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The Origin of “NC State Shit”

After last night’s punch/kick/smack/knife/bullet/cannon/etc to the stomach, I sat and talked with some friends about when did this whole “NC State Shit” phenomenon first start.  It took all of 3 seconds for me to recall the first time something that was complete and utter bullshit happened to my beloved team. And from that point on, it’s been a snowball gaining size and ridiculousness rolling down a mountain.

Before I get to what the event was that started “NC State Shit,” I’m going to give you guys a background on the universe and WHY “NC State Shit” exists. In 1983 a young Jim Valvano and his Cardiac Pack made a run through the tournament that was borderline genius in coaching and mostly luck in all other aspects. From a coaching standpoint, fouling early and often to create the pressure of missing the front end of one and one’s allowed the team to make comebacks during their famous NCAA title run (the irony of what happened last night just adds to the “NC State Shit”ness of it all). The luck part culminated with the “alley oop” to win the title as Hakeem (or Akeem at the time) Olajuwon watched as time ran out. I put alley oop in quotations because we all know that was an airball and the most lucky finish to win a game against a team we had no business from a talent standpoint even being close with. I know, you play to win the game, and any given day any team can win. And with certainty, these statements are absolutely true.

Fast forward to 1989, NC State versus Georgetown in the regional semifinal, winner goes to the Elite 8. NC State is trailing Georgetown by 3. Alonzo Mourning of Georgetown had just picked up his 4th personal foul a few minutes earlier. 2:06 left on the game clock.  Chris Corchiani drives to the hoop, gets bumped by Alonzo Mourning, throws up the shot, and falls to the ground. The whistle blows. The crowd erupts, the bench jumps up in celebration. Then “IT” happened. “IT” being “NC State Shit.” The referee signals for a traveling violation. Even the announcers are screaming “what?!?” On what should have been Mourning’s last play of the game and Corchiani stepping to the line for a chance to tie the game, “NC State Shit” stepped in and said, no sir, not today. All angles of the replay clearly show there was nothing even close to a traveling violation. No way in hell that the call should have been made. With that call, “NC State Shit” was born. Within the next 2 years, NC State gets put on probation for it’s players selling their tennis shoes for extra cash (yeh, that’s worse than making up classes and professors apparently *coughUNCcough*), our coach who won us a National Championship is fired, he get’s diagnosed with cancer, he passes away, and then we fade into the background on Tobacco Road.

Some fans will say that we deserve all of this for the way the administration treated Jimmy V when they let him go after the shoe scandal, they even go as far as calling it the curse of Jimmy V.  While how we treated Coach Valvano (may he rest in peace) was unacceptable, “NC State Shit” didn’t happen because of that. It was conceived during that miraculous 1983 title run in Albuquerque, then birthed 6 years later in the Meadowlands. If you don’t believe it, go back and watch that 1983 run, starting with the ACC Tournament. That run was proof. The magic we used to win those games down the stretch, that ACC tournament, that title game, well that folks, was the true spark for “NC State Shit,” and 25 years after it’s debut, “NC State Shit” is still breaking our hearts. With that, Go Wolfpack and Go to Hell Carolina.

Start the video below at the 5:52 mark.  Approximately 2:06 is left on the game clock with Georgetown up 3.  Watch and behold the beginning. And then hope and pray that last night was the end.

The Wolfpack Way aka NC State Shit

 

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Rama-Diary Day 3 (or 4)

Guess who thought it’d be a good idea to go to 3 different grocery stores yesterday, even though he said he wouldn’t after his day 1 debacle? This guy, that’s who.  When you’re hungry, you gravitate towards food, as if staring at it and imagining how it will taste uncooked makes up for not being able to eat.   As if all that staring and envisioning leads to a fullness of the brain despite the stomach.  Bottles of water never looked so tantalizing.  Hell even pork (which I do not eat), looks good (I know I am not the only one who thinks that).  I can’t even stare at hand sanitizer the same, because it looks like delicious water to me.  Aside from that though, everything else has been fine…. I haven’t snapped at anyone yet (and that is a win). True story, yesterday an Ice Cream truck came to our work parking lot offering FREE ICE CREAM.  OF COURSE THAT WOULD HAPPEN (Side note, there is a Muslim dentist that works in this same complex, I’m pretty sure it was not a coincidence). By the way the grocery store debacle I faced left me with all this stuff that I thought I would make in one night because I craved it all, but instead didn’t actually even unload from my car.  Well except for making halal pigs in a blanket, those things were incredible. Be jealous. Mmm, dang it that just made me hungry!

