The Season of Lacrosse
This, clearly, is one of the better weeks of the lacrosse calendar. And since I've found I need a guiding sports theme to prevent myself from sitting around and reading nothing but American Idol gossip while on the clock, I've decided the guiding sports theme is lacrosse, until further notice. To recap:
1) Yesterday the NCAA brackets were released. In terms of national bracket significance, that's behind only Selection Sunday and possibly the release of the Match Play Championship field. I'm trying to figure out how best to run a lacrosse bracket pool online. If anyone knows, please advise. You're all invited, but bear in mind I still haven't delivered the promised prizes to the winners of the Sports Bog NCAA Tournament Hoops Poll Spectacular Bracket Pool Tournament Pool Bracket. Selecting my winners based on proximity to my house, I'll say the Final Four is Navy, Towson, Georgetown and Maryland.
2) Today is Washington Bayhawks Media Day. From the release:
Equipped with their own professional grade lacrosse stick, media members will get first hand experience participating and interacting with some of the top players in the game. Media will also have the opportunity to take shots on a professional goalkeeper.
Professional grade! Participating and interacting. Taking shots! Your mama's so fat, she'd be an awesome lacrosse goalie! How's that for a shot!
4) Saturday is the Bayhawks' season opener, vs. the Boston Cannons. The Web site is already counting down the seconds. In keeping with the general theme of our area's professional franchises, the Bayhawks finished last in their conference in 2006, but this year promises to be, well, another year, anyhow.
5) Saturday also kicks off Round One of the NCAA's, leaving local lacrosse fans a bit torn up inside as to which events to attend. With hope, I'll be able to spend the day shuttling from one lacrosse event to another as part of a crazed face-painting lacrosse VW bus tour.
In the meantime, some links for the soul.
The state of Maryland gets six teams in for the first time. What's really interesting in that story is a selection committee member's contention that had Army beaten Ohio State yesterday, strength of sechedule considerations would have put Colgate in and Towson out. Now I'm no lacrosse expert, but this feels a bit funny to me. The committee member also said the draw was based 50 percent on results, 30 percent strength of sked and 20 percent RPI. If national bloggers cared about college lacrosse, this man would be roasted today. Actual wins and losses only count for 50 percent?
And the only undefeated team, top-ranked Cornell, is a four seed? Here's one blogger who says they wuz robbed. Inside Lacrosse is "very confused." UVA Coach Dom Starsia, who was helped by Cornell's slide, says it "stretches what I would think is common sense." Sadly, the Cornell players don't seem at all irritated about this seeding slap, which will deprive us of a Billy Packer-George Mason situation.
Georgetown-Princeton in the first round is perhaps the most tantalizing first-round matchup, which sounds good to me, since I love being tantalized.
Albany gets its first home tourney game, and has a chance to get its school's first DI NCAA tourney win in any sport.
The awesomest school in the country will play Virginia in the first round.
Duke, of course, is the one seed. I can't imagine any compelling story lines there. Perhaps some percentage of the Duke stories this week will mention the fact that former Duke coach Mike Pressler and a former SI writer have a book coming out: "It's Not About the Truth: The Untold Story of the Duke Lacrosse Case and the Lives It Shattered."
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