Thursday, July 3, 2008

A couple notes on a Thursday

** Davidson Baseball Coach Dick Cooke is going back to the Olympics, this time as a Auxiliary Coach for Team USA. He'll be on the staff led by Davey Johnson. He was an assistant to Tommy Lasorda in 2000, when Team USA won gold in Australia. Sounds like a great honor and a great trip. Congrats, and good luck!

** Cullen Jones, a swimmer at NC State, needs a top 6 finish in the 100 meter freestyle tonight to make the Olympic team. There are 8 competitors, he needs to finish in the top 6. I would hate to be the guy finishing 7th in that race. 7th might be worse than 8th, if you think about it.

** If you are a baseball fan, then the Kannapolis Intimidators and Charlotte Knights can fill you holiday needs, as both teams will be at home for the 4th of July. For Kannapolis, it marks the first time in 5 years that they have a home game on America's birthday, and they are planning a big night, complete with the game, post-game fireworks and more. The Intimidators are facing Lake County (the artists formerly known as the Cape Fear Crocs in Fayetteville--they had a dynamite logo).

The Knights will host the Durham Bulls--the intrastate rivals from the Triangle--for 2 games, starting Friday and ending Saturday. The Knights and Bulls have played twice this week, and will play again tonight in Durham, before coming to Knights Stadium Friday and Saturday. Pick your park--celebrate the nation's b-day with some baseball and fireworks. It don't get more American than that.

** Charlotte Bobcats will be meeting in Las Vegas beginning next week, as they prepare for the Vegas Summer League that will take place July 14-19. The players are scattered around right now, and will be travelling to Sin City individually--not via team charter or anything like that. Several veterans are making the trip, including Raymond Felton, Jason Richardson, and Sean May, just to name a few. The idea is to get acclimated to Larry Brown's coaching style, and practices.

This is a good thing in theory--the players wanting a head start with the new coach. You can't help but think, however, that the vets making the trip also want to make a good first impression by being interested in attending the boss' first practices. You know, let the coach know "hey, I want to be a part of this team, so don't trade me, ok?" That kind of thing. I could be wrong about that, but it seems funny that on draft night, there was talk of Gerald Wallace being dealt, and then the Cats select D.J. Augustin, raising questions about Felton's future. A puzzler for sure.

** It's the day before qualifying for the Coke Zero 400 in Daytona, so it's ti8me for my bold race week predictions:


So the picks aren't that bold, but I've said it before, and I'll say it again, "Smoke" Stewart is about to go on a heater.

If I don't blog Friday, have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

Mike Solarte

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Bobcats, what are your thoughts on the screwed up situation in Seattle, and what do you think of the mentions of that city getting a team to move there. I've already seen one ESPN writer briefly mention the Bobcats as a possibility for the Emerald City.