Thursday, April 27, 2017
Basketball: College

Basketball: College

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...

March Madness 2016: Ranking Conference Tournament Sites

March Madness kicks off from coast to coast this week with league men’s basketball tournaments. These might be the better option for travel and viewing than heading to the big show later this month--more teams, better chances for your team to win, cheaper/more intimate venues. We’ve ranked every conference tournament location by desirability. Written by Kyle Magin 1) Home sites--America East,...

How Oregon can beat Kansas

It all comes down to one thing…you stick to that and everything else don’t mean shieeet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k1uOqRb0HU By Andrew J. Pridgen Oregon men’s basketball following its 1939 national championship spent decades mired in the bottom half of its conference. Once in awhile the Ducks pulled home upsets in the cozy and creaky confines of McArthur Court (next to the rapey campus...

Denzel Valentine is Incomparable–Seriously, Don’t Try

Moving on to college hoops, this season's biggest story is Michigan State's senior point-forward-heir-to-the-throne Denzel Valentine. What's about to unfold over the next 90 days is a showcase of Valentine—both prototypical and atypical in comparison to the Spartan greats.  Written by Kyle Magin Denzel Valentine is a poor man’s Draymond Green and a soul-crushingly, Kirkland socks darning-ly broke man’s Magic Johnson. That’s...

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...

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...

Pints and Picks March Madness Special Edition: Vegas from the Ground Up

Each week, during college football season DPB’s Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen pour on the prose with Pints and Picks™. Who to wager and (sometimes) what to drink while doing it. This week our annual special edition for March Madness: #tourneytime #MarchDadness By Kyle Magin and Andrew J. Pridgen Kyle is poolside at the Wynn in Vegas with Pete Rose...

How new North Carolina legislation to penalize public universities and the ACC for supporting LGBTQ rights would backfire against the bigoted lawmakers themselves

New North Carolina legislation threatens to kick North Carolina and NC State out of the ACC if the schools decide to act humanely against anti-LGBTQ law. By Andrew J. Pridgen North Carolina legislators—just happy to be gerrymandered into power in order to more systematically roll back progress, humility, humanity and protections for marginalized individuals they’re allegedly appointed to represent as...

How Oregon can beat North Carolina

It's time to call on the ghost of Bill Bowerman and his epicurean analogies. By Andrew J. Pridgen Rooting against North Carolina is a bit like hating on your friend who’s got the perfect home with the granite slab counters and the double vanity and the real wood, not laminate floors, the Photoshopped spouse, the overperforming children, the on-time Christmas card,...

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...

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