Thursday, January 31, 2008

A collection of tidbits on 49ers athletics

  • - Interesting story by Stewart Mandel on SI.com http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/stewart_mandel/01/30/a10.xavier/index.html in He flatly considers any labels of mid-major to the Atlantic 10 as being unwarranted and undeserving. I couldn't agree more. If the seventh-ranked conference in the country with multiple teams in the top 50 of RPI is "mid" anything, what does that say of the 24 conferences below it?

    - As of Thursday morning, collegerpi.com has Charlotte listed at No. 72 in the country with a schedule ranked 96th. The 49ers' next opponent - Richmond - is ranked No. 131 and fresh off a 78-64 loss at Rhode Island.

    - The Charlotte 49ers' baseball team will kick off the 2008 season with its first practice on Friday at 3:30 p.m. at Hayes Stadium, followed by a "meet and greet" at Picasso's Sports Bar-University from 6 until 9 p.m. On Saturday, alumni are invited to tour the new stadium beginning at 11 a.m. and watch the 49ers' Green/White scrimmage at noon.

  • Several former Charlotte stars now playing professional baseball will be there, including current New York Mets starter and former Conference USA Pitcher of the Year John Maine and 2007 draft picks and minor leaguers, Adam Mills, Kris Rochelle and Spencer Steedley. The current pros will hit the field for a scheduled workout at 10 a.m. Saturday.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a grand opportunity for you to interview John Maine and ask himm about the Mets landing Johan Santana. Also sounds like a fungo in the air!

Anonymous said...

Losses to Monmouth and Hofstra (two of the worst teams in the country) will haunt us come Selection Sunday.

panfan1 said...

Nice article Jim!! Yeah those 2 losses will hurt us & I think overall the ACC is having a down year. But hopefully the 2 wins & close losses to the ACC teams will help us since the league is so well respected. Hope the baseball players are making some donations to the athletic department.Need it to go towards the football team we should get in 2012. Jim can you get some interviews?