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09/29/2016 - 9:36pm Stay Strong

All our prayers, thoughts and hope from Montreal.

Cancer has taken some of our closest, and has been beaten by others. My wife still fighting it. Her positive attitude is a light, our strength, her weapon against it.

You & your wife can and will change the world Cali. You know it.

05/19/2015 - 9:46am The helmets

made a lasting impression on a 6-year old kid living in Winnipeg watching UM v Minnesota football. 

I said to my dad, "Those are claws on those helmets!"

Then he replied (in an imagination-induced Keith Jackson drawl), "No, son, those are the winged helmets of Michigan."

Done deal.

05/12/2015 - 4:13am Avia.

Avia. Now those were some kicks.

05/12/2015 - 4:13am Another old man

seconds that. Have a pair of Curry's and they are the best bball shoes I've had. 

Curiously they have not brought my game back. 

Anyway UA doesn't have to be the garish horror show that MD and ND have trotted out. Methinks Hackett / Harbaugh would stop that.

05/08/2015 - 4:09pm Lots of rumours flying around here

in Montreal - many are disappointed we blew out TB last night, as there might have been an outside chance they'd fire Therrien and start talks with Babcock.

The rumours are still around but fading. Too bad, I'd love to see him take over the Habs (along with many others). With his McGill connection not absolutely outlandish. Grand old team stuck in neutral with a zero coach.

Unfortunately you know the Leafs are going to go all-in on him...Resist, Mike, resist the dark side...

04/29/2015 - 12:41pm Winged helmet is trademarked?

Thought it was just a design, like stripes. 

Princeton's trademarked too?

04/28/2015 - 3:22pm Of course KO knew what he did

I just find it amazing that, in the context of a very phyisical series and a very physical matchup, people think what KO knew was that an arm pulled at this angle with this force will dislocate that shoulder and shelve Love for the rest of the playoffs. 

He's trying to get the ball, Love gets position on him, he cheats with a bad play, Love gets injured. Tough, but that's the extent of it. 

I understand Cavs fans being more than irate. However you'll beat the Bulls regardless and be in the finals, where GS or SA will put thee to the sword. Enjoy the run.

04/28/2015 - 3:09pm The refs wanted physical

they got it. As bluesalt says, shut it down with Perk. Thompson and Sullinger were at war inside.

Yeah a bad play by KO but not the murderous rampaging chanelling Artest fury some are desperate to paint it as. Two big guys wrestling for the ball, one starts to lose and yanks on whatever is in his way. Bad play, dumb play, not trying to separate a shoulder but cheating to get the ball. 

He gets a game...tough to give him more after JR's foul only gets him two. He should have got five, KO 4 next season. Or better, suspend KO the first 2 or 3 or next year's playoffs, when the C's will probably be better and he will be even more important to the team and Love and deRozan are Faking it with Kobe.

04/27/2015 - 3:24pm Pateryn has exceeded expectations

Really hope the Habs find enough room for him - entriely possible if we flame out the next round. Rumour is Tinordi is on his way out, so maybe.

Patches has disappoint. But he did have a suspected concussion just before the season ended. Still, disappoint.

I've never had any real ill-will towards the Wings, and even now that we're in the same division can't get up anything like Bruin- or Leaf-hatred levels. And our 70's show can hardly be compared with Ohio State, absolutely terrible analogy. Certainly wasn't the Habs fault that the Wings sucked then while we built maybe the best team ever. 

04/24/2015 - 11:42pm Fantastic player

Has been for the Rags since his first shift. The motor plus some touch. Really wanted the Habs to somehow deal for him before he hit the NHL. 

Good luck to him.

04/24/2015 - 11:38pm 5 day surely...

Cricket, Gaelic football, Gaelic hurling. 

Like that Whirleyball thing though.

04/24/2015 - 1:19pm Priorities change

as does what surrounds the game.

