Basketball, NBA, NCAA Tournament, Sports, Sports Commentary

It pays to take one step at a time …


It pays to take one step at a time …

The sporting weekend brought about a number of thrilling events, with perhaps the most scintillating of them all, being the Elite Eight games, which led to the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament . The quartet of teams now making up the Final Four, are among the most renowned programs in Men’s Basketball at the D1 Level. Needless to say, the fans of College Basketball as well as the programs in question, have to be enthralled by the events which have taken place.

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There can be no denying these four teams have played the best throughout much of the tournament , with the highly favored and regular season unbeaten Kentucky (Wildcats) leading the way. John Calipari will be seeking to win the second national title of his career, while looking add his name alongside John Wooden and Bobby Knight as the only coaches in College Basketball to have led their respective programs to a national title and an unbeaten season during the same year. There is a great deal of pressure on this Wildcats’ team to succeed while adding their name to basketball immortality .

Mike Krzyzewski as the head coach of the Duke (Blue Devils) will be making his twelfth appearance in the Men’s Final Four , while also seeking his fifth national title for the program. Needless to say, Krzyzewski in some circles might be considered one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history and has to be ranked alongside such legendary luminaries John Wooden , Bobby Knight and Adolph Rupp . I certainly believe if Krzyzewski can lead Duke past Michigan State (Spartans) on Saturday , 4th April,2015. Then this sets up the Blue Devils for the chances to add a fifth title to the program’s already illustrious history.

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The four remaining head coaches will lead their respective programs in the Final Four . Clockwise, Mike Krzyzewski , top left , John Calipari top right , Tom Izzo, bottom right , and finally , Bo Ryan . AP Photo / Mark Howard

Tom Izzo’s name has become synonymous with the success achieved at the Michigan State Spartans’ program and his having led Michigan to what will now become their fifth Final Four appearance and the thirteenth time, where he has taken the Spartans beyond or where they have reached the Sweet Sixteen, during his two-decade plus career with Michigan State. This contest has the makings of a classic match-up between two legendary head coahes. As to the outcome , everything might suggest the Blue Devils being a slight favorite , but absolutely nothing can now be take for granted at this juncture.

The second of the two Final Four contests pits the Kentucky Wildcats against the Wisconsin (Badgers) , coached by Bo Ryan . Wisconsin like their opponents are regional number one seeds remaining at this stage of the NCAA Tournament, further highlighting, why ‘ March Madness ‘ is far more an exciting a premise, than the ” perceived idiocy “ of College Football and the recent changes made within the sport. Undoubtedly, there will be a great deal of tinkering being made to the current format as the sport looks to legitimize its standing in Collegiate Athletics, with their being the constant criticism of an archaic and money-driven format within College Football.

As fans of College Basketball along with analysts covering the sport debate the merits of the four teams left in the tournament , the unfolding stories which tend to encapsulate the event will now be front and center over the next few days , until we have the first of two tip-offs to determine who will be the two finalists in the national championship game.

With a mere seven games to be played for the vast majority of the teams in the 2014-15 regular NBA season. It has been interesting to see the fallout from what has been an understated season . Granted, the play of several players having exceptional seasons , with James Harden , Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook seen as the front-runners for this season’s League MVP Award. All three players have led their respective teams to a playoff berth , with only the Golden State Warriors (60-13) having secured a divisional title, winning the Pacific Division within the Western Conference , rather comfortably over their closest divisional rival the Los Angeles Clippers.

With the Golden State Warriors being the only team to have won sixty games or more this season. The Atlanta Hawks are the only other possible franchise now in with a remote chance of matching the Warriors’ feat with regard to exceeding sixty victories this season . It does seem to leave something of a question mark as to how competitive the NBA has been over the course of this regular season schedule. Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr has a team playing with a great deal of confidence .

