Monday , 28 May 2018

Mike Bruu: Basketball Update, Driskell, and The Golden Flash

By Mike Bruu, TSB Sports Editor

1. Welcome into the post-Thanksgiving edition of the column. After a weekend full of family, food, and football, it is time to get back to work until I get another break in a matter of weeks that will consist of family, food, and football. The holiday season is pretty awesome.

2. On Wednesday, I announced that Boyd running back Bryan Driskell had won the TSB football Most Valuable Player Award. While the award is likely to end up on his fireplace mantle forever, he might need to leave some space for a possible Landry Award in his future. Driskell is one of five nominees for the award, along with Arlington Martin’s QB Kyle Hicks, Southlake Carroll’s QB Kenny Hill, Jesuit WR Jake Oliver, and Allen’s WR/RB/KR Oliver Pierce. The Landry Award is given to the best high school football player in North Texas and is chosen by a voting panel of various former coaches, players, and current media members. However, you can vote for Driskell to win the award by clicking here. The reception and presentation of the award will be held on Dec. 10 and broadcasted live on TXA 21.

3. I know that the season is young, but all six MISD basketball programs are .500 or better heading into their respective weekend tournaments. On the girls side, Boyd is sitting at 6-4, North is 7-2, and McKinney is 5-5. All three programs will be participating in the Collin County Roundball Classic this Thursday through Saturday at McKinney Boyd. The Lady Broncos will start off the tournament in the main gym when they host Duncanville at 1 p.m., while McKinney will tip off versus Frisco Wakeland at 5:30 p.m. and North will take the court immediately after versus Frisco Liberty at 7 p.m. Both games are in the main gym at Boyd. Check back with TSB all weekend long for updates from the C.C.R.C Tournament at Boyd.

4. For those wondering about the boy’s teams, Boyd (5-1) and North (4-1) will be in the Grapevine Tournament this weekend, while McKinney (3-1) will be participating in the Arlington Classic.

5. If you have not heard the news, Boyd senior volleyball player Megan Mollett announced that she tore her ACL in the state semifinal match versus New Braunfels and had surgery to repair the damage early last week. The Arkansas signee said she expects to make a full recovery and will be as strong as ever come next fall.

6. I am a couple of weeks late on announcing this, so I want to make sure that I don’t miss another opportunity to do this. Alex Bruu, my younger brother, signed two weeks ago to play Division-I baseball at McNeese State in Louisiana. I played with and against my brother several times throughout our baseball careers, and when my college baseball dream was cut short several years ago by several shoulder surgeries, I always hoped that he would take his talent and work ethic as far as they could take him and leave the game with no regrets. He is entering his sophomore season at Paris Junior College and will compete for a spot in the pitching rotation in the spring. I am so proud of him and the fact that he is following his dream, and to this day I can humbly say that I am a career 0-for-1 hitter against him with a groundout to third.

7. By the way, McKinney North’s Bulldog lost to Garland’s Owl in the quarterfinals of the SportsDayHS Inflatable Tournament. That loss will sting for quite a while.

8. Two District 10-5A football members remain in the playoffs heading into regionals this weekend. Plano West will face Lufkin on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Division II play, while Allen battles Round Rock Westwood on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Both games are at Waco ISD Stadium. In District 13-4A, only Wylie East remains alive in the playoff race, as the Raiders will face Mesquite Poteet at Rockwall Sanders Stadium Friday night at 7 p.m.

9. If you have followed any of my work for the past year, you know that I am a big fan of the underdog team. In a battle of Boise State versus Alabama, I will root my tail off for the team donning blue and orange. I have no idea why I have always been like that, but I love to see David slay Goliath on a normal basis. Now I don’t know if this will be good for college football or if it will tarnish its reputation a bit, but there is a chance that the Kent State Golden Flash will receive a BCS invitation this Sunday night. Yes, that Kent State from the Mid-American Conference. Let me explain how this would happen:

The BCS made a ridiculous rule several years back, (very similar to the rule that occurred in the Lions-Texans game on Thanksgiving involving the challenge flag and instant replay) that if a BCS-conference winner was not in the top-16 in the final rankings and one of the non-BCS schools were, then the non-BCS school was automatically given a berth to a BCS game. Now Rutgers and Louisville are the two teams battling it out for the lowly Big East championship this weekend, but neither team is likely to end up in the top-16 in the final rankings.

Currently Kent State sits at No. 17, while UCLA is No. 16 and Texas is No. 18. UCLA plays No. 8 Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship on Friday and Texas travels to No. 6 Kansas State on Saturday. If both lose and Kent State beats No. 21 Northern Illinois in the MAC Championship game on Friday night in Detroit, then the Golden Flash will likely face Florida State in the Orange Bowl. Kent State would be 12-1 if it wins the MAC title, but the one loss on the schedule is a 47-14 beat down from the hands of 2-10 Kentucky.

I love the underdog, but maybe this is too much underdog to be fun.

10. Only 125 days until Opening Day for baseball.

11. If you are a fan of the Rolling Stones, want to know more about the Rolling Stones, or just a fan of good documentaries, check out Crossfire Hurricane on Netflix or HBO. Incredible stuff and definitely worth the watch.

12. One of the most underrated aspects of turning 21: buying a beer at a sporting event. I guess sports really do make beer taste better.

13. Someone needs to explain the whole shopping-on-Thanksgiving-night-thing for me. Seems vastly overrated if you ask me.

14. Follow me @TSBSportsBruu all weekend long as I will be attending the Collin County Roundball Classic and tweeting out results as they happen. Until next time, ladies and gentlemen.

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