Assigned Reading: Club Trillion

December 23, 2008

It’s not a secret society, or a group of oil magnates who like to make it rain. And, surprisingly, it’s not even a reference to the long list of Shawn Kemp’s female friends.

No Club Trillion is none of the above, but it is the newest blog we’re reading and it gives a fairly unfiltered view of life from the end of Ohio State’s bench.

Hyped by the one-and-only Bill Simmons during a recent podcast, creators Mark Titus and Kyle Madsen, the twelfth and eleventh players, respectively, on the Buckeyes, are chronicling their time this season with the few other insignificant benchwarmers in their attempt to be part of this made-up exclusive club.


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According to Titus on the December 16 edition of the B.S. Report, members must be able to record no more than one minute of play in a game (mop-up duty per the request of Thad Matta) and during their roughly 3-4 trips up and down the court must achieve…nothing. Nothing in the form of no rebounds, no shot makes, and not even a shot attempt. If successful, the box score for that player would read 1-000-000-000-000– as in one minute played followed by the 12 additional tracked statistics.

Titus noted in his interview with Simmons that Madsen has been starting to see some significant minutes in the rotation due to injury, and his status as a card-carrying member of Club Tril could be in jeopardy.

Titus was also quick to brag to the Sports Guy that he played on the same AAU team as Greg Oden, Mike Conley and Eric Gordon, and was tempted to test the NBA waters with them, but wisely decided against it.


Assigned reading: Another Curry rises to prominence

December 6, 2008
Plotting for mid-major domination

Plotting for mid-major domination

During Stephen Curry’s freshman year at Davidson, we were at about this juncture of the season when we started hearing the rumblings, reading the blog posts, and getting tipped off by the Kyle Wellistons’ of the world about “Dell’s Kid.”

Well history may be in the process of repeating itself—the Curry family is at it again. Enter Seth Curry, freshman at Liberty University, son of former NBA sharpshooter and brother of the aforementioned All-American guard.

The new Curry is leading all Division I freshman in scoring (22 ppg), and dropped 28 in a win over ACC foe Virginia last month.

Come March 2009 or 2010, if both the Flames and Wildcats are making a deep tourney run, will there be enough tears from Momma Curry to go around? We’d love to see it play out, and we’re sure there’s a few peeps at CBS salivating at the thought of having two Currys’ simultaneously setting the world on fire.

Another Curry rises to Prominence; By Ron Green Jr., Charlotte Observer–


Assigned reading: The fall of once-mighty St. Johns

December 4, 2008

Your Grandfather's old golfing buddy?  Nope it's actually a legendary college coach

Your grandfather's old bocce ball buddy? Nope it's actually a legendary college coach

We’re all about reminiscing here are SFBE, so this article is right in our wheelhouse.

Despite being mediocre and predictable, Seth Davis is a decent columnist and his feature on what a bleak decade it’s been for the Red Storm program is spot on.

Nobody can really put their finger on a single glaring issue causing the Catholic school in Queens to fall off the map, nor can they determine why countless area players who grew up honing their skills in NYC neighborhoods are lured away from the largest market in the country to play elsewhere (or Pittsburgh).

There’s certainly things out of the athletic department’s control — lack of on-campus dormitories, lack of a true pipeline from the city’s high school and AAU scene, and heck, lack of a prominent coach.

But there’s still the history and people like Looie Carnesecca, although he’s taken on more of a folk hero role now at the age of 83. We’re guessing less and less high school seniors even know who he or even Chris Mullin are, let alone care about their accomplishments.