I love Final Four weekend whoever wins. I didn’t do a bracket this year which is fine since I wouldn’t have picked UConn vs Butler anyway even though I’m a UConn fan. I was sorry to see the UConn women lose to Notre Dame in the semi final. Maya Moore is the classiest player in women’s sports though it’s hard to feel sorry for her since her UConn team did win back to back national titles in her sophomore and junior years.
It’s difficult for me to root for one team or the other in the men’s final Monday night. I love UConn but I worked in Indiana for five years and have seen games at Hinkle Field House on the Butler campus. “I’m fine with either team winning.
Let me dispel the rumors before they go too far. I have not declared for the NBA draft and I will not be leaving school early. As a 5-9 athletically skilled man in his mid-60s I feel my game is not mature enough yet for the NBA. However with another season of recreation ball at various run down middle school gyms and YMCAs I should be ready by next year at this time.
In that spirit I congratulate Klay Thompson of the Cougars and Isiah Thomas of the Huskies for having the guts to declare for the NBA draft instead of finishing their senior years. I say guts because when the NBA locks out its players next year and there is no season both players will need some guts to figure out what they’re going to do with their lives. I guess they could play in Europe, get some experience and then enter the NBA when the league starts up again. Of course I’m assuming there will be enough fans left to care whether or not the league starts again by that time.
High School Sports
I just discovered a great web site for high school sports in Skagit County. NWCathletics.com is a great resource for following your favorite team. Students often contribute blogs to the site about their sports teams and local sponsors use the site to expose their products and services to the high school students and their parents.
It brings me back to the 1960s when I was a “stringer” for several newspapers in my home state of Connecticut. Every Friday night I’d phone in basketball results to four different area newspapers netting the hefty sum of $5 from each paper. If we had web sites in those days I would’ve spent my entire youth at a keyboard instead of listening to Yankee ball games on a transistor radio out in back of the gym.
April 5, 2011