WHEN WILL THE PRICE OF FUEL AFFECT SPORTS SCHEDULING?

     If these $4 a gallon gas prices affect the rest of us, they surely will soon have an effect on athletic teams in their travels right?  How much longer can olympic sports teams continue to travel around the country as they  have in the past?  What about small colleges, with small budgets having to use bus travel all over?  What about high schools sending teams on busses everywhere around the state?  Will it continue business as usual and the costs will be somehow covered?  Or are cutbacks inevitable?  I'm just wondering how long this continues without a change considering the cost to transport teams, whether it's the Tigers or the Grand Ledge Comets.

     Speaking of Grand Ledge, the Comets' baseball team is 29-1 but now the road gets tough.  Grand Ledge plays at Battle Creek Lakeview at 10am Saturday in the district opener-- it won't be easy for either team.  Lakeview is good and won the division two state title two years ago.  Lakeview has good defense and pitching while Grand Ledge hits the ball all over the lot.  And then Grand Ledge  faces St. Johns next Monday in the Diamond Classic semi finals.

     Channel Ten has the rest of the Stanley Cup games via NBC so they'll be seen in hi def.  I think hockey in hi def is pretty good and the puck is much easier to see.  The scene in Pittsburgh should be just as wild as it was in Detroit and the Penguins will be fully energized by their fans in game three Wednesday night.  Of course if the Red Wings win to go up 3-0, then the series is virtually over.

     Amazing that Eastern Michigan made the NCAA baseball tournament with a 25-32 season record.  The Eagles are one of three teams in the field of 64 with a losing record but Mount St. Mary's is the worst at 21-32.  EMU faces Arizona at 2pm Friday in Ann Arbor.  Michigan and Kentucky play at 7pm the same day.  It's a double elimination tournament and after sweeping the field in the MAC Tournament last week end in Chillecothe, Ohio, the Eagles will be hard pressed to avoid being swept from here on out.  Nonetheless, it's been a great turnaround for a team that began 0-17.  And EMU's first year head coach, Jake Boss, Jr., was named MAC coach of the year.  Boss is a Lansing native having played at Lansing Everett High School, then Alma College.  His dad is currently head coach at Lansing Catholic High School.

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