College 3 Point and Slam Dunk Contest
I don't think many of us doubted Brady Heslip's ability to win the 3 point shooting contest. Our favorite Canadian has been making shots with deadly efficiency for years now, and last night he got to show off his skills to the world. After mowing through the initial field, Brady went head-to-head with Travis Bader of Oakland. Heslip sunk all five shots from the final position to win 18-14. Odyssey Sims competed in the women's 3 point challenge and was eliminated in the semifinals. The women's champion, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel, would go on to upset Heslip in the champions' round with a late streak.
After Brady took his rightful place as Lord Paramount of the Arc, it was Cory Jefferson's turn to shine in the slam dunk contest. I'll admit, I didn't have much faith in 2 Sleeves going in- he always struck me as a guy who could slam with the best of them, but never impressed me with his finesse. He proved me wrong. Jefferson led off with a simple dunk that wouldn't surprise a regular Baylor viewer, and snuck into the semis in fourth place. His semifinal round was spectacular- with two opportunities, Jefferson made the most of both. The first was a jam after an assist from Heslip that originated somewhere in the middle of the bleachers.
The second was a Jordan-esque one-handed slam from the free throw line. It was magnificent.
After edging out Adreian Payne, Cory faced off against Eastern Kentucky's Marcus Lewis. He lost the handle on his first attempt, but bounced back with a mean behind-the-back dunk. Lewis failed his first two attempts and abandoned his planned move, but put down a loud jam nonetheless. Somehow, Lewis pulled out the narrow victory after judges gave Jefferson a low score for a dunk that was far more impressive than many that had drawn perfect scores earlier in the night. Oh well.
Thank you for all of the memories, guys. Best of luck in all that you do - to Cory in the league, and to Brady in whatever he decides to pursue, on or off the court. I'm glad someone got to show off the contraband jerseys. Scott Drew has done something incredible with the character of his players.
All These Things
Baseball Ready for Weekend Series at No. 8 Texas - Baylor baseball plays its fourth Big 12 series of the season and second on the road this weekend at No. 8 Texas. *shivers*
Track & Field Travels Back To Florida Relays - The Baylor track and field team will travel outside of Texas for the first time during its outdoor season as 47 athletes head to the 75th Pepsi Florida Relays, in Gainesville, Fla., for action on Friday and Saturday. Trayvon Bromell will be fast again.
Odyssey Sims 1 of 3 Finalists for Defensive POY - Odyssey Sims is one of three finalists for WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year. Because she's a fabulous ninja.
Women's Golf Heads to Dallas Athletic Club - The Baylor women's golf team is headed north on I-35 for the 2014 Dallas Athletic Club Invitational, which begins Friday and is hosted by SMU. I promised you women's golf news on Wednesday. I do not lie.
Women's Tennis Travels To No. 57 Kansas, No. 69 Kansas State - The 16th-ranked Baylor women's tennis team will travel to the Sunflower State to face a pair of Big 12 foes. In all sports non-MBB, Baylor owns the state of Kansas. Hopefully that will continue.
These are the Adventures of the Starship Jerryworld
I am NOT a Dallas Cowboys fan in any sense of the word, but you'd have to be crazy not to admire the stadium that has been sitting in Fort Worth. As it prepares to host its first Final Four, we've gotten a windfall of incredible pictures of the shiniest arena in the world.
Press Box view from Cowboys Stadium pic.twitter.com/ETcQSUU4Wj— Darrell Bird (@DarrellBird) April 3, 2014
That screen is larger than the court. That screen is as big as Catherine Alexander Hall.
With the construction of McLane Stadium, the renovations of Kyle Field, and the mammoth grandstands of Memorial Stadium, Texas is home to the finest collection of sporting venues in the country. Stadiums rock.