Gangstas Hit College Court

December 11, 2011 | Tom Federline

Finally straight from the youngsters mouth, Tu Holloway (X-Gangstas) -“We have a bunch of gangsters over here. Not thugs, but  tough guys on the court. We went out there and zipped them up at the end of the game.” That beauty from a 2010-2011  third team all-american gaurd, project 4th best player in the country, from Xavier University. He wasn’t the only one who couldn’t keep their mouth shut during, after and evidently prior to, the Crosstown Shootout rivalry basketbrawl between Xavier and Cincinnati. Classless, imature behavior was shining brighter than the North star last evening at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. The minor league for the NBA showed an ugly side. 

At least I received some verification on a few things within the past 24 hours:

1. There was a game: X-Gangstas 76 / Cincy BearThugs 53.

2. I did not know there was distinction between being a gangster and being a thug. I always thought those words shared the same connotation. What I have been preaching for years and now has become more apparent to Joe Fan – NCAA bball prepares Gangstas and Thugs to potentially enter into the National Basketball Association of Hoodlums.

3. I have a new member into the Fedman “Old School Hall of Fame” – Mick Cronin Head Coach of the Cincy BearThugs. Passionate post game interview – a do not miss, follow here –

4. Who needs the NBA? The only thing missing in this Crosstown Shootout were the guns. Gilbert Arenas supposedly was not reported to be in the Cincinnati area yesterday afternoon.

Ugly. I did not see the game. Like many, I only saw the lowlights. At first I was like, ok, some trash talkin’ during the game, which the coaches and the referees should have nipped in the bud long before the tipping point. And evidently there were “twits, tweets and twitter” attacks flying during the week between these 2 teams. Once again, how did that get out of hand? Uh-oh, don’t get me started on this “twitter” nonsense. The word “twit” is just wrong in the first place. A “twit” in most “Old schoolers” book is a numbnut, bothersome goofball not worth your time. The word just even sounds wrong. “Oh I was just twitted this groundbreaking, earth shattering news that I must twit to all of my fellow twitters.” You know what you should do? Use a phone. Yes, attempt to vocalize and have an actual conversation with someone. Frickin’ twit this.

Ok, back to the build-up. Pregame and during game trash talk, the game becomes a blow out, the gangstas start boasting. Not good. Fight. One huge dude, Yancy Gates (Cincy BearThugs) lands a few nice shots, (even if one was a cold cock), assumes boxing position, others punch, kick, taunt, bleed. Whoever said “Saturday Nights Alright For Fighting” – (Elton John), did not mean on an NCAA Basketball Court during a game. Oh yeah, they called the game with 9.4 seconds left. At that point, I shook my head, said to myself – boys getting out of hand, still immature, need some discipline, where were the coaches and figured suspensions were coming. Then came the post game, which provoked the blog.

X-Gangstas opened thier mouths and it all became realtime 2011. This is not new news. Certain college sports programs at certain universities do not lean toward the college “student  academic” aspect of a young lads stay, as much as they may lean toward the “student athlete/money maker” aspect of their stay. It’s been that way since the 70’s. The advent of televised sporting events and the funneling of big money into the universities. Please view the post game video of the Cincinnati coach. He lays it on the line in a nutshell.

Yes, this was one bad moment that got out of hand. It has happened before and it will happen again. Many lessons can be  learned from this one though. Nice move with no post game from the Cincy players. Glad somebody recognized enough damage had been done. The NCAA needs to come down heavy. The Universities need to come down heavy.

So you are a gangster, then a thug, then a hoodlum? And because you can dribble, shoot a round ball through a hoop….you get a free ride in college, really do not have to learn the english language or grammer for that matter and you can take “gettin’ disrespected” into your own hands on the playing court that affords you all these luxuries? Learn something new every day.

Keep it light gang. Stay way from ESPN for awhile. Hit up the 25 Days of Christmas movies. Watch Rudolph, Frosty, Charlie Brown, the Grinch. Go to a Christmas show. Get through the holidays. Then gear up for Conference GangstaBall.




4 Comments For This Post

  1. Phil Says:

    The more I see the less interested I am in major college athletics. I only watched parts of two Maryland football games this season and did not turn on one other game. It’s out of control and as we’ve now known for a long time all about too much money being involved. The NCAA is just ridiculous; what a joke of an organization.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Touchy subject here.How do you fix this attitude in college and pro basketball today? To tell the coaches not to recruit from this demographic isnt going to happen. Alot of players social habits are well known to the coaches around the country and they still give them the 4 yr deal with perks on the side.Why? Because they can play and fill seats in the gym and get TV contracts. Its a problem thats not going to go away. If the NCAA does what they need to do with certain players coming in from high schools then they will get labeled as racists. I think we as a society have forgotten how to react when lawless behavior and association with criminal elements is happening. Its ashame too because there are many more good kids in pro, college and high school basketball then bad ones.This is the norm now and there isnt anything you can do about it except not watch or go.

  3. Fedman Says:

    Yes, Greed is the downfall of both college and profesional sports. It is unfortunate that NCAA football and basketball are the driving force in the over-blown media coverage of college athletics. It is the driving force because those are the programs that “show the universities the money.” There will always be the under-lying – win at any cost – type of attitude. But it’s not all bad, did you catch any of the Army – Navy football game? As far as the basketbawl Saturday evening – the universities have handed down their “penalties”, let’s see what the NCAA does. Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.

  4. Fedman Says:

    Definately a difficult, deep rooted subject. Hard to fix what is broken, when most of the time it is broken right from the start. Fix it? To much money at stake. My two cents – stiffer penalties (not monetarily) and boycotting. The problem on the fans part is that – We feed the monster. We follow the media, which in turn – feeds the monster. Dollar signs have taken the place of pupils. That is why, it was refreshing to hear the Cincinnati’s coach post game rant. Need more of that. Suspensions have been handed out by the universities. The main brawler (Yancy) will miss 6 games, only 1 affecting Big East play. The rest get an extended winter break. I believe some of the Xavier team will miss a trip to Hawaii. Oh, the horror. Guess this will give the kids more time to study for final exams. (Did you buy that one?) Let’s see what the NCAA comes back with. Thanks for the feedback. Keep ’em rolling.

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