Monday, October 20, 2008

A vociferous crowd of over 700 attended the first Moe’s Basketball Madness held last Wednesday night at Hayes Gym, and judging from the audience response, the Crusaders could be looking at impressive crowds this year.

  Highlights of the night included a spectacular hoops/soccer/hoops dunk by Zach Babbitt.  How did he do it?  Here’s how … Babbitt bounced the ball off the backboard, freshman soccer player Jonathan Restrepo headed the ball into the air for Babbitt who grabbed it and jacked it down!  Nice  … Junior Kyler Vitko was the official winner of the dunk-o-rama.  The three-point shooting contest was dominated by Tyler Mains and Whitney Smith.  Thanks to Moe’s of Cherrydale for their support … “Welcome to Moe’s!”
Home opener for men’s basketball – Tuesday, Nov. 18 vs. Limestone (7:00 p.m.)
Home opener for women’s basketball – Saturday,  Nov. 15 vs. Reinhardt (2:00 p.m.)

It’s Homecoming this week at NGU, and Tigerville James has already told us we should get involved (or he’ll crack the whip).  Check out the details at www.ngcrusaders.edu  and go to the Athletics News section.  The Homecoming Parade (twice mind you, great story there), starts at 11:00 a.m. Saturday and the week will culminate with the NGU-Edward Waters football game at 2:00 p.m.
Speaking of Homecoming, Dr. B will be one of the judges of the “I Said Be Red” contest at 12:30 p.m. Friday outside the Caf.  Monetary stuff is not accepted, but I do take major credit cards (kidding – but get your red on and come out).
I had a blast at the NGU women’s game against Anderson College last Thursday, and saw the Crusaders pull out a 3-2 victory on Ashlyn Henderson’s late penalty kick.  I was HUGELY disappointed in the crowd however.  You have one final chance to make up for the oversight this Thursday, Oct. 22 as the women host Toccoa Falls at 2:00 p.m. at Pepsi Stadium.
The men’s soccer team will return for one final home bow Thursday, Oct. 22 as part of a doubleheader with the women.  The men kick off against Erskine at 4:00 p.m.  Come say thank you to our seniors!  Come out for just a little while and I’ll bet you’ll see the NGU players and realize you had no idea they played soccer.
Is sport a cultural event?  Several students have inquired of me as to why sports are not on the cultural events menu at NGU.  Can’t answer that one, but just keep in mind that the Super Bowl draws more television viewers than any other event of any kind.  I’d say that has a major impact on our society and culture.
We’ll be tracking several career football records this week at the Edward Waters game.  Rashad Cummings is  making a bid to reach 4,000 yards rushing in his career.  Several other seniors are approaching records as well.  Read more about these on the NGU-Edward Waters game notes on the NGU athletics website. 
A word of encouragement to the Crusader football team … Job did not get discouraged or give up despite the toughest odds and predicaments put in his path … keep fighting to the end irregardless of the circumstances … God will give you your just reward. 
Why is soccer not as popular in the United States?  European and South American fans celebrate a good series of passes with loud cheering … can you imagine the average American getting that excited about a good cross to the box?
Special congratulations go out to Coach Jeff Pittillo and the NGU men’s golf team which finished third at the recent NCCAA National Championships in Panama City, Florida.  Junior Brandon Coggins made All-American with his 5th place finish.  Keep working on that short game fellas and get us in the NCAA’s next spring.
Did you know … the NGU men’s and women’s tennis teams are practicing this fall in preparation for the spring season?  Coach Mark Elliot hopes to win yet the school’s 8th NCCAA men’s crown and challenge for a women’s title.  Plans are in the works for a NGU tennis clinic for all faculty and staff.  Contact Dr. B for more details.
Andre Bernardi won his second ICAA national defensive player of the week award last week for his performance vs. North Alabama.  He continues to be among the nation’s top defensive ends in NCAA II and should be a strong favorite for post-season honors.
How about Travis NeeSmith vs. Shorter?  He had a career day with 13 catches for 161 yards.
It’s still not too late to sign up for the Moorhead Alumni Golf Tournament to be held Fri Oct. 24 at Cherokee Valley G.C.  Contact Phil Gardner at 977-7014 for more information.
Who is the best athlete among the NGU faculty?  I’ll take nominations and will let you know in the future who received the most votes?
The Crusader volleyball team will conclude its 2008 season with a flurry of home matches the next two weeks.  This week, they will host Brevard Oct. 21, USC-Aiken Oct. 23, and Montreat Oct. 25.
Tyrell Davis, senior linebacker, had a team high 11 tackles against Shorter College last Saturday.  How about doubling that total this weekend?