Thursday, December 21, 2006

LiveBlog 3: Duke (sans Redick) v. Gonzaga (sans Morrison)

Assuredly, this will settle the debate of which school has the bestest whitest basketball program

97 comments:

vwz said...

looks like we'll be stuck with Pitt-Oklahoma State for through at least the 1st 2 TV timeouts. I'll be back at around 8:15 or so

Head Dude said...

is it just me, or is Pitt in the top-5 every november and december, and by march, you've forgotten they even play?

vwz said...

uh oh... let's hope there's no overtime here...

Head Dude said...

While we're waiting... I'm really eager to get Jack McCallum's book on the Suns season last year. Sports Guy recommended it today and it looks like a rare inside look at an NBA team.

3-2 Duke at 15:58...on pace for a 30-20 win!

vwz said...

wow... 3-2 after the 1st TV timeout... this appears to be a barnburner...what's wrong with our Jewish savior?

Head Dude said...

Ugh...overtime

vwz said...

That was an amazingly crappy shot when working with the full shot clock...

The last great sports book I read is "Miracle at St. Anthony's." I know... I know... I sound like Dick Vitale. But that is actually a really terrific book.

Head Dude said...

Remember JamesOn Curry originally committed to UNC, but they dumped him after he got arreseted.

On another note, what do you think of the AI trade? I think Carmelo won't be happy by the end of the season -- Iverson has never gotten along well when the Sixers had another star player. I'm not too concerned about the Nuggets, even with Najera.

vwz said...

That end of regulation shot was so bad, I bet even Jason Terry could have created a better look.

Head Dude said...

What of this dude?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mywHF7CAn4

Head Dude said...

Here's more fun while we're waiting...you'll remember the search for freedom in this game.

vwz said...

I think getting AI lifts the Nuggets into the top tier of teams in the West along with Phoenix, Houston, and San Antonio.

You??

vwz said...

Do you think we'll get to see any of the first half?

Head Dude said...

I think this is going to be a long season of denial for you.

Head Dude said...

Based on the score, doesn't look like we're missing much.

vwz said...

Well, I'll see you for the second half Joel!

Head Dude said...

Duke's been sitting on 10 for an awful long time!

Head Dude said...

Duke is 4-of-24 shooting right now.

vwz said...

4 for 24???? Those are Joel Israel like numbers from long range!!

Head Dude said...

I wonder what Duke's lowest scoring first half in the last 20 years is? You've gotta think 14 points is pretty close.

vwz said...

It appears we're making a comeback!! We're up to 17!!

Head Dude said...

Now 20! An 8-0 run spread out over about 11 minutes.

Head Dude said...

Aforementioned search for freedom...forgot to include the link earlier. You'll remember this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThyXogDylGQ&mode=related&search=

vwz said...

Listen, you can start talking smack about the Mavs once you play the Rockets to within 30 points. Until then, keep the noise level down.

Head Dude said...

somehow i don't think 1 game undoes a decade of domination

vwz said...

I can't get used to Gonzaga in the red uniform, it looks like we're playing the Toronto Raptors

Head Dude said...

Jew from the wing!

Head Dude said...

good call. and is not obvious that shaggy dude is trying to be morrison?

vwz said...

Paulus should know much better than to throw it into your own backcourt... He is making way too many absolutely brain-dead plays

Head Dude said...

is this your first time watching paulus play this year? that's what he does -- make a three, make three turnovers.

vwz said...

Can we grab a defensive rebounds?? I thought McRoberts was a good rebounder.

Head Dude said...

mcroberts has slid out of the lottery in every projection i've seen now. it's still early in the season, but he may have to come back another year now.

vwz said...

The announcers should have nicknames for Scheyer's shots... Could you imagine? "Scheyer! The dreidel from the corner!!"

Head Dude said...

I was joking with the Rabbi that it would be great to be an undergrad now, and go to the game dressed as a Rabbi with 7 friends each wearing a yarmulke spelling out Scheyer.

Head Dude said...

It's too bad Bill Brill wasn't there to catch Paulus.

vwz said...

