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There's an article on the Detroit News' website (not sure if it made the print edition, or if it will tomorrow) defending the Piston's draft choice by comparing Trey Burke to fellow Michigan all-time great Cazzie Russell.
As the article tells us, in the 1966 NBA Draft, the Pistons passed up on the opportunity to draft Cazzie Russell.
"The Pistons passed on one of the greatest college players of the day, the Wolverines' Cazzie Russell, who had just led his squad to three Big-10 Titles and consecutive appearances in the Final Four, in favor of Dave Bing of Syracuse."
Dave Bing, as you may be aware, turned out to be a pretty darn good NBA player. The implication here is that history is repeating itself, and we should not judge Joe Dumars harshly for his decision. The author even digs up a personal memory to give the article that extra bit of impact...
"Trey Burke is some player, and some man. The overwhelming sense is the Pistons are in dire need of both. But I remember feeling much the same as I did this morning, when I learned as a 10-year-old the Pistons had passed on a guy who was an absolute god to me at the time."
So what's the problem? The entire premise of the article is flawed, because the Pistons never "passed" on Cazzie Russell. The Pistons had the second pick of the 1966 Draft. The New York Knicks had the first, which they used to pick... Cazzie Russell. He was not available to the Pistons. Perhaps the author (sportswriter Gregg Krupa) was thinking of the Territorial Pick rule, in which an NBA team could select a local college player BEFORE the first round of the draft - but that rule ended in 1965. Or perhaps the author has gained Mitch Albom's mystical ability to make strong emotional connections to events that never took place.
This has been today's edition of "Why Print Media is Dying and We Will Not Mourn Them."
EDIT: Several hours after this topic was posted, the article on the News' website was editted. The bits quoted in this post have been replaced, and the Pistons are now said to have "missed out" on Russell rather than "passing on" him.
As usual, some interesting remarks:
I open the Detroit News and I immediately went to the Michigan v Western Michigan line to see predictions like David Duchovny just checking out the Bunny Ranch for a date. I then see Chengelis predicting WMU over Michigan. After cleaning the shart from my shorts and floor, I realized she picked almost every underdog, including a apocalyptical beating of Indiana State over PSU.
Possibly a joke? If so, then why Oklahoma, msu, and tsio? Does she actually believe the 35 point underdog Chattanooga stands a chance against Nebraska? Anyone want a crack at her reasoning? Is she BKFinest? THE_KNOWLEDGE? WTF kind of grabass is going on inside the Detroit News sports office?!
The Detroit news ran a piece in this morning's paper about the effect of the CC on recruiting.
It's mostly the usual stuff, and doesn't contain much new info. However, what was interesting was their choice of learned recruiting analyst:
A lot of in-state kids usually end up committing to Michigan because they're lifelong fans," said Tom VanHaaren, recruiting analyst for MGoBlog.com. "An important in-state recruit in this class, who most likely would have already committed to Michigan had the stability of the program been in order, is Anthony Zettel (West Branch Ogemaw Heights lineman). Anthony has said openly he will wait to see what happens with the coaching situation at Michigan before deciding.
There is quite a bit more from Tom in the piece. So while I'm not sure how willing I am to share our own personal recruiting guru, it's nice to see him getting some MSM love.
I don't think this has been posted. If it has, mods, destroy it. It is nice to see some positive news about Michigan football coming out of Detroit. I wish that most of us had a positive outlook like the players who put in the work and are most directly affected with what choices are made about the program.
Michigan nose tackle Mike Martin didn't blink when asked if he believes the Wolverines will be more competitive next season..."Very confident," Martin said of improving next season. "There are a lot of good things to come. I feel Michigan has been resurrected, but a lot of it hasn't been shown yet.
I am sure there are things we don't see on a daily basis like Martin & Co.
Hold the rope. I am going to agree and believe Martin when he says "...a lot of good things to come."
Thought this might bring a smile or two to the MGoboard and prevent a couple of wrist slittings.
Looks like we're still in the top spot, but definitely not as sure a thing as it once appeared:
I get the feeling if the Freep found out that it was RR vs. Dantonio eating at his family's diner, we'd be hearing recruiting violations right and left...