Entries in basketball (3)
The days are stacking up against me and I am doing everything in my power to procrastinate. Sure, I'll spend and hour hitting the "random article" button on Wikipedia just to stave off the fact that I owe three blog posts.
Oh, look, The Siege of Pemaquid! There's three minutes of my life that I can burn up without much effort.
My problem is that I insist on making my posts meaningful. I cannot just post random crapola. If I can't put up something that means something, then I just don't want to post anything at all.
Here's the last few minutes of the 1954 Indiana State High School Basketball Championship game between Milan (pronounced MY-linn) and Muncie Central. Milan is the school that the movie Hoosiers is based on. The chills start immediately after you hit play. This is actually not the video I wanted to post here but the site on the IHSAA website crashed after too many people watched it today. That clip was just straight video footage. This is some kind of produced thing. Whatever.
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Blogging again. If Katie can do it, so can I. Challenge accepted.
When Nigel Tufnel quits Spinal Tap in mid-tour, the rest of the band is left high and dry before a performance in which they are the second act on a bill behind a puppet show. Unable to perform almost any of their regular set without Tufnel, the remaning band members decide that their only option is a "free form jazz exploration". (You need to watch that clip. YouTube won't let me embed it but it's worth the click.)
The last time I tried to do this blog, I imposed a rigid structure on myself, blogging three times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, writing specifically about X, Y and Z. That experiment last a about ten weeks before I couldn't deal with the strain of trying to post 1500 words three times a week. This time: no rules except post something every day whether it be a link, a picture, a song, whatever. In other words, a jazz odyssey.
As no one reads this blog anyway, I have nothing to lose. And nothing to gain either, really, except maybe it will be fun.
Hawks game tonight. Sharp is out, the rookies are in.
I like Hayes A LOT. What a beast that kid is, he's like Bryan Bickell if Bickell learned how to use his size and um, you know, play hockey. I am undecided on Shaw although I see his grit and upside. And my old flame Ben Smith is back. In his first call-up earlier this season, Smith didn't play that well but was also coming into a tough set of circumstances. I think he will perform better this time. I will always love Ben Smith.
The lineup is so jumbled right now I am concerned that there is just not enough chemistry on offense. On defense.... It's a mess after Keith and Seabrook. Leddy is playing too many minutes, Hammer is ineffectual, the bottom pair is getting three shifts a game. Yikes.
To acquire a solid number three or four defenseman and/or a second line center will require giving up a lot of picks and prospects. But that's why you acquire assets, to make moves. The Hawks need a lot of help right now to become a strong Cup contender. It will be interesting to see what Stan does.
PS: Why do the Hawks always play against teams in the first game after they have just fired their head coach? Happened against STL earlier this season and now Columbus. Those teams will of course come out fired up to play for the new guy. That blows.
I don't really care about the NBA but I enjoyed this:
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