It has been an interesting week in the local and national sports scene. First off, as we all know by now, Don Imus has been canned due to his insensitive and racially charged remarks against the Rutgers women’s basketball team. Personally, I think the action taken is appropriate due to the extreme nature of his comments and the ignorance Imus displayed in making them. Now, it is time to move on.
This strange season known as spring…..Does it really exist? The weather has played havoc with the local schedules, and at this rate, baseball season will be played in August with college, high school, and Lake Monsters single admission tripleheaders being played at Centennial Field. How about this one? The Norwich baseball team has yet to play a home game and at this rate may not play one all season. The high schools will be forced to play an abbreviated season with the state playoffs basically being the whole season. Again, Mother Nature, what can we do to make up for our misdeeds? Do we sacrifice George Bush to you, or would you just spit him out and tell us to keep him? We want spring!! We need sunlight!!
The ABA owners meetings have concluded with the promise by CEO Joe Newman that all of the games this season will actually be played. Considering this year the league played 77 percent of its regular season games, and had playoff teams dropping like temperatures in Vermont, I will believe it when I see it. Here is the scary thing, Newman actually seems to believe there isn’t a problem. Hello!!!! When only 77 percent of games are played due to folding teams, scheduling issues, and a schedule that had to be made up on the fly by league executive Brad Hester, maybe that is a good number. Well, no, not really. On a positive note, the Frost Heaves cleaned up the post season awards handed out by the league. Congratulations to coach Will Voight for winning Coach of the Year honors; Mike Healey for winning G.M. of the Year, and the team for winning the award as the league’s Expansion Team of the Year. Oh yeah, probasketballnews.com lists the Heaves as the top team in all of minor league basketball. Way to go guys.
Finally, I wish to extend my condolences to the families of the victims of Monday’s senseless massacre on the campus of Virginia Tech University. The shootings were senseless, and emphasize the need for gun control in this country. I know there is the argument that guns don’t kill people, people kill people, but I can’t buy the argument. Try making that statement to the families and friends of those who were killed by a lunatic who could go out and buy weapons that are made to kill.