What’s in Label?

Labels in sports are a funny thing.  That’s especially true since Title IX kick started women’s athletics in American; or did Title IX kick start girls’ athletics?  That’s only the beginning of the confusion with labeling women’s (girls’) sports.  I’ll get to that in a minute.

Labels are confusing in just about anything we do, not just female sports.  Gentry Dietz, my former star post player and now graduate assistant, keeps telling me I label the Comfort Inn and the Holiday Inn Express incorrectly.  Continue reading

In Pursuit of the Cheap Ticket

A large part of my disposable income goes for the price of tickets for entertainment.  You can hardly go to the bathroom without a ticket anymore.  I’m heading to my grandson’s junior high football game today.  It’s hard to believe, but they charge admission to that event.  I’ll drive 45 minutes on terrible Missouri back roads and pay to see 13 and 14 year old boys either crunch smaller kids or get creamed by bigger kids.  Mound City should pay me to go to the game.

This weekend, I can’t wait to go to the movie Money Ball.  It’s based on a book about statistics and baseball; that’s right up my alley.  It does require a ticket to watch this sports movie.   It’s a nice chunk of change to watch a movie that will be on Netflix in a couple of months.  Why don’t I have the patience wait and see it for almost free?  It is called disposable income.  I have to spend it. Continue reading

Bearcats ready for the MIAA

Wednesday marks the first MIAA Conference game for the Bearcat Volleyball team.  We play at Emporia State University on September 14 at 7 pm, and we are definitely ready to show the Hornets that we are not a team to be taken lightly.

We have displayed some promising talent through our preseason tournaments at University of Nebraska Omaha and Southwest Baptist University.  Our record is currently 3-5, but I do not believe that is a true representation of how well we have played.  Yes, some matches were better than others, but that just means that we have room for improvement.  We have lost some close matches to some talented teams, but we have grown and learned from each of those losses.  Currently, we are trying to find our team identity and really discover what our team is capable of this season.

This Friday we are having a Green and White Scrimmage at Bearcat Arena at 7 pm that you won’t want to miss!  Fans will have a chance to see the girls in an intense scrimmage, meet the players, learn the rules of the game, and participate in some fun activities as well.

Our home opener is against No. 4 Washburn on Tuesday, September 20 at 7 pm.  Last year’s match-up with Washburn (ranked No. 2 at the time) resulted in an exciting 5 game win.   We hope to see a big crowd and defend our home court!

Hope Springs Eternal

“A straggling few got up to go in deep despair.  The rest clung to the HOPE THAT SPRINGS ETERNAL in the human breast.  They thought, “If only Casey could get a whack at that; we’d put even money with Casey at the bat.”

That’s the second verse from my favorite poem, Casey at the Bat.  It contains the phrase I use the most when talking about the prospects of our upcoming basketball season, HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL.  Not that I’m trying to down play how good our team might be in 2011-2012.  It’s just better for a head coach to low-ball expectations.  It’s good for job security. Continue reading