Posted Saturday at 10:40 a.m.
Good Saturday morning from the Trenton Marriott. We've been spending too much time in this hotel, so thankfully we're leaving for the park in just over an hour.
I just taped the pregame interview with Drew Pettit, who used a very interesting ritual to snap out of an early-season slump. Drew is also the first Golden Griffin up every morning as he's the first one at breakfast. He was there before I got down to the restaurant at 7:30 this morning. Apparently he's not a fan of sleep as he told me "You can't waste away your life sleeping all day."
Going to try and find some food before we head to the park. Not sure if the lunch buffet is open. If not, have to head over to Subway or something like that. Hopefully it's a long day over there.
Posted Friday at 10:43 p.m.
It's funny to notice the differences between female and male student-athletes. One that I noticed on this trip comes in the monitoring of other games. I wouldn't say the guys are actively monitoring the other games taking place in the tournament, but they are aware of what's been taking place. We have been at the hotel for both of the night games and a couple of players have stopped by the room to see Koki for some treatment or whatnot. They will watch part of the game on the computer. They knew tonight pretty quickly about the wacky ending to the Siena-Manhattan game. And our interview subject, Garrett Cortright, was actually at the game with his parents after they went out to eat.
It was easy to see during the game but letting the game digest and you see all the big plays that took place in the Griffs' 4-3 win. Burton struggled at the plate today but came up with the defensive play of the game with the diving stop of Heyne's ground ball. Pettit was struggling at the plate, going 0-for-6 before getting the game-winning hit with the two-RBI double in the seventh. Cortright made some big pitches. Linseman and Martin did the same. It was a great team win.
Canisius will need to continue to do that on Saturday if the Griffs want to keep their season alive. They play a Siena team that has been hot the last few weeks of the season, but is coming off an extremely tough loss. That's a quick turnaround for the Saints team, but I would expect them to be ready to play. The winner of that game has to beat Manhattan twice, but before anyone beats the Jaspers twice you have to beat them once on Saturday night.
We'll cross that bridge if the Griffs get there. Time to get some rest. Could be a long day at the park on Saturday.
Posted Friday at 7:11 p.m.
Obviously a happier group of Golden Griffins after a very exciting win, keeping the season alive for at least another day. The story and stats are up. I'll have some multimedia up later tonight. Looking for a video interview and going to try to do some audio highlights. No promises on that last one, but it's a good project.
Time to shower and get some food. It's still hot here in Trenton.
Posted Friday at 11:14 a.m.
Been a fairly quiet morning in the hotel. Breakfast was definitely quieter, not because of the Griffs but there were far fewer businessmen and businesswomen in the hotel this morning. There appeared to be some sort of conference or meetings going on during Thursday morning, making it much more crowded. They apparently have started the holiday weekend early.
Anyway, I'm off to go track down a pre-game interview. I have a good idea on who I'm looking for, just have to track him down.