Big 10 Basketball, An Animated Adjudicator, And Shane Battier

I’m working on a few major posts, but in the meantime, I’d just like to share with you three links that require three different amounts of time to enjoy.

The first and briefest is, quite simply, the box score from tonight’s Penn State-Illinois game. The final score? 38-33, Penn State. Lately I’ve been adding pictures to my posts, because they often add visual flair to this formerly drab space. In that vein, my first instinct was to include in this post a picture of someone projectile vomiting, because I think that’s more relevant to this game than either team’s logo or mascot. But, because this is a family website, I’m taking the G-rated route.

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There. Hooray Big 10 basketball.

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While watching tonight’s Providence-Louisville game, I noticed that one referee in particular was making his calls with tremendous vigor and conviction. After seconds of squinting, it occurred to me that the coaches, players, and fans were graced with the enthusiastic presence of Ed Hightower, who can often be found assuming positions like this when spotting an infraction:

Ed Hightower theatrics

 

Now, this guy isn’t the most enthusiastic professional referee. But he’s hyperactive enough to have inspired a fantastically funny gallery to which Deadspin linked a couple weeks ago. It can be found here. My personal favorite, for those interested, is the “Mystery Science Theater 3000” rendition. There’s something for everyone.

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Lastly, I wanted to share with you The New York Times’ recent piece on the increasing use of statistical analysis in the NBA. In the column, Michael Lewis (of Moneyball fame) examines Houston Rockets swingman Shane Battier, his under-appreciated skills, and the Rockets’ deployment of those skills based on unconventional but fruitful scrutiny. It’s a bit long, but it’s awfully interesting and well worth the time investment for basketball fans and generally curious readers alike. 

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