There are little known rules in every sport, and every sport specifically pays people to know them.
I’m coming clean. I’m a traditionalist. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It doesn’t make me a bad person. I’ve suspected it for a long time.
For those of you keeping track of the ever changing landscape of college athletics, and that’s just about every college sports fans, there were a couple of developments yesterday that will have a major impact on the future.
Somewhere along the line we’ve lost our senses and we’ve all become part of the lunatic fringe. The longer this Donald Sterling issue goes on in the NBA the less sure I am which side is nuttier.
The battle lines have been drawn in a congressional hearing room and the usual rhetoric dominates the across the aisle bickering.
We can go over the numbers all we want. We can analyze them in every context, individual performance, impact on team records, all the ways they’re dissected to evaluate performances and hand out awards, but sometimes the numbers just don’t measure the man and the moment, the impact they have on each other.
To say it’s been an interesting week in college athletics would be to understate the impact that three moves in particular are going to have on the landscape as another summer of realignment seems very likely.
Last night at New Britain Stadium I saw something you don’t see every day. Pat Venditte of the Trenton Thunder, can pitch effectively with either hand and he wears a glove with two webs and two thumbs that allows him to switch at will, which he did in the seventh inning last night.
In retrospect, the 139th running of thoroughbred racing’s Preakness Stakes is shaping up as a potential Triple Crown set up. I say in retrospect, because the finish of the Kentucky Derby created a scenario full of high expectations for winner California Chrome.
The Kentucky Derby is to the Triple Crown what the Masters is to golf’s majors, the one steeped in the most tradition and history, the one that plays out on the grandest stage and sets the expectations for the others to come.