After watching last night’s IU v. Illinois game in the Big Ten tournament I have a lot of things to say, but I’ll keep this to basically one point, with a short preface. I haven’t play-by-played the last two games because I didn’t watch them at home, but I wish that I had, because I watch the game more closely and feel and instead of just shouting things to an empty room and having Laura ask me who I’m talking to (you think she’d know by now that I’ll talk whether there’s an audience or not) I can write my impressions which means someone may read what I was pissed or excited about. Makes it more fun, I guess is the short answer.
As an example, during last night’s game, this year’s IU SID myth became very clear. Last year, if you were watching as much as I was you heard every announcer who did an IU game refer to two
things throughout the course of the game. 1.) Robert Vaden’s High Basketball IQ. I don’t know how you measure that but if it is done by observation of the way he plays and the choices he makes on the court, and not by some mysterious Wonderlic Test given at admission, Jamie and Adam would call this one BUSTED! Jay Edward’s and Alex Smith’s early jumps to the pros are to planning for your future through savings and wise investment as Robert Vaden’s frequent decisions are to collecting grease and reselling it to plan for retirement. (I can count on one hand the number of people who are going to completely untangle that last analogy. My thought process is sloppy at best, but trust me that makes sense and is mildly amusing). 2.) Marco Killingsworth has 5% body fat. God Bless Rick Majerus, who may be one of the industries experts on body fat, for pointing out during one game late in the Big Ten season last year that there’s no way in hell the Marco Killingsworth had 5% body fat. No one, in the previous 20 or so games thought to call shenanigans on that piece of information. The announcers just read from the sheet the the University’s Sports Information Director (SID) gives them, assuming that it’s correct without paying attention to what is really going on some sometimes.
Well, and I thought this was going to be short, this year’s myth(, myth. Yeth?) has to do with DJ White. The announcers during last night’s game made frequent mention of DJ’s abilty to pass out of the double team. Making statements to the effect that one would think DJ would average more points, but he doesn’t because he frequently gets double teamed (True) and his ability to pass out of these situations results in a number of open 3s for his teammates, which is why IU leads the Big Ten in 3 point shooting (FALSE!!!!!!) When the ball goes into the post and a double team comes DJ, almost always dribbles parallel to the baseline toward the sideline as the double team follows him and the court gets smaller. He then throws a bad pass which either gets tipped, picked, or does not result in an immediate shot. I don’t have the tape to examine, but I’d bet the number of assists he gets per game from these situations hovers around my little league batting average (somewhere in the .00001 range). In fact it happened twice in the first half last night. DJ threw the ball away twice while being double teamed. This made no difference to the announcers who, in the second half mentioned at least twice how good he was at passing out of the double team.
I gotta get in touch with the SID and see if I can get some completely crazy information put in there so that it becomes reapeated to the point of truth. Any suggestions?