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THHHHHHHHHHHHHHHE Franchise League Week 2 S19
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May 16, 2019
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HTD1223 said

It’s a tough look for any ref, even KD, when the foul is CLEARLY on someone and you give it someone else to spare him. I didn’t see the play, but he’s usually good at doing that, when there’s a crowd of people presence for the foul. 

KD’s been doing that for as long as I’ve been here and I’ve never had a problem with it. I feel very certain that if it was a playoff game, then Talbot would have been called for it and thus out of the game. In a week 2 of a game, I’m of the mindset of who cares? I’d rather get a great look at how we play against a contending team at full strength, then have someone good out and lose that variable for future games. 

As for Hof, well, you know……..I blame Amir.   

I could read KD’s mind here.

It was a pretty soft foul on a 1-on-1 break as the initial contact was to the ball, but I baited Talbot by pushing my arms out (a la Harden) to get the contact across the wrists. KD had to call the foul, but forgot Talbot had 4 (he probably wouldn’t have called it otherwise). Once he realized, he immediately gave the foul to Tommy. It sucks, but I get where he was coming from, and we both knew my little charade wasn’t a rec-league play. I respect the switch; it sucks, but I respect it.

 

The rest, well. . . also a charade that shouldn’t be a part of rec-league ball. 

May 16, 2019
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The Cream rises to the top

Two bottom feeders meet up in week 2 of the season, in the west coast game of the night. Baxter wasn’t there in attendance for his team and Ed as well as Carlo was out for Cream time. Not good for the Keno Boys, not to have Baxter in attendance and have to deal with Cawley. Oh well, what can you do? TO THE ACTION!

Jacque came out firing for his team once again, hitting a couple trey balls to get the action going. Without Baxter there, Jacque was going to have to equal his performance from last week to get his team a win. He was off to good start, collecting 9 1h points. However, he would be matched by Michael Marcus, who had 9 1h points of his own. Michael formerly “big balls” Marcus, was taking advantage of his 40 minutes of playing time. I liked his extra aggressiveness out there, they will need that as the season goes on.

Joel would join the party, converting his lay-ups early on, even getting an And1. Cawley did a good job of finding him down low. Speaking, of Cawley, he started slow, going 1 for 5 from the floor, but picked things up as the half wore on. This also happened to be where Cream Time took control of the game. Jacque had slowed significantly as the game wore on and Cawley picked up the pace. Calderan, did an OK job, but he couldn’t stop Cawley from getting his buckets. Cawley had 16 1h points, despite bricking all his three-point attempts. Cream Time went into the half up 35-22.

It was more of the same in the second half. After, his initial burst, Jacque had gone missing, leaving all the offensive burden on Etheridge who started furiously attacking the rim. This would naturally lead to a lot of O-boards, but not many conversions. Calderan joined the game with some nice jumpers, to try and keep his team within reach.

However, Cawley kept up his scoring and got help when he needed from the other 3 guys on his team. Not to mention they did a job defensively, of slowing down the Keno Boys offensively attack. The closest this game would get is to seven points, but the Keno Boys just couldn’t score enough without Baxter there. 

Grades:

Joel B: 5 for 12 from the field, not bad, even if they are mostly lay-ups and air balled jumpers. Double-Double is nice too.

Cawley A: 11 for 23 from the field. He sucked from three, but made it inside the paint.

Chad C+: 4 for 13, shot like shit, but 9 rebounds is pretty good for someone his size.

Marcus B+: 7 for 17, A lot more shots than I’d like to see, but he produced nicely. 

Keno Boys:

Etheridge B-: 7 for 20, They needed a huge game from him, but just got a pretty god one.

McNabb B-: 1 for 6. I think leading his team in dimes should get him in the B range, even without a three.

Hamill B: 4 for 8, shot it well, when he did shoot. 

Calderan C: 3 for 11, They needed more from him offensively, especially early on.

Jacque C+: 6 for 12 Harsh C+ here, he disappeared for a long stretch of the game and didn’t reappear until the game was decided. He just can’t do that on this team.

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JET Breaks the Sound Barrier.  Mark It 0-2 for Vandelay Industries.

 

After the craziness of the previous game, I was looking for something a little less straining on my poor heart.  I’m 32 and don’t exactly treat my body like a temple – I can’t be dealing with all this stress.

