Saturday, April 25, 2009

In Other News, Experts Project Sun To Rise Tomorrow

Gary Parrish has concluded that Davidson likely won't have as much of a National profile after Stephen Curry leaves. I usually don't spend a lot of time criticizing columns by other college basketball analysts, because they could just as easily pick apart my writing.... But my goodness, way to mail this column in, Gary.

1 comment:

Matt said...

THE ONE THING THAT I FIND INTERESTING IS THAT YOU CLAIM TO BE WELL RESPECTED AND THAT IF YOU SAY ITS A LOCK THEN ITS A LOCK... WELL YOU CLAIM THAT SALLIE AND WW ARE GOING TO TRANSFER, AND THAT TAG IS GONE FOR GOOD, AND THAT NO BIG NAME FRESHMAN WILL CONSIDER MEMPHIS... BUT WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR FACTS FROM?

THE TITTLE OF YOUR BLOG IS A STATEMENT THAT MEMPHIS PLAYERS ARE INDEED LEAVING, AS IF IT WERE FACT, WHEN IN REALITY IT IS YOUR OPINION AND THEREFORE THE TITLE SHOULD REPRESENT THAT, MAYBE SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF "EXPECT MEMPHIS PLAYERS TO TRANSFER" OR "DONT BE SHOCKED TO SEE PLAYERS LEAVE".

WHEN YOU MAKE STATEMENTS THAT ARE OPINION AND DRESS THEM UP AS FACT PEOPLE WILL TEND TO BECOME AGITATED AND DEFENSIVE, THEREFORE YOU GET PERSONAL ATTACKS... I WOULD NOT ATTACK YOU PERSONALLY, FOR ALL I KNOW YOUR GOING TO WIN THE NOBEL PRIZE... BUT I DOUBT IT WILL BE FOR YOUR WRITING, BECAUSE I WILL ATTACK THAT, AND NO I DO NOT MEAN GRAMMAR, I AM REFERRING TO YOUR CLEAR LACK OF FACTS AND YOUR INABILITY TO REPRESENT YOUR OPINIONS AS OPINIONS RATHER THAN FACTS, WHICH IS A SIGN OF YOUR WRITING SKILLS, OR LACK THEREOF.

HOPEFULLY YOUR PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH TO NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE, BECAUSE AS I SAID IT IS NOT AN ATTACK ON YOU PERSONALLY, BUT RATHER AN ATTACK ON YOU PROFESSIONALLY, WHICH AS A WRITER YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TAKE.

NOW, ASIDE FROM YOUR WRITING, BACK TO THE STATEMENTS YOU MADE...

FIRST, TAG IS NOT GOING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL, THE RULE THAT ALLOWED A PLAYER TO TRANSFER WITHOUT SITTING OUT A YEAR IF THEY HAD ALREADY GRADUATED BUT STILL HAD ONE MORE YEAR TO PLAY WAS DONE AWAY WITH I BELIEVE... AND NO I DO NOT KNOW THIS FOR A FACT, BUT SINCE YOU MADE THE CLAIM THAT HE COULD YOUR SHOULD KNOW IF WHAT YOU SAID WAS CORRECT, WHEN IN FACT YOU DID NOT, AS YOU EVEN ASKED THE READERS IF YOU WERE CORRECT. ADDITIONALLY, TAG WILL MOST LIKELY BE HAPPIER IN MEMPHIS NOW WITH FREDO, OPPS I MEAN CAL GONE, AS THE TWO OF THEM WERE NORMALLY AT ODDS WITH EACH OTHER.

SECOND, I BELIEVE THAT TOP LEVEL FRESHMAN WILL STILL WANT TO COME TO MEMPHIS. PROOF IS THAT ERIC BLEDSOE WAS IN FACT IN MEMPHIS TODAY FOR A VISIT AFTER NARROWING HIS LIST DOWN TO MEMPHIS AND KENTUCKY, AND LATAVIOUS WILLIAMS (SORRY FOR THE MISSPELLING MR WILLIAMS) HAS ALSO NARROWED HIS LIST TO MEMPHIS OR GEORGETOWN... WOW KENTUCKY, MEMPHIS, AND GEORGETOWN... WOW SINCE MEMPHIS CANT GET BIG TIME FRESHMAN (BOTH OG THE MENTIONED PLAYERS ARE TOP 20 RECRUITS), AND THEY ARE CONSIDERING MEMPHIS, THEN THAT MEANS KENTUCKY AND GEORGETOWN CANT GET PLAYERS EITHER, AND WILDCAT AND HOYA FANS ARE COMMITTING MASS SUICIDE ALL OVER THE WORLD... THIS ISNT EVEN CONSIDERING HOW THE NEW MEMPHIS COACH WAS THROWN INTO THIS AT THE END OF THIS YEARS RECRUITING SEASON... PROOF THAT THINGS WILL GET EVEN BETTER LIES IN THE FACT THAT 3 OF THE TOP 100 PLAYERS FOR 2010 (WHO ARE FROM MEMPHIS BY THE WAY AND KNOW THAT THE SCHOOL IS AND PROGRAMS IS BIGGER THEN FREDO, OOPS CAL) ARE CONSIDERING MEMPHIS.

