One Final Quick Hits

By · Monday, June 7, 2010 · 11:04 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 

Friday Quick Hits: Michigan Loses to Tennessee 5-0

By · Friday, May 28, 2010 · 3:53 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The Michigan softball team lost its first home game since 2008 last night.  Pitcher Jordan Taylor only gave up one earned run during the game, but Tennessee capitalized on a few Michigan mistakes and ended up winning 5-0.  The Wolverines only managed one hit during the game, breaking up the near no-hitter in the seventh and final inning.  To advance to the College World Series, Michigan will have to win twice today.  Game two of the series gets underway at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  If Michigan wins and forces a third and deciding game, it will start around 7 p.m. and be shown on ESPN2.
  • Bree Evans, who’s had enough injury problems to deal with, hurt her right arm last night when a foul ball hit her in the dugout.  Evans was on the ground for a few minutes before going to the clubhouse.  She did come back out to Michigan’s dugout with her right arm in a sling, but there’s no word on how bad Evans’ injury is (she was supposed to get x-rays last night).
  • The baseball team opened the Big Ten tournament with an 18-4 win over Iowa.
  • MVictors took a look at where Bill Martin fits into this whole CARA forms mess.
  • Get well soon, JoePa.

Thursday Quick Hits: Michigan Softball Opens Super Regional Tonight

By · Thursday, May 27, 2010 · 2:51 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan opens its Super Regional series against Tennessee tonight at Alumni Field in Ann Arbor.  Tonight’s game begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN.  Tomorrow’s first game begins at 4:30 p.m., and if a third game is necessary it will start at 7 p.m.  Friday’s first game will be shown on ESPNU, whereas the third game will be on ESPN2.
  • Desmond Howard has been elected to the College Football of Hall of Fame.
  • Michigan’s hockey captains next season will be Carl Hagelin and Luke Glendening.  The alternate captains will be Matt Rust and Louie Caporusso.

Monday Quick Hits: Michigan Softball Advances to Super Regional

By · Monday, May 24, 2010 · 2:20 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The Michigan softball team rolled through its regional, beating Wright State once and Notre Dame twice in dominating fashion over the weekend.  Michigan will now host Tennessee, the No. 15 seed in the tournament, in a super regional in Ann Arbor.  Thursday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN.  Friday’s first game starts at 4:30 p.m. on ESPNU.  The second game, if necessary, will also be shown on ESPNU.
  • Michigan’s response to the NCAA over practicegate was expected to be submitted today.  We should hear about the details of the response on Tuesday.
  • Although Michigan and Notre Dame announced a 20-year extension of their rivalry a few years ago, there is no contract making it official.  Dave Brandon wants to make it official at some point, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a game played every single year.  Remember, the rivalry is taking two years off in the future, and honestly, that is something I’d like to see more often.  If the Notre Dame game is going to prevent Michigan from playing in big-time home and home series, then I’d rather play ND every other year or for two years and then take a two year break.  That would give Michigan more flexibility with its schedule and allow for matchups with the big-time programs in college football like Ohio State has been doing.
  • Tate Forcier is excited to play against San Diego State in 2011 because he feels they didn’t show him much love when he was being recruited in high school.
  • Soony Saad, an incoming freshman for Michigan, received the honor of being named Gatorade’s National Soccer Player of the Year.
  • That Big Ten expansion rumor from a couple weeks ago was complete BS, as confirmed by Jim Delany.  Delany also said that the Big Ten is going to stick to its timetable, meaning we shouldn’t expect a sudden expansion announcement to happen this summer.
  • Lloyd Carr’s opinion on Big Ten expansion is that “it’s inevitable.”
  • In addition to some of Braylon Edwards’ former teammates at Michigan, Mark Sanchez, Darrelle Revis, Santonio Holmes, Donte’ Stallworth, and Kerry Rhodes also are scheduled to participate in his charity basketball game at Crisler Arena next month.  Tickets are now available.
  • WolverineHistorian uploaded a video of the trophy presentation after Michigan won the Big Ten title in 2003.  As you’ll see in the video, Chris Perry was happy, to say the least.

