Baketball y Beisbol
This is the time of year when you start asking yourself "what seed will my team get?" "How many wins in the conference tournament will we need to get off the bubble and in as a lock?" "Does the RPI formula unfairly penalize us for that weak non-conference schedule (thank you Georgia Tech)?" Then you realize - the Dawgs are heading out there with an average of seven scholarship players a game and sport a 3-8 SEC record.
You could put together a pretty good squad out of the players lost to injury, kicked off the team, or choosing to leave over the last few years - Mike Mercer, Takais Brown, Younes Idrissi, Billy Humphrey, Marcus Sikes, Channing Toney, Rashaad Singleton, Kendrick Johnson. Then you have the suspensions of Albert Jackson and Billy Humphrey (seriously? A pocket knife in a dorm room and jaywalking with a .03 BAC?) The shame of it is that these setbacks have squandered the efforts of Sundiata Gaines - arguably the best player for Georgia in the last twenty years. And, we've suffered through watching two of our biggest enemies on the football field build basketball powerhouses.
Some fans are certainly starting to turn on Felton. I personally think he will get, and deserves to get, one more year. There is some good young talent already on the team and more headed in next year - the guys just have to stay on the team.
So, we'll hope for a miracle in the conference tournament and comfort ourselves with the fact that baseball is here! The Diamond Dawgs kicked off the season with a 9-7 win over #1 Arizona. The team has always been up and down, but the peaks are high enough to keep me interested, and the team returns a lot of players with experience from last year.
The ping of the bat hitting the ball is the sound of springtime excitement, and the sport gets more television coverage than ever. Just tune in once for a Super-Regional tournament and you'll forget all about those fourth-inning July snoozers from the major leaguers. For example: Harry Caray thinks someone spiked his ice cream.
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