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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Self proves point by elevating Morningstar in practice

Suspended junior guard getting Jayhawks into better rhythm

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar charges past North Dakota State center Lucas Moorman for a bucket during the second half Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

Kansas guard Brady Morningstar charges past North Dakota State center Lucas Moorman for a bucket during the second half Friday, March 20, 2009 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.

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Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar — who has been running second- and third-team at practice since returning from his right ankle sprain a couple weeks ago — was elevated to the first team for Saturday’s workout.

It was coach Bill Self’s way of making a point.

“Just to see how much better the offense flowed and the defense when he’s out there. And he does make a difference,” Self said of the 6-foot-3 junior, who will miss the first nine games of the 2009-10 season as penalty for his arrest on suspicion of drunken driving.

“Not that he’s playing so much better by any stretch, but the offense does flow because he knows how to get the guys the ball in certain areas. He only takes wide-open shots, and the ball doesn’t stick. I did that for a reason ... to show our guys we do look better as a group when we rely on each other.”

Self said he’s hopeful that before long — even with Morningstar not on the court — the Jayhawks will begin to resemble superstars Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, who were inducted in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame on Sunday in Kansas City, Mo.

“You reflect on how much joy they got from playing when the ball didn’t stick and how much joy they got from playing when the open man took the open shot and how they made passing the ball cool in an era where guys were hungry to score,” Self said of his emotions watching the ceremony.

“Listen to Bird and Magic ... it’s all about winning with them. I don’t think players across America think selfishly. I just don’t think they understand how much fun this game can be when nobody cares who gets the credit,” added Self, who also has used his 2008 NCAA title team as an example of unselfish play in which leading scorer Brandon Rush averaged just 13.3 ppg.

“We played Nebraska. I remember it vividly. There’s 10 minutes left in the game, and Mario (Chalmers) hadn’t taken a shot. This is our most clutch guy,” Self exclaimed. “I told Mario, ‘Hey, look to score.’ He said, ‘Coach, it’s just not me tonight.’ That was the mind-set. I thought our team two years ago got it, and hopefully this team will get it. We’re just not quite there yet, and Brady helps us get it.”

Marcus Morris said Self’s commentary has sunk in.

“We’re trying to resemble the team that won the national championship where we’re getting the ball moving to the open guys. Take the shot when you are open, and it’ll open the floor up for everybody,” forward Morris said.

Morningstar was a red-shirt on that title team. “Brady is one of my favorite players,” Morris said. “I feel he does everything right.”

Jimmy V on tap

KU will play Ohio and Arizona in the Las Vegas Invitational next Nov. 26-27. Self said on his Hawk Talk radio show that KU also would play in the 2010 Jimmy V. Classic in Madison Square Garden in New York. No opponent or date has been set.

Cole was sick

Cole Aldrich, who had five rebounds and seven points in Thursday’s rout of Central Arkansas, was sick the day of the game.

“He won’t complain (but) he’d been sick, sluggish,” Self said. “I’ve never subbed for him twice that quickly. He had two turnovers and missed two balls (on boards). He didn’t say a word. After the game, they tell me he’s really sick. He doesn’t make excuses,” Self added. Aldrich practiced Monday is expected to be fine for Wednesday’s 7 p.m. home game versus Oakland.

Withey update

Self said he hopes freshman center Jeff Withey (stress fracture, right knee) will be able to return to practice Monday. He said he didn’t see Withey “being able to impact us a ton until after the first of the year.”

“I don’t see him being able to impact us a ton until after the first of the year,” Self said. “He’s practiced two days. He’s doing pool-work. Hopefully he’ll be healthy, but it (his return to games) will be delayed.”

Appleton update

Former KU reserve point guard Tyrone Appleton, who enrolled in classes at NCAA Div. II Southwest Baptist University last summer, is apparently battling a nagging injury and not playing — or attending classes anywhere — this school year.