Last night’s Iftar: Koosa Ma7shi (stuffed squash).  If you don’t like this dish, you have issues (ahem big sis).  Pigs in a blanket (halal!), and half a chocolate chip cookie.

Suhoor: Protein bar, banana, 1 bottle of water, 3 cups of water (2 Pee breaks!).

And with small hallucinations like these, you realize that as hungry or thirsty as you may get when you’re fasting, there are others less fortunate that live like this daily.  They don’t have the luxury of eating at 8:34 PM (today’s time) on the dot.  They eat when they can, they drink when they can.  Sometimes its days, weeks or even months for an actual decent meal.  That’s one of the reasons behind us doing this, to feel for the less fortunate.  It’s not about all the complaining about hunger and thirst and fatigue, it’s about realizing that we should be thankful for what we have every day, and perhaps when we see those that are less fortunate, we maybe can help them out.

This has no relevance to anything I typed, but this kid is freaking awesome!

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Rama-Diary Day 2 (or 3)

I’m still alive Alhamdillah (Praise be to God).  Day 1 (or 2) went as expected. Tired, thirsty, hungry, not hungry or thirsty, still tired. It all hits at about 3 PM and then just loops until you eat.  The vicious cycle.  Day 2 (or 3) is pretty much the same.  Walked by coworkers eating food and drinking their delicious watery looking water (how else does water look?). Anyway, I’m not hungry, but I am having visions of pizza, steak, hamburgers, cookies, biscuits, ice cream, and much much more dance through my head (if you’ve ever fasted you know exactly what I am talking about).  My brain knows I can’t eat, so it’s just cycling through the catalog of all the possible foods in the world (A hamburger with cookies as a bun? SURE, why not!?).

Things I remembered not to do again, although I’ve told myself from all the previous years before not to do them, but will inevitably end up doing possibly as soon as today include:

  • Going to a grocery store during lunch time, wow I wanted to buy everything.  (Side note Hebrew National has 97% fat free hot dogs that are 45 calories now and taste just like the regular ones, which is phenomenal.  This right now is my top moment for the year, 2013 so far you are winning the last decade)
  • Taking a nap before it’s time to eat, but waking up with 30 minutes left.  You wake up hungrier, and you become tireder (is that really a word?).
  • Sleeping early.  My intention was there, it just never happened, still stayed up late.  Such a good planner, just the execution needs work.
  • Walking into a kitchen with food cooking 30 mins before it’s time to eat.  Smells delicious, but hurts my feelings that I can’t eat.  Be ON TIME, not early, not late, ON TIME.
  • Get close to the door at Taraweeh, for ventilation purposes, both cooling and smell wise (you ALL know what I’m talking about).

Iftar last night: Chicken, corn, leftover pasta, 3 bottles of water.

Suhoor: Protein Bar, Banana, 1 bottle of water, 2 cups of ice water (only ONE Pee break!!)

Here’s to today being a shorter day than yesterday (we eat one minute earlier suckers!!). Day 2 (or 3) I got you  son!

Hasn’t happened yet!! Still 27/28 (or 26/27) days left though.

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Rama-Diary Day 1 (or 2)

First day of Ramadan (or second depending on your zip code).  Hunger hasn’t set in yet.  Neither has thirst.  Hallucinations haven’t started coming yet.  Viewing pictures of food on the computer has not led to me wanting to print them up and just eat them.  Fortunately no one has come around with delicious smelling food.  All and all an uneventful morning.  I have checked the time for sunset 5 times thus far, you never know, it might come sooner.  No one has come to me yet to ask me if I want any food.  The world hasn’t ended yet.  So yeh, day 1 thus far is going smooth.  Get at me at like 6 PM when I still have 2.5 hours left til I can eat or drink anything.  Actually avoid me, it’s probably not gonna be pretty.

