I know it's been a while since I blogged. I really have no excuses.
Anyway, I'll jump right in. The Lady Flyers softball team is two wins from a state championship. But standing in their way is a team they've already lost to twice this year, Sugar Land Fort Bend Baptist. Both meetings were scores of 4-0. Apparently, the Lady Eagles have an extremely good pitcher, Rachel Fox.
Fox (sadly) committed to go to Texas when she was a sophomore. Apparently it was her life dream to be a Longhorn one day (shakes head). But all kidding aside, it gives you an idea of just how good she is. Both coaches were lauding her heavily, and apparently she was a strikeout machine in the other two meetings already. Tall order for the Lady Flyers, but conventional wisdom tells us it's very difficult to beat a team three times in one season, regardless of which teams are playing.
That's what the Lady Flyers are hoping. They told me that the familiarity of having seen this team already and knowing what they like to do has got to be an advantage. On the flip side, Fort Bend has seen them twice as well.
Regardless, I have a feeling this contest will be a little closer. In the first meeting, St. Joe's star pitcher Marina Vazquez pitched, but she definitely wasn't 100 percent, coming off shoulder surgery. Then their No. 2 arm, Holly Parenica, pitched in the second game. Vazquez is mowing people down right now, so I have a feeling it will be a typical softball pitchers duel that could end 1-0 and have VERY few hits or balls in play (something I don't like about softball).
Either way, both of these coaches feel like they have the best team in TAPPS Class 4A. They told me that they feel like whoever wins this semifinal will win the championship. The other two teams are Fort Worth Christian and Dallas Parish Episcopal. Those semifinals are tomorrow (Friday) at 2 p.m. The finals are on Saturday. The tournament is in Waco.
What else is going on? Not much as far as my beats are concerned. The NBA playoffs are in the midst of their two-month playoffs (not really an exaggeration), but I like what I've seen so far.
People like to bash the association, and granted, my interest has been so low the last few years because my team (Pacers) have been so bad and been mired in personality issues. But when it comes to playoffs, the NBA is really the best of the three bigs. I know it can lead to some boring first round matchups, but I found the first round pretty entertaining overall, and this round has been great.
The Lakers-Rockets fracas. The beef going on with the Nuggets and Mavs. Mothers are involved. The Celtics-Magic series has been full of drama and entertainment (as much as I hate the Celtics). And meanwhile, we're watching one of the most dominating playoff runs in history with the Cavs blowing teams away.
Lebron has just gone insane this year. There's been something different about him that I've noticed all year. He's reached deity status. Whether you like him or not, it's like he's playing a video game with a created player, on both ends of the court. That's scary.
In the West, it seemed like the Lakers would have a similar cakewalk, and it appears they'll be able to overcome the injury-wracked Rockets, but they will have a tough time against the Nuggets. Denver looks REALLY good, and they might even have a finals team. I think you can attribute that to one thing: dumping Iverson and getting Billups. I don't know what Detroit was thinking when they agreed to that, but the Nuggets swindled them.
I'm looking forward to more fun playoffs to come. I still think that a Lebron-Kobe finals would be something very special to watch, and that's what I want to see. I'll talk about baseball next time.
Speaking of Lebron-Kobe, check out the latest Nike commercials. I'm sure you've seen it if you've been following the finals, but it's pretty...interesting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsG5uq9xOKo
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