It's Tuesday here in McDonough and the warmer temperatures the last couple of days have gone a long way toward raising the spirits of many here in the office. Not only does it mean there can be many more sockless days, but it also signifies the start of the baseball season - and more importantly the San Francisco Giants defense of their 2010 World Series Championship.
The Black & Orange are generally well-represented by the Sports Information staff as Ryan Sakamoto and Hailey Rossiter are avid Baltimore Orioles fans and are gearing up for an October celebration after the team's offseason moves.
In the general sports landscape February is one of the slower months on the calendar. The NFL season is over and the NBA and NHL are in the middle of their seasons. Without following the Hoyas men's and women's basketball squads along with some indoor track & field and swimming & diving, many of us would be lost. But sunny days and Karl Ravech on the tube signify the start of Spring Training, with many teams reporting to camp this week, and we couldn't be happier.
On another note, I am extremely disappointed that the Giegengack Invite at Yale is over and I have to wait one whole year until we can start throwing that name around again. This year's participants fared extremely well, and that race will always be No. 1 in my mind, seeing as it was the site of former seven-time All-American Andrew Bumbalough's triumph when he broke the magical four-minute mile barrier back in 2007.
Speaking of action on the diamond it might be a good time to mention that both the softball and baseball teams are opening up their seasons this weekend. The women are leaving on Thursday to head for Fort Myers, Fla. as they will participate in the Homewood Suites/Hilton Garden Inn Florida Gulf Coast University Tournament starting Friday. They'll get back to campus next week after playing five games in three days. The men open up their year in North Carolina for a series of games against Davidson and Army.
Good luck to both this weekend!