Paulus has a lot of Wojo in him. Both good and bad. That Wojo won a National Defensive Player of the Year award despite being the worst perimeter defender on his team is still one of the most amazing feats ever

vwz said...

Dave McClure seems like an impoverished man's Shane Battier

Head Dude said...

I think that comparison is the biggest problem. Paulus seems much closer to Wojo in talent than anyone thought, and that's not a good thing.

Head Dude said...

McClure was almost an afterthought coming into the season, but now he's to Battier like Julio Lugo is to A-Rod.

vwz said...

I agree. There seemed to be a perception that Paulus was closer to Hurley than Wojo... And that's far from the truth.

Scheyer with the dreidel from the top!!!

ThadisRad said...

Why are we talking about julio lugo?

ThadisRad said...

Did I bring down the blog again? Dudes?

Head Dude said...

Undude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

vwz said...

Why is Kobe at this game?? Doesn't he have better things to do in New York? You know, hotel staff to have sex with??

Head Dude said...

I don't buy that Kobe ever considered coming to Duke -- I thought he was rumored to be headed to UNC if he hadn't turned pro.

vwz said...

Did Dan Schulman just call someone "T-Mac"??
Welcome Undude!!!

Head Dude said...

here's a thought to ponder...if the Monster was still at Duke, would he have earned PT at center on this team? Given Zoubek's erratic play, I think yes!

ThadisRad said...

I had always heard the duke rumor, but alas, we were not meant to cheer for a rapist until the Sheldon Williams era.

vwz said...

I think Zoubek should study Yao Ming's tapes. He towers over opposing centers. He is being way too impatient with his moves right now. He needs to learn to take a breath, and play deliberately, but with a purpose. Like Yao Ming, unquestionably, the most dominant interior player in the league right now.

Head Dude said...

that was gratuitous

ThadisRad said...

The Monster's out of the cage! So I was in Cameron Tuesday, and when Zoubek is at the line, the students do the hands in the air, woosh thing, but while their hands are in the air, they make a Z by connecting their hands with their thumbs. I suspect the dudes will be doing that as a new gang sign...

Head Dude said...

my theory on one big reason (besides the obvious) why duke struggles on offense this year? without redick and williams, they don't get the same calls from the refs like they did last year. a ticky-tack foul against the guy guarding mcroberts reminded me; we just don't get the cheap fouls like we used to, mainly because we lack a dominant offensive player.

Head Dude said...

i just spent the last two minutes trying to make a Z with my thumbs.

vwz said...

Wow. If I had played at Duke, I wonder if they would do the "Z" sign for me! Of course, if I played at Duke, I probably would have had more success with SMG.

Head Dude said...

Duke women hammer #21 Pitt by 21, becoming 12-0 for the third time in the last 15 years. Looks like the top three in the ACC are the top three in the country again.

ThadisRad said...

Franchise will be informed of this SMG mentioning, and he owes you a punch at the next DudeMania.

vwz said...

Why doesn't McRoberts ever dive to the basket after setting a pick. I feel like a pick and roll with him and Scheyer could become a go-to offensive set for us - and that's something we definitely lack

Head Dude said...

when scheyer shoots free throws, do fans say l'chaim when he makes it?

ThadisRad said...

They don't... they try to hant his name to the "Ja-son Will-iams" "Car-men Wall-ace" chant, but it doesn't work, due to a missing syllable. I tried to start "He-brew Ham-mer, clap clap clap clap clap" but it didn't catch on. Damn anti-semites...

vwz said...

"He killed Je-sus" clap-clap clap-clap-clap would also work for Scheyer

Head Dude said...

As I said to Weitao, I'd love to be an undergrad now and dress as a Rabbi at games with a beard, yarmulke, sideburns (paes) and a Scheyer jersey.

ThadisRad said...

That would be fantastic! So, that Maryland kid from long ago dubbed the Jewish Jordan clearly never quite lived up to expectations. Can Scheyer be the Jewish JJ or even the Jewish Bird?

ThadisRad said...

Mike Cragg!!!

Head Dude said...

Or the Jewish Trajan perhaps.

vwz said...

