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Dave Severns ‘Hurry Up’ Early Offense Series

As is so often the case in basketball, coaches are always borrowing things from other coaches and implementing them with their own teams. While checking out The Xs & Os of Basketball message boards, I came across a thread looking for information NBA assistant coach Dave Severns "Pistol" offense - a name which I associate with … Continue reading Dave Severns ‘Hurry Up’ Early Offense Series

Basketball From the Stands: Horns Side (WPI Engineers)

The following play was run by the WPI Engineers in a 59-50 win over Westfield State University on November 14, 2015. Horns Side The play begins like most HORNS plays with two players at the elbow, however unlike most plays the two other players begin on the weak side of the floor. The player for … Continue reading Basketball From the Stands: Horns Side (WPI Engineers)

On Grantland, Journalism, and the Modern World

When I was in high school, I mismanaged my time by spending free periods in the computer lab reading Bill Simmons articles on ESPN.com. The articles were long enough, engaging enough, funny enough, and clever enough that they didn't feel like critical pieces of writing. They had an informal voice that belonged to a fan who wrote about … Continue reading On Grantland, Journalism, and the Modern World

Should Your Child Play AAU Basketball? In a Word, Yes

As a bit of a basketball nerd I like to digest every bit of basketball writing and philosophy I can during my idle time. The other morning, I received an email from Breakthrough Basketball with links to some reading and one headline jumped right out and grabbed me because it had to do with youth basketball … Continue reading Should Your Child Play AAU Basketball? In a Word, Yes

The First Year of the Rest of Your Life

Back in the 1960s, Charles Dederich started a drug rehabilitation clinic called Synanon that morphed first into a cult then a church. Synanon's slogan was the now-popular sarcastic saying "Today is the first day of the rest of your life." The connotations of this saying today are typically negative, but now that we're a week … Continue reading The First Year of the Rest of Your Life

UMass Football 2013 Media Day Notebook: Mike Wegzyn, John Bond, and more from MAC Media Day

The 2013-14 college football season technically begins on the first day of training camp in August, but for many the season kicks off when coaches and players meet the media on Media Day. For the UMass Minutemen, their second season in the NCAA's Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) unofficially kicked off at MAC Media Day in … Continue reading UMass Football 2013 Media Day Notebook: Mike Wegzyn, John Bond, and more from MAC Media Day

Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss the latest in a decade of disappointments for New England fans since 2010

New England ruled the first decade of the 21st century. Three Patriots Super Bowl championships, the Red Sox won two World Series titles and the Celtics won their 17th championship in 2008. With the exception of the Bruins' 2011 run to the Stanley Cup, the final game or series since 2010 has been a source … Continue reading Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss the latest in a decade of disappointments for New England fans since 2010

LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and how important Game 7 really is

LeBron James is to today's NBA what Michael Jordan was to the NBA I was born into back in October of 1990. Jordan fell short in 1991 to the Detroit Pistons, James couldn't get past the Celtics. Jordan broke through in 1992 with his first tile, leapfrogging the Pistons and cruising past the NBA's living … Continue reading LeBron James, Michael Jordan, and how important Game 7 really is

With Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett on their way out, what’s next for Boston Celtics?

The Big Three era in Boston began with Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers. Without those two there's no way Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are coaxed into coming to Boston and there is one less banner hanging at the TD Garden. So with Rivers, Garnett and possibly Pierce on their way out of town, the … Continue reading With Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett on their way out, what’s next for Boston Celtics?