A Hoops ‘Huh?’
Here’s a thing I’ve been pondering lately:
We all know that, in basketball, if a defensive player blocks a shot that is past its apex–that is, it’s on the way down to the basket–that is defensive goaltending, and the basket counts. The same thing applies once the shot hits the backboard. In either case, goaltending is called and the basket is called good. All well and good.
And we all know that there’s a counterpart, offensive goaltending: an offensive player is not allowed to touch the ball while it is still on the hoop, also known as still “in the cylinder,” that imaginary geometric shape that defines the space above the rim. If an offensive player touches the ball while it’s still bouncing around the hoop, that’s a no-no, and any basket is waived off.
That raises a question: why?
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The Song Remains A Pain
If you asked me why I tuned in to this year’s U.S. Open, I could probably enumerate 750 reasons for my viewership, and the words “Shania” and “Twain” would never come up.
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Shania Twain: another example of a terrible trend in sports broadcasting
Likewise, if and when I tune in to Sunday Night Football, I will do so with absolutely no interest whom they have singing their execrable theme song. (Possibly still Carrie underwood, but I make vigorous attempts to ignore and/or miss the opening, so I’m not entirely sure.)
In fact, I never care about someone’s music when I turn on any sort of sporting event–because I tune in for, you know, the sports.
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The Cavaliers’ Conundrum
I did not immediately jump onto this blog in order to comment on the “shocking” news that Kyrie Irving wants to be traded, mostly because the whole thing is mind-numbingly stupid. Where exactly does Irving think he’s going to land that’s a better situation than the three-time defending conference champs for whom he currently plays?
Still, we’ve all had that one co-worker who just drove us crazy, so much so that taking another job–even one that clearly seemed to be a step down–became an attractive alternative. So it would appear with Irving and his time with the Cavaliers, which may or may not be at an end.
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Kyrie Irving: he hates his co-workers, just like all the rest of us
The part of all this that’s truly stupid is the presumably surprising nature of the upheaval in Cleveland. It’s not like anyone couldn’t have predicted that there would be trouble wherever LeBron James goes. Well, actually, it was predicted, a while back…by me, right here in this space. Continue reading The Cavaliers’ Conundrum