With nine games left on their schedule , the Golden State Warriors have already set the franchise record for wins in a season , beating out the mark set by the 1974-75 team, coached by Al Attles and led on the court by of Hall of Fame player Rick Barry . This was a year removed from the team that won the NBA title . With the division won, and mathematically , Golden State cannot be caught within the Western Conference for the best record . Steve Kerr will likely mix things up somewhat , by having his bench players play an even bigger role , resting his starters as the season winds down . However, with a game coming up against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday, 31st March , I am inclined to believe once that contest’s results are in the books , Kerr and the coaching staff will place that particular strategy into being.

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Al Attles who coached the Golden State Warriors to their only NBA title , in their victory over the Washington Senators in the 1974-75 NBA Finals . Attles is still closely involved with the franchise where is he is a team ambassador . NBAE/ Getty Images @ all rights reserved

Spare me the excuses and niceties when it comes to the mediocrity shown by the Los Angeles Lakers , New York Knicks , Minnesota Timberwolves , Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers ! Their front offices smacks of incompetence, with the continued apathy shown by their respective legion of fans, with their mundane and asinine analysis of their teams’ failures, shows them to be just as lacking of intelligence as the general managers and owners in question of the aforementioned teams. Plans were scuppered by conceit , stupidity , but above all poor coaching by Byron Scott , Derek Fisher , Flip Saunders , Jaime Borrego and Brett Brown . As to whether or not., either of the quintet of coaches will be returning for next season, will likely be predicated upon how their teams close out their respective schedules. Consistency , among these five teams have provided us with more than a rare glimpse to why by enlarge the NBA remains a diaspora of extremely average teams, with few being able to win more than 60 % of their games over the course of the season.

Phil Jackson’s competency as a front office executive has to come into question. The New York Knicks could barely stand on their own feet, having to be propped up more often than not, with little to show for a consistent lack of effort. It doesn’t pain me to say this ___ “but what the hell are the Knicks doing, playing as they have been, simply, making a mockery of the NBA “?

The Knicks are simply living on past glories , with their showing no signs of improvement or actually knowing how to extricate themselves out their own mess.

Needless to say, with their fans living in hope that the 2015-16 season, brings about a sea of change with the franchise being able to sign several marquee free agents. My question for these very same self-absorbed and self-indulgent fans, who coaches the team next season ? Clearly, Derek Fisher has little or no knowledge as to what is needed and his coaching staff has provided little assistance in trying to turn things around for the franchise over the course of this season. A great deal of the blame, has to be placed firmly on the shoulders of Phil Jackson , with his ego managing to get in the way of common sense and astute thinking, concerning the hiring of Fisher.

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Derek Fisher head coach of the New York Knicks is seen at the dais , taking questions posed from the convened press after his formal introduction in his capacity as head of the Knicks’ coaching staff. . Also pictured are GM Steve Mills , second from the right , alongside Phil Jackson who heads up the Basketball Operations for the Eastern Conference based franchise.. The Knicks will end this season with the worst record in the NBA and in the team’s recent history. Jackson has yet to commit himself to Fisher and the coaching staff next season , but there is likely to be a major shakeup among the playing and coaches during the off-season. With NBA Draft due on the 25th June ,2015 , all signs would point to the fact , any moves would likely be made prior to the event . AP Photo / Howard Roberts

There has been a marked difference , in how both the Golden State Warriors and New York Knicks have gone about rebuilding their respective organizations over the past few seasons. New York , has simply been wayward, with little thought or strategic planning being put into place and owner James Dolan , simply treating the franchise like a priceless bauble , something to be stared at and admired from afar, little does he realize , that the structure has been falling apart at the seams during that time-fame. In the case of the Warriors , it has been sound management within its hierarchy led by Jerry West, who alongside GM Bob Myers , has been given a clear path to proceed along by joint-owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber . Golden State might well be in a better position to forge ahead with their bold ambitions while the Knicks are likely be to foraging around for pieces of scraps left at the table by the rest of the NBA. It pretty much has summed up their season this year , and in many respects the greater half of these last twelve years .

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As an impartial observer or avid fan of the NBA, where do you believe the New York Knicks might have gone wrong over the last six years ? Also are you of the opinion Phil Jackson will ultimately succeed in turning things around for the franchise , whether he chooses to step backing into a head coach’s role or not ? Of the quartet teams making up the Final Four , which pairing do you believe is likely to provide the fans with the most entertaining national title game ? Chime with your observations and thoughts as you see fit.

