Thursday, February 02, 2006

It's Groooundhooooggg Day

"Six more weeks of mild winter weather," says Punxsutawney Phil.


Slack Link of the Day: Sure, it's only high school basketball. And, sure, it's only girls' high school basketball. But we here at Slack respect and appreciate greatness, and this performance certainly qualifies as such. Also, according to the article, her previous season high was 51 points. So congrats to Epiphanny Prince (awesome name) for scoring 113 points in a game.

Slack Video of the Day: YouTube really might be the greatest site on the world wide web, I shit you not. They've got videos comin' out the wazoo, and good ones too. Check out The Who playing Baba O'Riley in Charlton in 1974. The Roger Daltrey Cluck-n-Strut as he starts in on the lyrics is fantastic.

Slack Song of the Day: I'm in the mood for a little southern-inspired rock this morning, so let's head on over to the Government Mule files. From the NYE 2002 run at the Beacon Theatre (with special guests), here's the Warren Haynes special, Soulshine, as well as Sco-Mule, Badge and Blind Man in the Dark.

29 Comments:

At 10:47 AM, Blogger hoobs said...

There is no way this winter is ever going to end as long as that groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don't see any way out of it. He's got to be stopped.

Happy Black History month!

YouTube is a pretty sweet site. They could use a few more David Brent clips, but this one is classic.

http://www.youtube.com/w/David-Brent-dance?v=IkR2NxlhBE8&search=david%20brent

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Sweet, Hoobs. "I sorta fused Flashdance with MC Hammer shit..."

Michael Scott is great, but David Brent is off the charts. And it's a crying shame this site doesn't have more Gareth clips...

 
At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Scotty B said...

lol @ Cluck-n-strut never heard that one before.

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger MDS said...

You're impressed by a girl running up the score against overmatched players in a high school game?

 
At 12:11 PM, Anonymous en regalia said...

113 points is simply impressive. i think they have 16 minute halves.

lettuce estimate she made say 45 shots and 20 ft's in 32 minutes of playing time

that is pretty amazing

i dont think it was a "make it take it" game, so the opposition prolly had the ball an avg of 10-15 seconds of poseesion after each of here buckets...fuck the math...i am impressed. tell me she's not gonna sell some more tix at rutgers...

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

Yes, I am. Why? Because I think even if you played in that game there's a possibility you don't top 100. The girl went 54-for-60 for cryin' out loud!

Damn.

 
At 12:17 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Okay. The score of the game was 137-32. If I were the opposing coach, I would have taken the largest and manliest of beasts on my team and had her go headhunting. If anyone tried to run up the score on us or dunk on us in high school, my coach's rule was to do your best to prevent it from happening (with a wink, of course). Meaning, if they dunk or try to show us up, take em out. And I would have done that here.

I like the quote "After I had 58 points at the half, and especially after having in the 80s after the third quarter, I just decided to go for it." Gor for what? Was she trying to score 113 points? Was she going for ultimate humiliation? What about the other girls on the team? Don't you think that after you are up by say, 50 points, you should throw your second and third stringers in there?

While impressed, the coaching and mindset of both teams baffles me.

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

About the whole shadow thing.

If he sees his shadow, 6 more weeks of winter. If he doesn't, winter ends on the normal day. Doesn't the official end of winter occur 6 weeks from Groundhog day anyway? Which means that regardless if the fucking rodent sees his shadow or not, winter is going to end on the same day regardless, or irregardless, whatever. This is a fucking sham.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

I said regardless way too much. My apologies. We need Ned Ryerson to moderate this.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger MDS said...

Now, wait a minute, Matty Mac. You and I agree to the extent that it's terrible sportswomanship any time a high school game ends with a 100-point margin. There ought to be a rule in high school that once a team builds a lead of, say, 50 points, the players who are the top three scorers for the leading team at that point have to sit out. But I disagree with you and your former coach vehemently if you think it's OK to try to injure someone just because he dunked on you. The dunk is a well-established part of basketball, and there's absolutely no place for trying to hurt someone just because you feel that your pride is wounded when you're dunked on. I'm all for giving kids technical fouls if they taunt the other team, but it should end with the referees, not with players taking the law into their own hands.

 
At 12:26 PM, Blogger hoobs said...

On the whole groundhog shadow deal, if he sees his shadow then it's 6 more weeks of winter which is when winter usually ends. If he doesn't see it, spring is supposed to start earlier. I feel like that f'ing squirrel sees his shadow every year, though. There is some sort of conspiracy going on over at Gobblers Knob

 
At 12:31 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Don't get me wrong, I would want to injure someone. At least nowadays. I think I came across wrong, sort of. My high school was in the inner city and my coach in was satan reincarnated, and he wanted injury.

What I meant was, take some bruiser on your team and send her out and foul the living crap out of that girl. To the point where the opposing coach gets it in his mind that it may be best to take her out of the game. I wasn't talking maiming or anything like that, but a hard foul or two could send a message.

Being tall, I can dunk a basketball, but I rarely do for fear that someone will take my legs out. It is part of the game, but my coach had this whole pride thing where he thought it was an insult to be dunked on.

