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The Come Back that Was Not To Be!
Posted By: URmyBoyBlue
9/16/2008
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Saturday, September 13th, 2008 started out as a day of humble hopes for Michigan sports fans. The Tigers' pitching had already doomed any hopes of a post season and the Wolverines' first two games also spelled out a less than colossal story line for the season. But, of course I hoped for a win over the White Sox and Fighting Irish respectively. By the time I got to OB's bar in Manhattan Beach, CA; Big Blue was down 21-0 and the Tigres would soon lose their first game of the double header. Can't I get a lucky Saturday surprise?!?! Do I have to distract the disappointment and rely all summer long on my Red Wings glory? (I would be doing that anyways, but someone give me something!)

Well, like a prayer being answered; Big Blue scores three unanswered and ties the game at 21.

Flash Forward:

Later that night, after a full day of bars and beaches, I am back with my Lady playing a little bedroom poker with the replay of the second game of the Tigers double-header as the backdrop. It wasn't worth my full attention, as they are down 7-2. While focused on other things at hand, I heard Granderson step up to the plate. After chasing the count, he hits a solo home-run - that's my Man, Curtis! But, it seemed too little, too late! Distracted again, I didn't notice the bases loaded up. Then, nothing could have prevented me from hearing Marcus Thames hitting his grand slam ... move over, Baby; I've got to see this! The Tigers tied the score 7 up and being down 7-0!

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The second half of the Michigan / Notre Dame game went downhill from there. I realize that everything that could go wrong, did go wrong to give us the Wolverines most challenging yer that I can remember, but I blame the Athletic Dept's lack of fore-thought. Can you imagine where we would be right now if Les Miles were given the reigns four years ago ... We would have at least one National Title (instead of 3 Rose Bowl losses) and as importantly, we wouldn't all be nervous wrecks in '08.

Back Forward to:

So, could the Tigers shine a little light on a day when a very weak Notre Dame team just took it to us ... Marcus Thames was certainly up to the challenge. Now, it was Kyle Fansworth's turn. A hit, a sacrifice, a mishandled ball hit to short - and now the bases loaded. Dewayne Wise steps up to the plate for the Sox and ... hits his first grand slam in the big leagues! We trade away and hall of fame, Gold Glove leader, Pudge Rodriguez, for who? We should be getting an entire bull pen for Pudge and we get a career pitch for Dewayne Wise ...? It was complete and this was a weekend I wish I could forget!!!
 

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