It’s All About the Shoes
September 14, 2012
Filed under Sports Minute
Have you ever read the very end of an article? There are a lot of interesting facts that writers hide down there. Recently I read an article about the new Lebron shoes and at the end of it the writer, on ESPN.com, put that 98% of the basketball shoe market is Nike shoes. After thinking about that for a while I realized how true that is. Every pair of basketball shoes I have ever owned are Nikes. Basketball is a great sport, and Jim Calhoun would agree.
Jim Calhoun retired from the court this week, as if the Big East needed to lose something else. Calhoun will be missed. He brought a personality to the Big East that seems to be lacking among coaches in the country. Personally, I am a Cincinnati fan, so my opinion of Calhoun is slightly biased against him, but I still recognize what he has done for UCONN. He had two national title teams in the last ten years and developed players like Emeka Okafor and Kemba Walker. The Big East, who is already losing West Virginia, Syracuse, and Pittsburgh, will be a much different place without ol’ Calhoun.
Shifting gears a little bit to football now, it looks like Tyler Wilson may be a game-time decision for Arkansas. The question is, should he play? On the one hand, this is a huge conference game for the Razorbacks and a win would vault them back out of the ashes of the UL Monroe loss. However, if Tyler Wilson comes back and gets hit half as much as he did in last year’s Alabama game, he could get further injured and possibly derail the Arkansas season just as it was beginning. That decision comes down to how much Arkansas believes they can beat Bama. They do have the homefield advantage for the game, but other than that Alabama holds every other advantage. Just as an unbiased third party to the whole thing, Arkansas should sit Wilson, and play for the rest of the season, because they are going to lose by at least 20.
Is it just me or does Tennessee have a real shot at beating Florida on Saturday?
Kiehl Frazier has to be on the hot seat this week. Clint Mosely is no Cam Newton, but of the games Auburn has played this year that I’ve watched it just seems like he overthrows EVERY throw. His play has totally deflated the offense this year and is a big part why it looked like Mississippi State was holding the Auburn offensive playbook in their hand last week. If Kiehl Frazier continues his weekly sub-par performances then Auburn may find themselves looking up at every other SEC team.
I can’t write a column without talking about baseball. One thing caught my eye today. As I was scrolling through the Twitter I noticed a compelling fact about the Cincinnati Reds v Miami Marlins series this weekend. This is the first time all year that the Reds have travelled to the new Marlins Park. It struck me as odd because typically the Redlegs play a few times down in the depths of Florida during the summer, but it appears it is different this year. Speaking of scheduling being different, the Reds open the new season next year against the Los Angeles Angels. With Houston moving to the American League, the schedule has been changed so that interleague play spans the season. I’m not really a fan of this, I’d prefer less interleague interaction. It’s also strange in that no season has ever happened where a National League team opened their season against an American league team. This could add another interesting dynamic into the 162 game season, in that there will be more instances of NL teams using a DH and an AL team having a pitcher bat, but for this writer, I am not a fan.
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