Let the Madness begin

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Greetings from Hartford, Connecticut!
Currently, I am here alongside some colleagues from the WVU student newspaper, The Daily Athenaeum, to cover the West Virginia women’s basketball team and the rest of the Big East in the conference tournament.
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After game one, the Mountaineers downed the Cincinnati Bearcats 66-41. From my spot on press row I am now watching the Pitt women square off against Marquette. 
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Thus far, the weekend has provided many great chances to watch some good basketball. The Big East, notorious for its men’s basketball dominance isn’t half bad 

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on the girl’s side either. 
Plus, girl’s basketball, in my opinion, is the game at its

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 purest form. There’s very little need for flash or over bearing skill moves. For young kids watching basketball based on set plays, tight defense and solid shooting; women’s basketball is where its at. 
It really has been a great opportunity to cover the series and wish the best of luck to the Mountaineers. I want to be in Hartford a while. Quaint, vintage looking town and the access is great. Look for coverage of the tournament on http://www.thedaonline.com.
The madness has indeed begun in Florida, too. Baseball spring training has heated up and teams are starting to come together in preparation for the real festivities to begin in late March and early April. 
The Pirates are no exception. 
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Lyle Overbay is not only hamming it up for the camera, he is, as the kids say, going ham on opposing pitchers. In the Pirates 4-3 win over the Phillies Overbay collected three hits, a double being one of them. The newly acquired first baseman also scored a pair of crucial runs. 
He isn’t the only one performing well.
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Neil Walker belted his first home run of the spring on Saturday.
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Jose Tabata has been blazing around the base paths with three steals in the past week.
Right now, Pittsburgh stands at 5-4 against Major League clubs. Its game tomorrow against the Blue Jays will be televised regionally on Root Sports. A national audience can catch it on MLB Network later in the day. 
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Well, its back to the basketball action for now. But not far from now the Opening Day decorations will be laid out among all 30 ballparks. 
You can see the XL Center in Hartford is already excited for the occasion. 
photo credits: bucsdugout.com, washingtonpost.com

4 Comments

Press Row…..the big time. You need to convert that experience into MLB press box!
http://wrigleyregular.mlblogs.com/

Matt,
You are on your way up. I’ll ask Dylan next time I see him or I’ll send him an email. I will also ask another Dodger beat writer. I’ll let you know what they say.
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I caught some of the game of the Pirates a& Blue Jays after watching the Dodgers from the 30 Clubs in 30 Days. I like the uniform the Pirates were sporting. JAmes McDonals did not start well.
Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com

Big East women’s basketball…which includes the UConn ladies…pretty sweet. As a Connecticite living not too far from the XL Center, I agree with you that women’s basketball is the game at its purest form. Kids around here talk more about the UConn women than the UConn men’s team.
Catherine
http://chisoxblog.mlblogs.com/

I never thought about women’s basketball that way before, but now that you say it, having watched and kept stats for both I agree. Wow, a spot on press row. Coming from Oxy (smaller school, only division III athletics and ours was just a weekly paper) that sounds luxurious and pretty big time to me. Very cool!
Kristen
This is a very simple game…

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