“Officials used to go to the monitor on calls that they weren’t sure of, now they go even when they are—it’s an unnecessary interruption in an exciting game”.
Analyst Jeff Van Gundy after an obvious call with a minute left in a tied playoff game between the Spurs and Grizzlies last night.
Which is the lucky team?
Which team is fortunate to be 1-1 in the Miami-Indiana series? Were it not for an incredible run to the hoop in less than three seconds of game one for the game winner at the buzzer—the Heat would be down 2-0 after two games at home. I’m sticking with LeBron in this series, but Indy’s Paul George has a pretty good argument for being the second best player remaining in the playoffs. The strong forward out of Fresno State---Fresno State?--- is averaging over 24 points in the two games against the Heat.
Actually, I’ll go with Tony Parker as the second best player behind LeBron still playing. He’s not my favorite guy, but I can’t deny his ability, not only as a scorer, but as a facilitator too. San Antonio will win is five and be a load for either Miami or Indiana in the finals.
Wichita State hadn’t won five straight games all season, but they did this week at the Valley Tournament to reach the NCAA’s for the first time since 2009. The Shocker’s resiliency was impressive as they rallied from Tuesday’s loss to Southern Illinois, in uninspired fashion, to play their best baseball of the season. After a few shaky starts down the season’s stretch Cale Elum was outstanding, jamming it down Illinois State’s throats for seven innings before handing it over to Aaron LaBrie, who was bad on Friday but nailed yesterday. The two of them produced the games winning stat, as between them they held the Redbirds top five hitters (all of them all-conference players) to just 1-19 at the plate.
The Valley isn’t very good this year—but Illinois State is. It was a very nice win for the Shockers, especially on the road and it gives them something to celebrate in what had been a frustrating season.
The Shockers are likely to be a four seed when the pairings come out on Monday, but let’s face it—after Tuesday’s loss to SIU no one could have possibly imagined WSU even getting into the tournament. They’ve taken criticism all season long, so it’s time for a little credit—the players and coaches deserve a lot of credit for their run in Normal.
What a year---
The Baseball team’s run to the NCAA caps, arguably, the greatest season in Wichita State athletic history. Volleyball reached the Sweet 16 with a win at Kansas, the run to the Final Four for men’s hoops team, a women’s basketball title, championships in golf, tennis and track –wow, it’s a great time to be a ferocious stalk of wheat ( I love WuShock).
School’s out for summer---
Congratulations to all the winners and participants in the almost too many to count championships in track, baseball, softball and soccer this weekend. The Kansas State track and Field Championships is still one of the best events I’ve ever covered. I wish all the championships in Kansas had the same feel as those two days in May at Cessna Stadium.