Part of what makes Jon Rothstein so compelling as an online meme and character relates back to what makes him successful in real life as a reporter—his earnest passion for the game and the people involved, his avid appreciation for the emotional overage that is the best and most fundamental reason to watch college basketball. But much of what brings Jonposters together in their study is how purely uncanny his clockwork, batshit online persona is—it pushes and pulls between artifice and authenticity in a way that makes it seem somehow both deeply unreal and possessed of some honest and inchoate humanity, and as such it distills what is weirdest about Twitter, and the online experience in general. Here is one veteran college basketball reporter’s best guess at what is going on with Rothstein’s feed: “The initial reasoning behind it was not to create some kind of weirdo bot personality. He was just tweeting this way and noticed how people were responding to … [Read more...] about This Is “This Is March”: Unpacking College Basketball’s Most Uncanny Twitter Account
"We have been made aware that a picture taken by the coach or a member of the Plainfield girl’s basketball team has been posted on social media of a puppet that was reportedly posed in a classroom located in the Clark Public Schools," Edward Grande, superintendent of Clark Public Schools, said in a statement. "The Clark Board Education and the Clark community does not condone any demonstrations of intolerance." … [Read more...] about NJ High School Investigating Hanging Black Dummy Found by Girls Basketball Team
Former Kentucky basketball star Winston Bennett was fired from his position as director of the state labor cabinet’s division of apprenticeship last month, after just 10 weeks on the job. No reason was given for the firing, but the Louisville Courier-Journal used a public records request to get ahold of the emails he sent while employed by the state, and the messages that he sent to female colleagues in the days before he was terminated are... something. … [Read more...] about These Horny Emails May Have Gotten Former NBA Player Winston Bennett Fired From His Government Job
The collective love of Baby Yoda is so pure and powerful that, were it possible to distill and reproduce, that love could thwart global warming, solve the energy crisis, and turn everyone’s poop into confetti cake. Baby Yoda could very well usher the world into a new ageThe Baby Yoda Show, featuring special guest … [Read more...] about Elisabeth Moss, Bryce Dallas Howard love Baby Yoda, and Laura Dern may have seen him at a basketball game?
He Got Game (1998) Spike Lee is a fan of professional basketball. It’s possible that he’s better known in some circles for his long-term courtside attendance of New York Knicks games than for his films, the last few of which have been little-seen by mass audiences. It’s fascinating, then, that Lee’s basketball movie He Got Game contains no real athletic competition: not pro, not college, not even high school, where all-star Jesus Shuttlesworth (real-life player Ray Allen) is running out the clock as colleges court him for his enormous talent. This is a movie about sport as a way out, not glory for its own sake. Jesus isn’t just considering where he’ll go to school, but how to best whisk himself and his little sister out of their Coney Island apartment and secure their future. … [Read more...] about Courtside superfan Spike Lee makes a basketball film with little basketball