June 19, 2014
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
For those of you not on Twitter, our Ryan Schulz recently discovered that Vanderbilt is the only school in the country to advance to the baseball Super Regionals (and now College World Series), Men's and Women's NCAA Golf Championships and win Men's and Women's NCAA Tennis Tournament matches. It has been a good spring on West End Avenue.
Our department's Caravan trips to Memphis and Chattanooga earlier this week were very successful; good turnouts, excellent conversations and a lot of fun.
Slant has not been able to get to Omaha (yet) so we've faithfully watched television coverage. When one is intensely partisan, it is difficult to hear supposedly neutral announcers and not feel as though they are not being completely fair to your team. (This is why many turn the sound down and listen to Joe Fisher) We felt the same way watching Brandt Snedeker in the recent U.S. Open when Johnny Miller seemed to have three times as many critical things to say about our favorite alum. And Brandt was in the top 10 the entire tournament! In the vast majority of cases, national announcers cannot afford to be openly favorable to one team or they wouldn't keep their job. We suspect when they are "picking" on our team that we are just not noticing the criticism of the other team.
Many of you have interacted with Eric Jones, our terrific ticket manager. The Baltimore native and Oriole fanatic was recently honored by the University Staff Advisory Council, where he serves as treasurer, with the 2014 Karen Dolan Spirit Award. The award recognizes a staff representative for stewardship, devotion and service to the council. It is given to an employee who embodies the spirit of the late Karen Dolan, who had a strong passion for helping the Vanderbilt community during her time on campus.
Speaking of golf, Golfweek rankings had our women's program rated 11th and men's team 14th, very similar to their NCAA finish. We suspect this is our combined all-time best.
Former bowling All-American Brittni Hamilton will be representing the United States in two major events this year, the Tournament of Americas, which will be in Ft. Lauderdale the end of July and early August and also the World Cup, which will be in Wroclaw, Poland in early November.