Posted on: June 30, 2008 6:46 pm

What IS the new name?

In touching a number of threads it came to my attention (or re-attention, if there is such a word) that tomorrow is the day that decides if the Sonics stay in Seattle.  To my thinking, it's a foregone conclusion that the team will head south and east to that basketball Mecca of Oklahoma City (????).  And in doing so, I am of the opinion that the Sonics/Supersonics name should stay in the Emerald City, Dorothy.

So, what should the new nickname of the former Sonics team be when they arrive in Oklahoma...where the wind comes sweeping down the plain?  I'll give you my thoughts shortly.

Posted on: June 5, 2008 5:13 pm

What's in a name?

Sorry it's been a while (again...), but my attention has been a bit divided.  What with the MLB season heating up, the NFL Draft, and the NBA Playoffs, it's a bit difficult to find one thing to concentrate on.  During the recent vote for the NBA MVP, I found myself wondering what "Most Valuable Player" really meant. 

"Player's" the easiest of the words.  It means someone actually in the field of play.  So, even though Danny Ainge did the Celtics right by putting together an instantly playoff-ready (if not Championship) team, he can't possibly be considered.  Okay, so it must be Teddy Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena," not some exec out there.  Fair enough.

"Most" is a little more challenging.  Most what?  Most points, most rebounds, most assists...?  Perhaps, most excellent.  Or most children out-of-wedlock.   No, no, no...I digress.  Supreme is probably the right adjective to equate this "most" to.  But supreme what...?

"Valuable" is where I find myself truly struggling.  To whom is this "player" "most" valuable?  To his team?  To the league?  To the networks?  It's safe to say that even years Michael Jordan wasn't the most valuable (?) player in the league, NBC found him so.  And what makes one "valuable?"  Is scoring?  Is it overall contribution to the team?  What does that even mean?

Was Kobe Bryant the MVP of the league?  His team wasn't truly competitive 'til Pau Gasol showed up in a mid-season trade.  Does that make Gasol more valuable?  {Meaningless tidbit, Gasol's brother was traded by the Lakers to get Pau to the team.}

Anyway, what is the contribution that makes a player "Most Valuable?"  I have my own thoughts that I'll share as we go, but I'm curious?

Posted on: March 8, 2008 5:27 pm

First Time

Wanted to start out with a bit of flash or controversy to really heat things up and create huge numbers of posts. Then I thought about the times that I had posted to those dumba**es blogs to tell them how annoying it is when people do that. Ultimately, I think I'll just live up to the title and give you my thoughts on different subjects and you can agree or crap all over them as you wish.

Duke and North Carolina play tonight and I find myself wondering why they are considered the biggest rivalry in college basketball? There are other schools in North Carolina alone that are similarly situated geographically, so it can't just be that.

There are other conferences that have rivals, too, right? Missouri hates Kansas! UCLA hates USC! Florida hates Georgia!

Can it be because they only have basketball? UNC hasn't been relevant since Mack Brown took a powder and headed to Texas. Duke hasn't even seen a football since Spurrier left, right? Baseball and Lacrosse are niche sports in college, so they don't count. Nope there are other schools that are primarily, if not entirely, basketball schools that have rivals.

There just seems to be something special, I feel, about the national view of these two schools' programs and the players in them. North Carolina is viewed as a more athletic team while Duke is considered a more cerebral team. A part of me wonders if there is a racial undertone (or maybe it's obvious to others, as well) that no one really talks about; smart, white private-schoolers (for the most part) vs. physically-gifted, black state-schoolers. Perhaps, this does play a role in it.

Additionally, the incredibly high-level of play that consistently exists involving these two programs absolutely MUST play a role in the rivalry. It's one thing if one of the school has a couple of good years, but then that coach moves on and they suck again (see Duke football) while the other is always good. But both of these schools have been tremendous for decades (yes, even through the Doherty year especially given his recruiting).

The loyalty of past players from both schools is reminiscent of University of Miami players going back to "The U" to help mentor young players. You just listen to Jay Bilas and Hubert Davis go back and forth on the E network and you feel the passion.

Finally, the heat from the fans shows where the heart of this rivalry lies. Go onto other more specific blogs belonging to proponents of either team and you realize it's more often than not a real hatred! They both look down their noses at the other and can site a dozen or more times that their opponent's mother did something vile with a farm animal. As an ACC fan and objective observer of both teams I can tell you it's fun just to be around both groups at a bar or someone's home hearing the hideousness explode. This should be fun.

PS: I know better than to make a prediction and get myself crushed by whichever side. I just hope it's close so I can enjoy the screams.
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