Appleton, who elected to transfer after his junior season at KU in hopes of extended playing time, is hindered by a hip flexor injury he sustained last season, Appleton’s dad, Dr. James Dye, said Sunday night.

“I cannot tell you. I don’t particularly know (where Appleton is). Wherever he is, he is involved in a medical situation and will not turn up in terms of scoring points this year,” Dye said.

“I had basically worked out a situation for him to go to the University of Washington. He didn’t like that school. I told him to go out and decide what he wanted to do,” added Dye, who indicated Appleton indeed surfaced at SW Baptist in Bolivar, Mo.

“They were talking about his flexor pull and trying to make a decision of what he (Appleton) wanted to do. I’ve stepped back right now (to let Appleton be on his own). He is off the radar right now.”

Appleton has told his former KU teammates he is not attending school right now. Because of the fact he attended classes at SW Baptist, Appleton will only be eligible to play his final season at an NAIA school instead of an NCAA institution.

He left KU in good academic standing.

Comments

Dirk Medema 10 years, 3 months ago

Coach Self can be so positively creative. Having a suspended player practice with the 1's in order to make a point to the rest of the team. Too bad he's such an athletic liability that he'll never see the court for any extended minutes, or at least not if we have any hope of winning many games in March.

...

Wait, scratch that, sarcasm just doesn't come across in blogs.

FairgroveJayhawk 10 years, 3 months ago

Self will play Morningstar, he will be the equalizer in guard play this year. How many minutes will depend on which more athletic guard will "get it" in time. Allowing the offense to flow, playing sticky defense and shot selection, what more could Self want. We have plenty of high caliber scoring options, we need better and more consistent guard play to feed those options. A Russel Robinson type player with the ability to shoot the 3 is better than choppy offense.

On a lighter note, great picture. At first I thought it was put on by Jesse Fray due to the DUI. But upon further examination, it is clear to see Morningstar is making fun of the look on the NDSU center's face before scoring.

JayhawkHoosier10 10 years, 3 months ago

Dagger108, i disagree. Morningstar is surprisingly athletic. He is probably only 6-1 or 6-2 and he can dunk.

Dee Shaw 10 years, 3 months ago

Strange article on Tyrone Appleton. Dads quote, "He is off the radar right now". After reading the article I felt sad and depressed. Seems like the young man is finding himself.

KEITHMILES05 10 years, 3 months ago

After reading what Appleton writes on his Facebook it's no wonder he isn't in school. Sounds like his pops is digsuted with him.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

Tuesday jayfucianisms with Explanatory Notations:

jayfucious say...

"In sports journalism, sometimes what left out of story as important as what left in."

Note: It does not say if Brady was promoted to first string at the 2, or 3 position.

"In basketball coaching, never miss chance for button pushing for chance might not come again in life time."

Note: When will Self ever have his best glue man ineligible to play, but eligible to practice.

"In rug wearing, always keep focus on other head."

Note: The real reason Coach Self promoted Brady to first team was to prevent board rat's from returning to speculating on whether Self wears a rug, or not.

"In unselfish offense, ball take flight from hand like money from wallet of wife."

Note: Self explanatory.

"In life of OAD on experienced down middle team, time to juice stat's in high school."

Note: Xavier is glue.

"In life of guard with speed of light and jinx of sophomore, hands must protect ball, or pine allergy must irritate rectum."

Note: Tyshawn needs to protect the ball to stay off the bench.

"In off-season, never turn down weight training with Hudy, for U19 stardom, or Seal training with crazy Italian in fog, or personal trainers in Okie Land."

Note: Those who stayed in Lawrence and did the dirty work of jacking mass and doing DDR at 6am are fit and playing well, or aging in red shirts for next year. Those who did not, are struggling offensively, taking too many shots, injured, or suspended.

"It is better to be one good hair cut away from being the best color commentator in basketball than to be the most famous bobbing head with no hair."

