Thursday, March 24, 2005


Diplomacy is the art of saying "nice doggy" until you find a large enough rock.

Welcome to another edition of Fullerton Weekend Diamond Dust. Some years we have been acerbic and or sarcastic to the point that even the LBSU gatekeepers fretted about first amendment foibles. Oddly the Titans themselves, from the jovial George Horton to protective Patty Sexton, enjoy the action on the black lines as well as the action inside the white lines. That gets us to today’s edition and practicing diplomacy--at least until we find that big rock. The Titans,16-4, (and as the Big West website notes in their every-day-since-Omaha-front-page-wallpaper) did the dog pile in Nebraska last summer and are having a great year. The Beach boys (16-9) haven’t had it so easy but have won three series against top 15 teams themselves, most recently a shocking invasion of Wichita State. These games are the so- called “friendly” series--translated, good for the cash box, nice for the polls but meaningless in the Big West standings. There you go, an almost friendly first graph (the real dirt is in the underground edition.)

IRONIC DUST—Now let me get this straight, Overpaid and ethically suspect Congressmen are investigating overpaid and supplementally suspect major league baseball players. At least our guy Jason Giambi gave honest answers and while he made a mistake using the juice he’s a role model for telling the truth. I hope he has a great year…polling time…LBSU achieved its highest ranking on February 18 when it was ranked No. 12 by Sports Weekly but now has trouble cracking the top 30 despite three series wins (same as CSUF) over top 15 teams…but it ain’t easy i.e. last weekend...of the 32 teams ranked in 2 or more polls, 21 lost at least one game, and 14 suffered 2 or more losses…the Bags have been involved in 10, one-run ballgames this season and are 7-3 in the nail biters... LBSU’s pitching staff offers a stingy 2.31 ERA, has allowed three or fewer runs 15 times this season…the re-habed left shoulder of Danny Mocny, and his other body parts, should be available this weekend…if you believe the CSUF web board the orange and blue are a lock for a repeat Omaha what with their .355 team average and P-force sluggers like Prettyman (.442, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB), Pedroza (.361, 7 HR, 20 RBI, .736 SLG%), and Pill (.360, 5 HR, 24 RBI)…off topic…don’t expect a battle between women’s hoop coach Mary Hegarty and her tireless Fastbreak Booster prez Art Johnson but Art thinks the team just finished a great season and the FBB’s are throwing their annual way-to-go party April 13th at the Reef. Mary, you will recall, was quoted as not being satisfied what with losses to UCSB and no NIT invite. One suspects that those topics and the bright future of the team will be served warm along with great chow. Call Art with your reservation at 562-597-6198 rain or shine...speaking of rain, isn’t it ironic that the Beach’s superb field and ground crew got all 3 of the Cal series in (which LB lost) while CSUF was stuck in the top of the eighth inning with USC holding a 7-2 lead before Tuffy threw in the squeegee for the whole weekend...

Where Are Theys-Trachsel, Ramsey and Shumard...Steve Trachsel, early of the Niners and late of the Mets, is now under the knife for a herniated disk and will miss most of the MLB season…Travis Ramsey (Grandson of Pat West) in the Sweet Sixteen…in hockey…he’s a freshmen enforcer for the University of Maine playing Minnesota up there this weekend…last WAT, Bill Shumard, on the bus to Stanford with the track team this weekend…I love Rob's webcasting but when you get a chance it is fun to check out the other team’s broadcasters and Wichita’s KNSS Radio last weekend had a couple of gems, a commercial they play just before introducing the umpires, a spot for the local eye doctors and WSU skipper Gene Stephenson dance around the first two losses, including a slam at Marco Estrada. “Really just an average pitcher.” Humm, 5-0, 1.94 ERA, guess that’s the kind of average pitching average you like. Now the hitting is average. LBSU had 23 hits over the weekend, but 21 were singles. Let the games begin.—DR. DAN


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