Luckily, what we had next on the slate was the Globetrotters up against the Washington Generals.  I even think I heard the upbeat tunes of “Sweet Georgia Brown” playing as the teams took the floor to warm up.  Prior to tipoff Harry let me know that he had forgotten his shorts and he would be playing in sweatpants this evening. 

“Have you ever heard of Hoodie Melo?”, Harry asked.  “Well.. tonight you get Sweatpants Harry.”  I was eager to see what we could expect from Sweatpants Sweaty Harry.

Right off from the tip there was a clear distinction between where these teams were on the readiness level.  Vandelay  was having difficulty getting a good offensive flow, partially due to bad spacing and errant passes, but a lot of this had to do with the smothering defense from MIZ.  In particular, JET was all over the place.  He was disrupting passes, blocking off drives to the hole with help defense, and swiping balls left and right.  Jet would tally 3 steals and a block in the first half, and most of these turned into easy transition buckets for MIZ.  He must have really taken to heart when I said the match-up between him and Vladi was a push.  God only knows what kind of game he would have had if I put Vladi as the favorite.  Jet would end up with 14 first half points to lead all scorers.  On the other side of the ball Vladi was doing his best to keep pace.  He was feeling it from outside this game, and if it wasn’t for him I could have seen the white flag come out before the half even ended for Vandelay.  Vladi would hit 4/6 3s in the half to keep the game civil.  Scottie Hammond, the zenith of veteran leadership, would struggle a bit with his shot, but would contribute to his team in other ways – multiple offensive boards, great defense, and fabulous passing to the cutting Dave or Carlucci.  Scottie really knows how to pivot his game to fit the tempo of his team.

Frongi would be matched up against Dave for the majority of this game, and he did a respectable job.  Dave is going to get his points one way or another, but it’s the hope of the defender to make his points as hard to come by as possible.  Frongi managed to force Dave into some tough shots, keeping him at 5/14 in the first half, so I would say Frongi did his job.  It was up to the other guys to make sure that MIZ didn’t get second chance points – which they did not.  MIZ would devour 8 offensive boards, all of which would go for buckets.  Not a recipe for victory.  So the lead built and built as the half wore on, and VI wasn’t getting a ton of offense to keep up.  Buckley was doing his part with some good takes to the hoop and a handful of reverse layup that made me go “ooo and ahh”, hitting 5/8 shots.  Gans was pretty quiet in the first half – we need him to shoot the ball more, as he’s been doing well so far when he lets it fly.  The half would end with a foreseeable blowout looming, 46-27 MIZ.

The second half turned into a much better game.  Although, I think the real reason is because MIZ started to not give as much of a shit.  I deducted this from the fact they were throwing behind the back passes and ally-oop attempts from full court – but what do I know ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Buckley would continue his good play with continued aggressive takes to the hoop.  I think his team is going to need this out of him going forward, and this was a good time to get the work in.  Frongi would hit a lay-up in traffic which was nice to see.  Having Dave on you for the majority of the game is going to give you fits, so I can’t hold the stinker at much value for Frongi. 

The big story for the half would be the emergence of Sweaty Harry.  He made due on his promise to show me something special with his oversized, sail of a sailboat flopping, JNCO sports edition sweats

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The guy was really doing his thing.  Great defense on Civale to force Civale into a 2/6 2nd half showing.  Haryy also went 3/3 himself from the field.  Midrange, cutting lay-up, and offensive putback for the squad.  Harry needs more playing time on this squad to bring some toughness for them.

Unfortunately, Harry is only one man, and MIZ continued to hit their shots.  Dave tallied 13 in the half, but slowed down once the moved Buckley on to him.  Jet started racking up the assists to players who were getting open easily as VI was sucking wind.  Hammond took advantage of the sloppy passing by VI at the end to tally 3 of the easiest steals he will get.  KD called the game with 2:30 remaining out of pitty, and MIZ took home the win 87-67

 

Bonus Stats! 

VI

Vladi – 4/11

Gans – 6/9

Frongi – 2/9

Buckley – 11/16

Harry – 3/5

Sam – 1/5

MIZ

Dave – 11/24

Civale – 6/15

Jet – 11/20

Hammond – 5/14

Nate – 3/6

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JoelS said

I could read KD’s mind here.

It was a pretty soft foul on a 1-on-1 break as the initial contact was to the ball, but I baited Talbot by pushing my arms out (a la Harden) to get the contact across the wrists. KD had to call the foul, but forgot Talbot had 4 (he probably wouldn’t have called it otherwise). Once he realized, he immediately gave the foul to Tommy. It sucks, but I get where he was coming from, and we both knew my little charade wasn’t a rec-league play. I respect the switch; it sucks, but I respect it.

