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  1. I'd rather Bell and Diarra get OJT over another big like this.
  2. The "highlight" video is unimpressive. to say the least. Of course, Playboy centerfolds don't look the same in real life as they do with the airbrush. He banked quite a few shots in that looked kind of like prayers to me. His one dunk was on a breakaway and he showed very little lift in the paint. Maybe the knee injury holding him down. But, you can't teach heights ... of course, I think I said the same thing about John Manning. My question is this ...... with two arguable big men "projects" on the roster in Diarra and Bell, who I sour big man coach that is teaching them the ins and outs of D1 basketball.
  3. On a side note, Verbal Commits has Mike Lewis as an official transfer to us and immediately eligible. Anyone care to confirm through the school?
  4. I searched for this Carpenter news but didn't find it. Where did I miss it? I liked this kid ....
  5. Only one guest! Conundrum ---- who's giving your Hall of Fame Induction-like speech for you ... me or roy?
  6. Let's see how Zion does against the Joel Embiid's, Blake Griffin's, and Kwahi :Leonard's of the world -- night, after night, after night. Maybe he'll surprise me. On th eflip side, at least another ro fmy least favorite players --- Russell Westbrook -- is dead and gone for another 0off season. He's 31, he'll never win.
  7. Well, we all know Dick Vitale sucks Duke d!ck and had a robust association with Jim Valvano (NC State). Jay Bilas is a Duke grad. Jay Williams went to Duke. Seth Greenberg last coached in the ACC. Other ACCers have included Kara Lawson, Len Elmore, Hubert Davis and a host of others on ESPN. ACC roots also exist with Mike Gminski, Shane Battier, Alaa Abdelnaby, Kenny Anderson, Brad Daugherty, Brendan Williams and so on down the line. Just seems to be the way it is. As noted previously, I am sick and tired of Zion, send him away. And you are right, here comes the next "top recruiting class" and it is again falling into Duke's lap. I don't know why --- this is like Duke's fifth top recruiting class in the last six years and in that time, they've won one title. They do have three since the turn of the century and that's just Duke, a blueblood if there ever was one. I guess winning it all isn't really the key ---- likely being on TV, getting talked about by the pro-ACC talking heads every night, having that done in prime time on the East Coast, speculating about your upcoming draft position, eyes squarely focused on the next level and the big dollar contract scomign to those poor moms and dads who support and carry the entourage going forward. . Whatever the draw is its not about winning it all, getting a super degree from a great place or anything I value. Must be a mentality I am not familiar with.
  8. I think Hoosier Pal's statement is right on ----- I can see these sentiments being the mainstay of the town. I also see fo5's comeback to HP as true. So the battle lines will be drawn ---- local hotbed plays local players? If not, do the locals support? Will be quite a grand experiment.
  9. Great concept, great design. Good idea to max out at 25k for seating. No seat more than 120 feet away ..... that will be an interesting twist.
  10. Again, for the record, I love St.Louis. Wouldn't change a thing. But it is what it is. Just as Philly fans are obnoxious ..... Washington fans are arrogant ...... Baltimore fans are perennially optimistic ......
  11. I assume you mean 300 more at OSU than us at SLU? And I am not surprised. I think we might be in the middle range of mid-major attendance figures slumping well behind the North Carolinas and Michigan State's of the world. Of course, all that is governed by size of facility too. But I also think schools like High Point and others will naturally decrease the gene pool because evenif they sell out, their gyms only hodl 2 or 3 grand. That's why I'd love to see what the average is for the smaller group sof "big" schools an dkeep the small frys out. Better representation in the numbers. Would also advocate taking the so-called P5 schools out and see how the rest of those conferences compare. Just so I'm ready for that "Jeopardy" question when it comes up.
  12. skip -- read my lips ... this has little to do with attendance and teams moving. This has to do with the question of will more local players on the roster result in greater attendance at Billiken games. My answer remains the same --- no. Yes, there might be an exception in a Hughes or Tatum or Beal-type player but in general, no. Names? How about Kevin Lisch. Tommie Liddell III. Dwayne Polk. Luke Meyer. Matt Naiak. Luther Burden. PeeWee Lenard. John Duff. Reditt Hudson. Dale Renken. Chris Sloan. All ns, just like my list of minor league teams. I'd offer you can have a team comprised of 13 St. Louisans and if they go 10 and 24, short of their families, the general St. Louis area and fan won't care. All teams move (so it seems) and will continue to do so if the bottom lien remains in the red. I would say Baltimore lost the Colts because Irsay put a bad product on the field, made going to a game miserable and expensive for such a poor product and when no one showed up, gave him the perceived right to bolt to Indy. Bidwell continually put a weak product on the field and made constant demands on the city. As I said, I was proud of the city when they said don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. And what has that family done since they got to Arizona? One miraculous Super Bowl appearance. And constant runs for the #1 draft pick. The Bullets eventually moved because the Baltimore Arena (still used today) is/was antiquated. Still is. There is no fan experience there. They got a sweet deal to move to Largo and play in the Cap Center. Then, what with allthe killings in DC and Baltimore, 'Bullets' was too politically insensitive, They went to Wizards. The Cap Center was akin to DC as Florissant is to downtown St. Louis, ergo the downtown Verizon Center (or whatever it is) with its fan-friendly, price-gouging amenities. The only reason you don't hear about the Orioles moving is because Peter Angelos got a sweet deal in the Expo's relocation from Montreal to DC. It created the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and gave the Orioles and Nats equal-standing television outlets whereby they generate and keep their own revenues. Or at least add to the pot. Ownership of baseball in Baltimore is not concerned with winning or losing --- they have the revenue and Oriole Park is seen as a additional source for such -- the product on the field is horrible. All these new palaces are like that ---- look over here, we have a nice crab cake stand or craft beer line. Don't look over there, the product on the field s horrible. Have you seen Jacobs Field lately? The Indians can't draw to fill the stadium. They have changed over the upper deck in right field into something other than stands. I think the press might sit there or something like some sort of picnic deck. In any case, they took a lot of the seats out. So yes .... exactly like the Indians and Jacobs Field. Your point on D1 attendance is fine ---- however, there are what, 354 "D1" teams in NCAA men's basketball? Powerhouse places like High Point, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Chicago State, Florida A&M, Arkansas -Pine Bluff. I would offer that average attendance is more telling if you only do it for the Top 8 or 10 conferences. Then do your average. Then see how SLU compares. My problem is with SLU's accounting ---- I believe they count tickets sold, not fannies through the turnstiles. Which might be the way every team does it. But you could have a 'sell out' and no one shows. I was at the Butler game which I believe was labeled a sell out and seats were available or unoccupied to say the least. This still would never answer the question 'what was the walk up crowd?' which I think is also important in determining if the support is local to the area or just local to people affiliated with the school. Bottom lien is we'd never really know.
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