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  1. Harvard for Hillbillies
    Monday, November 14, 2011 – 8:10 PM EST

    This Hoosier basketball team is going easily into the post-season with 22 wins and they are not exiting in the the first round of the Big 10 tournament. Wow. Have some faith in this basketball school. We’re in the NCAA tournament and finishing no lower than 4th in the conference standings. Count it and take it to the bank. Don’t you see it in this silly football post? Once we get totally back, they’ll be no reason for blogs.

    Harvard for Hillbillies
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – 1:01 AM EST

    Proflunker-

    You don’t think we can beat Kentucky at home this year? I think we send Calipari back to Lexington with a big fat ‘L’ this year. ND in Indy? Butler in Bloomington? I think it’s very possible the Hoosiers go into their first Big 10 game of the season without a blemish on the record…Possibly 10-0 or 9-1. The energy of the home crowds and the depth of this team will make us very difficult to beat at home? I think we can take at least 3 Big 10 road games and upset someone to get into the quarters of the Big 10 tournament.

    We just brought in one of the best post players in college basketball. Zeller has already shown me way more in two games as a freshman(in terms of control, tenacity, floor recognition, running the floor, board play, and poise) than I would have expected in my wildest and most optimistic expectations.

    Only 16 or 17 wins? Your prediction is just downright wimpy. I really don’t see the Hoosiers losing more than two games at home(home includes Indy). I think we’ll get to 22. It’s bold, but there is a belief in these guys faces that hasn’t been there before. There are more weapons and I think we’ll dominate the glass in nearly every contest.

    Harvard for Hillbillies
    Tuesday, November 15, 2011 – 1:17 AM EST

    Final thoughts: Even if my bold prediction falls a bit short, I still think there is no way this team doesn’t make the Big Dance. With a dominant guy in the middle, and a year of regular season experience under the belt, March Madness might live up to its name..Everyone says “next year” and the 2012 recruiting class…I think we’re underestimating this group and the chip on their shoulder that is driving them.

    Good luck to Belcher.

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    Just wanted to view it in it’s totality one last time. And to think I was never mentioned on one ScoopTalk or Hoosier Brunch segment. Again, reread the key points below and tell me it is not an exacting and mesmerizing account/synopsis of just how the season went down.

    ▀ This Hoosier basketball team is going easily into the post-season with 22 wins

    ▀ We’re in the NCAA tournament and finishing no lower than 4th in the conference standings

    ▀ I think we send Calipari back to Lexington with a big fat ‘L’ this year.

    ▀ I think it’s very possible the Hoosiers go into their first Big 10 game of the season without a blemish on the record…Possibly 10-0 or 9-1.

    ▀ I think we can take at least 3 Big 10 road games

    ▀ I really don’t see the Hoosiers losing more than two games at home(home includes Indy)

    ▀ Everyone says “next year” and the 2012 recruiting class…I think we’re underestimating this group and the chip on their shoulder that is driving them.

  2. Yes, you should be very very proud of your predictions Harvard.

    To play Devil’s Advocate, however, I seem to recall similar optimistic predictions for the last three years as well – didn’t you predict, for example, that IU would win the Big 10 tournament in Crean’s first year, even though they finished the regular season with only 6 wins?

    Don’t get me wrong, I love the optimism, and it does a lot more good and has a lot more validity than elmo’s or Rico’s coach-bashing. However if optimism is your “modus operandi” then one could argue that “even a stopped clock is right twice a day” in explaining your prediction.

  3. “I seem to recall similar optimistic predictions for the last three years as well”

    Sounds like some real undertones of jealousy coming from your thick jealous tongue. Never made such predictions three years ago. I think I made a prediction about a kid named Eric Gordon becoming a premier guard in the NBA. I never made many big picture/team predictions on blogs until this year. You are severely confused. Of course, why should that surprise me when you can’t even remember which day of the week matches up with which blogging name you want to use. How many are you using on Scoop now?…Three? Four? Keep one opinion for every mismatched sock in your mismatched argument drawer? Having your little alter-ego buddies scattered all about this place sure opens the door for having a viewpoint that can stick to the wall sooner or later. What’s next? Alberto in Annecy? Manny in Manitoba? Ernest in Key West? Vinnie in Vancouver? Yup… Those Hoosier fans are sure scattered all over the globe and they’re all your cousins with the same IP address…LOL

