The Game Knows (a going pro in something other than sports success)

The Game Knows (a going pro in something other than sports success)

Submitted by justingoblue on May 31st, 2016 at 10:32 AM

Jordan Taylor retweeted this last night and I thought the board would really enjoy reading.

Trying to balance not going full clickbait and not spoiling anything, former Alabama backup catcher Jordan Patterson shares that despite never starting, working her butt off at practice and being a damn good teammate (plus a very fortunate foot in the door family-wise) ends up paying off long after her final game ends.

I really enjoyed her story and think the message is great, doubly so for anyone with a connection to a younger athlete who might be struggling like she was.

Bonus question: Her core message is that the game knows who to reward; who comes early and stays late and has a true passion for it. Anyone have their own experience with that?

Jordan Taylor Leads Team USA to World Cup Victory

Jordan Taylor Leads Team USA to World Cup Victory

Submitted by MGoSoftball on July 25th, 2011 at 11:39 PM

Jordan Taylor led Team USA to a 6-4 victory against Japan in the championship game of the World Cup of Softball at Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.  This is the headquarters of ASA softball. 

Team USA fed off the strong arm of JT.  JT had a no-no going into the 5th inning before the wheels came off.  Japan bitch-slapped us for one run in the 5th and one in the 6th.  Japan rallied for 2 runs in the 7th but that was all. 

JT gave way to Chelsea Thomas in the 5th who gave way to Keilani Ricketts in the 7th who picked up the save.  JT pitched 5.1 innings and gave up 1 ER off 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1.  JT faced 21 batters. 

Nice job ladies and thanks to JT, who continues to amaize us.


As many of you know, the International Olympic Committee voted to eliminate softball from the Olympics.  They say softball give the USA an unfair advantage because we are so good.  Here is a petition to reinstate softball to the Olympic games.  Please take a moment to sign it.

Jordan Taylor Expected to Start for World Cup Softball Championship Game

Jordan Taylor Expected to Start for World Cup Softball Championship Game

Submitted by Michigasling on July 25th, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Finals against Japan and their ace pitcher (Yukiko Ueno) tonight (8:30 EDT on ESPN2 and, following the US's 10-0 blow-out of Great Britain yesterday.  Per previous post, Jordan closed out the Saturday victory against Japan with 4 strikeouts of the only 4 batters she faced.  Per NewsOK (The Oklahoman):

Team USA is expected to start University of Michigan pitcher Jordan Taylor, but coach Ken Eriksen said “the entire staff will be ready to go."

Jordan Taylor Gets Saturday Save for Team USA

Jordan Taylor Gets Saturday Save for Team USA

Submitted by Michigasling on July 24th, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Jordan brought in at bottom of the 6th as third US pitcher in game over Japan, a must-win game for the US after losing to Canada earlier in the day.  US up 8-4, but first reliever in trouble.  Jordan strikes out batter to end the inning, then strikes out all three batters she faces in the 7th, the first being a 10-pitch outing.  Commentator: "Great battle won by Jordan Taylor."

Couldn't find any stats, and bizarrely difficult even to find the final score.  Went to to replay, expecting just to skim through to the highlights.  Pleased to see all the camera time Jordan got behind the fence cheering all the other girls on.  Then fast-forwarded to the final inning to watch the glee of victory and surprised to see her out there.  Worth replaying from her entrance.  Four batters, four Ks.

Next game against Great Britain this afternoon, 5:00 pm EDT on ESPN2, streaming on  Have no idea who's pitching, but Taylor's making her mark.

Jordan Taylor Selected to Team USA

Jordan Taylor Selected to Team USA

Submitted by MGoSoftball on June 21st, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Jordan Taylor becomes only the 2nd Michigan Softball Player to be selected to Team USA.  This is quite an honor for any softball player.  The chance to play for one's country is what little girls dream of.  Lets hope they bring back Softball to the Olympics.

Congrats to JT and thanks for being one of the best pitchers in Michigan history (IMO).

Here is the link to the Mothership.

Four M SB Players Earn All-American Honors

Four M SB Players Earn All-American Honors

Submitted by MGoSoftball on June 1st, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Four members of the Michigan Softball team earned All-American Honors by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA).  Amanda Chidester, Jordan Taylor, Ashley Lane and Bree Evans were selected.  The honors were released today

There are not many surprises here.  Chiddy came on strong for M and was selected Big 10 Player of the Year.  She lead the team in several batting categories and played a helleva 3B.  She made first team. 

