Archive for the ‘college!’ Category

One and done

May 13, 2008

I’ve long been opposed to the NBA’s one year beyond high school policy. Obviously the NBA is a business and businesses want to protect their financial interests. The NBA is only helped by having young guys grow up and get years of free publicity and branding while the NBA waits to profit off their celebrity. Current NBA players like having a few less guys fighting for their roster spots. But the OJ Mayo situation is leading some to question the conventional wisdom that the ban is good for college ball.

The big question for sports fans should be: what’s good for the athletes themselves?

A lot of guys have been ruined by leaving for the league too soon, but should we deny kids who are capable of getting paid to play that option? And can we support the charade of student athletics?

We need more safeguards but less outright restrictions. One small step is that teams who draft anyone without a degree should have to deposit 50 grand a year in some kind of education/career training fund for that athlete for their first four years, money that would be forfeited to scholarship programs if the athlete became a legitimate NBA star.

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BC wins the frozen four!

April 13, 2008

Can’t talk, too busy crying/trembling with emotion/screaming in joy/checking my pools/collecting my winnings.

Championship game thought

April 7, 2008

Woah, Billy Packer is short.

Agreed, agreed

April 3, 2008

Bill Simmons:

Speaking of Favre, he already has been replaced by Tyler Hansborough as the token “White Athlete That The Media Openly and Embarrassingly Fawns Over Because of His Work Ethic and Love For the Game.” (Note: Steve Nash was the overwhelming favorite here until Hansborough too over during the tournament.) For anyone who doesn’t think there’s a racial component to this, you’re crazy.

The Hansborough worship has been the single-most frustrating thing about the tournament for me. The announcers talk about him like he’s curing cancer while typing out the great American novel with his 14 foot penis and averaging a quadruple-double every night.

What the hell? He’s great for a college player, and I can see him being a poor man’s Shane Battier type in the pros, but I can’t get away from him. It’s like he’s the only player in the tournament. I’ve heard that he’s taken three semesters of Swahili about 35 times in the last month.

I cringe when Jay Bilas talks/slobbers about him in Chris Farley fashion:

My best showing ever?

March 28, 2008

Two of my final four teams lost in the second round (Pitt, Georgetown.) But the other six of my elite eight squads made it (or probably will make it–Kansas, Texas), allowing me to squeak into second place in our pool.

If UCLA wins the thing, I should have a respectable final showing.

Why are there so many empty seats at NCAA tourney games?

March 27, 2008

I’m asking.

Also, go green.

The Vitale Proposition

March 25, 2008

Dick Vitale—who’s still predicting the MSU upset over Memphis—was talking about Hibbert’s foul trouble in his career-ending college game and he mentioned one of his pet issues. It’s not something that particularly worries me, but it’s something that I’ve never heard seriously discussed by anyone with hair.

Basically, he doesn’t like that so much of basketball is decided by refs. If you get a player into foul trouble then the whole course of a game changes. His idea is that after five fouls a coach should be able to leave the player in, but if they get called for another foul it means two shots and the opposing team gets the ball back.

What do you think? I’ll save my arguments for the comments.

Heintz was right?

March 24, 2008

I used to think that ESPN radio host Colin Cowherd was more annoying than entertaining, but Heintz always maintained otherwise. And I listen in to the Thundering Herd podcasts almost every day so I can’t dislike the guy too much.

Anyway, he brought up an interesting point today: is Duke the basketball equivalent of Notre Dame football? Wildly overhyped, always seeded too highly, on TV too often? Great program, but the results never match the expectation/breathless praise?

A measly fifth

March 24, 2008

Seriously Tiger, you call that golf? Seriously? I haven’t seen a choke like that since Robin Williams’ wife came into the argument.

Speaking of actual underwhelming performances—bigs up to Georgetown and Pitt for destroying my bracket. I love this game.

ABC/ESPN should get the tournament every year

March 22, 2008

And broadcast games concurrently on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN News/Classic/U. This one game at a time stuff is worthless. I want a smörgåsbord!

That’s right, a smörgåsbord!