NCAA Hoops: The Cinderella Story

Photo Credit - AP/Michael Perez

Photo Credit – AP/Michael Perez

Unfortunately, in the time since my most recent post, college basketball lost two giants. Former University of North coach Dean Smith passed away on February and former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian passed away on February 11. I encourage you to read others’ magnificent words on Dean Smith, civil rights hero, and Tark, an all-time great coach and character.

On March 24, 2013, Andy Enfield’s Florida Gulf Coast University Eagles captured the hearts and imaginations of tournament-watching America with thunderous dunks, bizarre celebrations, and a set of relatively easy tournament victories over Georgetown and San Diego State University. They became the first 15-seed to play in the tournament’s second weekend, and their success landed Andy Enfield a lavish contract from USC only weeks later. The list of memorable NCAA Tournament Cinderella stories doesn’t begin or end with Florida Gulf Coast. Last season, Mercer upended Duke. George Mason stormed to the Final Four as an 11-seed in 2006. Butler, VCU, Wichita State, and Gonzaga have all established themselves as formidable programs after years of winning tournament games from lower seeds. You can bank every year on a low-seed mid or low conference team making tournament headlines and busting brackets. As thoughtful analysts, it’s our job to ask, “Are these occurrences completely random?”

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The Way of the Future: Jason Collins and Sexual Orientation in America


I had a violently angry article primed and ready to go for this afternoon here at the Recorder, one that discusses the eroding values of our culture that have been showcased over the last few weeks by the tragedies in Boston, one that snarls and might be the angriest thing I’ve ever written.

Then I went to work and turned on ESPN and heard about Jason Collins’ announcement that he is “a 34 year old center,[…] black, [and] gay.” In light of the significance of this announcement, yelling about Twitter, ignorance, and racial stereotyping in modern America seemed…well…petty.

I would like to lead off that we here at the Addison Recorder are proud of Jason Collins, that we respect and support him, and that we are especially glad to see that his decision to come out has been WIDELY EMBRACED by a litany of public figures, both within the sporting world and outside of with.

(I will also readily admit that I am not a big enough aficionado of the NBA to be able to identify who Jason Collins was. My first response when I heard that an athlete came out this morning was “Wow, that’s awesome!…..who does he play for?” Immediately followed by “What position? Center? Halfback? Are the Wizards even a team anymore?” Needless to say, I’m not proud of myself.)

The best thing about Collins’ coming out is that it was immediately usurped in the news by Tim Tebow being cut by the New York Jets.

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Recorded Conversations: New Favorites from 2012

Welcome to “Recorded Conversations,” an occasional feature where all the Addison Recorder editors contribute their thoughts about a question, idea, or prompt. Everyone will chime in, and then we see where the conversation wanders.

To ring in the New Year on the Recorder, we look to our recent past and ask “What new thing (or things) that you discovered in 2012 has become one of your favorites?”


I’ll be honest right off the bat: 2012 sucked. Well, sucked might be too strong of a word, but it was less than I would have hoped for.

With that being said, I did get to experience a great many new things, and enjoyed most (if not all) of them. One thing I’ve noticed while reading Alex’s and Andrew’s responses is that while we’ve all experienced a great deal of the new over the last year, a great deal of it is centered in our love of all-things nostalgia. And there is nothing wrong with this; there is so much amazing output of artists in any given year, it is utterly impossible to take it all in, let alone the works that were put out in years prior. One of our missions here at the Addison Recorder is to highlight works that we feel might not get their proper praise, while illuminating more popular works in a way that they might not have been properly exposed in modern media culture.

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