Cody's GJNC Blog - When It Rains in Detroit (June 28, 2018)
For those of you who don't know me very well (which, I'm guessing, is the majority of people reading this), I'll tell you two things about myself. I'm a huge OSU Beaver fan, and I'm a big baseball fan. I'm a Beaver alum and have been a fan since birth. As for baseball, it was my sport growing up - it's the sport I grew up playing, coaching, and studying. So, last night, when the OSU Baseball team managed to score 3 runs in the top of the 9th inning in an elimination game at the College World Series, after being down to their last strike, I was beyond excited. I should have gone to bed hours before that happened, but I'm glad I still had a little bit of "Sleepless in Detroit" going on. They will play for the National Championship tonight.
But I digress. Go Beavs.
The weather in Detroit turned quite rainy yesterday - it was forecast to be the worst weather day of the tournament and it didn't disappoint. It was discovered the Cobo Center has a leaky roof in places, and a couple of courts in the venue were out of commission for a time due to water coming in. That included, for a short period, one of the stadium (championship) courts. When it rains in Detroit, it usually comes with thunder and lightning. I don't know if those happened yesterday at any point, but the rain here just soaks you. It comes down in sheets at times. Felt a little bit Oregon-esque.
The temperatures in Detroit today are going to heat up, and will continue to do so until we see mid-90s by the weekend. The competition inside Cobo Center will be heating up as well - today is the first time an age group concludes, so it will see our two 14s teams end competition. In the National tournament, Excel NW 14-1 Rox will be competing in the Silver Division, which means they will finish in the top 16 in the country. In the 14s American tournament, MAC Juniors 14-1 will be in the Flight 1 bracket. Both brackets are single-elimination. The 15s and 12s continue competition today as well, so CEVA has 6 teams playing today.
I've been bouncing from court to court, seeing as many matches as I can, and will be doing so all day today. If our 14s teams have success in their brackets, I'll have a match to watch every hour between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. So, here we go … day 3 for me in the Cobo Center … armed with a laptop, a phone, a schedule, and perhaps most importantly, a Diet Coke, I'm looking forward to a really fun day.
Keep watching social media and the website for updates, and if you're in Detroit and you see me, come up and introduce yourself.