Dr. B's Buzz
Monday, October 13, 2008
Dr. B's Buzz

• Where exactly were all the people we had at the first two home football games last Thursday night?  Some speculated they stayed home to watch a sinking Clemson ship on TV.  News to note … the ship has hit the rocks and isn’t getting off. 
• Calendar note – Saturday, Oct. 25 – Football vs. Edward Waters (2:00 p.m.); that’s also Homecoming, so plan on being part of this big day!
• We hope to get a good showing at the Shorter College game in Rome, Georgia on the northwest side of Atlanta this coming Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  If you can’t make the game, listen to the action with Dr. Wilson Nelson calling the action on 95.5 FM, the Vibe. 
• MOE’S BASKETBALL MADNESS – WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13 AT 10:30 P.M. /// Go Crusader Crazy for NGU Hoops at Hayes Gymnasium!  Prizes and other awards will be given out.
• Can you honestly say you know the origins of the game of basketball?  The game can be traced back to Dr. James Naismith, a Canadian who as director of activities at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass., needed to find a recreational activity for participants.  Given the cold Massachusetts winters, Naismith needed an indoors game and he preferred a sport that would develop skill and one that did not rely exclusively on strength. The first game was played with two peach baskets for goals and a soccer ball.
• Since basketball was started with two ‘peach baskets,’ can we speculate that his inspiration came from South Carolina?
• Speaking of peaches, did you know that South Carolina actually produces more peaches than the Peach State of Georgia?
• Who’s the hottest athletic team on the NGU campus – Women’s Soccer! (they’re 6-3, and one more win will tie the school record for victories).  Next home game – Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. Anderson (4:00 p.m.)
• Men’s soccer is also in the midst of a two-game win streak!  Go Crusader booters.  Due to a scheduling quirk, their final home game is Wednesday, Oct. 22 vs. Erskine at 4:00 p.m. 
• I enjoyed the cheering, hooting and hollering at a recent home volleyball game.  Drag some more dorm mates out to the next home match – Thursday, Oct. 16 vs. King College at 7:00 p.m.  The volleyball team will now play seven straight home matches.  Time to get your lungs to Hayes and cheer on the spikers and Coach Lauren Axson.
• Dr. B can honestly conclude that senior defensive tackle Andre Bernardi was sending an amply timed message to the nation’s top NCAA II offense in North Alabama … six tackles (four for loss) and a school-record tying four sacks!
• My creditable sources tell me that new head coach Travis Henson’s black team overtook assistant coach Reggie Reynolds’ red team in the final game to win the baseball team’s ‘world series’ this past weekend. 
• One of the loneliest sports could be cross country.  The gun sounds; the runners take off, and reappear some 20 to 30 minutes later.  Tough sport to follow, but they deserve our support.  The NGU harriers, under head coach Micah Sepko, have competed in several Division I meets recently and have represented us well.  They are trying to qualify for the NCCAA national meet, so keep them in your thoughts and prayers. 
• Dr. B enjoyed seeing an old friend at the UNA game.  North Alabama sports information director Jeff Hodges is perhaps the top sports publicity professional in Division II if not the nation.  Jeff and I first met at the 1987 U.S. Olympic Festival in North Carolina, and we enjoyed sharing SID war stories and Olympic moments.
• Congrats to the NGU game ops staff at the last home football game.  Everything went like “clockwork.”  They’ll know what I mean.
• One from the “class act” department:  Following UNA’s victory at Younts Stadium last week, the Lion players asked to pray with the Crusaders after the game.  The entirety of both teams knelt in prayer and worshipped the Lord for their God given talents.  Now that folks, is what college football should be about.
• UNA head coach Mark Hudspeth was highly complimentary of NGU following the football game last week.  “North Greenville is doing it right and we were impressed with their facility, the staff and what they’re trying to build here.”
• Local football product C.T. Morton (freshman out of Blue Ridge HS – Greer) took advantage of his first opportunity of his career for the Crusaders.  He led the team on a 19 play, 69 yard drive the last 9:39 of the game and tossed a touchdown pass to senior Brandon Dobbins.  Good debut.
• Dr. B had the opportunity to visit with Kimberly Upchurch, a 2008 NGU sport management graduate, at a recent conference in Tallahassee.  Kim her internship in stadium operations at Florida State University last spring.  She liked it so much that she got into the graduate program at FSU and now has a graduate assistantship in operations.
• Thursday – Thursday – Thursday …… Women’s Soccer and Volleyball Doubleheader! BE THEREEEEEEEEE ….