From Montreal, I grew up watching the Canadiens at The Forum. I still love hockey and follow the Habs, but going to the Bell Centre is exactly the 'controlled experience' StephenRKass describes above. I hate it - but there is no way to bring the Forum or that feeling back.

As a beginning UM fan I loved Bo, AC, then Harbaugh, Woodson, etc etc. But the money involved, be it profit or cost, has radically changed the experience. The Big House now is certainly not The Big House of then, and can't be ever again. 

Still love the team, still watch all the games. There is no sense living in nostalgia though, and I don't like everything of what the game has become. 

Now get off...

04/23/2015 - 8:55am Cavs will be in the Finals

unfortunately - if they can get past my C's.


04/23/2015 - 8:42am "It's never too late

to start over."

04/22/2015 - 12:54pm Youth basketball coach

Have kids age 5 up to 13 in various programs, built / building them from the ground up. The kids will learn from your words, your attitude, the atmosphere you create and promote. 

I strongly recommend Brian McKormick's 'The 21st Century Basketball Practice' for any sport. It looks at various approaches to coaching and how kids respond. Excellent & my #1 choice, no matter the sport (I have also coached youth baseball, soccer, and am doing some cricket this year, but the book applies to all).

Wooden's Blue Book and 'The Inner Game of Tennis' have been great motivators and philosophical guides for me. I've rec'd Wooden for parents frequently, with positive feedback.

Of course I love 'Bo's Lasting Lessons', and his overall themes of honesty, decisiveness, principles, and giving people a chance to become better resonate. 

The 'Inside Youth Sports' website has good stuff in it sometimes. I'm also on 'Breakthrough Basketball' a lot, though that is more sport-specific.

Kids play sports for fun, friendship, some degree of success / improvement, with winning way down the list. Make them want to come back, have fun, meet friends, and they will get hooked by athletics. Plan every practice, let kids make decisions and mistakes, give them variety, be steady and unbiased. 

04/02/2015 - 1:07pm Let's break out our

Champion and Russell Athletic gear and take a nap.

04/02/2015 - 1:05pm My new Steph Curry's

are the best ball shoe I've ever had - and I've had a large many.

Never tried another UA shoe, but they are fantastic. 

The uni's are what the AD approves...

04/02/2015 - 2:40am Very underrated suggestion

It's never even an issue. Hell they use a smaller ball, they are 1/2 way there.

9 or 9 1/2 would do.

04/02/2015 - 2:38am Sure

a small pg going high off the glass with a 6 ft 8 POY bearing down is sure awful.

It's like you trying to lay it up with Howard or Gobert d'ing up - except there is no way in hell you'd even get it to kiss the glass.

But hey, awful...

04/02/2015 - 2:28am Agree with this

35 shot clock does the college game no favours. Boring is every team floating through their sets while flipping the rock to each other way beyond the perimiter, then start their real 'set' with 18 on the clock (oddly enough we have the 24 here in Canadian college). Widening the paint is also great. Hand check, well they've tried to ban it in the past and it always creeps back in unfortunately. Timeouts are absurd now.

Only thing I'd do different is eliminate the charge circle. 

Geno is a brilliant showman and great at attention-getting. He's also a phenomenal coach and recruiter. He's better when he talks about strengths of WBB, intelligent movement, reading and react, spacing, defensive shifts, etc. Poor comment designed to draw attention to the WBB Final Four, nothing more.

The best pro teams embrace modern ball and are killing it - Atl, GS, Memphis, SA, etc. They are far better than any NCAA team just in terms of pace and movement. 

That said, nothing beats the NCAA atmosphere in basketball. I am biased of course but really believe JB is at the forefront of modern basketball in college, maybe a few seasons ahead of his time - through a post destroyer 7-footer would still be nice.

04/01/2015 - 2:15pm Exactly. DJ is what WCS

Exactly. DJ is what WCS should aim to be. We dont know where the ceiling is but that should be his target type.

