Posted: Apr 12, 2009 7:11 pm |
Edited by: robin
saispas- which article are you talking about? There's an editorial here
and an article here
I just found the editorial now, and I can get behind it. It's nothing we haven't talked about here on this thread, but it speaks the truth to some extent. But you are right though, in that there's no point in bringing all the Cal corruption up now. Especially journalists. At least our excuse is that we were BLINDED BY LOVE. But then again, shiiiit girl. You been sayin' what that column said all along! Maybe we need to lobby for you to get your own column.
The second article came out literally right as the whole story was breaking, and it struck me as being opportunistic and gross. I think that's probably the one you are talking about. Besides being insulting to fans of college basketball (as though we're fans of D-league basketball or something), it's ridiculous. Like sorry, but I'm never gonna love the Grizzlies the way I love the Tigers. They could win ten championships and the Tigers could never get to the NCAA tournament again, and I'd still love the Tigers about 800 times more. Were I nine years old now and playing OJ Mayo dressup instead of putting on swimming goggles and pretending to be Elliot Perry, sure it could happen; the seed can be planted for Memphis kids to love the shit out of the Grizzlies, or die hard Tigers fans can pick the Grizzlies as their second favorite team, or people who don't care either way (i.e. these new school fair weather Calipari era-only fans) can hop on the Grizzlies bandwagon. But not me.
And trust me, I know what I'm talkin' about. I live in Boston, the city where nobody gave a shit about the Celtics until last year and the Patriots until the early 00's, and now everyone loves the Red Sox (although who am I to talk about new school Red Sox fans; I sit in the bleachers at Sox/Yankees games and heckle the shit outta A-Rod along with the townies just like everybody else does).
And re: the whole one-and-dones success system being a poor fallback- I think Memphis fans are just restless and want immediate gratification, but yes. Relying on one-and-dones is shortsighted, at best. It's a gamble and it's a lot of extra recruiting work. And it's not necessary! Look at UNC's championship team this year. Perfect example.