RADFORD, Va. – Due to extreme cold temperatures expected today, Radford softball’s home opener versus Virginia Tech has been postponed. The forecast called for temperatures in the mid-30s with the wind chill in the mid-20s. A make up date will be announced later. — press release from Radford University this morning.
I TOLD MY SON TO SAVOR ALL OF IT. The fact that postseason baseball’s on every night? Relish that. The fact that weekends are packed with the pageantry of college football and the high stakes of the NFL? Appreciate that. The fact that the weather was still warm enough for us to step outside and play whatever sport we wanted or grill up some sausages over a charcoal flame? Don’t take that for granted.
This was back in October. Not all months are as great as October, I said.
“Yeah, like February,” said my 7-year-old, Casey. “February stinks.”
He was right, of course. But as a father, I don’t want to raise a little month-hating cynic. So I figured I’d try a little mind-over-matter experiment.
“Tell you what,” I said to the boy. “Let’s not say the word ‘February’ any more. From now on, we’re going to call it ‘AWESOME-uary.’”
You could almost hear the “Full House”-style piano music start to play in the background as I continued this corny heart-to-heart talk.
“Life is what you make it, son,” I said. “Your attitude goes a long way toward determining your experience. Maybe we don’t like February because we TELL OURSELVES we don’t like February. If we decided, right here and now, that next February was going to be awesome, then by golly, it’ll probably be awesome.”
“AWESOME-uary?” Casey said.
“AWESOME-uary,” I said.
What a bunch of crap that was.
February stinks. I hate it. Twenty-eight days of tedium, this month is. It’s so bad, people are trying to start discussions about Dwight Howard. Sports Illustrated devoted an entire issue this month to Michael Jordan turning 50 (And I might be wrong about this, but I don’t think they even got a chance to INTERVIEW Jordan for any of the pieces.)
My favorite national sports talk show host, Steve Czaban, is on vacation in some warmer place, because he knows it, too. That means I get a backup trying (and failing) to polish the February sports turd on the air.
Bottom line: Calling this month something different doesn’t make it better. Unless you’re calling it “over.”
CAVS FALL: Virginia has a defensive breakdown that leads to the game-winning basket with 5.7 seconds remaining as No. 2 Miami escapes with a 54-50 victory. UVa’s remaining schedule includes home games with Georgia Tech, Duke and Maryland and road trips to Boston College and Florida State.
ACC PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH: Berman has a feature on Duke’s Mason Plumlee, who visits Blacksburg tomorrow night in a battle of two of the leading contenders for ACC player of the year.
GLASS HOUSES: The NCAA, trying it’s darndest to avoid any mirrors that might be nearby, accuses Miami of a “lack of institutional control.”
OTHER STUFF: Radford blows eight-point lead and falls to Campbell in overtime, squandering chance to move into second place in Big South North division…No. 1 Indiana tops No. 4 Michigan State 72-68…No. 5 Florida falls at Missouri…Blackhawks tie NHL record by earning at least one point in each of their first 16 games.
NAME THAT TUNE
Jackie is just speeding away
Thought she was James Dean for a day
Then I guess she had to crash
Valium would have helped that bash
She said, “Hey babe…