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03/10/2018 - 3:30pm You clearly know nothing about the sport of rowing...

and it's evolution nationally and internationally. There are many public schools and community programs all around the US now, hell, even in the South. This isn't the 1960s, so you can pack away that "rich man's sport" stereotype. But if you want to speak about the socioeconomics of sport in America, you could say it requires a "rich" family to keep their children in any youth club sports these days.

03/10/2018 - 3:54am Women's rowing is here to stay

Not sure what your gripe is with Michigan Women's Rowing or the sport in general, but it isn't going anywhere. Women's rowing was part of the NCAA Emerging Sports for Women program in the mid '90s in order to achieve Title IX compliance. The sport is very well represented in nearly all Division I conferences with the exception of the knuckleheads in the SEC. Take a look at the seedings for last year's Division I top 8-oared shells below. Do you really think the athletic department at Michigan doesn't want to compete with some of the finest academic institutions in the world in the sport of rowing? (An ancillary benefit is that Michigan's program and even the Men's Club Team have been well represented on the US National and Olympic teams.)

1 Washington
2 California
3 Texas
4 Princeton
5 Ohio State
6 Stanford
7 Michigan
8 Brown
9 Yale
10 Washington State
11 Indiana
12 Virginia
13 Notre Dame
14 Syracuse
15 Iowa
16 Wisconsin
17 UCF
18 Gonzaga
19 Northeastern
20 Navy
21 Massachusetts
22 Jacksonville

10/09/2017 - 1:27pm This ^^^.

I agree 100%.

05/20/2017 - 6:05pm Defensive collapse..


05/19/2017 - 6:52pm Great preview SBW!

Here's hoping the bats will be alive this weekend. If so, as you noted, this team can play with anyone.

One sidenote on the "unfortunately-named" Kamalani Dung: She is from Hawai'i, and is obviously of Asian descent. If her family name "Dung" is Vietnamese, which is a very common name in Viet Nam (both first and last), it would be pronounced either "Yoom" (southern dialect) or "Zoom" (northern dialect). I am not sure how she pronounces her famly name, but both of the aforementioned are much more palatable options over the English alternative.

02/11/2017 - 10:47am Great work SBW!

Thanks for a very thorough season preview, and thanks to you and MGoSoftball for always providing such valuable game analysis throughout the year.

Looking forward to watching Team 40 create their own Michigan Softball legacy, starting today at 12:30pm.


12/20/2016 - 11:59pm Email

I just sent you an email regarding the tickets.

Thank you.

12/01/2016 - 12:39pm To define that on a more micro level...

Ohio State actually went TWO YEARS, yes, TWO YEARS (October 2013 to October 2015) without a offensive holding call in BIG TEN play.

In other words, in the 2014 season they had ZERO holds called against them in B1G games.

Really? F$%king unbelievable.

P.S.: CAUTION, very ugly video embedded in that link above.

12/01/2016 - 8:26am Notre Dame?

Just so they can preserve their "Independent" status, they can go 7-5 every season, and then jump into the playoffs at the end of the year?

In my opinion, any future conference realignment structure should force Notre Dame to join the 21st century of college football.

11/30/2016 - 9:05am Thanks SBW!

Looking forward to watching Team #40!

11/29/2016 - 11:27pm Correction...

Kirby Hocutt (chairman of the committee) said the margin between Washington and MICHIGAN (NOT Colorado) is "razor thin".


11/29/2016 - 8:01pm I understand that points are credited for....

a Top 10 win, that is why I was suggesting a "bonus" weighting based on the fact that a given win is over a P5 conference champion.

Agree on your point about the will be interesting to watch it play out tonight and Sunday.

11/29/2016 - 11:22am Thanks Maizer.

Great work on this.

One question/suggestion: How about assigning some amount of "bonus points" for a win over a P5 conference champion?

Not to be a complete homer here, but it seems to me that should hold a significant amount of weight.

