Last time, the Buttercups romped; this time, it was a much more closely played game.
V. started on defense, then spent much of the 2nd half as striker. She came agonizingly close to goals three times, once on a shot that went just wide and the other two on heroic saves by the Peppers’ keeper.
We’ve agreed that if she scores a goal, we’re going out for milkshakes after the game, so she was pretty bummed about not having knocked one home. After the game, we tried to go to Ben & Jerry’s for their free-scoop day, but the line was forever so we went and paid regular price at Coldstone (better ice cream, in my opinion).
With two makeup games remaining, the ‘Cups remain undefeated at 5-0-1. And we’ll be playing in the Wrangler-McDonald’s tournament Memorial Day weekend.
Stepped outdoors this morning to find myself in the midst of a perfect autumn day.
Mr. Sun! is on fire right now with some of the best music clips from my misspent youth. Go listen and learn.
In line to check out at the grocery store today, I see that the cover of Us Weekly features a photo of what it calls “Hollywood’s most beautiful baby.” And, y’all, that baby looked exactly like the obnoxious host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Chris Matthews.
I’m just sayin’.
Not much to say right now, really. I’m meeting Tony for lunch tomorrow and looking forward to that.
When two reporters for Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper were tossed out of a public county commissioners’ meeting for asking what one commissioner viewed as an impertinent question, the paper’s editorial board responded with a singing editorial.
Then go here.
Then go here and here.
Oh, you will laugh. I never promise that, but I’m promising it now.
Hooper: I didn’t throw the hula hoops in the trees!
Victoria: Oh, right. And Spongebob Squarepants is real.
Hooper (stunned): Spongebob is real?
Please welcome my co-worker Dawn and her husband Scott to the blogosphere as they chronicle their efforts to adopt a child.
The Buttercups stayed undefeated, beating the Shakers tonight in a game that had been postponed from two Tuesdays ago because of rain. (Last night’s game was postponed as well. At this rate, the season might not end until July, but, hey, we need the rain.)
The ‘Cups got two quick ones to start the game, then settled down to a lot of ball control, most of it on the Shakers’ end of the field. They got their third goal early in the second half. Victoria spent a lengthy but uneventful chunk of the second half in goal, after which she played striker. The last goal came on a penalty kick by Victoria’s teammate S., who uncorked a beauty, waist-high and just to the keeper’s right.
I could tell you when the Buttercups’ next game is, but the rain would probably make me a liar, so I won’t. I will say that with rain in the forecast for Saturday (i.e., the field wouldn’t be playable for at least two days), the team is looking at indoor practice for a second straight Sunday. But the important thing is that halfway through the season, at least in terms of number of games played, the Buttercups are 3-0-1.
… to the beginning of the season, when Andy Katz of ESPN picked Davidson at 23 in his preseason poll. (He also correctly picked Memphis, UNC, UCLA and Kansas in his preseason top 4, if by “correctly,” you mean “this year’s Final Four”). Of the ‘Cats, he said, “Don’t really care if you think this pick is crazy. Davidson has one of the hidden gems in Stephen Curry. Bob McKillop is one of the top coaches who gets zero pub. This team will win 28 to 29 games and be a tough out in the NCAAs. So deal with Davidson in the Top 25.”
Stephen Curry, hidden gem? Check, until he took just four games to play his way to All-American. McKillop, top coach? Just ask Kansas. Win 29 games? Check. Tough out in the NCAAS? Once again, just ask Kansas.
Last fall, practically the whole world outside the Southern Conference had no idea. This time, the whole world knows they’re coming.
From the Shameless Promotion of My Employer Dept.:
I published a story on March 22 about an eighth-grader at Greensboro Day School who went into cardiac arrhythmia. His life was saved because the school had a portable defibrillator and staff trained to use it nearby. Glenn “Instapundit” Reynolds, one of the nation’s most widely read bloggers, linked to the story, and a subsequent post on my work blog, on Wednesday.
It’ll be interesting to see what that does to our hit counts.
Thanks to Ed Cone, who tipped Reynolds.
I reviewed this book over at Amazon.com; you can read the review here. Short version: I didn’t like it very much.
This just keeps getting better and better. Curry is one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s top player. Could he top Tyler Hansbrough or the rest of the finalists? After the past two weekends, who knows?
I guess people do watch the NCAAs after all, huh?
(h/t: my colleague Eddie Wooten)
Second team, but still. As a colleague from Sports points out, he played his way into this honor, surpassing bigger names from bigger schools with massive PR machines.
On the biggest national stage in college basketball, he went from practically unknown outside the Southern Conference to national star in just two weekends.
Years from now, when people ask how good Stephen Curry really was, this will be the answer.