May 22, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
The National Commodore Club is now truly national. A few months ago we realized that we had membership in 45 of our states and had a bit of fun seeking members in the other five. One by one the dominoes fell and recently we gained new members in North Dakota and New Mexico. A great big Anchor Down to Stephen Botts in North Dakota and Eugene Still in New Mexico.
There are just 11 schools in the country that have D-1 golf programs in both the NCAA Women's and Men's Championships. Congratulations to Greg Allen and Scott Limbaugh for masterful coaching jobs. The women's finals are in Tulsa, ending Friday, the guys are in Hutchinson, Kansas, and could run into next week depending upon how far the team advances.
Derek Mason continues to make appearances, introducing himself and promoting our program. Earlier this week, he took part in a light-hearted bowling event with some corporate leaders at our beautiful new bowling facility in the Recreation Center.
Godfrey Dillard, who was a basketball trailblazer here with Perry Wallace in the late 1960s, is a civil rights attorney in Detroit and recently announced he would run in the state's upcoming primary for Michigan's Attorney General.
We've written before how the inordinate number of delays and times out in a basketball game hurts the sport. How about this: The last 60 seconds of the May 4 NBA game between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets took almost 18 minutes of real time. How interesting could that have been after, say, five minutes? All that strategy induces boredom. Even the veteran Knicks coach and ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy admits "The last two minutes at times drags on and drains the suspense out of the game." Basketball is a great game, but when it's played a few seconds at a time before the action stops the excitement ebbs quickly.