The Mitchell Report: Dads, Domes and coaches tweeting
Posted June 16, 2013
Updated June 17, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
First off, a shout out to all of the Dads out there. I learned to throw a perfect spiral from my dad. I also learned how to fish and that it's probably bad to take a small boat out in the Everglades (the alligators are big). My dad also taught me about the importance of a good secondary when I was young. Terrell Buckley was a defensive back for the Miami Dolphins when I was about 13. I remember his name as (expletive) Terrell Buckley, however. That's what my dad called him as he got burned every Sunday. Hats off to dads for teaching us how to really be sports fans.
I am not a huge fan of the new paint scheme trend in NASCAR. It was awesome to see Denny Hamlin honor Jason Leffler with a retro FedEx car at Michigan, but I think we should save the special paint schemes for those kinds of tributes. Dale Earnhardt drove the black number 3. Richard Petty drove the blue and red STP car. Dale Jr had the Budweiser car. There was a time when the cars alone stood as advertisements for the sponsors. You could recognize them. Now it's anyone's guess what Jeff Gordon's car will look like at a race. Some of the new paint schemes are cool but I miss the tradition of picking my driver out of the crowd by car color. I think this is a trend that's hurting the sport.
So thrilled to see the news this week that the NCAA is ditching domes for most of the NCAA basketball tournament. We will still be subjected to the domes for the Final Four, but we will no longer have to see Duke play at a place like Indianapolis during the sweet 16. The NCAA actually did something right. The Duke games this year were just the latest example of a venue that was far too big for the event. Now all of the games before the Final Four will be played in actual basketball venues. What a concept.
Andy Staples from Sports Illustrated reminded us of an article he wrote during 2010 about Jim Harbaugh when he was the coach at Stanford. The article deals with coaches walking the fine line between talking about recruits and not on twitter. We are seeing this more and more these days as coaches get used to using twitter more. Dave Doeren does this a lot. You can usually tell when he's bagged a nice recruit. Of course it's an NCAA violation to talk specifically about a kid who hasn't signed but there is no sin in tweeting "The Pack 14 strikes again. Who's next?" as Doeren did this week. Interesting to watch guys do this.
Matt Hayes of the Sporting News thinks very highly of Dave Doeren. He thinks the Pack can be a 10-win team this season. Hmmm.
A very cool look why the National Anthem is what it is at Chicago Hockey games.
This is not at all about sports but how can you not like a story about this guy? A story of not giving up.