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7/31/2006 02:10:00 PM
Sorry ... Are We Early?
They let me run an experiment in March, and by most indications, it turned out well: The creatively named Tourney Blog spanned one month and more than 100 posts, from the Big East tournament in New York to the Final Four in Indianapolis; its pool roster was 324 strong and its readership was well over 1 million. On the night of the final game, a few Florida fans in the RCA Dome stands heckled me to the tune of, "Hey! SI.com! Blog This!" Not exactly praise, but recognition ... and that, I guess, is half the battle.
Due to the aforementioned circumstances -- as well as the fact that SI.com has, over the past five months, hatched an army of blogs -- I'm starting earlier this season. Like, July 31 earlier. So I welcome you back on board, hoops fans, and while I can't promise the same post-intensity as I had during the tournament (multiple times daily), I will do my best to help fill the void 'til November.
I don't know if you remember, but I introduced myself to you at the NBA Draft, I'm a big fan. Do you think Carolina has all the pieces to make a serious run this year, or are they just a bit too young? It seems like all of their top players are underclassmen, but Hansbrough should be a monster this year, and I might be wrong about this, but is the ACC somewhat weaker than last year? Carolina is definite Top 5 material, and ol' Roy will have the kids ready. I hope.
It is never too early to talk about college hoops. Feel free to include some music notes in here, too. You should get SI to send down to Austin for a story during Austin City Limits Festival in September.
luke--hoops season is like God--no beginning and no end--it just is i hope you use this blog to include the mid-major scene,especially the patriot league,and not just bucknell,though their last 2 seasons deserve attention,but holy cross,with 4 starters back,as well
Luke, What about Mark Few at Gonzaga? He is a master at recruiting and motivating his players to achieve well beyond they could ever dream. His ability to break the game down and teach the skill would make John Wooden proud. I often wonder what kind of success he would have if he was coaching at a major university.
The city fathers have had to EXPAND the Hoops Seating @ Omaha's Quest Center. The Bluejays were breakin' the Fire Code while breaking attendance records. Now, 17,500+ Loyal Creighton maniacs will have to opportunity to see America's Team - the Mighty, Mighty Creighton Jays - whuppin' up on the Majors on a regular basis.
PS - sent a email to G'town, askin' for a home & home CYO Tilt, but since CU ain't St Leo's, I really don't expect a reply, let alone a game.
Adam, sorry I missed that one from way back. I remember you from the draft -- thanks for saying hi. The answer is yes. I think the fact that Roy was able to turn Hansbrough into such an instant-impact guy bodes pretty well for UNC's next class of freshmen.