Episode 18 – Jon Hood

 

The Storm the Court Podcast is coming up hard on that big 2-0 episode mark, and in my humble opinion, the interview with Jon Hood (@jonnylightning4) is one of the best episode’s we’ve had so far. That’s no disrespect to any of the other guest’s or former players that have joined in the past, Jon’s stories of his time at Kentucky are just that entertaining. From life as a top 100 prospect on the recruiting trail, to DeMarcus Cousin’s trying to fight everybody, to what day to day life is like for a player in the NCAA Tournament, Jon paints a pretty good picture of what it’s like to be a part of some of the best teams in recent memory. Even if you don’t fancy yourself a #BBN blowhard, as a betting man I’d be willing to bet several paychecks that you’ll be able to look past any personal biases and thoroughly enjoy this week’s episode.

Also Jon has been working on his own podcast called Beyond Borders, which you’ll be able to find here. Beyond Borders focuses on athlete’s lives outside the arena of competition, so if you like some of the stuff you’ve heard on here so far, make sure you check out some similar flavor on Jon’s podcast as well.

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Last Chance To Get Your Questions In For Episode 18 ft. Jon Hood

A few weeks ago we had former UK walk on Tod Latern on the podcast talking about everything from his days in the Bluegrass. This week, another former Wildcat sits down with @BarstoolReags. This time we’re joined by Jon Hood (@jonnylightning4) who should also be able to give us a great perspective of what it was like to play at Kentucky for five years, what it’s like to be a part of a national championship team, playing a little overseas ball, and what he’s been up to nowadays. Personally, I really dig the former player episodes because it gives squares like me who weren’t good enough to play D1 basketball a good picture of what it’s like to be big man on campus during the some of the more poignant years of our lives. So if you’re like me and you’ve ever wondered about these sorts of things, make sure you get your questions in for Jon as recording is set to go down here in a couple hours.

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Episode 17 – Big Cat

 

First and foremost, my apologies for not posting this to the site yesterday. College basketball is moving full speed ahead so things are pretty busy around here, which is really just code for “I went out the other night and had to play catchup at work hungover so I got behind and just forgot to post.” These things happen. The cool part about the Internet though is it’s written in pen, not pencil, so this stuff is around forever. Actually, it kind of works out great this way because North Carolina lost in spectacular Roy Williams fashion last night and my guys @BarstoolReags and  @BarstoolBigCat basically predicted the future. If you didn’t already listen yesterday and are into hearing clairvoyant stuff like that, then episode 17 should be right up your alley. Also if you like Badger basketball, Villanova talk, and ideas for improving the game of college basketball you’ll probably be pretty smitten as well. Thanks for the listen.

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Get Your Questions In For Episode 17 ft. B1g Cat

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If you listen to this podcast, then that means in all likelihood you’re a big fan of Barstool Sports, and if you’re a big fan of Barstool sports, then in all likelihood you’re a big fan of this week’s guest. You all know him, you all remember the last year’s Final Four and now infamous National Championship game, the one and only @BarstoolBigCat sits down as this week’s guest on the podcast. Wisconsin hoops will definitely be in order as was the case when Charlie Wisco joined us last month, but it’ll be interesting to get the perspective of an alum that was on campus during the height of Bo Ryan’s reign and got to experience some of the glory days of Badger basketball this time around. BC sits down with Reags to chat tomorrow, so make sure you get your B1G questions or anything you think BC would want to talk about by tomorrow evening.

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The Ten Best Floors In College Basketball This Year

The wonderful world of college is best known for two things these days: 1.) Loser kids protesting any and everything they think will get them even an inkling of attention, and 2.) Athletic programs trying to one up each other with the latest and greatest apparel, gear, facilities, etc. If your favorite college program doesn’t have the newest Nike uniforms or some sweet new chromed out football helmets do they even really have a program at all? In the world of college basketball, this trend has trickled down onto the court as well. Not ‘on the court’ in the figurative sense, but like literally, ON the court. The past several years have seen program after program introduce new hotness on the hardwood. Some of these new courts are trendsetting designs that will likely be mainstays for years to come. Others, like Oregon’s Kilkenny Floor for example, look like that powdery stuff the janitor would sprinkle over some kid’s vomit back in elementary school. Lots of teams have dipped their toes into the waters of the trendy court designs, but since it’s a Friday afternoon and per request from co-host @Mikey_Golds, I figured I’d rank the ten best looking courts-old and new- in college basketball today.

