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Nice piece on Appling from the Freep (yes, the Freep -- and it's not even Rexrode). I don't know where the hell I was, but I don't remember all this trouble Keith got into over the summer, and I sure as hell didn't know that Izzo interrupted his family vacation to pick up Garland, Stephens, & Fife to go to Keith's house in Detroit last summer to get him to wake up.
Probably my favorite part:
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard spotted one of the team managers.
"Zach! What's up, baby?!? Y'all win last night?" Appling asked, referring to an intramural game on campus.
The senior manager, Zack Peterson, from Oak Park, Ill., turned back toward Appling and told him the score, smiling.
"That's all?" Appling hollered, incredulously.
For much of the first two seasons Appling spent at MSU, he said almost nothing. Now he spends practices slapping hands and giving out attaboys and talking during film sessions and smiling and joking with the managers.
"He used to mess with them, kind of even bully them a little," Nix said of the way Appling treated the managers and support staff around the program, "now Keith is their favorite player on the team."
A year ago, Michigan State's Keith Appling would have been sitting in the corner with a towel over his head, uninterested in talking. Russell Byrd is certain of this, because that's what Appling did after a bad game. He shut everyone out.
Thank you, Denicos.
I don't think this was previously public information. I'm glad it clicked for Keith. Just what Izzo and this program needed was another Lucious, Allen type situation. Izzo did a good job handling Derrick and Keith, as well as those two maturing and being a part of the program.
Glad I'm not the only one.
Byrd spent 16 hours a day with Appling, helping him make the transition, telling him things he didn't always want to hear. It was liberating.
"Keith is just a happier person," Byrd said. "He has less stress."
And people said that Byrd doesn't contribute anything to the team...
That stuff is so much more important that winning games.
Great story, so far. I like what Nix told him, and is why he is one of my favorite players.
It is funny. All of Izzo's quotes sound a lot like his quotes in the Chris Allen saga. Good to hear App turned it around instead of going the Allen route.
We've always talked highly about Byrd's legendary contributions in practice.
Nice little story.
Yep. Clearly the piece was written to show all of the problems KA has had and embarrass him about them. Friggin U of M!
Wow the managers IM team is slacking. I heard stories from last year of throwing up triple digits
Joe Rexrode wrote an excellent article!! It was an interesting story and it was so easy to read. I know i rail on him for how stuttered his writing is with the reliance on 1 sentence paragraphs, but he averaged 2.175 sentences over the 40 paragraphs and that includes 9 one sentence paragraphs over the last 12 paragraphs...and those one sentence paragraphs at the end were perfect for the effect he was trying to achieve! I'll rail on him, but I will also praise him, because despite all of that, he's still my favorite writer in the Detroit media.
It's writing like this that makes Joe a realistic candidate for a Pulitzer award.
Well done, Joe!! Keep up the good work!!
How illuminating to know that Keith Appling used to be an arrogant, preening self-centered asshole who has now evolved into something adorably warm and fuzzy. Now if he makes some jump shots and learns the subtlties of interior passing he will be perfect. I like you now Keith, but I could love you.
Bump. Really interesting read.
Preening, self-centered asshole is the default description for all males ages 17 - 22.
I get that the one sentence paragraphs are pretty lame (and harped on here quite a bit), but I think people should realize its not necessarily just the fault of the writer. For one, there are a lot of quotes, which require new paragraphs. Second, especially in an online/screen format, big huge chunks of text will often bring out the "tl;dr" response.
I know in several of my ugrad business communications type classes it was strongly encouraged to ever have more than 2-3 lines of text in an email. I realize that a work email and an article aren't the same thing, but I would imagine the online editors of many newspapers tell the writers to break their articles down into smaller chunks. It appears to be shorter/quicker to read for the reader, so they won't say "Ahhh screw it" and jump on to the next thing. Important for driving page views and ad revenue for future articles.
Edit: meant to quote Varg.
This post was edited by The_Miz 18 months ago
Shawn Windsor looks like Jeffrey Dahmer's twin brother
What is that, a Titleist? A hole in one...
1.) Awesome article.
2.) Russell Byrd is my Spartan. Seriously.
Keith needs to go off tonight
"You make sure when you come, you got a little blood in your eye, a little blood in your eye, a little fire in your belly. We there yet?"
Not gonna lie, between this article and the Izzo's day article on Detnews, my allergies almost acted up.
More than anything for me, this article was a good reminder of the culture shock that a lot of athletes go through when transitioning to a collegiate atmosphere.
I mean, quotes like this: "In Detroit, there is so much madness that no one cares if you speed," he said. "Whenever I'm home, I almost never see a police officer. There is too much other stuff going on."
To think about going from that atmosphere to the dorms, or the neighborhoods in EL...that's a drastic shift of surroundings. I know, captain obvious is obvious, but when all you do is see these kids on the court or in controlled press conference type situations, its easy to forget.
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