Note: See Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

Thanks for the translations, Jayfucious, I actually had an image of Charlie Chan when I was reading your/his insights though.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

Oh yeah, that's the same expression on Brady's face as in his booking picture, I bet.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

Regarding Tyrone Appleton...

Call me Frank Capra-esque and Ron Howard-ian, but now that I got my prayer answered for throwing Mario Little a red-shirt, I am starting to pray for Tyrone Appleton. How about some alum in Lawrence offering Tyrone Appleton a job, so that Tyrone can return to Lawrence and be a walk-on next year, maybe even second semester this year, and get a degree? In Kansas basketball, any thing is possible. I do not wish for Tyrone Appleton to be forever footnoted as the inhumane cost of a special season.

I know, I know, it could never happen.

Just it could never happen that the guy who invented the game would come to Lawrence to start it as a college sport at KU.

Just like the greatest coach of all time could never come to KU.

Just like the greatest hook shooter (Big Clyde) of all time would never come to KU.

Just like Wilt Chamberlain, the greatest center of all time, would never come to KU.

Just like KU could not come back from 8 down with two minutes to play and then win a ring in overtime in 2008.

Just like Xavier would never come to KU after he chose Memphis.

The impossible happens in Kansas basketball!!

It would be a great Christmas present, Coach Self, one that could very well spell the difference between this young man having a productive and happy life and it ending young and tragically.

Whether Tyrone made the wrong choice to leave, or you "encouraged" him to do so to make KU the best it could be, let's give Tyrone a hand now, when it could make a difference. Let's help him be a part of KU basketball again. Let's give him a chance to get a degree. I believe a lot of KUers would contribute to the cause.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

memhawk,

Interesting you should bring up Charlie Chan. Coincidentally, I just learned from a friend in Lawrence that Swedish emigre Warner Oland, the anglo actor who played Charlie, has a nephew, Jay Oland, that lives in Lindsborg, Kansas, of all places. Jay, a retired school teacher, is a huge KU fan. And here's the amazing thing: Jay's mother, the late Estrid (Oland) Storey, had a husband named Thomas Storey, who taught at Friends University in Lindsborg. It seems Frank Storey went to KU and was a huge KU fan. Wife Estrid got hooked on KU basketball. According to this friend of mine, Frank and Estrid Storey once gave Estrid's famous brother a set of gold cuff links with tiny Jayhawks on them for a birthday gift. Supposedly, if you look very closely at Warner Oland's cuff links in "Charlie Chan's Secret" made in 1936, you can actually make them out in one shot near the beginning of the movie!

Now, can we please get around to having the discussion about whether Charlie Chan was, or was not, a negative racial stereo type?

Note: This a stretcher.

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

Jbate I shared similar vision in reading of Brady insert: may be at the 2 yet more a model for X to watch this guy at the 3 to showcase where to be, how and when to move and how quick & where to pass. Brady in a sense this era Jeff Gueldner, very hard nose and always in right place at right time w/ great decisions.

Wife spending resembles great team passing. Are you serious? 100 is flawless in great passing = championships. Yet I don't see how spouse spending builds anything but Visa account.

Cach James didn't come to KU to start BB, he came for religous studies instructorship and 'while here introduced BB'.

Regarding your tapestry. Whether coach has a yard that is seeded or sodded, the grass is well manicured and he can wear pink underwear for all I care.

Yes reaching out to Tyrone is good stuff for anyone with link to do so. With Sharpe & Opurum injured perhaps he plays tailback in arrowhead.

late.

Joel Hood 10 years, 3 months ago

jaybate, "...Thomas Storey, who taught at Friends University in Lindsborg. ..." ???

Did you mean Bethany College in Lindsborg or Friends University in Wichita? Or, did Friends open a satelite campus in Lindsborg?

