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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Baseball is such an interesting game, particularly when one looks beyond the surface. The game presents unusual patterns. While the general observer will often just notice an outstanding catch or a tremendous home run, baseball purists are quick to recognize and make mention of the ebb and flow of player and team performances over a period of time.Continue reading →
LSU Enters Super Regional With Omaha Again In Sight
State of mind plays a major part in the level of success achieved by players involved with athletics. When skill-sets and talent are comparable, confidence often determines the victor. Nowhere has that fact been more evident that the run the LSU baseball team has been on since a tiny marsupial snuck into the Alex Box Stadium outfield in the midst of a 9-1 beat down by SEC opponent Arkansas on May 7th.Continue reading →
Baseball is enjoying an upswing in fan interest and attendance during the past few years but the lucrative contracts being doled out to star players recently could prove to be detrimental down the line. Television and other means of revenue will help defray some of the costs, but fans will be the ones paying the ultimate price through increased ticket and concession prices, parking costs, and other expenses that will make it harder for average working families to attend games.Continue reading →
Pardon me for interweaving my love of baseball with a tremendous Tom Hanks movie from last year. It happened during my REM sleep last night and while I would not describe it as a nightmare, it did startle me enough to awaken me from a Derek Jeter baseball induced sleep stage. My brief glimpse and resultant memory shows Jeter sitting in the Yankee dugout in late September with a little known Cuban shortstop poking a baseball bat into Jeter’s rib cage, mumbling in broken English, “Look at me, look at me. I am the Captain now”.Continue reading →