Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Name That Play!


Sorry about the lack of posts. I've been working on my AP Language students to join the blogging fray. It's funny how students that can drive, talk on a cell phone, text their cronies and change CDs all at the same time, struggle to open a blog account. However, we are making great strides.
Once again, I'm tweaking the format of my Caption Contest a bit. As Blog Czar I am allowed. As some of you may know, I returned to coaching. I'll be leading the 9th grade girls' basketball team this year. We are nearing the end of our second week of practice and have made some great strides in the past couple of days. Our first game is Monday, November 26 at Fraser High School. Because this is the first year girls' basketball has occurred in the winter, schedules are a bit hectic. However, we have introduced our offense and today I'll introduce our out-of-bounds plays. The play illustrated above is so simple and so effective. Most schools throw a zone defense while defending the opponent's basket. We counter this zone by sending four girls to the weak side corner. While the defense thinks we will attack them in the paint, we simply chuck it to the corner and crank a triple. Three points later, the coach still doesn't understand what happened. Trust me it works. We ran this at the boys' varsity level, boys' grade school level and girls' grade school level. As long as you have a shooter, you will get the shot. Not only will we get the shot, we will also get the points. What I don't have is a name for this play. So...this week it's NAME THIS PLAY Contest. The contest begins immediately. The winner will win the satisfaction that every time we run this play, all our girls will remember the creative genius who named it.

19 comments:

Kevin said...
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Kevin said...

I personally think that you should honor the greastest team in LHN history by using their names for the plays. Of course you already have mo, you could throw in a simmons, warden, schmidt, pokley or even flea!

Just a suggestion, and a good one at that.

Also just remember - 5pm means 5:00 not 5:01!

D. Rohde said...

I think you can go with a couple choices. Top cyclists of all-time (Merckx, Hinault, Armstrong, Indurain, Lemond) or brands of bicycles (Trek, Giant, Specialized, Lemond, Huffy). I just got done doing a 15 mile ride. Cycling is on my mind.

Steve Ng said...

I question the validty of your coaching. Asking mundane college students like myself for your help, HA!

Lets call this play N-G. Only 2 letters, how could a freshman forget?

JBrandt said...

kiNG,

Please note that I already have the play that works. I just want to share the love and credit with the person who names the play.

Brian Hicks said...

i say something simple like deep, for example, or you could call it.. o i dont know... how bout the brian hicks. yeah, thats a good one.

Andrew Fluegge said...

Is it merely coincidental that you include the verbiage "crank a triple" when you reveal the purpose of the play? Or is it that you are finally acclamaiting yourself the the vernacular of young, urban students who have perpetuated the craze. Oh, you know what craze. Just punch then crank back three times from left to right...Yes, the soulja boy. While "Souljah Boy" would probably be an immediate red flag for opposition, I'm sure "Crank 'Dat" would be adequate enough for your play.

Anonymous said...

We used to call it 'stang. (Short for Mustang) What was wrong with 'stang? Honor your past JB!

Felten

JBrandt said...

I don't mind honoring the past but I'd also like to give a nod to the present.

kyle said...

looks a lot like "X" to me...at least thats what i think we called it back in the day. My favorite in bounds play, the green light to jack it up. Just call it "Jack" because it doesn't matter how its defended, the shot is going up.

Steve Ng said...

Dear, John Brandt

Please eradicate Mr. Andrew Fluegge from this blog.

1. For his studpidity
2. For his lack of knowledge for the game.
3. For his stupidity

Andrew Fluegge said...

Oh Mr. Ng....
I'm not sure what game you're talking about. If it is the game of urban underground subculture, a land of ice, kicks, gear, and clips, it seems like I certainly have a handle on all aformentioned going-ons. Don't pretend you're not yourself involved. A familiar hustlin' situation comes to mind, one where I personally had to stave off a rival attack in which a young man, clad in Sean John, Pelle Pelle, and Zoo York, attempted to "jack" your newfangled technology.

Brian Hicks said...

dont worry fluegge,
ng is just what kanye west would call a "hater" dont let the haters get u. i personally like crank that. It's easy to remember. But I think the play name should come naturally to the ladies and since all the ladies already yell "brian hicks" everywhere i go why not call it brian hicks?
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Jordan Buuck said...

Ahh, a blast from the not-so-far past. Seeing this plays brings me back to the glory days of the red, white, and blue uniforms. I can still hear your voice shouting over the cheers and jeers of the crowd, telling your boys in blue to run this play. So please, please, please Mr. Brandt....won't you honor the past and call the play by its true name, Sideline Devantier. No one will have a clue what is coming. :)

jon collar said...

brian i have never heard any girl but your mom yell your name but i do like crank it (it has a nice ring) but personaly i think it should be called rohdizzle in honor of our fomer pe teacher

Andrew Fluegge said...

The competition renders support and cedes defeat...the craze is undeniable. Do I feel a tutorial coming along soon? Expos or AP Lit, your choice.

Big Loop said...

As a coach, you want and need to keep the name short and easily identifiable for the players who will be called upon to execute this brilliant play.

With your confidence in this play as a coach and having a player that will make the shot, I would simply call the play.

"Money"

Picture the scene.....

A packed Mustang gym where your team has fought back from being down 12 at half. After a made basket, the press results in a 5 second call. The result? Your ball out of bounds under your own basket with 3 seconds left.

You call time out. In the huddle....

Frantic Team: What do we do, WHAT DO WE DO!!!!

Coach: Suzie, We only have 3 seconds left in the game!!!

Suzie: What play are we going to run coach?

Coach: Calmly you respond. Money!

The time out is over the play is run to perfection and Suzie buries the tripple to win. As the ball is in flight, the bench yell in harmoney....

Money!!


That is what I would call this play!

I'm OUT!

jon collar said...

brian im sorry for brining your mom into this convesation in my previous comment it was very immature and juvinile of me. But come on Mr. Brandt couldnt you see yourself running up and down the sidelene yelling "Rohdizzle, Rohdizzle". by time the other team figured out why you were saying that the ball would go through the hoop before they knew what hit them. And did you ever think that an opponent could come across this post and know your secret weapon before the game even started, not real good planning on your part.

JBrandt said...

Johnny, It's perfect planning on my part. Here's why: A) Nothing speaks confidence like:here's our play, now stop us. B)All good plays have options. C)After you run the play once, the other team knows the play. D)It's not the plays that create success; it's the players.

Big Loop: The committee loved the narrative. My heart rate increased a couple of notches just imagining the scenario. Game one is Monday, November 26. I'll be out of town for awhile so when I return the winner will be announced. Until then....keep suggesting.