Monday Quick Hits: Michigan Wins Third-Straight Club Lacrosse Title

By · Monday, May 17, 2010 · 10:24 PM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • The Michigan club lacrosse team won its third-straight MCLA title on Saturday, downing Arizona State 12-11 in the championship game.  It certainly seems like it’s only a matter of time until lacrosse gets bumped up to the varsity level, but I just hope it happens sooner rather than later.
  • Michigan was trailing Northwestern in baseball 14-0 yesterday after only 2.5 innings.  The bad news obviously was that Michigan played so bad that it was down 14-0, but the good news was that it had plenty of time to get back into the game, and that is exactly what they did.  Michigan slowly but surely chipped away at the 14-run deficit and eventually tied the game on a 2-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.  Then, in the bottom of the tenth, Mike Dufek hit a walk-off home run to give Michigan the unbelievable 15-14 victory and to keep Michigan near the top of the Big Ten standings with one week left to play.  This was such a ridiculous game that it made SportsCenter, which isn’t too surprising considering teams don’t often come back from 14-run deficits and win on a walk-off homer.
  • The softball team received the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA tournament and will be hosting a regional this weekend.
  • MGoBlue put together a piece on softball’s Bree Evans, who was seriously injured during a game last October but is once again healthy and playing for Michigan.
  • Michigan’s game in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is going to be at Clemson on Tuesday, November 30.
  • Gil Brandt, the former longtime VP of player personnel for the Cowboys, said that whatever Rich Rodriguez told scouts about Morgan Trent was not why Trent dropped to the sixth round.  In fact, Brandt gave his own scouting report on Trent and explained exactly why the former Wolverine was only a sixth-round pick.
  • Mike Hart doesn’t regret using the phrase “little brother” to describe Michigan State after Michigan won the rivalry game in 2007.
  • If he could do it over again, Drew Henson would have stayed for his senior season at Michigan instead of signing with the Yankees.
  • Marvin Robinson is going to join the football team at some point in the next couple of weeks.
  • Johnny Sears has signed with the Bengals.
  • Dayeesha Hollins has left the women’s basketball team and is going to transfer somewhere closer to home.
  • Isaiah Sykes ended up deciding to play college basketball at Central Florida.
  • There may be some rule changes coming to NCAA hockey.
  • MVictors has a good post examining what exactly went down between Bo Schembechler and Ernie Harwell during that whole saga in the early 90s.
  • Purdue reinstated Justin Siller, the quarterback who torched Michigan in 2008.

Miscellaneous Quick Hits: Men’s Gymnastics Wins National Title

By · Wednesday, April 28, 2010 · 11:58 AM |  Share | Leave a Comment 
  • Michigan’s men’s gymnastics team won a national title back on April 16.  This was the athletic department’s first varsity national title since the softball team won one back in 2005, and it was the men’s gymnastics team’s fourth in their history.
  • Michigan’s women’s tennis team clinched a Big Ten title this past weekend by finishing off their perfect conference record with wins over Illinois and Indiana.  Michigan finished the season with 14 straight wins and is ranked in the top 5 in the entire country.
  • The softball team is rolling right now.  Jordan Taylor threw another perfect game last week against Penn State, and since then Michigan has won two more games to up its winning streak to 16 straight victories.
  • WTKA’s Mott radio-a-thon on May 14 is going to feature former football players and coaches on the air all day long.
  • Although Nike wasn’t able to change Michigan State’s logo due to the enormous (and understandable) backlash, it did change all of MSU’s jerseys, and boy are they ugly.  Not only did Nike eliminate MSU’s classic cursive logo for hockey and the well-known “STATE” script for basketball, but it also revamped the football jerseys, which look like they belong in the AFL.  I don’t know what’s worse, the jersey designs in general or the fact that bronze is now one of MSU’s colors.  This kind of crap is exactly why I’m glad Michigan is no longer a Nike school.  It’s not like Nike would have been allowed to touch the home football jersey, but some of the Swoosh’s ideas are just plain dumb, as evidenced by the overhaul of MSU’s look.
  • Ugly jerseys or not, this slightly adjusted picture on MGoBoard from MSU’s football unveiling is just hilarious.
  • The NCAA’s new president is going to be Washington’s Mark A. Emmert.

Friday Quick Hits: Michigan Ranked 15th in Preseason Basketball Polls

By · Friday, October 30, 2009 · 3:47 AM |  Share | 2 Comments 

Softball Player Bree Evans Suffers Serious Injury During Game

By · Friday, October 2, 2009 · 4:21 AM |  Share | 1 Comment 

The softball team’s first home game (against Michigan State) of the brief fall schedule was cut short last night after outfielder Bree Evans suffered a serious injury during a collision at home plate.  It sounds like it was a very scary scene at Alumni Field that ended with Evans being taken to the hospital in an ambulance.  Here are more details from Craig Ross, who was at the game (via mgoblog):

Michigan scored 3 runs in the bottom of the fourth to go up, 3 – 0, but then Bree Evans tried to score from third and slid head first into the MSU catcher, probably hitting her head on the bottom of the catcher’s shin guards, something just about the top of the shoe, you could hear the impact. Evans appeared to be knocked out cold, and she lay there, face straight down, for a good 20 minutes, not moving at all. at long last, an ambulance arrived and drove right onto the field, they rolled Evans over, stabilized her neck, put her on a back board, and took her away to the hospital.

The game was called after Evans was taken away in the ambulance, as it would have been impossible to suddenly start playing again after seeing a teammate or opponent down for that long.

Evans is listed as being in serious condition at the U-M Hospital, so my thoughts and prayers go out to her, her family, and the Michigan softball program.  Here’s to hoping she makes a full recovery.

UPDATE: Evans’ condition improved to fair at some point on Thursday night, and according to her older sister, she was walking around on Friday with the help of a walker.

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