Last Tuesday, Gaithersburg’s gym buzzed with excitement as the Trojans tipped off their first preseason scrimmage. It was against Wootton, an in county opponent, and it was Ituka’s first shot at high school competition. He started fast, sinking two free throws, swooping in for a reverse and climbing to 10 first quarter points..
The bombastic Ballmer, who also predicted that the iPhone would go nowhere, wasn the first to call Google a one trick pony. Yet Ballmer was flat out wrong. Today, Google has several tricks up its sleeve. Night life as we know it has turned into a pit of late nights fuelled by alcohol, drugs, violence, bad attitudes and deceit. Wine bars are often frequented by married men looking for something on the side. The local pubs are often full of just men and very intimidating for a couple of single girls wanting to come inside for a few quiet drinks without having to put up with dozens of drunks gurgling at them through their beer goggles.
That why he attended the draft in person, in the green room. But he slid all the way into the second round his hometown Rockets had three first round picks and passed Lewis each time and his disappointment and pain was on display for all to see thanks to ESPN cameras. Falling into the second round meant he made the league minimum his first two years, but on the other hand it also gave him plenty of motivation that he used to fuel his productive career..
A Level Playing FieldOne of the major attributes that makes Men’s Division I college basketball so compelling is the idea that on any given night (or season), a smaller school with little or no tradition of big time college basketball success can knock off a traditional powerhouse, or rise to prominence at the highest level. Smaller schools like Butler University, with a men’s college basketball budget of $2.3 million, can make it to the NCAA Division I college basketball championship game two years in a row; Gonzaga can rise out of obscurity in a smaller conference to reach the Elite Eight and perform on par with any of the major programs in the nation; Butler, VCU, George Mason, Indiana State, Utah, and UNLV can make it to the Final Four over larger and more traditionally successful schools from more esteemed conferences ; 15 seeds like Hampton University, Valparaiso, Norfolk State, and the University of Richmond can (and have) pulled a David vs. Goliath act in the NCAA Tournament and sent the top seeds and most venerable programs in college basketball home for the summer; and Larry Bird or Gordon Hayworth can take Indiana State or Butler on his back to the National Championship game..