I haven't posted anything in a while. Mainly, I've been too busy watching NCAA division III basketball on ESPN. By now, you've all seen the improbable 90 foot shot made by Jordan Snipes of my alma mater, Guilford College. It seems like it's all ESPN can talk about. Then last night, ESPN2 was airing a division III game between Grinnell (Iowa) and Beloit (Wisconsin). I watched a bit of that, as I was curious to see how in the world Grinnell is able to average 125 points a game. They couldn't do it last night , as they lost 86-85. It was their lowest scoring game all year.
One interesting thing about Grinnell is that they had to play their first 15 games on the road while their new state of the art arena was being built. A division III school with a state of the art arena?? I don't know if any of you saw the game or heard about what their scheme is, but basically, they substitute en masse every 45-60 seconds, attempt 100 or more shots per game, try to force 30+ turnovers, try to out shoot their opponent by 30 shots, shoot within 12 seconds, plus some other goals that are just absurd. This frenetic pace usually wears out the opponent and they can score at will late in the game. Last night, though, ESPN messed them up. Their plan sort of depends upon wearing the opponent out, but since the game was televised (which NEVER happens in division III), there are like 8 additional time-outs over the course of the game. They were unable to wear Benoit out.
I've also been watching a lot of TV in general. Late last night, I happened to see Ken Burns being interviewed on the stupid Carson Daly show. He was, of course plugging his latest doc, Unforgivable Blackness about the boxing career of Jack Johnson a the turn of the last century. I had the misfortune of missing it when it aired, and it doesn't look like it'll air again anytime soon. Looks like he had more bravado and charisma than Muhammad Ali, and 60 years ahead of him! I'll have to wait until it comes out on DVD.
Time for work.
Travis The Man Who