Nine Sports Secrets You Never Knew
The sports page of my local paper does a weekly «where are they now?» column about what happened to the Minnesota North Stars Store of yesteryear. Those are the kids who society at large seems to want to remember. Hackman, the basketball coach said something to the effect of what harm would it do for those kids to be treated like Gods, even if that treatment were short-lived, and who wouldn’t give anything to get that treatment. I recall an exchange between the characters played by Gene Hackman and Barbara Hershey in «Hoosiers» about the emphasis the town of Hickory, Indiana placed on its high school basketball team. Sometimes the high school coaches arrange different sports workshops where the college coaches are also invited. When in a shop, the shopkeeper would obviously like you to purchase as many items as possible, but one should not pay much heed to that, as there are certain items that aren’t much required and purchasing them is only shelling out money for no reason and those products would lie in one corner of your storeroom collecting dirt and dust. Here’s a tip to all baseball fans out there — give yourselves a lot of credit and never, ever let a baseball writer or radio show host patronize you again on what you do or do not know about the game of baseball.
My guess is that after Major League Baseball promulgated its ban on steroids and its testing for their use, most involved in baseball thought that all of the ugly baggage of the BALCO case (and any other past whispering) would be dispensed with. And isn’t it ironic as all getout that now everyone is denying that he used steroids. Donaldson and company can do right now is focus on Friday, get the win, focus on Cosby, get the win, then let the chips fall where they may. He may not be the savior we think he is, but at this point Porter is a sunk cost. But I think we can beat Illinois and do well. The parents might not say that the kid in question has to get a scholarship, but sometimes kids can sense implications, and sometimes kids put that extra pressure on themselves. Some parents have yet to make their mind about letting their child play youth sports. It means the speculation and projecting is over and we now have a group of guys to welcome into the BC family.
Just to deal with the BALCO guys? Just for a handful of guys? I mean, how can you miss that some of the players had bodies like the guys in the WWE, which had a steroids scandal of its own? And, with the reported prevalence of steroids in high schools, too much temptation. The kids who played on the undefeated team that lost in the finals of the state tournament, the kid who hit the shot with two seconds left to upset a perennial power, those kids are the ones who grab the headlines in high school for the most part. Are they asking the really hard questions? Where were the questions about one-time average hitters suddenly becoming power hitters? Ever. You know about pitch counts, you know about platooning, you know about who can cover what ground and you know which guys have natural power and look like Henry Aaron and Willie Mays and which guys look more buffed than Ted Kluszewski (who was the biggest guy in his day) and have bottle-bought power the same way a supermodel has a bottle-bought coiffure.
Oh, there is the fact that we currently have a head coach. One thing Coach Crawley made clear was that she wanted us to be a running team. The touchdown against Vegas that was the crazy-best was one that shouldn’t have counted. I suppose in a way it is and that is why I have titled my piece «When it is no longer cricket» (meaning when it is no longer done or when it is no longer acceptable). Again, they’re in their formative years, which is why they’re called kids, and there’s a lot of pressure to excel. The Wildcats have a couple highly-recruited QBs ready to take over next year, plus they get a lot of injured wideouts back. Attendance was great last year, the Red Sox of all teams won the World Series, and they handled the problem the way the average fan would handle a case of the hiccups. Just like cricket, this sport enjoys a crazy fan following and the players perform in a manner that demands that kind of reverence. Known as America’s national pastime, it is one of the most popular sports in the world and is a well-known team sport. I mean, how many times have you had to listen to sports talk radio and hear the hosts challenge callers about the alleged steroid use of various players (Mike and the Mad Dog on WFAN in New York, for example, grilled/pile drove at least one caller over the summer because he actually hadn’t seen Barry Bonds take any controlled substances) and ignore the point totally.