Folks, Kevin Van Valkenburg here, pinch-hitting for my man Bill Ordine, who is on vacation this week.
First up this morning, how about a big hand for baby-faced baller Stephen Curry, Davidson College's Mr. Everything, who dropped 25 second-half points on Georgetown to send the Wildcats into the Sweet 16, and massacre office pools all throughout the nation's capital.
Davidson hasn't done anything like this since good ol' Lefty Driesell took them to the Final Four in 1969, and here is hoping Lefty is kicking back in his chair -- with a cool beverage in his hand -- grinning every time he sees Curry launch another 3-pointer.
Remember when this kid wasn't even supposedly good enough to play at Virginia Tech? How good would he look in a Hokie uniform right now? Or, dare we say it, a Maryland uniform?
Sun alum Heather Dinich, now writing for the cool cats at ESPN.com, has the details of Curry's slick performance.
By the way, if you're still one of those purists that believes college athletes like Curry should just enjoy their unpaid indentured servitude while the NCAA cashes billion dollar checks for the television rights to the NCAA Tournament, check out this story about the "Flutie Effect", which states that applications for a academic institution increase after a team experiences athletic success in high-profile sporting events.
Stephen Curry, right now, is about the best ambassador Davidson College could ask for. Is that worth more than the free education Curry is getting? That's debatable. He's making millions of dollars for the college by increasing applications and boosting exposure.
-- Kevin Van Valkenburg