Drew is the one who talked about mixing and matching offensive and defensive assignments in hoops. Here’s his latest. It’s about intangibles and probbly applies to teens playing other sports besides basketball.
I guess I’m just as guilty as anyone else of writing read and react pieces when I’m pressed for time.
Free Darko talks about a positional revolution in hoops. I think that’s what Drew Cannon is talking about at Basketball Prospectus, as well. But he’s talking more about how to mix and match offensive and defensive roles. FD was more about bigs shooting from the perimeter and quick guys banging inside. At least that’s how I read it. Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.
Spencer Haywood was an interesting cat. Dig. He was husband, at one point, to the supermodal Iman. Wikipedia includes her in a list of mononymous people like Cher or Madonna or Prince. Mononymous! I wish I thought up that word. Anyways, Iman went onto marry David Bowie.
Bowie is an interesting connector. He’s collaborated with all sorts of folks like Mick Jagger, Bing Crosby, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Niles Rodgers. He worked with John Lennon on “Fame.” Lennon was once interviewed on Monday Night Football by Howard Cossell. This was before they started to have celebrities on every MNF game, so it was a special occasion. And Cossell was the first person to announce Lennon’s death on TV. Cossell is intertwined intimately with Muhammad Ali. But this is a cul-de-sac. We need to go back to Lennon.
It is true that Lennon was in a band before the Plastic Ono Band. They were the Beatles. On the White Album, there’s a song “Dear Prudence” that was written by Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was written about Prudence Farrow, who went to India with the group to meditate. Prudence has a more famous sister named Mia. Mia lived for over a decade with Woody Allen. Now,this is the weakest link, but Allen wrote an article for Sport about Earl Monroe that I’ve mentioned here. He never interviewed him for it or anything. They did meet during the filming of Annie Hall, but the Pearl’s scene was cut. Monroe and Haywood were teammates from ’75 to ’78.
Tom over at Residual Prolixity mentioned this one. Musselman is the basketball coach, He hasn’t updated it in a year, but his blog looks like a treasure trove. If you look under the categories of offense and defense, it might remind you of Smart Football. Some of the entries reminded me of Chris Brown’s work. I’m a strathead, my favorite letters are X and O, so I enjoy stuff like this.
I expand on my thoughts from yesterday and Howard Megdal (future GM of the Mets) chimes in as well. I really enjoy writing for the Perpetual Post. I find that it challenges me and I hope my writing becomes stronger for it. Plus, I learned how much Dan Szymborski likes cheese.
The Wall Street Journal weighs in on college conference realignment. Right now the Great Realignment of 2010 is more of a whimper than a bang. The way folks were talking, it sounded like changes would’ve been more radical. Then again, the Pac 16 would have still been more Pacific than the Pacific Coast League.
I don’t know about relegation, but there are some big conference/small conference alliances that might make sense. For instance, the MAC could partner with the Big 10 and if the Akron Zips are MAC champs, they could supplant Northwestern in the bigger conference.
Then again, the Pac 16 would have still been more Pacific than the Pacific Coast League. But we care more about college sports than minor league sports. Why? For some, it’s the biggest game in town. This is true for places like Nebraska and Alabama. Others went to these sports powers or are affiliated with them somehow. For some, jhaving the last name O’xxx ties them to Notre Dame. But for someone like me, who lives in the middle of the Bowash megalopolis, it’s the diversity of offensive and defensive philosophies. These guys aren’t as good as the pros, but they play a different game. In football it could be the flexbone or spread. In hoops it could be the 2-3. Anyways, that’s one aspect that makes me overlook the corruption in the college sports world; not that the pros are much better.
I’ll have more thoughts on this elsewhere tonite.
When I first started this blog, I toyed with the idea of calling it What’s Pastime Is Prologue and comparing a story in the headlines to one from the past. Some folks have done this with Stephen Strasburg and we are now acquainting ourselves with or reaquaintanting ourselves with Karl Spooner.
In Boston last Thursday, the Celtics beat the Lakers in Game Four of the NBA Finals thanks, in large part, to the efforts off the bench by Glen Davis and Nate Robinson. A fat guy and a short guy beat L. A.. It’s almost inspirational. I was racking my brain to find a similar situation from the sports pages of the past. The one I thought of was the 1978 World Series, where Bucky Dent* and Brian Doyle led the New York Yankees in hitting when THEY beat L. A.. Dent was a regular, but he was expected to contribute more with the glove than the bat. Doyle was only playing because Willie Randolph went down with an injury at the end of the season. Doyle and Dent. Davis and Robinson. Are there any similarly odd couples that slipped my mind?
*It’s much less painful to mention Dent than it was a few years ago.