SPEAKING OF SPORTS
February 14, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
SPEAKING OF SPORTS
Who is the NCAA Men’s Basketball coach of the season? No it’s not Tom Crean of Indiana. It’s not Tom Izzo of Michigan State or Jim Beilein of Michigan. My vote would be for Miami Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga. Miami is 11-0 in the ACC and 20-3 overall. When the Hurricanes pounded Duke, people knew they were for real.
As you know by now, Kentucky center Nerlens Noel is out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Noel was projected to be the #1 pick in the June NBA draft. I understand why the NBA wants players to go to college before they attempt a jump to the league but if a player wants to take the chance of going pro instead of going to college why not? Yes, it is a risk for both the player and the team coming straight out of high school, but when is it wrong for me to get a job if deemed qualified? If I am good enough then I should get the chance to play at the next level. Now Noel’s future is uncertain and he may never be the same again. I guarantee one thing, Noel is done at Kentucky!
The Big Ten announced they will no longer play teams from the FCS. I have heard all the reasons why but I often wonder if it’s better to play a high ranked FCS team or a lowly ranked Division One program? Have you seen the numbers from some of the worst Division One schools? Check out Akron, Illinois, Colorado, South Alabama, Kentucky, or New Mexico State and tell me they will give you a better game.
Oscar Pistorius has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend. Pistorius is the amputee that ran in the Olympics last summer. There are conflicting reports on what happened but the most recent claims Pistorius shot her by mistake, thinking she was an intruder. So he shot her four times and didn’t once shout out for an identity? I hope to never be faced with that situation but before I shoot someone I am going to make sure it’s not a loved one. Other reports say Pistorius and his girlfriend have had domestic problems in the past and that’s why he has been charged with murder.
The NCAA will make Boise State stop wearing all blue uniforms at home on their all blue turf. They will now have to wear a contrasting color which will probably be the pants. The NCAA apparently feels the Broncos have an unfair home field advantage by wearing the all blue on that field. Nothing better to do I guess.
Want to be successful in the NBA without all the talent? Just outhustle your opponent. I watched Brian Cardinal do it for years and last night saw Tyler Hansbrough scored 19 points and grabbed 10 rebounds by hustling and being more aggressive.
Finally, Victoria Azarenka cancelled a match because she received a bad pedicure. Azarenka claims the pedicure messed up one of her fingers. I have never had a pedicure but I never thought you could get hurt getting one. But I would think Azarenka would be a little tougher than that. I have bit my nails too short before and though it is painful, I never cancelled playing basketball or any other sport because of bad biting job.