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Channeling Jemele Hill, but I agree.
"I also believe Craft receives recognition beyond his abilities for reasons most are afraid to say — he’s a rosey-cheeked white guy. If he’s not, if he looks like Appling, I don’t think he’d be preseason All-Big Ten or featured in Sports Illustrated."
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Sadly I tuned into about five minutes of "Mad Dog's" show this AM online and Couch was on. He made a good comparison to Travis Walton. He said Craft is essentially Travis defensively, but that Walton never got this kind of national attention. It's a legit question.
And oh yeah, the Maddog gave a shout out to tRCMB when talking to Couch about Appling. Couch said he didn't think Appling was the kind of player to read the papers and internet, and DeMarco said "God no, no player should read Spartan Tailgate!"
well for as much hype as he shouldn't be receiving according to couch, we sure had no answer to stop him this weekend. he pretty much did whatever he wanted on both ends of the floor
Wow, certainly different from ESPN; where hating white people will almost certainly land you a job. Can't we just give recognition to the most skilled athlete, no matter their skin color? You're freaking sports journalists, not civic activists. Stop playing favorites. white or black.
Now with a PhD in Applied Llama Physics...
Will not end well.
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Is this news to anyone?
He scored 21 points against us and played good D. That's why he gets attention.
Reading the comments for that article are interesting, but would send this thread to wells... I agree with a lot of what he says, but boy does it piss people off saying Craft gets a notoriety bump because he is white. My favorite comment was the guy talking about how old-fashion thinking this is and how white players of the past had to get through the racism that held them back.
"Small-minded arguments like this have been going on since the days of Maravich and Bird (and no, I realize Craft isn’t even near the same atmosphere as those two) but their legacy long outlived that of their bitter detractors."
Not sure I agree totally. I do think Craft gets typecast a bit with the "he tries so hard" description. Doesn't get credit for his strength and he is quicker than people think. Sure, he tries hard but he is also a pretty good athlete. Sometimes people forget that strength is part of athleticism.
Anyone. Anyplace. Anytime.
stop being a hater, Craft is sweet and deserves the hype. Wish we had him on our team.
He's a big white point guard. People project a certain style of play onto players who fit that bill, and more athleticism onto black players. Craft's style of play meets expectations, so it was recognized immediately his freshman year. A guy like Walton didn't look like the stereotypical gritty defensive specialist (white) so it takes a little longer to recognize what he is.
He really is a great defender, but he does get a lot of slack from refs based on reputation alone. He had just 2 fouls called on him in 40 minutes. In a game where the refs were pretty liberal with the whistle, he could have been called for a hell of a lot more with how closely and physically he plays. This seems to be the case more often than not, he gets the benefit of the doubt from the refs not necessarily because he's "a rosy-cheeked white guy," but because of the admiration and respect he has gotten for the defense he plays. The reputation for physical play in the B1G helps his case, too. Put him in the ACC or Big 12 and he would deal with foul trouble almost every game.
The way he jumped into the pile to get that loose ball was awesome, too. He plays hard all the time. I hate media types who want to make something about race to get attention.
It will likely end in Wells...
Really? Who would he replace on our team? Appling has obviously struggled the past few games, but overall I would argue KA is a far superior player (and the stats back that up).
I know you can't tie a stat to hustle plays that scrappy white guys make, but I do agree with Couch that there are black players who do much of what Craft does with much less hype (Walton was a great example).
Similar to Chris Kramer. Craft fouls on every play, basically daring the officials to call him on it. They now only call his most severe fouls.
Can't ignore the rosey-cheeked elephant in the room.
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
Craft is much better offensively than Walton was.
It's hard to say who he would replace as we have great guards this year. He's different than anyone else we have. What we lack however is a catalyst who just by his hustle and grit can turn a game around. I would love to have him on our team. If you want to get specific, I'd rather have him than Trice and if we ignore his future potential, Valentine.
BS, you are way underestimating Craft's ability and you seem to be implying he's not a great athlete which is hilarious.
This answer sort of makes Couch's point, I think. You mention two backup guards you'd be willing to give up in exchange for Craft, yet he was preseason All B10 and is heralded as an incredible player.
People are putting words in my mouth if they're saying I don't think he's a good player. Like Couch, I just don't think the performance matches the hype. I would put Zeller in this same camp, who also happens to be white.
You're putting words in my mouth. I think he's a good player - just not great and not equal to the hype that has been thrust upon him (one great game against MSU not withstanding).
You think Zeller is overrated? Did you watch the game last Tuesday? He's better than Payne or Nix.
He was the unanimous preseason player of the year and isn't going to finish the season the best player on his own team. I think that qualifies as overrated.
BS again, no one is going to say "I would trade my guy", but the fact is if we traded KA for Craft we would still be a damn good team and on some nights better.
Burke is the best PG in the league and the country, followed by KA and Craft. All 3 of whom are definitly top 10 national PGs. Are we supposed to act like they are just average players? Craft is the single best player in the country at on ball defending and it's not because he fouls every time.
I'm curious who you would define as "a great pg" in the B10 and nationally?
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Do I get to use small samples as well? The first game against us he scored just 9 points (5 from FTs) while Payne racked up 18. This means Payne is clearly better than Zeller.
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