April 28, 2011
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Baseball this weekend: By the time you read this on-line, it may already be too late to purchase a ticket anywhere in Hawkins Field for our Friday night game with Tennessee. There are tickets for the Saturday (noon) and Sunday (1 p.m.) games remaining. Keep in mind the only game we didn't sell out last weekend against LSU came on Easter Sunday. Call the ticket office at 615-322-GOLD between 8:30-5:00 CT for information.
Quick reminders: The deadline for National Commodore Club members wanting to apply that membership toward their season ticket placement is May 31...Baseball fans planning to attend the SEC Championship in Hoover, Ala., May 25-29 should be ordering those tickets...reserved seats books are $100 and general admission books are $75.
Titan Workout: A handful of Tennessee Titans have been using Vanderbilt's Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning Room to stay in shape during the NFL's lockout. It began with ex-Commodore Jovan Haye and soon included a good handful of his Titan buddies; they slip in during the school day when student-athletes are in class and the facility is relatively empty.
Conference Lacrosse Tourney Coming: Vanderbilt hosts the American Lacrosse Conference championship May 5-7.
Name dropping - Scott Moore, a Commodore golfer in the late 1980's and early `90's, was recently inducted into the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame....Walter Overton,Bob Dudley Smith and Shelton Quarles were inducted into Nashville Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame...Speaking of Hall of Famers, Red Sox icon Carl Yastrzemski was at Hawkins Field last weekend to watch his grandson Mike hit a home run and shine in right field... Former Chicago Cub and 17-year Major Leaguer Shawon Dunston talked to the baseball team before its Saturday LSU game; his son signed a national letter last fall to attend Vanderbilt...Commodore assistant bowling coach Josie Earnest is still shaking about her trip to her hometown last weekend. The two-time NCAA Player of the Year was driving just north of Mount Vernon, Ill., on I-57 at night when she ran into the teeth of the storm system that produced the tornado that crippled the St. Louis airport. Josie was driving about 60 MPH when her car was blown sideways - totally out of her control - down the interstate. Luckily the car didn't roll and somehow managed to stay on the road for what she estimates was over a quarter mile.