Happy Leap Day! Always wondered what it would be like to have Leap Day as my birthday. If I was a Leap baby, I’d only be 10. Wonder if they’d let me still play Little League? Anyway, here’s this week’s grade book. As always I’ll go over these on Wednesday’s edition of WGEM SportsCenter around 8:20 or so. If you have a grade, send it to us on the WGEM text line at 217-617-9437. Here we go:
A — Quincy Notre Dame girls basketball team. Probably the easiest A I’ll give out all year. What more can I say about the Lady Raiders, who crushed the Class 2A field on their way to a second straight state title. What the Lady Raiders just did really is amazing. Their closest game in the entire playoffs was their 31-point victory over Breese Central in the championship game. The Lady Raiders have a great chance to three-peat next year. Before that though, I wouldn’t rule out a soccer title by the Lady Raiders in the spring. Wouldn’t that be something?
B — Brad Keslowski. If you didn’t know, I’m a bit of a Twitter junkie — follow me at twitter.com/dob23. When I heard that Keslowski was tweeting during the Daytona 500 fire delay, I thought it was pretty cool. I’m a wrestling nerd, so I follow a lot of wrestlers, some of whom who tweet during events I’m watching on TV. Makes me feel connected to what’s going on. Evidentally, a lot of NASCAR fans feel the same way. Keselowski went from 60,000 followers before Monday night’s race to 214,669 when I followed him on Tuesday night. He didn’t win the race, but more people were talking about him than they were race winner Matt Kenseth.
C — Quincy University men’s basketball. The Hawks’ season ended way too soon. A week ago at this time, the Hawks were in total control of their own destiny. They were eighth in the region rankings with a chance to solidify another NCAA Tourney bid with a win over Illinois-Springfield and a solid run in the GLVC Tournament. Instead, the Hawks lost by a point to UIS before being blown out by Drury in the first round of the GLVC Tourney at Pepsi Arena. The Hawks overcame a lot to finish with an 18-9 record, but the missed postseason opportunity will eat at them.
D — Dwyane Wade. What was Wade trying to prove by actually playing defense in the NBA’s All-Star game. He broke Kobe Bryant’s nose and Bryant had a mild concussion while fouling him during Sunday’s game. This probably won’t be seen in the long run like Pete Rose bowling over Ray Fosse in the 1970 MLB All-Star game, but it’s still silly of Wade to even attempt a hack like that in an exhibition game.
F — Daytona 500. A lot of what happened this weekend wasn’t the organizers’ fault. Mother Nature postponed NASCAR’s biggest race to a Monday start for the first time. We wound up having our first Sprint Cup race in a weeknight prime time spot, which was pretty cool. Then Juan Pablo Montoya caused a more-than two-hour delay by wrecking into dryer truck, which spilled a bunch of jet fuel that wound up catching fire. The entire weekend was a mess. Let’s hope that’s not a theme for the series this season.