Re: Reflections on the Maryland game
posted at 2/14/2011 3:26 PM EST
Surely none of you seriously thinks that in the present climate The Institute will ever be a contender for the national title.
We WERE contenders in a different reign. Only a loss to Memphis State prevented an all-Big East Final Four in 1985. And Jimmy O'Brien took us deep into the tournament in 1994, shocking both Indiana (under Bob Knight) and North Carolina (under Dean Smith), before falling to Florida under Lon Kruger.
Now, however, our "leadership" has changed, and the word is out among as to how Dear Leader and Flippo treated the only black men's head coach the place ever had, and the winningest coach at that.
Given the constraints he operated under, it is a wonder that Al won National Coach of the Year and had the success he did at The Institute.
Of course MD won a national title. Players of that caliber will go to a place like MD. Hats off to Coach Williams and the Terp program.
Gatzie, if you limit your hateful posts to your true forum name, maybe people will respond. But be careful: Mom finds out that you can't place nice here, parental controls are on the way and you'll have to find other things to do. Maybe studying spelling will help.
No inconsistency here in my ascriptons, lads. When The Institute wins, it is Coach Skinner's players who win. Stevie Wonder's two recruits give negligible contributions, and the mass of walk-ons - an embarrassing school record, by the way- give nothing.
When they lose, however, the reason is often shown in the stats: Stevie Wonder is in love with the mindless chuck-up-threes strategy. We all know how that has worked out. No solid program wins that way.
As has been evident this year, the flex offense would serve them well.
Though it pains you to see this, cheerof is on to something. SEVEN BE teams in the top 25!
JUST IMAGINE how Conte would rock this season to see THOSE teams (with whom we are not strangers in a far-off conference, and with whom we have a longstanding rivalry for the most part) coming to town. Add to that a sensible offense and think of the possibilities.
But not to worry: we are likely to make the NIT - the Newton Invitational Tournament, that is. Conjure up the thrill of seeing Eau Claire, Stonehill, Lamar, Central South Dakota State, et al playing the Institute at a local high school.
And The Institute's share of the proceeds should help defray the more than $2 million that we owe Coach Skinner and the who-knows how much Coach Jags is due.
But hey, keep on Rockin on down that Gang of Two Trail, my boys!