11/20/2016 - 3:27pm Understood, however....

a lot of that yardage came on plays where the DBs were in a position to make the play but just did not turn around to do so, and, when Delano Hill fell down on one route. If Stribling and Thomas turn around on those plays, they have a PBU and maybe even a pick.

11/20/2016 - 7:30am One correction....

The Apple Cup is on Friday the 25th at 3:30pm EST.

10/30/2016 - 3:40pm Wow. The Maryland player with a huge foul in the box....

and no call! WTF.

F&#k the Maryland players talking shit to the crowd.


10/30/2016 - 3:06pm WTF was that call to award them the free kick?

It looked like a VERY clean tackle to me.

10/19/2016 - 9:10am Greg Mattison

I have a few family/friend/football camp connections to him, and even though I am just a periodic acquaintance, he has always remembered me. In my few conversations with him, I have been so impressed with his genuine, down-to-earth, and engaging nature.

10/15/2016 - 9:17pm Ugh.

Wisco takes the set 15 - 13 and the match 3 - 2.....

10/15/2016 - 9:15pm 13 All!

Timeout Wisco.

Michigan serving!


10/15/2016 - 9:12pm Wisco up 13 - 11.

Timeout Wisco.

M serviing.


10/15/2016 - 9:07pm Wisco up 10 - 8 in the 5th Set....

Timeout Michigan.

Note: Play to 15 in the 5th Set.

Let's go ladies!

10/15/2016 - 8:54pm Yes! Going to a 5th set!

Michigan wins Set 4 25 - 20!

10/15/2016 - 8:40pm M up 14 - 7 in Set 4.

Timeout Wisconsin.

Let's go ladies!

10/15/2016 - 7:21pm Game is on BTN Plus for those who have it....

Here is the link to the Gametracker:


10/09/2016 - 4:40am Miami Hurricanes

That display of blatantly dirty cheap shots on the FSU QB and their typical classless "The U" fan behavior is why I never want to see that program good again.

10/02/2016 - 7:39pm Yes...

While the team did beat UNC back in August during the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, it was all UNC in the 2nd half today.

10/02/2016 - 2:43pm All UNC in the 2nd half

UNC scores four goals on penalty corners in the 2nd half to win 5 - 1.

10/02/2016 - 2:18pm Now 3 - 1 UNC....

UNC scores two goals in a 3 minute span, one on a penalty corner, and one on a fast break attack and deflection by the UNC player that caught the M goalkeeper off her line.

06/21/2016 - 8:07pm Congrats to the UM women rowers!

And regarding the safety of the water quality at the rowing venue, also known as the "Lagoa", the test run last summer where FISA held the Junior World Rowing Championships was not good; 11 rowers and 4 coaches from the US Team alone contracted various illnesses that they attributed to contact with the water:

06/06/2016 - 4:10pm No doubt about that.

My question was somewhat rhetorical; she is a phenomenal pitcher.

I just wish somebody, anybody, amongst the great bats in the line-up, could have figured her out.

06/06/2016 - 2:58pm Me too.

I woke up this morning thinking about all of the "what ifs".

It is going to be very difficult to watch OU vs. Auburn, knowing that it should have been Michigan playing for the NC and a storybook ending for a great senior class.

06/06/2016 - 2:47pm Great summary charblue.

One point of note as I am not sure if you were implying that Christner is a senior or not by grouping her with Susalla, but she is only a junior this season.

From all accounts she is a great team leader. Hopefully she will get her bat back in to the full time production as she had in 2015.

06/06/2016 - 2:24pm Yes indeed.

I wish BOTH of the Sierras were leaving Michigan with a NC in their hands.

06/06/2016 - 1:27pm Actually, last year these awards were split as well:

Romo won the ESPN W POTY award:

Lauren Haeger of Florida won the USA Softball POTY award:

06/06/2016 - 1:20pm Well said charblue.

