Missner's Manifesto is a new, regular feature on The Hoops Manifesto where our main man Perry Missner pontificates on the hoops world as he sees it. First up: Goodbye College Football, Hello College Hoops
For the first time in a long time, I watched college football this fall. I joined RotoWire last summer as a beat writer and my first assignment was to cover the Big East in football. I knew plenty about the Big East in basketball (having been the lead writer and editor of College Fantasy Hoops Insider for the last three seasons), but as my interest in college basketball increased, I stopped watching college football completely. I was never a huge college football fan, but after moving to Louisiana I had to at least be aware of LSU, which is the favorite sports franchise in the state. Here are some of my impressions of college football with an eye on comparing it to some other sports of interest.
(Danny Brown photo courtesy of ryankozie)
It used to be a badge of honor for a basketball player to get a shout-out in a rap song. It was further indication that a player had finally "made it". But now? Things done changed. Now even obscure journeymen are finding their names on the tongues of today's rappers.
SPIN magazine recently posted an article ranking NBA teams based on the number of shout-outs their players have gotten. But what I found most interesting from the article are the amount of mediocre NBA talent that are getting love in the rap world. Some highlights, courtesy of SPIN:
The 2012/13 NBA season looked like it was going to be all about power packed backcourt duos. The offseason saw numerous high profile guard combos hook up - the Lakers with Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant; Houston's Jeremy Lin and James Harden; Brooklyn teamed up Joe Johnson with Deron Williams. But which NBA backcourt starting pair have produced the most wins for their team thus far (based on Wins Produced via The NBA Geek)? We've crunched the numbers and ranked the teams, from 1 to 30. Here's Update 1, after about a month of action on the courts.
The NBA season is almost a month old, so time to take stock at what surprises the League has cooked up in the early going.
As diehards of this site (Mom? Are you there?) already know, The Hoops Manifesto runs a College Dunk of the Year Tournament every spring. Our next nominee for the 2012/13 edition is Memphis's Tarik Black (yes - yet another dunk negated due to a charge call):
Big Up: Run the Floor
Other Dunk of the Year Nominees:
No, I know what your thinking - The Best American Sports Writing 2012 isn't just a printed version of The Hoops Manifesto. But I'm flattered, nonetheless (hey - it's my website - I get to decide what you are thinking). Actually, The Best American Sports Writing is exactly what it's title suggests - a collection of the best writing on sports from the past year. This year's guest editor is none other than NBA talking head Michael Wilbon.
While there are articles on a whole range of sports included in the book (my favourite is, surprisingly, on cricket), I'm assuming you are mostly interested in the ones involving that round, bouncy ball we love so much. Basketball is well represented in this year's edition, once again. There's a piece on Allen Iverson and his brief foray into international basketball in Turkey (where he spent his down time hanging out at T.G.I. Friday's in Istanbul), and a similar article on Stephon Marbury and his efforts to build his brand in China. Add in a story on "Lady Magic" Nancy Lieberman becoming the first female to coach a pro men's basketball team, a blood boiling article on the hypocrisy of big-time college athletics, and a piece on the origins of the high five, and there's plenty for a hoops fan to dig into.
(photo courtesy shaka)
Every night (well - perhaps not EVERY night) I'll be firing up my NBA League Pass and scanning that night's box scores to bring you, my beloved reader, what I learned from the NBA that night. Because the internet was invented for knee-jerk, totally premature, irrational reactions to things.