With the generally poor rebounding technique in the pros, it is not inconvievable that WCS can reach 9 or 10.

I'd be fine if my C's grab him. Excuse me, I just have to text them my approval.

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04/01/2015 - 1:42am The kicks, man

The kicks.

Pop into a House of Hoops sometime. All player-branded gear at the one here - zero team merch. 

04/01/2015 - 1:40am And AAU ball

is off the charts. 

04/01/2015 - 1:37am DeAndre Jordan

is probably what WCS could aim for with a lot more work on his athleticism. 

In today's pro game it's rim protect (he can certainly do that), set pick and roll, look for lobs.

His straight post game on O is pretty mediocre. Towns at least can back shorter guys in, use that shoulder-elbow bump effectively, and is murder at short range.

03/24/2015 - 9:29pm It's easy

You're the Leafs. We're not.

But you know that a good number of our best ever players have not been French right? And anglos here are almost all Hab fans right?

Wonder if Mac Bennett might do something. In the AHL now I think.

03/24/2015 - 2:38pm Trolololo

Well done Max. Can't wait to see you and PK troll the borg in the playoffs. Oh wait...

Btw another ex-Wolverine Greg Pateryn is up with the Habs and playing 10-15 per game, playing well.

03/24/2015 - 12:39am Great stuff!

Congrats WBB! Great to see this after that bad end to the season. 

03/24/2015 - 12:35am Canada is still kind of a colony

Queen is on our money and all that. But very very little cricket.

Our Ntl team made 3 WC's in a row (03-07-11) but there was very little coverage, and now the team is down in the dregs. 

Very poorly promoted here. And facing impossible odds against hockey, basketball, soccer, baseball, football.

03/24/2015 - 12:32am But England is the OSU of everything

to everyone everywhere, at least in the rest of the world. 

And they were nasty cricketers, once.

So there.

03/23/2015 - 7:10pm You got the most important part right: drinking.

You got the most important part right: drinking.

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03/23/2015 - 7:09pm Gotcha. I just couldnt see

Gotcha. I just couldnt see anyone except maybe SA finishing top of that pool.

Doesn't matter now, game on. Should be a great one.

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03/23/2015 - 5:21pm A few days ago vs. SL.

A few days ago vs. SL. :)

Question should be: when was the first time SA batting did not collapse under pressure?

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03/23/2015 - 5:15pm Exceeded expectation, really?

Exceeded expectation, really? I thought they were a semi final team before the WC, despite their previous couple of months in Aus. A lot of class in that team and that incredible talent pool to pick from.

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03/23/2015 - 4:36pm They do, the worry is that

They do, the worry is that they dont have that batsman superstar to carry them if needed (though Smith could end up being that guy).

Agree with above, really like Dhoni and his way of runnig his team.

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03/23/2015 - 4:33pm My fandom started in the 70's. Hate 'em.

My fandom started in the 70's. Hate 'em.

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03/23/2015 - 4:31pm It was bad indeed. Was it the

It was bad indeed. Was it the strategic approach or our players mental approach, or both?

Against OSU before half was particularly infuriating.

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03/23/2015 - 4:25pm Think Aus will win. Got a bit

Think Aus will win. Got a bit too much of everything batting and very exciting young bowlers. And of course Starc.

The winner of this will win it all I believe. Here's to a great match and another sleepless night...

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03/23/2015 - 4:22pm Except if you follow The

Except if you follow The Ashes. And the way the ICC carries on with everything down to Test and Associates, test will be here a long, long time.

Think they'll cut ODI's to 40 overs next.

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03/23/2015 - 4:19pm Australia. Family roots. Host

Australia. Family roots. Host nation. Plus our bowlers are better than yours. And that top six...

Love the sport. Absolutely magnificent.

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03/17/2015 - 10:20am Good stuff

Stay sober and stay home. Enjoy.

03/17/2015 - 10:17am Or gold and white...

Or gold and white...

03/17/2015 - 10:11am Happy St Pats!

