Bob Molinaro Archive

Hey O's, Norfolk is much closer than Tampa Bay

What coulda been: One man's thinking out of the box is another's harebrained idea, but with the Norfolk Tides on the road, did anyone consider moving this weekend's Orioles' home games to their Triple-A nest at Harbor Park instead of sending the Birds to Tampa Bay?

When pope comes to town, NFL doesn't have a prayer

Sabbath surprise: The just-released NFL schedule reveals that the Eagles play three of their first four on the road, in part to avoid a conflict with Pope Francis, who will be saying an outdoor mass on Sunday, Sept. 27, in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For one day, at least, one major religion has elected not to compete against another.

Let's select MVP after dust settles, champion crowned

Hoops du jour: The NBA's MVP race will be settled soon. Too soon, if you ask me. Custom calls for the award to go to the most outstanding player of the regular season, but that's an old-school approach in an era when more than ever, reputations are built during the postseason, - when people actually start to pay attention.

ODU spring game will feature a familiar guest

Meeting his public: Former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke will be signing autographs from noon to 2 p.m. in the main tailgate lot at Foreman Field before Saturday's spring game. Here's the catch: If you purchase a hat or T-shirt from the school bookstore, his autograph is free. If you bring your own item to be signed, bring an extra $5. Just think of it as Heinicke's pro day.

It's hard to get bowled over by college football postseason

HAIL TO ALL: As the college football bowl field grows - possibly to 43 games by next season - so does ODU's potential postseason opportunity. But let's not get ahead of ourselves. In any case, bowl invitations shrink in significance - don't you think?

NIT's lesson for the Monarchs? Rolling stones gather no moss

Rolling Stone: Mick Jagger's musical declaration that you can't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need aptly applies to Old Dominion's recent gaudy basketball results.

Macedo's excellence at VWC deserves more kudos

Local ties: Wall-to-wall Division I March Madness dwarfs the D-III men's Final Four that starts tonight in Salem, where Virginia Wesleyan - intent on repeating its 2006 championship run - meets Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the semifinals. But what shouldn't be diminished is another superior coaching performance by Dave Macedo, who averages 25 victories over the last six seasons.

Gruden's bad luck if Skins pick a Duck

Fantasy pick: With the Eagles seemingly out of the running for Marcus Mariota, ESPN's John Clayton said if Mariota is still available when the Redskins pick fifth, "I'm telling you this right now: They'll take him." Sounds like a pipe dream or, more accurately, a nightmare for Jay Gruden.

Power down the Power 5 at tourney time

Worth a look: Any small emotional investment I make in the many (too many) conference tournaments this week and next will be reserved for the mid-major and small-time rodeos that determine a conference's lone representative in the NCAA field.

Lowly Hokies saved their best for ACC's best

Lumping it: Wednesday night against Duke, Virginia Tech gave us a reason, however brief, to remember that basketball is still being played in Blacksburg. Buzz Williams' Hokies are 2-13 in the ACC, but for what it's worth, they've held their own against the top two teams - losing in OT to the Blue Devils and falling by three to U.Va. in January.

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