Monday, July 14, 2008

Commodore Banter (7/14)

Before we get into the Vanderbilt-related links, I have some very important news to pass along.

Billy Packer's streak of Final Fours is finally over after 34 years. Man, did it feel good typing that sentence.

Packer will be replaced by studio analyst Clark Kellogg, while Jim Nantz will remain in his Final Four play-by-play role. Packer will leave CBS after 28 years to pursue "other projects in basketball," according to The Miami Herald.

Moving on, the man charged in the 2004 shooting death of Vanderbilt running back Kwane Doster but later saw the charges dropped, has been arrested in Tampa, Fla., on drug trafficking, conspiracy and racketeering charges, The Tampa Tribune reported.

Doster was killed in Tampa on Dec. 26, 2004, while home for Christmas break. Roman was arrested days after the shooting, but prosecutors dropped the first-degree murder charges against him in 2006, citing "adverse evidentiary developments."

In NBA summer league news, Derrick Byars has latched on with the New Orleans Hornets and had six points and two rebounds in 15 minutes in Sunday's 77-75 victory over Charlotte.

Meanwhile, Shan Foster had two points, four rebounds and four assists in nearly 20 minutes in the Mavs' 95-86 loss to Golden State. Foster missed his lone field-goal attempt, but hit both free throws and clearly contributed in other areas, which is an encouraging sign. Dallas returns to action tonight against Minnesota at 9 p.m. CT.

Within this Denver Post mailbag, it seems like Casey Weathers will be called up to the Rockies in late August or early September.
When do you think the Rockies will give Dexter Fowler and Casey Weathers a chance?

Dexter Fowler and Casey Weathers figure to be with the Rockies in either late August or early September. Fowler played in the Futures Game at Yankee Stadium and represents the future at center field. His athleticism intrigues me. He can run, and is growing into his power. Casey Weathers, surprisingly, has not been used as a minor-league closer this season. But he continues to show great power in his right arm. His September audition could determine whether he begins next season as a setup man.

In football recruiting news, linebacker Blake Southerland of Greater Atlanta Christian School verbally committed to Vanderbilt last week. He is the younger brother of Brannan Southerland, currently the starting fullback at Georgia.

Southerland is Vanderbilt’s fifth known commitment for the 2009 class, joining safety Jay Fullam, offensive lineman Justin Cabbagestalk, athlete Eric Samuels and defensive tackle Darrius McMullin. college baseball editor Kendall Rogers took a look back at the 2008 season and gave the Commodores a "D." Given their expectations, can't say I disagree.

In SEC news, The Birmingham News notes that football ticket prices are soaring, while Mark Bradley of the AJC gives 10 reasons why Georgia will win the national title.

1 comment:

Tony Arnold said...

Have not talked to anyone who is sad to see Packer packing it in.