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donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 17, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
The NCAA three point line is a joke.
The best college players only stay one year.
NCAA coaches are the paradigm example of "power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely."
College cheerleaders are too young to lust after.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Mar 17, 2013 - 02:05pm PT
I have to disagree on 1 of your points ;)
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Mar 17, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
The NCAA is a broken system.

http://www.npr.org/2011/09/14/140433661/the-ncaa-and-the-so-called-student-athlete
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 17, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Yeah that Rick Pitino guy should get tyrant of the year award...Who would want to play for that dork?
ncrockclimber

climber
The Desert Oven
Mar 17, 2013 - 03:06pm PT
College cheerleaders are too young to lust after.

That is not true! Too young to hit on or hook up with, but not too young to lust after. Come on!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2013 - 03:09pm PT
You have a point....i'll amend that.
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 17, 2013 - 03:28pm PT
Give the old guy a break...at least he isn't lusting after altar boys...
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 17, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
Hi Jim.

The NBA court is way too small.

It didn't get a lot of air time in San Diego (or the ST), but Jerry Buss died recently, he really liked the young girls. He used to sponsor 'beauty' pagents too.

Good tidings for your trip on the Nose.



Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
J-Do, shouldn't you be doing pull-ups or wind sprints or something? You have a train to catch, don't you?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
And those college kids can't handle life in the fast lane, either. Not like their big deal role models.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 17, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Oh, I thought this was gonna be about the National Bouldering Association
and its infiltration by pseudo-amateurs from the NCAA.
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 17, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
Peter...i'm in SLC bored speechless. I am drinking fluids designed to completely purge my colon....waiting for the eruption. Tomorrow i go in for surgery to have radioactive seeds implanted into my prostate.
Shouldn't delay my NIAD bid. I'll not not only be older than dirt, i'll be radioactive!!!!
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Mar 17, 2013 - 06:34pm PT
Won't need a headlamp!
Rankin

Social climber
Greensboro, North Carolina
Mar 17, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
The current college game is not very good right now, but the NBA is a yawn fest until May. But just a few years ago, say in 2009, when there were some good teams in college, the NBA was a joke by comparison.

The NBA regular season is long and boring. The games are 8 minutes longer, the season is 82 games and the shot clock is 24 seconds instead of 35. This means there are a lot of meaningless possessions in the NBA.

Also, the NBA game became so physical in reaction to Michael Jordan's dominance that the league had to outlaw hand-checking. This, combined with more spread-out defenses due to the longer 3-point line gives the impression that players in the NBA don't play defense.

However, no more reinforcement is needed for this impression, because teams don't play much defense in the NBA until the playoffs. The seasons are so long, and there are so many more shots to come, why play defense? The other team might just miss on their own, and you can save your energy for offense, which is how you make your money as an NBA player.

No, the college game has much more going for it as a system, and the drama of a one-and-done tournament can't be matched by a best-of-seven series. Don't get wrong, the skill level in the NBA is great, and the playoffs can be a great show, but most of the time it's just a complete snoozer. In reality, all but four teams in the NBA are playing for next year and no underdogs ever bubble up and compete for the title.

Unfortunately, both games have been hurt by the one-and-done phenomena, and hopefully the NBA will find a way to alleviate this problem.

Finally, for my money, NBA cheerleaders are fat and trashy. They dance around and shake their asses, but that's it. Those college cheerleaders are usually great athletes, and the more formal cheers are usually more acrobatic and impressive.

survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 17, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
The women's game however, has come universes in the last 30 years.

They're real, hardcore athletes now, with better team ball and a LOT less showboating.

Small college and high school ball is the last bastion of purist love for the game.

F those big corrupt programs. 'Cept for the sweet 16 that is...heh heh...
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
They don't make as much money in the NCAA as the pros either.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Good luck, Jim.

So what percentage of the big time schools' athletes graduate, let alone are
able to read their contracts and balance their check books? The main
reason I ask is because it is painfully obvious the vast majority of them
can't even spell defense.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:07pm PT
Radioactive dirt. Lusting after young cheerleaders. Athletic scholarships.

Man, Supertopo rocks!

You Americans are weird. The strangest thing about moving to the US was discovering that people cared about college sports. Yes, university students in other countries play team sports. But no one cares. Whereas in the US, 60,000 people will go apeshit in a stadium watching 19-yr-olds play football. Or basketball.

F*#king weird.

Edit to add: Best wishes Jim. We'll all be hanging in the meadows at night, watching for the glow.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
Rankin, all well-said and thoughtful.

The hype aside, it's fun time when the last sixteen get together in the NCAA tournament. There is so much less confusion, much more resolve and the teams seem to harden up, realizing what's coming.

The cheerleaders are not nearly as entertaining as the pep bands, for MY money. They be crazy-weird!

Note to JD: We'll be glowing in the meadows watching you hang. Best of luck, see you at Wawona?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
It ain't wierd if you're one of those who gets an education for free and
actually does something with it, like me. See? It has meant the world
to all my blog subscribers; I rite reel gud.
Phantom X

Trad climber
Honeycomb Hideout
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:15pm PT
Mr. Donini, you're getting my Irish up.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Mar 17, 2013 - 09:15pm PT


edit: My pick. California's best. Whatcha got, throw it down, gonna shut your homies down.
wayne w

Trad climber
the nw
Mar 17, 2013 - 10:53pm PT
How about changing the rule that makes it necessary for players to sit after five fouls.

Just change it to six, and the best players won't have to go to the bench after getting their second foul in the first half.

Hope that everything goes well tomorrow, Jim.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Mar 17, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
For what it's worth Jim, I met a guy who had the seeds implanted and it was working very well. I'm sorry I can't remember his age (older than you and I), but over the course of several years when I saw him off and on, he was very satisfied with the results.

