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#1 GP1

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 08:48 PM

Everything that is wrong with the thinking in the NCAA is on display with the basketball tournament. Look at the games closely. What is the glaring problem with the creativity of the NCAA? What do you see? Why has it turned a great sport like college basketball into vanilla ice cream?
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:38 PM

is this directed at the debacle of a game with UNC-Ashville and Syracuse? Felt like I was watching a MAC game at the end with all the blatantly one-sided fouls.
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 09:48 PM

No one plays games like GP1. :)

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Posted 15 March 2012 - 11:09 PM

is this directed at the debacle of a game with UNC-Ashville and Syracuse? Felt like I was watching a MAC game at the end with all the blatantly one-sided fouls.


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Posted 16 March 2012 - 06:53 AM

It's not about one game. It's about how everything looks. I'll just answer it because you guys won't figure it out. Not that long ago, NCAA games were played mostly at on campus arenas. It was awesome because everything looked different. From the arenas themselves to the courts (Anyone old enough to remember watching NC State win on New Mexico's home court?). Before ESPN had so many channels, fans didn't get to see what arenas and floors at other schools looked like very often so seeing that was part of the charm of the NCAA Tournament. How have the brilliant minds that run the NCAA changed how we actually see the game? Two ways: 1. Playing in generic arenas that all look the same. 2. Even worse than the arenas...The Soviet Era courts they play on now. Black out of bounds with a blue jumpball circle at center court and the blue half moons above the foul stripe. The courts themselves are the perfect example of everything that is wrong with the NCAA. Some bureaucrat believed this was going to be a good idea and a source of creativity for the Tournament. It's stupidity on display for all of America to see and nobody comments on it. How many of these courts did they have to buy and transport around the country and at what cost (I know a guy who sells basketball courts and could probably ask)? I'm sure that bureaucrat has a line on his resume somewhere stating he changed the look of the Tournament courts. Even worse, a Soviet style committee decided it was a good idea. I'm sure they have some lame excuse like they were concerned about any existing ads on the campus courts, which is nonsense because they were already making money hand over fist years ago. For those of you who think the NCAA will be the organization to save itself and college athletics, take note of these courts. They wouldn't know how or even where to start. The sooner they go away, the better...before every team has to wear blue and black uniforms.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:14 AM

...and here I thought you were speaking of this specific play.



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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:17 AM

...and here I thought you were speaking of this specific play.

Horrible call, but not as bad as the Soviet Era court on full display during this bad play.
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 07:56 AM

Slow day.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 08:08 AM

This is one of the greatest days in the college basketball season. Slow? Must not be a fan. Granted, the Zips aren't a part of it, but I'm used to that. I usually get past my jealousy to enjoy 12 hours of college basketball. If the Consol is hosting next year, I might have to do it no matter who is there. Looking forward to this one.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:17 AM

Slow day for anyone who would start a thread over imagining that black out of bounds lines with a blue jumpball circle at center court and the blue half moons above the foul stripe translates to Soviet Era courts which translates to what is wrong with the NCAA. :)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 10:35 AM

Slow day for anyone who would start a thread over imagining that black out of bounds lines with a blue jumpball circle at center court and the blue half moons above the foul stripe translates to Soviet Era courts which translates to what is wrong with the NCAA. :)

Only part of what is wrong... ;)
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:43 PM

@GP1, I get it. Your position on the NCAA as a flawed organization is clear, and you've made a number of good points on that subject over the years. I just get a little concerned for you when it reaches the point of the colors and shapes of lines on NCAA basketball courts triggering images of the Soviet Era. :)

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 01:51 PM

@GP1, I get it. Your position on the NCAA as a flawed organization is clear, and you've made a number of good points on that subject over the years. I just get a little concerned for you when it reaches the point of the colors and shapes of lines on NCAA basketball courts triggering images of the Soviet Era. :)

The ncaa regulates whether or not a school can serve salmon on bagels. The leaders of the former Soviet Union have nothing on the ncaa's leaders. There are three games on right now with the exact same court in each. Am I the only one that finds this fact at least a little strange?
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Posted 16 March 2012 - 02:06 PM

Scared of originality?
I have to admit, I didn't notice.
I did think to myself, for everybody telling how awesome the Consol Energy center was, the floor looked boring!
I still have to get to that place, hopefully for a game 7 championship final this year.

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Posted 16 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

@GP1, when watching NCAA tournament games on TV, I'm pretty focused on the play. The only thing I'm looking for from court graphics is that they don't distract me from the play. Going to NCAA football for a second, I do find myself visually distracted by, for example, the blue turf Boise State uses. I find it a little harder to follow the action. I prefer plain old green turf in football. Since the plain old NCAA tournament court graphics hadn't drawn my attention away from game play until you pointed this out, I actually consider it to be a good thing rather than a bad thing. But I agree there are other things about the NCAA not to like.



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