Thursday, April 29, 2010

Miscellany

Because it's not really a Linkism post.

Classic Scott Skiles (insider):
Jennings, on the other hand, was forced to learn the hard way. I saw his Bucks in Portland in January, and when he was overpowered by the bigger Andre Miller, Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles yanked him from the game early. When I asked Skiles afterward what Jennings could have done differently, the coach gave a one-word response: "Try."

Scott Skiles has long reveled in his identity of Surly Yoda. Here’s my other favorite Skilesism:
REPORTER: What can Eddy Curry do to get more rebounds?
SKILES: Jump.

It’s stuff like that that makes Skiles a great coach to have for next year, but not for next year and three years afterwards. Eventually either he pisses off the players or the players piss him off. So FEAR THE DEER and all that, but realize they’re going to look a lot different soon. Love Brandon Jennings though: he’s like a mutant combination of Allen Iverson and Tony Parker (minus, as yet, shooting). So they’ve got an interesting, Skilesless future.

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So the 808s and Heartbreak sound is going to be making a reappearance:



I was worried that that sound would be a odd intriguing singularity without imitators, but I guess not. Drake, by the way, is a kind of strange artist: he’s a mediocre rapper with uninteresting sentiment (unlike, say, Kanye who’s a mediocre rapper with interesting sentiment) but he has impeccable taste in beats. This song chooses exactly the right part of 808s to use: rather than the grim stoicism of most of the album, it takes the warmth and plays up that aspect, allowing for a more natural, poppy sound.

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The most interesting graf on the Andrew Luck profile I posted yesterday is this:
Luck said Gerhart allowed him to overcome the freshman jitters.

"Toby was like a security blanket for me last year," he said. "If something was going wrong, you'd think, 'Toby's here, it's OK. … Sometimes I'd get around after a play fake or drop back and have no clue what was going on in the secondary or what the linebackers were doing. I would just hope that I could make a play, find an open spot."

One of the remarkable parts of Luck's game was his ability to avoid mistakes (4 INTs, 6 sacks) and to scramble out of trouble. Indeed, his scrambling ability seemed almost robotic or algorithmic: he'd wait maybe a second in the pocket and decide, "OK, that's it for me!" and run for a first down (Luck looks slow but always gets there fast--he's the Brandon Roy of quarterback scramblers). I think that quotation explains that, and it reinforces how impressed I am with his game that he was able to produce at such a high level at the understanding he had. Big things are in his future.

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