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Mack The Knife …………………….


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Well the Florida Gators when the chances were there to put the game ( 74-71 ) away the Butler Bull Dogs simply outplayed the Gators as Brad Stevens’ team make their second consecutive Final Four in the NCAA Tournament .

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Destiny was there for the Bull Dogs’ as Shelvin Mack literally stuck the dagger in the backs of the Gators and having impaled Billy Donovan’s team , Mack and his teammates turned and stuck that knife even deeper into the wound as the Gator’s hopes bled incessantly with no way of stopping the flow. Along with that win it now adds further legitimacy as to what Butler has done and in particular it makes the young Brad Stevens perhaps an even hotter prospect as a potential candidate for a NBA coaching position should one become vacant this offseason within the NBA .

This game was as exciting as one would expect and a thriller it turned out to be but at the same time would one say that Butler was a team of destiny ? Or did they simply to their strengths while the Florida Gators fall apart under the mountain of expectations albeit that may well have been the perception of their rabid and vociferous fans ? These are the questions that may well be asked and are still to be answered over the course of the next few days. And while I’ve no doubt that to their credit the Gators under Billy Donovan overachieved with this team . The players to their credit can certainly take something away from this defeat but at the same I don’t think that they can hide the disappointment of this loss and what it meant to them as player but also the Gators’ fans up and down the country.

From my own perspective this tournament has been one to be appreciated from all perspectives but this much I do know seeing the Duke Blue Devils fall (93-77) to the Arizona Wildcats was enough for me to know that this wasn’t to be Mike Krzyzewski’s year to win his fourth national title . So 2012 becomes a another year and another chance to aspire to add to his legacy and that of the Blue Devils’ program.

For Billy Donovan I can’t help but feel sorry for coach and his team as they were never really expected to get this far much less competing with this much competitiveness during the tournament . And for Donovan having won consecutive titles in 2006 and 2007 the coach was seeking to win his third title overall with the Florida Gators. This has been a spectacular run by the coach , this program and what it has done for the school in terms of the publicity gained .

As to the remainder of the tournament the berths have now been set with regard to the Final Four and the teams now chasing collegiate basketball immortality. It has to be said that each of the participants left are deserving of their fate and whatever they achieve from hereon in has to be seen as an added bonus for those teams and their respective fans across the country. Collegiate basketball at the D1 level offers a spectacle unlike any other collegiate tournament presided over by the NCAA or BCS in terms of the FBS and their national championship. The BCS for all of its merits to my mind pales into insignificance in comparison to the NCAA Tournament. And inasmuch as fans across the country have been in awe of the BCS National Championship as a thrilling spectacle is something to appreciate but I for one believe that it elicits nowhere near as enough excitement as that of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament . College football may well be the more popular of the two sports by far of which there’s no denial but there’s every reason to believe that while over the course of the season it has the fans showing their passion for the game . This much we do know is that come time for the NCAA Tournament it grabs even the uninitiated amongst us and has in awe and appreciation for the game the teams and all of the excitement it brings .

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In terms of what you’ve witnessed during the tournament do you feel that it has lived up to your expectations and what if anything are you now expecting to see during the Final Fours and which teams do you expect to be playing for the national title ? Simply chime in with your thoughts on the matter and thanks as always for the continued support !

Alan aka tophatal ………………………..

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(1) Butler’s Alex Anglin holds up the Southeast Regional Trophy as the team is greeted by fans as they arrive at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71 , to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings ……..

(2) Butler head coach Brad Stevens talks to the fans that greeted the team at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Butler defeated Florida, 74-71, to advance to the Final Four. AP Photo/Darron Cummings …..

(3) Erving Walker #11 of the Florida Gators fouls Matt Howard #54 as Chrishawn Hopkins #20 of the Butler Bulldogs tries to block his shot in the second half during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ………..

