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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mallard Man

Sweet 'do, ugly team.
Source: Denny Medley
Now that the mighty fighting Wisconsin Badgers have made an early exit, I can focus all my energy on the more athletic, entertaining Oregon Ducks. (Wisconsin alums who happen to be fans of basketball find their loyalty challenged when rooting for the Badgers. They do not play the beautiful game. They barely appear to be playing basketball. Lacking grace and athleticism, they apply the tools of Greco-Roman wrestling--headlocks, half-nelsons, leg clamps--to their graceful, athletic foes. It's a travesty, really, an offense against the sport.)

The Ducks, by contrast, are all kinds of athletic. As an added storyline for those who haven't been following along, one of their stars is Arsalan Kazemi, all the way from Isfahan. I understand he's the first Iranian to play Division 1 college ball in the US, and he's quite the talent, too, with a Kevin Love-like ability to get to the rebound. (He had 17 in the round one game.) It starts at 4/7pm, so crack an Oakshire or Ninkasi and get your quack on.

Big rebounding muscles.
Source: NY Daily News.


  1. Go Ducks! They are quite a fun team to watch this year. Kazemi had a great game despite at least two missed dunks that were hard to watch.

    On a side note, what is with the epidemic of shoes falling off during games? Don't we have the technology to prevent that?

  2. Another mystery: what's up with these flagrant calls that grind the game to a stop every time one kid glancingly touches another? The NCAA really needs to revisit that.

  3. I figured out the shoe thing. The shoe fashion appears to be low-tops, which pop off easily. Why would you not wear high-tops?

  4. Weakest post yet. Stick to beer.

  5. Sarah, I had come to the same conclusion. Not sure what's up with that--fashion before utility, apparently. I also see an unusually high concentration of leprechaun beards, but I'm pretty high on that.

    Anon, I'm not much impressed with your comment, either. And with all criticism, I like how you offered it anonymously. Bold!

  6. Many valiant rascals led out Spy, whose death from a falling cheese log was felt far and wide.