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In Basketball, Football, William & Mary on March 27, 2013 at 1:14 pm

This week, George Mason University announced its plans to leave the CAA in July. William and Mary needs to plan.

Terry Driscoll’s office is probably like any other office. I’m sure the College of William and Mary’s athletic director has a large desk and some chairs for visitors. He probably has a nice view of the College’s campus, and dozens of photos chronicling his 12-year tenure as William and Mary’s AD. While I’m sure Driscoll likes his office just the way it is, he needs to make an addition. On the wall, directly in front of his desk chair, the athletic director needs to hang a framed print of a quote from Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane. It should be large, it should be stark, and it should be put into action.

At some point, we need to move on. We need to start doing some things. That day is fast approaching, if it’s not here already. Our prom dress has been on for over [a] year, and we’ve been standing there, with a corsage, waiting.[1]

George Mason University announced this week that it would join the Atlantic 10 Conference for all sports beginning July 1, 2013, severing its ties to the conference that the Patriots helped found in 1979. The move was unsurprising, but that didn’t lessen any of the sting felt by the fans and administrations of the Colonial Athletic Association’s remaining schools

For the low price of $14.99, you can be the proud owner of this portrait of Terry Driscoll.

For the low price of $14.99, you can be the proud owner of this portrait of Terry Driscoll.

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2013 NCAA Tournament Extravaganza

In Basketball on March 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

In which the CDH staff looks at each of the Four Regions in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, makes Final Four picks, and cracks jokes about your favorite teams.

It’s here. It’s finally here. March Madness is upon us. April may be the cruelest month, but March is the most exciting.

If you haven’t filled out your bracket yet…well, you’re too late, because the games already started. (And no, you can’t get your $10 buy-in back, Scott. It’s not my fault that you thought all the games were in Central time.)

It’s time to settle into your couch at home in front of the television, or pull up an online game stream at work that you minimize whenever your boss comes around, because no work is getting done for the next few weeks.

The CDH staff has prepared a March Madness primer, breaking down each region, making Final Four picks, and gratuitously insulting Duke.

Someone in your bracket pool picked them to win it all. Unfriend them.

Someone in your bracket pool picked this asshole to win it all. Unfriend them.

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Jumping on the Bandwagon

In Basketball on March 20, 2013 at 5:46 pm

The NBA playoffs are just around the corner. CDH’s Sam Sutton helps you pick your new favorite team to follow for the next six or so weeks.

You have a problem. You love basketball, but your favorite team probably won’t make it to the playoffs.

You're probably making this face right now.

You’re probably making this face right now.

If you’re a fan of the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Hornets or Cleveland Cavaliers, you knew this moment would come. That’s good, people tend to underestimate the importance of acceptance at times like these. And given your team’s history of mismanaging personnel/acquiring post-prime talent, a lifetime of grief has enabled you to reach this stage with relative ease. It probably led to less stress in your life as a sports fan. Maybe you took up cooking or yoga in the time you didn’t spend  watching your defense blow double-digit leads. That’s great, really. You look healthier. Read the rest of this entry »

The Semantics of Steubenville

In Culture, Football on March 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm

The Steubenville rape case has received national attention and significant media coverage as an example of the cult of high school sports. But have we missed the real narrative?

Two teenage boys in Steubenville, Ohio were convicted Sunday of raping a teenage girl.

You’ve heard this story already? I’ll bet it was introduced to you a little differently:

Washington Post: “Two members of Steubenville’s celebrated high school football team were found guilty Sunday of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl…”  

Ohio Plain Dealer: “On trial in Jefferson County Juvenile Court are two Steubenville High School football players accused of raping a 16-year girl…”

NBC: “Two Ohio high school football players have been found guilty of raping a drunken 16-year-old girl…”

CNN: “Two star football players in Steubenville, Ohio, have been found guilty of raping a West Virginia teenager.”

You see, it wasn’t just any pair of young men found guilty of rape. It was a pair of football players. Star football players. Promising young athletes. Hometown heroes.

If you’re wondering why that’s relevant, why media coverage is being framed in that context, you’re not the only one. Why on earth does it matter what extracurricular activity the perpetrators preferred? Read the rest of this entry »

10 Degrees: The 2013 CAA Tournament

In Basketball, William & Mary on March 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm

This year’s Colonial Athletic Association Tournament had highs, lows, upsets and plenty of purple.

For 364 days out of every year, Richmond, Va. is a black and gold town. Black and gold banners hang in storefront windows, black and gold stickers adorn countless car bumpers, and black and gold flags fly from front porches from Midlothian to Carytown. But on Monday night, Richmond was painted purple.

After an upset 70-57 win over the Northeastern Huskies, the James Madison Dukes punched their ticket to the 2013 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s okay if you didn’t see that coming — neither did they:

James Madison Fans celebrate the Dukes's upset victory over Northeastern Monday night.

Weird indeed.

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