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The Way I See It is a blog published at least three times a week containing thoughts and analysis and irreverent musings on the local, state, and national sports world.
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By Dennis Miller
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor ...
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The Way I See It
My name is Dennis Miller and I am a lifelong resident of Kirksville, MO. I have been totally blind since birth and a sports fanatic just as long. I like all sports but love baseball and am a proud lifelong member of Cardinal Nation. It is my honor to be given the opportunity to write a blog for the Kirksville Daily Express and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it.
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Feb. 22, 2013 2:01 p.m.



The Truman State Bulldogs men’s and women’s basketball teams split a double header with Lindenwood last night with the women easily defeating an over matched Lindenwood team while the men lost to a surprisingly good Lindenwood team on senior night at Pershing Arena.  The women were in control from the opening tip off and showed why they are one of the best teams in the MIAA.  The men struggled against a team that has very quietly but forcefully made their presence felt in the MIAA.  At the time the MIAA decided to add Lindenwood to the conference I questioned whether Lindenwood was up to the challenge and they absolutely were as they had an excellent year in football and have a very good basketball team.  Both Truman teams now head to Jefferson City tomorrow for games against Lincoln.  I will be disappointed if they can’t pull off a double header sweep on the road. 

 

The Missouri Tigers take whatever momentum they got from beating Florida earlier this week to Lexington, KY to play the Wildcats in a game that I marked on my calendar as soon as the schedule for this season was announced.  Rupp Arena in Lexington is one of the most famous arenas in college basketball and the Wildcats are one of the marque teams in college basketball however, this season has been a struggle for them.  You have to remember that teams like Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, and Kansas are not supposed to have bad years.  They are expected to be near the top of the top 25 every single year.  Anything less than that is considered a disappointing season.  Right now Kentucky is not only dealing with a very young team with little big game experience but they lost their best player to a season ending injury a little over a week ago and are struggling mightily right now.  If Missouri can play the way they are capable of playing then it is quite possible that Missouri could do something that few teams in the SEC can say they have ever done: beat Kentucky on their home floor.  I wish that both teams could be at full strength because I think it would make for an excellent game.  I do not recall Missouri ever playing Kentucky before during the regular season although I’m sure they have at some point.  This game will be ESPN’s feature game of the weekend and will be an excellent chance for Missouri to pick up a huge road win in one of the most famous arenas in college basketball. 

 

Signs of spring are everywhere this weekend.  Most if not all major league baseball teams have their first exhibition games of the year this weekend with the St. Louis Cardinals having games both Saturday and Sunday.  The exhibition schedule starts a little earlier this year because of the World Baseball Classic which takes place in March.  For those unfamiliar with the World Baseball Classic it is kind of like the Olympics for baseball with many countries fielding teams in a tournament which takes place in various places throughout the world which will eventually come down to two teams who will play for the right to be called the best team in the world, or at least that’s the intent.  The WBC is played every four years I think and this will be the third one.  Japan has won the first two, the United States has never even come close to winning it even though some of the top major leagues players have played on the team.  The WBC quite honestly seems to mean more in other countries than it does here and most people don’t pay any attention to it.  It is a huge deal for some of the Latin American countries though and can be interesting to watch. 

 

The other sign of the approach of spring is a little more subtle but still something that many of us look forward to every year.  The Daytona 500 takes place on Sunday with Danica Patrick on the pole.  This is called The Great American Race and is clearly NASCAR’s biggest event of the year.  It is also the one race that I usually watch from start to finish although it can sometimes be a challenge depending on weather conditions and other mishaps that prolong the race to near epic proportions.  It’s virtually impossible to pick awinner in any race because there are so many variable that can affect the outcome but I hope we can have a good and exciting race this year with minimal stoppages for crashes, blown engines, and other things that slow down the race and thus take away some of the drama.  I will say that it will be very difficult for Danica Patrick to win the race from the pole position not because she is a woman but because history has shown us it’s very hard to win from there.  If she drives well and is patient she can certainly finish well and winning the race isn’t out of the question but she will need to be patient and not try to force her way back into the lead if she loses it.  Her biggest problem in the past in my opinion is that she isn’t patient enough and instead of waiting for an opening she tries to force one and that usually doesn’t work.  She certainly isn’t the only person in NASCAR who has the problem as many of her male counterparts suffer from the same tendency to not be patient and wait for the right opportunity.  Columbia, MO’s Carl Edwards crashed during qualifying earlier this week and starts 36th I believe. 

 

We’ll be back on Monday with a  review of all this weekend’s sports action and a look ahead to the week in sports as both KHS basketball teams begin district play.  Thanks for supporting all the blogs on this site and remember that your comments are always welcome.

Have a terrific weekend!

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