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Reading Time, Five Minutes

In Baseball, Basketball, Football on February 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Crim Del Harris’s weekend update of the week’s top sports stories. 

Jeff Goldblum has a great line in the 1984 film The Big Chill that all bloggers should take to heart. Talking about his dead-end job at People, Goldblum’s “Michael” discusses the magazine’s one editorial rule: “You can’t write anything longer than the average person can read during the average crap.” It’s with that sentiment in mind that CDH debuts an irregularly recurring feature — Reading Time, Five Minutes. Borrowed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz, RTFM will give you a run down of the big stories in sports, with some witty comments and a funny Vine, or something. We haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyway, let’s begin!

Earlier this week Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced the league’s actions to protect pitchers from line drives. Beginning in spring training later this month, pitchers will have the option of wearing a cap with extra padding around the cranium to protect against head trauma and brain injury. While the league’s effort to protect players is admirable, these caps look…pretty terrible. [Cue Great Gazoo joke.] Read the rest of this entry »

Reporting on Athlete Infractions

In Basketball, William & Mary on November 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm

William and Mary basketball player Brandon Britt was suspended from the team Nov. 7 for violating team rules. The media’s handling of the details surrounding his suspension has been criticized by followers of Tribe athletics. CDH’s Ian Brickey weighs in on the suspension, the controversy and when sports becomes news.

On Nov. 7, William and Mary head men’s basketball coach Tony Shaver announced that senior guard Brandon Britt had been suspended from the team for violating team rules. Shaver’s announcement and the corresponding press release did not provide any reason for Britt’s suspension. Later that day, the Virginia Gazette linked the suspension to a drunk driving charge filed against Britt in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court Oct. 25.

Last week, Jared Foretek of Shadesof48.com wrote an article criticizing the media’s handling of Britt’s suspension and the release of details surrounding the drunk driving charge. I worked with Jared at William and Mary’s newspaper, The Flat Hat — he in sports and I in news. He’s a great sports writer, and I generally like his take on Tribe athletics. But on this issue, I think he’s 100 percent wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

CAAtastrophy

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 »

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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A (not at all conflicted) rebirth – The Golden State Warriors

In Basketball on January 7, 2013 at 11:45 am

“I’ve got a feeling, this year’s for me and you/So Happy Christmas/I love you baby/I can see a better time, when all our dreams come true” – The Pogues, Fairytale of New York

If the hopeful romanticism of that line sweeps you off your feet, it’s important to remember that the song’s setting is a New York City drunk tank, and that the protagonist also directs the phrase “You’re an old slut on junk” to his love interest shortly thereafter.

In that spirit of tempered optimism — WARRIORS!

It’s a new year, and the Golden State Warriors have a legitimate shot at reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

That was the year, as you may or may not know, that a Jason Richardson/Baron Davis-led”We Believe” team stunned the first seed Mavericks in the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs. It was also the year Davis posterized Andrei Kirilenko in the second round — perhaps the greatest single moment in Warriors history since Rick Barry rocked a neckerchief* and won a championship.

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The CAA is Dead, Long Live the CAA

In Basketball, William & Mary on December 19, 2012 at 4:45 pm

The Big East is gone. The Atlantic 10 is bracing itself. And the CAA is waiting for the pieces to fall.

A lot has happened in college sports in the last three weeks. Actually, only one thing happened, and the rest was speculation. But that one thing could have major effects on conference alignments. Last week, the Big East’s seven Catholic schools voted to leave the conference. The move effectively destroyed the Big East, but its ramifications won’t stop there. Non-BCS conferences have become the collapsing stars of the college athletics universe, raiding their neighbors to stave off implosion for a few more years. Anywhere from one to five conferences could see their members poached by other conferences, and no conference is safe. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Finals Game 1 Diary

In Basketball on June 13, 2012 at 6:16 pm

We made CDH’s Sam Sutton sit through Game 1 of the NBA Finals and record his observations in real time as the Miami Heat took on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Pre-game

Miami was introduced to the “Imperial March” from Star Wars, which is pretty lame. Shouldn’t the Evil Empire have an empire before it’s given that kind of treatment? No music would have been more insulting. Could you imagine the ego-check Wade would take walking out to silence? The man thrives on hate.

Kevin Durant is receiving the loudest applause (no surprise) as a choice cut from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Watch The Throne” plays over the loudspeakers. It’s a fitting pick — Durant and Westbrook have a Jay-Z/Kanye dynamic that makes their team both volatile and very fun to watch. Read the rest of this entry »

Adios, Celtics

In Basketball on May 30, 2012 at 6:41 pm

The Boston Celtics’s unlikely run to the Eastern Conference Finals will likely come to an end at the hands of the Miami Heat.

The church bells in Boston must be ringing a slow, mournful dirge.

The sticky heat that hung over the East Coast this weekend spread north from Miami to Philadelphia, carrying rot like Paul Revere’s ride up from the tank-topped causeways of South Beach and onto the streets of Boston Common.

In Philadelphia, the lumbering bodies of the Boston Celtics moved like dysplasia-afflicted Labradors at a summer barbecue. They heaved themselves up in the air for jump shots or layups without any semblance of ease. Unbelievably, Lavoy Allen played a key role in their almost-demise.

The reign of Boston’s big three is coming to a close. Fitfully, violently, and despite the moody protestations of Rajon Rondo, they too must pass. Read the rest of this entry »

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