Now most of you would say to switch airlines since it has happened so much, but when I flew to Europe to surprise Barbie, I remembered why I always fly American Airlines...LEG ROOM. I know you've all heard the slogan, "American has more room throughout coach", but it is the truth, and well worth a little heartache...especially since they give me $50 to buy some new clothes. So that was my ordeal, and now I'm in Miami soaking up the 80 degree weather and enjoying all the warmth.
ps. American has $450 roundtrip flights to London Heathrow for anyone that wants to come visit...hint hint parents.
So Lebron finished off the regular season a few days ago with something like a 22 point game and 12 boards. Is this kid going to be the next Kobe...doubt it, but is he worth the first pick in the draft? Unfortunately I haven't been keeping up with College ball too much this year, so I don't know who the superstars are....so help me out and let me know who could be a better draft choice. Also, below are his career high school stats, along with the odds on which team will draft Lebron James. The media hype on this guy is out of control, and I'm not helping by talking about him...then again who cares.
Lebron James High School Stats
PTS. REB. AST. ST. FG%
2002-03 22.3 14.3 6.3 3.3 43.3
2001-02 28.0 8.9 6.0 3.0 56.5
2000-01 25.3 7.4 5.5 3.7 58.4
1999-2000 18.0 6.2 3.6 3.1 51.6
(2002-03 statistics through Thursday)
NBA Draft 2003: Odds on Team to draft LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers 3.0
Denver Nuggets 4.0
Toronto Raptors 6.0
Memphis Grizzles 6.0
Atlanta Hawks 7.0
Chicago Bulls 8.0
Miami Heat 9.0
Los Angeles Clippers 10.0
Seattle Supersonics 17.0
New York Knicks 18.0
Golden State Warriors 23.0
Milwaukee Bucks 26.0
Washington Wizards 31.0
Los Angeles Lakers 51.0
Houston Rockets 51.0
Minnesota Timberwolves 51.0
Philadelphia 76ers 51.0
Orlando Magic 51.0
New Orleans Hornets 51.0
- Monday afternoon: I begin to think it would be a nice gesture to surprise Barbie in London for the weekend
- Monday evening: I check the mail to see if my passport has come in early...originally due on March 3rd, but you never know. First I get a package delivered to my door step, and I'm thinking this has to be my passport(I'm excited), however it ends up being something from Cisco telling me everything I need to do once I get the passport (I'm bummed). I then am going through the mail and see a letter from the passport center (I'm excited...again), only to be let down because it is a letter telling me my passport is being denied unless I can provide more evidence I am who I say I am. (bummed...again)
- Tuesday morning: If I am to fly out on Thursday afternoon, I have to overnight Fedex proof of myself overnight to the passport center...and have them overnight my passport back by Thursday... morning. So I write a little note on all the extra stuff I sent saying to give me a call when they receive it because I want to fly out Thursday...now it is time to pray (thanks mom).
- Wednesday morning: I oversleep, but it is a good thing because the passport center ends up calling and agreeing to overnight my passport to me by the following morning
- Wednesday afternoon: Now that I am pretty confident my passport will get here in time, I have to book a reasonably priced flight, figure out how to surprise Barbie once I get there, and finally figure out if she needs anything from here without letting her know I am coming. The flight was no problem...got a $400 roundtrip on United from SFO to London Heathrow. The second part of the problem ends up being the toughest because I don't know her work address and I have no idea, once I do get it, where that it is in relationship to the airport. Luckily for me there was a massive build up of troops at Heathrow, so when talking to her I was able to ask how far she was from the airport...but that still didn't give me her address. Nick comes through with that the following day. The third part, determining if she needs anything from San Jose, was also difficult, but she had a friend arriving in town on Saturday, so I asked if I could give him anything to bring her. Her response was he was already out of town, so it would be of no use anyways. I then have to ask her what was it that she would have wanted...and hope she doesn't get suspicious. All is well and she gives me the info.