    I don’t care about being right or wrong. I’m first and foremost a Hoosier fan. My predictions early in the season were sung from true thoughts a passionate song about a basketball team I believed few anticipated would every be so competitive and strong. I wouldn’t expect that to resonate with a cowardice blogger that uses different screen names because his gigantic ego(along with his multiple alter-egos and multiple blogging personalities) is so terribly insecure with finding one home where his faith, honor, allegiances, and opinions can stand in truth. Pretty hard to be wrong when this is how you chime in.

  4. On a completely unrelated note, the Cornell women’s track team (i.e. my baby girl’s squad) just became the first Ivy League team to win the ECAC track and field title, upsetting defending champion Connecticut.

    Go Big Red (both of them).

  5. Ouch. I knew that Harvard would not charge me cheaply for that observation. I firmly remember many an optimistic prediction from you in the darkest of times for IU basketball. I enjoyed them; it was far superior to all the cheap shots from the “Fire Creaners” who delighted in kicking the program and coach while they were down (where are those clowns now?)

    Otherwise, not going to engage you on your usual barrage of hypocritical calumny. Suffice to say that the pot calls the kettle black regarding the nicknames. PizzaWhat? The New Coke? And of course the classic Downing’s 5th? Just to mention a few…

  6. January 28, 2009

    Hell of a hard fought game tonight…You have to feel bad for the team. One of the first games they looked prepared and didn’t buy into the defeatist attitude. They showed a lot of heart and hit some big shots to stay in the game. Maybe it’s time we give them some credit. Maybe it’s time certain IDS journalists stop implying they have no talent and look like a high school team. Hoosiers stayed toe-to-toe with a pretty damn good Northwestern team-a Northwestern team that won at Michigan St and gave Michigan a good game up at Ann Arbor)

    January 29, 2009

    Del-
    I hate to split hairs, but just for the record, I wasn’t saying the team deserved credit for their effort..I have always understood that many on this blog have enjoyed painting the steeple of that church: Crean’s hardworking “Little Sisters of the Daniel Moore Poor”…could any group of Hoosiers give us any more?

    The effort has always been obvious…What I am still waiting to hear is for a select number of hypocrites to also admit the Hoosiers have some talent too! I saw some talent last night; more than just effort. I saw some jaw-dropping without seeing faces…I saw some backpedaling without bicycle races..and I saw some place shoe-in-mouth that once sung disgraces.

    Those are two of my posts from three years ago on the Hoosier Hype blog. I think it says a lot. I think it helps support where my optimism this year was rooted. I have always thought talent is a very subjective term. In the game of college basketball, the addition of a one or two missing cogs in the wheel, can make all the world of the difference in getting a team back to competitiveness. I’ve always felt guys like Hulls and Watford were being undervalued. When Zeller was brought into the mix, I watched those first two games of year with utter surprise and delight how evolved his game beyond anything I had imagined. In all honesty, I was baffled how others weren’t seeing how a group of already talented and experienced Hoosiers would be able to capitalize immensely from having such a threat in the middle..I thought things could change dramatically for the Hoosiers. And through the low points of the season(going down @ Nebraska and the three game losing streak), I never lost faith in many our upperclassmen that others couldn’t get enough daily throwing out words of hatred nor stop continually pegging important contributors on our team as having lack of effort or horrible flaws not indicative of Big 10 caliber talent.

    Through it all, I have yet to see one hater on the blogs, or one cynic journalist that doubted many the players on this team(one even went as far to call a player “pathetic”), come forward and admit how far off the map all their previous mockery and doubt.

