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MY, WHAT A SPRY, YOUNG COACH THAT TEAM HAS (or, news on Penn State)

Here’s one for the young Hoosier basketball team.

13 comments

  1. Can’t wait for Friday. I am badly in need of some excitement after investing way too much in this gut-wrenching, maddening football program that has assiduously devoted itself to finding cutting-edge ways to lose and break your heart.

    I am pretty confident that Crean’s rate of improvement will far outpace Lynch’s, and that we will probably see a few big upsets this year, as well as a bundle of close games in the Big 10.

    It will be hard to get anything done this week, as I visualize myself, beer in hand, watching the team take the hardwood against Howard at 8pm on Friday.

    Go Hoosiers

  2. Husky Tom,

    While I don’t disagree with hope that we will get a few “upsets” this year in basketball… Lets not lose sight of the fact that Crean has the benefit of a nationally recognized and historic program helping out his recruiting efforts. Also, basketball can be drastically altered by as little as 2 recruits or a single recruit where football, at the very least you have to make a spalsh at several positions to make a leap. (See Darius Willis, Awesome running back and football player, but not able to single handedly get us to the next level) Couple that with the facts that our football program is known for being awful, its highly regarded as a basketball state and school, and we have a history of only giving a coach about 2 years to make us the best team ever… I think you get my point. Give it some time, and lets go Hoosiers! (to borrow from Glass, Pat Kraft, and the athletic marketing department: 23 programs, 1 team)

  3. Did anyone catch another classic Crean time-out in the final seconds of first half? ..The one that took away certain final-second points on a breakaway off a Hoosier defensive rebound?…Did anyone listening to the game on radio notice Don Fisher’s subtle change in voice as if he was having difficulty keeping in his private snickering moment concealed behind microphone…I only wish I could have seen the stupefied facial expression that must have went along with… perplexed by how an experienced coach can’t just let it rest..let guys play….Please stop over-coaching ever minute segment of every possession of every game…Sit down! Rest your feet, Crean! Let them make mistakes..Let them grow…Let them feel the flow!..(there’s that damn word again..)

    Yes, that time-out certainly brought back memories of discombobulated awkward endings that stole away potential game winning shots from last season….Yes, I’m most certain Crean’s rate of improvement will far outpace Lynch. It’s in the details.

    On a brighter note: Creek did begin to flow a little more like “The Big O”.

  4. IMO Crean isn’t treating these exhibitions as games. They’re an extension of practice. As such, he will correct mistakes as they occur, to provide the most instantaneous feedback possible.

  5. Teaching is exactly what I would expect from an IU BB coach being paid to do just that every minute available.

  6. I agree…He’s waiting to treat games as exhibitions…(?)

    I’m sure you’re right, GF….I was just attempting to poke fun at Husky’s futile attempt to find another opening to take a cheap shot at Lynch. I’m also very excited about Friday.. I will share beers with the many aliases of Downing..thus allowing myself the indulgence of a 12-pack.

  7. I don’t know about futile…the shot was taken, and it was a hit. Sometimes I wish we were Kansas, Cincinnati, Kentucky, North Carolina – hell, I almost wish we were Duke! They beat Virginia this year in football, are 5-4, and their basketball team got Kyrie Irving!!!

    Instead, we settle for trying to be a one sport wonder once again. But hey, at least we “honor contracts.” Except Kelvin’s.

  8. Oh, in case you didn’t notice, all of the schools that Wordsworth mentioned were Basketball Schools playing good to great football.

  9. Be young again, Tom…”Dickie V” and Coach K are staring into an hourglass of forgone day…Don’t spend a care worrying about the other programs…Reclaim the innocence when you weren’t critiquing and comparing…spending endless hours on Google researching every sports team across the land…It’s time to cheer and scream with no strings attached…It’s freshman year! Toga Party! Let your heart take full investment in Hoosiers…Isn’t it great to no longer have giant chip on our basketball shoulder? We can go into every game with candy-stripes reborn…The light comes over horizon again for the first time. Marry heart to every word in fight song and learn the second verse (Is there a second verse?)..Feel the pregame chills run up your back when the IU flags storm the floor …It is our new beginning…How often tradition be granted back day one?
    The sins of Bobby Knight, the Mike Davis sacrifice, the Kelvin crucifixion, the Dakich exorcism……It’s all over…It’s ashes…Now it’s time for resurrection…Rejoice! It’s 1972…It’s 2009…We shall march into Madness with no expectations…and this time we shall seize the moment. It is our destiny. Basketball and Indiana are inseparable…Be young in your faith and spirit …Do not place heavy burden on this day…It is your birthday! It is our birthday..And let this celebration of our unwavering devotion to the cream and crimson burn eternal candle of fortitude and endurance to be forever tried and true Indiana fans…Wow…I’m feeling a little lightheaded..

    Go Hoosiers!!

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