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High school gamers

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by sportswriter not a junky, Dec 22, 2006.

  1. Just out of curiosity, who are your favorite prep game writer(s) and why? Please post his/her stories.
  2. shotglass

    shotglass Guest

    The ones that Bob Ryan have turned out absolutely sang.
  3. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Plaschke had a reputation
  4. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    Anyone who places Elmer Cummings and Llove Torres in some sort of mythical, larger than life situation.
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Screamin' A's high school stuff in his early days at the NY Daily News was outstandsing.
  6. Mystery_Meat

    Mystery_Meat Guest

    Nobody pounds out a 16-inch softball gamer quite like Mike Lupica.
  7. I'm not asking about former preps writers. I'm wondering who people think are today's studly preps writers (and possibly tomorrow's stars). Most of us know who we think are good in our state or area but they're likely complete unknowns elsewhere. So, without mentioning ourselves, who are these guys?
  8. DyePack

    DyePack New Member

    That guy down the street. He does a heckuva job.
  9. thegrifter

    thegrifter Member

    Don't forget his buddy, the guy around the corner.
  10. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    And his dog groomer's sister. She's nails.
  11. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Here's a pretty good prep writer.
    Pretty damn good column with a touch of clairvoyance

    December 12, 1996

    No College, but Bryant Is Still a Student

    Pro football and pro basketball have it made. Let me ask you: How'd you like to run a business in which your product is delivered to you fully milled and refined at no cost to you, fully promoted with a market for it already created, again at no cost to you?

    That's what those sports businesses have. They have an assembly line fully functional, stamping out their finished product after going out and finding and shipping the raw material themselves.

    The nation's colleges provide this service to them free of charge. The pros are in debt to every college coach who ever scouted out a prospect, every alumnus who ever bought a car or wrote a secret check for the halfback who could run the 40 in 4.3, every sportswriter who ever dreamed up "Galloping Ghost" or "Four Horsemen" or "Dream Team" or "Fab Five" to describe his property and give it further marketability.

    General Motors should be so lucky. The pros (and the agents) cash in on all this largess. The colleges do too, to some extent. But they use the revenues to fund programs that foster gender equity, not yachts or offshore bank accounts.

    Baseball never got in on this good thing. Baseball founded a network of training sites at its own expense called the "minor leagues" or the "bushes," where they found the talent themselves and sent it off for burnishing and education paid for not by colleges and universities but by the teams themselves. They refined their own product. Baseball hated to see its prospects go to college because it felt the youngster would be wasting four years. He would not grow in art and skill. College ball was not considered quality-enough competition.

    Once in a while a pitcher from Harvard (Charlie Devens) or Yale (Johnny Broaca) would show up in a big league uniform, but they were a long way from Cooperstown. (Devens' lifetime record was 5-3--and he pitched for the Ruth Yankees!)

    The colleges were the minor leagues for the other sports. (Some say not so because only a fraction of the collegians made it to the pros--but only a fraction of baseball minor leaguers made it to the big leagues too).

    What brings this to hand is the fact the Lakers currently have a young player who is, in effect, jumping the queue. Kobe Bryant is bypassing four years in college and going directly to the NBA.

    It is an audacious experiment, but one that has been tried. Darryl Dawkins, who called himself "Chocolate Thunder," went directly from high school to the NBA. Shawn Kemp, the current NBA's Mr. Everything, didn't play college basketball. Moses Malone made the transition from high school successfully (27,409 total points, 16,212 rebounds).

    It is do-able--but difficult. Only 26 players have tried it in the long history of the league. Kevin Garnett did it for Minnesota last season--and racked up an impressive 2,293 minutes.
  12. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Kobe Bryant is an extraordinarily skilled young player who might be frittering away his talent playing for dear old Siwash. Jerry West, who should know, says he is one of the best rookies he ever saw anywhere--and Jerry has seen a few.

    The problem with the young (at 18 years 2 months, Kobe is the second-youngest to play in the NBA) is not only giving them the basketball, it's giving them the money. The last time an 18-year-old got millions like that, his father was the king of France.

    As someone said, you go to college to learn how to make millions. If you get them anyway, what's the point? You figure your whole life is going to be spent at the free-throw line.

    The next problem is a familiar one--ego. The id. How do you take an 18-year-old who broke all of Wilt Chamberlain's scoring records in Philadelphia high schools, who was USA Today's national player of the year, and keep him on the bench in important games or just let him pick up what Chick Hearn calls "garbage" points? After all, 18 is a time when you know it all, isn't it?

    The Lakers are betting Kobe Bryant is more than just a good role player. They see his name in lights, his uniform in the rafters.

    Kobe probably does too. But he is the son of an NBA basketball player, Joe "Jelly Bean" Bryant, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Clippers and Houston Rockets as well as in the European leagues. He even speaks fluent Italian.

    He was also a sports columnist in high school, so he has a feel for historic pace. Still, all his life till now, he has been given the ball. How will he react to not having it? Can he move without it?

    I went down to the locker room the other night, after a game in which he had not played, to see how his non-role was sitting with the once-and-future star. Would a future generation be able to understand a game in which a healthy Kobe Bryant was kept on the bench all night? Would he, himself? When would he begin throwing the furniture, bad-mouthing the coach, demanding to be traded?

    Kobe Bryant smiled, turned off the tough questions with polite disclaimers and was gracious and unscowling. No, he didn't object to sitting out the game; no, he didn't think he had made a mistake skipping college. "The NBA was a challenge," he said "I like a challenge. I was ready for a challenge."

    He has racked up 170 minutes on the floor to date (Shaquille O'Neal and Eddie Jones have more than 800). He still plays a bit of the helter-skelter playground game. But when he becomes a star, he may change the whole complexion of the game. Maybe some day there will be a note in the brochure that only 26 players in the league ever went to college.
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