According to today's news, you'll want to be careful riding public transportation henceforth.


Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Mar 17, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
OK. I watch very little college BB.

But I try to pay attention to the NCAA BB tournament.

5 teams there this year from The Mountain West Conference:

New Mexico, Nevada Las Vegas, San Diego State, Colorado State--------and Boise State.

New Mexico should do well.

Donini! Hope all goes well, if not I can loan you my radioactive Smoky Quartz Crystal. A few minutes a day squatting on it has kept me from spawning babies and prostrate troubles ----so far.
Credit: Fritz
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:51am PT
What are NBA and NCAA?

I got one too, STFUACNIAD!

;)
Captain...or Skully

climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 12:57am PT
Man, that's a whole buncha letters. Does it still count as an acronym with that many?
That's enough for a regular word.
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 18, 2013 - 01:09am PT
I got another one, CITKOWICZ.
Srbphoto

climber
Kennewick wa
Mar 18, 2013 - 01:20am PT
BASE104

Social climber
An Oil Field
Mar 18, 2013 - 02:35am PT
I never like basketball. I just couldn't get interested in it.

We got the OKC Thunder a few years ago and they sucked. We had already hosted the Hornets for two years and filled the seats, so all of the games have been sell outs for years.

A friend of mine gave me a pair of tickets to a game that were three rows behind the opponents bench. Utah Jazz. This was the year that Durant and Westbrook started getting really good and since then the house is louder than a Metallica concert.

I have never seen athletes like the NBA. Those guys are HUGE and can run the court in about ten steps. They can do things with their bodies that just blew me away. It ain't college ball. In the NBA, it isn't common for a second round pick to even play anymore.

The tickets are way pricey, so I try to troll the ticket sites until a couple of hours before the game, when people freak out and cut their prices. Doing this, I go to a couple of games per year, but they are all down close under the basket. If you aren't really close, you won't be able to take it all in.

Sorry Jim. One of my two best friends got diagnosed with prostate cancer a few weeks ago, and supposedly he is going to be alright. I'm still scared shitless for him. He's a great guy and we've done a lot together.

The Thunder has a guy from the Congo named Serge Ibaka. For the first two years his english was poor and it took him a while to catch on. Now he is the leading shotblocker and is starting to score.

That guy is the most sculpted human being that I've ever seen, and all of those guys are ripped.

I give you Serge Ibaka, who can do a vertical leap of 8 feet or something:

Credit: BASE104

Credit: BASE104
tarallo

Trad climber
italy
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:56am PT
ciao Jim,
good luck...
a presto
andrea
MisterE

Social climber
Mar 18, 2013 - 11:10am PT
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/10/the-shame-of-college-sports/308643/
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
The strangest thing about moving to the US was discovering that people cared about college sports.
I dated a girl from Finland who thought the same thing. I suppose if we were "normal" then soccer would be a religion or, like some of my friends from Europe, I'd be emotionally invested in handball. Really, handball.

For what's it's worth. I really like college ball, maybe because I went to UCLA and John Wooden's giant shadow. It's the NBA I don't really get into. Big egos, big salaries, no class, no emotional attachment to the teams.

Don't even get me started on baseball...
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 18, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Dudes.....just got out of the Huntsman Cancer Center. I had 75 Paladium seeds implanted into my prostate this morning......feel great, great prognosis.
I should do the NIAD in the night so that you could see me glow in the dark. I'm slightly radioactive and not permitted to have children in my lap for more than 55 minutes at a time for a couple of months....glad i didn't become a priest!
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Mar 18, 2013 - 02:43pm PT
Jim, your posts on this thread are killing me! How am I supposed to get any work done when I can't stop laughing? (Well, if I really wanted to make sure I got more work done, I wouldn't take my breaks on ST in the first place).

Like Fat Dad, I had the UCLA basketball experience, although Wooden was still the coach when I was in grad school. When I was in law school, he would take his morning walks around Pauly Pavilion when it was raining, and I saw him often. After meeting him, I actually started to root for the Bruins. Despite all that, my ultimate loyalty remains with my undergraduate alma mater.

Go Bears! Please be better than one-and-done this year.

John
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Mar 18, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
given what just happened in the MIA/BOS game.... dayum....

23 in a row and down 10 in the 4th
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Mar 19, 2013 - 12:18am PT
So what percentage of the big time schools' athletes graduate, let alone are
able to read their contracts and balance their check books? The main
reason I ask is because it is painfully obvious the vast majority of them
can't even spell defense.

You might be wrong. You might be right.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/2012/03/in-different-college-basketball-bracket-study-finds-gap-in-graduation-rate.html

You'll note the decline in graduation rates for Indiana University basketball. When Bobby Knight was running the show, they all graduated. Except for Isiah Thomas.
Todd Eastman

climber
Bellingham, WA
Mar 19, 2013 - 12:37am PT
glad i didn't become a priest!

Yea, you might be able to still do that Santa gig, eh?
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:06am PT
Go nuggets
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:12am PT
Good luck on your medical procedures, Jim! And just turn on Breaking Bad and forget that basketball sh#t.
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Mar 19, 2013 - 09:51am PT
For all its faults, basketball is just a better game than all other college/pro sports. Almost non-stop action, lots of scoring, super athletic play almost every time down the floor.

Football= 4 seconds of action followed by the game coming to a complete stop, every play! More useless down time than any other sport.

Soccer= run run run, no score. Repeat.

Baseball= stand around stand around stand around, snooooooze.

Hockey= same as soccer, but with skates and fights.


Edit: Smiley face and breasts for those of you with no sense of humor!

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