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Beltway Hawk

MEMBER SINCE   January 24, 2017

I grew up in Iowa City, and now live and work in Washington DC.

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Comment 14 Feb 2019

Yes, a time where the likes of Greg Brunner, Jeff Horner, and Adam Haluska hustled up and down a slightly different looking court with fully exposed calves and baggy uniforms. 

Does Chazz know about this?? I kid, I kid ;)

But yeah, Horner probably doesn't get enough credit when we discuss the best Iowa guards of the last 25-ish years (i.e. post Raveling-recruit Davis). Horner may be a half-step behind Jordan Bohannon and a full step behind Dre and Dean, but he was pretty good.

Comment 14 Feb 2019

interesting that we played so much man vs. NW. Wonder if it was their style of offense/type of plays they run, or just the fact that their athletes are not as athletic as most BigTen teams and Fran thought we could overmatch them physically 1 on 1? Or something else? Hmmm. The press late in games seems to work, but if we overuse it, it could lose its shock value. Perhaps its best to save the press for critical situations. Fran seems to save it for the second half, and that seems to work, but I wouldn't mind seeing it the last 2 minutes of each half, or when we need to break momentum in the middle of a half also.

Comment 14 Feb 2019

just raises the question "why the fuck are we playing games in Spokane, anyway?" 

Only one good thing has ever come out of Spokane, and that is Ryne Sandberg, amirite?

Comment 08 Feb 2019

if there's one thing I've learned in my current location, the more powerful one becomes, the less accountability there is. This applies in all types of organizations.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

yep...Kirk Speraw has a great background and lots of experience and I'm sure he's a good coach, and we all know the natty presence and calm influence of Sherm is not to be underestimated, but TBH even after the defensive improvement this year (it has still been inconsistent and interior D is still bad), the team still needs a defensive Von Steuben (yes that is a Revolutionary War reference). Bayonets optional, but not frowned upon vs. Wisconsin & MSU.

Comment 08 Feb 2019

100% agree...Successfully integrating Pemsl, Nunge, CJ Frederick and PatMac to the mix next year is going to be challenging and maybe even as significant as losing Cook (the only other player to leave being Baer is also a factor). No idea how its going to work yet. I'm sure Fran has already thought about it, but what is he going to try? Will it work? Nobody knows. The past as prologue is not super-promising in terms of roster-juggling when there's a glut, but each situation is unique...

Comment 08 Feb 2019

at the end of a tight game where we have the lead, it is nice to see the other team pretty much acknowledge "well, if we let Jbo get the ball we're pretty much fucked," lol...

Comment 08 Feb 2019

oh, and as their punishment for the travesty that was the officiating last night, the refs need to be put on a flight from LAX to Beijing, in a row of the plane right behind the engines, with Dakich seated next to them, with nothing to eat but rotel and nothing to drink but coffee, and no noise-cancelling headphones.  

Comment 08 Feb 2019

Dakich occasionally makes some good points and isn't afraid to call people out, but in general, he needs to take a lesson in how not to be a completely transparent and obnoxious homer a-hole when calling one's alma mater's games from Kirk Herbstreit. Herby does OSU games and never comes across as a complete fool/homer/coach on the broadcast. Somebody last night said Dakich sounded like he was desperately trying to coach Indiana to a win, and that was pretty much spot on. 

Comment 04 Feb 2019

The fan support has been there lately. Great atmospheres for the MSU and Michigan games. Don't think the fans are going to fill Carver for less exciting games until the team is more consistent. Sucks, but human nature is what it is.

Comment 02 Feb 2019

Turns out when you play some defense you don't need your best players to have their best game every single night.

And Carver turns back into what it was when the team was good...a great arena. Many of the people complaining about its deficiencies haven't experienced it when the team was really good (Stephen Bardo remembers, lol). Could it be better? Well duh. But so much more important is just playing good defense and getting on some runs like they did last night (and the first half against MSU). 

Comment 28 Jan 2019

True enough, thanks for the elaboration. I'd have to go back and re-watch to see why he and Wieskamp took so few shots, and...yeeuck, no thanks.