(4) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs reacts during their game against the Florida Gators in overtime of the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……..

(5) Shelvin Mack #1 of the Butler Bulldogs dunks against the Florida Gators during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ……

(6) Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates defeating the Florida Gators 74 to 71 in overtime by cutting down part of the net during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

(7) Head coach Billy Donovan talks to Patric Young #4 of the Florida Gators during the second half of their game against the Butler Bulldogs in the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images ……

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Final Four

Games scheduled for Sunday 27th March to decide the final two berths

Kentucky Wildcats vs North Carolina

Kansas vs VCU

Already through to the Final Four ……… U Conn and Butler

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Eye candy ………… Brooke Burke

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Brackets ? What Brackets ? Aren’t They Meant To Support Things ?


Brackets ? What Brackets ? Aren’t They Meant To Support Things ?

Well it’s Kaput , Auf Wiedershen , Dasvadiniya , Sayonara , Bonsoir as far as my brackets go in the men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament . My choices are as bad in the choice I made in having gotten married after living with the ex for over a decade. Not the wisest of decisions I’ve ever made in my life but I think that I can live with it ! Well she’s gone her way I’ve gone in mine after a somewhat lukewarm divorce and I can say is that I survived. Now on to the tournament itself where we’ve seen surprises and the teams we thought would excel have done so with legitimate ease. Perhaps the biggest surprise however may well have been the quick departure of Jamie Dixon’s Pitt Panthers’ team who many well have felt were a legitimate contender for this year’s title. The Panthers’ demise at the hands of the Butler Bull Dogs in the round of 32 shows us all why we can’t really take anything for granted . That apparent one point loss 71-70 essentially ended the Panthers’ season and that of their fans.

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Now while I’m under no illusion that there’s still a great deal to play for as far the tournament now goes I can’t help but wonder how many of the fans and their brackets now seem to be panning out ? I’ve heard it said that President Obama’s picks in part are still in tact and that if anything tells me that he’s more concerned with the tournament than the more pressing needs that he , his cabinet , the House and Senate face in dealing with many of the acute issues that the country presently faces. Hell there’s an unemployment rate of 9.5% , the economy a mess , and need we be reminded that the budget deficit is almost 10% of the nation’s $14 trillion ($14,000,000,000,000) economy (GDP) ? But I doubt that the President much less the Congress is that overly concerned with that issue much any of the others that the country now faces as they’re simply only paying it lip service . I’ve yet to see this or any other administration actually make a legitimate attempt in dealing with the fiscal woes of the country. Hell the vast majority of the idiots in Congress wouldn’t know the difference between balance sheet and baking sheet !

As I alluded to earlier there were surprises to be had once the tournament commenced on the 15th March 2011 with a litany of games that started the ball rolling . The tournament now kicks into high gear because from hereon in it’s all about the glory acclaim and fan worship for the teams now left to compete. And at this moment in time I for one don’t feel that there’s a clear cut favorite that stands out in spite of what many analysts are saying . If anything they’d rather make those comments solely for the sake of making them to elicit some commentary from the fans and beat writers alike covering the tournament nationwide. What might be more different in the coverage of this season’s tournament is the fact that it is being shared by broadcast and cable networks alike . You have the primary programmer in this case being CBS who in conjunction with TNT , Tru Tv and TBS are sharing the television. However, CBS will take over the scheduling once the tournament comes down to the Elite 8 , Final Four and the championship game itself. Though I’m not totally against this , it does as such throw my planning completely out of the window unless I’m fully aware as to the scheduling of the games to be televised and in particular the ones that are of interest to me .

