Sunday, February 12, 2006


Sports fascinate fans because of the highs and the lows. The back and forth, the now you see it and now you don’t. The 49ers experienced all that last weekend and likely will continue on that course the rest of this year.

Our evidence starts with Dirtbag baseball, trying to mess with Texas this weekend at the Rice tourney in Houston. Against Cal in Berkeley the Beach boys survived the Friday game and then gave up leads on Saturday and Sunday to lose the next two. In hoops, Larry Reynold’s resume took another hit when the home boys gave up a late lead to woeful UCSB in front of the crowd of the year, 2956 at homecoming. The Beach goes East this weekend for a bracket buster game at Manhattan then back to the Big West wars hoping to hold on to a first round bye.

The road for the ladies of hoop is shorter but perilous. Thursday night they play at Cal Poly who is in the get-a-BWC-bye hunt themselves and then visit the dragon’s den at Santa Barbara Saturday at 5 p.m. Gasoline strapped scaredy cats can watch that one on Fox Sports West. What Gaucho team will show up is still in question. The home girls hope that it is the team that has lost ten times this year including a Saturday’s shocking 64-56 loss by the 10-time defending Big West Conference champions to UC Davis. Ironically the Aggies have beaten the top four teams in the conference and if it wasn’t their probationary year would be the regular season champs.

NOTES ON MY NAPKIN—As you read this your correspondent is in Texas for that Coca Cola Classic baseball series and a visit with my oil and energy rich family. My sister Betsy asked how the Dirtbags were doing I explained that the Cal Bears hit six baseballs over the fence. She suggested that next time Coach Weathers have his outfielders stand on top of the wall. I’ll pass it on; meanwhile get that fresh shrimp on grill.

Closer to home, good guy Joel Block is leading a campaign in the memory of local youth coach Nick Bruno who was killed in an auto crash in December. Funds will go to the family and donations can be directed to Joel at 562-310-5465. Coach Bruno taught his players to respect opponents, teammates and even the umps.

WHERE ARE THEY- Stephanie Tokarz, a 6-foot-4 volleyball transfer from Long Beach State, is enrolled at Wichita State and will be in Shocker lineup this fall. Her new coach is ecstatic. "We always ranked her as a top player, a top recruit," Coach Chris Lamb said. "She could be a great one some day; not just a college player, but at the next level. WSU missed the NCAA Tournament last season, despite its MVC title, 28-3 record and a No. 25 ranking. The snub earned WSU a lot of national attention, sympathy and apparently a new recruit.

Our closing quote comes from former Dirtbag now Milwaukee Brewer Chris Demaria. He’s 25 now, gets a pro paycheck, but still plays fantasy baseball at home. Chris told the Daily Breeze that he did his mock draft before leaving for big league camp. So what happens if Demaria trots in from the bullpen only to face a guy on his fantasy team? "It's a fun way to look at a lot of the pressure you face in the big leagues"—DR. DAN


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