Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 6:06 am

Gloat? Moi?

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A number of my friends are Kansas Jayhawks fans, and I love them all dearly.

Still: In your face, guys.

Sunday, March 21, 2010 12:11 am

Was this a great first day of spring, or what?; or, Rock, choke, Jayhawk …

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Sunny, high in the 70s, Kansas losing in the second round …

After the winter we had, it seems unbelievable to be turning on the A/C on the literal first day of spring (well, it was 10 minutes ago), but right now it is 82 upstairs in my house.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010 6:30 am

Nine tonight

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Deep blue winter, Carolina blue sky. Duke. Carolina. 9 tonight. Let’s do this.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:23 pm

Wildcat rising

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This time a year ago, hardly anyone knew about Stephen Curry. They know now. In addition to being named a finalist for the Wooden Award last spring, he’s now on the preseason All-America team.

Will he match or exceed last year’s blisting 25+ scoring average while also moving from shooting guard to the point, succeeding graduated national assist leader Jason Richards? “His contribution to the team should change some,” the AP delicately puts it. Let’s hope that means adding big assist numbers to his scoring average.

Mom got Davidson season tix, so I hope to see a few games this year. I doubt there’s any way this year’s team exceeds, or even matches, the 2008 version, but they should be exciting to watch.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008 6:45 pm

Because I am still not tired of this stuff …

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(h/t: DrFrankLives)

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 7:22 am

Stephen Curry, All-American

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Second team, but still. As a colleague from Sports points out, he played his way into this honor, surpassing bigger names from bigger schools with massive PR machines.

On the biggest national stage in college basketball, he went from practically unknown outside the Southern Conference to national star in just two weekends.

Years from now, when people ask how good Stephen Curry really was, this will be the answer.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 8:55 pm

Coulda. Shoulda.

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So close. This close. And it need never have come down to a last-second desperation shot.

If just two of those early first-half clunkers had gone in. If the team had shot 8 for 12 from the line, well within its capabilities, instead of 5 for 12.

The Wildcats can take heart from the fact that in all other aspects of the game they played well enough to win.

But taking heart just isn’t enough today.

Next year? Jason Richards is gone, and as I said earlier, a Davidson point guard will not lead the nation in assists again in my children’s lifetimes. That tells you all you need to know right there.

Still, we can take pride in the class with which the team represented the school. It was a couple of weeks to remember, and if 1969 is any guide, I will remember, long after today.

UPDATE: After CBS spends a week promoting Davidson as a Cinderella story, the CBS Web site says Kansas puts an end to Davidson’s “feel-good nonsense” with a “convincing” win. “Feel-good nonsense”? They beat the Big East and Big Ten champions. And a 2-point win that almost wasn’t is “convincing”?? [Expletive.]

(h/t DFL)

Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:43 pm

For everyone who entered the NCAA pool this year …

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… comes this, via the Divageek:

Friday, March 28, 2008 9:26 pm

One dead badger, Southern-fried; or, How to impress LeBron James

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With all due apologies to my former colleague Steve “Turbo” Witmer, my bud Paul Lubbers and Athenae at First Draft, Wisconsin partisans all, I must say: How ’bout them ‘Cats?!?

The Davidson Wildcats are in the Elite Eight for the first time in thirty-nine years. That’s Thirty. Nine. Years.

And just how good do you have to be to make NBA All-Star LeBron James, who was sitting in the Davidson section, mouth the word “Wow!” on national television?

I got to watch the game on our friends Lee and Emily’s high-def projector, so the picture was about 7 feet diagonally — even my aging eyes could see Just. Fine.

I am a happy camper tonight. And I can only imagine what the campus must be like right now.

Sweet Caroline

I’ve always wondered how it was that Davidson fans came to embrace this Neil Diamond hit. The only connection I could make was that it came out in 1969, the last time the Wildcats advanced beyond the first round of the NCAAs. Fortunately, The Charlotte Observer is here to explain it.

It’s hard to explain how this feels. The last time I was this invested in such an underdog was 1977, when UNC-Charlotte made the Final Four, knocking off No. 1 Michigan in the process.

This is even better.

UPDATE: This from Mom, who lives there: “This town is crazy right now. Biggest thing to happen to us since the Harris Teeter opened in February.”

Monday, March 10, 2008 12:15 pm

A team on the verge

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The Davidson Wildcats are ranked in the AP poll — No. 25 — for the first time in almost 40 years. They went 20-0 in the Southern Conference, only the second time in that ancient conference that any team had gone undefeated the first time anyone in the SoCon had gone 20-0. Shooting guard Stephen Curry is an SI All American (second team). Point guard Jason Richards leads the nation in assists but likely will wind up as nobody’s All American.

After dispatching UNCG, the SoCon team that perhaps best matched up with them, yesterday, Davidson meets local heroes and upstart underdogs the Elon Phoenix at 9 tonight for the SoCon tourney title and the automatic NCAA bid that goes with it. Because of the string of early-season losses, the ‘Cats probably must win this game to go to the dance — quality losses are, in the end, losses. But if they do go, they’ll be one team nobody, but nobody, will want to play.

Despite an oh-dark-thirty assignment tomorrow morning, I’ll be up tonight to watch and make sure the Wildcats take care of business.

UPDATE: And they’re in! Elon kept it close late, but Curry, after going cold, got hot late. And, yes, Richards knows how to dish the rock. The ESPN announcers were talking about a seeding as high as 7 or 8. Wow.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008 7:01 am


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More than a month ago, I said that after losses to UNC, UCLA, State, Duke and Western Michigan, the Wildcats’ early promise had been erased and it would now be a tough slog to an NCAA bid.

So far, the Wildcats are slogging just fine, currently standing atop the SoCon at 9-0 after a win last night against Western Carolina. Playing in their first game after defeating previously undefeated (in SoCon) Chattanooga, the ‘Cats were ripe for a letdown, and it came in the second half. But they still were able to win by a respectable margin.

Yet this team has a lot still to prove. Let’s hope they continue playing that way.

Thursday, November 15, 2007 7:58 am

So close

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UNC 72, Davidson 68. I didn’t see the game, but I gather from the reports that 1) it was ugly (the Wildcats actually blew FIVE layups) and 2)  it could have gone either way.

Davidson has Duke, State and UCLA on its nonconference schedule, and I think they showed last night that they can play with anybody. I’m blocking out TV time for March.

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