Agreed, MT. It's almost as if the media is trolling simply to get a story. Otherwise, why in the world would they care this much about a tweet from a guy like Steve Elkington?
I think that Elkington's joke was funny. I guess it's out of bounds for anyone to make any sort of gay joke at all? Gimme a break. And I don't even know who Elkington is...I've heard the name before, but that's it. He may be making jokes and other inappropriate comments just to get attention. And if so, he's succeeding quite well because of the media's penchant for trying to hammer anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda. But Elkington and his comments would be no big deal if the media wouldn't make them a big deal.
It's naive to think that there wouldn't be criticisms (fair or unfair) against Michael Sam or any other openly gay athlete for publicly coming out. But those criticisms aren't what keep guys like Michael Sam in the news. It's ESPN and the rest of the media wanting to use people like this to promote their agenda. Plain and simple. If Sam gets to the NFL, we'll have to hear about the first openly gay minutes, first openly gay tackle, first openly gay interception, etc. So much for just wanting to be another football player. The media has other things in mind.
Agreed on Fire, Jay. Fire is an aggressive D and that may be why Wade likes it too. But it's also easy to beat if the opponent knows it's coming and/or anyone on the D gets out of position. Ultimately, it comes down to risk/reward and also how you match up against the opponent. For example, when Z is on the bench resulting in a thinner front line, it might make sense for the Mocs to play it for a few possessions. But not 90% of the possessions.
I also heard the Shulman-to-McCallie rumor a while back. But I didn't think much of it at the time because I heard about it from a semi-reliable source and I didn't think Shulman would want to take that much of a pay cut. Then he got the job at Access America. (Is he still there?) But if taking a pay cut means following your heart in doing what you love to do, then kudos to John if he ends up at Big Blue to coach.
Speaking of Shulman, has anyone else noticed the Mocs playing "Fire" at times this season? The key to its effectiveness is the unpredictability in its use and having all 5 members of the D staying in assignment and communicating. When the Mocs have played it this year, the rotations have been very crisp. It's not too surprising that Wade has used this at times with the Mocs' lack of beef on the front line (especially when Z is on the bench).
The b-ball Mocs had a more favorable schedule during their conference-opening winning streak. The past few games, however, have been against the tougher opponents and the 50/50 games on the road. The one bad game the Mocs have had in this stretch is the letdown against GSU at home last week. These next 2 games are all but must-win if the Mocs are to finish in the top 3 and on the opposite side of Davidson in the tourney. The guys know what's at stake...I think they'll step up and take care of BID-ness.
Agreed that McKinnon will be a nice pickup for someone in the draft.
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This made me laugh out loud. Kind of reminds me of Chris Rock's suggestion on where to hide your spare cash and why.
With the extra money game on the football schedule, plus playing 2 good OVC teams, I'm not sure the schedule this year is easier than the one last year. I would say it's about the same or tougher overall. The offense will be good, but the D has some holes to fill. Overall, I don't think we'll be much better this year than last year. I'm hoping for more wins though and fewer excuses from Mr. Huesman.
Thunder over Heat.
Stuck, Pomeroy has the Mocs as 245th and the Eagles as 310th in the country. Were the rankings you listed supposed to reference something else specific?
I won't say the Huesman extension is a bad idea, but I do think it's risky and not necessary at this time. After all, he got a raise and an extension last year. I would agree that Huesman has our program on the right track, but the line of success thus far during his tenure has been relatively flat. He's done just enough to get by. There have been more heartbreaks and disappointments than thrills and excitements since he's been at the helm. I think there are still some questions left to be answered before committing to him long-term. But I guess David Blackburn is willing to take that chance.
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a bad idea overall.
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LeBron among active players. MJ is the GOAT.
I think Westbrook is content playing Robin to Durant's Batman. Maybe 3 or 4 years ago, that wasn't always the case.
The dunk contest format was the worst since "the wheel" a few years back. John Wall had a very impressive dunk at the end though. And Paul George had a pretty good one too with a reverse through-the-legs. But Upward must have been the sponsor this year since the East team was the "winner" and Wall merely got "dunk of the night".
The dunk contest has usually gotten a bad rap but I think it has less to do with the dunks than who is doing the dunks. If LeBron would agree to enter the contest, the ratings would be huge. If 10 million folks watched The Decision, how many more would watch him do a dunk contest? Next year...LeBron, Griffin, George, Wall. Make it happen, boys!
Lame reason for Russ Huesman to not want to do Thursday night home games anymore. I'm not buying that the players aren't ready enough for Thursday home games simply because they have to go to classes that day. It sounds like he's trying to subtly make another excuse for not beating UT-Martin.
Chas, nope. Apparently it was only a misunderstanding. Haha.
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