April 13, 2013 |
So the thought has probably occurred to some of you: If I listen to this one specially chosen song while editing, does that mean I can edit a story in three minutes? Yes, I'm that good. OK, the real answer is that sometimes I listen to that particular song as I start working the story, and then move on to other music by the same band, or something with a similar mood. Or I go into full “High Fidelity” mode (see: near-perfect novel and movie of the same name) and listen to that song over and over and over (see: “Someone to Pull the Trigger,” for the Wednesday story.)
April 1, 2013 |
Baylor star Brittney Griner took to Twitter on Sunday night following the Lady Bears' shocking 82-81 loss to Louisville in the NCAA women's basketball tournament's round of 16. She wasn't there to vent her frustrations about a Cardinals defense that prevented her from making a basket until 15:20 remaining in the second half. She simply wanted to apologize: I want to say I'm sorry to the Baylor Nation for letting everyone down and everyone else that look up to me! I was a disappointed tonight!
April 1, 2013 |
USC's 2 1/2-month search for a basketball coach ended Monday when the school hired Florida Gulf Coast Coach Andy Enfield, who took the 15th-seeded Eagles to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament last month. USC spokesman Tim Tessalone confirmed the hiring of Enfield, 43, who has had an eclectic career in both business and basketball. His 2012-13 team became known as “Dunk City” for its high-powered offense, willingness to run the floor and proclivity for dunking on opponents. Enfield's team captured the imagination of basketball fans across the country with its fearless play, particularly in a South Regional upset of second-seeded Georgetown in its tournament opener, before losing to Florida in the Sweet 16. His wife Amanda, a former Victoria's Secret model, also got plenty of camera time during the Eagles' NCAA run. This year's tournament appearance was the first for FGCU, when has been competing in NCAA Division I only since 2011.
March 30, 2013 |
He has a rock-star image with an opening-act resume. He was once Hoosiers, but, in the last decade, Gene Hackman has led the exact same number of teams to the Sweet 16. He prides himself on playing Ivy League-smart basketball, which was pretty cool until a couple of weeks ago when his team was knocked out of the NCAA tournament in the first round by, um, Harvard. Of course, regarding Saturday's hiring of Steve Alford as the UCLA basketball coach, there is only one question that matters.
March 28, 2013
STARTERS OHIO STATE; HT.; WT.; Stats; P; ARIZONA; HT.; WT.; Stats Deshaun Thomas, 6-7; 225; 19.7 ppg; F; Solomon Hill; 6-7; 220; 13.3 ppg Sam Thompson; 6-7; 190; 7.8 ppg; F; Kevin Parrom; 6-6; 220; 8.3 ppg Amir Williams; 6-11; 250; 3.9 rpg; C; Kaleb Tarczewski; 7-0; 255; 6.2 rpg Aaron Craft; 6-2; 190; 10.0 ppg; G; Mark Lyons; 6-1; 200; 15.4 ppg Lenzelle Smith Jr.; 6-4; 205; 9.4 ppg; G; Nick Johnson; 6-3; 200; 11.6 ppg ...
March 27, 2013 |
The message was clear and it came with accent, attitude and a side of sauce: Don't even start with the insulting line of questioning that would somehow suggest La Salle - La Salle! - is an underdog being overshadowed in the NCAA tournament by Florida Gulf Coast. It could be misconstrued that way as No. 13 La Salle (24-9) prepares for Thursday night's West Regional semifinal game against No. 9 Wichita State (28-8) at Staples Center. In any other year, La Salle would be the darling of this dance.
March 25, 2013 |
My dream of a West Regional foursome of Wichita State, La Salle, Harvard and Iowa State came only half true. Los Angeles fell two underdogs short from hitting for the Cinderella cycle. The disappointment abated when, in Philadelphia, the hallucination that was Florida Gulf Coast University lived into Sunday evening. More than Coach K calling a timeout, or Kansas Coach Bill Self's perfectly coiffed hair, these are the story lines that make the NCAA tournament the best reality show on television.
March 25, 2013 |
Florida Gulf Coast University sent the Hoyas back to Georgetown. Harvard dashed New Mexico's hopes. Wichita State sent Gonzaga back to Spokane. Is there any hope for a perfect bracket in the NCAA March Madness men's college basketball tournament? Not according to ESPN, which tweeted over the weekend that there were no perfect brackets among more than 8 million submissions this year. But the math majors at Davidson (whose team was ousted after losing in the first round) are going strong, according to mathematician Tim Chartier, who launched "March Mathness" in 2009 as part of the undergraduate class he teaches at the North Carolina college.
March 21, 2013 |
"From Up on Poppy Hill" is frankly stunning, as beautiful a hand-drawn animated feature as you are likely to see. It's a time-machine dream of a not-so-distant past, a sweet and honestly sentimental story that also represents a collaboration between the greatest of Japanese animators and his up-and-coming son. "Poppy Hill" is directed by Goro Miyazaki, whose father, the Oscar-winning Hayao Miyazaki ("Spirited Away," "My Neighbor Totoro"), wrote the screenplay based on a graphic novel.