Buying What Steve Lavin’s Selling?

Posted on March 3, 2011. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Steve Lavin.  St. John’s.  Steve Lavin.  Madison Square Garden.  St. John’s.  And back to Steve Lavin.  Because that’s where it all began for the Red Storm.  We’ve heard a lot about it, right?  You could probably recite the rhetoric and pass a sobriety test. 

“Only one other team in the country has beaten six ranked teams, Texas.  Senior, Dwight Hardy has averaged more than 25 points in his last nine games.  St. John’s will be in the tournament for the first time since 2002.  Steve Lavin has swag.  Want them backwards now?  Officer?”

Steve Lavin Coaching 'Em Up

The new coach has swag.  That’s why New York City’s unexpected favorite sons are winning . . . because they bought in.  All in.  The brand name pedigree of Steve Lavin made the more mature players in the program take notice.  Former Coach with six consecutive NCAA appearances and an overall record of 145-78 at UCLA?  As in John Wooden and Ben Howland UCLA?  Cha CHING.  And if these guys don’t remember him as a coach, they do from watching and listening to Steve Lavin as he was calling the games.  On ESPN.  Cha CHING.

So in addition to the name-dropping power of UCLA, Lavin has the additional ESPN credibility builder.  Add in the age a.k.a. maturity of the players, national coverage of the Big East and mystique of playing in the Garden.  Smack dab in the hub of America’s largest city.  Cha CHING.  Would you like a receipt?  Sounds like a sell to me.  And if you’re still not sure:

Success-starved New York City basketball fans will adore you.

Fans of Big East detractors will adore you too.  America loves the underdog.

You want an opportunity to catch the eye of the Association?  Hello ESPN.

As seniors, this is it.  Not only is it your last chance to impress NBA scouts, it is your last journey wearing that uniform.

WHO’S WITH ME!

Notice that’s not a question.  Because there is NO QUESTION that the AD of St. John’s made the ideal choice.  Even though the program has the 7th most wins in NCAA history (bet you didn’t know that), St. John’s has not been regarded as a top level coaching job lately and their recent history has been anything but pretty:
 

  • Norm Roberts: 32-70 in Big East play, 81-101 overall, one NIT appearance where they were ousted in the first round in 2010.
     
  • Kevin Clark: Named interim coach in 2003 after Mike Jarvis was fired.  His only season was the worst in Red Storm history, 6-21 overall and 1-15 in Big East play, and was highlighted by an on-the-road team sex scandal resulting in school suspensions, expulsions and players kicked off the team.
  • Mike Jarvis: Although he had some success with an overall record of 110-61 and several postseason runs, his coaching staff reportedly paid players, leading to a forfeiting of 43 wins during his time, including the 2002 NCAA appearance and the 2003 NIT Championship.  He was fired amidst these off-the-court scandals.  A black eye on the program.  

Enter former UCLA Head Coach and ESPN Analyst, Steve Lavin. 

Can I bag that up for you?

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Best & Worst MLB Promotions . . .

Posted on April 11, 2009. Filed under: MLB, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

FUNNY . . . I happened upon this article from ESPN.com’s Page 2 – which always has some hysterical content – and this list of best and worst promotions at the ballpark by DJ Gallo is definitely worth your read. 

Here’s a sampling of some of my favorites:

WORST PROMOTIONS

Miguel Cabrera Bobblehead Presented by Little Caesars (Tigers, April 13)
Also presented by Little Caesars: Miguel Cabrera’s waistline.

Fausto Carmona Hat Clip Figurine (Indians, August 13)
“Why do I have a three-inch-tall Fausto Carmona clipped to the bill of my hat? I say why NOT have a three-inch-tall Fausto Carmona clipped to the bill of my hat?”

BEST PROMOTIONS 

Crab Mallet Set (Orioles, June 13)
You’re an Orioles fan. It’s mid-June. Now’s about the time you’ll be jonesing to beat the @#%& out of another living thing.

Kids Pirates Pillow (Pirates, July 19)
This one is only available to those 14 and under. So everyone who gets this item will not have been alive the last time the Pirates had a winning season. And they very well might be asked by their father to hold the pillow over his face until he is sent to a place where the Pirates don’t suck.

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Helping Out The Competition . . .

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL | Tags: , , |

FOX Sports Sky Bar Broadcasting ESPN ONLY

FOX Sports Sky Bar Broadcasting ESPN ONLY

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BEERlaxin’

Posted on March 25, 2009. Filed under: Beer, MLB, NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL | Tags: , , |

Touched down in Boston and decided, as I would at 2:30pm on a weekday, to have a brew at the FOX Sports Sky Box Bar . . .

 

What struck me as funny was that they had ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNews on their 16 televisions, BUT NO FOX SPORTS!

 

As Pitt is having an open – translation, FREE – practice at TD Banknorth Garden, we are hanging at the airport FOX bar that does not have ANY FOX broadcast showing . . .

 

As an aside, airport bars should be careful before they get arrested for RAPE – we had 4 beers and our tab was $28.31

YIKES!  Updating you on more Boston adventures tomorrow . . .

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