Grievis Vasquez Is No Norman Dale

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Grievis Vasquez Is No Norman Dale

Surely Maryland junior Greivis Vasquez has watched the movie Hoosiers.  Even though the classic "David vs. Goliath" tale graced the big screen more than a decade before the 6-foot-6 guard was born, it is on the required viewing list for every basketball player.  Right?

Assuming he fulfilled his requirements for entry into the basketball brotherhood, Vasquez would have to recall one of the early scenes in the movie when Norman Dale (played by Gene Hackman) politely tells the interim coach, George, (played by Chelcie Ross) that his coaching days are over.

George responded:  “Look, mister, there’s…two kinds of dumb, uh…guy that gets naked and runs out in the snow and barks at the moon, and, uh, guy who does the same thing in my living room. First one don’t matter, the second one you’re kinda forced to deal with.”

Vasquez should have gleaned some wisdom from those words.

Norman Dale proved worthy of living up to his declaration.

Vasquez on the other hand?

When asked earlier this week about his team’s upcoming ACC game at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Vasquez proclaimed:  “That’s my house. I love going in there. It’s going to be fun.”

Ye-he-he-he right!

Talk about "getting naked and running around." We didn’t know that Vasquez is a masochist.  How else can one explain his definition of fun?

Vasquez spent the final moments of Saturday’s game on the bench, watching as his team endured their worst loss in history to the Duke Blue Devils, 85-44.

In what has to go down as one of the worst cases of tragic amnesia, Vasquez and his Terrapin teammates looked more than weighed down by the unfortunate bull's eye.

Okay so Vasquez posted 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists last year at Cameron.  That performance came one season after a one-rebound-shy-of-a-triple-double performance his freshman year.

But did he forget what Cameron is like?

Had the Maryland junior made his edict about Bobby Cremins' court in Atlanta, people could maybe understand.  The student section is safely tucked away from the court and relatively easy to ignore.

If Vasquez said this about the Dean Dome, sure people would scratch their heads, but the wine and cheese alums in Chapel Hill would just wash down those taunts with another chardonnay.

But Cameron?

Oh boy.

Did he forget that the student section is dangerously close to the playing floor?  That the "Crazies" need little motivation to scheme new ways of embarrassing opponents?

Vasquez also proved he’s not paying attention in scouting sessions.  ‘Cause if he was, he would know that Gerald Henderson is dropping double digit points per game over the last 10 contests.

He would know that Duke now has a point guard in Nolan Smith who can break down opposing defenders off the dribble.  He would also know that Brian Zoubek is showing signs of life in the post.

Henderson led three Blue Devils in double figures as Duke sprinted to a 40-15 lead at half and never looked back from there.

Duke pounded the offensive glass, grabbing 20 of their own misses.

Overall, Duke out-rebounded Maryland 52-29.

No, Vasquez decided to ignore all the warning signs.

Word to the wise: Grievis, next time you wanna run around naked?  Keep it in your own barn.

pickinsplinters.com

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