This post sucks

They’ve released the all-ACC team for this year. It’s topped by … guess who … Tyler Hansbrough. That means 4 consecutive years, which is the first time that’s ever happened. And (keep cringing), he is 52 points away from breaking JJ Redick’s all-time ACC scoring record. Has there ever been a more annoying and widely hated pair of athletically-deficient-but-somehow-gifted-try-hards in any sport, ever?

Let’s reflect upon Redick’s NBA career. The silver lining here is that we can probably expect much the same from Hansbrough.

Just so you don’t go away sad, Dookies: read about Gerald Henderson’s NBA draft prospects. Yep, even if he leaves Duke this year, you’ll be able to watch him drop gasmasks (youtube) on other ex ACC-ers faces for the next decade.


7 Responses to This post sucks

  1. matt says:

    The good part is that people like Gregg Doyel (a.k.a. people that are still contemplating whether getting that G.E.D. is worth it) are so, so upset over Cryler being left off everyone’s All-America team lists.

    Sorry Gregg; life’s been hard since your mother botched that birth certificate.

  2. Jon says:

    The greatest tragedy though is that the media genuflection towards players of the Hansbrough/Redick ilk reaches a level of such outlandish hyperbole as to render witty mockery almost impossible and general mockery merely banal. And this is a tragedy! Are there any other athletes successes more worthy of mockery?

  3. mike says:

    I don’t think blaming Dick Vitale and Rick Reilly for the sins of the masses is fair. If anything, let’s blame the Cameron Crazies/UMD student body and other such collections of mass mediocrity whose worn-out shtick turns players like Hansbrough and Redick into legends.

    Fan jealousy is really the issue here. That, and my belief that predominantly-white fanbases feel more comfortable ripping on white players (Luke Harangody anyone? Gerry McNamara? Are they really any more annoying than Hasheem Thabeet or Glen “Whiny Piece of Shit” Davis?).

  4. matt says:

    That’s an interesting point Mike. (I am going to regret ever saying that to you.)

    I find players annoying and easy to dislike regardless of race – Vtech’s Delaney, UNC’s Danny Green, MD’s Vasquez, etc etc – but I see your point. I think it’s a nice one particularly with regard to Duke – everyone always hates Duke’s white players. Why is Kyle Singler markedly more hate-able than Nolan Smith? Or Gerald? Gerald dunks in teams faces and screams. Kyle misses threes. Why hate the latter?

    I am unsure as to how far this goes, but I think it has some relationship with athletic ability – the less your ability, the more people hate you for being good. Paulus, Redick, McNamara — these guys aren’t physical specimens, unless ability to sprout bacne qualifies. I would put Hansbrough somewhat in that group – we all know he’s gonna probably suck as a pro, and it’s annoying to hear about how hard he works as a result. Thabeet and Henderson don’t need to work that hard because they are physically gifted.

    This is an incomplete argument because I need to go, but I’d be interested in your thoughts. Again, I will regret saying that.

  5. mike says:

    You wouldn’t be a true Philadelphian if you didn’t immediately regret 50% of every sentence you constructed.

    I think there is certainly some merit to the athletic ability argument. But Hasheem Thabeet is really not coordinated or athletic; he’s just incredibly tall. Are his movements that much more graceful than Zoubek’s? And Greg Paulus is actually quite an athlete; he just sucks at basketball (recall how he was the #3 QB recruit in the nation coming out of high school. It was for his dual-threat quarterbacking ability). Perhaps we should leave Duke out of it, though, since Duke players tend to be universally reviled.

    I would agree it’s probably easier to hate on a guy who makes scrappy plays and can barely dunk. But I would say you’re rare in your equal opportunity hate, and that most upper-middle class white college kids are more comfortable deriding another upper-middle class white college kid.

    Interestingly, at the NBA/NFL level it doesn’t seem to be race-based at all. People just hate who they hate. It’s beautiful.

  6. matt says:

    Well, I disagree with a lot of what you said here. I’ll go issue by issue.

    Are his movements that much more graceful than Zoubek’s?

    Yes. Next question.
    No but seriously, I wasn’t saying gracefulness – I was saying NBA ability athleticism. So, re: Paulus: yeah he was a really highly regarded Gatorade POY etc etc. But he will never make an NBA roster. Redick was a good college athlete but everyone knew he was not gonna be NBA caliber athletically (like Adam Morrison…though that may have more to do with facial hair.)

    Anyway, the bottom line is this:
    I would agree it’s probably easier to hate on a guy who makes scrappy plays and can barely dunk.

    Yep. That makes more sense than the class argument, particularly given how many people very much in the upper middle class LOVE Paulus/McNamara/Hansbrough for their “heart” and scrappy-ness.

    I think it’s easier to hate basketball players who are praised for heart and scrappy-ness rather than simply being amazing, NBA-caliber athletes. I’m thinking of Ben Gordon, Gerald, Jeff Teague – these guys are pretty hard to hate, even as they are killing your team, because they are beating you or everyone simply because they are more gifted at the sport, not because they cry, slap the floor, and dive for loose balls. Does this remotely make sense? Probably not, it’s before noon.

  7. mike says:

    I agree with this: “I think it’s easier to hate basketball players who are praised for heart and scrappy-ness rather than simply being amazing, NBA-caliber athletes.”

    Im not 100% on the idea that race doesn’t play a factor, both in media love and fan hate.

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