Dad being stationed in Tidewater meant following ODU and Virginia Wesleyan on the hardwood courts back in the late 70’s. Once a fan, always a fan so it was really fun to be on the court a couple years back when the DIII Marlins captured the National Championship down in Salem.
Still have my “Fear the Fish” t-shirt from the Final Four and now 30 years after watching Nancy Lieberman, Anne Donovan and Company dominate for the Lady Monarchs as well as Ronnie Valentine play for Coach Paul Webb, I was once aagin able to watch ODU win a crown. Have to add that Valentine set a then record of I believe 106 straight games in double figures for the Monarchs. AIAW champs(not called NCAA yet) back in 1979 & 1980 after Lieberman played for the USA as a 16-year old in the 1976 Montrael Olympics. The team went 72-2 over that span.
I was a big fan of Webb as a coach and was quite bummed when he was passed over for the Duke job when Bill Foster left the Blue Devils but I guess it worked out for that Coach K fella.
Last night, in front of 8,000+ plus Bradley Braves fans wearing Red, ODU won the first ever College Insider.com tournament. The Monarchs captured the crown with a 66-62 victory over the BU Braves and both schools made a bit of history in the process. Both BU and ODU have played in four straight post seasons in four different events. The two schools both competed in the initial College Basketball Insider tournament.
BU advanced to the finals last year in the CBI but settled for second place when the loss the best 2 of 3 to the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa. ODU made the Braves brides maids again by holding off a late rally by the home team.While they weren’t in Detroit for THE Final Four, head coach Blaine Taylor and his squad ended the season on quite a roll to finish 25-10.
Taylor was enjoying the moment right after the victory in Peoria. If you look closely you can see Taylor spinning the ball on his finger. Congrats to the ODU Monarchs!
Greetings from Hotlanta ! Have to start with a quick story about how I have ended up in Atlanta this morning and then get started on the fun moments from Monday night.
One of the perks to running a delivery service is you collect a number of airline miles from all of the gasoline purchased during the summer last year. Always hold on to one ticket because you never know when you might want to go somewhere and watch Greg Maddux pitch.
Then my one and only baseball hero retired and I honestly see myself going the entire MLB season without watching a 9 inning game, let alone fly to see one. Yes, I will be going through Maddux withdrawal all season but Jim Sacco is talking about a trip to Cooperstown in a few years with the Hall opens the doors to the Professor.
So I have to work all day but can do it on the road so why not. Holding a free ticket that will allow me to go anywhere in the World for 48 hours and you guessed it- I am on my way to Peoria, Illinois. That noise you hear in the background is my wife laughing rather loudly.
Only you Carter (she only calls me by my last name when she is making fun of me) could fly anywhere you want and choose to go to Peoria. In case you are wondering what is going on in Peoria today it is a National Championship basketball game between the Old Dominion Monarchs and the home standing Bradley Braves.
The title on the line is the very first College Insider.com Championship and the Braves are completing a historical Grand Slam. BU is playing in the post season for the fourth straight season and in the fourth different tournament. The sweet 16 run in the NCAA, then the trip to the N.I.T before playing in the inaugural edition of the College Basketball Invitational in 2007-2008 and now another new one!
BU is calling for the fans to participate in a Red-Out tonight and Carver Arena should be a jumpin. One of the Fox networks should be televising the game with tip coming at 8:05 E.S.T. Once I land in Peoria I can get started telling stories about Monday.