Not trying to nit pick - Happy Thanksgiving

Matt Bowers 10 years, 3 months ago

Jaybate is HCBS! I cannot even dribble but Jaybate has motivated me to play some bball because anything is possible! Keep it coming Jaybate, you have been a staple on this site for years and hopefully a lot of years to come.

Hopefully whatever is going on with Appleton will work itself out. It would be great if a year from now we are reading about him getting his degree and getting started on his future.

Rock Chalk

Joel Hood 10 years, 3 months ago

lighthawk, This summer I went to a lecture about Dr. Naismith. His mission was both ministry and physical education. He was part of a religious philosophy that believed there was deep connection between mind, body, and spirit. Vigorous, if not rugged, physical exercise in conjunction with religious instruction would produce healthy, moral adults. This didn't set too well early in his career when he would deliver Sunday morning prayers with black eyes from Saturday's football game. Apparently, he was someone to be feared on the gridiron in the 1880’s. He is credited with creating the first leather-cap football helmet.

Sorry to go on. My grandfather had Dr. Naismith as a swimming instructor at KU about 100 years ago, and he has always fascinated me. I typically like to chime in when a conversation starts about him. He truly was a renaissance man in the world of athletics. His contributions go well beyond the invention of basketball.

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

jayhawkerjoel; True words Indeed. about 25 yrs. ago I met a man who was of course quite elderly and he commented on the jhawk on my shirt and said he knew James N. in person and he claimed that they (James & Doc Allen) did not get along. Doc was coaching set plays and strong defense plus rebounding closer to indoor rugby and Jimmy wanted the game to be more free will, balletesque (sp)_ He also said that James claimed Doc sort of shoved him out of the KU coaching job prematurly. Interesting to just listen to this guy that knew our 1st coach.

Recall we had no time clock at that time. Early BB was ball possesion. Early games were 13 - 8.

It was interesting hearing this guy talk about his early century days on campus and the minor feud of the two legends. I should have recorded his stories. don't apologize for 'going on' anytime we can learn of our heritage it is good stuff.

keith horinek 10 years, 3 months ago

Most days I can usually keep up with these posts. Today is a little more challenging to say the least. Jaybate where do you get all this stuff? Are you really HCBS? That would be a hoot, knowing all this time we have been chatting with a celebrity! Anyway, good stuff on here, I would like Jaybate, I mean HCBS, to lift the suspension on Morningstar and let him play! The younger players will learn a lot more by playing with him in real game situations than on the practice court. He's paid his price, he's learned a good lesson, now let him play.

cg1029 10 years, 3 months ago

This is just Bill Self motivating his players... It is the same as when he talks about not playing Defense in interviews, or how Brandon Rush needed to be more agressive and shoot more... Will Brad play once the suspension is lifited? I am sure that he will but in a role that is more fitting of his talent level then last year... On any normal KU team Brady is a role player at best and that is what he will be on this team... He will be a sub at any position from 1-3 depending on the matchup that night... Against smaller quicker guards Brady and EJ will probably play more then CJ... Against bigger stronger guards CJ if healthy will probably play more.

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

Guys come one, we all know Clark Kent is not superman.

Jaybate has too many AFH memories while HCBS was in ORU, Tulsa, etc.

He may be his spirit though, left behind from the Larry B. days that BS ceded to guard AFH until his Oklahoma/Illinois pilgrimage.

H Grail moniker makes sense, as Jaybate, the cup and AFH are the guardians of the college BB spirituality. In some sense AFH is the vessel as Jaybate is our netherworld voice as 100 is our reality voice.

RCJHKU

Dennis Mahorney 10 years, 3 months ago

Why would they want to show a picture of Brady pulling a hamstring?

AsadZ 10 years, 3 months ago

After the game, they tell me he’s really sick.

