Saturday, March 16, 2013

Now more than ever- Scott Walker = Tom Crean

You're goddam right I'm in a mood to spout after coming back from a pre-St. Patty's Day hangout and celebration, and watching Bucky laid the smack down on the Hoosiers this afternoon for their 12th straight win over IU.


 Oh yes, this means good times for Jake.I'm flashing back to being 20-something and jamming some DMB on a night like this.This probably locks up a 4 seed for the Badgers, and tells me that if they hit some shots and run good offense for the next few weeks, maybe they got a shot to play a while in the Big Dance (and yes, I know I just jinxed the shit out of them).

Today also reiterates a thought I had 2 years ago, that Tom Crean is just like Scott Walker. Sure, weak-minded partisans might be impresed by the way these guys seem so enthusiastic and unflappable, and in the way they can recruit large amounts of talent (or money) their way. But among those of us that actually care about the game (or state) at large, and those of us who are clear-eyed enough to see these charlatans for who they are, we know that there's little to no ability in either of these guys, and if the other folks come strong at them, they'll come up short, no matter how tough they might look on the outside. Us Badgers in Madison know it as well as anyone, and both Crean and Walker rightfully fear that what we know will soon become reality for the rest of their constituencies (much like it did when it came to Iraq or demanding marriage equality or any other number of 21st Century developments that us Madison hippies have been proven right about).

Sure, both Crean and Walker got lucky reprieves in 2012 as a number of things fell their way (Walker convinced enough weaklings that he hadn't deserved to be booted out of office, while players like Oladipo and Zeller saved Crean's job with a Sweet 16 appearance). But even though these guys may be riding high in the eyes of the media, those of us that have a clue know that status is going to be fleeting (Walker's education budget is already blowing up among his GOP backers in the Legislature, and his budget will clearly implode into massive deficits with huge debts costs. Crean will probably lose Oladipo, Hulls and Zeller next year, with nowhere near as much talent ready to replace it). By 2014, both will be on the downslide in the national picture. And while both have delusional dreams of grandeur in 2016, (Crean thinks he's building at empire at IU despite not being half the coach Bo Ryan, Tom Izzo, or Thad Matta could be able, and Gov Dropout thinks he can be president, despite barely being able to crack the top 10 among the bubble-world losers at CPAC.) it's probably more likely that they'll be considered a joke at that point, with their careers effectively over.

And yes, I will be laughing at both of these posers, and bragging that I told you so. Those of us with a clue can spot a "nothing-there" poser a mile away, and Tom Crean and Scott Walker are the definitions of that type of "leader".

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