Sunday, March 20, 2011

That Was Fun

Once I stopped yelling and started breathing again, I really enjoyed the Badgers win over the Kansas State Wildmen. Andy Katz included the Jordan Taylor block of Jacob Pullen in his story today on ESPN about season-changing plays.

Pullen was amazing and K State did a great job on Taylor; who continued to shoot and shoot and shoot; a rare game with several bad decisions by Taylor. But then he made the plays down the stretch that won the game. (Yes, I know Big Red Orange made a huge three-pointer.) A steal, a three, two FTs, and the final crucial block of Pullen with time running out.

The refs called a really good game; there were a couple plays where it looked like they got it wrong until you saw the replay. For example, live it looked like Jarmusz crashed into a K State player as he drove to the hoop, but video evidence showed Jarmusz poking the ball away and that was what caused the K Stater to lose the ball and fall down.

And who is this guy wearing #24? Tim Jarmusz is playing the best ball of his Badger career (no wisecracks).

The Badgers were battered and bruised. Leuer busted his head open and needed stitches. (Sounds like the next time we see him, Leuer just may be sporting a shaved head and a few more stitches.) Nankivil looked like he'd been in boxing match.

And K State coach Frank Martin wanted to pile on. After the game, Martin related that when Brusewitz hit the big three, he wanted to call a timeout and kiss him. He then referred to Brusewitz as "some kind of [bleeping bleeper]." A Lenny Bruce term of endearment, I assume. Frank Martin is kind of an odd man with charm and warmth of Bobby Knight. In the words, of John McCain, "What an a-hole!"

Next up: Butler, who beat Pitt because Pitt made the last stupid play of the last 2 seconds of the game (really, two stupendously dumb plays, plays that you won't see in an entire season, were committed in the final two seconds. But recall that Butler made it to the championship game last year. They bring back loads of experience. Fortunately, they don't bring back Gordon Hayward.


Lenny Bruce was a white-hot comedian in the '50s and '60s. Here is an interesting story about him, but if words have the power to offend you, then prepare to be offended. Really offended. Of course that's what he was trying to do, and then by repetition to make the words powerless. "The point? That the word's suppression gives it the power, the violence, the viciousness."

He had a point, but reading it is still jarring and hearing it is just very uncomfortable (as when Dustin Hoffman played in Lenny) I warn you, don't go there unless you are prepared to be gobsmacked with offensive language (N-word). Warning - Click at your own risk: 

Lenny Bruce busted again for 'word crimes'.

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