Streams of unconsciousness from the world of sports:
Really Super Bowl: I’m not afraid of an occasional helping of crow.
For the record, I watched most of Super Bowl XLIII. (When do we get to ditch the Roman numerals?) Unlike many Super Bowls, this game was entertaining, exciting, and for the most part, well-played. The quality of the game actually overshadowed the commercials.
Excessive pre-game hype notwithstanding, CBS did a good job with its coverage. It would have been easy to overplay the Harbaugh brothers angle, but, generally, things were kept in perspective.
And, I actually enjoyed the power outage. It was an excellent reality check juxtaposed with all the glamour, glitz and hype.
Finally, it was fun seeing McAndrew Stadium alumnus Joe Flacco earn the MVP award. Flacco led Delaware to a 20-17 win over SIU in the 2007 playoffs.
Here today … SIU men’s basketball coach Barry Hinson made an interesting statement this weekend, noting that the roster would have a turnover of about 80 percent for next season.
There are just three seniors on the roster — Jeff Early, T.J. Lindsay and Kendal Brown-Surles. Antonio Bryer has already left the team.
However, the math would indicate that some other changes are likely to be made.
Obviously, the Salukis need to get bigger. There are times when the Salukis don’t have a player taller than 6-foot-2 on the floor.
A Gallatin County High School fan joked the other day that the Hawks’ starting lineup is bigger than the Salukis’ … and he was correct. For the record, Gallatin County’s enrollment is 215.
This year, Hinson can do nothing but play the hand he was dealt. Rebuilding begins next year.
Apparently, Hinson won’t be content to take small steps.
Prep postseason: Harrisburg has an outstanding chance to make a deep run into the postseason.
The Bulldogs may be the most talented Southern Illinois team in the past decade or so.
Harrisburg is experienced, seniors Capel Henshaw and Tyler Smithpeters have been integral parts of the program since they were freshmen. They are big. Smithpeters is 6-4 and runs the point.
They are tenacious defenders. And, they can score. Henshaw recently went over the 1,700-point mark for his career. Smithpeters is closing in on 1,500.
The regular season is winding down. If you have the opportunity, take in a Harrisburg game. They are worth watching.
Clock is ticking: Pitchers and catchers report next week.
LES WINKELER is the sports editor for The Southern Illinoisan. Contact him at email@example.com, or call 618-351-5088.