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    The Billikens, Ainad Shriner Drum and Bugle Corps, The Rotary Club of Swansea, Collecting Anheuser Busch Beer Steins, and Watching high school sports.

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  1. Just don't point out notre dame's horrible academic and graduation rate for their men's athletics. He really gets mad then.
  2. Just ignore the guy. I destroyed him in threads at the post forums and as mentioned above he just moves the goal posts and ignores he was defeated in that debate. His sole purpose is nothing more than to upset billiken fans. Just let him post and don't respond to him. Eventually he will just talk to himself.
  3. ive never seen goodwin play point guard. he is physically strong, a smart player and has decent handles. if ford thinks he can be a point guard and compares him to marcus smart i say give it a try. if after his freshmen season both goodwin and ford dont think it is the right spot they can adjust things thereafter. but i am all for the chance. as to rebounding, i guess it depends how much ford will ask his point guard to play away from the basket when he doesnt have the ball. obviously offensive reboundingwise, that would hamper that attribute. defensively, jordan should still be the rebounding fiend he has always been. as to havoc, the way to break full court pressure defense should only resort to a player dribbling through the defense as a last resort. the way to beat the pressure is to pass out in front of the pressure and great spacing. if we arent doing that, yeah we'll have trouble regardless of who is playing point guard. i look at the point guard effectiveness as the player that can initiate the offense once they get past the half line. baryley would pick up his dribble 2 steps past the line and pass to a wing 30 feet from the basket. he circled around screens such that his defender had no problem staying in front of him. this and slow reactions to defensive shifts made bartley ineffective as a point guard. if goodwin does the same thing, he wont be a point guard. we will just have to see how he performs.
  4. speaking of Teresa Lisch. Teresa and her husband, Trent Meacham (Former Illinois Guard who know plays professionally in France) recently became parents of twins. Hopefully Teresa can get the boys to wear blue not orange.
  5. what ive heard is that between tate and ford convincing goodwin he was capable of being a point guard that would lead the return of the program is what turned goodwin. NO ONE else touched that button. to get back in the game with goodwin after crews totally f'd that up is nothing short of incredible. for that he gets nothing but kudos. as to disillusioned, ford has exceeded my expectations thus far. as good as i thought he would recruit, i didnt think he could assemble what appears to be such a good group of incoming players this quickly. but as i said in my original thoughts, i will wait till spring 2018 to start weighing in on the entire body of work. a coach cannot succeed (well maybe calipari has) on recruiting alone. it's definitely important. maybe most important. but you have to be able to maximize that talent. that's yet to be seen. hope he's learned and will also exceed expectations in practice and games as well.
  6. I always expected good recruiting from ford. It's been his M.O. everywhere he's been. That said he has succeeded, it appears, far beyond expectations and I am thrilled with what we've seen so far because of his recruiting gets. It couldn't have been easy selling the shambles of a program he walked into. In about a month and a half ford's real test starts. While recruiting has always been his strong point (and again it appears he is getting an A++ in recruiting) ford teams have never been notated for development and floor play. It will become Ford's make or break. He definitely gets a complete mulligan for the upcoming season. But we need to see a night and day difference when his talent takes over. Especially considering the bulk of the expected lineup will have practiced as billikens for a year. So we wait for about two years to really comment on what our whole coaching talent really is. But for the meantime I must admit I'm as excited about billiken basketball as I've been for a long time. It sure has been fun beaming about Goodwin to the Illinois fans I know. 😄
  7. ive been cheering/pining for goodwin here for 3 years. people said i was nuts. crews said he wasnt good enough. all i know is thank god we got a coach that wouldnt take no for an answer and went out the last few months and took off the radar to the rumored top choice. folks. goodwin is our point guard. i have been wondering why ford wasnt chasing a point guard hard, well here's your answer. give kudos to ford for answering the question "why the billikens?" for goodwin. he found the key and hammered it home. lets just pray we now close the deal. we are far too used to being this close in the past and having it yanked out last second. stay positive all.
  8. Bauman I say he is closer to 6'2" than 6' 5". However this is one of those rare kids that doesn't fit in the box. Goodwin is probably the most ferocious rebounder I've ever seen. He is extremely strong and athletic. Granted His ball handling and outside shooting isn't special, but it is far better now than jordair was at any point as a billiken. The kid is a lion that just wins and dominates. There have been plenty of under sized pf's that have succeeded because of their overwhelming efforts. Think of Barkley or our own donnie Dobbs. But honestly he is better all around than Dobbs. This kid is for real. And the list of suitors is proof of his ability. You need to go see him play this winter.
  9. Majerus had a bigger hole? Rickma inherited a team that had won 20 games and had Lisch and Liddell returning. Who is "lisch and liddell" on our current roster? Crews f'd saint Louis university badly. Ford inherited the worst roster in my nearly 40 years of following the billikens.
  10. This is a remarkable get. Ford is definitely a salesman.
  11. My gosh he'd not only play immediately at SLU he'd be the star. I'm betting ford is already playing that angle.
  12. we will not be asked to upgrade conferences until the program proves it is back to where it was 3 years ago. until then we are lucky we are in the A-10.
  13. im all about the billiken kids that did the right thing. not the ones that didnt make the effort to live up to their very nice saint louis university scholarship. do the job academically, be a good citizen and teamate and i indeed will cheer till the end of time.
  14. most of the former billikens in my billiken lifetime lived up to "my high standards". our record of degrees is remarkable and outstanding post billiken job careers is great. the number of former players that have gotten into trouble can be counted on your hands and the non degrees probably can as well. you say willie matured. didnt he just walk off his nba team just last year? and by accomplishing his goals, you mean making the nba was his goal? nothing about graduating from college and contributing to society? what are we giving kids scholarships to college if finishing college isnt their goal? thanks for the SRP compliment. coming from the likes of you that is just fine.
  15. well excuse me if id rather follow the life after billiken baasketball of the careers of the players that did things right. stayed out of trouble, got their degrees, merged successfully with society, etc. If you all want to dedicate threads every month or so idolizing willie reed who didnt do much of anything right while a billiken beyond some nice dunks and blocked shots, more power to you. personally i think you have your priorities mixed up. i have no vendetta towards willie reed. i just couldnt care less about him due to his failure as a total student athlete at slu and cant see the need to follow his life thereafter. those that want to state he's done so much right thereafter and deserves all this attention, i say if you want to idolize a former player that made the mistakes but then did all the right things and deserves the attention and praise for his life thereafter, i'd look more to kwamaine than willie. i was very down on mitchell for the mess he put himself (and the billikens) in at the time. he then accepted his responsibility, did all the things he needed to do to come back and had a nice senior season. there is the player to watch and admire after going through his adversity.