So last night, news broke that a Division III basketball player from Grinnell College named Jack Taylor scored 138 points in a single, 40-minute game. When I heard of this, my first thought was “Damn, I can’t even score 138 points in the gym by myself (Even though I can), let alone against other college basketball players.” Fact of the matter is that 138 a lot of fuc…err…I mean…freaking points.
But all of this wasn’t adding up. 138 points in a game? By some unknown player at some unknown school? There had to be more to this story. And as reported by Deadspin, this record-breaking performance was a result of a carefully constructed plan by the head coach and not a legitimate basketball performance.
One former player shed some insight into the coach’s gameplan:
"The strategy was to use a full court press after a made basket, with the caveat that [the player seeking the record] would not cross into the defensive side of the court. So, after our opponents broke our press, we were essentially playing four-on-five, which enabled the other team to take quicker shots and fall into our game plan.
"The rationale is to essentially trade off a quick two or more attempts at lower probability 3-point shots. Given the high pace required for the system, Grinnell shifts in five players every 30 to 45 seconds. Within each shift there is a primary shooter who will take the bulk of threes (or shots) during the shift."
In other words, the game plan was to let the opposing team score or turn the ball over as quickly as possible so that their “star” player can shoot as many 3-point shots as possible. At times, he wouldn’t even cross half-court to play defense; Taylor would remain by their basket and wait for the next offensive possession. Out of the 108 shots that Jack Taylor took, 71 of them were 3-pointers. If you’ve ever played basketball before, you know that those are incredible numbers. It was also pointed out that the competition in which Grinnell College played against last night was abysmal.
The announcer actually said that Grinnell will look on their schedule for their weaker opponents and do everything they can to run up the score and break records. This is all within the game plan.
Once all of the details came to light, people in the basketball community were not impressed.
But here is where I pose the question: When world records are broken, aren’t there usually special circumstances?
When a person breaks the record for “Most hotdogs eaten in 10 minutes”, don’t they separate the hotdog from the bun and then dip it in water before eating it? Doesn’t sound like a regular hotdog to me.
When a person goes for the record for holding their breath, don’t they breathe in pure oxygen for an extended period of time before attempting the record?
I could go on, but I think you get the picture. I understand that in sports we look at records in a completely different manner AND that the game was a complete farce, but I do not think people should be outraged over what happened. For that matter, many people regard Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point Game as a farce. Just understand this as a record-setting game and nothing else. At the end of the day, the kid did put the ball in the bucket 52 times and added 7 free throws to reach his point total. Period. You cannot take that away from him. The opposing team was within their rights to double or triple team Jack Taylor to reduce his scoring output. Everything done was within the rules of the game. Also, lets not forget that Grinnell College did win.
And regardless of where you stand on this game, I’m sure we all can agree that the little shooting streak in the video below was impressive.
So just do me a favor and step off of your high horse for a second and maybe…just maybe you can enjoy the show.
Notes: 6118 / 1 year ago
from kanyebreast (originally from themartinnguyen)
The Flower Grenade designed by Suck UK. They are completely biodegradable seed bombs, and come packed with soil and various seeds, including Buttercups, Ryegrass and Poppies. They won’t make a big bang when they land, a few weeks later, some flowers will be left. The flowers(Buttercups and Poppies) will take at least 3 weeks to start growing, the Ryegrass will pop out after only a week.
Lotus-Flower Bomb? No?
Notes: 16 / 1 year ago
from imaginary--folklore (originally from singingphotos-deactivated201207)