Im sure Im displaying my age and cultural bias, but I couldnt help wondering last weekend what part of the concept of sportsmanship apparently doesnt translate well into Italian.
In case you missed it, American Overseas School of Rome scoring star Lorenzo Mannozzi and the AOSR bench became so agitated with the decisions of the referees at the end of Friday nights game at Vicenza that head official Robert Johnson declared the situation uncontrollable and forfeited the game to Vicenza. There were 5 seconds left on the clock and Vicenza was leading 81-80 at the time.
A story in Street and Smiths Sports Business Journal says the NCAA is surveying broadcasters about the media value of expanding its mens Division I basketball tournament from the present 65 teams to 96.
Since the story goes on to say that the NCAA is deciding whether to exercise an escape clause in its 11-year, $6 billion deal with CBS, one can only conclude that the idea of 96 teams equates in the NCAAs mind with generating even more broadcast dollars from an expanded field.
It was just opening weekend, but based on their performances Friday and Saturday, look for the winter sports teams from Patch High School to be around at the end. All four Panther squads opened their winter sports seasons with impressive victories.
Most notable were the boys and girls basketball teams, each 2-0 in road openers against two of the Division I foes theyll have to tame come tourney time in February. The boys stunned defending champion Ramstein 58-47 on Friday night, then stopped by Kaiserslautern on the way home on Saturday and prevailed 60-40.
Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.
He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.
Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.
Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.