How About Another Double Goose & OJ?" Edition
Quick, what is the
fastest way to melt snow this Christmas?
Put one of our guards near the snow and watch that snow heat up and
probably go for 20 on us from downtown Backwater. OK, terrible joke, and of course there is
no such town in Indiana or Oklahoma actually named "Backwater". Nor is there one named Jerkwater. But there is a ridge in Oklahoma, upon
which sits a cemetery, that is called Peckerwood Ridge, which is really neither
here or there, which is entirely the point that it is mostly there. Well, as everyone these days likes to
say, this Cardinal road trip "is what it is." Thank-heavens-to-murgatroid that
Christmas is here and we can all go off and wash away these two games,
played in hallowed hoops barns like the Iba and Hinkle, with some good
grog, gloeg, nog or any of your favorite alcoholic beverages combined with
Guard play in the
Butler Bulldog game at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse is defined as follows, and I
am going to leave it at this one item because the options otherwise are so
unpleasant as to make me invoke the one of the Cardinal Rules my mother tried to
instill in me as a child, but which I mostly have ignored until now: Ronald Nored throws an in-bounds pass
from his baseline out to the top of the key, its tipped by Josh Powell [Ed.
- we are not sure, this may be "roscoe" 's new term for both Josh Owens
& Dwight Powell] and ends up on one bounce, 35 feet out, picked up on
the fly by Jeremy Green headed on a
fast break the other way, and by the time Jeremy Green takes his second dribble
Ronald Nored is in front of him defending him tightly on the dribble, stifling
the break. In the time it took most of
the rest of the guys on the court to take three steps, Nored had reacted,
hauled ass and erased a opponent's fastbreak opportunity. It was a superlative basketball play.
is, on good authority, one hell of place to play hoop or wrastle, or
cow-rope, or when you play Okie State in basketball, hoo-astle. I continue to be impressed with the
physical training program apparent at Okie State, the next time I see a skinny
Anthony Brown-type in a Cowboy uniform will be the first. Anyway, the Cowboys didn't have Ronald
Nored or Shelvin Mack, so their offense doesn't run at super-efficient,
mistake-free warp speed.
(Digression, how hard is it to recruit quality point guards to
Stanford? Real hard, but how did
Butler manage to get four of them?
That is totally unfair.) And
damn it if we didn't play with better intensity, even if we started the game
kicking the can like Brazilian street urchins—the staff's new starting lineup
experiment can now go quietly back in the box.
comments: kudos to Coach Dawkins
for yanking guys around and trying new personnel groups and starting
lineups. No offense (pun intended),
but in that new order of things, Gabe Harris did not seize the moment. Too bad. Jarrett Mann played off the ball for 22
minutes and was almost unnoticeable throughout, except for negatives, like going
for shot fakes by every inbred midget, smurf and dwarf in the barn.
Freshman Aaron Bright, seized the moment on offense, and seized a bunch of air on defense. But, maybe that is the trade-off we have
settle for in order to have somewhat effective passing to the interior, ball
movement, perimeter shooting, and reliability with the ball. To me, Aaron Bright went to school on
Ronald Nored, at least for one game.
4 assists, donuts for turnovers, ran the offense with increasing
crispness throughout the game, and on several occasions passed up shots just to
get the ball reversed so it could be entered into Owens. And 8-8 from the line was critical,
particularly the 6-6 in the first half when he punished Okie State for being
what they are—hacks. One game ain't
enough Aaron, insert your own favorite word play here Booties, so come back from
Christmas with a real diamond in that ear kid, and do it again please! Do it against the Weenies on January 2
and I will give you a dangling hand grenade earring as an NCAA-violating
extra-benefit gift. Everyone should
Jeremy Green faced
some stellar defense in these two games and still knocked down shots, when he
could get them. Taking
only four threes against Okie State was simply a matter of being
well-guarded. His ability to get
points off the bounce was exposed a bit.
He needs to revisit his "attacking" mentality because he is too good at
the line and he lifts too well not to be getting more quality looks near the
rim. Sometimes you gotta put the
head down and just be a "read and react" basketball player, like he did with
7:36 left when he drove to nowhere, wrapped a pass around two defenders to Owens
for a rim-rattling tomahawk. And
please don't be so nice. When the offense is listless, remind the point guards
and everyone else in the place what your favorite plays are.
Just one Anthony
Brown comment because he did play some two guard against the ‘Boys. Way to play hard all the way through the
finish, kid! I really liked that
the whole place was booing your butt and you pressed and hacked and gave all the
rednecks in their faux frayed orange hats the silent digit. After all, that is what dudes from
Huntington should give ornery rednecks going to school with a non-view of
Final Thought: Sometimes the ball doesn't go down,
sometimes you get whipped and the whole thing snowballs on you like it did at
Butler, and there is no reason to search for life lessons or "program problems"
in that situation. But it is
important how you respond to your whuppin' that matters. Our freshmen did respond better than
others, for what it is worth.
Final Final: If you buy pre-frayed jeans, shirts or
hats, check yourself, poser-wanna-be.
Joey and Dee Dee Ramone didn't do that, did they? It ain't cool. Some euro fashion designer made it up
and you bought it hook, line and sinker, dweeb. Hell, if you ain't a redneck grease
monkey juice spittin' swamp pig huntin' good ol' boy, just try wearing your
jeans or your hat for a couple of years, washing them occasionally. Kid, I know your Okie State or
Abercrombie hat was frayed when you bought it, it doesn't have a stain on it,
and you are 19!
Final Final Final
Thoughts: That little Keiton Page
can flat-out shoot, damn it, putting up 20 in the second half. A tip of my not-frayed Orange Bowl
baseball cap to him for what was to be frank, a "shooting lesson". And, with that, the best comment I heard
this week regarding our defense went something like this, "We gotta get nastier
out there, stick our fingers up their noses once in a while or something." You can't coach that type of
Christmas, Elvis! All I want for
Christmas is something real kinky and an Orange Bowl trophy to parade around in
front of Cal people for all eternity. I've been good for goodness