Wednesday, August 01, 2007
MARSHALL, Texas – East Texas Baptist has been picked to finish seventh in the 2007 American Southwest Conference Preseason Football Poll released last week by the conference office.
The annual poll of the ASC’s nine head coaches, sports information directors and selected media has defending champion Mary Hardin-Baylor as a runaway favorite to repeat, followed by Hardin-Simmons in a distant second-place.
The Tigers, who will be in their first season under new head coach Mark Sartain, received 105 points in the poll and one first-place vote. ETBU is coming off a 3-7 season in 2005, and the seventh-place standing in the preseason poll is the lowest for a Tiger team since the inaugural season of the program in 2000.
UMHB received 239 points and 24 first-place votes, with Hardin-Simmons taking 217 points and the other two first-place votes.
Coming in third in the poll was Mississippi College, which had 155 points after a 5-5 season in 2006. Howard Payne, with 127 points, was fourth, followed by Texas Lutheran (121 points) and Sul Ross State (116 points) in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Finishing behind ETBU in the voting are Louisiana College (90 points) in eighth place, and McMurry, with 45 points, in ninth place.
UMHB senior linebacker Jerrell Freeman was voted the league’s Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, while Sul Ross senior running back T. J. Barber was the ASC Preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Texas Lutheran senior kicker Holt Storrie was the Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.
ETBU players report for preseason workouts Aug. 11, with the Tigers’ season opener set for Sept. 1 in Ornelas Stadium against nationally-ranked Trinity University.
Monday, July 30, 2007
An East Texas high school swimmer entered rare air over the weekend when he qualified for the USA Swimming Junior National Championships. William Norton, a senior-to-be at Grace Community High School and member of the Tyler Swim Team, qualifed for nationals in the 1500 meter Freestyle at the USA Sectional Swimming Championships in San Antonio.
According to his Tyler Swim Team coach, Matt Franks, Norton is the first Tyler area swimmer to qualify for the junior national championship meet since another Tyler Swim Team member, Jacob Taylor did it in the late 1990's.
Norton leaves for Indianapolis, where this years junior nationals will be held, on Friday.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
I have a mountain bike, but I don't consider myself necessarily a "cycling" fan. However, I have always been intrigued by the Tour de France, and the monstrous challenges it offers. Following the 7 straight titles won by Lance Armstrong, after nearly dying from cancer, was awesome. I was similarly moved when Floyd Landis pulled out a miraculous win last year, all while needing a hip replacement! So when it came out that Landis more than likely cheated his way to victory, I was upset. I know this isn't just a problem in cycling. See Ben Johnson, Mark McGwire and Lyle Alzado just to name a few. But, the closer I looked at the sport of cycling at the Tour de France level, the more I saw a systematic effort by its participants to try to get away with cheating, whether it be with steroids, or blood transfusions or just taking a cold medicine. Yes, a cold medicine! These riders are not allowed to take ANYTHING! Oh, unless they have a medical waiver from their doctor saying they need to because of asthma or something. As long as they have a waiver, that drug is allowed. How ironic, that 60% of the riders at last year's race had medical waivers! Some of those over the counter drugs help "mask" the use of other illegal drugs. At last check, more than 40% of the riders had the medical waivers this year. Now, with two riders in two days being bounced from the race due to failed drug tests, including favorite Alexandre Vinokourov, and the race leader Michael Rasmussen under suspicion because he didn't report his whereabouts during a recent drug test, it seems the sport, or at least the Tour de France, needs to take drastic steps.
While I'm no expert, I'm going to use the common sense meter for proposing a solution. When each rider reports to the race, they are locked up in a "dorm" by tournament officials, where they will have zero access to outside sources. Each team will be issued the exact same support equipment, when it comes to water bottles, the water inside the bottles, the energy bars, etc. The teams will be "quarantined" in a separate compound, where all of their equipment will be searched and approved. Each rider will continue to submit to daily drug tests just in case. That's the only way this can be fixed. While it's hard for many Americans to grasp why these athletes would go to such lengths to cheat for a bicycle race, it's apparent this is a sport held in high regard in many parts of Europe, with millions of dollars on the line.
I am all for inspirational stories. I just don't like to find out later that their source of inspirational came in an illegal bottle of drugs.
Monday, July 23, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Wiley College, which doesn't have a football program, is considering holding homecoming activities in connection with the game.
More to come...
Friday, July 06, 2007
Here are some pictures from a viewer of The Woods golf course near Jacksonville. It looks like an island green in the first picture!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
C.J. will also get his first exposure to a Nextel Cup driver as 2005 Nextel Cup Champion Tony Stewart slides behind the wheel of the #18 car for this Friday's Busch Series race at Daytona. Stewart drove the #18 car in the season opening Busch event at Daytona, but his Nextel Cup team pitted for him that race. C.J.'s Busch team pit crew has been putting in some great times this year. They won the award in a recent race for the least amount of time spent on pit row. I can't wait to see how they do with a Nextel Cup driver this week!