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Odds and Ends from A2

Between covering the Red Wings for both ‘Sleepless’ and ‘Winging It In Motown’, keeping up with the Tigers, and doing that thing called a “real job”, I haven’t had the time to comment on the recent happenings in Ann Arbor. So, (with apologies for being late to the game), here’s my take on what’s been going down in Wolverine nation.

Kevin Grady

Honestly, I could sum this one up in one word: IDIOT. But you don’t come here to read just one word, so let me break it our for you in multiple words:

KEVIN.GRADY.IS.AN.IDIOT.

For those that don’t remember, Grady drank himself to within five feet of death last year, got arrested for drunk driving and was placed on a year probation. The good news for Grady was that he got to stay out of jail, pending the completion of the conditions set forth by the judge. Guess what? He didn’t. MLive had the details of his newest infractions:

Court officials said he failed to properly report to probation agents in Ann Arbor, failed to complete a victim impact panel and alcohol highway safety education class, failed to complete 24 hours of community service and tested positive for opiates, a type of pain killer.

EPIC. FAIL.

Grady was sentenced to seven days in jail for parole violation. RichRod has said he wants “more details” before deciding on Grady’s fate, but this one should be as open and shut as the door on the cell Grady is/was in. Grady escaped sever punishment once with a slap on the wrist. It’s time to cut the cord with this kid, as he obviously doesn’t have a clue about responsibility and will do nothing except tarnish the image of a Michigan program that is already under the microscope. Good riddance.

Michigan Baseball

Quite simply, you’re defending Big Ten Champions…well, they won’t be Bid Ten Champs this year. This is nothing short of an utter disappointment, giving the amount of hype that followed this team into this season. It really seemed like the Wolverines were on the fast track to a long run of both conference and postseason success, and then they fail to make the conference tournament. It’s back to the drawing board for Rich Maloney, as he has to find a way to do better than 30-25 next season. The good news? Michigan only graduates six seniors. The bad news? Those seniors include Kevin Cislo and Chris Fetter.

Some good news you say?

Michigan Softball

The ladies will host Baylor this weekend in a best two-out-of-three NCAA Super Regional series, with he winner advancing to the College World Series. Michigan beat Miami (Ohio) on Saturday, and then followed up by dropping Notre Dame twice on Sunday to go undefeated for the weekend.

Michigan LAX

Congrats the the club lacrosse team, who won their second straight MCLA National Championship, with a 12-11 win over Chapman. Time to make this a varsity sport? I think so.

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TT: Triple Play

Thurs: Twins 6, Tigers 5

Fri: Tigers 14, A’s 1

Sat: Tigers 9, A’s 1

19-16, 1st in AL Central (1.0 GU on KC)

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(Photo courtesy of Kirthmon F. Dozier/Detroit Free Press)

So amidst all of the excitement of a Red Wings win, a good friend being back in town and me realizing I need to be working out more often, I COMPLETELY neglected our beloved Tigers over the last three days. In fact, it seems like I have been neglecting them alot more than I should be. For that I apologize.

I can tell you that, as the season moves forward, my coverage will become more and more in depth and and might even become worthy of reading (no promises.) For the time being, however, this is what you are stuck with.

Anyways, rather than bore you with three thoughts about each game, I will give you one thought about each of Detroit’s last three games. Make sense? No? Awesome.

  • Thursday’s game against the Twins is one of those games that really left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m sure I’m not the only one. After an OUTSTANDING start from Justin Verlander, and with a five run lead in the seventh, Bobby Seay promptly came in and gave up six runs, which would be enough for the Twins to hold on to, as they completed the three game sweep of Detroit. Bad taste aside, I feel bad for Bobby Seay in this one. He’s been pitching well all season and was probably due for a bad game somewhere along the way. It just sucks that it happened on the same day that Verlander set a career high in strikeouts and was pitching out of his mind. Ugh.
  • Friday made life all better. Not because the Tigers won. Not because they hit two grand slams in the same game for the first time in franchise history. Rather, life got better because you could tell this was a pissed off team that wanted to get a win. Badly. An offensive explosion was exactly what the doctor ordered, and with the help of the aforementioned grand slams from Ryan Raburn and Brandon Inge, offense was not a problem. Edwin Jackson also turned in another solid performance on the mound, but unlike his other outings, run support was not an issue in the 14-1 win.
  • The run scoring fun would continue on Saturday, as “Fake Ryan” Raburn continued his torment of the A’s, slamming a three run shot in the fifth. I’m not really sure what the deal is with Raburn, who came into this series with a clunker of a batting average (.095) but apparently decided that he just needed Oakland to come to town to start hitting the ball. Rick Porcello would also turn in another solid performance on the mound, giving up only one run on three hits with five strikeouts over six innings.

Tiggers go for the sweep of Oaktown today. In like ten minutes.

Probable starters for 5/17:

  • Tigers – Armando Galarraga (3-3, 4.61 ERA, 33 SO)
  • Athletics – Trevor Cahill (2-2, 3.69 ERA, 14 SO)

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Wings Soar to Victory. I Suck at Updating.

**NOTE: I apologize for the lack of material on SIM this week. It has been a crazy week, and that craziness has prevented me from crafting some worthwhile content for you. It’s a shame because there is alot to talk about right now.

Fear not. Next week should be more conducive to regular posts, plus I will have some firsthand analysis of the Detroit Tigers, as they kick off a three game series against the Mariners today.

So stay tuned. I’ll be posting over the weekend, and we will be all back to “normal” on Monday.

Until then, you can also head over to “Winging It In Motown”, where I’ve been providing content as the Wings begin their Cup run. Here’s my recap of Game 1 to tide you over.

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The Detroit Red Wings opened the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs much the same way they finished the regular season: flat and seemingly disinterested. But one thing was immediately different: the goaltending.

Anchored by a 20 save performance from goaltender Chris Osgood, the Red Wings overcame a slew of early penalties and a sluggish offensive start to down the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets 4-1, and take a 1-0 lead in the best of seven series.

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The Blue Jackets roared out of the gate in their first ever playoff appearance, outhustling the Red Wings and generating a number of scoring chances. However, the oft criticized Osgood rose to the occasion, making 13 saves in the first frame to keep the game scoreless after one period.

The action continued to go back and forth in the second, until Jiri Hudler beat Steve Mason on a snap shot at 10:48 in the second to give the Wings a 1-0 lead. That lead would be short lived, as R.J. Umberger beat Osgood on a backhand shot 52 seconds later to tie the game at one.

The turning point in the game came at the 14:21 mark of the second period, when Red Wings rookie defenseman Jonathan Ericsson ripped a slap shot that hit the glove of Columbus’ Manny Malhotra and deflected into the net, giving the Wings a 2-1 lead. 48 seconds later, Niklas Kronwall added a power play goal to give the Wings all the room they would need on the scoreboard. Johan Franzen would add one more goal in the third to round out the scoring.

Aside from the superb goaltending, special teams was the difference maker in the Wings win tonight. The difference between the best power play in the league during the regular season and the 30th ranked unit was obvious, as the Wings went 1 for 4 with the man advantage, while the Jackets went 0 for 5.

Chris’ Red Wing of the Game: Chris Osgood

In a performance that was reminiscent of the 2008 playoffs, Osgood’s 13 saves in the first period gave the Wings (and the fans) the lift they needed to overcome a sluggish start.

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