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dlrrk last won the day on May 7 2016

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  1. San Jose State

    Thanks Red Don... Obviously, I'm biased, but I think you're right. Being a spectator tears her heart out. Mom sheds a tear, and I shake my head and say... damn It's one of those... Lord, I don't know what your plan is... but as of now, I don't like it. In fact, my vote is that currently, the plan sucks.
  2. San Jose State

    She doesn't tell me everything, because I get depressed hearing about the constant pain. What I understand: The knees tend to loosen up when she's playing/moving. When she comes out of the game, the knees quickly and significantly stiffen up (causing pain). So when/if she does go back in the game, the knees are very stiff and cause significant pain. I think the pain has caused her to lose a step (speed-wise). The heart is still there. She took a charge in CA. She is a better player than her knees are allowing her to be... I think that if her knees were better she could be helping out at the 4 and the 5. But, they're not... It's unfortunate. I didn't see Rachel's technical foul in CA... I think she said something like... WTF, with respect to (WRT) a foul. One thing I don't understand about these refs... They're so thin skinned WRT criticism. I don't think a player should be able to cuss directly at the ref (i.e. Ref, you're F-ing terrible), but to curse his/her call is completely acceptable, in my world. As a ref, you're in the business of being criticized. Nearly every call you make is going to be disagreed with by half of the fans... In today's PC world, the following is taboo... However, I think women refs are the worst. It seems they have something to prove... They have the... I'm in charge syndrome. Remember the game a few weeks ago (Clemson, I think) with 3 female refs...I told Lisa before the game... "This is going to be terrible." What happened??? Williams got a BS "T," the Nebraska bench got "T-ed," and Clemson got "T=ed." It was just a ref power trip... It was... I'll show you that I'm in charge.
  3. San Jose State

    It's bad... For a kid to be 21 and have knee problems that are so bad that she sometimes hobbles around... and no doctor can figure out why they hurt... Her frustration level is at 100%. Additionally, she knows how good a player she could be. It's sad. It's hard for me to watch. Her mom said, as we watched Sunday... "Her knees are hurting... I can tell how she's walking." Many of you all see her struggle. So, we'll see how it goes. I'm not optimistic. She'll gut it out until she can't. Then it will be... Rounds complete, end of mission, out. That will be a sad day. We're not looking forward to that day. Thankfully, Ms. Cain is playing very well. She is a great addition to the team.
  4. #43: 2 points and 2 rebounds (would have taken a charge had the ref not called a foul a half second earlier) in 5 minutes. Not bad production. Miss Cain is very impressive.
  5. Again, I'll state up front... I'm unapologetically biased. Rachel was not in warmups following halftime. I thought she'd play in the "second half..." She thought she'd play. Was she physically able to play? Yes. I stand by my contention... More of her presence on the court would have accounted for fewer Clemson points. How many fewer? Who knows, but they didn't need many. Sports and warfare have parallels. They're not the same, but they have parallels. Leadership is extremely important in both endeavors. Leadership is the most important factor of combat power. Leadership significantly impacts the other six elements of combat power (fires, maneuver...) In sports, leadership doesn't show up in a stat line, but you're a fool if you don't think it matters as much in sports as it does in warfare. Rachel brings that leadership aspect to the court. I spoke with announcer Matt prior to the Creighton game. I was talking to him about how Rachel likes to put her hand on the girl she is guarding. She does it to piss the girl off. The more the opponent swipes Rachel's hand off, the more Rachel puts her hand on... She lives "rent-free" inside the girl's head. Matt said... "They're a different team when she's out there." Yep. After Ms. Whitish missed the game's last shot, and the game ended... I watched, and the first player over to give encouragement to # 3 was #43. It's what leaders do. Knees hurt... yep. I've already said too much, and my view means nothing anyway. So, beat Navy again.
  6. Not sure why Rachel only saw 3 minutes. She had a turnover during that time... Maybe that was why she was a spectator for the remainder of the game. She didn't know. I'm biased... acknowledged. I fully acknowledge that Rachel is not an offensive scoring powerhouse. However, I've watched her play at the Power 5 Conference level enough to know that her defense and her on-court leadership provide both tangible and intangible results. I believe her defense and leadership would have been worth at least 4 points.
  7. Rachel Blackburn update?

