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Monday Mouthoff, 3/24

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Posted: March 23, 2008 8:00 p.m.
Updated: April 7, 2008 5:00 a.m.

    You, my faithful reader, should be ever grateful that another installment of the Mouthoff sits before you on this day. After Clemson’s second-half debacle this weekend in the NCAA Tourney to Villanova, our Executive Editor turned into the Incredulous Hulk, terrorizing the office by upturning chairs, knocking down plants in the new studio, nailing objects to the freshly-painted walls and threatening to fire anyone and everyone that crossed his path.
    Luckily for us, there happened to be a few tranquilizers left in the ol’ emergency freak-out box, and Mr. Bossman was back to normal before you could say, “IPTAY”.

    The Tigers’ loss not only hurt the pride of one such superior, but also put a dent in my bracket and my record to this point. With Temple’s trashy performance and Coppin State’s crumble, I finished a bitter 4-3. Of course, Georgia loss, all No. 1 seeds made it through and those boys from Durham took one on the chin as I expected they would — much to the chagrin of a certain Screven County High School senior. Hah!
    Record: 9-12.

The Son of David
     As I stated next week, I am no way rooting for the boys from Davidson to garner all that much more attention and that much more exposure with a deep run in the tournament. Selfishly, I wish that attention will one day be focused on the boys in Blue-and-White.
    But that day is a long way away — so for now everyone is talking Curry and the Cats. Especially my cohort Matt Yogus, who confided in me he’s turned in his blue boxers for a much more revealing red pair as Davidson steps to the center stage of college basketball.
    I have Davidson in the Elite Eight, eventually losing to my pick for National Champion — North Carolina. You just don’t sit in Hanner Fieldhouse and watch them dominate year-after-year without realizing just how good they are.

Talkin’ baseball
    Lucky for coach Rodney Hennon and Eagle fans, Georgia Southern plays college baseball.
    In this weekend’s SoCon opener, GSU averaged almost 16 runs per game in a sweep of Western Carolina. Those boys were scoring so many runs the kids from Cullowhee screamed GSU was using illegal bats. I haven’t seen that much crying since A League of Their Own.
    There’s no doubt that Southern’s offense is not only one of the best in the conference, but one of the best in the Southeast and perhaps in all of college baseball.
    And again, this is college baseball. Pitching certainly wins ball games, but you can get by out-slugging people for awhile. While that young staff works to get better, the GSU bats have proven they’ll bail out the arms time and time again.
    Let’s just hope there’s not a team slump lurking around the corner for some time.

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