Tiger teams busy over the breakBy ANDY RUSSELL
Well, it’s official: school is back in session, rush is over, classes are finished with syllabus days and athletics have picked back up. Over break a lot took place in the life of GC athletics and it is time to catch up on things.
Both the men’s and the women’s basketball teams were in action multiple times over the break and pulled out some big wins. The men’s basketball team started off the year right with a big win over Shorter College, 77-54. Hollis Giles led the team with 17 points and was named the MSC player of the week. They went on to beat the University of St. Francis, 82-56, and then lost a heartbreaker at Life University, 91-86. They went on another two-game win streak with big conference wins at the University of the Cumberlands and at home against Campbellsville. However, all good things do come to an end. The team then went on to lose two of the next three games: the first to Pikeville College and the second to St. Catharine in overtime. They now stand with a 15-5 overall record and are 3-2 in the MSC.
The women’s basketball team had a very busy “month off” as well. Much like the men, they started off the New Year on the right foot, winning their first match-up against Indiana University-South Bend, 60-58. Next they went on a threegame losing skid against St. Xavier, 79-74, the University of the Cumberlands, 90-63, and Campbellsville, 73-62. However, through grit and determination they were able to bounce back and go on a three-game winning streak against quality opponents. They started off with a great win on the road against Pikeville College, 76-72. Next they had a home game against West Virginia Tech where they more or less took control early and mopped up with them. They had to go back on the road looking for a huge win against St. Catharine and they lived up to expectations, beating them 63-51. The ladies now stand at 12-8 on the year with a 3-2 conference record.
In other sporting news, the GC softball team was picked as the preseason co-favorite for the MSC title. The team boasts six seniors that are determined to win and a great freshman class that features seven girls. They are coming off of a 31-11 season in which they scored 232 runs and only gave up 126. They are looking to capture both the regular season and tournament titles this year after only winning the tournament title last year. The season will begin on Feb. 20 against Freed-Hardman at the Martin Methodist Tournament.
Staying on the field, the GC baseball team has been chosen as the pre-season number three team in the MSC. Only Campbellsville and Cumberlands lay ahead of the Tigers and they are looking to put a stop to that. They are coming off a 32-22 season; however, they were 14-8 in the conference and are looking to continue that superb conference play. They are moving into the new season with a new leader in head coach Brian Karlet and are looking to make a big splash in the MSC. The season opener is at Faulkner on Feb. 5.
Moving away from the field and hitting the track, longtime Tigers Todd McDaniel and Betsy Evans Laski were officially named the head coaches of the cross country team. They will team together to coach the men’s and the women’s teams as well as the track and field team. Not only are they coaching cross country, they are taking over the track and field responsibilities from Kevin Calhoun, who has been reassigned to a different position. They are both graduates of Georgetown College and are excited to get started.
As you can very well see, there was a lot of sports action over the break and there is still plenty more to come. Both basketball teams have many games coming up, including the playoffs, and the baseball and softball seasons are starting very soon. Get ready to roar into 2010!
Super Bowl XLIV
The battle between the top two quarterbacks in the league is looming, but will it be a one-sided affair?By ANDY RUSSELL
It’s not a David vs. Goliath story, but more of a town against a single man. The city of New Orleans is still devastated from Hurricane Katrina which occurred several years ago and they are trying to get their legs back underneath them. They have one obstacle, well one person, standing in their way: Peyton Manning. Manning is looking for his second Super Bowl title in Miami and isn’t going to let anything get in the way (just ask the Jets). Drew Brees is looking to restore New Orleans to glory and push himself into the Hall of Fame talk with a win, while the city is trying to stand on the Super Dome during this recovery effort from Mother Nature. To me, this story is the essence of sports: Peyton Manning is trying to become one of the greatest quarterbacks ever by beating his father’s former team, while Drew Brees is shouldering the hope of a city that came together through the New Orleans Saints. The city came together for the purpose of winning the Super Bowl and they finally have their chance.
The offensive edge goes to the Colts in my mind because they have the best quarterback in the league throwing to one of the top five receivers in the game in Reggie Wayne. They also have a guy named Dallas Clark.
The Saints have someone you might have heard of: his name is Reggie Bush and he is one of the most explosive return men in the game. You just never know when Bush is going to bust one for a big gain.
The edge of the defensive side goes to the Colts. Even without Bob Sanders, they still have Dwight Freeney, although he is questionable, and Robert Mathis rushing off the side. This defense is good.
Sean Peyton (Saints) and Jim Caldwell (Colts) have been very successful all year, but Jim Caldwell has an extra coach on the field in Peyton Manning. Manning knows as much about the game as anyone and there is no person I would rather have coaching my offense.
Hang it up BrettBy ANDY RUSSELL
Here we go again. The NFL season is almost over and guess who is dominating the headlines for the, oh, seventh straight year? Brett Favre. It’s that wonderful time of the year when Brett Favre comes to the media on Tuesday to announce his retirement and by Wednesday afternoon has a contract signed with the Jets or whoever is desperate enough to take him. He came back for another shot at the playoffs because his last season in Green Bay ended with a pick in the final minutes and blew a shot at the playoffs with the Jets. Ironic, isn’t it? Well, he has had yet another unsuccessful year (even though he did make it to the NFC Championship game) because his mind is starting to give out. Forget his body. That has been gone since his second season in Green Bay back in the early 50s. Who throws a pass that late in the game? Only someone like Mark Sanchez is dumb enough to make that pass. Here are some of the glorious Brett Favre moments:
1. When the Confederacy fell, Favre was there.
2. When the Arch Duke Franz Ferdinand was murdered to start World War I, Favre was there.
3. When the beaches were stormed in Normandy, Favre was there.
4. When Kennedy was killed from the Grassy Knoll, Favre was there.
5. When the first Iraq war started, Favre was there.
6. When the Packers returned to glory, Favre wasn’t there.
7. When the Vikings needed someone to blow the NFC Championship, Favre was there.
8. When the NFL moves on, (hopefully) Brett Favre won’t be there.