- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
- CDC sees measles spike and ‘failure to vaccinate’
‘Some things never cease to amaze me …’
So if you still think everything Calipari does is bad, you might want to skip the next item.
NO HIGH SCHOOL GYM, BUT PLENTY OF PERSPECTIVE
Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis is going to be everybody’s “Player of the Year” by the end of next week and more than likely, the first player taken in next summer’s NBA draft, and then he’ll be a millionaire. With hindsight it seems like he’s always been in a rush. Davis went from 6-foot-2 at the start of his sophomore year to 6-7 as a junior to 6-10 by the time he left a tiny charter high school (210 students) on the South Side of Chicago called Perspectives behind.
The school draws kids from what might be the toughest neighborhood in the city because they’re chasing an education, not a pro career. When Cortez Hale arrived at Perspectives in Davis‘ sophomore year to teach special ed classes and coach, he had trouble finding enough players to field a team. And he had to reach into his own pocket for meal money and bus fare sometimes just to hang onto the ones he had. The school has no gym. We asked him where his team practiced and played games.
“We go outside on the blacktop,” he said, then laughed. “No, I’m just messin’ with you. We use the IIT gym. It’s great.”
The fact that the nearby Illinois Institute of Technology hasn’t fielded a team for years was only the first bit of serendipity Hale found when he got to Perspectives. Davis was the second.
“I knew he was Division I-type player. I didn’t know he would be a Kentucky-type player back then,” Hale said. “But he was determined. … Anthony worked to be the best in school, too.”
The kid is an actual student. He’s also too good to have any chance of sticking around long enough to get his degree.
So yeah, you could say Calipari is an enabler. Just remember that’s not always a bad thing.
Willie Geist is smart and funny, and smart and funny about sports, and he gets the celebrity treatment today even though his alma mater, Vanderbilt, is long gone from the tournament.
That’s because of all those polled over the first two weekends of the tournament, he provided the best methodology for filling out a bracket. It took him 90 seconds, start to finish, apparently by working backwards. Here, with Geist’s own sound effects, is how he does it:
“I just try to hear the resonant sound of Jim Nantz announcing the winner at the final horn _ `One Heel of a Team! Carolina is the national champion! _ and then I choose that team.”
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- New battlefront emerges in war between Republicans, tea party
- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on 'outdated' agencies
- Budget negotiators look to federal workers for benefit concessions
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- Inside China: Nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
This column will cover anything that has anything remotely to do with the game of baseball, from the game itself to mid-summer trades to offseason moves.
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Political satirist and Christian apologist Bob Siegel discusses religion and politics.
Politics, economics, and business from a real world perspective.
White House pets gone wild!