Ok, so I guess the Super Bowl wasn't bad at all

2013-02-06T01:00:00Z 2013-02-12T23:34:28Z Ok, so I guess the Super Bowl wasn't bad at all The Southern
February 06, 2013 1:00 am

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 les.winkeler@thesouthern.com, or call 618-351-5088.

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  1. boone76
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    boone76 - February 12, 2013 7:45 am

    "Harrisburg is overrated just like this columnist." ....... said the wiseman.


    I like Les Winkeler a lot but to be fair that's pretty subjective.

    Harrisburg Basketball's statistics are not. The Bulldogs are overrated? Really? How so?

    Not only are they 25-1 (10-0 in conference play) BUT they are steamrolling everyone in the region. Other than their sole loss to Dyer County (TN), NOBODY has even come close to beating them. Their smallest margin of victory was by seven at Herrin. Arguably the Murphysboro team from a couple seasons back might have been but who else has been close to being better in SI over the past several years?

    If you don't believe me just take a look at their final scores so far this season.

    http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/harrisburg-bulldogs-%28harrisburg,il%29/basketball/schedule.htm

    You can never predict the future but these young men deserve ALL the accolades they are receiving. If you feel they are overrated then have your local team try and match up with them. They probably will get (or already have been) run right out of the gym......The Bulldogs have been doing that very consistently so far.
  2. wiseman
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    wiseman - February 11, 2013 10:14 pm
    Harrisburg is overrated just like this columnist.
  3. boone76
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    boone76 - February 06, 2013 6:28 am
    Excellent column from Winkeler on all levels. When you are right.....put it in print.
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