The sports world is full of change, except when it comes to the NCAA. So what happens first?
A) Texas will fire Mack Brown. (Might take awhile after that win against Oklahoma.)
B) Oregon will wear helmets that don’t blind opponents. (Never seen a football team so concerned about fashion.)
C) Birds will fly out of the beard of Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson. (That guy is scarier than ever.)
I’m going with C and I hope it happens in Game 7 of the NLCS. If it doesn’t happen to Wilson, there’s always the Red Sox.
Most of us look for teaching moments to help our kids grow. The Kentucky High School Athletic Assocation, meanwhile, prefers to throw in the towel in the fight against immature teenagers. The KHSAA issued a “directive” last week banning postgame handshakes. Seems there have been too many incidents.
Thankfully, that order turned into a “recommendation” because of the outcry against the bureaucratic jerking of knees. Translated: The KHSAA probably got more calls about the foolish handshake ban than it did about volleyball players snarling at each other at the net. Here’s an idea: Talk to kids about sportsmanship and insist they show respect for teammates, coaches, opponents and maybe even officials. And no dead-fish handshakes, please.
UD was picked to finish seventh in the Atlantic 10 preseason men’s basketball poll. I think the Flyers will finish in the top four and threaten to earn an NCAA tournament bid. Why? The fact that not one Flyer was named to the all-preseason team is a positive. A lot of guys will tip off the season with chips on their shoulders.
The Flyers’ annual scrimmage is Saturday at UD Arena (women take the court at 2, men at 3). I’m looking forward to seeing what Ohio State transfer Jordan Siebert brings to this deep team. And whether Scoochie Smith really is the skinniest man on campus.
Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play a college football game at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. That’s pretty cool. The famous race track seats 160,000, so fans probably will be issued binoculars. I hope the officials call penalties by tossing green flags. What other famous sports venues do you think would be good for football? Send me an email.
The NFL is talking about playing multiple games in London in future regular seasons. What is it with Roger Goodell and his infatuation with England? Football is an American game. Europe has soccer, hooligans and warm beer — three things most Bengals and Browns fans would rather avoid.
Knucklehead of the Week
The Detroit Lions lost 22-9 last week at Green Bay, perhaps because their center was too busy insulting band geeks instead of reviewing the game plan. Dominic Raiola made “inappropriate remarks” to University of Wisconsin marching band members before kickoff at Lambeau Field. I’m guessing Raiola, who has twice been fined for poor conduct toward fans, called the young Badgers something stronger than Cheeseheads. To Raiola’s credit, he apologized and said he would make a donation to the band. On, Wisconsin!