Suhoor this morning : Banana, Protein bar, 3 bottles of water (and 4 subsequent wake me up pee breaks between 430 and 730 AM)

Let’s see how long I can stay sane today… must not think of food…dang it I just thought of food…dang it I just did it again…Ramadan Mubarak…

Ramadan, brings a new meaning to “clock management”

 

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Rama-blog

It’s that time of the year again folks, to all my Muzzies, ‘Slims, and Muslims (those are all the same), Ramadan Mubarak!!  Let the mass texts (don’t send me a mass text you lazy bums) and emails fly!!  Let the annual game of Crescent Moon Hide and Seek begin.  To those of you fasting today, you guys have better seekers than those of us starting tomorrow….overachievers.  But seriously, in the technological age that we are in, how is it that we can’t all start fasting on the same day?? Did we or didn’t we see the moon?  And if we did, why couldn’t someone take a picture? I mean seriously, put that thing on Facebook or Instagram, and the whole world would know what’s up.  Or perhaps we could do something smarter and just follow whatever MECCA does!! It’s MECCA!!! They are most likely to be on top of their game guys.  Every year the mosques announce that everyone will be following the national guidelines provided by some organization (no idea which one they all would agree on) and EVERY YEAR 2 mosques about 10 minutes from each other start Ramadan on a different day.  The organizational skills of the muslim communities are second to none!!! Please realize that was sarcasm. Last year I blogged on the beginning of Ramadan here: https://idonesaidit.com/2012/07/20/the-hungry-games/ (shameless plug).  There are more things to know about it, but since Ramadan hasn’t started where I live, you guys will just have to wait and see what else I gots to say bout dat! So to all my non-fasters today, enjoy your last breakfast and lunch for a month (I know y’all will because I’ve already seen you guys Instagram the pics).  And to my fasters, Ramadan Mubarak.  Just remember, if you’d have lived one mile up the road, you would have started fasting tomorrow and not today!!

What moon? Brother I’m looking, I just don’t see it! Khalas, we will start in 2 days!

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Becoming White…

I’ve always heard that being White in America is the best thing ever.  That with it come all of these perks and all of these entitlements.  That White people have the most fun in the whole world.  That your status in society is higher and you can further yourself and career more easily just by being white.  That you won’t get random searches when traveling in the airport.  That you can walk by a car filled with people at night and they won’t lock the doors out of fear.  That everyone will treat you with respect.  That it doesn’t matter that I can’t dance.

I stand before you today, a brown man, who has had his first taste of “Whiteness” and I am here to say that this shit sucks.  This weekend I went to the beach. I applied sunscreen for the first time in my life.  And for the first time in my life I have sun burn (is it one or two words?).  White people, you lied to us all.  For the first time in my life, I stand before you part White (due ONLY to my sunburn) and this feeling sucks.  Being White sucks.  Today, I may be a dark, crispy brown, but inside I feel White, only because on the outside I have some red.  So White people, I feel your pain.  You may have all those perks of “Whiteness” but this sunburn (tried it this way and it didn’t correct me on spell check) crap is painful.  It’s not easy being White, I don’t know how you guys do it….

#whitepeopleproblems

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Not Our Rival…

Once again Wolfpack nation, the time is upon us where all we will be hearing from the Tar-holes up the road is that NC State is “Not Our Rival.”  Fantastic! Now that we got out the way, we can talk about the upcoming game against those pompous arrogant sons of ……. So yeh game on tomorrow.  Both teams are sitting in that 4th and 5th spot (UVA has tie breaker if records are even) in the ACC, so this game has big implications (and I don’t mean it in a rivalry sense, because, we are not your rivals).  In the past few weeks it seems like Roy Williams has realized his best player is PJ Hairston (only something every other person in America knew from the beginning of the season), and since inserting him the starting lineup UNC has played decent basketball (only decent because they still suck).  And in the last week Coach Gott has inserted TJ Warren in the starting lineup and was rewarded with a 31 point, 13 rebound performance (I told you son, rebound the ball and hit your free throws and look at what it does to your stat line).  So what we’ve learned is that both coaches have started learning how to actually set proper lineups. Everyone knows that the game tomorrow is important psychologically for both teams as well as in the ACC standings (and NCAA resume), so once again I’ll break down the keys to NC State success so that we may avoid the proverbial “NC State Shit” (you know like a missed free throw that’s tipped in at the end of the game to force overtime).

Coach Gott – Play your 7 and only your 7.  The 7 I refer to does not include the Australian guy that can’t get a rebound.  Apparently that is uncoachable.  Preach defense and rebounding, and ball movement, this one pass one shot crap is gonna kill us.

