my favorite week. I'm such a slacker I didn't even get my manure spread (maybe tomorrow). I will be having an adult beverage this evening, almost certainly red pop of one fashion or another.
Also, in our area there is a Sam's Club and recently a Costco opened up. I've been a Sam's Club member for years and years, and they do good with what they are supposed to. I've been to Costco in other areas, albeit infrequently. Seems okay but I can't think of a reason to switch.
So for tonight, two questions:
1. What's in your cup?
2. Sam's Club or Costco, and why? Is there really any significant difference?
I hope you have a great weekend