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markfree

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The Golden Gophers move up to the top spot based on their BEST record in college softball and their 25 game winning streak. As a graduate of Fresno State, I always root for the Bulldogs. But while the Bulldogs will always be 1A, this Golden Gopher team is 1B for sure. Keisha Dunlap and the rest of the Selection Committee are jokes. Go Gophers!!
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I think the Golden Gophers will have a lot of sidewalk fans this WCWS!
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I think the Gophers will easily dispatch Alabama and take at least one game from Florida.
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I love the coaches completely showing up the committee.  This is great.
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I love the coaches completely showing up the committee.  This is great.


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I think the Gophers will easily dispatch Alabama and take at least one game from Florida.
I hope so, but don't believe so
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This is hilarious. The coaches completely trolled the committee by putting the Gophers #1. To put it into a softball metaphor, it's like if strike three was called on a full count but the batter dropped the bat and was already halfway to first on the "walk".

I'm not a Gophers fan, but I hope they win the National Championship. 
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I think the Gophers will easily dispatch Alabama and take at least one game from Florida.



I certainly consider Minnesota the favorite in the Tuscaloosa regional. But if any team "easily" dispatches of Alabama with Osorio in the circle twice against them, that will be something never before done.

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I received a reply to the email I sent to the Div I Softball Committee Chair (see separate thread for text of my email). Her short reply said:

"Please refer to the statement we released on this issue. A copy of it is attached. Thank you for your interest and support of NCAA softball" 

My follow up response to her (just sent) reads:

"Yes, I've already seen it.  I would respond, but the NCAA Div I head coaches as a group are far more credible than me.  Their final Coaches Poll is a crystal clear indication of what they think of both the committee's selections/seedings, and your little press release."



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So in order to reach the WCWS, Alabama has to win a regional over the #1 team in the country and a Super on the road at the #2 team in the country.  

Yep, seems real fair. 

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I've always said that Bama was the team who got screwed the most

Because the one placing in the entire 1-16 that I cannot find a single salient reason for is Kentucky ahead of the Tide
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"I certainly consider Minnesota the favorite in the Tuscaloosa regional. But if any team "easily" dispatches of Alabama with Osorio in the circle twice against them, that will be something never before done."


Bama, I often disagree with you. I still do. Alabama is the prohibitive favorite for just the reason you mentioned. No other team in the country would be favored to win this Regional with the possible exception of Oregon due to pitching. Arizona is not as good away. You can go down from there. Minny is favored vs. La Tech if Coach Allister can get the team to get past this. I think that would be tough given the slap in the face, the deep emotions, the scrutiny. The are large underdogs to Bama. All those who say otherwise - janiedough - must be part of the "try harder" coaching club. Some coaches just yell at their players to try harder. That doesn't work and isn't coaching. Or else we would all be coaches. It would be a miracle if Minny were to win in Tuscaloosa. It would be Divine Intervention if they were to win in Gainesville. Neither is likely to happen.
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I agree, markfree... with only a minor disagreement on their UF chances. IF Minny beats Osorio, Littlejohn and Bama and the heat, they will be on an incredible high and verrrry dangerous
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"I certainly consider Minnesota the favorite in the Tuscaloosa regional. But if any team "easily" dispatches of Alabama with Osorio in the circle twice against them, that will be something never before done."


Bama, I often disagree with you. I still do. Alabama is the prohibitive favorite for just the reason you mentioned. No other team in the country would be favored to win this Regional with the possible exception of Oregon due to pitching. Arizona is not as good away. You can go down from there. Minny is favored vs. La Tech if Coach Allister can get the team to get past this. I think that would be tough given the slap in the face, the deep emotions, the scrutiny. The are large underdogs to Bama. All those who say otherwise - janiedough - must be part of the "try harder" coaching club. Some coaches just yell at their players to try harder. That doesn't work and isn't coaching. Or else we would all be coaches. It would be a miracle if Minny were to win in Tuscaloosa. It would be Divine Intervention if they were to win in Gainesville. Neither is likely to happen.



My stronger point in reply to Janie was that I disagreed with her that Minnesota would win "easily."  I think it will be a very competitive series. But I have watched virtually ALL of Bama's games and I am a pretty balanced observer. We generally get zero runs or 1 run vs pitchers of Sara G's caliber. That is far from making us a prohibitive favorite. 