 

The rest, well. . . also a charade that shouldn’t be a part of rec-league ball.   

I’m 100% convinced if HOF didn’t taunt Talbot like an adolescent after the foul none off this would have happened. KD changed the foul to me after HOF started his “na-na na-na boo-boo” rant. Lesson learned for the young kid….

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RoY said

I’m 100% convinced if HOF didn’t taunt Talbot like an adolescent after the foul none off this would have happened. KD changed the foul to me after HOF started his “na-na na-na boo-boo” rant. Lesson learned for the young kid….  

Wouldn’t argue with this–very possibly the case. 

 

In other news, stats and writeup of game 1 to be posted this weekend. Sorry for the delay gents, but it’ll come. I even took good notes!

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Don’t love my numbers but awesome job getting fg% on there

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JoelS said

Overall, one of the best matchups I’ve seen in a while. Can’t wait to play these guys again in week 9, and then again in the championship. BEST OF THREE, GENTS!  

Confidence level is off the charts. Love it. Thinking a certain group of Dirks will have something to say about all that though….

Superb job with the recaps Cawley. 

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Awesome job on the previews and recaps, keep it up guys! 

Vandelay is off to a slow start after the blocked merger with the Corp. However, you don’t want to peak in week 2! Regular season barely means a thing.

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Frongi said

Regular season barely means a thing.  

Yet Frongi is always quick to note how successful a regular season he has when he goes 7-2…..

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Bully Gives D Another Dirk to Hold

Sorry for the delay gents. I know you’re all eagerly awaiting this write-up—especially Rubin, who texted me within an hour of the stats going up to passive aggressively point out that I missed a 4th block and a 1-for-2 FT performance. Cavano and I had a bet that whoever lost the 7:05 game would have to do the write-up. I’m a pretty shitty person but I’m a man of my word, so here you go.

6:15 – Hold My Dirk vs. A Young 35

No Grundle for the start of this one.

The game started off with a bang for HMD. CAC fan favorite and my future teammate, DOYLE got the ball rolling with a quick 2, to be followed-up with a 3-ball from the Bully. Quick 5-0 run to start. It’s pretty humorous to look at Doyle’s stats in this one. The guy began the game littering the stat sheet, but then went absolutely quiet about halfway through the first half, never to be heard from again except for a pair of FTs in the 2nd.

Young 35 quickly answered with a bucket, and then a nice and-1 finish from Hopp, who cashed the ensuing free throw.

The Shef would get a pair of points and Rubin would hit his first of four threes in this one, and we had an 8-7 lead for Young 35.

Ben the Grundle would show up and I noted the time when he checked-in… 11:30 left in the first half. At approximately 11:20 to go, Ben was on the board with his first score of the game. Sean would answer immediately with a 3, and we had a 16-15 lead for Young 35.

Aaaaand that’s all the notes/memory I have from the first half. We entered the intermission with Hold My Dirk leading 36-29, led by Haas and his 10 points (2-7 3pt). It was notable that Tenney was a mere 1-for-6 from deep in the first half of this one—surely part of the reason they were trailing in this one.

Unfortunately for HMD, Tenney’s shooting struggles would come to an aggressive close, as he would unleash bomb after bomb. He opened up the half on a nice dime from Miller. Coburn would respond with a layup of his own, but then Rubin would find Sean for a nice 3—suddenly it was a three point game. Tenney would then bury another three to tie us up at 38, this one a little deeper. Keep in mind, we’re only 2 minutes into the second half at this point!

Coburn really showed up in the second half with 5 FGs, and played an all-around impressive game. He and his team were battling off Tenney’s barrage of threes, but just when we thought it was over… ANOTHER ONE. This time from Kinnard Ave! Everyone is on fire!!! I don’t have it in my notes here, but Rubin was part of the three-party, as he went 3-for-5 in the second half. His shot was looking good in this one, and his defense was Draymond-esqe—racking up 3 (4 if you ask him) blocks. He did pickup his 4th foul with about 14 minutes to go in this one though, which concerned me and surely his team.

