Monday Morning QB: Techsters, Pacers, Bowlers & More

retroreportThere is something so . . . well . . . fresh, I guess would be the descriptor, about locking into college baseball’s post-season.

At least, for me.

I spent seven years matriculating on the Belknap Campus, and, though a huge sports fan, never once sauntered over to Parkway Field for a Cardinal baseball game. To say the sport was under the radar would be understatement.

But it’s a new dawn under Dan McDonnell, coach of the Cardinal nine. Success is expected these days at the school that ranks fourth in the Capital One Cup standings.

The Cards’ three game weekend sweep at The Jim earned them a berth in a third Super Regional.

Which means, all of a sudden, I’m prowling the internet for info on Georgia Tech baseball. Go figure.

If the Yellow Jackets improbably best Vandy’s highly regarded Commodores tonight for a second straight evening, Louisville will not only participate in, but will host the Super Regional.

So, Cardinal fans, join the Ozzie Nelson Orchestra and me please for a rousing version of this fight song.

Yes, I know you only play who(m) you play. Buuuuuuuut, the Cards hosted Vanderbilt during the regular season and were crushed.

Would you rather play a school that’s lost only ten games all season, or one plagued with two and a half times that many Ls?

I’ll take the latter, s’il vous plait. In the friendly confines of my own ballyard.

The Yellow Jackets forced tonight’s decider in Nashville with a two-hit, 5 zed shutout of the favored ‘Dores by Josh Heddinger. Vandy coach Tim Corbin is shaking it off as an anomaly, just one of those nights when a hurler had it going and his team’s bats slumbered.

Yet Tech now stands 3-1 against #1 ranked schools. The Wreck bested North Carolina 2 of 3 during the season.

So, yes, the Cards will play who(m) they play, either here or in Nashville. But, I, for one, shall be rooting for future ACC partner Georgia Tech tonight.

“I’m a ramblin’ wreck from Georgia Tech . . .”

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Before I move on to other matters, one more comment about yesterday’s festivities at The Jim.

It was as charming and Red, White & Blue as the logos on U of L’s uniforms.

A gentle breeze was blowing. Clouds were drifting. Trains were choogling by over the outfield fence. There were parents and and grandparents and kids in the SRO crowd. Lots of hot dogs and ice cream cones.

The good guys won.

Indeed, a great afternoon to be a Cardinal fan.

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Tonight we get an NBA conference final Game 7. Sweet.

The most interesting aspect for me will be the test that faces LeBron James. He is an incredible baller, certifiably one of the best ever. He is a champion. He is an MVP several times over.

He’s on the cusp of hoops transcendence.

Tonight, we get to see if he’s ready to make the leap into Bill Russell/ Michael Jordan territory? Can he put the Heat on his back and carry his mates to the Finals and beyond? Chris Bosh is nowhere to be found. Dwayne Wade is hurting. LBJ somehow needs to make them and the rest of the squad mo’ better.

Can’t wait to see if he does it or not?

It’s also a test for Indiana? Are the Pacers, who always seem teetering on the edge of totally falling apart, ready for prime time?

Should be interesting.

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A question being pondered by any number of Louisville Cardinal basketball fans is whether incoming prepster Terry Rozier will be eligible. The rumor and innuendo circulating about is that he might not.

I’m advised that Rozier himself is sure he’s taken care of the academic stuff and that he’ll be able to compete next season.

And that’s all I’ve got about that.

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Julie Hermann, Rutgers AD in Waiting, remains twisting slowly slowly in the wind.

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Gordon Gee, bless his arrogant and acrimonious heart, might not favor having anything to do with the academically inferior ACC, but his conference ain’t concerned if Dook grads don’t know it’s i before e except after c.

Apparently the Big Ten is ready to sign a deal with the Pinstripe Bowl, you know, the one played in balmy NY at Yankee Stadium. The league’s bottom feeding rep will replace the one from the Big 12. Reports also mention that the ACC will add that bowl to its lineup, replacing the Big East (AAC, er, American).

– Seedy K

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