Wyoming Indian High is located in Ethete, a tiny town of about 1,500 residents, in central Wyoming. The school itself is composed of approximately 200 students, mainly from the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes on the Wind River Reservation. Given the hoops mania, though, the gym is the largest in the state, capable of holding 3,000-plus rabid fans. That’s right. A bunch of Native American kids from the rez are the basketball kings of Wyoming.
If you haven’t heard of this dominant team, you might know the area itself—the subject of consistently negative, reductive and often false representation(s) in the media, where life on the reservation is depicted as nothing but a sad, grim blight; and has served to reinforce all of the old prejudices about Native Americans."
Red Klotz, who led basketball’s biggest losers, the Washington Generals, dies at 93.
In his time with the Generals, Mr. Klotz lost at least 14,000 games, or 15,000, or, according to some estimates, more than 20,000.
“That sounds about right,” Mr. Klotz would shrug whenever someone tried to calculate the number.
“I don’t count the losses,” he told the Washington City Paper in 2007. “It’s easier to keep track of the wins.”
Mr. Klotz won six games, his biographer concluded. Or maybe it was four. Possibly just two. But definitely, beyond the shadow of any doubt, his team won one game for sure.
Ever felt as though the ups and downs of the NBA playoffs and the chase for a ring is like an epic tale? Game of Thrones, NBA edition
, part 1. [YouTube, 2:03] & Game of Thrones, NBA edition, part 2
. [YouTube, 2:11]
how one gay athlete's coming out (autoplaying video)
led to an activists' war
The NBA season has ended, and the playoffs have begun
, causing a figurative ton
of internet ink
to be spilled on predictions and power rankings
. But one word in particular seems to keep popping up in articles to describe white players like Steve Novak, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee, Andrew Bogut, and Josh McRoberts: "Dorky." And the writers that use it are inevitably white. Triangle Offense
's Khalid Saalam (previously
) thinks they should probably cut that out.
Don't fight it. It's the year of the oral history. If there hasn't yet been an oral history on your favorite pop culture phenomenon, it won't be long. In the meantime, for your reading pleasure, how about starting with an oral history of Captain Marvel: The Series
? Or perhaps you'd rather read about The Telluride Bluegrass Festival
? If your taste runs more toward technology, check out an oral history of Apple design
. More reading inside! [more inside]
Mike Tanier of Sports on Earth discusses poorly designed sports team logos
As the 2013-14 NBA season approaches
, the last year of the reign
of Commissioner David Stern
, Sports Business Journal
takes an in-depth look at his successor
, New Media enthusiast, marathon runner, and fan of competitive balance
, Adam Silver
. [more inside]
It's the ultimate gamble. If the young man is successful, he comes home a hero, and becomes important. His life has meaning and purpose. But in order to succeed, he must first completely open up his soul to the consequences of failure, knowing there may be no way back out. This, above all else, is the hardest thing to do. 20 Minutes at Rucker Park
data analysis shows... [more inside]
Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach After Video Goes Public: [New York Times]
Rutgers fired Mike Rice, the coach of its men’s basketball team, on Wednesday, a day after a video [ESPN]
surfaced showing him berating his players during practices, throwing balls at them, kicking them and taunting them with slurs.
"Our brackets have culled out all of the superfluous information and reduced the [NCAA] tournament to what matters most: colors and logos
In the 1990's, Michael Doret was tasked with creating a new logo for the New York Knicks. Here is the story of how his ideas were scaled back to create the logo the team uses to this day.
If you are in the 7 foot tall club in the US there is a 16% you play in NBA. Which is a good thing, as getting all your clothes custom made isn't cheap. Sports Illustrated takes a look at what life is like when you live in a world that was not designed for the very tall.
"We have little trouble recognizing that a chess grandmaster’s victory over a novice is skill, as well as assuming that Paul the octopus’s ability to predict World Cup games is due to chance. But what about everything else?" [Luck and Skill Untangled: The Science of Success
"If you go into a Web browser and type the full city-nickname combination and add a .com, 27 of those URLs will take you to the official team page." Not so
"I'm just looking for a second chance. Other people get second chances. Alcoholics. Drug addicts. Spousal beaters. Not gamblers, though. But, if you want to put something on my tombstone that was very important to me, it’s 1,972. That’s how many winning games I’ve played in. So that makes me the biggest winner in the history of sports. No one else can say that." Here, Now
is a short documentary that looks at baseball legend Pete Rose, as he lives his life today. [more inside]
Finally, Gilbert Arenas reveals the whole story
behind the infamous Washington Wizards guns in the locker room incident.
sports site The Classical
launched over the weekend. [more inside]
Anticipating a season long lockout, several NBA players signed contracts with teams in the Chinese Basketball Association. Now that a labor deal has been reached, leaving for the NBA won't be easy.
Here's the deal: If you don't play for, or you are not an employee of, the team in question, "we" is not the pronoun you're looking for.
