100% Cotten

June 16, 2006

By Stan Cotten

So what will you be doing to pass the roughly two and a half months prior to the start of the Deacs' 2006 football season? I'm guessing there are beaches to walk, courses to conquer and camps to attend - and all will serve as a bridge to September 2 when Wake Forest entertains the Syracuse Orange to open the 2006 college football season.

In my mind, I'm already there. Of course, in reality, it's only June. And there are plenty of things to help pass the time.

One is to once again become a Dallas Mavericks fan and help Josh Howard and the Mavs to a NBA title. As of this writing, the series with the Miami Heat is tied at two games apiece. I lived in Dallas for a time back in the 1980's when Dale Ellis (father of recent Deacon Chris Ellis) was firing in three point baskets for the Mavericks. I've loosely followed Dallas since, but with Josh Howard now a Maverick I've got plenty reason to rejoin the bandwagon.

And as I follow Josh and the Mavericks in their quest for a World Championship I started thinking (a great way to pass the time) about a Deacon all-star team consisting of Howard, Tim Duncan, Chris Paul and Darius Songaila - the only Deacons active in the NBA - and one more former Wake player to take on all-comers from any other school. Take any school and at least four of its active NBA players and add one more former player to take on the Wake team mentioned above. Could anybody beat the Deacs? What Deacon would you add to the Fab Four? Rodney Rogers? Mugsy? Randolph Childress? Fun to think about anyway.

Baseball could pass some time, especially with the College World Series beginning. Hard to imagine in hindsight that Wake Forest did not receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament now that four of the eight team CWS field are from the ACC. If the ACC is really that good, and I believe that it is, then all eight of the teams that made the ACC Tournament should have received NCAA bids. But it is what it is. Here's hoping that the ACC will bring home a national championship.

The World Cup will get us into July. I've become much more of a soccer fan now that the Cotten girls are rising phenoms! I've heard many say that the best athletes in the world reside on NBA rosters. That may be true, but there are an awful lot of incredible athletes running around in Germany these days. The USA, though, could easily be out of the Cup when this column appears in print.

Golf will carry many of us to the fall. As I write the second round of the U.S. Open at Winged Foot is under way with former Deacon and current Champions Tour star Jay Haas just outside the Top Ten and Tiger Woods no where in sight. And speaking of golf, it was great to see the Deacs back in the hunt for the NCAA Championship a few weeks back under the watchful eye of Jerry Haas.

Or perhaps you will just sit back, relax on the porch with your favorite beverage (sweet tea for me!) and a good book and the let the summer drift by. However you choose to spend it, here's hoping you and your family are safe this summer.

Have a great one, and we'll see you in the fall - on the radio.

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