Long Beach State

I love the beach theme here from Long Beach State. You get it? ‘Cause of the beach? Long Beach State? Palm trees? Yea, you get it. Much like ordering sand for a frat party, there’s a fine line that exists between doing a beach theme correctly and going way too overboard, and LBSU walked that tightrope brilliantly.

I’m looking at you, FIU

Feel like I’d be picking sand out of my ass for a week after a game on that floor.

Kansas

 

Maybe it’s the red and blue color scheme or maybe it’s the Phog Allen mystique, but something about Kansas’ floor put’s them up there with the best of the best. Not the newest, not the flashiest, basically the PB&J of college basketball courts. A time honored classic that no one will really turn their nose up at (Rival schools not included).

Manhattan

Notice a theme here with a lot of these courts. The key is to have something that makes your court stand out from the rest without going over the top and looking like a 70’s era disco floor. The Jaspers opted to walk a little on the wild side with all that green, but still kept enough of the natural hardwood to let us know that we’re still playing a game of basketball.

TCU

Think that’s just an ashy colored hardwood you’re looking at? Think again, Bubba.

I’m not exactly sure what that material is covering TCU’s floor, probably some sort of supernatural material brought down by Moses or the good Lord himself to bless his Christian sons and daughters, but whatever it is it’s pretty cool and looks real sharp alongside those purple horned frog scales in the lane.

Texas

You know what they say, everything is bigger in Texas, including midcourt logos. The Longhorn laid over top of the State of Texas is juuuussst big enough to really grab your attention, but not big enough to make you think that they’re overcompensating for something. Also I’m no Texas guy, but that burnt orange is sexy as always. Shaka and the Longhorns may be back sooner than you think.

Oakland

Not to be confused with that one city in California, Oakland’s ‘Blacktop’ court is representative of that hard nose, gritty, street brand of basketball often associated with the people in that part of the country. Also because I’d imagine it’s not a lot of fun playing ball on a real blacktop when it’s like 10 degrees outside four months out of the year.

NC State

I don’t pay much attention to NC State hoops outside of a game or two a year and that Jim Valvano 30 for 30, but I’m a sucker for throwback everything, and that old school Wolfpack logo at center court just does it for me. So much so that when I finally peeped the new design a couple years ago, I looked into the future and saw that one day I’d be writing a blog about the hottest courts in college basketball and just knew they’d land a spot somewhere on that list.

Xavier

A lot of schools from Xavier to Memphis to Washington to GW are all going with the city skyline as a prominent part of their court design. Any school located in a major city would be wise to incorporate some part of their respective city’s skyline because no image illustrates pride in where you’re from quite like a silhouette of the city. I’m not a Xavier guy, but the way that wood is colored really makes the Cincinnati skyline pop without distracting you from the actual lines on the court. I guess it should be noted that I hail from Cincy so I’m a bit partial, but when I threw up the bat signal on Twitter the other day I just asked for suggestions, not for you to actually rank these floors. Deal with it.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame is one of those love them hate them schools. You either love ND because you’re a Midwestern Irish-Catholic that graduated from the Mendoza College of Business and drives a C-class Benz or you hate them because of the smug, pompus attitude and the Luke Harangody clones Mike Brey seems to churn out every single year. Whatever your opinion on the Irish, it’s tough to knock the two tone with the navy blue and shamrock in the middle.

George Washington

Sticking with the city skyline theme, There’s no city with more iconic buildings to work with than Washington DC. The Capitol Building, the White House, and the Washington Monument are all fantastic additions to the playing surface. The only way GW’s floor could have been much better is if they could have figured out a way to work the real George Washington crossing the Delaware in 1776 into the design. Patriotical as fuck.

Feel free to let me know which courts you think should have made the list aka curse me out for not including your school’s in the comment section.

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Episode 16 – The Clem Report

 

I’m assuming you’re all familiar with the term “dog days of summer?” Well, I don’t know if there is an equivalent for this time of year, but if there isn’t, I think it’s safe to say that we’re deep into the “dog days of winter.” There’s snow on the ground, not a whole lot is going on in the world of sports, and the only way to stay sane is to think about the better days ahead. Things like this year’s NCAA Tournament or how you’re going to use your paid time off to skip work and watch said tournament. Fortunately for you, Barstool New York’s @TheClemReport dropped in to talk about just that. Clem’s been making the rounds on all the Barstool podcasts so it’s only fitting that he stop by and give his two cents on everything from the aforementioned tourney and dodging work, Siena and Syracuse basketball, the old school Big East Conference, most hated players, and finishes with a surprising championship pick. Great listen as always, but if you’re on the fence you should go ahead and tune in anyway if for nothing more than research purposes. Gotta have a plan for how you’re going to sneak out of the office on March 17, which just so happens to be St. Patty’s Day AND the first day of the tournament all rolled into one.