CJ Leslie – Calvin, get your shit together son.  You can’t be mentally checked in 50% of the time.  You turn the ball over too much on plays that you force.  Let the game come to you.  And for the love of God STOP JUMPING AT EVERY PUMP FAKE!! You end up picking up stupid fouls and NOT blocking the shot.  Also, the 1 to 2 goaltends you get a night need to stop, if it goes in it goes in.  I know you wanna be on SportsCenter but I’d rather us win games son.

Lorenzo Brown – I’m glad your back.  Turn the ball over less.  I’m loving the distributing and the attacking the rim, but turn the ball over less.  Keep the defensive intensity up.  Make people remember why you are one of the top Point Guards in the country.

Richard Howell – Stay aggressive.  Avoid the half court fouls.  And once again rebound with TWO HANDS.  Secure the ball please.  Keep working on the jump shot because when it’s on you are un guardable sir.

Scott Wood – Be ready to release the ball WHEREVER you catch it, I don’t care if it’s half court.  Defensively keep the guy in front of you. You’ve gotten lucky a few times blocking shots from behind, but with better players that’s gonna be a dunk and you ain’t blocking that.  Keep moving on offense, just keep moving, make your defenders keep running into screens, they’ll continue tiring out.  But shoot the ball more (and make it more too please).

TJ Warren – Be aggressive man.  Stay rebounding, keep moving without the ball, defend with arms extended, hit free throws.  You did great against FSU, we need that intensity against everybody.  And don’t think I didn’t notice that change in the quickness of release on your 3 pointer, I see you tryna look like KD!

Rodney Purvis – Look man, you are athletic, we know that.  But you miss too many layups and you miss way too many free throws.  What does that equal? Points left off the scoreboard.  Like many other State fans, we hate seeing a 3 on 1 fast break with you dribbling because we know you will NEVER pass it.  How bout passing the ball some to the open people on breaks and calm down a bit to finish your shot.  It doesn’t help if you get fouled if you don’t make the free throws.  Stay in the gym and work on it.  Seriously, go to the gym now and shoot free throws.  You have the chance to be our best on the ball defender, focus on that, your minutes will come. Keep hustling man, the points are waiting for you.

Tyler Lewis – Son I apologize to you, I didn’t think you were ready to play at this level this year, but you have proven me wrong.  Why? Because you’ve realized what you can and can’t do.  So keep that up.  Pass the ball, and move.  Dribble like it’s your job.  The White Shadow strikes again.

I think we beat the d-bags from Chapel Hill, but it’s not gonna be as easy (30 minutes of easy) as it was in Raleigh.  Defend as a team, rebound, and take good shots.  If it’s a shot you can get at any time in the shot clock then it’s not a good shot.  Take the better one.

Go to Hell Carolina! Go State!

For old times sake…Never forget!

ALL RED EVERYTHING!

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Go To Hell Carolina…

Dear UNC Fans,

We get it, we are not your rival.  We are not your rival in the same regard that your University had an outstanding African American Studies major.  We are not your rival just as much as Mantei Te’o had an amazing girlfriend.  For those of you who got your “UNC Degree” from Wal-Mart, what I’m trying to say is, just because you say it doesn’t mean it’s true (if you still don’t understand, stop reading now, big words like “the” and “to” are probably going to be used frequently and I don’t want you to strain yourselves).  We are not your rival because you say we are not your rival.  Over and over and over again.  So seriously, if we are not your rival, why do you keep talking about us? Because we are not your rival right? Riiiight.  We might not be Duke, but you hate watching us succeed in any sport, you make fun of our “Moo U” college, and you belittle any accomplishment that our university has ever had.  So if we are not your rival, why do you care? Ohhh, it’s because I just kinda defined what a rival is you morons.  But it’s ok, we don’t need to be your rival, we aren’t the ones making a big deal about it.  So this Saturday, when you are losing to your “not rival,” remember that the loss won’t hurt, the loss won’t sting, because it’s just another school that beat you.

Dear NC State Students and Alumni,

I apologize.  I’m sorry that at some point, some of you weren’t taught things by those who came before you.  My generation learned things and didn’t share.  We were stingy.  Or we figured someone else would teach you.  But today I make up for this.  I’m droppin’ knowledge.  First and foremost, you need to learn the fight song, not just the “Go to Hell Carolina!” part.  Learn all the words, it’s not that hard.  Secondly (definitely after learning our fight song), you need to learn the words to the UNC fight song.  Because they are not our rival, they don’t care if we know the words.  I’m amazed by how many people did not learn this “hate anthem” while they were at school, and again I apologize for this.  So while I won’t type our fight song (one of your friends should easily teach this to you) I will give you the NC State version of the UNC “song” (I don’t know if it’s a fight song or just the crappy sound that comes out of their band).  This is not child friendly (unless you have awesome children):

(Again, words to the music their band plays)

In the ditches west of Raleigh,

There’s a place like Hell,

Where Twenty Thousand Sons of Bitches,

Call it Chapel Hill.