- Thursday morning: This is officially my last day at Lockheed Martin, so things are pretty hectic already with closing up shop and going to a "going away lunch" in my honor. I still have no idea what her work address is, what her work phone number is, how I am going to get to her office, and I don't have a passport!! The morning comes and goes and I check FedEx to make sure the passport is at the Fedex location, and sure enough it has arrived. After closing up shop I head to the luncheon, followed by heading to Fedex office to pickup my passport right before getting on a plane to Europe. Once I get to the airport I have to get Nick and my mom to do some investigative research to get her work info...and they both came through. The final piece of the puzzle was having Cassidy send an email to Barbie saying I was going out with the fellas that night...but the email had to be sent when I was on the plane, so she would think I was home. This kind of backfired on me though because Barbie could not get in touch with me (remember...I'm on a plane) via email, home phone or cell phone. So she begins to get pissed because it is Valentines day her time, and I am no where to be found (if only she knew)
- Friday morning: I arrive in London after a long 10 hour flight, with address in hand and that is it (although I did manage to pick up a Rose for her at the airport). After talking with a few people they say I should take the 285 bus, located in spot 20 to Hatton Cross, and catch the H26 bus to her work...this may sound easy, but try figuring out when to get off the bus and when to stay on. Luckily the drivers were both helpful and got me there. As I enter her building and the security guard is beginning to call her desk, she ends up coming down the elevator (which is glass) and is completely shocked to see me. It was great...you can check Barbie's site to hear about what we did that weekend.
Trewin (crazy guy smiling) and I went to the FSU vs. Stanford baseball game this afternoon and what a treat it was. First of all, we were supposed to get free tickets through my cousin Torri who knew one of the players, but that fell through because the player gave the tickets to his parents...DOH! So I got in line to buy the general admission seats, and a guy comes over and hands me two free tickets to the RESERVED section...which means we were guaranteed seats instead of a spot on the lawn. When I get into the stadium, I am shocked to find out they are quite possibly the two best seats in the house...first row (which field level at Stanford), slightly off to the side behind homeplate so that we don't have the protective netting in front of us. These seats were primo, and I'll have pictures from our seats available shortly.
Anyways, the game did not disappoint either since FSU ended up getting the win after 12 long innings, which included multiple lead changes, 3 homeruns, 18 runs scored, a 9th inning 3-run comeback by the Noles to send it into extra innings, and a crazy call by the first base umpire in the bottom of the 12th to end the game. I won't go into all the details since you can read it from Drew Hankin who writes about FSU baseball for SectionB.com. His article is posted in the extended text of this entry. Anyways, the game was great and it is always a good feeling walking out of visitors stadium wearing your school colors knowing they can't talk trash since they just lost.
FSU 000 032 003 002 10 12 2
Stanford 100 124 000 000 8 16 2
W - Hodges (1-0) L - O'Hagen (0-1)
Twelve innings later, Noles take the series
by Drew Hankin
Another game, another extra inning barn-burner against the Stanford Cardinal. Florida State used practically every available player in a 10-8 twelve inning win over Stanford to take the series two games to three in Palo Alto, California. Daniel Hodges (1-0) picked up the win, going the final 4.0 innings without giving up a run. In all, the Seminoles used seven pitchers while the Cardinal used six.
For the first time all weekend, Stanford took an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Sam Fuld drew a walk from Seminole starter Mark Sauls, moved to second on a passed ball by Aaron Cheesman, and to third on a sacrifice fly before scoring on a single by Carlos Quintin to put the Cardinal ahead 1-0. Stanford made it 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Danny Putnam singled and eventually scored on a basehit by Tobin Swope.
After four scoreless innings, FSU finally got the bats going in the top of the fifth frame when birthday-boy, Tony Richie led off with a single to left. Jerrod Brown then singled to right before Eddie Martinez-Esteve walked to load the bases with no outs. A Cheesman single up the middle score both Richie and Brown before Matt Sauls singled through the left side to bring home Martinez-Esteve and gave the Noles a 3-2 lead. Stanford got it right back in the bottom of the inning when Hall reached on an infield single and advanced to third when Quintin singled to left. Ryan Garko then dumped another single over third base that scored Hall and tied the game. After Trent Peterson relieved Sauls, John Mayberry, Jr reached on a throwing error by Martinez-Esteve that allowed Quintin to score an unearned run that gave the Cardinal a 4-3 lead.
