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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Football Version of Final Four Should Be Interesting
By John Ventola
College football programs across the country are preparing themselves to enter the College Football Playoff National Championship (CFP) era in three weeks. The ultimate goal for each school will still be to grasp that hard-earned national championship trophy after the season’s last game in January, 2015, but the process will be different, the prized trophy will be different, and programs, players, and fans will all have to make various adjustments to the new system.Continue reading →
While trying to keep up with the regional collegiate baseball action this weekend, I was tuned in to the pitching staffs of the participating teams and how they were being handled by their coaches. Realizing the reward for winning a four-team regional would be a berth in one of next weekend’s eight Super Regionals, a few things jumped out at me as I watched ESPN’s “Bases Loaded” TV coverage around the country.Continue reading →