Red Wolf Football Returns, March Madness is in the Air and Baseball is Back!

Hello all, now that I’m on Spring Break, I actually have a little bit of time to sit down and write again. As you can see what’s listed above, these are the topics we shall discuss. So, without further ado, let’s get to it.

 

First, Red Wolf Football. Those words pretty much wake up every Red Wolves fan in the area (why saying Red Wolves Basketball can’t wake them up, I don’t know, but we’ll save that debate for another day). New head coach Blake Anderson and his brand new staff took to the field this past week at Centennial Bank Stadium for the first week of Spring Practice. It was the usual first week, in most regards: getting the feet wet. Not saying that the squad didn’t go all out 100% (I’m sure they did), but whenever you start up again, it does take time to get back into the swing of things. Spring football is no exception. With the spring game slated for April 18th (fairly certain that date is correct), the squad has more time to prepare themselves to be what Anderson wants them to be: FVF (Fast, Violent, Fun).

 

Second, I hope you took some time to watch March Madness this weekend. If not, you missed the typical March Madness, which would be considered utter chaos, brackets being ripped in pieces, OT’s, buzzer beaters; you know, the typical madness. Some of the highlights from this weekend are as follows:

 

–          Wichita State is out (lost to Kentucky in the Round of 32; finish season 35-1)

–          Dayton, Stanford and Tennessee (a 10 and two 11 seeds) are in the Sweet 16

–          All three SEC teams are in the Sweet 16. (Combined record is 7-0).

–          Three of the four #1 seeds remain.

–          Duke, Kansas, UNC, among top tier basketball schools out.

 

So, that’s the basics right there, I’m sure there’s potentially plenty more to touch up on. The favorite (Michigan State) still sits in the Sweet 16 (play Virginia Friday and are actually favored). With that being said, anything can happen. We’ll have our Final Four by this time next week, so until then, just buckle up and enjoy the ride.

 

Lastly, and I cannot stress this enough: BASEBALL IS BACK! Yes, I wrote that in all caps to anyone who reads this. With the start of each new season, you know that it is spring time and that Old Man Winter has finally been laid to rest.

 

One team we’ll follow in particular, the Cardinals (since about 90% of Arkansans who love baseball love the Cards; sorry Joel) has potential promise for this season. After signing Jhonny Peralta, Mark Ellis, Aledmys Diaz and trading for Peter Bourjos, the Cards look to be in prime position to make another deep October run and finish what they started last season. One thing to keep in mind: the Cardinals got all these players without giving up ANY of their promising young pitching talent. And for a team that has Oscar Taveras, Stephen Piscotty and others set to debut in the Minors, it’s no wonder the Cards are the favorite to potentially repeat as National League champions. Their lineup is solid, anchored by the well-knowns of Holliday, Molina, Craig; yet there lineup also has new faces, such as Peralta, Bourjos and even Matt Adams (though he was a regular bench player last season and saw significant playing time in September and October). Their rotation is stacked, led by Adam Wainwright. The compliment of young talent in Michael Wacha, Joe Kelly and Carlos Martinez (who will eventually be a starter in his career) has not only made their rotation deep, it’s made their bullpen deep as well, and with the return of Jason Motte (missed all last season due to Tommy John surgery) imminent, watch out. This team is deep and has a solution to just about any problem that comes their way. That’s why they’re the favorite.

 

That’s all I’ve got for this week. Look for more blog posts coming soon. Until then, stay classy.

Aaron League