Sunday’s Baseline: Britannia Rules & Other Observations Of More Concern In These Colonies

reporter1Now that Dwight Howard has settled the really burning and oh so important question in sports, by eschewing the LA LA Lakers, and taking his talents to Houston to play for the Rockets, we can move on to some issues of lesser import.

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Of all people, I’m thinking of Karl Hess this morning.

He’s the controversial college zebra, who has been in the middle of more than his share of brouhahas through the years. Though his rep with the NCAA remains intact. He called this year’s national semi between U of L and Wichita State.

His call late in that encounter shook the Shockers, sealing their fate. He called a jump ball after a Luke Hancock missed FT with seconds to play. Possession arrow to the Cardinals. Ball game.

What if, say, Cleanthony Early, incensed by the call, got in Hess’s face. Maybe, gave him a shove. Say, a donnybrook ensued. And, just sayin’, Hess, being a man ever concerned about his personal security — a good thing given his propensity for inflaming calls — pulls out a knife and stabs Early. Stick with me here, I know it sounds cockamamie.

So what if Early’s injury proves to have been with extreme prejudice. Which, for obvious reasons, incenses the Shocker fans, who storm the court, refpummel Hess, stoning then draw and quartering him, then beheading him, eventually putting his noggin on a spike at mid court.

Absurd, eh?

Well, not if you live in futbol-obsessed Brazil. Where that exact scenario actually took place the other day in Sao Paulo.

Karl Hess. Jim Burr. Consider yourselves lucky, very lucky, to live in a land where the obsession of fans — except for the occasional over zealous Little League father — remains within reason.

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Speaking of fans, there are at least two films coming out that take a look at the love of college hoops in these parts.

One examines the Big Blue Nation. Excellent filmmaker Jason Epperson says it’s his best work ever.

Then there’s the one you might have read about, which takes a look at the Red vs. Blue rivalry. As if we need to see it on the silver screen. I mean, you know, we live it every day all year.

I thought of this when I read Teddy Bridgewater’s good natured barbs toward UK QB commit Drew Barker at the Elite 11 prep football camp.

As has always been the case, except in some every once in awhile situation — like the U of L/UK game during Coach Cal’s first season, when matters got testy moments into the tilt — the players compete, but without the furious enmity of the fan bases.

Members of the BBN and Cardinal Faithful can take a lesson from the Warriors through whom we live vicariously.

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andymurrayAs I write this Wimbledon Gentleman’s Championship has been one by a Brit for the first time in 77 years.

Andy Murray, with the weight of the British Empire figuratively on his shoulders, needed four championship points to seal the deal, three sets to love He came back from 1-4 down in the second to take the set 7-5. Murray also recovered from a break down to capture the deciding set.

It’s hard to imagine how much pressure Murray felt?

But, it’s all over now.

Britannia has been more than ready for a long time for a homie to win tennis’s most coveted title. There will be a party today and tonight in Merrie ol’.

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Pre-race favorite Chris Froome has taken charge of the Tour de France, as the mountain stages have begun.

But . . . there are two more weeks of racing.

– Seedy K


  1. Wildcat
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh, to own a pub in Scotland tonight! Clan Murray has a hero for the ages.

  2. david
    Posted July 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

    Having been to a few Scottish and Irish pubs while playing golf in the Isles, I found they find something “big” to celebrate every night! But I am really happy for Murray.

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