Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Washington....What?

Happy Tuesday to y'all. Not a ton of Coug news, as we wait for the Apple Cup announcement which will come any day now, but we'll get to it.

First of all, not Coug-related, but still something to mock. Anyone see the epic DISS of the worst MLB franchise on the planet? You know, the Washington "Natinals"?


Just awful. Seriously, how does that happen? This is what outsourcing gets you? Maybe some obscure independent league team, you might see something like this. But an MLB franchise, in an official MLB game? Amazing. But hey, the Nats responded to the insult and actually won a game last night. They are now 2-10 on the young season, and crept to just 8 1/2 games out of first! Here they come.

Some other random stuff on a slow Tuesday:

It broke yesterday, but Curtis Allen was hired by Ken Bone. We heard rumors of this after Bone was hired, and now it's official.

Despite the name on his jersey from his playing days....a good move, getting a young, hungry, up-and-comer who has the energy required for an assistant post at WSU. Most of you already know, but Allen was on Bone's bench the last four years at Portland State, so he's clearly one of Bone's guys. As the press release says, Allen worked primarily with the guards and had a focus on the defensive end of the floor, and is regarded as an "outstanding recruiter".

There is still one bench spot left, according to Grippi's story yesterday, and that should be shorted out in the coming days. But so far, so good. And as far as Allen, well, we can't help but think he will help with the whole Puget Sound recruiting thing, something that was always a challenge under the prior regime?



Moving on, per Ted Miller, Pete Caroll is writing a book. Sounds pretty cool:

According to a press release, the book will "include previously untold details and anecdotes about USC football, as well as Coach Carroll's advice for building teams that stick together and consistently outperform expectations. He will also discuss leadership off the field, based on his charitable work with kids on the toughest streets of L.A. And he will show how the five principles of the Win Forever philosophy can be applied to any kind of endeavor."


We love Pete Carroll around here. We've never made that a secret.

But as motivating and full of leadership advice that he might be, as rock-star cool as he seems? I don't know about you, but I sure would like a behind the scenes tell-all, Reggie-Bush-Gate style! He'd certainly move a ton of copies. Maybe after the NCAA is done with them?

Something called Sloshspot.com ran a list of the top 20 athletes you want with you in a bar fight. Some pretty good names here?

I'm not a huge hockey guy, but even I know that Bob Probert is one mean dude. Per the article:

According to hockeyfights.com, with over 200 recorded career fights, Bob Probert is widely regarded as the best hockey fighter of all time. His single season record for fights was 23. NHL players learned quickly that Probert was not to be messed with, and that he was better to have on your side than to oppose. The same principle proves true in the barroom floor, Probert is a fighter no one wants to mess with.


Hard to argue the choice? But who do YOU choose?



That's it for today. Enjoy your Tuesday, and GO COUGS!




5 comments:

Nuss said...

Just one question.

Has there ever been a young, African-American coach who wasn't considered a "great recruiter"?

Sedihawk said...

In the WSU universe? Paul Graham comes to mind.

Chris '04 said...

HAH! Brilliant, Sedi.

sedihawk said...

I wouldn't say "brilliant", Chris. I understand what Nuss is getting at. It is an easy assumption to see young, african-american and think he/she must be a great recruiter because he/she can relate easier to the kids he/she is recruiting, who are often times young african americans. But I don't think it honestly matters. If it did then Roy Williams or coach K would never have done anything. People wo can recruit can recruit, regardless of skin color, age, etc. I know that is an awfully broad statement, but it is equally broad in the built-in assumption that a young african american can automatically recruit well based on the color of his skin.

As far as Curtis Allen goes, I don't have any insight beyond what is already out there. He has started a nice career as a coach and now we get to see wha he can do in the Pac-10. However I do believe he can help us recruit the Puget Sound region, but not for the color of his skin. He can help because he has been doing it for some time now. And he can relate to prospects in the region because he once was one of them, walking in their shoes not too long ago, understanding the pressures of what goes into the whole thing. I think he could be a "great recruiter" but not because of the obvious, built-in stereotype.

Nuss said...

By the way, I didn't mean that you were making that assumption, Sedi. I more just meant it in the sense that you rarely, if ever, hear a young African-American coach referred to as a brilliant basketball mind, or a great coach. It just seems like they are always labeled a "great recruiter" by default.

It's great that you brought up Graham -- as you and I both know, he was considered a "great recruiter" when he was hired away from Eddie Sutton. I don't think it's a coincidence that all these guys are black.

It's kind of like the Kenji Johjima/Rob Johnson thing. Johjima doesn't call a great game, but Johnson does ... why? Because he's replaced Willie Bloomquist as the gritty white guy? People said the same things about Jamie Burke last year. If you're a no-hit white guy behind the plate, you must be a great game caller who gets the most out of his pitchers, right?

It's just frustrating for me sometimes, and I'm not even the one who's living it.