this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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- Baseball: 3rd, lost in superregional
- Basketball: 2nd, lost in round of 32
- Football: 3rd in east, lost to Stanford in Foster Farms Bowl
- Hockey: dnp
- Lacrosse: tied for first, lost NCAA title game
- Soccer: tied for first, won B1G tournament, lost in first round of NCAA
- Tennis: dnp
- Wrestling: tied for last
- Basketball: 1st (undefeated), won B1G tournament, lost to UConn at final four
- Gymnastics: 8th
- Field Hockey: 1st, lost in second round of NCAA
- Lacrosse: 1st, won national championship
- Soccer: 9th
- Softball: 8th
- Tennis: 11th
- Volleyball: 13th
- Game 1: -8 on 34 minutes
- Game 2: -13 on 38 minutes
- Game 3: 0 on 32 minutes
- Game 4: -27 on 28 minutes
|1 day 19 hours ago||I think even his friends will agree...||
...subtlety isn't one of Dave Brandon's strengths.
Maybe we can revisit this someday, and do it right?
|1 day 19 hours ago||Unicode 044F.||
Or you can find it on the Windows character map (under Accessories/System Tools)
Or you can copy this one:
|1 day 20 hours ago||To me the ideal way of||
To me the ideal way of handling this is the way we've honored Carter, whose jersey has been handed from one outstanding player to another until it's no longer clear just whose legend is being honored. No patch, no formal designation, just a tradition.
I don't see why the same couldn't be done with the others--special numbers, given to special players who are reminders of the player(s) that have worn the number before and who have the chance to add their own names to the tradition. Some of them would probably be vacant more often than not--98's don't come around too often.
|1 week 5 days ago||Original Trek.||
I think maybe I'm a lot older than most of you.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Oops.||
"... more players from...Iowa than from all the Big 8 states put together...."
I guess that tells you what I think of Iowa State--apparently I don't.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Is there any chance Hopkins||
Is there any chance Hopkins will be invited into the CIC now that they're affiliated with the conference?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think WVU passes||
I don't think WVU passes muster on the academic side of things--unless they someday made a massive commitment there, I doubt they'll ever be considered.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Here's how Maryland's first year in the conference turned out.||
There are some sports they aren't competitive in, especially on the women's side, but that's five regular season championships out of 14 and three trips to NCAA final fours. Did anyone in the conference have a better year?
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||What would be wrong with Cincinnati?||
It's maybe not that great from a football perspective but the basketball schools in the conference would love to have them and it gives West Virginia a natural rivalry. (And especially so if it got done while Huggins was still there.)
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||In BIg 8 times they did most||
In BIg 8 times they did most of their out-of-state recruiting in B1G territory (plus the Dakotas)--their '71 NC team had more players from Michigan and Ohio and Illinois and Iowa than from all the Big 8 states put together (except Nebraska of course).
When their conference expanded into Texas, so did their recruiting. But their natural recruiting base had always been where they are now.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know what's more telling...||
the implication that this piece should be read as a plea for pity (and thus ignored), or
the idea that professional athletes (and of the caliber of Lebron yet) should be run by their coaches in practice. Otherwise they're being coddled, don't you know, and won't work on their craft, or their bodies.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||What's exhausting in basketball isn't the running...||
...it's playing defense properly. Always maintaining your stance, keeping your body prepared to respond...that's draining. Not every player bothers to do it, which I think is why some people think the game isn't grueling and others do.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Some of that is Lee's own fault.||
He played 13 minutes in game 3 and had five fouls.
You foul every 2:40 while you're on the court, your minutes are going to be limited.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||J R Smith's +/-'s: Game||
J R Smith's +/-'s:
They're -48 when he's on the court, +26 when he's on the bench.
He's by far the worst defender of the seven they have left and there's no place to hide him in this series, especially when GS has gone small. At best he's hitting his shots and they tread water; at worst, like tonight, he's missing everything and GS goes on a run every time he's on the floor.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I thought it was just me.||
All the headscratchers in this game, in whichever direction, were Crawford's whistles. I think Van Gundy hit the nail on the head when he called him an "old time official." He's from an era before replay reviews and getting the call right--he just calls it on feel and will make something up if he needs to. Lebron's obviously fouled and he doesn't want to call it...but then the ball rolls out of bounds. He can't give the ball to the other team, that wouldn't be right because it was an obvious foul. And he can't go back and call the foul, so he invents a phantom touch and gives the ball to Cleveland.
