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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Kentucky proved they are not perfect while remaining unbeaten, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker showed white guys can have game, three Duke freshmen continued to exhibit skill-sets every bit as impressive as that of the Wildcats highly acclaimed frosh class, and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo’s adjustments and strategy again showcased why a team’s coaching talent on the sideline is just as important as its athletic ability on the court.Continue reading →
Sports fans that enjoy close, low scoring athletic events should be happy these days. The World Cup is in full leg-swinging motion in Brazil, and College World Series participants in Omaha are swinging bats in hopes of scratching in a run. Consequently, fans do not have to crane their necks too much doing scoreboard checks. It seems almost every match and game is 1-0 or 2-1. While the scoring in national soccer and collegiate baseball lends itself to such low-scoring affairs, the World Cup and CWS are not lacking for feverish, fanatical fan bases. Each goal and run results in hugs, high fives, and flag waving.
Every kick, every header, every pitch, and every throw are followed with anticipation. Both games feature skilled, well-trained athletes, and strategy that often bores the unfamiliar watcher, but positively thrills the knowledgeable viewer when a point or run is scored. The stadium celebrations are enough to make national soccer and collegiate baseball worth watching. Although one is for national pride and world recognition, and the other is only USA- based, I would hate to explain to a young, college championship shortstop that the trophy he is holding does not mean much. Or mention it to the fans and students of that university at a football tailgate in the fall.Continue reading →