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RE: Liberace Game Thread
Silvio is quite the lightning rod. All the talk in the press seems to be about him rather than the K-State players. This is not fair.
It is definitely his fault for taunting after the block. The technical foul was fair. But the physical altercation was instigated and escalated by K-State players-- multiple individuals.
In the video, what I see is KState players running to confront Silvio. One of them pushes him. I see Silvio brush that push away and another player pushes him and he begins to push away and back at the same time (look closely-- his hands are not clenched; they are open to deflect the aggressors.)
There are at least two pushing him, maybe three. Meanwhile, everyone around Silvio is telling him to stop because they are all KU fans. It looks to me like he’s trying to not over-react for a couple of seconds while the K-State players have no one holding them back. Then the third guy lunges and pushes Silvio down and he comes up swinging.
I think it’s important to look at Silvio’s body language in those early moments. He is not trying to fight at first. He gets provoked and then all hell breaks loose. The stool incident I see as an instinctive act… and one that he fortunately is able to overcome with help of those around him.
Silvio is justifiably being called out. But he should not be singled out. The players from K-State who were responsible for the escalation and the first physical acts should be equally called out.
As is often the case when there is great disparity between two forces, the smaller power can’t win with the traditional rules, so they resort to guerrilla tactics to get the bigger power to do something uncharacteristic. Silvio bit on the bait.
RE: I love KU basketball
No one who is here is a fair-weather fan. I appreciate that.
Everyone on this site during the season has followed the team with its incredible comebacks and it’s painful letdown losses.
Today was very disappointing, and we fans are going to have to endure a lot of grief from giddy, over-zealous WSU fans for a long long time.
I appreciate being a part of a community of fellow fans who appreciate the team and carve time out of their schedule to share thoughts and emotions with each other.
Have a great off-season, and Rock Chalk.
Paul Pierce sounding more and more like a coach...
Paul Pierce in a post-game interview sounding like a coach…
“You can learn a lot of lessons from losses, but you also learn lessons from winning,” Pierce said. “Hopefully we have better urgency on defense as this stretch comes up. We got Phoenix, Chicago, and of course New York and then our [Western Conference] trip. So we got to build better habits before this trip.”
For just a moment, I wondered what if Pierce was an assistant to Self in a few years… hmmmm.
RE: GOOD NEWS THE WUG BASKETBALL GAMES WILL BE BROADCAST BY ESPNU
When will this team be properly referenced as:
RE: Espn is neat.
Just imagine if Duke had secured their 13th straight conference title…
The 30minute preview show leading up to the game would have been a retrospective…
We would be watching the 5 part series tonight – it would already be in the can, ready for broadcast – built from the materials they started developing 8 years ago when the streak was 5 games long and they already deemed it the single greatest accomplishment in sports history. Interviews with the players over the years… and interviews with coaches…
Think I’m exaggerating? If Grayson Allen had tripped someone tonight, there would be a special report tomorrow and a special piece on Duke’s struggles ready for the weekend games.
Data sez: Bill Self is frickin awesome
The chart shown here will captivate you for a long, long time.
But this is just another piece of evidence that reinforces what a HOFer Bill Self is.
He is world class.
Frank Mason III is the Gold Standard
We witnessed a historic year in Kansas Basketball. It didn’t end exactly the way we wanted, but we’ll look back on this year as a watershed moment – HC Bill Self named to the HOF, Frank Mason III named POY (first in KU history), tying the NCAA record for consecutive conference championships (13) and setting the NCAA record for consecutive appearances in the Tournament (28), among other things.
I believe next year will be tough for us because expectations have been set at an extremely high level - without achieving the FF/NC goals.
In particular, our PG next year (and for many years to come) will be compared to Frank. Whoever takes over the PG role next year will be in a tough position. We now know great PG play when we see it. Anything less will be disappointing but less is almost certain.
So this is just a precautionary note to manage those ‘sky-is-falling’ feelings next year when they come. It will feel natural to pick apart the guard play and backcourt, but that’s because 2016-17 was the new benchmark for excellence.
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RE: My NCAA Prediction . . .
I would actually prefer to have the Dookies and Kentucky in our bracket. They’re big names and they suck
Well, I think it’s a bit hyperbolic to say they suck… but emotionally, I hear you!
They are both having a down year and we’re having the remarkable season for a change!
However… every year it seems like one of the champions classic teams makes a surprisingly strong run… The team I’m still apprehensive of?
RE: WSU grudge
@kjayhawks Yes, Broadway and 9th is probably not the premium real estate destination in town, unless you want to walk to the mall very quickly. As you and others have pointed out, there are really good and really bad neighborhoods in most towns.
Unless you live in Port Arthur, Tx - then it’s all bad. (Lord, please don’t let anyone here live in Port Arthur…)
I don’t know Port Arthur, but the most depressing city I ever drove through was Bastrop, Louisiana. That said, it was in 1988, so maybe it’s changed…
RE: The democratic nominee
I worked at the Burlington (Vt) Free Press 89-91 when Sanders was mayor and he won his first term in congress. It was stunning to see the staunch conservatives in the “northeast kingdom” back him because he was so far left he started to appeal to libertarians.
He calls himself a “democratic socialist” today, but he was unapologetically a socialist back when he was mayor. He and several on his staff took winter trips to Cuba. I don’t think his philosophy has changed… but he has honed his messaging very well.
RE: Thoughts on Oachi . What ya thinkin ?
Oachi is a sophomore. I know, I know… Dotson is too, but he’s a freak. Oachi is a normal sophomore. He’s contributing with his defense and his offense is slumping a bit… But if he keeps improving, he could start contributing some meaningful points in the post-season. Really, that’s the best we can hope for. That’s why we have a veteran like Moss on the team; he’s taking the shooting pressure off Oachi this year.
But don’t forget what Oachi did last year-- his shooting form is a thing of beauty… he’s pure. That’s the same guy… He’s getting lots of reps on defense and building up his size right now. He’ll be in the spotlight next year.