Where the bastards born, and the bastards bred,

And when they die, they’ll be bastards dead.

So piss on Carolina-lina, piss on Carolina-lina

Piss on Carolina-lina, ROLL on State!

A few things.  Whoever came up with this is a genius.  And now we have a ROLL reference that can coincide with the “Roll Pack” phenomenon.  Students, learn this song for the game.  Sing it with pride.  You’re welcome.  Keep some tradition going, and when we smash those assholes from up the road, make sure you start a “Not our rival” chant.  I’m sure this will throw their fans in a conniption.  Also students and fans, DO NOT rush the court, it’s UNC for crying out loud, they don’t deserve that kind of treatment.

Yours Truly,

NC State Class of 2003, Civil Engineering

(Who would have thought an engineer knew how to write? Prediction NCSU 87 UNC 76 Go Pack!)

Go to Hell Carolina, Go to Hell!!

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N.C. State Shit…

First off, I know I haven’t done one of these in a while, I’ve been busy getting old and shit.  Second, I know the Super Bowl is coming up, and I’ll hit on that in the next week or so.   So for all you sports lovers, I’ll be giving my end all be all opinion that is actual fact because what I say is actually the only thing that really matters.  But I digress. Today I write about something that I’ve mentioned before.  Something that has plagued my sports fan life.  My love for my University and therefor my undying love for it’s basketball team.  If you aren’t from North Carolina, you probably have no idea what the hell I’m talking about.  So let me learn you something right fast.  Sit back read on, and as my man Kevin Hart said “you goin’ learn today!”

N.C. State Shit – An inevitable chain of events in sports where a blatant bad call or bizarre unlucky play causes a total collapse of confidence, resulting in multiple, unforced, and devastating errors.

That was taken from Urban Dictionary.  It is 100% accurate.  Every school may claim moments like this happen, but if you aren’t an NC State fan, then you have no clue the extent of this damn beast.  I’ve been pulling for NC State from before I could walk (and no this isn’t a wheel chair  “Roll Pack” reference), so I’m an expert on this shit.  Once in our lives we had a non-NC State Shit moment, the 1983 NCAA Championship, since then (some would say since the University unfairly blamed Jimmy V for all that went wrong here is the true start, but because he coached the Georgetown Chris Corchiani foul/travel game, I say it started after the ’83 championship game), our program has been marred by unfortunate events.  Some of the fan base blame the refs, some blame the ACC, some blame the players, the coaches, the Athletic Directors that oversee the program, the fans, the students who don’t support the team, and some blame the media bias towards the assholes in Chapel Hill and Durham (of all the things I said there, the only thing that is 100% true and cannot be denied is that those “people” in Chapel Hill and Durham are indeed assholes).

So that’s all been said.  So why now? Why am I writing this 30 years after the fact?  Well, out of frustration for starters.  And because I am hoping that somebody involved in the program actually reads this and realizes how easy it is to avoid these things.  For the most part of the 30 years I’ve referenced, my team has indeed been one of inferior talent, poor coaching, poor leadership and losing games wasn’t necessarily acceptable but dammit it was understandable.  We’d have our occasional big wins, but the next game, BOOM, NC State Shit.  I got it.  It made sense.  Our team wasn’t better than yours, and when we did beat you it was because 9 times out of 10 you would beat us, but HA, it was time number 10 and it was our turn.  This year, that’s not the case.  With the exception of Miami, Florida State, and Duke in the ACC, we are SUPERIOR, that’s right, SUPERIOR to all the other teams in the conference.  We are probably even SUPERIOR top to bottom to Duke and Florida State as well, and what has me ranking us under Miami is that their team is deeper than ours.  So with that being said, why the hell are we losing to teams like Maryland and Wake Forest and playing close games against Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Clemson?  Well the simple answer is NC State Shit.  The complicated and more accurate one is what I’m about to explain to all of you.  I may not be a sports writer, but dammit if I don’t understand sports, writing, and basketball.  My breakdown of the 2012-2013 NC State Men’s Basketball team:

