Thursday, April 5, 2007

Stuff we can talk about today

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It took a serious rally in the top of the ninth inning for the Commies to get past Austin Peay, but Dominic de la Osa provided the necessary heroics with a pinch-hit RBI double to tie the game and set things up for (who else?) Pedro Alvarez to hit a game-winning two-run triple. This marks the 16th time the Commodores (27-4) have come from behind to win a game this season.

Two Vanderbilt players were selected in yesterday's WNBA draft. 6'3" forward Carla Thomas (16.2 ppg) was taken by the Chicago Sky with the #10 overall pick. The Houston Comets took Vandy point guard Dee Davis with the #14 overall pick (1st in the second round). The Comets just hired a new coach, Karleen Thompson, and word has it Dee may see some playing time right away. She'll be playing alongside three-time MVP Sheryl Swoopes, who despite being 70 years old, is still amazing. The draft took 39 players in 3 rounds - pretty impressive that Commie Ladies took two of the highest spots. Their coach, Melanie Balcomb, is on Michigan's radar screen for the job there, but no word on whether an interview has taken place.

Speaking of drafts: in a clear nod of approval to our chatter about Derrick Byars' NBA draft prospects, Brett Hait is calling the 2007 NBA Draft a "Byars Market." He also throws some love at Commie freshman Mike Minor (4-0, 2.15 ERA) and offensive lineman Ryan Custer (a boon to the depth chart). The football team also picked up a verbal commitment from 6'5", 260-lb. offensive tackle Michael Bryant out of LaVergne, TN.

Despite all this news, the most important thing we in Commodore Nation need to talk about is the No. 3 Commodore women's bowling team, who have earned a spot in the Field of 8, the NCAA National Championship Tournament. If you can't get down to Orlando to watch them in person, make sure you're at least paying attention on April 12 when the action starts. On Saturday, April 14, the finals will be aired live on ESPN, and if we make it to that game and you're not enjoying refreshments with fellow Commies while kicking back and watching us compete for a national title, you might not be a Commie (or you might be on another continent in the case of yours truly). Good news though: win or lose, we've got a lot to look forward to in coming years, as we usually start four sophomores and a freshman. Go Dores.

Was American Idol on last night?


Bobby O'Shea said...

Great run down from my man Seamus.
American Idol was last night and Bobby O was 3 for 3 with his bottom three.

Seamus O'Toole said...

Bobby O - Glad to see you made it through. To all those who don't know, Booby is probably really drugged up (medically, of course) right now, so you should try to rile him up with your comments and see how he'll respond. If you're bored at work, what better way to pass the time than reading Bobby's incoherent blog posts?