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  •  Thanks for that (3+ / 0-)

    Sullying? I did say right in the blog title that the appropriation of the Four Corners, which Coach Smith certainly did use to gerat effect, was not his something he intended. Great ideas and great people often see their ideas and methods repurposed by others who have rather less noble aims. No hit on Smith himself, whatsoever.

    Like a lot of people, ideas and things affected by modern conservatism, the stall has been misued in politics. Republicans have distorted legislative processes to their own liking. And right now, their tactics are altering the face of politics in North Carolina, much for the worse. I don't think coach would have liked that, nor is it his fault. I do think some dedicated, knowledgable basketball fans might newly correlate my analogies in understanding how politics are now increasingly practiced in America.

    •  no offense (0+ / 0-)

      but basketball is pure. Politics is not :-)

      •  Ummmm.... (0+ / 0-)

        Basketball the game may be pure sport, but you've forgotten about the institutions that trade in hundreds and thousands of millions of dollars to offer that sport up to us at the collegiate level, the Olympics and the NBA. Those are highly political operations, to the point that Congress has become involved in these operations on more than one occasion. Conceptually, I can agree with the idea of a sport so well conceived that it represents purity, but in real life that's just not the way things unfold. No offense taken or intended from this former roundball player and fan.

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