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July 14, 2011 9:28 am

SPORTS GUY: A few mid-summer observations

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Quick hits and short bits because, quite frankly, it’s just too hot to come up with a single coherent thought for this sports column.

• First off, a tip of the ol’ ballcap to Powell Pioneer Seth Gilmore for carrying a batting average of over .500 this late into the summer. Gilmore is carrying a .511 average after going 2-for-8 in Cody on Tuesday night. That is simply unheard of for someone who has played 43 games into the season. Flipping a coin is supposed to be a 50/50 proposition. Hitting a round ball with a round bat and putting it in play enough to reach first base every other time isn’t. None of the many all-state Pioneer performers in recent years have been able to accomplish the feat this late in a season. Only a couple have even been close enough to entertain the notion of ending the regular season over .500. There simply aren’t enough superlatives to  do justice to the accomplishment, but I hope Pioneer fans will turn out this Sunday for the team’s doubleheader against Lovell to cheer the team on and see if Gilmore can complete the regular-season rarity.

• Speaking of the Pioneers, it seems there’s a new sport in town — getting hotel rooms to follow the team for this year’s district and state tournaments. Fans wanting to travel along could find themselves out of luck, or paying hefty room rates at the very least. The district tournament in Gillette is taking place the same week as that community is playing host to the National High School Finals Rodeo. Not to be outdone, Cheyenne is inviting the Legion state tournament to town the same weekend as that county fair on steroids known as Cheyenne Frontier Days reaches its climax. Throw in the normal summertime tourist traffic through both locations and you’ll understand why The Sports Guy is contemplating a camping trip to Devils Tower followed by a visit to his sister in Fort Collins, Colo., for housing alternatives.

• That said, if any Pioneers fans happen to have an extra ticket to the Kid Rock concert, I’m all ears.

• The University of Wyoming unveiled its new-look Nike football uniforms this week. While I’m a little concerned about the iconic bucking horse emblem being hard to discern on the new brown helmets the team will occasionally wear, the color combinations are sharp and catchy.

• More important, they don’t resemble the consistent fashion catastrophe that is the Oregon Ducks’ football attire, which is also supplied by Nike. For that, fans throughout the state can breathe a deep sigh of relief.

• Of course, it won’t matter how good the Pokes look in their duds this season if the team doesn’t look good under center. The answer to that question probably won’t come until the start of fall practice and, probably, beyond.

• I have to confess, I didn’t pay a lot of attention to this year’s All-Star week festivities for Major League Baseball in Phoenix. I wasn’t surprised, however, to be watching the Home Run Derby and see a fan almost fall over the outfield fence while reaching for a batted ball. Several years ago, I sat front row, second deck in that same stadium trying to watch legendary hurler Randy Johnson reach a strikeout milestone. I spent most of the night paranoid that a large fan push from behind might send me over what appeared to be a way-too-short railing along the edge.

• Non-sports item: I see in the national news where Casey Anthony is pondering a name-change. May I humbly suggest “Convict”?

1 Comment

  • Comment Link July 24, 2011 9:37 am posted by Bob Geiser

    Two Pioneers hit .500 or better over the last three years. Scott Jameson accomplished that feat in 2008 and 2009 hitting .500 even and .562 in those respective years. Grant Geiser also topped the .500 mark last year when he finished the year at .514. Over their legion careers Scott hit .470 overall and Grant was close behind at .466.

    The .500 mark is a very tough accomplishment, the coaches in Powell must be doing something right in helping so many players top, and approach this mark.

    Go Pioneers!!!

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