Coaching:

Mark Gottfried – Let’s start at the top, the man has proven he is a great recruiter.  Coaching wise, it looks like he’s just telling the guys “here is a ball, just go score it, and as far as defense, just run past that line at half court and watch the other team shoot.”  I love that you’ve got the hype around our program up, I love the exposure. But dammit man, this team is far too talented to not know how to play defense.  People may blame the players, but I blame coaching right now.  Teach them to defend.  If they don’t do it, pull them out of the game, at least then we have a reason for losing to teams like Maryland and Wake Forest.  Make them be accountable.  You sound great on camera and on interviews but man, make these kids (yes they are all still kids) learn the fundamentals of the game.  Maybe hold a practice where they aren’t allowed to shoot the ball once and focus only on defense.  We start one of the TALLEST starting 5’s in the country, yet our rebounding and defensive efficiency are horrible.  Bro, that means what you’ve taught them defensively isn’t working, fix that shit now so we don’t come at you with pitchforks and fire at the end of the season.  COACH the team.

Players:

CJ Leslie – Pre-season ACC player of the year.  In-season Invisible man of the year.  You are too talented to disappear in games against shitty teams.  Box your man out.  Don’t jump on every pump fake.  Focus.  Grab the ball with 2 hands.  Put a hand in someones face. Play defense.  Don’t settle for stupid jump shots when you can post a man up.  Use the fact that you are a freak athletically. If you want to make the NBA, you can’t take games off (at least in college, when you get to the NBA do that all you want).  You didn’t leave early last year because you weren’t going to be a 1st round pick.  You know it, I know it, everyone knows it.  Don’t kid yourself.  Play dominant all the time and you will play in the league and get paid, until then keep calm and play with passion ALL the time.  I don’t need the good CJ half the time, we need the GREAT CJ ALL the time.  Oh and stay after practice and shoot free throws, you’re leaving 4 to 5 points a game on the floor.

Lorenzo Brown – One of the best point guards in the country.  Early in the season it looked like he let the NBA cloud  his judgment.  You have the talent, there is no doubt, but use your brain.  You can’t dribble into a double or triple team and try to go behind your back, that’s just stupid.  This isn’t the And 1 mix tape.  Don’t force things, extend your arm on defense, fight through picks, rotate when you get beat to help the man who helped you.  LEAD, not sometimes, but ALL the time.  When the other team goes on a run, grab our guys and tell them “Hey, that team sucks, we are better than them, now, let’s show that.” Also, work on your 3 point shot, your percentage won’t cut it in the NBA.

Richard Howell – If you were 2 inches taller, you would be a lottery pick.  You hustle, you rebound, you scowl at the refs.  You’ve cut down on stupid reach in fouls.  My main gripe with you good sir is that for EVERY rebound you go up with one hand.  Sure it looks pretty, but 2 to 3 times a game, you lose a rebound because you didn’t use both hands.  I know you’re undersized, but the ones that you lose are when people aren’t around you.  Two hands my man, two hands.

Scott Wood – Great shooter….I think that’s all I can say.  If you aren’t hitting, find another way to get in the game, box out, grab the ball then try to pass it, not the other way around. Defend with your body, all of your body, keep a hand in the defenders face. Extend your arms, call out picks, rotate on defense.  Actually run to the player in the corner shooting, don’t just watch them.

Rodney Purvis – 3 on 1 fast break, pass the ball bro. You don’t have to always take it up yourself.  Don’t settle for 3 pointers that you look like you don’t want to take, drive to the hoop, make cuts.  Defensively, keep tight on your player, you get easy points so that you don’t have to pass the ball that way.  REBOUND.  Extend your arms both at the player and up in the air, this makes you BIGGER.  And for the love of God, get in the gym and shoot 1,000 free throws a game, there is no way a top guard should EVER, I repeat EVER, be less than 70% from the free throw line (you’re currently under 60%).  You like scoring, you like points, you’d get 2 to 4 more a game just making the free throws.  Care enough to make them.

