Thursday, April 12, 2007
A bit more hoop talk
During my rounds last week, of course, the buzz was all about the wins by Florida and the Lady Vols. I really believe that most of us considered this a “slam dunk” for both of these teams. And then one of our faithful readers asked if we had had enough basketball yet?
The demise of one season, especially a most enjoyable one, is accompanied by a little bit of “hating to let go,” although fully knowing that one is going to move on and embrace something else. It is just a natural reaction.
I can remember when I was growing up, all the men in the neighborhood took some time to adjust to the end of the MLB season. That was long before pro football, pro basketball reached the gigantic portions they enjoy today.
And now we still have the MLB season to salve and cushion our letdown from football and basketball.
When one looks at the records of Pat Summitt and the latest Vols, it is easily concluded they would win another national title. The only question would be, “will it be this year or next?” After all, they hold the largest numbers of titles (seven), with Connecticut the closest trailer (five).
If you are like yours truly, the idea to keep up with all the new coaches in the collegiate ranks had to be abandoned. There were changes from the little majors to the big majors. We reported on some of these speculations last week and this columnist still maintains that Bill Donovan’s days at Florida are numbered.
While it is true that the rumors of the Gators’ most prolific players - Noah, Horford, Brewer and Green - are perhaps not transitioning to the NBA is not concrete, I don’t think Donovan has a lot to prove in seeking a three-peat.
Take notice that the super high profile job at the Lady Longhorns was not broached to Pat Summitt. The hierarchy at Texas knew that it probably couldn’t come up with the wherewithall to send a moving van to the Summitt abode. (The job eventually went to Gail Goestenkors of Duke).
Probably the most interesting acquisiton, non-acquisition was that of Creighton’s head coach Dana Altman accepting the Razorback label one day then “firing” himself the next to return to Nebraska.
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