As an avowed Duke Blue Devils’ fan I’m looking to see whether or not Mike Krzyzewski and this Duke team can become the first to successfully defend a national men’s title in two different decades since Krzyzewski , himself , accomplished the feat in 1991 and ’92 . Having won it all in 2010 defeating Brad Steven’s Butler team 61-59 , this would be Krzyzewski’s fifth title overall in his illustrious career and perhaps further cement his career as one of the best coaches ever in collegiate basketball . Perhaps someone ought to remind the outspoken and now somewhat ridiculous Jalen Rose the pride of playing for the institution doesn’t come down to color but character and integrity ? His denigrating of African American players past and present who’ve played for Duke speaks to his stupidity and lack of respect not only for some of his peers but also how little respect he has for his race and in particular the environment he’s eschewed as it relates to the background of the players he’d chosen to denigrate as well as the program. And less we forget his alma-mater Michigan is not without controversy as it relates to the basketball program and that a teammate of his at the time Chris Webber was embroiled in some NCAA violations while attending the school.

Now with many of the top seeds still remaining in the tournament and the thought being that it’s now about viewing who stands the best chance of making it through to the Elite Eight amongst those contenders left. Among those left as #1 seeds are Ohio State , Duke , #2 seeds —- North Carolina and San Diego State and Florida the two time national champions under coach Billy Donovan . The coach will be looking to add a third title to his resume’ in the last five years having won national titles in 2006 and then repeating 2007 . Adding a third title for the young coach and this team at this stage of his career would be a remarkable feat. But that’d be predicated upon the Gators being able to get by the BYU Cougars led by the nation’s leading scorer and one of the main candidates for Player of the Year Jimmer Ferdette .

These series of games will go a long way in telling who amongst the likes of Marquette , Florida State , Arizona , Wisconsin , Ohio St, Butler , Kansas and Kentucky are likely to proceed on to the Elite Eight . And at this juncture many a fool and his money have been easily parted but that’s certainly not the case for those who still have their brackets in tact. I’d dare say that this is the one time of the year with regard to a sporting event where the whole nation is engrossed such an event. Other than the Superbowl I for one can’t think of any other sports’ event that literally has the viewers and nation at large so engrossed. Most certainly it becomes the water cooler topic amongst employees at work who are either discussing the merits of their picks or where they went wrong in making those picks. I know that’s definitely the case for myself amongst my colleagues at work but also my own close personal friends outside of the work environment. Gladly, it hasn’t taken a toll on my personal relationship although the girlfriend whose interests in sports lay somewhere between the AVP Women’s Tour (Beach Volleyball) and perhaps once in a while the odd NFL game that might just have Tom Brady on view. For some reason she thinks he’s the closest thing to an “Adonis” there is in the world of sports ?

There have been some outstanding players on display during this tournament and I dare say that we’ll be hearing a lot more about the likes of Jared Sullinger , Jon Diebler , Nolan Smith , Kemba Walker , Kyle Singler , Kyrie Irving and a slew of other players who will be parading their skills for not only the fans but the NBA scouts , general managers and no doubt coaches who’ll be watching the latter stages of this tournament with a great deal of interest . It gives many of these players in question another chance to showcase their talent with a view to making and then taking that inevitable next step to the professional ranks. I know this for fact , the NBA and the NCAA wouldn’t want it any other way. Because it’s a mutually beneficial thing for all parties concerned from a competitive and financial standpoint !

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As to the the tournament itself , how do you see the whole thing panning out how are your brackets now holding up ? For myself it simply imploded within the first two rounds of the tournament. Beyond that I can only redeem myself if Coach K and the boys pull through . So I’m now hoping that will definitely be the case , hoping for something good ! Chime in with your thoughts on the tournament and which teams or players have impressed you the most ?

Alan aka tophatal ………………..

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NCAA Sweet 16 Draw games scheduled for 24th and 25th March , 2011 .

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(1) Butler guard Shelvin Mack , right, fouls Pittsburgh forward Gilbert Brown (5) during the second half of the Southeast Regional third-round NCAA tournament college basketball game, Saturday, March 19, 2011, at the Verizon Center in Washington. Butler defeated Pittsburgh 71-70 . AP Photo/Alex Brandon …..

(2) Andrew Smith (44) of the Butler Bulldogs puts up a shot against Ashton Gibbs (12) of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Butler won the game 71-70. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images …….

(3)Members of the Pittsburgh basketball team including Nasir Robinson (35), Ashton Gibbs (12), and Brad Wanamaker (22) walk off the court following their loss against Butler in the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Verizon Center on March 19, 2011 in Washington, DC. Butler won the game 71-70. Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images ……….

