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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Vulture: Everybody Wants Some!! Is Effortless Fun.

The time is late August, 1980, when an agreeable 18-year-old named Jake (Blake Jenner) arrives at Texas Southern University, where he’ll be pitching on the baseball team. His “dorm” is a ramshackle house for fellow baseball players, and the atmosphere in those few days before classes and games begin is loose. The looseness is deceptive, though, because even as these athletes devote most of their waking hours to chasing women (with one practice session), they’re taking one another’s measure: preening, boasting, faking (but not really) aggression. Then there’s another, quieter source of tension. Each sequence begins with a time stamp denoting the number of days, hours, and minutes until classes begin, which adds a note of unease — an extension of the feeling of the last days of high school in Dazed and Confused. Now the men will truly be separated from the boys.

I saw the film on Friday, and was frankly surprised by just how much baseball there was in it—and how well Linklater nails the dynamics of a competitive, amateur ball team. A feature: there is no big game, no pressure pitch, no dramatic home run. Not his best movie by any stretch (and more aggressively male than Dazed & Confused), but it was worth my twelve bucks.

Infinite Yost (Voxter) Posted: April 16, 2016 at 04:07 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, movies, nostalgia

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 12-8-2015

Toledo News-Bee, December 8, 1915:

What would you say if the western college conference, known as the Big Nine, blew up?...The explosion may break any time. College baseball may be the lighted fuse by which the blow-off will come.

Out at Illinois, where they take their baseball seriously, they are peeved over the plan to drop the national game. They are so stirred that they threaten to take the conference by the figurative heels and hurl it out the figurative window. The Illini is perfectly willing to hook up with Michigan and is eager to be alligned [sic] with some eastern school, preferably Dartmouth.
...
Ohio State is also displeased, but as State has just broken into the conference, it is not likely to make a splurge.
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There would be much rejoicing at Ann Arbor if Illinois pulled away from the conference and effected a combination with Michigan.

It’s hard to imagine what college athletics would look like right now if the conference now known as the Big Ten had fallen apart in 1915-16.

Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio State would have started a new league, I guess, with Dartmouth in there as well. They probably would have needed additional eastern schools, but I can’t believe Ohio State and Michigan would ever be caught dead in a conference with, say, Rutgers. That’s just crazy talk.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: December 08, 2015 at 08:18 AM | 15 comment(s)
  Beats: college baseball, dugout, history

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

U-M baseball recruit dies in Illinois

Because the last 24 hours haven’t been depressing enough:

Charlie Donovan, the Gatorade Illinois baseball player of the year last spring and a Michigan recruit, died early Friday morning. The cause of death has not been determined.

Donovan, drafted in the 30th round by the Milwaukee Brewers in June out of Westmont High, had turned down pro ball to attend U-M. Donovan had deferred his enrollment until at least January because of a severe bout with mono over the summer.

Gamingboy Posted: November 10, 2015 at 09:36 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: college, college baseball

 

 

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