June 28, 2013
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer give those of us in athletics a chance to vacation but the reality is that for many of us, they also represent the busiest time of the year. We are wrapping up the old and, more urgently, preparing for the new year. Once the games begin, we tend to fall into a rhythm that is up-tempo for sure but by then we are executing plans, not formulating them.
Our National Commodore Club is going to have some record-setting good news when the books close on this fiscal year. When it does, it will be a testimony to the generosity and enthusiasm of our alumni and friends and also to the exceptional work by the NCC team.
Did you notice that former Commodore All-American Bobby Reynolds, the SEC's Player of the Year in 2003, scored a big upset at Wimbledon and then battled the world's No. 1 ranked player Novak Djokovic on Centre Court. Reynolds led us to the NCAA championship match in 2003.
Is there anything less interesting than a tournament in which your team is no longer a part? We tried to get interested in the College World Series, especially the finals as we pulled for SEC colleague Mississippi State. If you were a UCLA fan you thought the two games were fascinating but we turned both games off midway through. There just wasn't anything fun to us in Omaha this year.
Overheard at the water cooler: We talk about how our student-athletes are special breed. Here's one for the books! John Ewing is a rising junior on our cross country team. A few years ago when he was preparing to make a decision on which college to attend, a coach at another school jokingly asked if he was planning on retaking the SAT test after getting "just" a 1590 (1600 is perfect). Ewing replied "as a matter of fact, I am retaking it." You will need to get in a long line to try to hire him in a couple years.
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