Again these are thoughts that are bouncing around in our head but are too shallow to merit a full posting…
- Wake Forest Coaching Search. We’re not hearing anything out of The Dash that may indicate which way Ron Wellman is leaning at this point. Anyone who knows anything is tightlipped. We have to believe that if his plan is to elevate assistant Dino Gaudio or Jeff Battle to the head coaching position, then it would happen this week. No need to prolong things. If Wake doesn’t have a new coach by Friday, however, then that indicates to us that Wellman is putting feelers out to other coaches such as Anthony Grant, Mike Montgomery and Brad Brownell to gauge their interest. Stay tuned…
- Chamin-awed. We thought this was a neat find (from a neat site). Lion in Oil reports that Chaminade University, longtime giant-killer and host of the annual Maui Invitational, is sponsoring a contest to produce a new logo for its sports teams, the Silverswords. Might we suggest a caricature of 6’2 Chaminade guard Tim Dunham dunking in Ralph Sampson’s face as the defining moment for that school?
- Football Players Think Bloggers are Lame. You may have caught a recent cnnsi.com poll where they asked college football players the following question:
- Do you read message boards or blogs where fans discuss your team?
- 39.5% yes
- 60.5% no
- We doubt college hoopsters are any more or less savvy than their football counterparts, so we’ll assume the percentages are roughly equal for both sports. Which is fine. We wouldn’t want some of the guys we rip (cough, McBob) to come after us anyway. Not because we’re afraid of him, mind you – rather, we just don’t want his unadulterated douchiness getting that close to us.
- Barry Bonds. Now that the Greatest American Hero is set to spend the next week grounding out as he endeavors to assault the MLB record books one last time, we always wondered what could have been. BB was regarded as the best all-around athlete at Junipero Serra HS in San Mateo, CA, a school with no shortage of athletes over the years (Jim Fregosi, Lynn Swann, Tom Brady). According to his biographer Jeff Pearlman:
“Barry started as a small forward on the freshman basketball team [at Junipero Serra] that winter – a quick slasher with decent court vision, a mediocre outside shot, and no right hand to speak of. But the athleticism was otherworldly. Whereas many of his peers struggled to touch rim, Barry dunked and swatted shots off the backboard. He was unlike anyone Serra had seen in years. And this was his second best sport.”
- So there you have it. Bonds was a sick athlete for a high school freshman, but unlike say, Dave Winfield or David Justice, he likely wasn’t skilled enough to ultimately become a great hoops player. We should all be thankful for that.