Monday, January 24, 2005

The Number-Is-Up Edition of Our Way Too Popular Notes on My Napkin

We begin with the fascination by society with all things sporting. The market is up or down, the red states won or lost, but fans remain fanatic about the sporting outcomes of their favorite teams.

For Beach basketball one team is in the penthouse and the other is in the, well back in West Virginia it was a place where we used to go outside and take a Sear’s catalog. The Beach women are a virtual lock to finish first or second and get a bye until the semi’s of the Big West tournament on March 11. If Mary’s gals beat UCSB and Idaho in the regular season we get the hardware but there will be only one NCAA bid so a neutral court rematch with the Gaucho’s is certain and a two game tourney is a lot better than four game tourney.

Meanwhile any kind of invite would be fine for the 49er gentlemen. Larry’s lads as you know are struggling and are almost certain to get locked out of the post season BWC party for the third straight season. For the numerologists, with 11 wins already this season the ladies of hoop have as many victories in a half season as the men did in the first two years combined. Add a couple of more W’s this weekend and you get the feeling that Ms. Hegarty and her lucky dime are back to being the hot Beach front property.

Ironically Associate AD Cindy Masner had to battle to get Hegarty the job when Dallas Bolla was dispatched and insiders were pressuring for Cal Poly Pomona coach Paul Thomas who like Reynold’s had a great D-2 resume.

BACK TO THE BASES DUST--Baseball America has a feature running in which they remind you that LBSU has the 3rd highest number of alumni major league players (11) with the rest of the top ten looking like this: 14 from Southern California
12 from Stanford; 11 also from Fullerton, and 10 each from Florida State; Louisiana State; Miami; Oklahoma; Texas and perennially under-achieving UCLA. Nice list huh. So how and why does this happen, well as one of my numerically-impaired web guys BeachDawg likes to say, “Three reasons: Tradition, Location, and Academia. Oh, and hot chicks.”

Speaking of hot newcomers one of this year’s list of baseball newcomers may have an odd showbiz connection. It seems that new hitting hero and sometimes shortstop Evan Longoria has a name similar to a “Desperate Housewife” character named Eva Longoria! She hits on the gardener in case you missed that episode and Evan hits just about anything the other guy throws.

Last Add Programming the Palm Pilot. Here are the LB events this week home and away. Thursday Women’s Basketball at Idaho, Men’s Volleyball at Pepperdine and Men’s Basketball hosting. Idaho. On Friday Women’s Tennis is at San Diego State and baseball opens that Friday to Sunday series at Arizona State On Saturday the track team is at an All Day Indoor meet in Washington, Women’s Tennis home opens vs. Northern Arizona, Softball scrimmages with their Alumni, Women’s Basketball is at Utah State, Men’s Volleyball visits USC and Men’s Basketball hosts Utah State.

The most anticipated even is the 2005 Dirtbag debut in Tempe for a date with the Devils. ASU is ranked 9 and 11 compared to the Beach’s 14 and 17 and both squads have a pair of pre-season all Americans. Former ASU catcher Paul Lo Duca, ex Dodger and now Marlin, will have his number retired in a special pre game ceremony Friday night. The Bags warmed up last weekend with a fancy Lead Off dinner and then beat their Pro Alums 7-2. At the supper key-noter Bobby Crosby (whose banquet crowd count out-drew Jason Giambi) was asked how long he thought it would take for super pitcher Jered Weaver to sign? “Hey I’ve got to hit against him so I hope it takes three or four years.”—DR. DAN


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