That's not a very smart play by DeMarcus. Time for Scheyer to step up.

Uhh, Dick, I don't think any Duke basketball player has made close to a 1,400 on the SATs

Head Dude said...

Don't forget Taymon!

vwz said...

Wow. What a huge bailout foul drawn by McRoberts

Head Dude said...

I almost dislike watching DeMarcus play this year, realizing if he had played anything like this last year, the dudes would've gone to Indianapolis.

ThadisRad said...

I was talking with a UNC fan yesterday, and he was discussing the history of players he's hated on Duke. Most on his list he hated for obvious reasons (Laetner, Wojo, JJ), but he also hated Trajan. How can you hate Trajan? He also hated Shane, which, of course, is very undude.

vwz said...

Joel, I think you subconscious racism is seeping through

Head Dude said...

He probably hates that Trajan buried UNC with 7 threes in February '07. Hating Battier is just pure envy, since UNC has never had someone so universally beloved during college.

vwz said...

Seriously, if you don't like Battier, you don't like people

ThadisRad said...

For Shane, he went with the old flop argument... And I can at least see Shane being very annoying and over-loved if you hated Duke. But I Back Duke, so I back Shane.

Head Dude said...

am i the only one who has had a harder time getting excited about this team? not because of anything they've done, but just because last year was so excruciating, with the buildup all season to contending for a title. and then after the way they collapsed, i've just found it harder to get up for each game.

vwz said...

My gosh... Not to trash on our cheerleaders... But wow....

vwz said...

Do anyone else think Josh McRoberts' mom is pretty hot?

Head Dude said...

on an unrelated note, Mike King will be in town working the Cowboys' season finale, and joining me for the Mavs/Warriors game.

and cowboys' playoff tickets go on sale tomorrow. weitao, when do the texans tickets go on sale?

ThadisRad said...

I think it's harder just because we don't know any of these young kids yet... and I find McRoberts' lack of world domination disappointing.

Greg Paulus' mom is hot.

ThadisRad said...

Damn, it was McRoberts' mom... nevermind.

ThadisRad said...

Dude, you and I are on the same MILF page!

vwz said...

The Texans are beyond incompetent... They are laughably bad... David Carr reminds me of Quincy Carter, minus the wheels

Head Dude said...

dick vitale loves paulus like he loved wojo--in an annoying sort of way

Head Dude said...

vwz said...

The Texans are beyond incompetent... They are laughably bad... David Carr reminds me of Quincy Carter, minus the wheels

And the drug habit!

ThadisRad said...

I also think this team is frustrating because you know they're not ready to win it this year, and yet, you also assume McRoberts is gone next year, so you're kind of off a year.

Head Dude said...

wow -- they just showed our early acc schedule and we should be 16-1

vwz said...

the problem with Wojo i always had was that people confused "chasing after a guy because you're always getting beat on the 1st step" with "hustle."

Vitale lost all credibility with me on the NBA when he crucified the Rockets for taking Yao over Jason Williams....

Good game boys....

Head Dude said...

yeah, maybe part of the frustration is you know last year was our best shot, and we're not likely to be in that position for quite possibly a few years.

ThadisRad said...

Head Dude, will you buy us tickets if the Cowboys and Pats meet in the SuperBowl? I don't think the Pats will pull it off, but I think it's worth your money.

Head Dude said...

don't rule it out, but since super bowl tickets cost over 2K, you can just about rule it out.

vwz said...

Joel, since you're a big law firm lawyer, will you buy me tickets to the Rockets Mavs Western Conference Finals?

ThadisRad said...

Well, I thought I would try... I mean, you would feel like less of a provider if I didn't ask.

vwz said...

Dudes, I LOATHE Screaming A Smith

ThadisRad said...

Sweet! Quite Frankly is up next!

Head Dude said...

weitao, if the mavs play the rockets, you can fly up here for the games. and pigs will be flying in the seats next to us.

Head Dude said...

alright dudes, i'm off to bed.

ThadisRad said...

Giggle, giggle... good one, joel

ThadisRad said...

Well then, I guess I should go to bed too... Sleep well!