If Cole was that sick he should not have been in the game. This was not a big game. He jeopardized his own health and team performance by playing in the game and not telling coaches about his sickness

Joel Hood 10 years, 3 months ago

Maxhawk - thank you.
Last summer, well before his DUI, I was constantly defending Brady's role (glue guy, D, grit, leadership) beyond perceived athleticism. When he gets back, I almost guarantee that he will challenge Tyshawn for minutes and will always be in when Sherron is out. Too many people think winning games is about how high you can jump or how many twists you can make before dunking.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

Thomas. Frank.

Friends. Lindsborg. Bethany. Hain't no matter.

Ah wuz kinda flippin' things around fer fun, since it were all made up, as Mark Clemens mighta writ. Stretchers, ya know. Hain't write to get it all right in a stretcher, as Sam Twain used to say on lecture in Europe, when he were broke and payin' off debts in his fine, white suit. His ol' friend, Knuckleberry, tole me so hisself in a southeastern Missouri dialect of the kind that folks once heared around Joplin, Illinois, and Hannibal, Arkansas, but not quite as fer north as Columbia, Iowa, er, St. Sedalia, Missouri.

Falsity be told, ah wuz referrrin' tuh the town and school where Easter suppressed, but still hot little Lutheran gals drive their unsuspecting new heathen boy friends with goats feet full of April's muck to culture'em up a might with Lever's Messiah.

Caught the drift?

Joe Baker 10 years, 3 months ago

No, that pic does nothing for BM!! LOL

We all know HCBS's system works. However, it only works when players are able to drain the open shot to complete the play.

I get so pissed when KU runs a good play with screens and a wide open look, only to have the shooter miss or rim the shot. This will win games and those shooters have to drain those shots. Our biggest opp is a shot

Consistency, Consistency, Consistency!!!

Nick Cole 10 years, 3 months ago

AsadZ (anonymous) says...

After the game, they tell me he’s really sick.

If Cole was that sick he should not have been in the game. This was not a big game. He jeopardized his own health and team performance by playing in the game and not telling coaches about his sickness

NEWS FLASH: It's called being a competitor. Something I would expect out of all men who play basketball at KANSAS. I was a college athlete at KU and competed many times while under the weather. Any athlete who is the least bit competitive will compete if they can (i.e. not puking their guts out on the sideline) while they are sick. It happens all the time. Lots of kids get sick around this time of year. It's not a big deal. Besides, if he wasn't fit to compete that night, the doctors would not have allowed it. Someone would have said or noticed something wrong with Cole and he would have sat for the game. He is fine, no biggie, time to move on. That news was simply there to explain his stat line so fans/media don't start speculating.

Tony Bandle 10 years, 3 months ago

Brady is Coach Self's classic "carrot/stick" guy for the application to the young guards:

THE CARROT: Play as hard and as smart as Brady does and you will see mucho "PT". THE STICK: Not play as hard or as smart as Brady does and I will "stick" him in the game and you will be on the bench!!

The bottom line is win/win for the Jayhawks. If the young guards are playing good enough to keep Brady on the bench, we're in good shape. If Brady is playing good enough to keep the young guards on the bench, we're in good shape. If they're all playing well and the rotation is deep and productive, we're in great shape!!

Rick Arnoldy 10 years, 3 months ago

AsadZ, I thought the same thing. Hysteria or not regarding the swine flu, there’s been a lot more caution about spreading disease lately. People are told to turn around and head home here at work if they show up sick. Didn’t used to be like that.

BleedCandB, I doubt the doctors knew about it or Coach would have been told.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

Think next, as Self says.

Who will be sick for the next games?

waywardJay 10 years, 3 months ago

lighthawk-

Brady in a sense this era Jeff Gueldner, very hard nose and always in right place at right time w/ great decisions.

I couldn't help but laugh at this. Especially given the trouble Brady's in. I agree Brady will Play and on a basketball court the kid's very very wise....

Jaybate's the only person who can tie Lindsborg Kansas, Charlie Chan and Cufflinks into story.... Kudos

I am starting to think Cj may just take over the 2.... before brady can get out of the Dog house.

