March Madness brings brackets, rackets and insane endings

March 18, 2014

The players are insane - How many conference tournament basketball games have I watched starting last Thursday ending four days later? The players are insanely athletic and most are totally out of their minds. I think the coach shouldn’t even join the time-out huddle in the last three minutes because I haven’t ever used a plan book of any kind, personal or professional; in life I know improvisation when I see it. Someone should clip together a video starting with conference tournament games and going through the NCAA tournament to prove that coaching is less important than utter craziness.

Remember adrenaline? Can you buy adrenaline in the GNC store? I miss the feeling of flying around on the football field or basketball court and feeling no pain. Adrenaline is mind-activated; the last time I summoned it, I was in a rollover accident in the middle of the night. No, not the bed, a car. Why is it that some athletes are at their best in the biggest moments? Adrenaline comes out when we are psyched.

Jacob Williams - Former Sussex Tech right-hander Jacob Williams, a native of Greenwood, is a sophomore hurler for George Washington University. Williams has been mowing them down like a “lawn-mooer” (cow joke) throwing seven shutout innings in a 1-0 win over Monmouth College March 15. Williams pitched a 1-0 10-inning shutout last Monday versus Lafayette and was named Atlantic 10 Player of the Week.

Women’s Sports - No women’s sports existed where I went to high school. There may have been a basketball team, but I can’t remember ever seeing them play six on six. I have watched a lot of young women compete in sports ferociously and skillfully over the last 35 years. There is a difference in approach to coaching women rather than men, but I don’t know enough to even start the conversation. I just know women are tough. Academic All-American Rachel Sadowski, a senior defender at Lynchburg College, was named a National Coaches Association of America College Division First Team All American for the second year in a row. Rachel has a cumulative GPA of 3.97 and is an environmental science major. She was also 2013 Scholar Athlete of the Year and was Cape class Valedictorian in 2010.

Snippets - Looks like Cape’s Tiara Duffy will end up at the University of South Carolina and will play softball.

I do lots of sports stuff on Facebook and have 3,300 friends, and I admit I like the social network. So I had a birthday and all kinds of people from local athletes to strangers in Wawa wished me happy birthday. I love this Brave New World.

Salve Regina beat Wesley men’s lacrosse 12-11 in a battle of unbeaten teams. Jack Redefer had a goal for Wesley.

Mary Washington beat Virginia Wesleyan 74-70 in the Sweet 16 of the Division III men’s basketball tournament.

Every time there’s a winter storm watch it seems to be on Monday and I seem to have a reason to drive into it. I was headed up to Temple on Sunday night to drop off precious cargo Anna, then I was headed back to Lewes where I am desperately not needed. This spring for sports people has just been wearisome.

An entire airplane filled with people may be hiding. Talk about March Madness.

Debbie Windett, the former women’s lacrosse coach at Wesley College, is now the head junior varsity women’s lacrosse coach at Cape because she just likes to coach kids and does a great and thorough job.

Delaware women’s lacrosse didn’t recruit Meg Bartley (Virginia Tech) then beat the Hokies last Wednesday. They didn’t recruit Anna Frederick (Temple) then beat Temple last Saturday. I like to get it out there and embrace it because that is sports. I don’t dislike the longstanding Delaware sports tradition of not recruiting Delaware kids. Perhaps they are doing them a favor. Go on now, git!

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