I think I’ve heard somewhere that love is a many splendored thing, but it can also be confusing. As I write this, I’m on my way to Arizona where my 49 year old youngest brother is getting married for the first time. Anyone who’s been married for the first, or second time, might ask why—but I’m happy that it suits him, I wish he and Brooke all the best.
Never mind the hype---
Andrew Wiggins is a remarkable talent at KU, one whose maturity has helped him handle the overwhelming hype attendant to him. While his most important shot against Duke was the little step back jumper late in a tight game, he did most of his damage in transition which is why he’ll be so effective at the next level. Wiggins will continue to get the headlines, but the best player on the floor for the ‘Hawks against Duke was Perry Ellis.
Two years removed from Wichita Heights high school, Ellis not only scored and rebounded against the Blue Devils, but he was fuel for the club’s engine—sprawling on the floor for loose balls, finding the open man, valuing the basketball, in short-- doing all the little things you need to win. All you really need to know about his value is the 35 minutes that Bill Self played him against the Dukies; that’s trust-- and it’s one of the hardest things to earn from a coach. It’s great to see and it couldn’t happen to a nicer young man.
It’s been 20 years…
…since a player won back to back Most Valuable Player Awards in the big leagues. Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera became the first to do it today since Frank Thomas turned the trick with the White Sox. If you add Max Sherzer’s Cy Young Award to the mix it makes you wonder how the Tigers didn’t get to the World Series—oh yeah, that’s right—the Boston Red Sox. Sorry, I’m still basking a little…ok, a lot.
Dwayne Bowe made most of the news this week with his arrest for speeding and possession of pot, but the biggest story in regards to the Chiefs and Broncos is the high ankle sprain of Peyton Manning. I don’t think there’s a lot of secrets for the Chiefs who simply have to get in Manning’s face all day to have any chance to keep the Bronco’s down. The Colts beat Denver when their front four was able to get pressure on Manning and the Chiefs are following a similar recipe. The fact that he’ll be even less mobile than usual should be beneficial for a defense that’s scored seven touchdowns. How many points will the Chiefs need to win in Mile High City? Even if you give them points on specials teams or defense, you figure the offense will still have to put in the end zone three times—keep in mind that KC hasn’t scored an offensive touchdown in seven quarters.
Sunrise at WSU---
I was really glad to see Wichita State tap into what’s becoming a very productive recruiting pipeline at Sunrise Christian Academy, especially since Sunrise now has a post-graduate team. PG programs allow a sandwich year between high school and the start of college, so programs are getting a more mature player in his first year than they would if he was coming straight out of high school.