Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Busy Weekend

Lets See if This One Makes it Up

Blogger has eaten my last two postings, so I'm holding my breath that this one will actually make it onto the net.

Michigan Eliminated From Both College World Series

Over the past week both the Michigan Softball and Baseball teams saw their seasons come to a close. A shame their post season runs ended so soon, but a hardy round of Huzahs to both teams.

The Softball team fell 2 games to 1 to the same Tennessee team it had bested in the CWS last year. After splitting the first two games, Tennessee took the elimination game from Michigan with a 1-0 victory. The Lady Vols move on and Michigan's repeat quest comes up a little short. Michigan finished the season 44-15, captured its second straight Big Ten Tournament title, and claimed the Great Lakes Regional crown during the NCAA tournament.

Looking forward, the Softball team's Alumni Field will be renovated and seating expanded to a capacity of 3,150 seats. This year and last seem to be bellweathers for great things to come in Michigan softball.

The Michigan Baseball team's season also came to a close this past weekend. Placed as a 3 seed in the Georgia Tech bracket, Michigan dropped the tournament openner to Vanderbilt 5-2. Michigan came back blazing in the losers bracket elimination game against Stetson. Putting a woodshed beating on the Hatters, Michigan pounded out 11 runs and 17 hits while allowing only a single run. This set up a rematch with Vanderbilt on Sunday.

Unfortunately, it wasn't to be. Vanderbilt got some timely hitting, and the benefit of some questionable calls to top Michigan 5-4. The Free Press and Detroit News have all the details.

In hindsight it was a great year for Michigan Baseball. Michigan posted a 43-21 record, won the Big Ten regular season crown, captured the Big Ten Tournament Title, and was the only Big Ten representative at the CWS. In addition, Michigan's Fisher Stadium will undergo a $9 Million renovation along with Alumni field. With a young lineup and established starting pitching, Michigan appears to be on the brink of something special.

Fluff For All!

The Ann Arbor News' Jim Carty caught up with former UM offensive lineman Tony Pape. You may recall Pape retired at the ripe old age of 24. Describing himself as burnt out on football, Pape went to work with autistic children, helping them to learn to do so many of the things we take for granted. After a year away, Pape is back in the NFL. After a year of working with children with disabilities Pape says its given him some perspective and taught him to appreciate his opportunities more. Kudos to Tony. Something tells me the world would be a better place if more people did what he did.

Daniel Horton is proving to everyone he belongs in the NBA. After a slew of private workouts with various teams, Horton has impressed several in the NBA heirarchy and could end up a late second round pick.

Johnny is back. He waxes poetic on youth and the youthful. As always, a great read.

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