Friday, April 24, 2009

One Good Hall Deserves Another

Recruiting is a funny game. Despite all the hearsay, you never really know why kids end up where they do. Is it the promise of playing time? A school's academic reputation?

Is it the co-ed betties strategically placed throughout campus in tennis skirts during the official visit?

Is it Dr. Adubato Roboto hiding in the bushes, whispering words of encouragement, waiting with (Epi)pen in hand?

In this case, however, the answer was clear. On Wednesday at 1:30 pm, Ferrakohn Hall declared his intent to attend Seton Hall and it was obvious that the name of the school was a leading factor. Much as Aeneas proved unable to escape his destiny, Ferrakohn decided to accept his fate and choose a university with matching surname. Yes, truly this was a signing written in the stars.

Now, I know what you're thinking. Isn't this incest? Perhaps. But the bottom line is that everyone connected to the SHU program is so excited, nothing else really matters. As an academically strong, top high school prospect from Memphis, Ferrakohn is exactly what the Doctor Roboto ordered. With any bit of luck, he'll blossom into a very solid power forward and go on to a great 4-year career.

So, Ferrakohn, I hope you're listening. We welcome you with open arms.

(Note: the recruitment of Ferrakohn Hall opens the door for Dave's next installment of his "What's in a Name?" series. Stay tuned in the coming weeks.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

2 o'clock today!

This afternoon in Walsh gymnasium, prized JUCO recruit Cliff Dixon -- the brother's mother-in-law second cousin best friend forever twice removed of Kevin Durant -- will be balling it up with the SHU team. Dave and I can't be there, as hard-working adults, but if you're going to be on campus today, you should go. Show Cliff some love by snapping some shots... If you send them to Dave and myself, we'll post them here for all the world to see.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Kentucky: Unbridled Spirit


With the Kentucky Derby less than two weeks away, Ben and I thought it was about time we post some pictures from our trip to Kentucky and Ohio last month.

Click on the link below to get a small flavor of what the trip was like, what we saw and where we went.

http://picasaweb.google.com/drattner07/KentuckyTrip#


Vince, please feel free to use the slideshow as some sort of photo montage to the team during the Basketball Banquet on Wednesday....

Friday, April 10, 2009

Formula Solved!! Also, Is Mitts Davis on the Move?


Coming off a season with a mere 8 scholarship players, it would be easy to let your mathematical skills atrophy. This, of course, makes the achievements of our two winners all the more impressive.

Congratulations to two of SHU's biggest fans, SPK and Merge, for cracking our mathematical puzzle below!

Based on the projections of HallDan and other assorted Hall experts, Dave and I derived this formula while trying to hang a clock above our toilet a la Doc Emmett Brown. And just like the flux capacitor, this formula offers us a glimpse into the possibilities of the future -- as well as the past?!?!


We estimate that if Big Mel weighs in at 360 next season, that roughly would mean:

40 - 360/12 = 10 minutes per game


If he's able to cut down to 324, however, he's looking at more time:

40 - 324/12 = 13 minutes per game


Mel, think about it: 3 extra minutes. That's a lifetime for some insects. That's 3 servings of minute rice.

In all seriousness though, I want this kid to succeed so badly. From everything I hear, he's a really warm, kindhearted guy with the softest pair of mitts you've ever seen. So, Mel, if you're listening, work hard for the trainer and use this offseason to get yourself in the best shape of your life. Because losing those extra pounds won't just mean you'll play better on the court -- it also means you'll get more minutes on it. Not to mention the lifelong health benefit.

In your honor, I pledge to go the gym more often this summer. Because even though my bicep definition is mildly respectable (see video on right) my abs are still completely non-existent.

Secondly, on a separate note, Goodman of FoxSports is reporting that Mike Davis is looking to transfer. While it's not surprising news for anyone who follows the team, we can't confirm anything at this point. All I'll say is that Mike is one of my favorite guys on the squad, on-court struggles aside.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Formula... For Success??

At Setonia.blogspot.com, Dave and I understand that college basketball is all about student-athletes. While it's easy to focus only on what happens on the basketball court, one can't underestimate the value of walking into the library, sharpening your pencil, and writing a term paper with your very own mitts. It's the very essence of the undergraduate experience.

And while Dave and I tend to be more humanities-focused, given our penchant for exquisitely written blog entries, we recognize that mathematics is also a very important discipline. For that reason, we've cooked up a little mathematical challenge a la "Good Will Hunting" in the hopes that a genius janitor somewhere will rise to the occasion.

With that, we give you the intentionally ambiguously titled Formula For Success:

40 - x/12 = y ; where 250 < x < 400


In this formula, what's x and what's y?


So, any guesses????

We will provide hints as necessary.