I woke up this morning feeling the same way I did on Sunday 18 October 2015. Painful. I can only imagine how Romo and the seniors and the rest of the team feel today.

06/06/2016 - 1:59am Great point about her being AA at two positions.

And I agree that she is one of those Michigan athletes that "deserved" to win a NC. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.

What is frustrating is watching these games today and knowing that Team #39 had everything they needed to get it done this year, but just did not do it for a few reasons....

06/05/2016 - 11:55pm Romo is in the crowd wearing OU gear in support of Sydney.

And LSU has four hits through 3 innings on Paige Parker. They are starting to get to her now, which we really could not do enough, especially when it counted.

The more I watch these teams (including Auburn and FSU), the more I realize Betsa pitched lights out, and had our bats not gone cold, this was our NC to win.

06/05/2016 - 9:38pm I don't like FSU, but I loved that 3 run homer to tie Auburn.

I would rather see them in the finals than Auburn.


06/05/2016 - 9:13pm Sydney Romero comments on Sierra (see link)

Very classy and a great player in her own right. She will be fun to watch over the next few years. Just hopefully in a Michigan win over OU in next year's WCWS!

06/05/2016 - 9:03pm We will miss you Romo!

I second WD; I would love to see her win a Gold Medal with Team USA in the 2020 Olympic Games.

06/05/2016 - 8:33pm Anyone complaining about Betsa...

needs to be watching FSU shelling the Auburn pitchers for 7 hits through three innings.

Auburn did just pull ahead with a 3 run homer (why couldn't we hit Burroughs???), but Betsa pitching was NOT the problem today.

06/05/2016 - 8:09pm Thanks again for the great insight.

Hopefully next year between Betsa, Blanco, and Crockett, the pitching staff will be truly complete.

It is difficult to think about next year already....but it will be fun and interesting to watch Team #40 develop its own personality.

06/05/2016 - 7:11pm Call me crazy, but I was thinking the same thing.

There is a great core coming back next year. A lot of young players will need to fill some important positions/roles, but there will still be a lot of experience and leadership in the program.

But I just hate talking about "wait 'til next year"....

06/05/2016 - 6:27pm No, I am a former Pac-10 student-athlete.

University of Washington rowing team.

06/05/2016 - 5:42pm Thanks SBW and WD for the great info.

Question: Is it "normal" to redshirt a freshman pitcher (Leah Crockett) when the pitching staff is a bit thin? I am sure many factors go in to that decision, but it seems as if I see a lot of freshman pitchers playing some role in their respective team's staff.

I agree on the Haylie Wagner point; she was huge last year and clutch in some very difficult situations.

Also, one of the reasons that we all were so confident in Team #39 is that they "only" lost Sweet and Wagner off of last year's team. On paper one may see virtually all of Team #38 back for 2016, but those two losses turned out to be just enough to create some serious weaknesses. 

In that same vein, looking ahead to Team #40, 6 of 9 starters will be back in 2017. It will be fun and interesting to watch how this team evolves and develops without the big names (the Sierras) and the leadership that they and some of the upperclassmen non-starters have brought to the program these past few years.

06/05/2016 - 4:08pm Thanks SBW and MGoSoftball as well, for your great analysis.

Looking ahead to next year's team, any thoughts?

Clearly the team loses some huge bats and senior leadership, but who do you see filling those positions and those key roles?

06/05/2016 - 4:00pm PLEASE ban this dickhead!



EDIT: This was for the c&#ksucker who was talking trash about Betsa. Bastard.

06/05/2016 - 3:51pm This 100%.


06/05/2016 - 3:40pm I agree M-Dog.

I have been thinking about last year's WCWS finals for a full year, and while I feared OU, I still thought this team was going to get it done, one way or the other.

It hurts bad enough as a fan, and coming from someone who lost a NC in the last seconds in my college career, I feel for them as this pain, and regret, and second-guessing will last a lifetime for them. I unfortunately know it very well.