Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Afternoon linkage: So is Wesley Johnson The Situation?
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician decided to dust off an old sports blog chestnut -- the classic "let's compare X athlete to Y pop culture artifact" -- and comes out with a classic of the genre: The 2009-10 Syracuse Orangemen as quotes from "Jersey Shore." My favorite: "'I dance because it's something inside of me. I feel the beat, right? It might just so happen that my fist might pump in the air.' -- Vinny Aptly describes Arinze Onuaku's free throw shooting. He feels the beat of the free throw shooting experience. It's inside of him. It just so happens that the ball might not touch anything but air."
That John Wall-Grant Wahl Sports Illustrated feature is out, and it's a doozy. Read up.
This is apropos of nothing, but here's a quick look at some NBA draft projections as we bear down on the end of college hoops, and thus the beginning of that weird transitional cocoon-to-butterfly experience known as the "NBA draft." Guess who's projected to go No. 1? (Hint: His name rhymes with "Wahl.")
Kevin Pelton diagrams just how inconsistent the Oregon State Beavers have been in 2009-10. The Beavers, for whatever reason, don't seem to give a lick about who the play. They don't play better against better teams, or worse against worse teams. They just sort of play.