Apr 292004
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

The notes return with a vengeance…

Recently many have declared Barry Bonds an athlete who can play

his sport on a level higher than that of his fellow Major Leaguers;

that “he belongs in another league,” to use the words of manager

Bruce Bochy of the San Diego Padres. The same could be said for

Colorado State junior Loree Smith, who has, for lack of a better

word, dominated every meet she’s been in, breaking and re-breaking

conference records in the process.

To wit: One weekend Smith throws a conference-record 218-plus

feet in the hammer throw to break the five-year record set by

Wyoming’s Robin Lyons. As if it were nothing Smith came back a week

later and threw an Olympic Trials qualifying mark of 220. As if the

hammer weren’t enough to entertain Smith, she also entertained

discus fans with a conference-record breaking 187-3.5 (also

previously Lyons’ record).

So what’s the big deal?

The big deal is as a junior Smith has another year to set even

more records and this season could be CSU’s first national champion

since Brian Berryhill won the men’s indoor and outdoor 1,500-meter

run in 2001. And she could become the school’s first female

national champion since Wendy Koenig-Knudson won the women’s 1,500

in 1976.

“She could be the best thrower (CSU’s) ever had,” said Drew

Loftin who won 2003 All-American honors for CSU in the men’s discus

and hammer throw, including a national runner-up position in the

latter. “And the scary thing is she still has room to improve.”

What’s scary for them, is just wholesome entertainment for

us…

Speaking of untapped potential: has anyone but us noticed the

exploits of freshman softball player Brittany Huerta? Girl has

obliterated MWC pitching to the tune of a CSU single-season record

13 home runs. With eight games remaining plus the MWC Tournament,

Huerta has a legitimate shot at breaking the conference record of

22 homers set by Melissa Stahnke in 2001. She’s also a mere 25 RBIs

shy of Stahnke’s conference record 67. Yet another source of

wholesome spring entertainment…

Ohio State’s Maurice Clarett can expect no sympathy from us,

USC’s Mike Williams on the other hand, should be given a little

sympathy when Clarett’s appeal to overturn Supreme Court Justice

Ruth (Darth) Bader Ginsburg’s ruling in favor of the NFL’s

underclassmen policy, which bans players less than two years

removed from high school from entering the NFL Draft. According to

ESPN’s John Clayton, a.k.a the professor, it’s unlikely the courts

will approve Clarett’s appeal, leaving both he and Williams without

a place to play…

If it comes to that, Williams should be granted reinstatement by

the NCAA and return to play at USC (it’s not going to help our

chances of beating the Trojans in the 2004 season-opener one way or

the other); Clarett, however, should be memorizing the words to

“Oh, Canada,” as it will become his new fight song…

Here’s a thought: Instead of toying with a standard five-man

rotation, why don’t the Rockies just use them all? The team has 13

pitchers and it’s pretty evident only one (Joe Kennedy) can pitch

well consistently, so let’s just put this whole “starters

mentality” aside and let everyone just go three-to-five innings at

a time. What have they got to lose? They’re not going to win more

than 65 anyway…

Hello Nuggets, goodbye Avalanche, the tables are slowly turning

at the Can, and let us be the first to say, ‘Thank goodness.’ Time

to ship the stick-and-puck hokey-pokey back where it belongs: the

Great White North.

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