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Get Your Questions In For Episode 16 Tonight ft. Clem

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And just like that football in America is over. Dead and buried. For the next six months (really just until the combine begins) highlights of one handed catches and CTE inducing hits will be replaced by buzzer beaters and vicious tomahawk dunks. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though. 2016 has been the most atrociously beautiful college basketball season in recent memory. Everyone continues to stink which has resulted in a slew of great games and big time upsets in some sort of ass backwards logic. Joining us to talk about that phenomena this week is Barstool New York’s @TheClemReport so if you wanna talk Siena basketball? Clem’s got you. You wanna talk ‘Cuse basketball? Clem’s got you? You wanna talk about how much you love Jimmer Fredette and miss him lighting up the scoreboard at BYU? I’m sure he’d appreciate that as well. Whatever it is, just make sure you get your questions STAT. Recording is going down tonight.

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Louisville Institutes a Self Imposed Postseason Ban For the 2015-2016 Season

Well, on a scale of 1-10 of worst case scenarios, I have this pegged at like a 7.5. Maybe an 8. The sky hasn’t fallen completely. We’re still playing basketball tomorrow, but college basketball is significantly less fun when your team has no chance of playing for a championship. The image of Damion Lee and Trey Lewis moved to tears in the locker room is some seriously gut wrenching stuff regardless of where your allegiances lie. Just a shitty situation all the way around. People will see this ban as a Louisville problem or a Rick Pitino problem, and it most certainly is, but on a much larger scale Louisville’s self imposed postseason ban highlights a fundamental problem within the NCAA’s handling of program violations. It’s a near certainty that the Cards opted for a one year, self imposed ban to lessen the blow of a potentially larger ban brought on by the ongoing Katina Powell investigation. The Cards are essentially taking a plea deal, which, in the long run is probably the smart decision, however a punishment this year (or at any time in the future for that matter) doesn’t punish those who were truly responsible for any wrongdoing in the first place. That is where the problem lies. Guys like Damion Lee and Trey Lewis, 5th year grad students who transferred in solely for the opportunity to compete in an NCAA Tournament won’t get to do so. Guys like Chinanu Onuaku and incoming freshman VJ King will likely depart for the NBA or reopen their commitment with an uncertain future ahead. And former players, guys like Andre McGee who orchestrated the whole shebang get to go on living their lives scot free. I realize the NCAA can’t go back in time and string these guys up by their nipples, but punishing current athletes for the transgressions of former personnel is flat out not fair.

Obviously the question now is what will become of Pitino and the rest of the Louisville program? Who stays and who goes? Rick has said from day one that he isn’t going anywhere, but keep in mind that we’re talking about a guy who fucks chicks on tables in Italian restaurants and claims that this team’s statistically second ranked defense doesn’t know how to defend, so you kind of have to take everything Rick says with a grain of salt. The UNLV rumors are there and with a distraught roster and growing frustration from fans everywhere you legitimately have to wonder if Rick is really gonna coach out the rest of his deal which runs through 2025-26 and north of $50 million.

Also what do you think Andre McGee does now? Disappears? Falls off the map and hides out in the Caribbean somewhere? I know people love to joke about Pitino and connections to the mob and what not, but if I were Andre McGee I’d be legitimately concerned for my safety right now.

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Episode 15 – Tod Lantern

 

UK is taking on Tennessee right now on ESPN as we speak and unfortunately for fans I don’t think the Vols stand much of a chance vs the Cats on that women’s court of theirs, so if you’re a UK fan looking for an alternate basketball fix for this evening, then make sure you check out Episode 15 of the STC Podcast featuring former Wildcats walk on Tod Lantern (@tod_lanternIII). Tod offers some great insight as to what it was like to spend three years in Lexington on one of the top programs in the country, including an undefeated season and playing for a National Championship. Tod also explains what Coach Cal is really all about, the slew of talent he played with throughout the years, trying to avoid getting dunked on, and what life is like as a Wildcat basketball player on campus. Again, I’m not a UK guy at all, but it’s always pretty cool to get a firsthand perspective of what these dudes go through in their time as a big time college athlete. Kentucky is actually up 17 now so it looks like this game will be over by halftime, which means there’s really no excuse for you not to tune in sometime before that new OJ series comes on FX at 10.

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