You know, I think Michigan might actually be pretty good. When you lose twice in the first four weeks of the season and struggle against Air Force, it’s easy to be considered not so good. But when you consider that the 14 points UM scored on Alabama was as much as any team has scored on them this year, and consider that UM lost to Notre Dame by only 7 points in a game that UM out-gained Notre Dame by 60 yards (and turned it over 6 times to Notre Dame’s 2 (turnovers are notoriously flukey, especially at that elevated level)) … well, you start to wonder if Michigan might simply have lost to an extraordinarily good Alabama team, and lost a crazy game to a decent Notre Dame team. And the Air Force thing – lots of teams struggle against traditional option teams, particularly when they have only a short post-Alabama week to prepare. Otherwise, UM is blowing teams out. I’m not certain, and next week will tell a lot … but I think the Wolverines might be good.
- The Yankees stranded a bunch of runners, but came back with a four-run ninth inning to tie the Tigers last night … before losing in the 12th (and losing Derek Jeter to a broken ankle).
- Bud Selig is interviewed about a variety of things, including the new playoffs. He believes the one-game Wild Card playoffs were perfect, and doesn’t sound particularly inclined to increase that to three games (and definitely won’t be adding any additional playoff teams (good)).
- The Mesa Solar Sox – the AFL team on which Cubs prospects play – have won three in a row, and Javier Baez hit another moonshot homer during that stretch. I’m not saying it matters, or that it’s reflective of anything other than a super small sample size, but only two players on the Solar Sox have more than six plate appearances without a walk. Both are Cubs, and both have had at least 16 plate appearances – Baez, and Rubi Silva.
- Speaking of the Solar Sox, they aren’t expected to be adding Jorge Soler when his time in instructionals ends. Instead, Soler will go to his new home in Miami, and continue the process of adjusting to a new life before coming back in the Spring. Hopefully – and presumably – the Cubs will be in close contact with him throughout the offseason.
- And speaking of instructionals, the games ended yesterday. Some of the young players might stick around for some more/final instruction, but others are heading home for the offseason now.
- When you rob banks, don’t wear your Cubs hat. It makes us look bad. (In truth, I doubt this guy is actually a big Cubs fan.)