    Regarding further treatment... I'm not allowed to comment. However, she/we've done a bunch of stuff. She is going to play. She says she feels better now than she did this time last year. Bottom Line: She'll play until the pain is so excruciating that she just can't take it. Then she'll go a little more.
  8. Rachel Blackburn update?

    So sorry to hear/read about the death of Row 6. Regarding Rachel: 1. We talked to Rachel last night. She says practice is going very well for her and the team. She thinks she's doing well in practice... She's humble, so I'll take her at her word. 2. She's very optimistic regarding how good the team can be (with respect to being competitive in the Big 10). She loves her coaches and her teammates. 3. She loved her high school team, and she said that this team gives her that same feel... They care about each other and want to be around each other. The old team chemistry is working. 4. Knees: When she's on the court they don't hurt much. If she sits, they tighten up. Nobody on the planet really knows why her knees hurt. I wish I knew how it is going to turn out. So does she... 5. She can't wait to play. 6. Fall break is this weekend. She'll be at the Chiefs game on Sunday... Section 117, Row 15, Seat 1 or 2. With luck the Chiefs will crush the Steelers. We'll see.
  9. Coach Williams notes

    I'm violating my own rule with respect to (WRT) posting. However, this is an unusual circumstance that took us all by surprise. Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Blackburn is staying at Nebraska. It's not my place to say what she thinks with respect to (WRT) Miss Shepard's departure. If they care, the press will have to ask her. I'm not sure how her knees really feel. I know she has a burning desire to play.
  10. Have never met the coach. I think Rachel has only talked, at length, to her once. Rachel was very impressed and as she put it... "I'm excited."
  11. FWIW they talked to a listener who only follows women's basketball on a passing level. His premise is that Amy isn't a good hire because she's a Summit league coach and not ready for this level and the same logic is applied to her staff. I'd argue she is a very good hire. She seems to be extremely high energy, and she gives every indication that she really cares about her players. (I'm not saying Yori didn't). More than a few coaches start at a lower level... Bill Self seems to be working out well for Kansas. He started at Oral Roberts. Coach Yori came from Creighton. However, many of the great coaches (Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, Izzo, Roy Williams) were assistants at big programs prior to getting a head coach job at a big program. As we all know... We'll have to see how this plays out on the court. I'm confident and optimistic that she'll get these girls to play hard and fast.
  12. Womens Basketball

    No, I'm in Afghanistan. Rachel had her first one-on-one with Coach Williams a day or two ago... Rachel likes her... Apparently they talked about a number of issues... Mom told me that Rachel assured Coach Williams that the team works hard, wants to win, is a good group of girls who want to work hard. Rachel has met the assistants and has nothing but good things to say about them too.
  13. Womens Basketball

    There is no simple answer. The AAU tournaments (Chicago, Frisco TX, Memphis, Best of Maryland & many others) offer the university coaches a "one stop shopping" opportunity. There are at least 40 universities represented at those big tournaments. It's how a girl gets noticed. Additionally, in AAU ball girls will often play against other girls at the same high skill level. That is not always the case in HS ball. My girl played on an AAU team coached by her HS coach, and they practiced and they wanted to win. What is a parent to do if their kid isn't getting playing time in AAU? The AAU season is only a few months, and parents want the best for their girl and the girl needs to be seen. Does that make the parent bad? Does that ruin the game? Maybe it ruins the men's game where money is a factor. The other method of being seen is the university camps, but that's expensive (rooms & food). Rachel's HS team came to the Nebraska camp. Nebraska wasn't interested in Rachel. They wanted her teammates (Tyler Johnson (KU) & Tasha Jones (OSU)). Finch told me they were watching the team play and said... "Who's that big white kid (#43)?" The opportunity to get a college scholarship is worth anywhere from $30K-$60K per year so AAU tournaments are an excellent venue for the universities and the girls to see and be seen. Is it perfect, no, but it's not going to change.