News Luke Hancock Hoping Final Four "Most Outstanding" Award Will Cause People to Pass to Him Now in Pickup
"This could be really big for me," said Hancock. "I'm hoping that a lot of the guys who play pickup at the gym watched the Final Four and they'll realize I'm pretty good at basketball and start passing to me a little bit."
Hancock says that he is often begrudgingly added to a team when players split up before pickup games.
"They look at me and all they see is a skinny white guy with a beard and they instantly assume that I'm uncoordinated and can't play basketball," he says. "No one ever picks me."
The one thing going for Hancock in rec center games is that he is 6-foot-6, but that often draws condescending comments.
"Usually one of the captains picks me and says: 'Look, guy. You're tall. Just try to stand under the basket and get rebounds and, if you get one, kick it out to one of us who can shoot. But, mainly, don't get in the way,'" said Hancock. "I'm better than everyone on the court by far, but when so many people assume you suck, sometimes you start to believe it, too."
"We heard the complaints and I personally resolved to take action," said Emmert, in a press conference at the Final Four in Atlanta. "I think determining possession arrow by random chance on a coin flip adds an additional element of excitement to the end of basketball games."
The national semifinal between Louisville and Wichita State ended in controversy after a quick referee whistle on a held ball gave the ball back to the Cardinals to salt the game away. Yet even the many strongly opposed to the use of the possession arrow in college basketball do not support Emmert's move to possession coin flips.
"God, what an idiot," said Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall. "How is Mark Emmert running the NCAA? College athletics are doomed."
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1. Everyone roots for underdogs.
Look at the wisdom of everyone. See the highest-rated shows on broadcast TV? See the albums that are at the top of the charts? See the crap everyone shovels into their mouths? Everyone is a moron. Your life's goal should be to never go along with what everyone does.
2. Underdogs are just pre-overdogs.
How does one become a hated favorite? By winning. If an underdog wins, they're no longer an underdog. The moment that clock hits double-zeroes and they're ahead on the scoreboard, you're beloved "underdog" is an overdog and you're nothing but a front-running bandwagon fan.
3. Rooting for underdogs glorifies failure.
Want to know the only way to become an underdog? Weeks, months, years or even decades of sustained sucking. Yep, the only reason to become an underdog is by having a long track record of failure. And now you're going to cheer that team on? You're going to put all of your support behind an outfit that was defined by stinking? You're going to reward failure over sustained excellence? Wow. No wonder the world's going down the crapper. You and your underdog-loving brethren are to blame.
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