Thursday, January 22, 2009

This Week's College Hoops Scoop

The new year is in full swing, a new President's administration is in full swing, and college basketball is in full swing. And, after Martin Luther King Day, classes are back in full swing on campuses across the country. With that in mind, let's get the hoops report rolling again, with this week's theme being everyone's favorite part of college: classes!

The Class That Was Totally Awesome The First Day And Then Sucked For The Rest Of The Semester
Remember those "core requirement" classes that completely blew ass? Plus, if you went to a Catholic school like I did (yes, despite popular belief I did not attend URI), there were always the weird-ass "science" classes with the religious spin. Like "The Solar System in the Bible" (I actually took this one). Or "Did Dinosaurs Kill Jesus?" Or "Just Kidding There's No Such Thing As Dinosaurs". You could tell by the name of the class as you signed up for it that it was going to suck. So you go in the first day with really low hopes and crazy enough, it's not that bad! You get out early, you do hardly anything, and the professor seems cool. Hey, alright! Fast forward to half-way through the semester and you're contemplating taking a head-first dive off your top bunk. Aside from that first day, the class SUCKS. You haven't got out early since the first day, the professor is a DICK, and he is working your ass off. Hm, first day was awesome...then total suckage. HZMLS, can you help me with this one? Ah yes, ladies and gentlemen, yoooouuuurrrrr Boston College Eagles! After a win in their first ACC game against the #1 team in the country, BC dropped 4 straight before BARELY pulling out a win against the suck-tastic Georgia Tech. This team is proving to be a touch overrated, and when the Tar Heels come to Conte Forum and wax the Eagles by like 30, it will seal their reputation.

The Class That Had A Professor So Awesome You Wanted To Sign Up For Every Other Class He Taught
A personal story here, which will probably delve deeper into my life and reputation here on MH, but here goes. I had a professor like this in college. I purposely switched advisors to him, I took every single effing business class the guy offered and learned a shitload of stuff from him. Then, literally TWO WEEKS after graduation, I was back on campus for some reason I don't even remember, and I swung by his office to say hi to him. HE HAD NO IDEA WHO I WAS. Talk about crushed and embarrassed, this guy was like my mentor. Anyway, if there's a college coach that's anything like that, it's Rick Pitino. I know that people around here maybe don't have the best memories of Pitino, but damn he is a good coach. This week alone he led Louisville to wins over #13 Notre Dame and #1 Pittsburgh. The guy has success wherever he goes (in the college ranks, at least) and combine his recruiting with his stellar in-game coaching and you're left with one hell of a program with him at the helm. Additionally, he can also tell you who isn't walking through that door.

The Class Where The Professor Joked About Drinking, You Had Open-Notes Tests, And You Got Partnered Up With The Hot Chick For That Big Project
Granted, not every class can be like Sports Management or Music Theory, both of which I took my senior year. I figure with those, regardless of professor or curriculum I was going to skate through 'em. It's the tougher classes, the Operational Accounting or International Business where I was taking the breaks whenever I could catch them. So when you had a professor who knew that all his 19-year old students were on their knees taking a funnel last weekend, it was key. Dude understood what it was like to be in college, so he went a little easy on you when you stumbled in reeking like Crown and vomit and passed out on your desk. He even threw the open-notes tests out there so all you had to do was write shit down - learning optional. Then when there was that big-deal project, you somehow scored working it with the smoking hot chick who always wore the low-ride sweatpants to class. And who cares if when did all the work it was in her room, where everything she owned was plastered with pics of her and her boyfriend from back home? It still gave you plenty to beat off to on those nights you came home alone and drunk. The entire class was a pile of awesome, very similar to Gerald Henderson this week. He went absolutely ape-shit in a big Duke win over Georgetown, then followed it up with an equally awesome performance against NC State. In those two games, he dropped a combined 44 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 steals. He also shot 60% from three. He made it look as easy as an open-notes test.

The Class Where The Final Was Sooooo Easy But Yet Somehow You Got A C- On It
This one kind of sums up most of my college testing experiences. So many times I thought to myself, "This class is soooooo easy!" and skipped a good 60% of them. Why should I even bother? I know the shit. Then the night before the final I was 8 beers deep halfway through my 4th season of Madden. Studying is for chumps. Then I went in to take final and coasted through it. So imagine my surprise when I got my grade back and a big fat C- was staring me in the face. I thought I did so much better! I certainly didn't expect things to be that bad. Well, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish know what that's like. I had them in my top 5 pre-season, as did many other pundits and bloggers. But they've dropped their last two games and are just 3-3 in the Big East. I know Luke Harangody is awesome, but don't pick this team to go far...they're gonna get beat up in this conference.


HZMLS said...

BC Basketball makes me a sad panda.

The A-Train said...

The Class That Was Totally Awesome The First Day And Then Sucked For The Rest Of The Semester

I hated that class. American Religious History. I was like "hey, I like history, this will be a snap!"


Lots of stupid history I didn't care about (I get it, this group was oppressed, but not enough for some people who formed a new religion to get oppressed even more), plus reading books and discussing them in class? I'm sorry, I thought this was a history class, not an ENGLISH CLASS!

Still, it was better than one of my roommates. He had to take a writing intensive class that was about women's literature. Women? Writing? What's this world coming too!?

the smoking hot chick who always wore the low-ride sweatpants to class.

You went to Raquel?

...everything she owned was plastered with pics of her and her boyfriend from back home?

Guess not!

GHABB,Y~! said...

I majored in communications. Therefore ALL of my classes were of the open-note test, hot chick partner, professor joking about drinking type.

stanley cup of chowder said...

This feature is a great winter replacement for Route 1 Football. It's my new favorite on the site and I don't even really follow college hoops that much anymore.

Rocco said...

While all you d-bags were dicking around in communications and business classes, I was busy with my 24 fucking credit EE semesters.

So what team fits the "The class that sounds hard as shit, was hard as shit, and had you in class & lab 6 hours a week"?

/Still the best 4 years of my life.
//Sad, I know.

Boatdrinks said...

Oh, Rocco, I was there. Four years of "you are in this engineering major, you will take this course, at this time with this professor. Have a nice semester."
Good time, used the degree for 15 years...that is better than some of my classmates!