Nov. 18, 2011
Quick Slant is an array of brief insights and occasionally opinionated overviews of collegiate athletics in general and the Vanderbilt Commodores in particular.
Lauren Stratton (junior, Spring Hill, Tenn.) and Marina Alex (senior, Wayne, N.J.) are the top two rated golfers in the Southeastern Conference. The women's team is ranked fifth nationally and is preparing to host the NCAA Championships at the Vanderbilt Legends Club May 22-25. Lots of volunteer help is needed; you can get on the list for information by signing up on the women's golf page of this web site.
The world can sometimes seem awash with bad news but if there is one thing even more abundant, it is people who jump to conclusions about the bad news. We assume a breaking news story, a social media posting or the chatter over morning coffee represents a complete and accurate summary whether its politics or Penn State. We allow our own preconceived opinions to shape how we evaluate. Those who are quick to judge based on hearsay are often prone to eating crow.
With six basketball games in six days sandwiched around the Kentucky football game, if there is one set of people needing an off-day it's our usher and game event personnel.
Basketball is a different universe. Belmont goes to Cameron Indoor and plays Duke to a heart-stopping one-point game on the threshold of Coach K passing Bobby Knight as the sport's winningest coach. Cleveland State defies Memorial Magic while MTSU travels west to beat Pac-12 favorite UCLA by 20. The sport is unpredictable, especially in the season's first month.
Speaking of hoops, has anyone noticed that there apparently is an NBA lockout in progress? We haven't heard of anyone losing sleep after learning that news.
PGA touring pro Michael Thompson, a former SEC champion who played for Coach Tom Shaw when both were at Tulane, came to town this week just to speak and interact with the Commodore men's golfers. Vanderbilt alum Brandt Snedeker has done similar in the past.