Exhibition season is under way, and I know people are making noise about some of the scores.
I recently read in the newspaper that South Florida blew out Florida Southern, and Stan Heath's team was thrilled with its explosive attack. That's nice, but the team will not be facing Florida Southern when it gets into Big East play!
Much attention has been paid to Le Moyne's win over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. The Division II Dolphins made it to "SportsCenter," getting lots of exposure for their shock intracity win. If you are a Le Moyne fan or student, you can celebrate. Come on now, how many kids there were recruited by Jimmy Boeheim and Syracuse? Maybe zilch! That's great, but it was an exhibition game.
A guy like Boeheim, a Hall of Famer, will use this loss to make his players understand that they have to focus in practice every day, concentrate and do a better job on defense. Sometimes you can turn a negative like this loss into a positive by learning from your mistakes and improving in the necessary areas.
Don't make too much out of the stats you read in exhibition games. Understand that they are just that -- exhibition games. There are a lot of Major League Baseball players who get their numbers up in wins during spring training. When the season starts for real in April, a .220 hitter usually hits his .220.
Don't get too carried away with the stats from these games. These games give some of the bench players a chance to get some PT (playing time) because there are a lot of blowouts, M&Mers (mismatches). I saw a couple of good players had poor shooting nights in exhibition games. Guess what? It doesn't mean a thing.
These contests help coaches evaluate and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of certain players. They give coaches the opportunity to see what players can do in certain situations before a crowd. You often hear coaches talking about newcomers being nervous or overanxious in their first game. This gives them a chance to shed those jitters and get ready for the games that count in the regular season.
Still, thinking about Le Moyne beating Syracuse, you do have to say, "WOW!"