It’s not Michael Dukakis, it’s Coach K riding around in that tank! The Duke head coach stopped by Joint Base Lewis-McChord, near Tacoma, Washington, Thursday, to give his “Build a Team” speech to the soldiers stationed there.
Love him or hate him, there should be more characters like Tark the Shark in college basketball these days. This rendition of his new statue that will stand outside the Thomas & Mack at UNLV shows him chewing on, what else, the towel!
Basketball is suffering from a lack of synergy. High school basketball fans hate summer basketball. College basketball fans hate the NBA. Professional basketball fans think college basketball sucks.
— Jason Whitlock, Fox Sports. While most of this article whiffs on the reasons why the NFL (and its Draft) is a ratings monolith that not even a Justin Bieber-led American Idol could beat, this quote from Whitlock about the most deeply-rooted problem in US basketball is spot on. We hear something similar all the time.
City’s next game was against Kentucky, a prohibitive favorite, and it was here, I thought, that City’s season would end. Kentucky players, all white and all-American, strutted into town, cocky and confident. Their coach, Adolph Rupp, arrogant, successful and wealthy, nicknamed the Blue Grass Baron, once boasted that he would never allow a “black” or a “kike” to play on his team. He knew that three Jews and two blacks started for City College.
Interestingly, the very conference [the ACC] that’s caused much of the chaos over the past decade (twice decimating the Big East, despite no direct threat in either instance) may be the same one that now cements some long-term calm.