Bumped. GO BRUINS. - N
Jason King, whose work is usually pretty good, was apparently up against a deadline and had to get something turned in.
I don't know how to link to it, but someone smart may well do it for me. Anyway, he begins his article with this:
"Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina will likely be ranked among the nation’s top five teams when the college basketball season begins in November. The difference this year is that some of the elite, tradition-rich programs that usually join them at the top of the polls might not be there in 2009-10. What about Duke, UCLA and Arizona?"
He goes on to talk about various "tradition rich" teams who might not do well next year. And in the Pac 10, he lists three "tradition rich" teams: UCLA, Arizona and (wait for it) -- just$c*. I suppose Arizona might be viewed as "tradition rich", but the only "tradition" in which just$c* is rich is cheating.
I can't put myself in Jason King's head, but his synapses don't appear to have been firing all that well. Over the past five years, UCLA is 141-37 and 75-23 in Pac 10. Arizona is 110-60 - not bad I suppose - and 54-36 in Pac 10 play. But just$c*? Come on. In the past five years, they're 97-66 and 44-46 in Pac 10 play. Their tradition is basketball mediocrity. Of course they'll fall this year, as they should after what Timmeh did and what he left in the cupboard for the new guy, O'Tool or whatever his name is.
Anyway, I got a kick out of his predictions. I sent him off a little note already. The place to send notes says something like "Ask Jason your question." My question should have been "Wanna bet?" But overall a bad article by a generally good writer.