Another installment of the Zona Zealots Power Rankings which, as we loosely define it, is a snapshot of how former, current, and even semi-related Arizona Wildcats are doing in the world. There’s no rubric, no fancy algorithm, and very rarely will there even be a logical justification for these rankings so please keep that in mind. The comments section below or the Zona Zealots Facebook page would be appropriate places for you to respond if you feel so inclined.
The last edition of the ZZPR can be found here.
1. BABABABABABABABABABABABABABATCATS! - We are the champions, my friend. The Arizona Batcats earned their 4th National Title at the College World Series last Monday night and it was glorious. Arizona’s sophomore P James Farris, the third pitcher in the team’s rotation who hadn’t pitched in over three weeks, gave up only 2 hits in 7 2/3rds innings and beat “CWS legend” USC P Matt Roth. UofA OF Robert Refsnyder was named CWS MVP. Undefeated in postseason play, just the second team ever to go 10-0. It was truly the stuff of legends. I wonder who they’ll cast to play the Zona Zealots staff in the movie.
2. Andy Lopez - I could fill the entire Top 10 with just Batcats-related people but that’s too easy. Lopez gets special recognition here this week for being named National Coach of the Year by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. I’m sure there will be much more well-deserved recognition to come but hats off to Coach Lopez.
3. Sean Miller - Rumor has it that a commitment from 2013 Top 25 wing prospect Rondae Jefferson (6’6″, 210) is forthcoming. That would be a great start to yet another stellar recruiting class for Miller.
4. Greg Byrne - I wonder how long he has left at the University of Arizona. We should just enjoy it while it lasts, I guess.
5. Savannah Guthrie - UofA alum joins the Today Show on NBC as a co-anchor. I expect a lot of Bear Downs and Go Cats! sprinkled into her schtick.
6. Brigetta Barrett - Pac 12 champion high-jumper who’s about to represent the Cats in the 2012 Summer Olympics!
7. UofA Swimming/Ford Aquatics - Took like 57 swimmers to the Olympic trials last week and sending a half-dozen to London. Crazy.
8. Jason Terry - As an NBA free agent, Terry was being courted by every legitimate championship caliber team. Signed a 3yr deal worth $15M with the Celtics. Not bad work if you can get it.
9. Ann Weaver Hart - The University of Arizona’s 21st president took office this week. Let’s hope she’s got a soft spot for Wildcats athletics!
10. Kyryl Natyazhko – Will be playing basketball. Professionally. This is not a joke. I repeat: Kyryl Natyazhko will be getting paid real money to play basketball. This is real. Guys, hey, guys, I’m not joking around. Somebody who owns a professional basketball team in a far corner of the world will be opening their checkbook and writing (translated) “Pay to the order of: Kyryl Natyazhko” and then that person will write a numerical monetary amount somewhere on that check. Then that person, presumably a heavyset man with an impressive beard, will hand that check to Kyryl who will in turn take that piece of paper to a bank, a real bank who does not accept Monopoly money or IOUs written on napkins, and then either exchange it for real money that he can carry in a wallet or deposit into an account with his name on it. That money will be his to exchange for goods and services just like real life. Like, this is real, not a joke at all. It’s serious. I’m serious. Please stop laughing/crying. Please.
Not ranked this week: Rich Rodriguez, copper football helmets, Old Main sinking, Hi Corbett, the Cactus Classic, Rec Center expansion, road construction, Panda Express orange chicken, the Minnesota Timber