Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Afternoon linkage: John Wall has hops
By Eamonn Brennan
Plenty of good linkage today. Still no good name. New Year's resolution: Name the afternoon linkage post something better than "afternoon linkage." Anyway, right to it:
First things first: Linking this is probably silly, because if you're reading this blog post you've probably already read the story, but Dana O'Neil's feature on how Dexter Pittman's weight loss became an inspiration -- and the source of a friendship -- for a young boy named Silas Connolly is the sort of story you'll want to e-mail to your friends when you're finished reading it.
Oh, and in other ESPN-ness, Jay Bilas takes on the myth of coaching stress (Insider), arguing that college coaches (he's referring to Urban Meyer, but the dilemma is the same on the hoops side) don't have a monopoly on workaholism.
John Wall can jump. Over players, over chairs, over two rows of cheerleaders, over whatever. Truly, there's nothing the man can't do.
Gary Parrish (sort of) justifies Butler's top 25 ranking in the most recent poll, which would seem to be at odds with Butler's disappointing nonconference performance. Here's another argument (which I'll make at length at some point, I'm sure) that, much as in college football, ranking college hoops teams before the season begins is ultimately corrosive. Teams get credit for rankings they didn't earn, even after they prove they didn't deserve them. Fortunately, the polls don't matter all that much in college basketball. College football fans have a much more dire gripe.