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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: Paul Pierce College HOF
This got me fired up for tonight! Thanks guys!
I think Pierce is getting into the college HOF based on his body of work, which includes his current role as an ambassador of the sport in the studio and booth at games. One of the greatest Jayhawks of all time who happened to be a member of one of the greatest teams as well.
RE: All Politicked Out? Election 2020
Spanberger, my House Rep lost her shit on her fellow democrats on a call today, telling them to never use the word socialist again and to distance themselves from the defund the police movement: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/11/05/house-democrats-angry-over-election-losses-leaders-promises-answers/6179057002/
If you’ll recall, she was one of the House Democrats that called for impeachment, and I’m happy she won reelection.
She’s so, so right. A lot of the voters D’s really want, and lost ground with in 2020 vs. 2016, are more conservative than the liberal whites who run the party.
Couldn’t agree more. The GOP messaging was banking on the fact that the fear of socialism > fear of autocratic leader… and it appears they were right.
RE: 2020 CFB Updates
@Texas-Hawk-10 How much more money will the teams that do play this fall make from television broadcasts? I don’t know if this is all good, but KU’s games will be on all the prime stations playing in all the sports bars and homes in America. I assume most Big 10, PAC 12, etc. fans will still watch the games that are being broadcast. That’s going to be a lot of viewers who otherwise would have been watching only their conference’s games now watching SEC and Big 12 games because that’s all that’s on.
When you ask how much money the conferences/schools make this year, are you looking for the amount they have immediately after the season concludes or are you looking for how much they made after deducting the health care and legal costs deducted from profits over the next few years. I suspect conferences will be paying for this decision for quite some time.
RE: Reports: Momentum building for possible cancellation of college football season, fall sports
Wish the Big 12 was a leader, but it’s a follower. Interesting to see the conferences that are leading (Big 10 and Pac12.) My guess is that the ACC will side with them and the Big12 and SEC are the two pushing to play no matter what.
I also think they will eventually conclude that it isn’t worth the risk of conducting a very public experiment with student athletes’ lives when the peer conferences have decided against it.
RE: I am curious as to your opinions - life back to normal or stay shutdown
I don’t want to go backwards! Let’s just skip forward to the happy ending! (there is a happy ending, right?)
RE: The "crap on Trump" thread
@FarmerJayhawk “Weird” ballots are good. It sends a message to the parties (not the same message as voting for a 3rd party candidate, but similar) and it doesn’t ‘throw a vote away’.
I have always voted like that. I like to think it means I’m voting for “the person” and I don’t subsume values that perfectly align down party lines.
RE: The "crap on Trump" thread
Edit: I’ve also heard Biden say more racist things than Trump.
I don’t know what to say to this.
We are certainly NOT hearing or seeing the same things.
I’m not going to defend Biden. I already said there is plenty of reasons to be apprehensive about Biden.
But my decision will be based on Trump’s body of work. And, taking that into account, a banana peel has more integrity, is more qualified to perform the duties of the presidency and is less dangerous — even if you are running with forks — than Trump.
I mean, c’mon! He’s botched this whole pandemic and recovery stimulus and made the US look more inept than most 3rd world countries. The resulting health costs are going to be ginormous… and the national debt which has soared, is going to take a century of sacrifice to reconcile.