Must-see video: USF football Olympics
Beijing. Vancouver. Vero Beach.
Yes, the Olympics were held over three days this past week as USF football sought an escape from the rigors of preseason camp, breaking out for an hour each day for wide-ranging competitions as impressive as they were hilarious. I feel shorted having missed them, but USF's official site has a great six-minute video with all the random highlights.
You get to see Bulls players and even Skip Holtz in all kinds of sports -- free throws, home-run derby (Lelo Prado might start hanging out more with Mike Lanaris and Isaac Virgin), frisbee toss, egg relays, tennis, even hula hoops. And do you call it ladderball or hillbilly golf? If you have doubts about Evan Landi's hands, watch him catch a high-flying egg from like 20 yards out without it breaking. Poor B.J. Daniels hits a golf shot from the warning track to within 3 feet of the pin on the infield, and then Holtz drops it in within maybe three inches. And there's Larry Antonucci in a hat and glasses -- and toga at times -- acting as the BOC (Bulls Olympic Committee) chief.
It's a good sign that the Bulls aren't taking themselves completely seriously in Dodgertown. Bunkered down in the same complex for 12 days, they need a diversion like that as part of the chemistry-building that Holtz is hoping to find.