"They" is the word you want.
is the most overused term in sports.
Fun While It Lasted
is a blog that details the histories of long-dead sports franchises, including the Hawaii Leis/Sea-Port Cascades/Seattle Cascades
, the Portland Lumberjax
, the Columbus Minks
, the Denver Comets
, and the Phoenix Fire
-- a professional soccer team that never actually played a game. [more inside]
The unlevel playing field
- "Contrary to popular perception, poverty and broken homes are underrepresented
in the NBA
, not overrepresented. ... We believe that skills always trump circumstances. But that's a myth
The Crossover on Display
, a fascinating short New York Times video, featuring interviews with Pearl Washington
, Dwayne Wade
, and Allen Iverson
describing one of the most electric moves in basketball.
From 1967 to 1976
, the American Basketball Association
delivered wild, raw, above-the-rim hoops
that few ever saw (lacking TV broadcasts). They introduced the 3-point shot and slam-dunk contests
(along with a red, white and blue ball, short shorts and big afros
), brought pro ball to the American South, and launched the careers of Connie
, Bob Costas
, George Gervin
, Fly Williams
, David Thompson
and a guy
named Julius Erving
. You know, Doctor J
. [more inside]
Compiling the Absurd Box Scores from Space Jam
. Courtesy of The Harvard College Sports Analysis Collective.
The Monstars, behind a vicious defense and a quick-strike transition offense featuring the unprecedented 3-point-line dunk, seize early control and take a 66-18 lead going into the half. Pound (Barkley) and Bupkus (Ewing) are dominant. Things look grim for Jordan, Bugs Bunny and crew.
Update: In Sept. '09 I posted about Artis Gilmore
being denied his place in the Basketball Hall Of Fame. Injustice rectified
. [more inside]
Deadspin tells the story
of the unlikely friendship between Kendrick Perkins of the Oklahoma City Thunder and two fans.
Free Darko calls it quits
. Contributors to the irreverent basketball writing site that Brian Philips describes as "a vintage record shop that radiation turned into a grad student" talk about what Free Darko meant to them. Also, an interview
with Free Darko writer and illustrator Bethlehem Shoals and Jacob Weinstein.
Harvey Araton wrote
that basketball star Reggie Miller has "a mouth that can stretch as far as his jump shot range." He might be right. Once, in a game against the New York Knicks, Miller so taunted Knicks guard John Starks that Starks headbutted him. Starks was summarily ejected. That incident took place during Game 3 of the 1993 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals - a series New York would go on to win in 5 games. [more inside]
Transgender Man Plays on Women's College Team.
A guard for George Washington University's women's basketball team is a transgender man. Kye Allums
, who was born female and has not undergone any hormone treatments, changed his name from Kay-Kay to Kye within the last year and was relieved not to lose his scholarship. "When people refer to me as 'girl' or 'she,' it doesn't sit well with me," Allums said. "That feeling you get when someone pisses you off, that feeling you get when your stomach gets hot and it aches, that's what it feels like. And that's how I know I'm not supposed to be a girl." On Nov. 13, he will be the first transgender person to compete in Division One college basketball, according to OutSports
. Opposing fans used to taunt Allums about his masculine build, but it backfired. "I love it," he said. "It makes me feel better about myself to hear them call me a man."
ESPN the Magazine previews the 2010-11 NBA season by collaborating with Marvel Comics artists to produce comic book covers for each NBA team
. The covers, which range from goofy
, were drawn by a team that includes "virtually a who's who of who's hot in comic books right now
." Hi-res jpgs available for your downloading pleasure. [via] [more inside]
Greatest calls in sports
is a selection of 32 great calls in broadcast sports, chosen by Joe Posnanski, obviously US-centric but featuring some good choices. Want some elation this Friday? [more inside]
Billy Ray Bates
, in his words, was "an average player who can do fantastic things. After flaming out in the NBA, he became a legend in Phillippine Basketball Association
.> [more inside]
is a 2009 documentary about the Lady Lions,
the Penn State women's basketball program, under Rene Portland. [more inside]
The Confessions of an NBA Scorekeeper
Gawker's Tommy Craggs talks with an ex-scorekeeper for the Vancouver Grizzlies, and reveals the subjectivity of stat keeping in the NBA.
This guy once gave Nick Van Exel 23 assists just because he felt like it.
is less than a month away
, and sports fans are snapping up tickets
to watch men’s
NCAA basketball teams battle their way to the Final Four
. Projected brackets
are going online, with speculation
about likely picks
and the prospects of finding a Cinderella team
in the field this year. Cheerleaders get their moment on screen before commercial breaks, but should these student athletes
be considered members of a sports team
, too? On court fashion
generates debate, and mascots
range from the obvious to the really odd. PETA continues its crusade against the use of live animals
, but one overriding question remains: “What the hell is a Saluki