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Counting the days to G-Day

Last weekend was a big one for sports, but because there was no football, most of us around here hardly noticed. Case in point was the state basketball playoff game held at the Doghouse Saturday night. The crowd was good, but nowhere near a full house.

Neither Thomson nor Crisp County looked quite ready for prime time. The Bulldogs could never seem to pull the trigger on their perimeter shooting against Crisp's packed in zone defense. The Cougars threw the ball away constantly but held Thomson to a 9-point second quarter while scoring 17 themselves. That was the real difference in the final outcome of 50-46 with the Dogs on the wrong end.

Georgia Tech signee Lewis Clinch scored a quiet 20 points. I guess that's why he's considered a prospect. He scored 20 without ever really taking over the game. Unlike the days of Vonteego Cummings and Westside's Ricky Moore and William Avery, Clinch was barely noticed.

I enjoyed seeing an old friend from my college days at UGA. Clay Hill is the Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Crisp County. We talked about the good ol' days in Athens and some of our old friends.

Clay has been fortunate to remain at one school his entire career. He told me he was lucky to work for an administration that was more interested in his coaching ability than public relations and politics. They didn't fall for the glamorous resume' trick of the big name coaches interviewing yearly when the job came open. It's difficult for many superintendents and principals to do that. I'm proud for Clay that his loyalty to Crisp County has been rewarded.

The Daytona 500 on Sunday was rather mundane until the end with Jeff Gordon coming out on top. Like the Super Bowl, the pre-race show at Daytona appears to be competing with Hollywood for glitz. It's definitely made for TV because I'm sure most folks at the track, for one reason or another, can't see the performers.

I was traveling in the car for the last 50 laps of the race. For my money, none, the radio guys are more exciting to listen to than the ones on television. Their ability to quickly hand off the call to their partner in the next turn without missing a beat is something to behold.

The NBA ALL-Star Game was on Sunday night. Like the many races leading up to the big one at Daytona, the NBA has the slam-dunk contest and three-point shootout during the weekend. I somehow managed to miss every second of the NBA gala. I'll get over it.

It's interesting to me that a cable only network televised the NBA events. I guess the big four networks didn't want to preempt their reality shows. The Daytona 500 was televised by FOX, which tells me that NASCAR is more popular than the NBA. There's nothing like scientific proof, TV ratings, to make a point.

With the steroid scandal tarnishing the upcoming baseball season and the cancellation of the hockey season and playoffs I know it will be a while before we have another big sports weekend. I'll just have to keep flipping the channel and maybe settle for the never-ending poker matches and dog shows that have made it to the screen.

The next big event will be the spring football game, G-Day, at Georgia on April 9. Forty-three days and counting!



Web posted on Thursday, February 24, 2005











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