Best big event of the year for us of Irish descent. Well, the parade is anyways. We have a great one here in Montreal, one of the oldest in North America and gets about 500,000 spectators. 

I'll be wearing kelly green, a lovely colour - except during football season, when it gets banished. UM shirt underneath of course.

ND fans are what I really think of as poseur Irish. Even the Irish ones. To hell with them.

03/13/2015 - 4:45pm Spike is the hardest working player

no doubt.

But Walton started to find his stroke deeper into the season, and his decision making was getting better - slowly, but surely. 

He is simply quicker and stronger than Spike, and next year will surpass him in many fields. Not to belittle Spike at all, and it only benefits Walton from playing with him and watching him; but Walton has a way higher ceiling, some of which we saw as the season wore on.

03/13/2015 - 2:11pm Think Walton is better

when 100%, especially defensively where he is physical enough not to get constantly torched. And he does not need p&r action to drive-draw-dish. 

Would rather Rawk come in from the bench. Think Spike's ability to curl and use screens + his quick release is underrated. Plus in JB's system one guy is not the exclusive ballhandler up the court, one guy does not trigger all the sets.

Healthy Walton is really, really good.

03/13/2015 - 2:07pm Those shorts...

03/13/2015 - 2:06pm Well done

Thought Illinois was their best performance, and followed with really tough, mostly smart ball vs Wiscy. Four mental errors down the stretch did us in more than anything, problems easy to correct.

Great end to a rough season. What a unit Dawkins, Rawk, Dolye will make, along with an improving Chatman and possibly a guy like Wilson or Robinson contributing. Want to see them play a couple more times and JB get to tinker in the NIT.

Look how in control Irvin was today, even more than yesterday, bodes very well in case Caris chases the millions. Irvin, Walton, Spike are going to be great leaders next season with or without Caris.


03/05/2015 - 2:07pm Post D, perimeter d

Can't agree with the post d entirely. Both Biefeldt and Doyle have pretty bad footwork that allows position for easy bank shots. Biefeldt isn't usually outdone by height, but quickness and positioning. 

Both of them are mediocre post defenders. Donnal is not a post player and can't be considered, even when his assignment call for it: weak physically, narrow stance, only used as a breather.

Neither Rawk nor Spike were good defending high screens: they trailed the ball right through overtime, no matter where on the court, allowing penetration and open looks. Those two 'prayer' 3's were not that miraculous: Spike has a terrible reaction on the first; Rawk forgets his man on the action for the second. Both times the shooter had got free, open look, good balance. Bad d. 

Next year will be interesting. Walton-Caris-Irvin-Dawkins-Doyle with Wilson, Robinson, Chatman and Donnal (and Rawk backcourt) would be pretty damn good if they all come back. If, of course, we spend the summer inbounding the ball.

03/03/2015 - 11:57pm The quick release, the stroke

length, balance, keeps shooting, hands getting quicker with underrated positional defense.

Great potential as a #2. Already damn good. Weak finisher around the rim.

03/03/2015 - 11:54pm I'd go with inbounding

over the 2 foul rule if you want to pick on JB.

There isn't another major college coach I can think of who doesn't adhere to this. Is there one?

03/03/2015 - 11:50pm GAARGH

Crazy throwing that away.

Inbounding is amazingly bad for this time of year. So is our clutch ft's. Offensive execution is very hit-and-miss.

But the defense is crazy bad. All zones leave the corner 3 open even without penetration and collapsing. And our man d is pathetic. Our bigs have terrible footwork on d. Rawk and Spike were absolutely brutal on those two 3's they hit to stay alive, absolutely brutal. They seem to fall into rote instead of understanding the context of each situation. All screens trail no matter where or when. Guys need 3's and we back away, trail slowly after them...

Would have given Chatman a bit more of a look in the second. Rawk has to look way more of a threat on o, like he was when he hit his late 3. 

Terrible to make that donation.