Wednesday, March 9, 2011


"As much as it pains me to say it, I'm picking Duke," said Will Venable, looking like he'd tasted sour milk when asked to name the next NCAA basketball champion. His reasoning: "Coach K will be the difference." Venable is the basketball expert among Padres now that fellow Princeton man Chris Young is a Met. Seven years ago, Venable started against Texas in the NCAA Tournament, a thrill that nonetheless affirmed his leanings toward baseball. A good college guard in his own right, Venable discovered what NBA quickness is when he tried to corral the Longhorns guards. "About midway through the second half, their athleticism was just too much for us," he said.

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