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I think Minnesota is on a mission and out to prove to who ever did the seeding why they got it wrong. That could be very scary to both Alabama and Florida teams. How Minnesota will fare vs Alabama and possibly Florida is anyone's guess. Can osorio cut down the late inning walks? Will Demi if she bats have a productive at bat ? Can Alabama keep the errors down?
If Alabama chooses to pitch around Lindaman can someone behind her hit her in?
The opposite of she is pitched to can she lay off osorio nasty rise ball or Sydney's curve ball?
If Sarah gets in trouble who is ace#2 that can shut down a powerful and speedy Alabama line up?
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It minny ends up winning the Tuscaloosa regional can they beat a team that knows how to win a national title? Can they keep the walks and errors down?
Can they lay off barnhill rise ball? Gourley change up?
Can Florida do they same with Minnesota and Sarah? I'm not sure what pitches Sarah throws so I can't say what to lay off of. Can Florida get that 2 out hit with a runner or 2 in scoring position? Can Florida keep the momentum in their favor?
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I like what the Gophers has done as a body of work this year, but they have plenty of unanswered questions, too. If they can't beat Alabama, a legitimate #16 seed, then they don't deserve the title of most maligned of all time. I do applaud the coaches poll for their vote, but the proof is on the playing field. We'll have a partial answer in a few days, for sure.

It's too bad if Minnesota doesn't get to experience the World Series atmosphere, and that is the one regret I have for the scenario that has them playing Florida (probably) in the Supers. It would have been a great World Series matchup.
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I like what the Gophers has done as a body of work this year, but they have plenty of unanswered questions, too. If they can't beat Alabama, a legitimate #16 seed, then they don't deserve the title of most maligned of all time. I do applaud the coaches poll for their vote, but the proof is on the playing field. We'll have a partial answer in a few days, for sure.

It's too bad if Minnesota doesn't get to experience the World Series atmosphere, and that is the one regret I have for the scenario that has them playing Florida (probably) in the Supers. It would have been a great World Series matchup.



Minnesota should not have been required to travel for their regional, and certainly not required to travel to a team that has been in 3 consecutive WCWS and has the largest crowds in the nation. Nor should they have been required to travel to Florida for a Super if they win the regional at Alabama. It is unfair for their path to be so difficult. 

On the other hand, there is no way to just assume a more fair path would have resulted in them making it to the WCWS. If they had been seeded where alot of us thought they would (vs Okla or Wash in a Super Regional), I still think making it to the WCWS would have been tough. 

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"I certainly consider Minnesota the favorite in the Tuscaloosa regional. But if any team "easily" dispatches of Alabama with Osorio in the circle twice against them, that will be something never before done."


Bama, I often disagree with you. I still do. Alabama is the prohibitive favorite for just the reason you mentioned. No other team in the country would be favored to win this Regional with the possible exception of Oregon due to pitching. Arizona is not as good away. You can go down from there. Minny is favored vs. La Tech if Coach Allister can get the team to get past this. I think that would be tough given the slap in the face, the deep emotions, the scrutiny. The are large underdogs to Bama. All those who say otherwise - janiedough - must be part of the "try harder" coaching club. Some coaches just yell at their players to try harder. That doesn't work and isn't coaching. Or else we would all be coaches. It would be a miracle if Minny were to win in Tuscaloosa. It would be Divine Intervention if they were to win in Gainesville. Neither is likely to happen.




Markfree...the human spirit is an amazing thing and im surpised you have assumed the slap in the face means failure for Minnie at the regional and/or super regional level.

