Saturday, May 21, 2005

What a day...

Today was a good day. Northwestern softball won, Northwestern lacrosse won, and the Yankees won. Good times.

Just watching our lacrosse team play again reminded me of how good they are. Dartmouth was totally over-matched, and NU was able to weather the elements to play a sound defensive game. Virginia will pose a difficult challenge for the 'Cats on Sunday because they are very, very fast. They also score goals in droves--so Ms. Koester will have to come up huge on the draws yet again to stem any momentum the Cavs build. Duke was unable to do that at critical junctures during tonight's final four game and paid for it bigtime.

More than pretty much any other sport, Women's Lacrosse depends on controlling the ball. If you've got possession, the opposing team has a major uphill battle due to the non-contact nature of the sport. The options for taking the ball away are far more limited than even men's lacrosse.

On a programming note, I was so stoked that we had the technology to toss our coverage from South Bend, IN to Annapolis, MD seamlessly. That is something to be proud of, I think. Great job, everyone. I thought our lax broadcast went pretty well--my only regret is how high up we are in the pressbox because it is virtually impossible to see uniform numbers. That complicated matters a bit, but it got easier as the game progressed. Frank and I had a lot of fun on the call, and I think it sounded pretty good overall.

Frank and I capped off the excellent day with an excellent meal at the Ram's Head, which we both agreed was a great name for a bar. Among the delicious items ordered? You guessed it: crab. This time of the dip variety. Crab dip--good stuff. And we even got back to the hotel in time to catch the beginning of Uncle Conan.

So tomorrow's an off-day for us, so we'll take our enviable automobile over to Baltimore to see the O's battle the Phills in interleague action. That, and I'll write a dramatic game open for Sunday's championship game. I feel so blessed to have the chance to watch the Wildcats go for Northwestern's first national title in 64 years. It is very, very exciting. National championship. Wow.

Don't forget to tune in on Sunday for the expanded pregame show (featuring coach Amonte-Hiller and a live interview with NU AD Mark Murphy, and of course the game starting at 1:30 CST.

I'm out.

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