JT was lights out all year.  She got roughed up a little in the regionals and that may have hurt slightly as she was selected to the second team. 

My All-American selection Ashely Lane was chosen for the second team as well.  Her hitting power was the spark we needed in the 5 hole.  She may have made first team but she had a few too many strikeouts including several called thrid strikes.  Coaches HATE called third strikeouts.

Bree Evans was a slight surprise, I'm sure, to the rest of the nation but not to us.  She was the spark that got the rally going.  Her OB% and her speed is awesome.  She is not a home run hitter as we all know, but she gets the job done.

Left out was Dorian Shaw.  This was somewhat of a surprise to me because Dorian's numbers were still very good and deserved a Third Team honor.  However, she slipped in the second half of the season and that hurt her.

Another point.  If Colie did not get injured and was able to play in the Regionals, it would have been a completely different outcome.  Combine that with a bad call in the first KY game on Chiddy, and we could have won the regionals and played Cal in the Supers.  JT's stock would have been higher for sure.

Softball is a very fickle game.  Both losses in the regionals were by 1 run.  A bad call, a bad bounce, a hit's batmen, and a simple Texas Leaguer was enough to keep JT off the First Team.

Congrats to these 4 ladies and thanks for a wonderful season.  We wish JT luck in her professioinaln career and the remining 3 let's come back in the fall with piss and vinegar to kick some butt.  Its be .......a Michigan Wolverine.


Here is the link to the mothership:

Jordan Taylor becomes Wins and Strikeout All Time M Leader

Jordan Taylor becomes Wins and Strikeout All Time M Leader

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 22nd, 2011 at 10:12 AM


Jordan Taylor became the Michigan Softball All-Time leader in wins and strikeouts in the ND game yesterday.  She now has 107 wins and 1209 Ks.  This is rare on two fronts.  First to break both records in the same game, in that fashion, is incredable.  Second, Hutch spliet the early season playing time with Spidey this year so JT would have done it earlier in the year if not last year, had she pitched every game like most college teams.

Lets just pull for antoher 2 victories today against a very good and speedy UK team.














Jordan Taylor a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year.

Jordan Taylor a finalist for USA Softball Player of the Year.

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 12th, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Jordan Taylor is one of 4 pitchers selected as a finalist for the USA Softball Player of the Year award.  Michelle Smith gave her some nice props on ESPN as Michelle was doing Color for the SEC Tourney.

Here is a link from the mothership.

Congrats Jordan.  We are all so very proud of you.  Go Blue

M SB wins, IU loses, We are 1st place in B1G

M SB wins, IU loses, We are 1st place in B1G

Submitted by MGoSoftball on May 8th, 2011 at 4:23 PM

The Michigan Softball team won again today aganist Minny 8-1.  This comes off a lack-luster 4-2 victory yesterday.  Game-time temperature was 64 degrees under sunny skies.

Jordan Taylor got the start today.  Hutch is starting the "tourney run" today by pitching JT in back to back games.  I suspect JT will get the ball from here on out.  Hutch has been very good at not over pitching JT this year.  JT has 205 IP and SS has 120 IP.  Hutch has given Stephanie an equal amount of innings so that JT doesnt get burned out.  Now, with JT all tuned up, JT can begin the chase for the NC.

JT finished the day with 6 innings pitched.  She gave up 1 ER off 6 hits, with 10Ks, 3 BB and 1 HBP.  Stephanie Speierman came in the 7th to close it down. 

With her 10 strikeouts today, senior RHP Jordan Taylor has registered double-digit strikeouts in four of Michigan's last six games. She is the only Michigan pitcher in program history to surpass 250 strikeouts in each of her collegiate seasons.

Amy Knapp was the offensive hero today by going 2 for 3 with 3 RBIs and 1 run scored.  Amanda Chidester went 2 for 2 with 2 RBIs and a run scored.  Bree Evans went 2 for 4 with a RBI and run scored.

We dominated this game from the first pitch.  We came very close to another mercy rule win.  We play 2 against Lil Sister next weekend in a home and home series.  The Tournament pairings should be out Monday 16th or Tuesday the 17th with the tourney starting on Friday the 20th.