I love watching this team play! Their youth makes them fearless. They were absolutely raining 3's on Friday night. At one point late in the game, Miller made a crazy shot and Crooms just doubled over laughing. Crooms also made a grab on a loose ball as the shot clock was expiring and just sort of lobbed it up as she was going out of bounds--and it went in. The clock had expired but she was having a ball, telling them to check the monitor. They have a good time and they play loose. As the saying goes, they don't know they're not supposed to go this far.
Maryland has been really up and down throughout this tournament. Indiana kept them close for much of yesterday, as did Friday's team (can't remember the name but they actually played them VERY close).
This was a great win. TTUN led for most of the game, but our very young team showed a lot of poise. We stretched out to a 9-point lead and then UM cut it to 3 and, having made baskets, could set up their press. We handled it really well and also nailed our free throws in the final couple of minutes. Madison Green, our freshman PG, made some incredible moves, slicing through defenders for some beautiful lay-ups and floaters. B/c we had begun hitting from the perimeter, they couldn't afford to have everyone collapse on her when she drove the paint. Kierstan Bell is another frosh, and a McD's AA; she had a couple of SICK passes. The junior Oklahoma State transfer is adding some valuable experience--and points--but it's going to take me a while to adjust to hearing the announcers talk about Braxtin Miller. (Wonder how many conversations she's had about that?) Bottom line: this very young team is starting to show some consistency and I'm really looking forward to watching them.
Here's an odd thing: we're up by 10 with 9.7 seconds left...and Barnes-Arico, their coach, called a TO. I'm all about coaching to the final whistle but everyone looked a little puzzled at that one.
Adams County girl here. It was definitely the reference to Athens Co and southern Ohio (or "suth'n Ahia," as we call it) that got me, esp. him referencing the poverty level and encouraging those kids that they could be standing there one day. It's kinda surreal to watch someone hit one of the pinnacles of college football and be able to picture where he grew up and what roads he drove. It's true that there isn't a lot to feel hopeful about down there: the poverty level; the limited access to quality education; the high rates of drug and alcohol abuse...My big take-away from his speech is that he's someone who doesn't forget where he's come from and who has helped him reach his current success.
But it wasn't a weird social lecture. It was pointing out that we don't haul out a special "Lady Brutus" for the women's team. Unless we start designating the men's teams as "Gentlemen Bucks" or "Manly Bucks" (and this second would be a great name for a band), it's unbalanced to use "Lady" for the women's teams. It's not about any inherent badness in the word "Lady": it's about not assuming that "Buckeyes" refers to a men's team unless otherwise denoted.
^^This! So much this!!^^
Indeed she is! And seriously, how weird was it to hear "Braxtin Miller"? Memories...
I think it's a matter of indicating the gender for both teams, and then going to "Buckeyes." Like on the crawls for BTN/ESPN/etc.--before giving the scores, they write: MBB: or WBB: I'm trying to avoid the situation where we assume the "Buckeyes" indicates a men's team. I like it when the 11W writers use headlines like, "Men's Hoops Take Down [insert name of latest victim here]." That gives me the specific team right up front. They don't write "Bucks Basketball Eviscerates Another Top 20" team as a headline to discuss the men's team. (Do they?)
In other news--Michigan still sucks.
I understand, and I certainly agree that "Lady" isn't a derogatory term. It's that we only use a gender specifier with the women's team, which makes it seem as if when we talk about "Buckeyes" we're talking about a men's team and that we need a specific term to refer to women's hoops. I think of it as, "Who needs a modifier?" Are you a surgeon...or a female surgeon? Are you a judge...or a Black judge? Are you a couple...or a gay couple? Does that make sense? In the absence of the modifier, do we assume male/White/straight?
Hope your daughter has a great season!
I hear you on the charity-stripe issues. When the frosh stepped up and sank hers--hadn't shot a FT the whole game--I thought, "Well, this is different...and very nice."
I watched the game on BTN last night and it was great! It was especially good to see them hold their defensive composure when they had trouble finding the hoop at the very end of the game. Bell's spin move was a delight.
A request, if I might...Ohio State, as a university, doesn't use "Lady" to designate the women's hoops; most modern schools don't. It may not seem like a big deal, but using "Lady" makes "Buckeyes," by default, to mean men: Ohio State Buckeyes, and Ohio State Lady Buckeyes. We don't say "Gentlemen Buckeyes." Penn State--I live in State College--still uses "Lady Lions" and it just makes me cringe. Let us march bravely into that bright new day of equality, my fellow Buckeyes!
Because young players get too wound up and still have to figure out THIS system. Patience, Clarice.
Just gonna throw this out there...when I read "Ohio State girls basketball game," I was confused. Maybe MBB and WBB might be a nice switch.
But yes--GO BUCKEYES!!
Yep. Especially if someone wants to play for a strong Black female, Dawn is the bomb.
I love your enthusiasm, but we're just...the Bucks! Men's hoops aren't the "Gentlemen Bucks."
But yes, indeed--Ohio State rules!
I see what you're saying, but there's a chicken/egg aspect to this: more coverage could yield more following.
Ramzy, you had me at "booger-eating CTE case." Thank you so much for this piece. You tie so many threads together and what could have been a confusing mess is instead a thoughtful stroll along a string of well-connected dots.
Way to go, Justin! So happy for you!
And we get him back next year? I wasn't sure.
I gotta say, I read this and was simultaneously amused by and faintly concerned about how much time this person put into visualizing Harbaugh teabagging and being shat on. I mean, impressively evocative but...
I wonder what our conversations will look like at the end of the 2029 season--after Coach Day's 11th season at the helm. Will it have become clear that he's among the very elite of the coaching ranks? Will people talk about him the way they talk about Meyer, Saban, and Dabo? I like to imagine that--it lets me savor this first season all the more, if that makes any sense.
But he's not smart enough to avoid basic grammar and punctuation mistakes in his column! I thought about pointing them out but I don't know that it would do any good...
Plus, he would smell really bad.
Yes, because banning dissenting opinions, especially mocking ones, has always worked out so well in human history...
I appreciate your generous take on the guy. I didn't really start loathing him until I heard him on Rich Eisen's show last year after the beat-down. Eisen was humorous but genuinely baffled by the loss; gets Howard on the phone to ask "WTF is happening against OSU?" and Howard proceeds to go on a rant about how they're really much closer than the record would suggest and references getting screwed in 2016 and a couple of plays here and there in other games and he was getting so wound up I thought he was gonna have a stroke. He was also losing his shit when CY was reinstated and kept referring to the dollar amount as "the smoking gun." Before I might have seen him as a funny little man, those 2 incidents left me looking at him as a whiny little man.
Here's what cracks me up about threads like that one: they prattle on about their superiority in all things (besides football, of course), including academics and general intelligence...and then their posts are some of the most semi-literate, misspelled ramblings you will ever encounter. Yeah, I know--people are typing quickly; they aren't paying much attention to the finer points of communication. But if you're going to bleat about your shining purity in a world of lost, soiled souls, you probably shouldn't have a used condom stuck to your shoe.