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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Sportaholic Mid-Week Speed Drills

Miami's terrible debut- All eyes were on Miami's new trio of stars last night in Boston, but it didn't go as well as they would have liked. Boston jumped out to an early first quarter lead that saw Miami only score 9 in the quarter. The new big 3 would go on to score 52 points between them, but also accounted for 15 of the 17 turnovers the Heat had. They lacked the cohesiveness as a unit and that was expected, as Dwayne Wade didn't play but two minutes in the preseason. They did storm back on a furious run to end the third quarter. The Heat will be fine. As the season goes on they will find the continuity they lacked in this game. By mid season, we should be observing the real team. This was also to a lesser extent the debut of Shaq or the big Shamrock (What ever he is calling himself these days) for the Celtics. He finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds.

Adam "Pacman" Jones rebound season cut short- In what was shaping up to be Jones's best year since his breakout second season with the Titans, the Bengals DB suffered a herniated disk in Sunday's 39-32 loss at Atlanta and was placed on injury reserve. That's just too bad. Pacman was starting to get back into form and looking like his old self before all the self-inflicted chaos he had. Hopefully he can bounce back next year and keep the same attitude that has won him rave reviews in Cincinnati.

Nashville Predators looking good- The Preds are off to a 5-0-3 mark this year. In their most recent win over Tampa Bay, Rookie Andres Lindback made 42 saves. The rookie goalie had some spectacular saves including a couple of in-close saves on Vincent Lecavilier and Ryan Malone. The latest win put Nashville at number 2 in ESPN's power rankings. On a side note, the Predators donated $150,000 to Williamson County’s own A-Game Sportsplex. The move is the latest effort to start a grassroots movement for local and amateur hockey in middle Tennessee. Good move by the Preds. Make sure you go out and support them; their next home game is on Oct 28th against the St. Louis Blues hoping to see everyone there.

Remembering Roy Skinner- Skinner is Vanderbilt’s all-time win leader and the architect of Vanderbilt basketball. He compiled an overall record of 278-135 and an astonishing 181-41 at Memorial Gym, thus coining the phrase in local newspapers “Memorial Magic.” Skinner was a basketball purist at heart. He loved the open floor game and didn’t like to limit his offense. His battles with former University of Tennessee coach Ray Mears were legendary. Skinner was not shy in admitting his dislike for Mears but he also had a deep respect for him as well. Skinner won the SEC's Coach-of-the-Year award four different times (1965, 67, 74, 76). He also coached against the legendary Adolph Rupp and his loaded Kentucky Wildcat teams. In 1966 Skinner, initiated what would turn out to be his biggest accomplishment. He would sign the first black player to play in the SEC, Perry Wallace. Roy Skinner’s accomplishments will always be a part of Nashville and we are a better city because of him. Farewell Roy, you will be missed.

A memorial service for Roy Skinner will be held Saturday, October 30, at 11 a.m. CT at Benton Chapel on the Vanderbilt University campus

What to watch today: The World Series kicks-off today in San Francisco. Looking for a great series from these two tortuted franchises.

8pm Bulls at Thunder on ESPN

10:30pm Trail Blazers at Clippers on ESPN

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