Before I get to the usual Thursday preview stuff, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention going to see the College of Staten Island and Baruch College of NYC play a second round game at the CUNYAC – the City University of New York Athletic Conference – Tournament which was being held in Coney Island, which was on my way to JFK airport and my flight back to Los Angeles.
Okay guys. Small apology here.
This thing is a little on the late side. But hopefully you’ll dig it either way.
I wrote most of this write up from the Thursday night Florida-LSU game at the stadium after the game. Then I went to my buddies house to finish it before hitting the rack to rest my bones. But lo and behold, there is not a reliable wireless signal there – damn him. Then, this morning I had to haul ass down to New Orleans to catch a flight to New York, so I didn’t get a chance to post this. But now as I post pictures and put the finishing touches on this thing, I’m in the middle of Bryant Park in bustling Manhattan and I’ve finally got an internet signal to finish this column.
It’s just the times we live in.
I think I’ve come to hate that phrase.
It runs the gamut from cell phone texting, to endless lawsuits, to Facebook, to single parent homes, to terrorist bombings. Good or bad, they’re part of the times we live in.
It’s pretty good to be Louisville right now.
Your basketball team just won its third national title. Your women’s team just made it to the national title game. Your football team ran circles around Florida to win the Sugar Bowl to finish 11-2 and will have a preseason top 10 team this coming fall. And now, your softball team is ranked No. 11 and – most importantly – your baseball team is ranked No. 12.
“I’ve had some long nights in the stir. Alone in the dark with nothing but your thoughts, time can draw out like a blade… That was the longest night of my life” – Red, Shawshank Redemption.
Like Andy Dufresne in that famous Stephen King novel, there are a lot of teams that have fallen on hard times and are in need of redemption. This is their weekend.
Okay, guys and dolls. For a large part of our sport’s landscape, it’s apparent that we’ve reverted to college football. That is to say that this early part of the season has become a bunch of pile of crap matchups that don’t hold our interest very much. What is this… the stitched-ball version of the BCS? Gah!
But thankfully, we’ve got conference play kicking in for big-brother conferences like the SEC, the Pac 12 and the Big 12 among others. Should be an interesting weekend where some teams are finally – FINALLY – gonna get off their arse and play somebody good.