30 or 40 years ago that's just the way it was done. Now all it does is piss off both teams and both fanbases.
Now that I think of it I guess I'm from his era too...but I'm not sorry to see it pass.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Game 3 in one picture.||
Who's first to the ball here?
Hint: he's not even in the picture.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||The point guard is the same whether he's on the floor or not.||
What happens when Dellevedova leaves is that Shumpert takes Curry and Smith or Jones has to take Thompson. That's been a disaster, but it's not one most people would have foreseen. I think if you'd asked people two months ago to rank those four players it would have been Dellevedova that was thought of as the "bottom-tier player," not Shumpert or J.R. Smith. And it's Shumpert, not Dellevedova, who was supposed to be the defensive stopper.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||It's interesting--they ignore||
It's interesting--they ignore American racing just as thoroughly as we ignore theirs:
|7 weeks 1 day ago||As long as I'm on the subject...||
...I thought Van Gundy was completely wrong when he criticized Dellevedova for shooting the gap instead of trailing Curry over the top.
The biggest reason he's been so effective is that he never trails. If he can get to the screen first, go over the top, and clog things up, great. If he has to slip under the screen to stay in front, that's what he does. And especially on that particular play, where the ball was out of bounds under the basket and the only way they could have gotten the ball to Curry while his defender was behind the screen was a lob, which would have given more than enough recovery time. (The problem wasn't that he went behind, it was that he had two gaps to shoot, not one, and he missed the second one, got hung on the screen.)
Trailing the cutter is death, especially one that shoots like Curry. If that's how defenders are being taught I'm starting to understand why the guy's been unstoppable.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Mostly it's the defense on Curry, though.||
As soon as anybody else is on him, Curry goes off.
I really think they need to trust that. Switch less, just hedge the screens and trust that Dellevedova will recover. I'm sure their analytics guys have already figured that out--there are times when there's no alternative, of course, but every unnecessary switch is just pissing away points.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Kind of unbelievable, really...||
In the nine minutes Dellevedova was on the bench tonight, GS won by 8.
In game 2 he was on the bench for 11 minutes and GS won those minutes by 13.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Dirk...||
...had Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry.
Lebron has Dellevedova, Shumpert, Mozgov, Thompson, James Jones.
I think general opinion probably favors the first four.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||3rd quarter boxscore.||
The best +/- on the floor? Lebron's +17, Thompson's +17, but
Matthew Dellavedova is +18.
The worst +/-?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I haven't seen or heard it mentioned anywhere...||
...but the S&C guys at Cleveland must be doing something right.
You'd think with the short bench they'd wear down. But Mozgov's run Bogut into the ground, Thompson's outworking Green, Dellavedova's outworking Curry.
The single most amazing stat in the boxscore is not that Dellavedova's outscoring Stephen Curry...it's that he's taken more shots. WTF.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I agree with this.||
Kerr's got some work to do at halftime, psychologically. There's some body language out there of a team that might implode. Iguodala's head is on right but the other guys don't look like they're handling the frustration the right way.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Not sure what you're saying here.||
Do you mean that it should be a foul on the shooter when he jumps into the defender because it's the parallel situation to the defender fouling when he jumps into the shooter? Curry should have been called for an offensive foul here?
Officials protect the shooter and rightly so. A rap on the shooter's elbow that disrupts his shot is a foul; the same contact on somebody's arm during a rebounding tussle isn't. That's sensible.
If he'd run him over I could see an offensive foul, but a bit of a bump during the shot? The brick Curry threw up because he was diving in looking for contact instead of shooting the basketball would have penalty enough, for me. Play on.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Volume negatively impacts||
Volume negatively impacts efficiency.
This is not news. Whoever is forced to take the late-clock attempts is going to have his percentages lowered as a result. We've understood that for as long as there's been a clock.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||:-/ And mgoblog used to be so||
And mgoblog used to be so irony-friendly....
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It wasn't a terrible||
It wasn't a terrible offensive performance; his poor rating in your efficiency metric is entirely a result of the context.
He could have taken 20 fewer shots and been more efficient and you would have thought he had had a better game. They would have lost, but you would have thought he had a better game.
Or, to put it more honestly, I think you've got your head up your advanced statistics.