Unrealized Potential

Greetings from The Booth!

It’s starting to feel like Spring is settling in for the long haul, but you know what they say: if you don’t like the weather in Virginia, wait 5 minutes and you’ll get something else. Still, the mid-70’s temps feel good to my ever-aging joints and bones. On the SU scene, baseball stumbled a bit recently, but hopefully is back to it’s winning ways. Both lacrosse programs are having great seasons, and everyone else is at the very least, competitive. For a complete “State Of The Hornets” update, head to the podcast section and check out the latest Sports Dogs Podcast, where I’m joined by Shenandoah University’s Scott Musa.

By now you’ve heard about the tragic death this past weekend of NFL quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The former Washington QB was training with his current team, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was killed while walking across a busy interstate. He was just shy of his 25th birthday.

For whatever reason, Haskins wasn’t the franchise quarterback that Washington had hoped he would be. The Ohio State product captured the eye of owner Dan Snyder, although several personnel people in the organization warned against taking someone with basically one year under his belt as the Buckeye’s starter. That one season in Columbus was a great one, though, as Haskins threw for well over 4-thousand yards and 50 touchdowns against Big Ten defenses, setting conference records in the process and leading his team to a 13-1 record and a spot in the Rose Bowl.

But sometimes you can achieve too much too soon. Those in the Washington organization cited Haskins’ lack of work ethic, undisciplined play, and lack of leadership as sources of frustration. One example is the time when Haskins was called on to close out a Washington victory, but was busy celebrating with fans in the stands. Haskins was eventually replaced by Taylor Heinicke and released by the club after less than two seasons.

Now is certainly not the time to pile on as several national pundits have done, but a time to grieve for the young man and his unrealized potential. By all accounts, Haskins was making good with his second chance in the NFL. His head coach in Pittsburgh, Mike Tomlin, said that Haskins was working hard, and with the retirement of Ben Roethlisberger, certainly had a chance at moving up from his third-string spot on the club. Hopefully, Haskins had realized that raw talent alone isn’t enough to succeed in the National Football League. It’s quite possible that Dwayne Haskins could have learned from his time in Washington, and become a star at the professional level.

Sadly, now we’ll never know.

Until the next visit from The Booth…GO HORNETS!





Sports: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Tide Rolls To CFP Title, WVU-Baylor Canceled, Hokies Host Blue Devils Tonight

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones threw for 464 yards and 5 touchdowns as the Crimson Tide rolled over Ohio State 52-24 to win the College Football Playoff Championship last night in Miami. Bama broke open a tight game with a 28-point second quarter, effectively ending the game by halftime. Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith hauled in 12 passes for 215 yards, as the Tide captured it’s 18th national championship.

In the latest AP College Basketball Poll, Virginia comes in at number 18, while Virginia Tech is number 20 this week. Despite losing 2 of it’s last 3, WVU moves up a spot to number 13. Gonzaga remains the number one team in the country.

On the docket tonight, the Hokies host number-19 Duke at 7, while the Mountaineers’ contest at number-2 Baylor has been canceled due to coronavirus issues on the WVU squad.

And, Bradley Beal poured in 34, as the Washington Wizards beat the Phoenix Suns, 128-107.

Sports: Monday, January 11, 2021

Wild Card Results, CFP Championship Tonight, Hokies Down Irish

In yesterdays NFL Wild Card games, Lamar Jackson passed for 179 yards and rushed for 136 as the Baltimore Ravens beat the Tennessee Titans 20-13. The Ravens defense held Titans RB Derrick Henry to just 40 yards on 18 carries as they advanced to next weekend’s Divisional Round.

The New Orleans Saints pulled away from the Chicago Bears to win easily 21-9. Drew Brees threw for 265 yards and 2 scores to lead the 13-4 Saints.

And in the nightcap, the Cleveland Browns raced to a 28-0 first quarter lead and defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 48-37. The Browns took advantage of 4 Ben Roethlisberger interceptions in winning their first playoff game since 1995.

The NFL Divisional Round games are now set. In the NFC, the Rams will travel to Green Bay, while Tampa Bay takes on New Orleans. In the AFC, the Browns head to Kansas City, while the Ravens travel to Buffalo.

The college football season ends tonight with the CFP National Championship Game. Number-1 Alabama takes on number-3 Ohio State. Kickoff is set for 8pm in Miami.

To college basketball, where Virginia Tech improved to 10-2 with a 77-63 win over Notre Dame. The Hokies erased a 7-point Irish halftime lead and outscored Notre Dame 42-21 after the break.

And, Harris English won the PGA’s Sentry Tournament Of Champions in Hawaii, defeating Joaquin Niemann in a playoff.