Monday, April 16, 2007

Vanderbilt Hotline: National Championship Edition

It finally happened. Vanderbilt now has a National Championship program. Congratulations to Coach John Williamson's women's bowling team for winning Vanderbilt's first National Title by besting Maryland Eastern Shore 4-3 in Saturday's final. Hopefully some of you watched the replay yesterday on ESPN2. I was allowed about 10 minutes of bowling before I was asked by a certain someone, "are we seriously going to keep watching this?" The answer to that question was, of course, "no, we can change it." Thank God the Wedding Singer was on, or it might have been another Sunday with the Foot Network All Stars.

If you want further proof that DeFKA guru David Williams, "gets it," read Mo Patton's piece in Sunday's Tennessean on Vanderbilt's first National Title. Brett Hait's got a recap of the Commies championship weekend in today's Nashville City Paper.Max Franklin rounds out the coverage of Vanderbilt's first National Title in today's Hustler.

Having broken the seal on national championships, let us turn our attention to Vanderbilt Baseball. Tim Corbin's squad took 2 out of 3 from the #19 Wildcats in a slightly strange series this weekend. After winning Friday's game 10-8 in 12, Saturday's game was postponed after five innings. Based on SEC rules, Vanderbilt and Kentucky played a 7 inning and then played a 4 inning "game" to make up Saturday's rain-out. Vanderbilt lost the 7 inning game 8-6, after taking a 6-4 lead in the top of the 6th, the Wildcats scored 4 in the bottom of the 6th to take a lead they would never relinquish. Vanderbilt won the series after winning the 4 inning game 9-4. Vanderbilt is first place in the SEC East with a record of 32-6 overall (9-6 in conference). Vanderbilt will play 2 OCC games Tuesday and Wednesday close to home against Lipscomb and MTSU, before welcoming Tennessee to Hawkins Field for a three-game series starting on Friday.

Across the rest of the Vanderbilt Sports spectrum, the women laxers beat The Ohio State University 10-9, and the men's and women's tennis team both downed Kentucky 6-1. The SEC Tennis Tournaments begin this Thursday with the men traveling to Baton Rogue, and the ladies heading north on I-65 to Lexington. Vanderbilt opens up against Mississippi State, with the ladies getting a first-round bye. The women laxers conclude their regular season against #11 Notre Dame Wednesday in Nashville. The golf teams will try to earn an SEC title starting on Friday, with the men headed to Sea Island, Georgia, and the women traveling to West Point, Mississippi. The women enter the SEC Tournament fresh off a victory in the Vanderbilt Triangular after beating Belmont and Kentucky over the weekend.

Not only is Vanderbilt getting a Starbucks, but now, they are actually going to train employees to work there. Exciting stuff.

Due to technical difficulty, I missed the first 10 minutes of Entourage. The last 15 were pretty awesome though. It seems inevitable that Vince is going back to Ari and that at some point, he is going to get biblical with his hot agent. The Sopranos was another classic. Having spent the weekend getting "caught up," I am excited to watch the show "bring it home." Last night's episode would certainly seem to indicate that next Sunday will be a pivotal episode and a bloodbath to boot. Johnny Sac's death, Phil Leatardo's rage, and the vacuum in the New York family will certainly make business for Tony rough. Whether real or imagined, Tony feels increasingly threatened by Christopher, and it seems obvious to me that one of them has got to go. The baptism scene was very reminiscent of The Godfather, and I'm guessing that that's not an accident.

Be sure to check out the podcast. I don't say much and it's not wildly entertaining, but I can't think of a better way to make you feel better about yourself than hear me ramble for 8 minutes. Condolences to my lady friend would certainly seem to be in order.

This is the first day of Bobby-fest. I will be turning the big 2-5 on Sunday and will begin celebrating today. The ability to "pay" less in car insurance (sorry Papa O) and rent a car without an under-25 fees is slightly overwhelming. Hopefully by Sunday, it will all sink in.

Finally, VSL readers in the DC area, mark you calender's for Huey Lewis and the News. Huey and the boys will be at Wolftrap on Thursday May 31. I am thinking pony-keg and short-bus, who's with me?

Hoser of the Week and whatever else we feel like coming later, only at VSL.


Anonymous said...

Huey is also going to be at the county fair in Dubuque Iowa after the piggin' competition this summer.

He will be the opening act before "Loverboy" plays.

Anonymous said...

then played a 4 inning "game" to make up Saturday's rain-out.

Maybe you understood this -- hard to tell -- but the first 5+ innings of the Saturday game still counted. The 'Dores had 2-1 lead in the top 6th when it was suspended on Saturday. Every other baseball league i've ever heard of would call that a rained out completed game and a 2-1 VU win, since we led at the end of the 5th. Weird weird SEC.

Also, Lexington's not on I-65 so let's hope the tennis team remembers to turn off on the Blue Grass Parkway. :-P

Anonymous said...

I've only been on the Blue Grass Parkway a couple of times...

Heed my words, gentle reader. HAVE AT LEAST HALF A TANK OF GAS IN YOUR VEHICLE when you begin...gas stations are very hard to come by.

Also, Gillispie will be fired within 3 years.