    Very few people can swallow truth. Very few can admit they’re assumptions were wrong. It’s not about giving Harvard credit. It’s about facing the reality their own premature evaluations of the Hoosiers. It’s about a bit of honesty and humility instead of throwing out sensationalistic stories from SI writers to divert the attention away from the real truth just how off-target their assumptions often rooted more in bias and prejudice rather than sound objectivity and open-mindedness a subject matter they claim professionalism and expertise. I think there was a lot of underestimating and mockery of this team because of hidden agendas. It infuriates those same bigots to see the Hoosiers never bought into their manipulative seeds of doubt. There are a lot of so-called professionals employed to write about Indiana basketball that were getting way too much enjoyment years past from the Hoosier days an irrelevant team stuck in the cellar. Those days are gone.

  7. No offense Harvard, but predicting that the #1 player in his HS class, who dominated as a freshman at IU would be a successful pro doesn’t exactly make you Nostradamus…

    Unless you made the prediction in like 2003 or something. Now that would have been impressive.

  8. Yes, Geoff in Maine. I only pointed it out because the Steve in Ottawa guy that followed me to Scoop was such an anti-Indiana wacko that he never stopped hating and doubting on Eric Gordon. He equated a cold shooting night with a broken wrist in an Arkansas game as justifying all his previous doubt and hate aimed at the kid who “only came to Indiana to play for Kelvin Sampson.”

    No matter. I’m very used to his manipulations and how he likes to occasionally come out of the closet to pout and shout in little jealous fits. I still love him like a brother from a different mother. I think it was Elmo’s mother.

    And I’m truly sorry his Seattle hero couldn’t tear up the Hoosiers a day in early December. That Hoosier victory likely ruined Steve’s entire Christmas holiday. One blemish on his beloved Wildcats record because his hometown boy didn’t show up against the cream and crimson. I know where his darkest rancor truly resides..He’s just a lost basketball soul. He’s very torn. He lives in Bloomington but his conatant bleeding heart pumps a very strange mixture of Kentucky blue and Husky purple. Much like the journalists in this town he tries to fit in but his words are always tainted by the truth and manipulation a true love somewhere else.

    Posted by for the herring impaired at 9:04 pm on December 13, 2011

    Husky Tom has become the Terrence Jones of Hype… Pouts and doesn’t show up.

    Priceless.

  9. I’m curious why this profanity is allowed on here from Hillbilly:

    “I could give a $hit”

  10. $orry. Next time I’ll clean it up with an appropriate $ynonym….”I could give a Laffy.”

  11. HC, she is a hurdler and heptathlete/pentathlete but in these competitions she is often put into a medley relay, or something, as the heptathlon/pentathlon has a 800m. She didn’t qualify in the pentathlon.

    Last winter a friend asked her to take the place of another player, at the last minute, on an intramural volleyball team, not knowing she had been an all state volleyball player (she’s about 6′). They went on to win the all campus championship.

    My baby.

  12. Laffy, I swear on here from time to time as well. I guess it depends on the context… Kinda like the FCC skit from SNL a couple weeks back…

  13. Dustin-

    Is Lynn Houser retiring? He’s too young to retire! I really enjoyed his few guest appearances on ScoopTalks…I also thoroughly enjoyed him on a video you all appeared in after the IU Media Challenge. I’m sure he contributed behind the scenes at HT more than I’ll ever know. Please send him my best wishes. He looked like a terribly fun and optimistic man to be around.

  14. Harvard,
    Very much so. I have sent along your well wishes. We’re going to miss him a lot.
    I can’t tell if when you talk about journalists being off the mark, you mean me. Well, if I haven’t said it, I will say it. I was figuring 18-13 for this team. Not sure if I ever put that in print, but that’s what I thought. I was way, way off the mark, and you were much closer to on point than I was. For that matter, so was Laffy and a lot of other optimists here. And we certainly didn’t put that SI story up because we agreed with what was in it, or because of some other nefarious purpose. We did it because a lot of people were talking about it and I thought it was something that would bring some debate in a lot of different directions.
    Hope that clears some stuff up. Thanks.

  15. Dustin, you asked us to knock off the personal attacks on here and when I asked Hillbilly to clean up his language, he responds with this:

    “$orry. Next time I’ll clean it up with an appropriate $ynonym….”I could give a Laffy.”

    So, are you going to let him slide?

  16. Harvard- you’re a real jerk. You rely go over the line with your tirades. Thanks for the kind words as always.

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