A moment of serious reflection: I’m watching game two of the World Series the other night with my kids, when my 11 year old daughter looks up and asks, “When’s halftime?” Of all my considerable failings as a parent, this was the most egregious.
Game three Saturday---
As the series shifts to St. Louis game three looms large for Boston with Jake Peavy pitching. The right hander was traded for during the season for moments like this, but he’s been shaky at best. With Clay Buchholz apparently ailing, there’s even more urgency in Peavy’s start tonight, although it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Sox go with Felix Doubront in game four over Buchholz as the Cardinals have had problems with lefthanders all season. Sorry, I just needed a moment to vent—the World Series is nerve wracking when your teams in it.
Hip Hip Toure---
How cool is it to see former Shocker Toure Murry on the Knicks roster? This will be the first time outside of the 2001 World Series that I’ll actually pull for a team from New York. Toure is a classic example of a talented guy who invested the time and effort to get better. His is a great example of perseverance; it’s awesome to know that dreams really still can come true.
Baylor at KU---
It looks as though Charlie Weis’ enthusiasm for Jake Heaps is waning as true freshman Montell Cozarth is expected to get more snaps today against Baylor. Cozarth is nowhere near ready, but I do commend Weis for appearing to try to start developing from within. With all due respect to Heaps, the transfer thing hasn’t quite worked out over the last two years. It has to be painful to be a 33 ½ point underdog at home to Baylor, can you imagine the line if the game were at Baylor?
West Virginia at K-State---
The ‘Cats are coming off two of their best efforts of the season, that they’re both losses is disappointing, but Bill Snyder’s team is improving and I think today that improvement will pay dividends. Having Tremaine Thompson and Tyler Lockett back today is huge, not only in the receiving corps but especially in the return game. The Wildcats have lacked explosiveness with those two out, I think one of them will break a big one today.
A person of interest for West Virginia is Wichitan Dreamius Smith. The Heights product initially declared for KU, but ended up spending a couple of seasons at Butler Country before opting for the Mountaineers. He’s not their feature guy, but he’s had a productive junior season and is dangerous in space.
How good of coach is Weston Schartz? In his second season back at West THE Pioneers have clinched their first winning regular season in 12 years and are in line for their first playoff in 11 seasons.
Maize South was just 1 of 7 in the Red Zone at Hesston last night, but used a lockdown defense to improve to 7-1 on the season. The Mavericks have a lot of size, depth and talent—they have to be more focused near the goal line, but Brent Pfeifer has a defense that should keep him in any game. I know that Holton and Andale are getting most of the run on this side of the state in 4A, but the Mavs should be a player.