Saturday, March 25, 2017
Basketball: College

Basketball: College

NCAA March Madness opening weekend as told by guys texting about how f*cked their brackets are

Your tournament is over the first weekend. You are not alone. By Andrew J. Pridgen Thursday noon Group text begins: PETER: UConn. Whoa. Who had Colorado? CHRIS: I did. MATT: Fucking idiot. JUSTIN: Bold move. You must’ve not seen the shitty team through all the smoke. CHRIS: LOL MATT: Save your LOLs for the chick you’re trying to convince you own a start up. MATT L.: Who’s got Baylor? CHRIS:...

That’s So Bo

Like Homer abandoning Springfield in the Simpsons Movie, Bo Ryan is exiting college basketball with both middle fingers up in a less-than-heroic retreat. Written by Kyle Magin Bo Ryan has the most perfectly complementary personality/face combination in the history of college basketball, a sport Adolph Rupp’s tom turkey visage gobbled its way angrily through for decades. The former University of Wisconsin...

The NCAA’s latest multi-billion-dollar TV deal is the surest sign yet collegiate athletes must be paid…not enslaved

The rule of thumb for the NCAA when describing signing TV deals greater than that of the GNP of Jamaica or Brunei is that it’s a good thing, for the sport, for the schools and for the conferences. They’re careful not to say it’s good for the athletes. Because it’s not. By Andrew J. Pridgen Imagine for a moment that you run...

One More For Coach

Legendary--in the non-hyperbolic, actual sense of that word--basketball Coach Pat Summitt died Tuesday at age 64 from complications of Alzheimer’s-type dementia. She essentially founded the women’s basketball game in America and has had a direct hand on all 10 U.S. medals earned in Olympic play. Written by Kyle Magin You’ll read far more in-depth pieces on former Tennessee Lady Vols...

Gavin Newsom’s call on California’s public colleges and universities to review athletic departments should merely be the beginning of higher education reform

Newsom’s mandate after NCAA sanctions hit a state school for academic fraud is the right move. But UC and CSU needs to recognize major flaws extend far beyond the court, field and classroom. By Andrew J. Pridgen As California takes on the responsibilities of becoming an emerging rogue state, Sacramento should not overlook the need for a wholesale review of...

Michigan State is Going Backward, and That’s OK

Regarding the Acadians: They shout and curse, stabbing wildly; more brawlers than warriors. They make a wondrous mess of things. Written by Kyle Magin The final seconds of Michigan State basketball’s second Big Ten win fittingly ticked away with the ball in the hands of Alvin Ellis III. The Spartans are 2-0 in the league--with an overtime victory on the road against...

Thank You Gary Waters for the gift of Bryn Forbes. xoxo Michigan State

Cleveland State’s Gary Waters spent two years developing shooting guard Bryn Forbes only to watch him defect to the national title contending Michigan State Spartans. For that he’s owed something. Written by Kyle Magin To: Gary Waters, Head Men’s Basketball Coach, Cleveland State University From: Michigan State Spartan Fans Re: THANK YOU Coach Waters, Thanks. Thanks, thanks, thanks, thanks, eleven times, thanks. Whatever you did...

A Funeral for Sparty

Michigan State lost 90-81 to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday. On Monday, we here at DPB sat in on the funeral as Spartans past and present came to pay their respects. Written by Kyle Magin East Lansing, Mich.--It’s fitting that Steve Smith bore the casket in. As Lupe Izzo--veiled in Nike-supplied black--audibly choked back...

16 boring facts about the most boring Sweet 16 ever

...and no, the fact that games are being played in Anaheim isn't even one of 'em.  By Andrew J. Pridgen It’s OK to uncrumple your bracket now. Even if Middle Tennessee and Stephen F. Austin and Northern Iowa aren’t done giving you night sweats, they’ve been vanquished and in their place, a bunch of favorites, a bunch of teams used to...

The Imperiousness of the NCAA

It's time to root for the amateurs to get paid like professionals. By Kyle Magin I felt a tiny, cheap thrill when I heard the University of Texas basketball program is under NCAA investigation for academic fraud. A caveman emotion—suppressed like the urge to laugh when somebody gets kicked in the nuts or a cop steps in shit when he’s trying to...

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