Springtime in New Orleans
I lost a potato sack race this Saturday.
After checking off that major accomplishment in all of our lives I promptly lost a game of water balloon toss. Later I would excel at Cornhole, but without a win, thereby leaving the company outing empty-handed. As one of our friends would later state, “It sounded like a very Brady Bunch kind of day.”
She was correct! It was a goofy, super-fun kind of day on the bay (in Bay St. Louis) and, even though it was a bit chilly, it was great to be outside, enjoying good company and knocking back a healthy portion of crawfish. If you’re not enjoying the great weather we’re having you are doing it wrong, New Orleans. We’re only a month away from Club Sweaty Back so get outside and shake your tail feather.
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Pelicans Playoff Bound?
I was sure I was a lock for the potato sack race. I had my hop technique down and everything. Unfortunately, the sacks themselves were quite short so the shorter-legged humans seemed to have the advantage as I faded to a fourth place finish.
Speaking of people with long legs, the New Orleans Pelicans have wrapped up their second playoff-berth of the Anthony Davis era with the 113-100 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. The Pelicans are riding a four-game win streak into the last regular season game against the San Antonio Spurs. With the playoffs in hand, the Pelicans' game versus the Spurs is all about playoff seeds. The Pelicans could go into the playoffs as high as the four seed or as low as the eight seed.
UNO and Tulane Baseball
Friday night saw yours truly in Mid-City at a friend’s house who was cooking some fabulous rabbit. In a moment of inspiration, I asked, “Hey guys, do you want me to go get some crawfish as an appetizer?” Their stares immediately made me realize the answer was obviously yes and also made me think, “Mark, stop saying dumb things.”
I’m not saying it’s stupid to think it will happen but the Tulane Green Wave (13-20) making the NCAA regionals is becoming a bit of a dream. This team just can’t put together wins and tonight they will face a hot UNO Privateers (16-16) ball club.
The Privateers enter tonight’s match up having won seven of their last eight games. That hot streak includes a mid-week victory over South Alabama and series’ wins over Texas A&M Corpus-Christi and Lamar. UNO has already beaten the Green Wave twice this season with the winning run of both victories somehow, some way coming in on wild pitches.
*Photo credit: unoprivateers.com
The Privateers’ club has turned a corner under Coach Blake Dean and their Southland Conference schedule, while tough, isn’t daunting and it’s not inconceivable to see this group battle its way into a top five finish in the 13-team conference.
As for Tulane, you just have to hope for the best. With conference series against Houston, UCF and East Carolina and mid-week games versus LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette still to be played this team could rack up a lot of losses. Tough times in Uptown indeed.
On the other hand, I still believe a club that can roll out a pitching staff that includes Kaleb Roper, Keagan Gillies and Chase Solesky can win a ton of games. On top of that, the emergence of David Bedgood has been a godsend but, indicative of the season, his hot streak has been met with other bats going quiet. You just have to keep positive, it’s a long season and Tulane has quality talent.
The good life is always about having a goal or something to obtain. Much like how I woke up to a text on Sunday that said, “Crawfish will be ready in an hour.” After I jumped in the car and Dukes of Hazard-ed my way from the Bay St. Louis to the boil I realized that I really, really love crawfish.
Much like if you’re one of the Olive and Blue persuasion and are disheartened as to what is happening with the baseball program there is always the football season to look forward to. It could get really good, really quick this year at Yulman Stadium.
Spring practice is coming to an end and there is an air of confidence around the program. It would be crazy talk to think that quarterback Jonathan Banks is going to have anything but an outstanding season. The young man is a leader and a playmaker.
*Photo credit: tulanegreenwave.com
However, there are a lot of spots that have to be filled due to graduation. Dontrell Hilliard and Sherman Badie come to mind but the Green Wave will have the appealing combo of Darius Bradwell and Stephon Huderson to pick up where the graduates left off.
Also, the Green Wave might not have to rely on the rushing attack as much this year with the maturation of Banks. Tulane going to a pass-first mentality, with a team that is well schooled in how to be successful with the run game is enticing.
So, get outside and play and get dem crawfish, New Orleans. Those tails are calling!
And like a fine wine with a steak dinner, every game should be accompanied by a beverage and song.
Beer Pairing: NOLA Brewing’s “Boil Advisory” Blonde Ale
Playlist Recommendation: Allen Toussaint – “I Could Eat Crawfish Everyday”
Around the Way
A big shout out to the #19 Tulane Women’s beach volleyball team (18-11) that had a very successful weekend at home which included a big victory of #12 Grand Canyon. The club has collected wins over four Top 20 clubs this season and travels to Columbia, South Carolina this weekend for their last weekend of regular season play, which includes a game versus the #9 South Carolina Gamecocks.