Several years ago, I was walking down Las Vegas Blvd, just north of the MGM Grand. There is a small sports memorabilia store near the M&M,s store and they have a small alcove just outside the store . There, sitting all alone, watching people pass by was Pete Rose. I saw Pete play in his rookie season for the Reds and have always been a huge fan. I stopped, said hello, and we talked for several. minutes. He was very cordial and seemed to enjoy talking. I hope someday, baseball decides he has been punished enough, and gives him his due in the HOF.
I was in Vail, Colorado skiing in the late 70's. Answering the call of nature at a urinal in a ski lodge, who should I see in the adjacent urinal, but the Golden Bear, Jack Nicklaus, my golf hero. Needless to say, I didn't introduce myself. After all, even celebrities deserve a bit of privacy under those conditions.
Not to ask for more work, but I wonder the most recent line compares to the one with Linsey, Mewhort, et al. With that line having produced 3 starters on Sundays, it would be interesting to see the comparison.
I can't remember more hype for anyone that has never been part of a championship team. I expect he will be getting the Nobel Peace prize soon.
BSME, OSU class of 1973. (Back when slide rules were still the norm). Just retired after 40 successful years working for a car company and a motorcycle company. Going to OSU still the best decision I ever made.
I think a good portion of the games lost this year were lost before the team ever stepped on the court. Yesterday's was a perfect example. They play the first 10 minutes of these games with no desire, no hustle and disorganized indifference to what's happening. These have nothing to do with basic basketball skills but are a result of how a team sees itself and how the coaching staff motivates the individuals to give their best and play hard for their team mates. The staff obviously can't shoot or dribble or pass for the players, but their first responsibility is to make sure they are fired up and prepared to play. For some unknown reason, Matta and the rest of the staff have not been able to reach this team, particular the seniors, and must take responsibility for this. This is glaringly evident to us because it is exactly where Urban Meyer and his staff excels. There is good talent on this team, but the results speak for themselves
Thank God I was out of the house and didn't watch this mess live. I recorded it and fast forwarded through looking for something positive. Took me about 4 minutes to "watch " the whole game. 4 minutes. That's about the extent of the effort they put in. The whole team, including the coaches, should be embarrassed with performances like this.
M Man: I think Harbaugh is a good hire for TTUN, and will return them to respectability in time. To me, the fascination around his hiring has been the over-reaction of the -ichigan fans. Listening to them, it would seem that they equate his hiring and assumed success with an actual national championship run and 10+ years of domination by their rivals. I understand being excited and positive, but hold off on the deification of Harbaugh till he actually accomplishes something. Any port in a storm seems to be the new -ichigan mantra.
Geez, I'm old, but that's downright mean. Now get off my lawn, sonny.
You could have added a few more to your Dad's team. Wilt Chamberlain (100 points in a game), Elgin Baylor, Bob Cousy, and Jerry West, and Willis Reed all fit into that class. What a great time to grow up watching basketball.
It's going to be interesting to see how Urban changes his approach next season. All last year, the Bucks were chasers, underdogs, dismissed as irrelevant by the media. This year they will be the favorites. Everyone will be expecting them to repeat. It's much easier to play from behind, surprise people. If Urban is able to switch tactics and win from the front, he will indeed be the master motivator.
Well, I'd expect them to spend the time necessary to get better. I am not laying all the blame on the coaches, but I like your HS coach's approach. If I am coach, and am losing games because of poor free throw shooting as Matta has stated, it seems appropriate to practice what's costing me games. Matta doesn't need to stand around watching free throw practice. I see quite a few guys in suits on the bench with him. I assume these guys are assistant coaches and one of them should have the time to oversee additional practice for something important that is costing games.
I don't buy it. These are elite athletes and free throw shooting is the least athletic part of the game. Free throw shooting is practice, repetition, concentration and technique (of which there are multitudes). It's akin to putting in golf. If they can't do it, it means they are not practicing. A guy from Missouri State named Blake Ahern is the career all time leader in free throw percentage at just over 94%. Do you think he has more athletic ability than Amir Williams or Sam Thompson? Do you think he practiced free throws more than them? Rick Berry is the third all time leader in free throws in the pros at just under 90%, and he shot underhanded!!! He was a pretty athletic guy and multi time al pro. I'm guessing he practiced free throws quite a bit. Maybe someone needs to expect these guys to practice all their craft, not just the flashy parts.
You are so right!!. I'll never understand how elite athletes can't be trained to make foul shots. It makes no sense whatsoever. Maybe Matta needs to hire a coach specifically for foul shooting. Maybe a bit of pressure in practice would help. End every practice with foul shooting drills and require everyone hit 8 or 9 out of ten before anyone hits the showers.
I've run into several Bama fans here in Florida and they have been very complementary to the Bucks. They appreciate their good play and hope to get another shot at us next year. I hope so too. Needless to say, the Bama fans are much more civil than the Florida fans here. Most of those guys are psychotic.
Awarding three foul shots on any foul outside the arc in the last 5 seconds would eliminate the problem.
Brown is big and a good blocker. Anyone see him at tight end?
Starting in 1968, I count 23 OSU seasons where the record indicates the talent was there to win it all. Woody had 7 teams from 68 to 75 that were certainly good enough. Earl Bruce had only one real shot, in 1979, but 84 and 86 were almost there. Cooper had 93, 95, 96 and 98. Tressel's teams were good enough to compete every year except 2001 and 2004. All three of Meyer's speak for themselves. Not counting Bruce's near misses, that's 23 outstanding teams and only 3 won it all. Pretty close to dozens in my book.
Lots of interesting comments and ideas here. After reading them and considering my thoughts when I started the thread, I agree luck had very little to do with this unbelievable season. Outstanding coaching and getting the team to improve each week was a major factor. But I think one thing stands out. I have never seen a team with the level of quality up and down the depth chart. Recruiting quality players and quality people made the ultimate difference. Next man up meant more on this team than any other I've seen.
I don't suggest for a second that Matta designed a passive zone. He's got a roster full of race horses, but tried to teach them to pull a plow. I don't think his roster fit what he was trying to do.
Anyone that thinks the 90's were the most significant decade in human history obviously didn't live through the 60's. I lived through both. If you turn the 90's upside down and add in 3 assassinations, Viet Nam, the manned space program plus landing on the moon, and hiding under my little wooden desk in middle school while practicing for a Russian nuclear attack, you got the 60's. Get off my lawn.
I really don't understand what Matta was thinking when he tried that experiment with the passive zone to start the season. Thankfully, he scrapped it but I think it has set the development of this team back a month or so. Hopefully, they will have put this all behind them and be peaking at tournament time.
Best. Video. Ever. It's amazing how much joy this brings to an old man.
Maybe it has something to do with -ichigan. Anything that smells bad usually starts there.