Texas A&M star, like Unseld, proved she can play

| April 13, 2011

This is going to get me in trouble (at least at home), where my boss has insisted that it is impermissible to say a female athlete is strong.

So let me try to get into this column by asking this:

Did you ever have the pleasure of seeing Wes Unseld play basketball for the University of Louisville or when he was in the National Basketball Association?

Wes wasn’t all that tall (about 6-foot-5 or so), but he was so big in girth and strong that he couldn’t be moved from his rebounding position and shooting position.

It was a thing of beauty when Wes would snatch a rebound away from no matter how many opponents, turn and chest-pass two-thirds the length of the floor to a wide-open teammate for an easy layup.

This brings us to the dangerous spot.

Surely you know that Notre Dame and Texas A&M played last week. No, it wasn’t football, but basketball, women’s basketball, and it was in the NCAA’s national championship game.

Texas A&M’s best player was a beautiful young lady named Danielle Adams. She told her teammates, “Just give me the ball down low. They can’t stop me and I’ll score.”

Did she ever!

She finished with 30 points, 22 of them after halftime. Her total points are the second most in championship game history. Sheryl Swoopes, one of women’s basketball all-time greats, scored 47 in 1993.

Notre Dame led 35-33 at halftime, but the Aggies and Adams were unstoppable in the second half and won  76-70. She also got nine rebounds and A&M led in that all-important category 32-29.

Attendance at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis was 17,473, Most of the fans cheered for Notre Dame, which is in northern Indiana.

To no one’s surprise, the Most Valuable Player was silky-smooth, sharp-shooting Danielle Adams. It was most deserving.

She doesn’t always get down the floor to establish her position as quickly as she would like to, but she’s worth waiting for. What’s important is what she does once she gets the ball in the paint.

The Hair at Indy

A 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible will be the pace car for this year’s Indianapolis 500 race. But the real news is that car will be driven by Donald Trump. Do you think that no one has told him that he will be driving a roofless car? No matter how much goo he spreads on his hair, it’ll be messed up.

The pace car has a 400-horsepower V-8 engine.

UK 3rd, U of L 22nd

NCAA national champion Connecticut tops USA Today’s Coaches’ final poll and Butler, which lost to U-Conn in the final, finished second.

Kentucky was third and Louisville 22nd.

The rest of the top 10: 4. Kansas, 5. Ohio State, 6. Virginia Commonwealth, 7. Duke, 8. North Carolina, 9. Arizona, 10. Florida.

Four Big East teams finished ahead of U of L; 12. Pittsburgh, 14. Notre Dame, 18. Syracuse and No. 20 Marquette.

UK and Florida are the only Southeastern Conference teams in the poll.

Coaches who voted in the women’s poll put U of L at 19th in the nation and UK at No. 22. National champion Texas A&M and runner-up Notre Dame were  1-2.

Prof Brad Stevens?

Some people say that Butler coach Brad Stevens reminds them of a college professor with his glasses on. Without the specs, he could pass for a high school kid.

Stevens was on the fast track to success at Eli Lilly when he decided to give coaching a try.

Recruit’s smarts

I won’t identify the budding young genius who is a top basketball recruit. His message to his fellow recruits: “Don’t make no difference which  college you go to. Them colleges are all the same.”

How would you like to see one of your kids in the same classroom with him?

Reds aren’t cheap

Gone are the days of Powel Crosley and Marge Schott; the Cincinnati Reds are paying real money to their players now.

Five of the Reds are making more than $5 million a year.

Pitcher Francisco Cordero leads with $12,125,000 and second baseman Brandon Phillips is second with $11,437,500.

Third baseman Scott Rolen makes $8,166,666. Pitcher Bronson Arroyo is at $7,666,666. First baseman Joey Votto makes $7,410,655 and that is a drop in the bucket compared with what he will make if he continues to terrorize National League pitchers.

Nine other Reds make more than a million a year.

The Reds’ owners  obviously want to keep Aroldis Chapman happy. He’s making $3,835,772.

The Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez continues to make more money than anyone else in baseball: $32 million.

The figures are courtesy of USA Today, which continues to print interesting features such as this.

We may soon know the name of the person who will be recommended to the UK trustees as the next president. I’d like to ask him or her just two questions: Which comes first of the big A’s, academics or athletics? And will you be strong enough to control the Athletics Department?

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Earl Cox, Sports Columnist
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Earl doesn¹t just write about sports legends, he counts many of them as his
friends. A member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame, he has been writing
about sports for 60 years. Incidentally, that¹s about how long it’s been
since he¹s cleaned his desk but he knows where everything is.

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