Florida State answered back in the fifth when Richie singled to center and advanced to second on another single by Brown. Martinez-Esteve then atoned for his error with a single down the rightfield line that scored Richie. After a pitching change, Cheesman knocked in his third run of the game with a single to right that brought home Martinez-Esteve to make it a 5-4 game in favor of the Noles. The lead did not last however, as Swope led of the bottom of the inning with a single up the middle and took second on a wild pitch. After Peterson hit Fuld, he was lifted in favor of Kevin Lynch who promptly beaned Hall to load the bases. A sacrifice fly by Quintin scored Swope before Garko crushed a three-run homerun to left that put the Cardinal ahead 8-5. Daniel Davidson was then brought in to pitch and got the final out of the inning.
The Seminoles had a good opportunity to score in the eighth inning when Brown reached on an error and Martinez-Esteve walked with only one out. Stephen Drew, still ailing from a stomach bug of some sort, pinch-hit for Cheesman but flew out to right before Chris Hart hit into a fielder's choice to end the threat.
In the next inning, Kevin Richmond led off and reached on an error before moving to second on a passed ball. Bryan Zech then walked before Tony McQuade tied the game at 10-10 a three-run homer to left. Garko led off the bottom of the inning for Stanford with an infield single off of Rhett James but Hodges was then brought in to pitch, and got the Cardinal in order to send the game into extra innings for the second time of the series.
In the tenth, the Seminoles went down in order, but Stanford had Hodges on the ropes in the bottom of the inning with the bases loaded and only one out. Hog calmly got Quintin to line out to center and Donny Lucy to ground out to second base.
After a scoreless eleventh inning, Florida State finally broke through when Richie homered to left to give the Noles the lead. Jerrod Brown followed that up with a double and scored on a single up the middle by Danny Wardell that gave FSU a 10-8 lead. Swope struck out for the first out of Stanford's half of the twelfth inning but Jed Lowrie hit a double over McQuade's head in center to put the tying run at the plate. Fuld reached on an error by Zech at short that brought up the winning run at the plate. Hall reached on a fielder's choice that got Fuld out at second and put runners on the corners with two outs. Richie then caught Hall off of first base causing a rundown between first and second. With the runner on third breaking for home, Hall ran into Brown which caused him to drop the ball, but the umpire ruled Hall had interfered and called him out to end the game in wild fashion.
With the victory, the Seminoles improved to 5-1 on the season while Stanford fell to 3-5. FSU has a much needed week off to recovery from the flu and injuries before hosting Evansville for a three-game series next weekend at Howser Stadium.
Section B Online Player of the Game:
Daniel Hodges (4 ip, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB)
Tony Richie (3-6, 1 R, 3 RBI, 2 runners caught stealing)
For more information including a complete boxscore, follow this link to Section B Online:
Drew L. Hankin
Section B Online: http://www.sectionb.com
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"If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and
saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's
life without even considering if there is a man on base."
Mercy-SF proceeded to take the ball in and score, then we turned it over, and they scored again to go up by 1 point. We immediately drove down the court (15 seconds left) and missed a shot, so they now have the ball out of bounds with about 7 seconds left. On their inbounds play Amanda steals the ball and is going in for the winning shot but misses, and it goes out on them...our ball (5 seconds left). After a timeout by me, we run a play but the shot gets blocked out of bounds...timeout again (3 seconds left). We run another play, but again the shot gets partially blocked and the other teams wins. The girls played great, especially since they lost by 30 the time before, and should have won this one. One bad call by a stubborn ref, and a couple of missed shots sealed our doom in the final minute of the game. It would of, could of, and should of been a great win.