Generation gap can be size of Grand Canyon
January 27, 2013 12:10PM
North Chicago native Shawn Marion has played in the NBA for 14 seasons, and he has one year to go on his contract with Dallas. | THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:14AM
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■ This is what happens when someone born in the Jurassic Era tries to coexist with someone from the Digital Generation:
Was in a parking lot and walking north toward Pet Supplies Plus to purchase food for a very old and very, very out-of-shape feline.
The person heading to the same store, but walking west, was within six feet and looked familiar, so it made some sense when he offered up a “Hi; how’s it goin?”
An appropriate response was made, but drew no reaction from the young man, which made no sense and a actually seemed sort of rude because he was the one who’d initiated the conversation and asked the question?
It wasn’t until we were both inside the store that it became apparent what was going on.
He had something hooked to his left ear and was carrying on a conversation by talking on some sort of cellphone device.
Welcome to 2013.
Correction: Dinosaurs, you’re not welcome in 2013.
■ An inquiring mind wants to know:
Does anybody else still have a phone book sitting on top of the fridge at home?
And more to the point: Does anybody else still actually use the white pages?
■ Forewarned is forearmed.
You knew this was coming, and it has arrived at a gas station near you.
On the cupcake shelf at a store near you, there’s a product that’s packaged to resemble Twinkies, and the two yellow cakes in the package look exactly like Twinkies.
But they don’t taste like Twinkies.
It’s put out by Mrs. Somebody-or-other.
Consider yourself forewarned.
■ Here’s a statistical oddity for you:
College basketball teams are averaging fewer points per game and fewer shots per game now than they were before the shot clock and three-point arc came into play in the 1980s.
According to experts, there are two reasons for this:
1) Coaches now have a defense-first philosophy, and that is causing teams to go deep into the 35-second shot clock on each possession and often force up rushed/poor shots to beat the clock.
2) Teams are now bombing away at a low percentage from behind the three-point line.
The “elbow” jumper has completely disappeared from the college game, with teams preferring to shoot 30 percent from behind the arc rather than 44 percent from in front of it.
The problem is, with games now being played in the 50s, you literally don’t have to watch the first 17 minutes of a game. Tune in for the last three and the game likely will be close — 48-45 or something like that.
Don’t be shocked if the NCAA tried to change rules to get scoring back into the game and the word “boring” out of it.
■ Trivia regarding Grinnell’s college basketball programs, which played Lake Forest College’s team’s on Saturday.
In the men’s game, Grinnell won 100-63 to improve to 13-4 on the season.
The winners are playing without Jack Taylor, who had his 15 minutes of fame when he scored 138 points in a game last November.
Taylor broke his wrist in a game last month and is out for the year. He was averaging 36 points per game when he broke down.
Grinnell’s men’s team plays a style in which they play virtually no defense and try to score in the 100s but shooting every couple of seconds.
Against LFC, Grinnell was 23-of-49 from behind the three-point line.
In Saturday’s first game Grinnell’s women improve to 8-9 by beating LFC 63-49.
In case you’re wondering, the answer is “no.” The Grinnell women play traditional basketball. They don’t play like the men’s team does.
■ North Chicago native Shawn Marion is averaging a near-career low 10.8 points per game for the Dallas Mavs in the final year of his five-year contract with the NBA team.
He is, however, grabbing eight boards per game, which is up from recent years.
He’ll soon be 35 years old, so you have to think this is the end of the NBA line for one a genuine good guys
■ Seven-footer Kevin Rowley went from Lake Forest Academy to Northwestern, and is now finishing is college basketball career at St. Mary’s in California.
He’s a little-used reserve senior center (played 96 total minutes in 20 games), but the team is 16-4.