Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, June 4, 2015 7:44 pm

Odds and ends for June 4

Ex-FIFA VP Jack Warner says there’s a connection between FIFA and the outcome of the 2010 elections in Trinidad and Tobago. He didn’t say what that connection was, but he says there is one. Meanwhile, the rest of us have legitimate reason to worry that FIFA, having ruined soccer, might be diversifying.

Sen. Bernie Sanders might be a socialist, but there’s one economic issue that 80% of Republicans agree with him on.

I would have thought that the Duggars would’ve lawyered up after son Josh Duggar publicly admitted to having molested some of his sisters, one as young as 5. But if they’ve got a lawyer, either he’s crazy or they’re not listening to him, because last night’s interview didn’t win them any friends.

Republican-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee, the governor of Rhode Island, announces he’s running for president. But of all the issues he could make a campaign centerpiece — jobs, inequality, global climate change, and on and on — what does he choose? The metric system.

On the GOP side, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry also is announcing. But, as with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, it’s even money whether he begins 2017 in the White House, in Paint Creek, or in prison.

Gov. Pat McCrory has pardoned two men who had been in prison for 30 years for a rape and murder that DNA evidence now shows they could not have committed. But the two men were ruled innocent in a court hearing nine months ago. What took the governor so long?

Speaking of our benighted gov, he now says he plans to sign HB 465, a bill passed by the legislature that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. Not only does this decision suck on the merits, it also violates a very broad pledge McCrory made when running for governor in 2012. Asked by WRAL-TV what additional restrictions on abortion he would approve if elected, he answered flatly, “None.” Since then, he has broken that promise not only in this instance but also in 2013.

Finally, in honor of my fellow Davidson alum Steph Curry on the occasion of his first NBA Final (see what I did there?), this piece from Grantland on the beauty of Curry’s shots:

During the regular season, Curry broke his own NBA record by draining 286 3s. Over half of those came off the dribble, and nobody in NBA history has ever been able to generate — and convert — his own looks like this. It’s not just that Curry is a great shooter, it’s that Curry is the most creative great shooter ever.

Selah.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 8:22 pm

Odds and ends for April 9

Sorry, guys, I was on the road today, so I ain’t got much.

The Rhino Times commissioned a push poll by a conservative chop shop to make it appear there is more support for a measure to redistrict Greensboro City Council than there actually is. Doug Clark at the N&R calls them out on it.

Meanwhile, some Wake County voters have sued over the recent changes to the Wake Board of Commissioners imposed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

In other popular stuff carried out by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, a lot of middle-class North Carolinians saw their state income taxes go up this year. But hey! Tax cuts for the wealthy and big bidness!

Why Stephen Curry, and not James Harden, should be this year’s NBA MVP. (I mean, besides Davidson. Duh.)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 9:52 pm

The Curry Brothers: Basketball ain’t all they can shoot

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That’d be Seth, holding a snake that older brother Stephen and dad Dell killed, to judge from this tweet. Apparently they asked Seth to help and he said no.

(I can’t tell what kind it is, but I don’t think it’s venomous — not colored right to be a copperhead,  too thin to be a cottonmouth or rattler.)

Friday, May 14, 2010 8:50 pm

I’m starting to wonder …

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… whether Stephen Curry may be all that stands between us and The Machines.

Friday, April 16, 2010 6:14 pm

The kid is alright

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Stephen Curry: The future is now:

[Tyreke Evans of Sacramento] will win the prestigious ROY with relative ease … but he WON’T be the best player from his class.

No, you didn’t misread that.

Such an honor applies to another gem playing in northern California — Stephen Curry. …

While Curry hasn’t put together an entire season worth of brilliance as his brethren, he has shown enough of his talent to be appointed as the premier player in the 2009 NBA Draft class. …

To put it in layman’s terms: while Evans is undoubtedly impressive, Curry will ultimately become the better player.

Read the whole thing. It’s that good. Curry is that good: the kind of point guard you can build a franchise around, the kind of shooter who has to be respected out past 25 feet, the kind of accurate, unselfish rock-disher that other franchise players line up to play with when they become free agents.

He could even make me care about the NBA again, which I haven’t done in almost 20 years.

(h/t: John Burns on Facebook)

Sunday, October 11, 2009 9:49 am

The kid is all right

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With regular starter Stephen Jackson suspended for two games, Stephen Curry got the start last night for Golden State against the Suns. How’d he do?

In 37:18, he scored 18, going 6-12 from the field (2-5 from behind the arc), 4-4 from the stripe, with 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 TOs and a block. On defense, he held the Suns’ Steve Nash to 2 points.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 8:28 pm

I Love College Commons

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Some Davidson College athletes, among them Stephen Curry, wrote and appeared in this video, a paean to Vail Commons, where most of Davidson’s students eat. (The commons has been there awhile; it opened just a year or two after I graduated, I think.) It’s a takeoff on “I Love College,” which is somewhat more risque.

Thursday, January 22, 2009 8:15 am

Davidson 83, Furman 43

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Took Victoria down to see the Davidson-Furman game last night. I’m perfectly good with blowouts, and that’s what this one was. Davidson led by as much as 48 points late.

Here’s Victoria with the Wildcat statue across from Belk Arena before the game:

Victoria with the wildcat statue outside Belk Arena vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Victoria with the wildcat statue outside Belk Arena vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Here’s Victoria with her face painted:

Victorias cat-claw face paint vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Victoria's cat-claw face paint vs. Furman, 1/21/09

And after the game, Stephen Curry (30 points, 5 rebounds, at least 2 steals) was officially recognized as the Sporting News 2008 College Athlete of the Year:

Stephen Curry is officially recognized as Sporting News 2008 College Athlete of the Year

Stephen Curry is officially recognized as Sporting News' 2008 College Athlete of the Year

V. had a blast, the ‘Cats won big and Steph got some well-deserved recognition. It’s all good.

Sunday, May 18, 2008 1:23 pm

The fame, it is spreading

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The Wildcats are now a pop-culture reference!

(h/t: Mom)

Monday, April 7, 2008 7:36 pm

One last look back …

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… to the beginning of the season, when Andy Katz of ESPN picked Davidson at 23 in his preseason poll. (He also correctly picked Memphis, UNC, UCLA and Kansas in his preseason top 4, if by “correctly,” you mean “this year’s Final Four”). Of the ‘Cats, he said, “Don’t really care if you think this pick is crazy. Davidson has one of the hidden gems in Stephen Curry. Bob McKillop is one of the top coaches who gets zero pub. This team will win 28 to 29 games and be a tough out in the NCAAs. So deal with Davidson in the Top 25.”

Stephen Curry, hidden gem? Check, until he took just four games to play his way to All-American. McKillop, top coach? Just ask Kansas. Win 29 games? Check. Tough out in the NCAAS? Once again, just ask Kansas.

Last fall, practically the whole world outside the Southern Conference had no idea. This time, the whole world knows they’re coming.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:10 pm

Stephen Curry, All-American, cont.

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This just keeps getting better and better. Curry is one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s top player. Could he top Tyler Hansbrough or the rest of the finalists? After the past two weekends, who knows?

I guess people do watch the NCAAs after all, huh?

(h/t: my colleague Eddie Wooten)

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.

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