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Greetings from The Booth!
First, a mention of the Shenandoah University women’s basketball team, who, as of this writing, have now won eight consecutive games, and are peaking at the right time. The ladies are now 15-4 and will be a tough “out,” if not one of the favorites to win the ODAC Tournament in a few weeks. With just a handful of games remaining, the Hornets may just get to that 19-20 win mark entering the postseason, which would be special. SU has a solid core of seniors, and several first-year players worth watching. They have chemistry, great coaching, and a “refuse to lose” mentality. They showed that in recent wins against then league-leading Roanoke, and against an inferior Guilford squad, when Shenandoah didn’t bring it’s “A” game. Keep an eye on this bunch as they head down the stretch.
Did you happen to see the disclaimer during Sunday’s NFC-AFC Pro Bowl? (Oh, you didn’t watch the Pro Bowl?) There wasn’t really a disclaimer, but there should have been one that said “No players were harmed in the playing of this game.” The late NFL great Sonny Randle used to call the Pro Bowl “a pillow fight,” and that’s exactly what Sunday’s game was. There was no pretense of tackling, and I’m not sure anyone ever touched the ground. I’ve played harder in the side lot of Second Baptist Church in Martinsburg before Christmas play practice, or in Thanksgiving “Turkey Bowls” back in the day.
I get it. No one wants to get injured in an exhibition. That’s why a lot of the top players who get voted to the Pro Bowl skip the game. Years ago, when players made a lot less money and the game was played in Hawai’i, making the Pro Bowl meant a free trip for the athlete and his family. Now, with players making millions of dollars, a trip to Vegas (or anywhere for that matter) isn’t a big deal. $40-80 thousand is pocket change.
The Pro Bowl should go the way of pay phones, 8-track tapes, and the dodo bird. It’s meaningless and doesn’t resemble football. The Puppy Bowl is more watchable. In terms of replacing it with something, I don’t know the answer. Maybe just eliminate the game altogether, do away with 2 weeks of endless human interest player features, and play the Super Bowl the weekend after the Conference Championship games.
Either that , or let the players have a real pillow fight.
Until the next visit from The Booth, enjoy the Big Game, and GO HORNETS!