Glass Half Full vs. Glass Half Empty

Discussion in 'Mens Basketball' started by Biggerstaff, Feb 6, 2010.

  1. Biggerstaff

    Biggerstaff Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Glass Half Full - There was a lot to like today about the teams efforts and determination in this game. They played hard, battled and pretty much gave it their best effort. Brackins was tough in all phases of the game and all the rest of the players put forth as much effort as they could. I like these players and I like the coach.

    Glass Half Empty - We have a basketball problem and you can point a lot of fingers over the course of games and seasons but ultimately the fingers will end up pointing at the coach. I was having a difficult time putting my finger on what is the problem with Cyclone basketball but I have concluded that our team lacks identity. If you think back to Orr, Floyd, and Eustachy coached teams they all had an identity. Even Morgan's teams had more identity that McD's teams. I think you have to start pointing the finger at the coach. I am high school friends with a woman who's husband his a head assistant in another BCS conference. She said McD has a reputation in coaching circles of not being a hard worker to the degree that he does the basics of the job but is not a fanatic about coaching like many of the ones who are consistent winners. When she said that I translated that as to why ISU teams have a lack of identity under this coach. Now there are plenty of examples of bad luck to point to for this coach but at some point you have to overcome the bad luck and stop making excuses. This coach 13-10/2-6 right now and realistically will only win 2 or 3 more games tops. That is on top of a 15-17/4-12, 14-18/4-12, 15-14/6-10 records. This was his best team personnel-wise since he has been here and the results will be no better. Even if everyone came back next year (and this simply will not happen) he has yet to prove he can win at this level. Our best win this year is a 2OT game at home against a Houston team with an RPI around 80.

    I guess we sit back and wait to see what happens next year but repeating the same behavior and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
  2. ISUKyro

    ISUKyro Well-Known Member

    Oct 28, 2006
    Houston, TX
    My glass feel off the table and broke :sad:

    I'm not even sure what to make of it right now. The first half today was so much fun to watch and then the same ol' same ol' happens.
  3. deadeyededric

    deadeyededric Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2009
    Parts Unknown
  4. Drive4cy

    Drive4cy Well-Known Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    I think the glass is pretty empty, to be honest. I wish these guys played with the same effort all year as they did today. I guarantee they wouldn't have 10 losses.
  5. HititHard

    HititHard Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2009
    Glass? What glass?
  6. CTAClone

    CTAClone Addict

    Mar 28, 2006
    First Assistant Director
    Really??? Do you know Marty's Dentist too?

    Seriously, I know college coaches and not one of them have ever questioned Macs work ethic. I've read on here people unhappy with his coaching etc. etc. and I can agree and understand that stance, but that comment about him not working hard is total BS. Read some funny stuff a couple days ago about Mac not knowing X's and O's. Seriously, some of the stuff on here is just silly.
  7. GoSTATE71

    GoSTATE71 Well-Known Member

    May 19, 2008
    Coach mac, is that you?
  8. hursts

    hursts Active Member

    Apr 10, 2006
    Couldn't agree more with the OP. McDermott's teams don't do any one thing great and don't do any one thing terribly (except for free throw shooting this year). We are just pretty mediocre in all phases of the game. If we were a lockdown defensive team we would be able to get through the five minute stretches that we have each game that we cannot overcome. We never are good enough defensively to overcome the 14-2 runs that teams seem to go on every game we play. We are constantly trying to overcome that the rest of the game and don't have enough left in the tank at the end to get the victory. I will give McDermott credit for one thing so far. His team hasn't quit on him yet. They play hard to the very end.
  9. ISUStrEngr

    ISUStrEngr Member

    Jan 9, 2009
    The glass is twice as big as it needs to be. :jimlad:
  10. bostrem00

    bostrem00 Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    ISU Post-grad Warrior
    Wait....there was a glass?:eek:
  11. Tre4ISU

    Tre4ISU Well-Known Member

    Dec 30, 2008
    I agree and that is a pretty big jab to throw at our coach. Saying he lacks effort is pretty serious to me. I have also never heard anything of that.
  12. Biggerstaff

    Biggerstaff Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    I know my explanation of my source sounds like one of those my brothers, girlfriends, father's friends lines but I was told that from a person who has access to those types of comments about other coaches. I am not saying it is true but when I am trying to make the point his team's lack identify that comment by her resonated with me. We are all grasping for an understanding of what is happening or not happening with ISU basketball. Point to one thing that gives you hope about this coach leading ISU to consistent upper division bball in the big 12.
  13. Dryburn

    Dryburn Well-Known Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    Somewhere in the U.S.
    I poured the Kool-aid out of mine a long time ago, and replaced it with ice and Crown Royal......especially on game days.
  14. Cydkar

    Cydkar Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    Well, that's because you are not high school friends with a woman who's husband is a head assistant in another BCS conference. Duh.
  15. GeronimusClone

    GeronimusClone Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2008
    Des Moines, IA
    I enjoy the irony in this post.
  16. Al_4_State

    Al_4_State Well-Known Member

    Mar 27, 2006
    Driftless Region
    So, is this an attempt at humor, or do you really not see the hypocrisy here?
  17. isuforlife

    isuforlife Well-Known Member

    Sep 6, 2007
    no more koolaid, not in to moral victories , things have to change or ISU men's basketball will be at the botton of the bIg12 forever

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