A sad day for basketball … the one and only Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt has died at age 64.
Pat Summitt – Rest in Peace
I awoke this morning to the sad but not unexpected news that the legendary Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt had passed away. Summitt was truly an original and one in a million as she won eight NCAA titles and went 1,098-208 in 38 seasons as coach at Tennessee. She began coaching at the age of 22 and single-highhandedly brought woman’s college basketball to the forefront. Sadly had to step down down in 2012 due to early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s. Pat Summitt is probably the greatest woman’s basketball coach ever. This is high praise from me, one who has been a lifetime UCONN woman’s basketball fan. However, without Pat, there would never have been a Geno. What I will miss most about Pat Summitt is the glare. The woman could pierce a hole through you with that stare and she never had to apologize in this ridiculous PC world we live in for getting on her players with fiery half-time and time out speeches to get the best out of her players that she knew they had in them.
On a personal note, I can remember being at Rocky Top in Knoxville, Tennessee in the late 90′s attending a Vols football game. Prior to the game some friends and I went into the Thompson–Boling Arena and noticed that the Lady Vols were practicing. To my surprise they Lady Vols were practicing against guys and schooling them. Pat Summitt was coaching the practice like she coached a game with the same intensity. I just sat and watched in amazement as Pat lit into those girls like I had only seen a coach previously rip guys. You could tell she was a master motivator as she would then praise them when they did something amazing and trust me it was. The funny was that as my friends left to go to the UT game, I stayed. I sat in the stands and kept creeping farther down to get a better view. Anyone can attend a UT football game, I was witnessing greatness. Little did I realize how great, I was watching the preseason practice of the 1997-1998 Lady Vols, what is considered to be one of the greatest teams in the history of U.S. women’s college basketball, who went on to go 39-0.
God bless you Pat Summitt, may you now rest in eternal peace.
Former Tennessee Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt has died, her son and her website said on Tuesday morning — shortly after her family publicly asked for prayers and acknowledged her health had taken a bad turn.
She was 64 years old.
Summitt announced in August 2011 that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer retired at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season after coaching at Tennessee for 38 years. She won 1,098 games and eight national championships. The court at Thompson-Boling Arena — “The Summitt” — is named in her honor.
Summitt had been living in a retirement center since January. Around 20 former Lady Vols — including WNBA stars Candace Parker and Tamika Catchings — reportedly flew to Knoxville over the weekend to see Summitt one last time. Former Tennessee assistant Mickie DeMos was also reportedly in Knoxville.
Pat Summitt Gives Half-time speech to Lady Vols
She was born on Flag Day, June 14, 1952, and personified the American Dream. Like most iconic figures, she inspired an almost mythical kind of devotion. But how could someone be so larger-than-life magnificent and yet so humbly warm and real?
That was the essence of Pat Summitt, the longtime Tennessee women’s basketball coach who died Tuesday morning at age 64, nearly five years after making public her diagnosis of early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
To say there will never be anyone else like Summitt is not hyperbole. On the contrary, it seems inadequate. She won eight NCAA titles and went 1,098-208 in 38 seasons as coach at Tennessee. She was one of the most accomplished and influential figures in the history of women’s sports, but also was universally respected and beloved.
A Tribute to Pat Summitt
WOW, HE MIGHT BE THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WORLD, BUT HUMBLE HE AIN’T …
Last night following Game 5 of the NBA Finals that saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Cleveland Cavs 104-91, LeBron James was asked in the post game presser, whether James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned? His response was, “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.” Seriously, that may be true, and may be not … but I am not sure if you say it. Being stated that you are the best player in the world should probably be left for others to say. It comes off as a bit arrogant and self-centered to say when you are losing the series.
It is obvious that LeBron James feels he has to do everything because on injuries he has nothing around him. The reason why he has a stat line with 40 points and a triple double is because there is no one else on the team. But dude stay classy, learn to be a bit humble. Just a reminder to LeBron when he starts putting out there “best player in the world,” two words … Michael Jordan. Two more words for LeBron … 6 NBA Championships.
LeBron: ‘I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world’
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James was asked about his confidence and comfort level in the NBA Finals after Sunday’s Game 5, a 104-91 Golden State Warriors victory. A reporter suggested that perhaps James was feeling more free because there’s less pressure due to the team being undermanned, referencing the deep 3s he made in the fourth quarter.
“Nah,” James responded. “I feel confident because I’m the best player in the world. It’s simple.”
The reporter pressed on, asking if there’s less pressure with this particular Finals team.
“Nah,” James said again. “It’s the Finals. It’s something you dream of when you’re a kid. And for me, I put the work in. I put the work in every single day, either when you guys are there, when you guys are not there. Some of our beat writers see me, they know how much work I put into it. And I give everything to my teammates. And when you’re true to the game, it doesn’t matter if it’s a regular-season game or a Finals game, you just go out and trust what you put into the game and you live with the results.
Response from the sports world regarding LeBron’s comments … If this team was constructed without Irving or Love, they wouldn’t win 20 games let alone make the Finals. On a side note, the Golden State Warriors should not be all that ecstatic either. They are being forced to the limit by one player. What would Golden State look like if all they had was Stephen Curry and no Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala? The minute Kyrie Irving went down with the injury in game 1, the Warriors should have swept this series.
