Cowgirl answers your questions
Go pro?, mascot controversy, horoscopes and more
Posted: Wednesday March 7, 2007 10:00AM; Updated: Wednesday March 7, 2007 10:00AM
Jenn, what did you think of Wisconsin? Would you admit that us Badgers party way better than you Seminoles? And where is your next stop on the Road Trip excursion? -- Michael, Madison, Wisc.
I have to give the students at University of Wisconsin mad props for even leaving their dorm rooms last weekend. For those of you who couldn't tell from the Road Trip video, I don't think the temperatures ever rose above freezing -- something this Florida girl was not happy about. The snow was cool at first, but by the second day, I was over it. I will hand it to you guys though; you certainly know how to party. Whether or not you truly compete with my alma mater is a different story. Maybe I'm biased because we can have pool parties in December in Florida. Regardless, I had a great time in Madison, and wish you Badgers the best of luck in the Big Ten Tourney and throughout March Madness.
Up next week on the Road Trip schedule: Las Vegas. Let's hope Lady Luck is on my side this week -- or at least Mother Nature.
What do you think Greg Oden and Kevin Durant should do? As a college student, you can offer an interesting perspective. While big money awaits both players, should they really give up on the "college experience" after one year? What advice would you give them? -- Seth R., Ashland, Kan.
Honestly, there are few experiences that can fully prepare you for all of life's challenges like college does -- when college is "done" properly. But the way I see it, college is always there. People in their later years can always come back to it as a back-up plan. Most college athletes want to play their sport professionally, so it seems being able to leave college early, and enter the draft at a young age is a natural decision. Consider it like a "fast pass" at a theme park: you skip the line, all the BS that entails, you get to go straight to the front, and the ride begins. If I were these kids, I would be thinking the same thing. College will always be there, and there will always be opportunities to learn. Playing college ball for a few more years will only make them more susceptible to injury.
Just wanted to say you do great work and I enjoy reading your thoughts and opinions. I recently got engaged and my fiancee is all excited about setting a date. She went through horoscopes and other superstitions and has come up with random dates for us to get married. Is it wrong that I'm not nearly as excited about finding the perfect date for the wedding, cosmically or otherwise, as she is? -- Brandon, Broomfield, Col.
I won't lie, I check my horoscope from time to time, but I won't base whether I get out of bed that day on them. Horoscopes are entertaining for the sheer fact of the uncanny coincidences they may have with your real life. Still, planning your marriage based on the alignment of astrological positions just seems a little hokey. Your wedding is about your feelings for one another, not the stars. If she feels strongly about these types of things, you have to wonder what will happen if she wakes up one day and the newspaper says, "Divorce That Chump, Immediately!" Does that mean she'll up and end things just because Jupiter says so? If so, she is in for a rude awakening because I doubt there is a check box to cite "Astrological Disaster" under reasons for a failed marriage.
In your last mailbag, you said you were in a competitive fantasy baseball league. Have you had your draft yet? Mine is in two weeks. Who are some sleepers you recommend drafting? -- Jason, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
My fantasy league is in week 1,823,124,235,234,622 of its draft. Just kidding. But since we are doing a keeper league, the first draft is always taxing. When it comes to picking my fantasy teams I rely on my boys Will Carroll and Co. at Baseball Prospectus to help me out. Per their guidance, the sleepers I am looking at this season: second baseman Ian Kinsler and pitcher Chris Young. Kinsler is often forgotten about, despite his stellar rookie season. And Young is that mystery guy who no one in your league really knows about yet, but he'll torture them come the end of the season when he's not on their roster. Regardless of who you pick, just make sure you don't make any hasty trades based solely on preseason reports. Wait it out a few weeks, weigh your options, and make smart decisions.
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