No offense to the rest of the golfing world, but the PGA championship just isn't the same without Tiger Woods. It's like Tibet without the Dalai Lama.
Now the battle with the Warriors...
2007 was not kind to the Wayne State football team. The Warriors finished a dismal 3-8, including 2-8 in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Conference. But, that was then, and the players and coaches are focused on this season.
The Warriors kicked off Fall practice this morning, as players took part in light workouts. There's a lot of excitement from the players and coaches heading into the new season. Fifth-year head coach Paul Winters tells My TV20 he's expecting big things from his defense.
"When I first came here, we were pushed around a little bit. Now, we push back pretty good. We'll play great defense this year, something we have not done in the past, and I think that'll make a big difference."
The Warriors open the season August 30th, as they host conference foe Mercy Hurst at 12:30. The Warriors have not had too many problems moving the ball. They are lead by an all conference running back, who, as My TV20's Dave Leval tells us, could soon find himself on the NFL sidelines.
You could say Joique Bell is the biggest cheerleader of the Wayne State Warriors. There's no question the players are his. Bell is the Warriors starting running back, and he's anxious to kick off the new season.
"It's most deinitely a critical time for me right now, not only as a player, but, as a team."
The Warriors finished 3-8 in 2007. But, Bell had a pretty good year, he rushed for just over 1,400 yards, and 25 touchdowns. The Warriors have seen some pretty good players take the field for them over the years, but, Joyk Bell could be the best one ever. Consider, he already the school record for touchdowns, and is second in rushing yards. He's done it in just two seasons.
Bell is roughly 700 yards away from from setting the school rushing record. His efforts have earned him the honor of being named a pre-season All-American by Sporting News Magazine. The junior from Benton harbor has also caught the eye of NFL scouts. Bell has been the nation's 14th best running back heading into the sytem. But, Bell sidesteps any talk of honors and awards.
"It goes in one ear, and out the other. I'm just out here to play, have fun, and play with my teammates."
He may speak softly, but, Joyk Bell would rather let his feet do the talking for him. Bell is 6ft tall, and weighs 200lbs. He's projected to go in the 6th round of next year's NFL draft if he leaves after his junior season.