Joe Baker 10 years, 3 months ago

OakvilleJHawk (anonymous) says... If they're all playing well and the rotation is deep and productive, we're in great shape!!

Oakville- I opt for this option. I especially want this during the second half into tournament time!!

RCJHKU

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

I've been out of country why isn't brady playing ;

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

okay okay Wayward I meant good decisons on the court.

He made one off the court and is learning from it, likely will be a better person for this probation period. Actions have consequences is a good lesson.

G. Bedore how about an article "where are they now"

J Case, Rod Stewart, etc. where are those guys and what are they doing.

David Howell 10 years, 3 months ago

Jaybate,

Are you serious ? Jaybate says " ..... flippin things around fer fun, since it were all made up."

I usually skip past Jaybate's posts since they are long-winded. Now that he has admitted they are made, up how can anyone think he is an authority like HCBS ?

Jaybate, mark your calendar as of 11-24-2009 when you lost your fellow followers and faithful readers. I said readers, not comprehenders ........... LOL.

Eliott Reeder 10 years, 3 months ago

    So I  musta been working dishes out back of the old diner for going on five years at that point. You know the place out on Winder Road with the crappy neon sign that hangs all cock-eyed? Yep, that’s the one. Anyways, all kinds of fellas would roll on through there of a late night early morning looking for someone to give ‘em that day their daily bread, so to speak. Anyways, we had this pretty girl went by the name of April working the counter, and I tell ya, she could peel a tip off the most wretched sum’bitch you ever seen. She weren’t no long-legged super-model-type neither, just a sweet little country girl with a gap ’tween her teeth.  I tell you, she’d knock the vinegar outta any old roughneck bastard that rolled in there. Had ‘em saying their ‘pleases’ and ‘thank yas’ to boot. Hell, one time I was up front rumbling around during a lull, and here I find the grimiest old bum you ever smelt eyes on curled up under the booth by the window. I gave him a good hard kick in the ass to wake him up, and wouldn’t you know it, he popped out of there flashing a blade quicker than slick on foxfur. I just froze still, stuck holding a coffee pot in one hand and my cup in the other looking dumb. That badass little girl swung around the counter in an instant and stepped right between us saying: “Look here, buster, you cut up my dishwasher and we‘re gonna have words. I ain’t never done no dishes round here, and I ain’t startin’ now. So sit your ass down and order something or get on out the door!”  And wouldn’t you know it, that old bum ate a plate of eggs, two pieces of toast, and drank half a pot of coffee before he left. He must have been plumb in love from the first word out of her mouth. And on top if it all, he leaves a spit-shined silver dollar under his napkin as a way of apologizing. That’s the kinda power this girl had. That, and she was Jayhawk fan. Never met another like her….

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

uh, jhawkr,

I've been explicitly distinguishing between commentary and spoofs for awhile now to help persons like you. But its up to you to work on comprehension. :-)

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

drgnslr,

I believe the red shirts got thrown, in part because Self is not expecting a bumper recruiting crop for some reason.

Now let me spec why it may not be a bumper recruiting crop.

The minute the NCAA did not punish Calipari, or give Memphis an extended punishment, programs all over the country got out their suitcases full of unmarked bills, and decided to go shopping and to start hiring surrogate test takers for SATs.

I predict that there is going to be a burgeoning job sector for surrogate SAT test takers that will begin to show up in Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates as early as second quarter.

The moment Cal walked, the moment his gunsel, Josh Pastner walked, the moment two apparent cheaters got control of two of the biggest name programs in Division 1, college basketball entered a 5 year boom bust cycle that is already counting down to the biggest age of scandals in NCAA history.

If I am right, Self will have some leaner recruiting years for awhile, at least until the NCAA resumes enforcement activity in earnest.

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 3 months ago

Let's just hope that Jaybate doesn't ever feel the need to "flip things around" and produce an Amos and Andy tribute in one of his posts. The Jayfucious persona was just this side of pc-challenged, IMHO. If Lew Perkins is ever referred to as Kingfish, I'm out of here!

