You’ve probably seen artist Dan Duffy’s work. His word-mosaic art of Brian Dawkins or Brad Lidge probably hangs in the living room of at least one of your friends. But he’s really outdone himself with his latest piece.
Duffy’s image of the Palestra, as you can see with detail above, features the dates, teams and scores from every Men’s Big 5 game ever played in the arena to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Sales of the print benefit the American Cancer Society, and it can give you so much eye-straining to check every Villanova win – Kyle – that you’ll need glasses.
I’m trying to reconcile the cognitive dissonance of that headline and the fact that we’re talking about La Salle basketball. But ’tis true– your greatest Philly sports moment of the year, thus far, and most likely come December 31, is The Southwest Philly Floater.
The folks over at La Salle have put together a commemorative DVD, just in time for the holidays!
La Salle Athletics is excited to announce the release of a commemorative DVD highlighting the 2012-13 men’s basketball season. SWEET! runs approximately 70 minutes and chronicles the season from its opening tip-off to the final buzzer.
The DVD contains never-before seen interviews with head coach Dr. John Giannini and several players as well as video highlights from every game and exclusive, behind-the-scenes content. It is narrated by men’s basketball PA announcer Kevin Casey and was produced by Molly Gallagher.
Gotta say– I grew some respect for the La Salle folks last spring. They were genuinely excited to be in the Tournament and didn’t rub it in to fans of other schools (like you St. Joe’s folks may have done…). And the sentiment was mutual among alumni of the other Big 5 schools and Drexel. Had to root for La Salle, Tyrone Garland and his Cousin Bern.
The DVD is $20. The money goes to the school. Probably better than the Phillies’ Home Companion this year. Go buy one.
If you look closely enough, you can vaguely see something resembling a basketball court down there, via WFAA TV
This is why the NCAA is a bunch of money-loving hypocrites. Look at this place– fucking joke. Hey congratulations, you’ll be sitting in the lower risers where you can’t see dick other than the sweaty neck waddle of a Kansas almost-grad. So to compensate, we added even more ridiculous HD boards so you can spend $200 to see Dunk City in ultra HD, just like you could have done right in your fucking living room.
I’ve never been to one of these massive tournament venues– I skipped out when Villanova was in the Sweet 16 and Final Four in Detroit two years in a row. But I have gone to tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (twice for Villanova opening rounds…), TD Garden (Villanova Elite Eight…) and Carrier Dome (Villanova Sweet 16*…), and I can tell you that the games in the traditional basketball arenas (Philly and Boston), compared to those in the larger ones (Syracuse), are like night and day. I get it– it’s money. But games played at midfield in massive football venues, like the ones to be held in Dallas, or the ones held in Detroit, are entirely ridiculous. Camera angles are weird, sight lines are sometimes non-existent and quality of play is severely hampered by the extremely awkward environment and awful shooting backdrops. It’s not fair to the players, coaches, schools and fans whose teams make it that far. But hey, it’s all about education and the student athlete, right? Corrupt bunch of pricks.
Also, fuck Jerry Jones.
*I can’t help it that they’re a really good program.
Marv Albert and Steve Kerr spent two entire telecasts fellating Ole Miss point guard Marshall Henderson, and I have no idea why. They interpreted his general jackassery and the fact that he spent 25 days in jail for counterfeiting money and using cocaine as the actions of a whimsical and lighthearted NCAA equivalent of SNL’s Gilly. Oh, there goes that silly Henderson, disrespecting all 18,000 people in this building, tossing a fake blunt and… wait, is that a handjob motion? What a guy!
They even had the gall to mention that Henderson’s father joked about his son acting the same way on the court as far back as first grade (that’s called bad parenting, asshole).
According to numerous reports, after Tyrone Garland Southwest Philly floated La Salle by Ole Miss and into the Sweet 16, Henderson double-birded just about the entire building, later excusing his behavior by claiming that someone call his sister a whore. [Gregg Doyel eviscerated Henderson for his antics and general existence.] But the video, not even a little bit surprisingly, makes it seems as though Henderson was just being a massive doucehbag. Which sounds about right. Fuck that guy.
Cousin Bern – who clarified that he would, in fact, prefer to be called Cousin Bern – was on 97.5 The Fanatic with Mike Missanelli today (audio here). Among other tidbits, Cousin Bern told Missanelli that that Tyrone Garland’s family has been staying at home to watch the games, partly because they’re all quite stitious. Superstitious:
“Same sneakers. [His mom] won’t do his hair until they lose.”
She won’t do his hair?
“His braids– he won’t get them done over until they lose now.”
How much maintenance do they need?
“She spends hours on them as individuals.”
They’re all good right now. So what happens, are they gonna get loose?
“Well no, actually they’re not that good right now if you really take a look. She hasn’t done it in a while. He hasn’t wanted her to do them. He’s been playing well.”
Looked good to me, and Missanelli, but we're probably not in the right demo to critique Garland's braids.
On the shot?
“I had him shootin’ that shot hundreds of times. And there are certain things where you’re working out and just think, “Why am I doing this? I’m never going to use this.” And for him to get the opportunity to actually take the shot that we worked on, that’s what that was about. And I had just told him about the shot right before the game.”
Meanwhile, Garland told Anthony Gargano on 94.1 WIP that he wants to get his Twitter followers into the Ks: [CBS Philly]
“I was like at one thousand, now I’m at like three thousand [Twitter followers],” Garland told 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano on Monday. “Hopefully I can get in the K’s, I think that would be great. I got a lot of Instagram followers as well. I had like 511 after the game. That’s just great and it just goes to show how people are showing love. It’s great for Philly basketball man.”
Getting in the K’s means over 10,000. Twitter just uses “10k, 11k, etc …” instead of specific numbers. Garland’s handle is @tygarland.