TJ Warren – Let me just say that I know for a fact this guy works harder than anybody on the team.  Why? Because he is in the gym ALL THE TIME.  Good for you. Now let’s continue. Great scorer.  He doesn’t have a single play called for him but scores tons of points, because he’s in the right place at the right time.  That’s on offense.  On defense it’s a whole different story.  Sometimes you defend like your hands are in your pockets.  Again, extend your arms on defense, fight through picks, REBOUND.  Your basketball IQ alone should have you averaging 14 ppg and 7 rebounds without a single play being called for you. But you can score all you want, if your man is getting points or you’re late on rotations, it negates all that you did on offense.  Defend better, get more minutes, score more points.

Tyler Lewis – Burger boy All American.  You probably knew you wouldn’t get tons of playing time this year, but when you do, you need to make the minutes count.  You’d prob get more of ’em if you did.  Defend, yeh, you’re smaller than all of them, but (broken record for this team) extend your arms, fight through picks, use your base to hold off a posting defender, run out to the ball on rotations and open shooters.  On offense you’re supposed to be this wonder kid with the ball, but sometimes you make passes that make me wonder what the hell is going on.  If you have to think about passing the ball to someone, it’s already too late, move along to the next option.  To be a great point guard, you have to know when and when not to make a pass (this holds true for Zo as well).  Work on your jump shot, it’s too flat outside of 10 feet.

Jordan Vandenberg – You’re like 8 feet tall, yet you can’t get rebounds.  This doesn’t make a damn bit of sense to me.  Get your damn hands up son!  Don’t even bring them down, EVER, just keep them up.  If you just kept your hands up and stood in front of anybody, they would have to take a difficult shot.  Just keep your hands up.

I’m not gonna list anybody else on the team, because nobody else really gets minutes.  Go back and read the critiques of the players here, it’s all about defense.  Until we learn how to defend on a 3rd grade play ground level (I’m not even asking us to be as elite as we should be), we will continue to lose games to inferior opponents.  It’s as simple as caring.  Do the players care enough to want to win? Do they care enough to want to play in the NBA? If they did, they’d realize the better they are collectively, the more recognition they will get, the better chance your strengths and not weaknesses get highlighted.

This team is good enough to not care, win enough games, make the tournament, make the Sweet 16 and get bounced again like last year.  Or they are good enough to care, show they care, win the ACC, maybe make a Final Four, and all be NBA players at some point.  I mean I care, but there isn’t much I can do outside of ranting on the internet.  I’ll always be a NC State fan, but if I’m getting superior teams that under perform, I don’t think I can handle this as a fan.  I’d rather watch a team of scrubs hustle and lose games than a team of studs lose because they don’t care. So do Wolfpack Nation a favor, start caring, even if it’s just 40 minutes a game, that’s all we want.  Care for 40 minutes every game, for the rest of the season, then when the season is done you can not care all you want.  Just care for us.  Shit care for yourselves.

Ultimate NC State Shit, 3 quarter court shot to lose a game…I had tickets to this game and luckily did not go a few years ago, I am 100% positive I would have spontaneously combusted watching this shit…

With all that being said, please beat the shit out of Carolina.

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New Year’s Resolutions…

Everybody is doin ’em right.  I figured I’d drop a few awesome things I plan on doing but I really know won’t end up happening because planning things for a whole year in advance never works out…right?  Your resolutions are probably something like:

  • I’m going to the gym every day – no you’re not, you’re probably going every day for 3 days, then that shit stops
  • I’m going to lose weight – so you weigh yourself with clothes on in the morning, then at night take your clothes off and boom you “lost weight”
  • I’m going to meet the man/woman of my dreams – it might be possible, but remember, nightmares are classified as dreams too…
  • I’m gonna be more active – as in you are actively going to watch TV and stay at home more?

Those are just a few of your stupid resolutions.  Now let’s get to my AWESOME ones:

  • Learn at least 5 hip/hop dances – Me and YouTube are gonna have some damn fun this year
  • Be meaner to people – because it’s more likely to happen than me being nicer to people
  • Learn to ride a bike – I’m pretty sure I’ve said this every year since I could speak and that shit still hasn’t happened
  • Learn another language – It’d be cool to do, or maybe just re-learn one of the ones I already know, like English…boom accomplished
  • Learn some craft – like carpentering or plumbing…or witch craft…

I think I can at least do 2 of the things on my list which would mean my New Year would be 40% successful aka much like most of your high school grades in basic sciences.  Hip hop (anonymous) dancing king crown here I come!

Damn I miss Calvin and Hobbes…and for the record I agree with Calvin!

 

 

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