Casey at the wonder wall

Starbucks owner, Howard Schultz, made headlines today by bringing forth a lawsuit to stop the move of the Sonics from Seattle to Oklahoma City. Schultz’s lawyer, Richard Yarmuth, contends that the former Sonic owner had an agreement with the current ownership that they would make a good-faith effort to keep the franchise in Seattle. Casey […]

Athleticism vs. Skill: Surveying the Basketball Landscape

Imagine, if you would, a race. Let’s say the 100m dash. Our contestants include the following: Darren Collison, Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson, TJ Ford, Maurice Cheeks, and Dennis Johnson. Johnson has been brought back from the after-life, and he and Cheeks have completed some sort of time travel in order to compete at the peak […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 4/7 – 4/13

So many to choose from this week. I’m going with Michael Thompson. Friday afternoon on the 15th at Augusta the senior from Alabama lined up what would have been a birdie. Chances looked good for Thompson to make the cut. His ball moved so slightly that the announcers needed two replays before they could detect […]

Clean up on aisle common sense

The world of sports can provide a bountiful feast of unintentional humor. To not discuss some of these examples would just be an opportunity lost. For instance those folks who oversee the everyday comings and goings of Fenway Park – don’t you think it would be prudent that if a bird of prey, such as […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 3/31-4/6

Okay so I am gonna have to eat some crow here. There have been several occasions where I, Casey, have written less than flattering remarks about Bill Self. I have used the ‘Self-destruct’ comment more than a couple of times. Last night Self’s Jayhawks were ready to go. Dare I say Kansas looked better prepared […]

Calhoun, Krzyzewski and the brave new world

By Paul Gotham Quick – what do Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, and Wilt Chamberlain have in common? Yeah, yeah, yeah basketball, I know. Guess I had that one coming. If you also said those three all played on teams that won an NBA championship, you would again be right. They are also all enshrined in […]

Performance of the Week (POTW) 3/23-3/30

Earlier this season I viewed Derrick Rose with skepticism. I hadn’t seen enough of him to tell whether the stats were nothing more than a feasting on the soft Conference-USA schedule. I even left him out of my top point guards discussion. Today changed all that. Faced with Texas of the Big 12 and their […]

Why sports needs more stories like that of Davidson

Call it improbable. Call it Cinderella-like. Call it over when they play #1 seed Kansas tomorrow. The NCAA tournament and sports in general need more stories like that of the Davidson Wildcats. In an era where on-court posturing and post-dunk celebrations have risen above the primary focus of the game: to win, Davidson’s approach is […]

Great Broadcasting Calls II

Something I have always enjoyed is the occasional one-liners by TV analysts: “He must have gotten lonely. That’s the first open opportunity he had all night, and he drilled it.” “You’ve got to box out Tyler Hansbrough. He plays like every rebound is his.” “He (Roy Williams) is shopping from the top shelf at a […]