Thursday, January 29, 2009

Requiem for a Season

Towson 69, William & Mary 56

At least our adopted team hung on to win.

46 comments:

Rhymenocerous said...

Is that Ed Koch? Frank Perdue?

Mark said...

Will Perdue. The years have not been kind.

zoltan said...

Grandpa from the Munsters?

rob said...

that's the mayor ed koch, original gangster.

Geoff said...

William Donald Shaeffer would have been more appropriate...and also could serve as a stunt double for Koch...and Perdue.

rob said...

more appropriate for what?

Geoff said...

I was thinking the Towson angle...

rob said...

ah, but the honorable mr. koch is a shoutout to yesterday's beastie boys-based analysis of the tribe's season.

Mark said...

Speakign of analysis, I'd like to hand out a hearty pat on the back to myself for my predictions about last night's Wake-Duke game.

rob said...

you got it half right - teague didn't do a ton, but singler and henderson were both pretty effective. the rest of duke's team offered no resistance whatsoever to wake.

Jerry said...

I actually tuned in for a little college basketball last night. It was a real blow to the senses to hear Patrick and Vitale.

How do you give up a layup on an inbounds pass like that? K is a great coach, but he's gotta take some heat there. There were actually 2 guys open underneath. #2 on Duke wasn't guarding anybody after Henderson switched onto the perimeter player.

I also like this Al-Farukh character, but he's going to need to visit the name shop and choose again.

rob said...

well, he does spell it with a 'q', jerry (al-farouq), so he's got that.

rob said...

and patrick/vitale made duke's comeback (nice, to be sure, but not legendary) sound like the charge of the light brigade.

TJ said...

And that should surprise you why?

rob said...

i like it when yoda takes over teejay's keyboard.

TJ said...

I would like it if Yoda would do all my work today.

rob said...

powerful numbers these are. strong new housing starts the southwest makes.

Mark said...

Rob...I got it more than half right. Singler had a nice scoring night but he shot 7-19 from the field. Henderson was better (9-17) but he also had 7 turnovers.

Sometimes its not just the big numbers that tell the story, little fella. Duke's offense was stagnant and struggled for most of the night because neither of their two main scorers could develop any consistent rhythm on offense.

zoltan said...

Do you actually have any work to do?

Mark said...

As to Rob's point about Vitale and Patrick overdoing it about Duke's comeback, I think most people felt the same way. I yelled at my TV when Patrick tried to compare it to Duke's epic last minute comeback @ Maryland in 2001.

rob said...

but the two of them were duke's entire offense during the greatest comeback in the history of ever.

TJ said...

Making and stapling hundreds of copies is not easy Zoltan.

rob said...

i had the same reaction on the duke/maryland comparison. absurd.

Rhymenocerous said...

Vitale certainly was lapping at Coach K's jock all night long. I loved the shot of him and his assistants, followed by Dick talking about how great it is for the assistants to "soak in all that knowledge," as if it was magic spooge.

Dick also mentioned how great it was that Johnny Dawkins could serve as an assistant for so long before waiting for the perfect opportunity. I would wager that Johnny Dawkins has some flaws that scare ADs, which is why he was an assistant for a decade.

Greg Paulus hopes Wojo gets a job somewhere next year so he has something to do next year other than enter David Faustino look-alike contests.

Mark said...

Okay RhymO, I'll bite. What are these character flaws that Dawkins has that are scaring away ADs?

TJ said...

Mark, your boy Paul Harris:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QT4xc9F20vU

Mark said...

That...is...awesome. A much better use of his time than working on his jumpshot.

In other college roundball news, anybody see that UGA fired Dennis Felton after Florida stomped the dogs by 30+ in Gainesville last night? Felton should FedEx a fresh bag of shit directly to Jim Harrick for destroying that program.

TJ said...

It is pretty amazing how shitty the SEC as a whole is this year...

Rhymenocerous said...

I have no idea what is/was wrong with Dawkins. My convoluted point was that Dickie V made it seem like sitting as an assistant coach next to Coack K is the best thing going.

Dawkins was a high profile collegiate and a point guard for many years in the NBA. If he needed 10 years as a high profile assistant to get a gig, that means the system is still racist or he's not that impressive. Think of all the turnover in the top conferences over the last 5+ years. Amaker, Dawkins' old backcourt partner, has been coaching for quite a long time, while Dawkins was showing Chris Collins the right way to make Coach K's lattes.

Mark said...

The shittiness of the SEC is the only way a very average (and extremely soft) Gator team is making the tourney this year.

And RhymO, I'd have to agree with you on Dawkins now that your point is clearer. A decade seems like a long time to sit on the bench as an assistant, even behind the second coming himself.

Whitney said...

You could do like Chuck Swenson and leave for a head coaching job at a CAA school, set records for futility and dwarfishness (they go hand in hand), and retreat to Coach K's bench after a while.

Check out Chuck Swenson's Wikipedia page (unedited, unabbreviated)


Chuck Swenson was the head coach for the William & Mary Tribe men's basketball team from 1987-1994.[1] Statistically, Swenson was the second worst coach in W&M men's basketball history. He compiled a 27-71 conference record, 62-134 overall, for a .316 winning percentage.[1] It should be noted that he is second to H. W. Withers, who only coached a five-game season back in 1906-07 while finishing 1-4 (.200 winning percentage).[1]

Swenson graduated in 1972 from Crystal Lake Central High School in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He is the son of basketball coach John Swenson. As a senior in college, Swenson was the team manager for Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball during their undefeated 1976 national championship season.

TJ said...

Crystal Lake, Illinois?

Watch out for the Voorhees family.

Rhymenocerous said...

Didn't our last coach before Shavers resign to go back to his old job as an assistant at Ohio State?

rob said...

ah, yes, the pedophiliac rick boyages. indeed, rhymo.

rob said...

boyages is now the associate commissioner/director of men's basketball activities for the mac. he's also massively upgraded his head shot. dude used to look like peewee herman.

Jerry said...

According to the lottery I just ran on ESPN, the Nets will draft Al-Faruq. Pair him up with Al Bradshaw and we've got ourselves a tag team.

TJ said...

I might be the only guy that got that joke.

Mark said...

Jameer Nelson is an NBA All-Star (deservedly so). I never thought I'd be writing that.

TJ said...

Yes we can!

TJ said...

Wow, if you're looking for a club that can turn a 15 pt lead into a 3 pt deficit in less than four minutes of game time, Va Tech is your team.

TJ said...

Though it should be said that this Va Tech/Clemson game is actually quite entertaining.

Jerry said...

I got in a huge nasty argument with some guy on the Giants message board after the NBA draft when I said that Jameer Nelson would be a good NBA player. Another game for Milos.

Mark said...

I thought Nelson would be a good NBA player (not an All-Star) but I definitely lost a little faith in him the last couple of years. I once described his ceiling to Greg as "a poor man's Tim Hardaway". I think that's pretty close at this point.

Jerry said...

Len Elmore just attributed Seton Hall's 1989 Final Four appearance to local recruiting by naming 4 players -- 2 of whom weren't on the team in 1989 and 1 of whom is from North Carolina.

Jerry said...

Rooting for Rutgers basketball is hard work.

TJ said...

I might have been too kind when I said Rutgers would win a couple conference games.