Home » Columns » Currently Reading:

Splitting Adams

January 30, 2004 Columns No Comments


Splitting Adams

by Adam Shandler

Random, rambling commentary on basketball and beyond

Love Means Never Having To Say ‘You Nitwit’: UConn coach Jim Calhoun and Phil Martelli had to serve up mea culpas for making what was deemed “insensitive remarks”. Martelli’s peccadillo occurred when his St. Joe’s Hawks were blowing out St. Bonaventure and a fan questioned the coach on his pressing tactics even though his team was up by 25 points. Martelli’s response to this Bonniephile?

“Shut up, you nitwit!” And topped it all off with “You should be embarrassed by your own team, you moron.”

While it was a fan that set off Martelli, It was a reporter that got Calhoun all hot under the collar. When New Haven Register scribe David Solomon asked the coach why he didn’t land Providence star and Connecticut native Ryan Gomes as a UConn recruit – just minutes after the junior forward lit up the Huskies for 26 points, 12 boards – coach Calhoun lay into the writer with a right-left combination of adjectives not meant for this website.

In the best public relations interests for their schools, both Martelli and Calhoun apologized to their “opponents” the following Monday. But why should these gents have to apologize?

The college hoops coach as a species is constantly under a lot of pressure, and often they respond to criticism in the classiest way possible even though their casting daggers under their breath. But every once in a while, especially during the heat of the moment, they burst and say something they regret later on. However, the onus is on the potential instigator to back off. That fan that irked Martelli should know that you just don’t bark at a coach while he’s trying to move his way up the Top 25 ladder. Just sit down and take your 25-point loss like an adult.

As for our reporter friend in Connecticut – heck, I’ve been at a few press conferences, and believe me, some of us reporters can ask the most asinine questions, knowing full well we’re going to get a piping hot plate of Go To Hell in return.

Coaches are what they are and temper is sometimes part of the character. They’re entitled to a little eruption every now and again and we as fans should welcome. So let’s all stop expecting apologies when our favorite basketball coach shows his humanness.

Scandal-less: I remember the Hoopville season last year. Our reporters were tapping away frantically at their computers, blistered fingertips and all, to get their commentaries about the latest scandal posted before the next one broke. Our Morning Dishes were sour, rancid meals about academic impropriety, cash, cars, drugs, guns and other tales of men behaving badly. Made The Sopranos look like an episode of Full House. (Whatever happened to Dave Coulier, by the way?)

This season, the scandals have been at a minimum, and we at Hoopville have been recording the events of games. Yes, games. The whole reason why we’re here.

They must’ve done something right at that NABC summit.

“Urological Related”: Which is how I describe most of my relations with family members. Louisville coach Rick Pitino’s man-pains have him missing some games, even though he says he wants to be back on the sidelines by the weekend of January 31st. Seriously, Rick, give this one some time. You don’t want to mess around with any kind of pinch below the equator. I’m surprised it took him this long to speak up. While prostate cancer has been ruled out for Pitino, this burning sensation he is feeling could lead to other issues which I don’t have the heart to get into.

I guess what I’m getting at is, put it in perspective. What’s the greater issue here? Half-court trapping Southern Miss, or being able to pee without thinking of a happy place?

Snowstorm! Rated R: What’s with the weathermen and their The-End-Is-Near Forecasts these days. Okay, we’re getting snow, and yes, it can be deadly. But we’ve seen snow before. Had snowstorms before. We’ve driven in it, shoveled it and even played in it. (Some have even eaten it, though please, stay away from the yellow kind.)

We’re not being attacked by giant alien carpenter ants who shoot acid at humans. So let’s can the talk with words like “vicious” and “brutal” and save ’em for the WWE. Not every snowstorm needs to be presented like War of the Worlds.

Guarden State: It’s nice to see New Jersey getting some attention for something other diners, tolls, toxic waste and the aforementioned HBO program about “The Family.” (Although I am all a-titter for Season 5.) Seton Hall’s Andre Barrett and Keydren “KiKi” Clark of St. Peter’s have given Jersey hoops fans something to cheer about while the Nets slosh through their inconsistency and fire their coach.

Barrett has led Seton Hall to a 13-4 record at this writing and has helped transform the Pirates from a bubble team a year ago to one that can startle foes in the tourney. He’s averaging 18.4 ppg and 6.6 assists and was one of four players in double figures in The Hall’s recent upset of Syracuse. Barrett is currently sixth in the Big East in scoring but leads the league in dishes. It’ll be interesting to see how Barrett fares against Providence on Sunday, February 1, when the Pirates meet up again with red-hot Providence at the Donut. The Friars edged The Hall 63-60 on January 12 in East Rutherford.

KiKi Clark is the kind of guy who can score in his sleep. At 27.1 ppg, he is the second leading scorer in the country, just .4 below Western Carolina’s Kevin Martin. And it’s not that Clark can just put the ball in the basket, it’s the versatility of his scoring that’s so impressive. He hits over 38% of his shots from long range but has no problem sinking one inside the arc or off the dribble drive. He’s also efficient from the free throw line at 82% and hands the ball out 4.5 times a game.

The Peacocks are on a three-game win streak and have won six out of the last 7. KiKi has averaged 30.3 ppg in the last three games and in a recent 92-76 win against Iona, he poured in 38.

Fiber Optic: It’s flu season, and I can’t say this enough. I believe there’s one remedy more medicinal than any flu shot or bowl of chicken soup. It’s fiber. Why do I own such a radical viewpoint? Because germs like to live and breath in the digestive system before they scatter to other regions of your body. The reason why some colds and flus last so long is because the inflicted aren’t, uh, “disposing” of the bacteria. So tell your loved ones to leave the house for a while and grab some beans or high-fiber cereal.

Just don’t eat too much of it, or you’ll be recovering from a whole new set of problems.

     

Comment on this Article:







Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville

Advertisement


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – October 2, 2017

October 2, 2017 by

The FBI has zeroed in on college basketball in a big way, and what has happened may be the beginning of a massive hit to the sport. We discuss what we know thus far in our latest podcast.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – August 17, 2017

August 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we check in with some good news from a few teams overseas after a big scare, plus a big addition for a championship contender, a conference on the rise, and a great coach thinking about a return to the bench.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 21, 2017

June 21, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about the NBA Draft, of course, but spend much more time on the happenings at Ohio State and Louisville and the implications starting next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 17, 2017

May 18, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we start with the NBA Draft Lottery, then talk about a big pickup for Duke, important transfers, the coaching carousel winding down and much more.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 27, 2017

April 27, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, the business of college sports, as well as that of sports media, takes center stage. We talk about the layoffs at ESPN, college basketball’s opening night, and Wichita State’s departure from the Missouri Valley Conference. We close with thoughts on a departed friend of the media business as well.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.