I choose to go with motivation FROM the slight being their greatest asset right now...leading them to victory.😊
markfree

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janiedough for once I agree with you. I hope you are 100% correct. [biggrin]
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All I know, is that everybody is going to be watching this matchup, Minnesota vs Alabama...
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The #1 team in the country has to travel...Gophers slighted by the committee....Both teams want to get to OKC...Can Bama get some offense going?  Will Hemphill touch home plate?  What will happen? 
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We would never assume anything like that BamaCF. However, IMO as fans who don't get a lot of home games we deserve to be playing in Minneapolis this weekend. We would certainly be a favorite no matter who they sent as a 2, 3 or 4 seed. If we were fortunate to host a super regional against a 9 - 16 we would certainly love our chances. You know how much we would enjoy playing Washington at our place for once? With Midwest umpires? Where the strike zone for Sara G would be the regular zone and Taryn would have to throw it thru the match box it is in Seattle? But sadly that chance was taken away. We will follow Coach Allisters advice and make no excuses. As she said all our goals are still attainable.
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markfree, janiedough posted this: 

Markfree...the human spirit is an amazing thing and im surpised you have assumed the slap in the face means failure for Minnie at the regional and/or super regional level. I choose to go with motivation FROM the slight being their greatest asset right now...leading them to victory.😊

And you posted this:

janiedough for once I agree with you. I hope you are 100% correct. [biggrin]


But right before that, you posted this:

Bama, I often disagree with you. I still do. Alabama is the prohibitive favorite for just the reason you mentioned. ...All those who say otherwise - janiedough - must be part of the "try harder" coaching club.  It would be a miracle if Minny were to win in Tuscaloosa. It would be Divine Intervention if they were to win in Gainesville. Neither is likely to happen.


Which is it man? Are you bi-polar?   [crazy]




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We would never assume anything like that BamaCF. However, IMO as fans who don't get a lot of home games we deserve to be playing in Minneapolis this weekend. We would certainly be a favorite no matter who they sent as a 2, 3 or 4 seed. If we were fortunate to host a super regional against a 9 - 16 we would certainly love our chances. You know how much we would enjoy playing Washington at our place for once? With Midwest umpires? Where the strike zone for Sara G would be the regular zone and Taryn would have to throw it thru the match box it is in Seattle? But sadly that chance was taken away. We will follow Coach Allisters advice and make no excuses. As she said all our goals are still attainable.



You have a great team. If you weren't playing us, I'd be pulling for you. And if you beat us. I will be pulling for you after that.

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Markfree...the human spirit is an amazing thing and im surpised you have assumed the slap in the face means failure for Minnie at the regional and/or super regional level. I choose to go with motivation FROM the slight being their greatest asset right now...leading them to victory.😊


Agreed.. which is why I believe JMU will take it to Zona and punch their ticket into the dance.
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Agreed.. which is why I believe JMU will take it to Zona and punch their ticket into the dance.



I have realized that a national championship mindset, a single minded tunnelvision that approx 22 players and a coaching staff absolutely have to be committed to without deviation, is a very rare thing...with the biggest hindrance to achieving it that little seed of doubt, which can grow bigger quickly.

With it being so very difficult but life changing, of course I am pulling for my Wildcats to see and hold that vision, but it will still be a treat to witness the team that actually sees it to fruition...whoever it is.

I have always gone for the underdog as they seem to appreciate the opportunity and they never take anything for granted.  If my Cats lose I will be cheering somebody else on to victory...last year it was Georgia and Fsu at my first wcws!
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I have realized that a national championship mindset, a single minded tunnelvision that approx 22 players and a coaching staff absolutely have to be committed to without deviation, is a very rare thing...with the biggest hindrance to achieving it that little seed of doubt, which can grow bigger quickly.

With it being so very difficult but life changing, of course I am pulling for my Wildcats to see and hold that vision, but it will still be a treat to witness the team that actually sees it to fruition...whoever it is.

I have always gone for the underdog as they seem to appreciate the opportunity and they never take anything for granted.  If my Cats lose I will be cheering somebody else on to victory...last year it was Georgia and Fsu at my first wcws!


Aww come on!!!!!     Way to mature.  I need a rise out of you.   You continually root against the Gators and had aTm as the only team to make it to OKC... Now you wanna be all gracious.  No fun,, i'm leaving.  
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Aww come on!!!!!     Way to mature.  I need a rise out of you.   You continually root against the Gators and had aTm as the only team to make it to OKC... Now you wanna be all gracious.  No fun,, i'm leaving.  


What if I'm right?[biggrin]
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What if I'm right?[biggrin]


Then this is all a sham and the WCWS should just be cancelled.  
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Then this is all a sham and the WCWS should just be cancelled.  



It's about time the wcws gets turned back to the pac!  Will you be at the wcws?
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