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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Pro and College Conduct Policies Need To Be Read And Enforced
By John Ventola
While the USA national debt and crime rate are rising at an alarming rate, standards of conduct, particularly those of our nation’s professional and collegiate athletes, are definitely in a freefall, coming down faster than a South Carolina Confederate flag. Seems not a day goes by without an athlete arrested and charged for some type of criminal offense. When one considers these players are possible role models for today’s youth, it becomes quite alarming.Continue reading →
The LSU Tigers open their 2014 college football season tonight against the Wisconsin Badgers in Houston, Texas. While the ESPN nationally televised game has been marketed as a battle between Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten conference powers, Tiger fans are anxiously anticipating the college debut of last season’s high school player of the year, St. Augustine High’s Leonard Fournette. The highly acclaimed running back from New Orleans was described in glowing terms throughout his high school career as an athlete that possesses the rare combination of speed, power, and maneuverability. Saturday’s game in NRG Stadium will give an early answer to the oft-asked question of whether expectations of Fournette’s immediate stardom are unreasonable.Continue reading →