Hi, my name is John Ventola and thanks for visiting my new JV Sport Shots Blog Website. While majoring in journalism in college (LSU), I covered high school sports and college basketball and baseball as a correspondent for The Morning Advocate. A native of south Louisiana, famous athletes like Bob Pettit, Jimmy Taylor, Billy Cannon, Pete Maravich, Ben McDonald and many others left their marks forever in my sports memory bank and changed the Louisiana Sportscape.Although my professional life took a different route and my intended career as a sportswriter never materialized, my true love of sports never wavered. I learned to look at and see more than what was on the surface of an athletic event. Strategy, injury, “team chemistry”, coaching, bad fortune, good bounces, and a myriad of other factors can all play a part in a game. In JV Sport Shots I intend to point out and talk about those factors, the “little things” that makes sports watching a national pastime.Today’s athletes, either professional or amateur (college and high school), are so well trained and coached that there is a slim margin of error between winning and losing. That fact alone keeps everyone attending games, keeps everyone with the “this could be our game/season” attitude. Sure makes the week or following day more tolerable when the game goes in the W column for one’s team.As my dad jokingly ingrained in me: “When you win, everyone loves you. When you lose, only your mother loves you”.
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The NCAA hung the popular moniker on the annual March event, Garth Brooks sings a song so titled. Today The Dance is down to sixteen teams. By tomorrow night it will dwindle to the Elite Eight. Sunday nigh there will only be four teams left to dance in next weekend’s Final Four.Continue reading →
March Madness turned into full blown insanity Friday night. For the first time a No. 16 tournament seed beat a No. 1 as UMBC (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) embarrassed this year’s top seed Virginia, 74-54.Continue reading →
What a week! Local college and professional football teams were involved in epic, comeback battles before emerging victorious, seemingly setting a pattern that would carry over to other top professional football and baseball games.Continue reading →
Tigers Have To Overcome Youth and Lack of Depth on Offensive Line
By John Ventola
To say the 2017 LSU football season has been unusual thus far would be an understatement. Even more unusual is the fact this proud LSU alumnus, and 64-year season ticket holder, has been to only one home game this season.Continue reading →
One thing about the beginning of the collegiate football season each Fall—-every team starts the year with a clean slate. After eight months (nine months in the case of teams that did not appear in a bowl game), the expectation and excitement of seeing if offseason changes and improvements can fulfill conference and national aspirations reaches a fever pitch by early September. Continue reading →
Ara Parseghian, the beloved former coach who restored Notre Dame football to prominence by winning two national championships during his 11-year coachingcareer (’64-’74) in South Bend, died earlier this month.
The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick.Continue reading →