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Tuesday Tidbits know no boundaries

September 27, 2012

Yeah yeah Wednesday Thursday blah blah. “Tuesday Tidbits” is not a description, it’s the name of a feature. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

The rest of the story is that I got so caught up in all the NFL drama, which I found particularly interesting given T.J. Lang’s involvement, that I just never got around to writing up the tidbits. Speaking of Lang and the NFL, we’ll start there with an update on the story.

You may recall (I hope you do, it was only a few days ago) that one of Lang’s tweets invited NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to fine him (“Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”), and indeed, given the NFL’s history in cracking down on criticism of officiating, a hefty fine seemed likely. This morning an NFL spokesman announced that none of the Packers players would be fined for their post-game comments. Let’s face it, this is probably about as close as the NFL is ever going to get to a mea culpa.

Last minute update: The NFL has announced that they’ve reached a deal with the real officials, who will return immediately.

After 39 years with the EMU Athletic Media Relations Office, Jim Streeter is retiring effective October 19. A 1973 EMU alumnus with a major in physical education and minors in journalism and history, “Streets” is EMU’s fourth Sports Information Director/Media Relations Director, heading up the office for 37 of its 52 years. Personally, in covering EMU athletics on Eagle Totem, I’ve worked primarily with Assistant Media Relations Director Greg Steiner, but the few times I’ve dealt with Streeter he’s been unfailingly kind and helpful. I join many others in wishing him the best in his retirement.

The men’s golf team finished 12th out of 15 teams in the Windon Memorial in Skokie, Illinois. The team was again led by senior Spencer Slade, who finished this tournament in a four-way tie for 50th (out of 84 golfers), at 19 over par — 20 strokes off the lead. Next up, the men’s golfers will compete in the Fireston Invitational, October 8 and 9, in Akron, Ohio.

The women’s golfers did much better, finishing in a three-way tie for third in the thirteen-team Wolverine Invitational, just three strokes off the team lead. EMU junior Alyssa Kwon finished in a three-way tie for the tournament championship, and was subsequently named the MAC Women’s Co-Golfer of the Week. The women will start next week at the Johnie Imes Invitational in Columbia, Missouri.

Kwon wasn’t the only athlete of the week for EMU. After winning the Spartan Invitational a week and a half age, Terefe Ejigu was named the MAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. This weekend Ejigu won the Toledo Bubble Buster and was again named the MAC Men’s Cross Country Runner of the Week. Unfortunately the team finished second behind #13 Syracuse, whose runners took second place through tenth place (yes, you read that right).

The EMU women’s cross country team didn’t do quite as well in Toledo, finishing 13th (out of 13 I think), though with four nationally ranked squads, they may have faced the tougher field. Victoria Voronko led the Eagles with a 51st place finish. This Friday the both EMU cross country squads will run in the Notre Dame Invitational in South Bend.

After powering through most of their non-conference schedule, the EMU volleyball team hit a rough patch a couple weeks ago, going on a four-game losing streak. The streak reached five on Friday with a 3-2 loss against Western Michigan, though they did turn things around Saturday with a 3-0 win over Northern Illinois. The Eagles still have the best overall record in the MAC, at 11-7, but like seven other teams, including everyone in the MAC West except Ball State, they’re sitting at 1-1 in the conference. This week they’ll face two of those other 1-1 MAC teams, playing at Central Michigan tonight and at Ohio on Saturday.

The EMU women’s soccer team continued their remarkable turnaround season. Going on the road over the weekend, the Eagles defeated Northern Illinois 1-0 on a penalty kick by sophomore Bianca Rossi, and then downed Toledo, the defending MAC champion, 3-0, with another goal by Bianca Rossi and two goals and an assist by junior Cara Cutaia. The win was EMU’s first in Toledo since 2003, and the Eagles haven’t started MAC play 2-0 since 2000.

This weekend the Eagles will host a pair of games. Friday afternoon they’ll face Bowling Green (1-8-1; 0-1-1 MAC) and then Central Michigan (6-3-1; 2-0-0 MAC) on Sunday. Wins here are important, because EMU will follow these games up with tough road games at Ball State (5-3-2; 2-0-0 MAC) and Miami (8-2-0; 2-0-0 MAC).

Profiled: sophomore running back Tyler Allen (Lansing State Journal); EMU Mixed Martial Arts club (Eastern Echo).

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