Some quick hitters for the fans...the scrimmage on Saturday will actually be held indoors in Holt Arena. The team needs to have the play clock running, and the Big Sky wants all play clock operators to practice the new clock procedures ... volleyball has an alumni scrimmage on the 23rd as well ... six days to soccer opens the exhibition season...to the links. More Idaho love in the press We here at Idaho State know that we are the best school in the state in regards to recruiting in-state talent when it comes to football, as ISU has 25 Gem staters on the roster. Well, Ryan Collingwood has again profiled another one of ISU's great instate recruiting wins in Mackay's Kelvin Krosch, who has gone from an 8-man quarterback to a wide receiver for the Bengals.
Patriot Games Matt Gutierrez, in a battle for the #2 quarterback job behind Tom Brady (the maytag repairman of the NFL) has been sitting out with a bruise according to Bill Belichick. His main competition is Matt Cassel, who had a 0.0 rating on Thursday. Of course, if you want the lowdown on what's going on with the Patriots, the best place to get that information....is Canada.
Polls are funny things huh? While I can certainly understand the volleyball poll (although I can't see us finishing eighth...) do soccer coaches in the Big Sky really think we are the sixth-best team in the league? Really? Sixth? Now, remember too that the poll was voted on before the news came out that Maren Eves-Williams has been lost for a while with a broken hand. When you think about it, ISU had the league's best defense, and they haven't lost a home game since 2006. I can't imagine them finishing out of the conference tournament, but if they do, I'll freely admit it later.
Now, just about six weeks ago, Maren received her fifth-year of eligibility back from the NCAA, so credit has to be given to Allison Gibson, who, despite trying to get that year back, went out and brought in two solid freshmen keepers, along with returning sophomore Kat Ford. So, while it hurts to lose Eves-Williams, she will be back, and it will allow ISU to see exactly what they have in the keeper department. I chalk this up to great recruiting by Gibson.
Schedule Teasers Kelvin Ang discusses a little bit of the women's basketball schedule, but it hasn't been released because it isn't official (case in point, Kelvin's states the regular season opener will be December 2, but that game is moving), so take it for what it's worth, but it does give a good insight as to what some portions of the schedule will look like.
More Kelvin stuff... Kelvin has been busy, as he covered the first day of ISU volleyball practice. Sadly, you can't see the shirt Chad Teichert wore, but it was pretty cool. I talked with a couple of the players heading into the week and they all have been pretty excited for the season to start, and they have enjoyed working with Chad, who is one of those very positive guys, which is perfect for them. One note, Charlie Kinghorn technically hasn't left the team, but she is taking the year off as a redshirt.
Lots of stuff this week, but a couple of thoughts on the Olympics, and the scrimmage...first the Olympics.
Olympic thought #1: The opening ceremonies were as my daughter says "off the hook". Truly a thing of wonder, but I'm not happy that Bob Costas who is so quick with his quips and stuff missed the best one of all. When the Chinese gymnast was hauled to the roof and then titled to simulate running around the top of the stadium before lighting the torch, the guy's name was Li Ning. LI NING.....LEANING....he was tilted and his name was LI NING. That's too perfect.
Olympic thought #2:Tim Flagstad's blog is correct that it sucks that our time zone still doesn't get stuff live, so I have to avoid ESPN and the ticker and things like that, but I did, which made the swimming relay that much better and more exciting. What's funny is this is when folks come out and start thinking that maybe swimming and track will work on television, and while swimming and track meets are wonderfully exciting and feature world class athletes, it's that Olympic Medal at the end of the rainbow that really gets it going. This is why I could sort of care less about Olympic tennis. I'd rather watch Federer and Nadal at Wimbledon or the French Open....not the Olympics.
Olympic thought #3: If you want high comedy, invite my daughters over for the next Olympics gymnastics coverage...you will be entertained.