And, to add to that, this coming Monday I have to have surgery on my nose because last week I was elbowed hard and broke it in just about every place you can. So, I now have close, firsthand knowledge of what injuring fouls can do. Not fun at all.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

sorry, I meant "wouldn't" want to injure someone. I'm done typing for the day.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger ethan said...

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At 12:40 PM, Blogger ethan said...

mds - i'm not condoning a full out tackle or a cheap shot, but when your team is getting humiliated and the opponent is running up the score (refs don't/can't do shit to stop that), there's nothing wrong with a hard foul.

my high school team once lost by 60 and the other team was pressing us the entire game. what can a ref do to stop that?

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger MDS said...

I feel like that f'ing squirrel sees his shadow every year

According to the Punxsutawney Groundhog Club, Phil has seen his shadow 96 times, hasn't seen it 14 times and there are no records for nine years.

my high school team once lost by 60 and the other team was pressing us the entire game. what can a ref do to stop that?

Nothing under current rules, which is why I propose a change in the rules at the high school (and younger) level. Beyond a certain point there should be a mercy rule. Hell, they're going to have a mercy rule in the World Baseball Classic. No reason they can't have it in high school basketball.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

A hard foul is quite different from intent to injure, which I think is what Matty was implying (though now he's walked back from it). I'm okay with the former, but only if it's part of the game.

Do you remember what Jon Chaney did (last year? two years ago?) when he sent a goon out there to injure someone, and they actually did knock someone out for the year. It amazes me that Chaney wasn't fired, or even that charges weren't pressed -- in this day and age, I really can't believe the latter.

I'm a pretty soft dude, but I can get behind a "message." I cannot get behind anything that off the court would be considered a crime, which is what Chaney and many HS coaches did/do.

I still stand behind this girl and her coach...dude, she had a chance to break the all-time scoring record for girls basketball -- I mean, why WOULDN'T you go for it? Seriously, I understand there are feelings to be taken into consideration, but it's the opposition's job to STOP her (hi, ever heard of a double team or box n one), not her coach's job.

As for the Groundhog, I say, "Don't drive angry."

 
At 2:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I still stand behind this girl and her coach...dude, she had a chance to break the all-time scoring record for girls basketball -- I mean, why WOULDN'T you go for it?"

Because basketball is a team sport.

Just out of curiosity, does anyone know what the high school boys scoring record is? I bet it's nowhere near this. The difference in athleticism amongst chicks can be so huge. Girls games often have one team doubling the other's score.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

A hard foul is quite different from intent to injure, which I think is what Matty was implying (though now he's walked back from it). I'm okay with the former, but only if it's part of the game.

With the newly acquired inability to properly express myself, Ace was right in the fact that I was implying that a hard foul is different than intent to injure. I meant no intent to injure, but a solid, hard foul.

And I meant to say I broke my nose playing basketball. I just came back from my pre-op appointment, apparently they make plaster casts for your face, which I will have to wear for 10 days. Yippee.

 
At 4:29 PM, Blogger MDS said...

The boys' high school record is 135 points set by Danny Heater of Burnsville High School in West Virginia in 1960, according to the National High School Sports Record Book on the National Federation of State High School Association's Web site.

 
At 4:55 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

To everyone who considers themselves a comprehesive reader: The 135 points by Danny Heater record is IN the linked SI article.

 
At 5:02 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Look at the big brain on Ace.

 
At 5:14 PM, Blogger ethan said...

matty, that must've been a bad break. i broke my nose once - the doctor sat me down in a folding chair (not even the examining table) and snapped it back in place. it sounded gross and hurt like a bitch, but was much better than wearing a mask for a week and a half...

 
At 5:45 PM, Blogger Matty Mac said...

Yeah, I've had that before too. This time my septum was smashed in the process, so I have to have a septoplasty as well as have splints inserted into my nose and something needs to be cauterized too. It's like a backiotomy, but different.

What you have had was called a "closed reduction", mine is an "open reduction" which is the same thing, except they have to cut me open to do it.

Basically, the lower half of my nose is pointing to the right and my septum is leaning at a 45-degree angle, blocking a nasal passage. Good times. I have the percoset prescription in my hand as I type.

 
At 6:01 PM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

I'd tell you whining bitches to shut-up-a-you-face, but this line was just too funny:

"It's like a backiotomy, but different."

You had me at backiotomy.

 
At 6:23 PM, Blogger ethan said...

beeyitch! you know what i want!

 
At 6:57 PM, Blogger PaulNoonan said...

If I'd have been playing in that game, I'd have put up 200 easy.

 
At 7:33 PM, Blogger MDS said...

I wonder how many points I'd score in a girls' high school basketball game. I really have no idea. I'd score zero in a boys' high school basketball game.

I've really enjoyed this thread. In fact, in the spirit of artificially running up the score to set a record, I'm thinking of posting a bunch of comments here, just so this thread can break this thread's Slack Lalane record for most comments.

 
At 11:15 AM, Blogger Ace Cowboy said...

MDS, you want a job as an archivist? You seem to be better than me at this shit. Although I feel like there was a 40-comment baseball thread once. Maybe after the 2004 ALCS. Too lazy to check.

 

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