Black UK Basketball Player Andrew Harrison Says Racial Slur to White Wisconsin Player Frank Kaminsky after Kentucky’s Loss to Wisconsin … “F*CK that N*GGA” (Unedited VIDEO)
DOUBLE STANDARD … YA THINK!!!
If you missed the press conference following the University of Kentucky’s loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Final Four semi’s Saturday night, you most likely then missed one of the greatest double standard ow well’s ever in sports. Especially in today’s PC sports where people’s words are used against them to label them racists. Watch the VIDEO below and you will hear UK’s Andrew Harrison say under his breath, caught on a hot mic, when a question is asked about how difficult it is to stop Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky. Andrew Harrison mutters a racial slur saying, “F*ck that Ni**a”. But it is OK, cuz Harrison is black and Kaminsky is white.
What do we think the reaction would have been if the roles were revered?
VIDEO – Andrew Harrison Caught on hot Mic saying ”F*ck That Ni**a” following question about Frank Kaminsky (Unedited)
A reporter asked Karl-Anthony Towns a question about Frank Kaminsky during Kentucky’s press conference after its Final Four loss to Wisconsin, and Andrew Harrison appeared to mutter a snide remark under his breath.
He’s frustrated, he’s heartbroken, and he probably never would’ve said this if he thought anybody could hear him. But still. Those mics are very, very sensitive!
Harrison apologized on Twitter early Sunday morning and said he called Kaminsky to wish him luck in the final.
Andrew Harrison would later Tweet an apology saying that it was said in jest. PLUEEZE … there was nothing in jest of what you said. Had the roles been reversed, the NCAA, the MSM and black America would have exploded and asked that the white player be banned from playing in the National championship game. Frank Kaminsky took the high road and accepted the apology and said its over and nothing more needs to be said. Its just too bad they are not teaching class at UK.
Not only are they not teaching class at the men’s NCAA basketball program, Kentucky coach John Calipari is not even going to use the incident as a teaching moment and Harrison will face no discipline for the remark. What a joke. I just wonder when a white boy says the same thing one day if all will say, its just kids saying dumb things? Just another reason, other than his past cheating, why John Calipari does not belong in the Hall of Fame.
Bonnie Bernstein of Campus Insiders talked to Kentucky coach John Calipari on Sunday morning and reported that Harrison will face no discipline for the remark.
“The biggest thing I want to tell you, these are great kids,” Calipari said to Bernstein. “They’ll do dumb things at times. They’ll say dumb things, like we all do. Things you regret later and they apologize for it. These are young kids, they’re 19 years old. In that moment of trying to make a historic thing, probably did some things. But I love these guys and I know what they’re about.”
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said the incident could be viewed as a teaching moment.
Saturday Night Live Mocks NCAA Basketball Final and the Student Athlete Hypocrisy … “It’s like I tell all my players, college is the most important year of your life.”
CLASSIC SARCASM FROM SNL ON NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL.
Saturday Night Live nailed last night’s cold opening … as SNL not only mocks NCAA college basketball and the notion of the student athlete, but gets it 100% correct. Just minutes after the second game of the NCAA Final 4 ended that saw the previously undefeated University of Kentucky Wildcats fall to the Wisconsin Badgers, 71-64, SNL began their cold open with a complete mockery of the NCAA’s so-called “student-athlete”. The best line of the skit was when Taran Killam, playing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said, “It’s like I tell all my players: college is the most important year of your life.” The premise of the sarcastic skit was that Duke was holding out freshman center Jahlil Okafor from Monday night’s NCAA College basketball game, not because he was hurt, sick or tore an ACL, but because he has a big Biology test on Tuesday to study for. Ha, ha, ha … that is just too funny.
When asked whether Mike Krzyzewski/Taran Killa was relly going to hold Okafor out of the Championship game because of a Biology exam he said, “Of course I am, guys these are student-athletes [emphasis on student]. Students! If they only came to college to play basketball, then we all would look pretty silly”.
The only thing that would have made this funnier and even more truthful was if they used Kentucky head coach John “one and done” Calipari instead of Mike Krzyzewski, but UK lost, so that ended that.
WINNING!!! YOU KNOW ITS BAD WHEN CHARLIE SHEEN CRITICIZES BARACK OBAMA ..
You know Barack Obama is a total political screw-up and joke f a president when Charlie Sheen become the voice of reason. Charlie Sheen sent this tweet on Thursday asking why Obama didn’t attend a funeral for soldiers but he could fill out a bracket. The tweet was in Ebonics of which as predictable as the sun rises in the East and sets in the West, Sheen was called a racist. The economy still stinks in the US, record number of people are on food stamps, record number of Americans have left the work force, the Middle East is on fire, ISIS is growing and attacking innocents everywhere, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Iraq are falling to terrorists … but Barack Obama has the time for bracketology.
Although, if it meant the difference between Barack Obama spending time on this terrible and foolish nuclear deal with Iran and the NCAA College Basketball brackets, I say let Obama pick as many brackets as he can until he gets it right.