Love ya man. But, anonymity notwithstanding, dig your sensitivity skills as a smidge behind.

Still, you are one of about 5-6 "regulars" here that I respect and can depend on for staying true to your convictions, whether I agree or not.

BCRavenJHawkfan 10 years, 3 months ago

All that is needed is for the KU Med School to perfect the Brain Athleticism Transverse Transplant. This would allow some of Morningstar's knowledge to flow to Tyshawn while some of Robinson's athletic ability flows to Morningstar. Over time this happens throughout the team and ultimately they assimilate, just like the Borg, they become the collective.

Steve Brown 10 years, 3 months ago

BCRave:Over time this happens throughout the team and ultimately they assimilate

We have a winner. Yes, over time the players become a team. That is why we play March Madness instead of November Madness. Those with most maturity, most seniority, best raw talent may win in November yet come March, the unit that has mastered the team concept, have fun (code for instinctive- quit over thinking) play tough and unselfish, and as our pal '100' claims pass pass pass, increases the chance to win 6 games.

enjoy every game as they are all stepping stones, Oakland batter up.

David Howell 10 years, 3 months ago

Jaybate,

Sorry to offend you and your writing skills. But lack of comprehension on my behalf is not an issue because I rarely read your posts. I am sure at times you actually write something worth reading, but I have better things to do then read your ramblings and multiple postings. And although you probably wouldn't admit it, there have to be times that you sit back and say "what in the hell did I just write"!

But keep up the hard work. You apparently have a few followers out there ...........

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

memhawk,

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. --Confucius

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jhawkr,

First,the idea of me following any advice from you is daft.

Me following advice from you would be like Einstein altering a term in General Relativity at the suggestion a hyena.

Also, the very idea of you comprehending even the act of defecation by a toad taxes the imagination.

At least bring me something charmingly foolish when you post to me, or descend back into your hole and lance your boils out of all of our sights.

jaybate 10 years, 3 months ago

jhawkr Post Script:

Never apologize for offending me for you cannot help but do it. :-)

Martin Rosenblum 10 years, 2 months ago

Jaybate,

So, who is the Confu-sed quote speaking to?

You shouldn't be so self-deprecating if it is a personal statement.

If it's intended for me, I try not to insinuate anything, merely speak my mind.

If you're referring to other posters, I concur, some are less than virtuous, they know who they are!

10 years, 2 months ago

KoolKeithFreeze ~

Excellent job! The only touch that would have made your yarn better is if you had mixed in some of the following colloquialisms:

  • fixin’ to tangle
  • near as I figger
  • I reckon so
  • heap of trouble
  • down yonder
  • least ways
  • over cross the way a piece

:^)

Lance Hobson 10 years, 2 months ago

Morningstar's cup hath runneth over. Let him eat gruel and live like a hobbit.

Jacobpaul81 10 years, 2 months ago

Ball hog-itis. The problem stems from leadership. Bill's starting to see the same problems I've seen over the last two years. We've got a skilled (albeit tiny) point guard who has talent and spirit, but doesn't have the ability to lead a team or execute a game plan. That's because he's constantly trying to make a play instead of work the team to make the play. That results in younger players following his lead. The 2008 team suffered from this whenever Russell Robinson wasn't on the court. Without that smart, heady player out there running things, they'd play out of control.

Last season, Brady became that smart heady player. He slowed them down, made them use their heads, and pass the basketball instead of running down and forcing things when nothing was there. I'm not saying he's a great player, but he's the player the team needs to maintain it's "head" for the game. Otherwise, they turn into a bunch of skilled players with no direction, throwing up awful shots, driving the lane into 3-4 defenders, or fumbling poor pass attempts. Which is why I have trouble believing that our current starting line-up will end the year as the starting lineup.

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