In case you’re wondering, last night you may have seen the last ever men’s basketball game between Big East Conference foes Seton Hall and South Florida. It’s probably a good thing, since the game was absolutely awful.
By all accounts, last week was a good week for Danica Patrick. First she won the pole position to Sunday’s main event. Then she dominated press week and avoided any kind of slip that often accompanies that intensity. And finally, she finished eighth overall in the race, entering the final lap in the top three with a legitimate chance to win. So all and all, I’d say it was a really nice week.
It’s been the best of times, and the worst of times for the University of Miami athletics. On the one hand, the Hurricanes have the number two men’s basketball team in the country, which is quite something for a school that usually sees basketball as simply a bridge between bowl season and spring football.
Last week a sports writer visited campus to talk with students. Before the big presentation, a student asked him what he thought about Orlando Cruz, a professional boxer who recently announced he is gay, the first and only professional boxer to do so. And the writer simply said this issue is going to be the Jackie Robinson of this generation. The handful of 20 year olds sitting around the table got what he meant, maybe even more than 70 year olds that lived through baseball’s integration.
Are you ready for some football?! Today we’re talking about football in the lead up to the super bowl this Sunday, where a veteran Baltimore Ravens team will be matched against the San Francisco 49ers and quarterback Colin Kaepernick in his first season as a starter.
Joining us today is director of the Marist College Center for Sports Communication and WAMC sports commentator Keith Strudler. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with team captains center field shortly after tossing the coin at the start of the Army vs. Navy college football game at FedEx Field in Landover, Md., Saturday, December 10, 2011.
The President of the United States has some tough questions to answer. And how he answers might determine what he can do over the next four years, whether he’s effective or lame-duck, an elitist or a man of the people.
So maybe in one way, the Super Bowl is a bit like a Jewish Holiday. You start celebrating the night before. For the big game, it’s actually the week before, or technically the week before the week before, to be exact. That’s where we are right now, which puts us squarely in the thick of unnecessary hype. So if you don’t like what you hear right now, just wait. Because you’ll hate it even more the 500th time 10 days from now.
The interview won’t air until tomorrow, but the story that Lance will admit to Oprah of using performance enhancing drugs makes us all ask the same question. Does Oprah still have a network?
That’s really the only revelation likely to come from the dialogue, since only the most ardent disbelievers still imagined Lance rode clean all these years. He’ll tell the public limited facts about the process, although allegedly he won’t admit to being the so called “ring leader” of the sophisticated drug program. He’ll simply admit to being just another guy in the peloton who doped to stay relevant, just like everyone else on the road. He’s part of the gang, just no Al Capone. Given Armstrong’s actions over the years, it’s hard to image this to be true. But truth seekers will have to settle for this for the time being.
It seems the topic of the hour is government spending. So I’ll continue that dialogue, at least as it pertains to the state of Pennsylvania. The current governor of that state Tom Corbett is angry about $60 million of state funds that are scheduled to be spent largely out of state. It’s a result of the penalty levied by the NCAA on Penn State for its part in the recent child abuse scandal in its athletics department.
So as years go, 2012 may not have been our finest. But, alas, and mercifully, it is coming to a close. Yet generally time is not the best aid to remembrance nor perspective. And with that we look back on the year that’s nearly past, not with an acute vision on recent events but with a more reflective eye on this year’s whole body of work. In other words, sometimes it’s hard to remember something that happened even a month ago, much less 10 or 11.