FINALLY, YOUR ASSERTION THAT PLAYERS WERE TRANSFERRING BECAUSE MEMPHIS IS A SINKING SHIP IS ABSURD AND UNFOUNDED.
FIRST THEY PLAY IN A PRO CITY, YES A BAD PRO CITY, BUT A PRO CITY THAT APPRECIATES THEM BECAUSE THEIR PRO TEAM IS SO BAD... AND THEY PLAY IN A PRO ARENA, THAT HAS THEIR OWN DRESSING ROOM, AND HOME COURT AND BANNERS HANGING IN THE RAFTERS... THEY HAVE A PRO QUALITY PRACTICE FACILITY, THAT ANY COLLEGE WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO TOP.
SECOND, THEY ARE LOVED IN THIS CITY... ASK ANY PLAYER WHO HAS EVER PLAYED IN MEMPHIS AND THEY WILL TELL YOU THAT PEOPLE IN MEMPHIS KNOW BASKETBALL, AND THEY APPRECIATE WHAT THEY DO, AND WHAT THEY DO IS BRING JOY TO AN ENTIRE CITY.
THIRD, MEMPHIS IS AN URBAN CITY THAT IS 70% BLACK... AND BEFORE YOU THROW A RACE CARD AT ME YOU BETTER KNOW THAT MEMPHIS IS PROUD OF THAT FACT, AND THAT ITS PART OF WHAT MAKES MEMPHIS MEMPHIS, SO I SAY THAT BECAUSE IT IS FACT AND BECAUSE DO YOU THINK WHEN A RECRUIT FROM ANOTHER CITY THAT IS SIMILAR TO MEMPHIS COMES TO MEMPHIS HE ISNT GOING TO FEEL AT HOME? BECAUSE LETS BE HONEST, MEMPHIS ISNT GOING AFTER THE CHASE BUDINGERS OR GREG PAULUS TYPE PLAYER... AGAIN IM NOT SAYING THIS IN ANY SORT OF RACIST RANT, I SAY IT BECAUSE ITS FACT... WHERE WOULD AN INTERCITY KID RATHER PLAY? MEMPHIS (AN INTERCITY WHERE THEY FEEL AT HOME AND COMFORTABLE) OR KENTUCKY, DUKE, NORTH CAROLINA, OR KANSAS? NO NOT EVERY SINGLE INTERCITY KID HAS FOLLOWED THIS PATH BUT ROSE, EVANS, WASHINGTON, DOUGLAS-ROBERTS, ANDERSON, DOZIER, DORSEY, WW, AND COUNTLESS OTHERS HAVE.
YOUR CONTENTION THAT PLAYERS WILL LEAVE HAS NO MERIT, NO FACT TO BACK IT UP, NOTHING, IT IS CONJECTURE, AND SPECULATION ON YOUR PART, AND YOU SHOULD REPRESENT IT AS SUCH, RATHER THEN FACT.
THE FACTS WERE PRESENTED IN OTHER RESPONSES... SALLIE IS A 23 YEAR OLD JUNIOR NEXT YEAR, SIT OUT AGAIN AND PLAY HIS JUNIOR YEAR AT 25?... TAG IS A 24 YEAR OLD SENIOR NEXT YEAR, SIT OUT AND PLAY HIS SENIOR YEAR AT 26?... NILES IS A HOME GROWN PRODUCT WHO DREAMED OF PLAYING FOR MEMPHIS SINCE HE WAS A LITTLE KID, IN FACT IS OPENLY DECLARED HE WAS COMMITTING TO MEMPHIS WHEN WAS A FRESHMAN... YES PEOPLE WORRIED WW MIGHT FOLLOW FREDO, OPPS CAL, TO KENTUCKY, BUT HOW MANY PLAYERS IS HE ALLOWED TO HAVE THERE? 20? OR WAS HE PLANNING ON RELEASING EVERY SINGLE PLAYER THERE FROM THE TEAM?

YES PEOPLE WERE HOT UNDER THE COLLAR, AND YES SOME RATHER UNNEEDED THINGS WERE SAID ABOUT YOUR PERSONALLY, BUT I BELIEVE MOST OF THOSE ATTACKS WERE DIRECTED AT YOUR WRITING, LACK OF FACT, MISREPRESENTATION OF OPINION AS FACT, AND WELL OVERALL SNOTTY ATTITUDE TOWARDS NCAA.BBS BOARD READERS.

JUST ANOTHER SUGGEST FOR FUTURE TITTLES... "ONE MAN'S UNSUBSTANTIATED OPINION FOR WHAT IT IS OR ISNT WORTH".