With just over 12 minutes to go in this one, Young 35 was leading 55-52 due to a scorching hot Tenney & Rubin duo. Flying under the radar was Dan Miller—he was quiet in the first half but cashed-in three second-half buckets, including an and-1 (missed the FT). It was all systems go for Young 35 heading down the stretch.

They did pick up their 6th team foul pretty early with 7mins to go, thanks mostly to Tenney and Rubin (6 second-half fouls).

Hold My Dirk would regain the lead and hold a 66-65 advantage over Young 35 with roughly 4 minutes to go in this one. Walker, who was maybe the quietest I’ve ever seen him on the stat sheet, dimed up a cutting MacDonald to stretch the lead to 3. Rubin would quickly answer on the pass from Tenney, and we were back to one.

STRAP IN.

The next couple minutes were an intense close to the game. Ben would find Haas for a 3, giving HMD the 71-67 lead with roughly 1:20 to go. This lead would stretch to 6 after a pair of 1&1 free throws by Ben—things were not looking good for A Young 35.

With 44 second on the clock, Christian “I fear God homie” Hopp pulled up for three right in Walker’s grill. I’m not much of a shooter, but if I’m shooting over someone, Walker’s not the guy I want to be shooting jumpshots over. Splash! Three point game with 44s to go.

Sheffield would miss the front end of his 1&1, giving A Young 35 life. Dan Miller would get to the hole and get fouled. . . count it! With a chance to tie the game, he also clanks the free throw.

A Young 35 fouls Walker, who calmly hits both of his 1&1 FTs, and we’re back to 3.

Well, it didn’t last long. Hopp was back at his antics, drilling another 3 with 20 seconds left to tie the game at 75, wow! It might’ve been a had-to-be-there kind of feeling, but at this point I knew that A Young 35 was going to pull this one out and complete a nice little end-game comeback.

HMD inbounds the ball and the clock starts ticking. Sheffield is the handler, and he begins to dribble WAYYYY back into the backcourt. I can’t tell if he was trying to avoid the guy who was guarding him, if this was planned, or if whoever was controlling him in 2k got their analog stick stuck. Regardless, I was at the scores table thinking “What the hell is this man doing? Is this a JR Smith situation? Does he think they have the lead?”

With about 5 seconds remaining, he passes left to MacDonald near halfcourt. MacDonald takes a dribble or two and passes down to the left baseline to a wide open Haas. WHY IS NO ONE IN HAAS’S FACE?!

The rest was slow motion. The shot left Bobby’s hands with 1.5-2s on the clock, and it gently arched over the rim and through the nylon.

Buzzer.

Game.

History.

“YEAHHH!” – Bobby Haas

77-75 Hold My Dirk!

 

Player Grades:

Hopp – B+

Can’t really ask for too much more from Hopp. He played really good ball for most of the game and hit a pair of CLUTCH threes in the waning moments of the game.

Chas – C-

Chas is in a slump; simple as that. He’ll break out of it as soon as he gets out of his own head.

Rubin – A-

Best Rubin game I’ve seen in a while. Got into foul trouble a little early, but it didn’t end up costing him.

Miller – B

It’s tough to grade Miller since he’s really an afterthought in this offense, but he plays his role extremely well, and I know mentally he’s in the right spot. Played extremely well, particularly in the second half.

Sean – A

Sean lit it up. 3-for-6 from deep is more than adequate for the 5th/6th man. Would like to see him shake things up a bit and roll off a pick here and there instead of strictly hopping back to the arc—even if it’s just to cut to the opposite side.

Tenney – B

Tough grade to give him, but I only give him a B because I know what he’s capable of. The beginning of his second half was legendary, but we needed just a liiiiiiittle bit more from him in the final 10 mins.

 

Haas – A+

Idc. Game winner. Drop the mic, big fella

Walker – C+

This is harsh. I don’t think Walker played poorly, he just didn’t really do much that showed up in the box score. Unfortunately for him, I have a terrible memory so it’s all I have to go by.

Doyle – B+

Was he there in the second half? First half was great!

Sheffield – B+

Similar story here—lots of action in the first half, but slowed in the second. He did have a couple big o-boards in the second half, though.

Coburn – A-

Held down the fort in the second and really could be a low-key MVP of this game. Would’ve liked to see another steal or two and some better shooting, but I’ll take it. Great game from Tom.

MacDonald – A-

In limited time, he showed us what he shows us nearly every week: great court vision with assists and rebounding. Hell, he even knocked down a three to hit the over. Make your free throws!

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Good fill-in work Joel

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