Big day Monday at Grant Complex

By Steve Sell
April 17, 2014

Thursday’s thoughts...

• 3 FOR THE PRICE OF 1 — It’s being billed as the “McPherson High School Sports Extravaganza.”

MHS will be hosting Augusta for three events on Monday at Grant Complex. For $6, fans can watch all three events that start at 4 p.m.

The MHS girls soccer team will return to its old home for one day as it normally plays at McPherson Stadium. 

MHS’ baseball and softball teams also will be hosting the Orioles.

Also on Monday, and again at Grant Complex, is the annual Spring Drive 4UR School event from 3 to 8 p.m. For every test drive of a new Ford vehicle, Midway Motors and Ford will donate back $20 to the MHS Booster Club. The goal is to have 300 drivers take part. Last fall this event was able to raise id="mce_marker"2,000 for the MHS Booster Club, which goes directly back to all the MHS athletic teams, marching band and pep band.

I urge everyone to take a test drive, then root the Bullpups on to victories.

• WEIS NAMES COZART AS NO. 1 QB — Did you happen to catch KU’s spring football game on Channel 22 last weekend?

Being a KU alum, all I could say was “yikes.”

Folks, this doesn’t look good. Granted, the Jayhawks don’t have all hands on deck, but from what I witnessed, it looks like another long year and trying to win a Big 12 game could be difficult.

What KU coach Charlie Weis took from the scrum, apparently, was that freshman quarterback Montell Cozart did enough to earn the No. 1 job going into the fall. Last year’s primary starter, Jake Heaps, apparently left his game in Brigham Young as he in no way resembled the quarterback he used to be before his transfer. T.J. Millweard, the UCLA transfer, apparently is not the answer, either.

Cozart showed a lot of nimbleness in his time Saturday, but what’s he going to do when he faces real collegiate defenses? That KU defense that he was up against couldn’t stop a top-notch NAIA team.

The jury is out on Cozart as a passer. Let’s face it, the college game has totally gone the way of the pass and hurry-up offenses. I’m not sure Cozart can be accurate enough to be a consistent threat and remember, he’s throwing to perhaps the sorriest collection of receivers as there was in college football last year. Redshirt transfer Nick Harwell, who caught 97 passes for Ohio in 2011, is supposed to be the savior of the group, provided he’s not afflicted with the “dropsies” that seem to plague all KU receivers.

• TIME TO PAY ATTENTION TO NBA? — Wednesday night was the final night of the NBA regular season.

Is it time to start watching now?

The NBA regular season is basically a waste of time. From the times I did pay attention, there was some pretty bad basketball.

Let’s face it, there’s only about four teams with a legitimate chance to win the title. Miami shouldn’t have any trouble coming out of the East now that Indiana is in a free fall, and it figures to face one of San Antonio, Oklahoma City or LA Clippers (what has the NBA come to when the Clippers are a power?)

The NBA has become a watered-down product, one reason being the league is younger than it’s ever been. The influx of college freshmen who come into the league not fully prepared is dragging it down. 

Wake me up in June when The Finals roll around.