Spring football games mean nothing, unless the first team is being shut out by the second at the half—even then it’s only worth a roll of the eyes, a shake of the head and a little sigh.
Jayhawks in Springtime---
The good news is that Kansas won three times as many football games as they had in the previous season, the bad news is that they won only once in Charlie Weis’ first year. How much of a glimpse into the fall did we get yesterday---very little. There are still key players not yet on campus that should play key roles for the ‘Hawks next season, especially on offense where they look even thinner than last year.
KU will be built around the most veteran defense in the Big 12, not the best but the most experienced. Will this unit, led by Hutchinson’s Ben Heeney be enough to pull them out of the Big 12 cellar? They certainly won’t be picked to do so, remember they’ve won only one conference game in two years under Weis, who’s got to be feeling a little pressure to up the ante this fall. I don’t think many would argue that KU is getting better—slowly, but in two years at the helm in Lawrence, Weis has won one less game (4) than Turner Gill did in in his two seasons at Kansas.
Shocker baseball is in free fall after losing their seventh straight Saturday at Evansville. Wichita State is about as offensive as a G-rated movie, they haven’t scored better than five runs in any of their last 15 games. Casey Gillaspie continues to do his job, he’s hit safely in a career high twenty straight games and is going so well that head coach Todd Butler actually apologized for including him in a ‘hitters only’ meeting last week. Nationally, the pitching staff remains in the top 30 in team earned run average yet they’re a sub .500 ball club. It’s obvious that disconnect is on offense, unfortunately, how to fix it isn’t as obvious.
Across the street---
I really enjoyed calling a doubleheader between the Wichita State and Oklahoma softball teams last week. The Sooners are the defending National Champions and were rolling on a ten game win streak, but the Shocks hung tough in a 3-0 opener before being run ruled in the nightcap. I was impressed by Kristi Bredbenner’s squad, particularly by their approach at the plate, where they’re very aggressive. The Shockers are young, but talented; their pitching still has a ways to go to compete nationally, but they’re already the best team in the Valley in Bredbenner’s third year at Wichita State.
Youth be served---
You’re darned right I’m pulling for Jordan Spieth today at the Masters. . Just twenty years old and he has a share of, perhaps, the most coveted 54 hole lead in golf. You can’t help but think what you were doing at twenty and then marvel at where the Texan is.
How weird is it that in 1963 Jack Nicklaus became the youngest golfer to ever win the Masters. 17 years later Seve Ballesteros made that claim and it was another 17 years before before Tiger Woods became the youngest to wear the green jacket. Now, 17 years later, it’s Spieth who threatens the mark.