Monthly Archives: March 2010

Baseball: Elon Phoenix vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons tonight at 7:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Tom Waterman and Christian Binder. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 6:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Baseball: Elon Phoenix vs. UNC Wilmington Seahawks

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the UNC Wilmington Seahawks tonight at 6:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Russell Varner and Andy Harris. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 5:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Crazy About the Madness

Conference tournaments are ending, your studying bracketology rather than biology, Joe Lunardi is on ESPN for the 12 hours minimum a day, In and Out no longer has anything to do with the fast food chain, and you care more about your team’s RPI rather than your own GPA. What could this possibly mean? Oh, that’s right, it’s time for March Madness!

A college basketball fan and an amateur gambler’s Christmas, the NCAA Tournament is one of the top moments in a year for all sports fans. Filling out bracket’s and entering tournament pools are customary of anyone who even has a mild interest in College Basketball (of course, that would only be the case if gambling were legal, which its not). Every year, every fan thinks that they are filling out the perfect bracket, that every upset will happen, and that for once, they will finally win their pool. Of course, all of this is spoiled when Davidson goes to the Elite Eight or George Mason and Wichita State are playing in the Sweet 16. All of a sudden, you understand why Adam Morrison cried like he was getting a glimpse of what his pro career would be like, rather than losing a heartbreaker to UCLA.

March Madness is also about the battle of Favorites taking on Underdogs and Davids vs. Goliaths. It’s where the 5-12 game lives. It’s where Cinderella’s like VCU, Western Kentucky, and Valparaiso make names for themselves in history. It’s where Santa Clara, Hampton, Richmond, and Coppin State become trivia answers to “which 15 seeds have defeated a two seed”. It’s where George Mason sees application numbers jump through the roof, not because of academic reasons, but because their basketball team beat #6 Michigan State, #3 North Carolina, #7 Wichita State, and #1 UConn in a row to get to the final four. It’s where Eric Maynor and Bryce Drew will live on forever. And it’s why the opening round of the tournament features some of the best basketball games of the year.

March Madness also provides fans with some of the best play-by-play calls heard in sporting history. Upsets and dramatics bring out the best in CBS’ broadcasters. Nothing can sum it up better than this YouTube video of the best of Gus Johnson, the most excited announcer in the history of sports broadcasting, to the music of Fort Minor  .

March Madness allows for the breakdown an entire season worth of games and put the worth of a team’s wins and losses into their seeding in greatest tournament in all of sports. For everything the BCS is not in College Football, the NCAA Tournament is its opposite in College Basketball. It provides for the perfect amount of teams to be selected to play. 65 schools are given a shot to win the National Championship, all you have to do is win six straight games (7 if you are the 16 seed out of the play in game) and the ‘ship is yours. There are juggernauts from the Major conferences, the conference tournament winners from Mid Majors, and Bubble teams who had to sweat out Selection Sunday to see if they would even make it. The drama surrounding teams asking will they or won’t they be in makes for a huge part of the excitement of the Tournament.

That’s what makes today’s Selection Sunday so meaningful, the impact it has on those bubble teams. As all College Basketball fans know, this may be the final year of the Tournament as we know it. With the NCAA in talks of expanding March Madness from 65 to 96 teams in order to increase revenue, who knows if we will even hear the words “Bubble Watch” again. With the expansion in total teams likely to happen next year, less and less controversy and excitement take place preceding the playing of the games that adds a little extra enjoyment to a seemingly perfect event. But once again in sports, it’s ALWAYS about the money.

Even if the tournament does expand, no one can say the games will be less exciting. Every fan will tune in again as all it will basically mean is it’ll be even harder to pick a perfect bracket than ever before. The tourney has expanded before and it still seems to work pretty well today. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, or a bad thing, but don’t automatically dismiss it.

When all the teams are picked, the brackets are set, and fans break down every possible matchup, don’t think about any changes to formatting or which seeds didn’t get it. Just think about the exciting basketball we fans of this great sport are about to witness. So turn on your TV, put “One Shinning Moment” on a continuous loop, and become consumed in Madness. Folks, the NCAA Tournament is about to begin.

baseball: elon phoenix vs. old dominion monarchs

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Old Dominion Monarchs today at 4:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Tom Waterman and Aaron Moger. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 3:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Baseball: Elon Phoenix vs. Radford Highlanders

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Radford Highlanders today at 4:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Tom Waterman and Jackson Brodie. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 3:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Elon Phoenix vs. Princeton Tigers Game 2

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Princeton Tigers today at 3:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Tom Waterman and Andrew Springs. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 2:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Elon Phoenix v. Princeton Tigers

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Princeton Tigers today at 11:00 AM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Brian Dudiak and Christian Binder. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 10:45 AM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Elon Phoenix vs. Bucknell Bisons

Be sure to tune into WSOE’s broadcast of the Elon University Phoenix as they host the Bucknell Bisons today at 2:00 PM at Latham Park. The game will be called by Andy Harris and Greg Brzozowski. WSOE’s coverage will begin at 1:45 PM, and can be listened to at WSOE 89.3 FM and also online through the “listen live” feature. To read live blog updates from the game click on the link below.

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Oh Canada!

Oh Canada, We All Knew This Was Coming!

It was only a matter of time before Canada won gold at the 2010 Olympics in men’s hockey. They were the one hope for the nation coming into the games, and they proved their assumptions to be true by winning gold. The only difference in the plan was a loss to the one nation who could mentally hang in there with the Canadian stars: The United States team. This upset was a shot to the national pride of Cana da, and it sent a chill through the team that had the upmost confidence in itself. My own belief, which has been discussed by many hockey analysts, is that the loss to the United States was the best possible thing for team Canada. It helped them realize they were not invincible and better it happened there rather than the gold medal game.
The whole idea for the Canadian athletes going into the Olympics was to win a gold medal. With their past struggles on North American soil, it was important to get a gold, and quickly. This was accomplished, taking pressure off all the athletes, EXCEPT the hockey team. With 14 NHL All Stars, and arguably the best team assembled ever under one uniform, the Canadian hockey team was win gold or failure. The loss to the United States not only shook their world, but brought them back to earth just in time to start a run that will remain famous in every Canadians mind for the rest of their lives. I mean, looking at this from a positive standpoint, the loss to the U.S. national team made quite a compelling story. The loss to the nation bordering you to the south, then to have a rematch for the gold medal makes for one compelling story of national pride.
As for the title game, it was everything we expected and more. The clutch goal at the end of regulation to tie the game and send it into overtime cemented the game as great. It was only with the game-winning goal by the new golden boy of Canada, Sidney Crosby, that the game was lifted beyond this level of greatness, into a level that can only be called epic, or eternal. People who watched it all over the world will remember this game. The gallant effort by the outmanned and outplayed U.S. team against the dominance of the home team.
What a great way to end the Olympics! As if the excitement didn’t want to end, the hockey game finished off the games with a bang. It also set the bar high for the next Olympics in 2014. The only question that remains now is can the Canadians repeat, and will they be able to assemble a team of this talent level ever again.

PS- I can’t wait to see the reactions in Pittsburgh when Crosby returns to the Penguins.

Matt Curry
WSOE Sports