by Kent Sterling
Hosting “Ahead of the Curve” is as much fun as I can have each Saturday from 11a-1p, but this wee is going to be especially interesting because we have two great guests. The first will be Tony Sanchez, a catcher for the Indianapolis Indians who is killing the ball as he waits for the call that will bring him to the majors. The second is former NCAA big wig Greg Shaheen, who is going to lend his perspective on a slew of college athletics related issues.
Greg used to run all of the NCAA championships, including March Madness, so if you want to know whether playing a bunch of cupcakes during a non conference schedule is the best way to build a resume’ for an at-large big, he is the guy to ask, and we will.
He’s also a great resource for getting perspectives on a slew of other issues like what keeps the NCAA from running major conference athletics as well as fans expect it to, and in this transition period for college football and men’s basketball, where will it wind up. Should their be a separate organization that runs the FBS schools?
We only have a half hour with Greg starting at 12:30p, and we’ll make the most of it.
Tony is a great guy who watched Chris and I take batting practice last week, and was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. He’s moved steadily up the ladder through the Pirates organization, and at 25 appears ready to achieve his dream of playing in the big leagues.
I want to know whether it’s more difficult to enjoy the experience of playing in the minors because of impatience in getting to the bigs, and how difficult it is to handle a pitching staff. There is so much more to being a catcher than squatting, throwing, and hitting. We’ll find out at 11:30a.
We almost never take calls, but I would like to today to find out whether you believe that college football players and men’s basketball players should be paid for their likenesses in video games and on jerseys, so we’ll open the phones throughout the show.
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