(4) Nolan Smith (2) of the Duke Blue Devils talks with his teammates in the second half while taking on the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images ………

(5) Darius Morris(4) of the Michigan Wolverines and Kyle Singler (12) of the Duke Blue Devils go up for a rebound alongisde Jordan Morgan (52) of the Michigan Wolverines during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images …….

(6) Billy White (32) of the San Diego State Aztecs and Juan Fernandez (4) of the Temple Owls look for a rebound during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 19, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Photo by Harry How/Getty Images ………..

(7) Jared Sullinger (0) and Jon Diebler (33) of the Ohio State Buckeyes look on from the bench late in the second half against the George Mason Patriots during the third of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images ………

(8) Scottie Wilbekin (5) of the Florida Gators drives for a shot attempt against the UCLA Bruins during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at St. Pete Times Forum on March 19, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. Florida won 73-65 . Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images ……

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Eye candy ……….. Sybilla

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UB 40 ………….. “Higher Ground”

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UB 40 …. feat’g ……… Chrissie Hynde ……….”Breakfast In Bed”

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Well Duke Just Can’t Seem To Get Over That Proverbial Hump …………….


 
 
 

Well  Duke  Just  Can’t  Seem To  Get Over  The Proverbial  Hump  …………………..

 

 

 

 

 

Last  night  at  the  Cameron Indoor  Arena   two  of  the  titans  of the  college  game  basketball  fraternity   got  together.   At  stake  was  the  battle  to  seek   supremacy  within  the  state  as  to    overall  bragging  rights.   Perhaps  the  Wake  Forest  Demon Deacons  may  well  have  something  to  say    about   at  this juncture  ?     The University of  North  Carolina  Tar  Heels  squared  off  against their   instate   rival  the  Duke   University  Blue  Devils.

 

 

 

However  what’s   painstakingly   clear     is  that  within the  realms  of   men’s   college  basketball  there  isn’t  a  more  sought  after   rivalry. Many of  you  may  well  disagree  with  that.  But  I  for  one   would  like  to  hear   your  thoughts  on that   if   you  feel  that  I  am  indeed  wrong ?     You  have  two   storied   programs  and   two   equally   well   respected   coaches  in  Mike  Krzyzewski    of Duke  and   Roy Williams   of   North  Carolina . Two  finer  coaches  of  men’s  basketball   you  may   find  anyone   better  than  these  well   respected  individuals.   Not  only   respected   by  their   players    but  also   amongst  their   peers.   And  that    speaks   highly  as   to  the  esteem   with  which   both  are  held. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Terrapins Are Having Problems …………


 
 
 
 

Terrapins  Are Having  Problems ………………….

 

 

 

 

 

It’s  time  and  it’s  not a good  for   Gary  Williams  at  present  and  the University of  Maryland men’s  basketball  team.  Much  has  been  made  of  the  program  and  the  belief  that  it  just  might  be  getting  stale  under  the  tutelage  of  Williams.

 

 

Williams  directs  his  team during  the game  against  North Carolina which  resulted in Maryland's loss 108-91 in ACC game .  picture appears  courtesy of ap/photo/Gerry Broome  ................

 

 

Williams  directs  his  team  during  the  game  against North Carolina  which  resulted in Maryland’s loss  108-91 in  an ACC game .  picture  appears courtesy  of ap/photo/Gerry Broome  …………………….. 

 

 

 

Mediocrity  is  not  an  acceptable  word  in their   dictionary   when  it  comes  to  this  particular  program. The  heights  of  success   reached  under  Williams  goes without saying .  But  when his  abilities  comes  into   question  one  has  to  wonder   what  it  is  that  went   wrong  with   regard  to   the  program.   It’s  certainly   not as if  overnight  the   program   fell  upon   hard  times.     The  luster  of  the  program   has  gradually  worn thin  and   the  scuff  marks   have  begun  to makes its way  into  how  the   team  plays.

 

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