Gasaway on Sampson: What a shame

  • 02/14/2008 4:04 pm in

white_kelvin.jpgDespite a respectful tussle with John Gasaway (aka Big Ten Wonk) in the offseason, all three of us love his work, both in his old format at the Wonk and at his new location, Basketball Prospectus. He and Ken Pomeroy and the rest of the crew over there are on the leading edge of basketball analysis, and are the perfect complement to any fan’s understanding of the game. If you’re not reading, you should be. Pronto.

Today’s no different. Gasaway sums up the feelings of IU fans (including myself) incisively in a banger of a post on the Hoosiers. To wit:

What a shame that this is what we’re talking about in mid-February 2008 under the heading of “Indiana basketball.” What a shame that we’re not talking about the current Indiana team, which features the best two players to wear the crimson and cream in more than a decade. Both D.J. White and Eric Gordon are having outstanding seasons. Both are great stories. White arrived in Bloomington as a skinny work in progress and has transcended both injuries and three careers’ worth of coaching turmoil to become far and away the best player in the Big Ten, an insatiable beast on the defensive glass and a lethal scoring threat in the low post. Gordon is the answer to an Indiana fan’s wildest and most improbable dream: an Indianapolis kid who carries himself like a true Hoosier (steady, unassuming, fine with his name not being on the jersey), yet is blessed with a level of talent not seen in Bloomington since the days of Isiah Thomas. Today they’re both afterthoughts. What a shame.

If that doesn’t describe just how you’ve felt the past 24 hours — especially as you tuned in last night and realized the game felt suddenly empty — then you’re not an IU fan. Sigh. This blows.

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  • kurt

    Illinois alum… natch. Cue embarrassed downcast eyes.

  • Luke24

    Empty is exactly how I felt while watching the game last night. Not even once did I get excited just even kiel the whole game. Which is definitely not the norm for this Hoosier. Man I hope Sampson gets canned soon so I can go back to watching the games with pleasure. Hell the only reason I watched the game last night is because I still love every player on this team. Boy this makes me feel like shit I can't wait for this nightmare to end.

  • LRubes

    Gassaway pretty much summed up how I feel. So much talent and so many who deserve better

  • Ryan

    empty is exactly right.

  • Jay

    Does anyone remember the name of the person within IU's administration who said, right after Knight was fired, that the university was going to “de-emphasize sports” at IU? I just hope this utterly clueless person isn't involved in hiring a new coach, should it come to that.

  • jgongora

    he knew the way I felt. I don't think therre is anymore to say than that.
    jaime

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I was at the game last night, a great Big Ten basketball game by any account even though it was a painful loss. But empty seems like exactly the right word. The game was a good distraction from all this nonsense, and a good release for all this emotion. Being able to cheer on DJ and the players served as some good therapy for this mental anguish I'm feeling. But the timeouts were just excruciating. When the game would stop for any sort of extended amount of time, my mind would immediately come back to this other stuff, and I would just feel sick, empty.

  • JamesHardy

    not only empty…but damn…do I feel like someone kicked me SQUARE IN THE NUTZ!

    KAN KELVIN!!

  • KJ McConnell

    This situation is surreal. IU is 20-4 (should be 21-3 if it wasn't for the polar bear), and instead of hopeful joy, all we feel is shameful hopelessness. The administration and sampson owe the fans an apology. This is my senior year and all I wanted was “2008” on one of the banners in the hall. Yesterday was a big step backwards. I hope the administration takes the high-road, fixes this situation, and makes a smart, long-term hire that will return our program to prosperity. IU fan for life.

  • Chuck

    The IU President needs to suspend Sampson (with pay as to not breech any contract), just get him off the sidelines during the game so I do not have to look at him. Make Dan the interrim coach and figure all this out after the season (let him have his day in NCAA court, then IU will only have to pay him 1 months salary. I think James Hardy hit the nail on the head “Kicked in the nutz”

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yeah, I agree. I was pretty pumped up during the game, but that was because of the adrenaline of being there. It was exciting to watch, but afterward I was definitely a little less upset than I normally would be.

  • kurt

    Illinois alum… natch. Cue embarrassed downcast eyes.

  • Luke24

    Empty is exactly how I felt while watching the game last night. Not even once did I get excited just even kiel the whole game. Which is definitely not the norm for this Hoosier. Man I hope Sampson gets canned soon so I can go back to watching the games with pleasure. Hell the only reason I watched the game last night is because I still love every player on this team. Boy this makes me feel like shit I can't wait for this nightmare to end.

  • LRubes

    Gassaway pretty much summed up how I feel. So much talent and so many who deserve better

  • Ryan

    empty is exactly right.

  • Jay

    Does anyone remember the name of the person within IU's administration who said, right after Knight was fired, that the university was going to “de-emphasize sports” at IU? I just hope this utterly clueless person isn't involved in hiring a new coach, should it come to that.

  • jgongora

    he knew the way I felt. I don't think therre is anymore to say than that.
    jaime

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I was at the game last night, a great Big Ten basketball game by any account even though it was a painful loss. But empty seems like exactly the right word. The game was a good distraction from all this nonsense, and a good release for all this emotion. Being able to cheer on DJ and the players served as some good therapy for this mental anguish I'm feeling. But the timeouts were just excruciating. When the game would stop for any sort of extended amount of time, my mind would immediately come back to this other stuff, and I would just feel sick, empty.

  • JamesHardy

    not only empty…but damn…do I feel like someone kicked me SQUARE IN THE NUTZ!

    KAN KELVIN!!

  • KJ McConnell

    This situation is surreal. IU is 20-4 (should be 21-3 if it wasn't for the polar bear), and instead of hopeful joy, all we feel is shameful hopelessness. The administration and sampson owe the fans an apology. This is my senior year and all I wanted was “2008” on one of the banners in the hall. Yesterday was a big step backwards. I hope the administration takes the high-road, fixes this situation, and makes a smart, long-term hire that will return our program to prosperity. IU fan for life.

  • Chuck

    The IU President needs to suspend Sampson (with pay as to not breech any contract), just get him off the sidelines during the game so I do not have to look at him. Make Dan the interrim coach and figure all this out after the season (let him have his day in NCAA court, then IU will only have to pay him 1 months salary. I think James Hardy hit the nail on the head “Kicked in the nutz”

  • HoosierSmitty

    Yeah, I agree. I was pretty pumped up during the game, but that was because of the adrenaline of being there. It was exciting to watch, but afterward I was definitely a little less upset than I normally would be.