The ACC double standard

Krzyzewski berated the officials, or one of them, to the final horn, cursing with veins showing on his forehead and venom showing in his demeanor. He walked off the floor after congratulating the victors, storming off in stony silence, wearing a different outfit than the one he wore walking in.

It was Krzyzewski who stormed into the league all those years ago, fighting the "double standard'' he saw between how Dean Smith was treated and how the rest of the league was treated. After all these years, the irony is that there is still a double standard. Gary Williams has questioned it for years. And so has Herb Sendek and various other ACC coaches who didn't survive the standards set by Krzyzewski.

The question here, however, is a simple one. If Krzyzewski didn't get thrown out of Wednesday night's game against Georgia Tech, then just what does it take to get thrown out of a game in this league?

His manners were deplorable. His language galling. His actions just short of, well, apparently ejection.

Krzyzewski picked up one technical foul. He deserved four. And the fact is, he appeared to be trying to get them.

One of the reasons I believe Duke players tend to be unsuccessful in the pros is because of what I like to call "The Flop." Duke players constantly step into driving players, flop on the ground in a way that would make soccer players complain about over-acting, and always seem to draw a charge. It's not just one player, it's the entire team. And when they try this crap in the pros, the refs just swallow their whislte. Which, well, they should. It happens so often and for so many years, it is obvious the Flop is taught by Coach K. He teaches his team to take dives, and they get away with it. It's unfair to other ACC teams, but it's also unfair to his players, who never fully develop because of years spent playing bad fundamental defense.

Duke has shot 162 more free throws than their opponent's this year. They've been whistled for 74 less fouls. Now, it's pretty common for top teams to shoot more free throws and get less fouls, but Duke always seems to be hanging out on the extremes of the list. We're talking about an extra five foul shots a game, which for Duke, means about four points. Coach K used to complain about a double standard, now he works to preserve it. How times change.

posted by Poseur 3/04/2004 01:36:00 PM

Marge Schott

My momma told me to never speak ill of the dead. But Schott really was a repugnant human being. We don't wish death on anyone (though it does eventually happen to us all), but if you're looking for a happy retrospective, go somewhere else. To quote Death Cab for Cutie, "You were a bastard in life thus a bastard in death."
posted by Poseur 3/04/2004 01:16:00 PM

Skins make a mockery of the cap

Let's see, Mark Brunell plus Clinton Portis plus Shawn Springs plus Cornelius Bennett means the Skins are still under the cap. Oh, and they still aren't the best team in the division despite thre staight offseasons of free spending. Their paying Brunell $6 million a year when they could now get Garcia for much less (and no draft pick). The Skins are just not a well-run team, wildly spending cash at anyone who suits their fancy.

There's no plan, no strategy, and certainly no discipline. The salary cap is a joke.

posted by Poseur 3/04/2004 01:12:00 PM


BALCO and Bonds

I've said my piece on this. We really don't care, and not one group actually wants steroid testing in any sport. Not the players, not the fans, and certainly not the owners. Do we really want to know what questionable substance ever NFL athlete is pumping into their body? No, we don't.

I believe Bonds has put everything into his body that is not expressly against MLB rules. But where do they draw the line? Heck, ephedrine probably killed Steve Bechler, and it's still legal and ok according to MLB rules. So I'm sure Bonds is putting some awful stuff in his body. I'm not convinced he's put anything in his body that is against the rules. But when we're parsing the rules like this, does it matter? He's probably falling the letter, but not the spirit of the law. And Bonds is not unique. But even if the strongest thing he's ever put in his body is caffeine, pills didn't make Bonds awesome. There is no pill which can make you hit like that.

For crying out loud, leave the guy alone.

posted by Poseur 3/03/2004 09:40:00 PM

The easiest exam ever:

How many players are allowed to play at one time on any one team in a regulation game?
a. 2
b. 3
c. 4
d. 5
How many halves are in a college basketball game?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

How many points does a 3-point field goal account for in a Basketball Game?
a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 4

What is the name of the exam which all high school seniors in the State of Georgia must pass?
a. Eye Exam
b. How Do The Grits Taste Exam
c. Bug Control Exam
d. Georgia Exit Exam

In your opinion, who is the best Division I assistant coach in the country?
a. Ron Jursa [sic]
b. John Pelphrey
c. Jim Harrick Jr.
d. Steve Wojciechowski

I am flabbergasted. We all know college sports are corrupt, but there's this thing called plausible deniability. This wasn't even a good lie.

posted by Poseur 3/03/2004 09:35:00 PM


The future is now

Carson Palmer is now the starter for the Bengals. This is a high-risk move, as conventional wisdom states it takes a QB about three years to adjust to the NFL. I happen to think that's not true, but there is definitely an adjustment phase during that first year. Palmer will be laternately great and awful. For a team with playoff aspirations, this is a gutsy call.

Which is why I like it.
posted by Poseur 3/01/2004 02:04:00 PM

Prior hurt

Prior, 23, suffered the injury in Spring Training camp. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry said Monday that Prior could be sidelined from five to 10 days. He has undergone an MRI and there is no tear, Hendry said.

"He was in great shape when he got here," Hendry said. "We've just got to make sure he's 100 percent."

Dusty Baker doesn't exactly have a track record of treating pitchers with kid gloves. Actually, he likes to ride his pitchers hard. According to baseball prospectus, Wood was first and Prior second in Pitcher Abuse per start, racking up an average of almost 100 pitchers a start. Zambrano ranked 17th.

This isn't a new thing for Baker, who never met an arm he couldn't trash. considering Wood's already sketchy injury history and the amount of pressure on the pitchign staff, perhaps Baker should maybe ease up a bit. He probabaly won't, and if he wins a World Series, all will be forgiven. But it's also likely he could throw out one of these incredibly talented and incredibly young arms out, ruining a potential decade long dominant staff.

If Prior or Wood goes down, they should sue Dusty for ruining their career.

posted by Poseur 3/01/2004 02:01:00 PM

Complain about the Yankees all you want...

.. I give you Real Madrid. They are close to taking the first step to the treble: winning the Spanish league, the spanish Cup, and the Champions League. And how can they do this? By assembling a team of all-stars.

They have two of the best, if not the best strikers in the world: Raul and Ronaldo. midfielders? Yup. They have Beckham, Figo, and Zidane. All of whom are possibly the best player from their respective countries. And Roberto Carlos mans the backline. They are just ridiculously talented. And it's just as unfair in soccer as in baseball.

Tough noogies.

posted by Poseur 3/01/2004 01:55:00 PM

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