A random thought on the national anthem

OK. I don’t know what Fergie did to the national anthem at the NBA All-Star game, and I’m not even going to track it down on YouTube to get the full experience.

But if it was as bad as everyone says it was, would the crimson-coated, pussy-grabbing babyman have approved if all of the players took a knee?

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Off the rez: the sequel

Nice piece today in the Washington Post on Mya Fourstar, a 15-year-old basketball phenom in Montana, who’s hoping to leave the Fort Peck Indian Reservation for a career in college basketball when she graduates high school.

Reminds me of this former University of Louisville basketball phenom:

 

Watching women’s hoops in the Ville

It’s four games into the season, but I’m really enjoying Louisville women’s basketball this year. The highlight has been the 95-90 win over Ohio State, in Columbus, where Asia Durr set a UofL basketball scoring record (men’s and women’s) with 47 points. But the other three matchups against Southeast Missouri State, Toledo and Michigan have been blowouts, winning by 40, 35 and 25 points, respectively.

Here’s how good they are. I went to the SEMO season opener and thought the Cards were looking really sloppy. That was the 40 point win. Then I watched the Michigan game last night, when they went into halftime down five points. Michigan only scored 12 points in the final two quarters. That’s 12 points total.

Given the disappointment of UofL football and the scandal around men’s basketball, women’s hoops may end up being the must-see sport in the city. (Of course, there’s still Notre Dame and Connecticut around to burst that bubble, but right now, the UofL women are the No. 5 team in the country.)

Let’s get away from politics and talk basketball

See that soulless coward over there? Dunk on him!

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich had a few words for the upcoming NBA season (from The Nation):

I’ve been amazed and disappointed by so much of what this President had said, and his approach to running this country, which seems to be one of just a never ending divisiveness. But his comments today about those who have lost loved ones in times of war and his lies that previous presidents Obama and Bush never contacted their families, is so beyond the pale, I almost don’t have the words.

This man in the Oval Office is a soulless coward who thinks that he can only become large by belittling others. This has of course been a common practice of his, but to do it in this manner–and to lie about how previous Presidents responded to the deaths of soldiers–is as low as it gets. We have a pathological liar in the White House: unfit intellectually, emotionally, and psychologically to hold this office and the whole world knows it, especially those around him every day. The people who work with this President should be ashamed because they know it better than anyone just how unfit he is, and yet they choose to do nothing about it. This is their shame most of all.

And this is why my team now is the San Antonio Spurs. If they win the NBA title this season, don’t expect to see them at the White House.

What’s so bad about the Bird?

A recent retirement amid the NBA Playoffs:

Larry Bird made the decision last year.

After nearly 40 years in the NBA, he had started plotting an exit strategy.

The 60-year-old Hall-of-Famer finally told the rest of the world Monday: He was stepping down as Indiana’s president of basketball operations, turning the reins over to Kevin Pritchard and staying in the Pacers organization as a scout and consultant.

“Maybe when I turn 70, I’ll come back,” Bird joked. “But right now, my wife is happy. She’s been on this run since I was a sophomore in college.”