Bulls Sixers-Game 3 Preview

By Tyler Coppock

By now you know the story, Derrick Rose is gone, and the Bulls are coming off a thrashing at the hands of the 76ers. Game 3, for both teams, is a must win.

The Bulls simply cannot afford to lost tonight’s game. They need to rush out of the gates fast and makeup for their missing spark plug, Derrick Rose.

Losing to a team like the 76ers isn’t a reason to hang your head. Philadelphia plays sound defense, and has solid players like Andre Igoulada, Jrue Holliday and Lou Williams. Giving up 107 points, like the Bulls did in Game 2, is a problem.

The Bulls player perhaps their worst defensive game of the season. The playoffs are obviously no time for that type of performance. Tonight, they need to guard the paint. They need to guard the 3 point line, and, most importantly, they need to get rebounds and get the ball in transtion.

John Luccas III is no Derrick Rose. That much we know. He can’t get into the paint. He’s not going to be that go-to-guy that championship teams have. But he can shoot. He needs to shoot more.

The Bulls played last game like they were scared. At this point, there’s nothing to be scared of. D. Rose isn’t coming back. He’s gone. It’s time to move on. The Bulls need to play like the underdog. If they play with that type of edge, they’ll win in a convincing fashion.

The Sixers are playing with house money now. There’s no pressure on them. Why would there be? They’re the 8th seed playing against a team that has the NBA’s best regular season record two  years running. Sure, the reigning MVP is gone, but most people still expect the Sixers to go down rather quietly.

Tonight Philadelphia is going to be playing in front of a home crowd that smells blood. They know the Bulls are bent, now they feel as though they can break them. Doug Collins is a motivator and a master of the x’s and o’s. He’ll have his team ready to play.

Tom Thibodeau can’t be out coached again. Here’s something alot of people have forgotten about ‘Thibs: He’s been generally out foxed in the playoffs. Frank Vogel, Indian’s coach was better last year. Mike Woodson of Atlanta was close. And Miami’s dead-man-walking Eric Spoeltra always seemed one step ahead of Thibodeau in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

Thibs can’t have this happen again. Is he a top tier coach in the NBA? Probably. Now is the time to prove it.

Here’s the deal for tonight; first team to 90 wins. And, most likely, the team that wins tonight will go on to fight another series. Prediction, you ask? Bulls win 94-83

 

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Two nights ago I was watching an episode of “The Simpsons.” The episode was about the time when Homer became the voice of

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show

The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

the new talking dog on the show “Itchy and Scratchy.” This particular episode aired for the first time in 1997. At one point, the Comic Book Guy

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Comic Book Guy announces that Springfield is in 299th place on a list of the 300 most livable cities, with East St Louis being in 300th place. In an interview following the episode’s broadcast, a statement by writer Matt Selman regarding East St Louis sparked controversy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

talks about how he will log onto the internet to trash Homer’s new gig on his blog. The word “blog” was still a confusing four letter word in 1997. How far we’ve come.

Blog is now a mainstream part of our society here in 2012. I can post to blogs from my mobile phone that has 3G internet. I can tweet my opinions to the world simply by moving my thumbs around. I can let my voice be heard in a million different ways now. To think we used to have share our phone lines with our family just to use dial up internet. Kids, ask your parents what dial up was.

Being a journalist isn’t about getting sources anymore. It’s not about being the savviest writer. It’s not about being at the right place at the right time. It’s about being all of these things at one. And, most importantly, being the fastest.

Everything now is up-to-the-second. The two Apps that come to my head first are the Word Press application and the MePorter application. Word Press isn’t just for journalists. Anyone can use it. But the mobile application for the blogging giant is impressive.

The Word Press application reminds of the device I use it on—my iPhone. It has its complications and it takes a minute to learn it. But it’s still easy to use.

I can blog about whatever it is I’m seeing wherever and whenever I want. I can post a photo or a video of it, too.

The “Meporter” application is much more tailored for journalists. The application can tell you about events taking place near you. It can show you what others near you are talking about. It also give you the capabilities of posting photos or videos.

I’m not sure if Meporter will ever catch on the same way other social media sites have. But I do think it has use.

Like I said earlier, being the fastest to something is of the up most importance. Meporter can give you a head start. Sure, it might not always work. But if it works even just once to produce a more meaningful, insightful, story, then its worth it.

One of the social media applications I wasn’t particularly impressed was “Storify.” The website was made by journalists, for journalists.

My problem with this is that I feel like it gives reporters an unfair capability. Sure, most journalists would love a story that writes itself. We’d all love to surf the internet, read some tweets and then call it a day. But that just isn’t fair.

If there’s a murder somewhere in Chicago. I can use Storify, via Twitter, to see eye witness accounts. I can post those tweets to my Storify Page. I can record a quick memo about with SoundcCloud.

Storify could have some usefulness too, though. In a way, I feel like Storify is Twittter beyond 140 characters. It can give you a more well rounded view of a story. It’s a one-stop-shop for audio, video and print. It also has one quality that we all love about social media; anyone can use it.

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By Tyler Coppoc…

By Tyler Coppock

 

Two nights ago I was watching an episode of “The Simpsons.” The episode was about the time when Homer became the voice of “Poochie,” the new talking dog on the show “Itchy and Scratchy.” This particular episode aired for the first time in 1997. At one point, the “comic book guy” talks about how he will log onto the internet to trash Homer’s new gig on his blog. The word “blog” was still a confusing four letter word in 1997. How far we’ve come. 

Blog is now a mainstream part of our society here in 2012. I can post to blogs from my mobile phone that has 3G internet. I can tweet my opinions to the world simply by moving my thumbs around. I can let my voice be heard in a million different ways now. To think we used to have share our phone lines with our family just to use dial up internet. Kids, ask your parents what dial up was. 

Being a journalist isn’t about getting sources anymore. It’s not about being the savviest writer. It’s not about being at the right place at the right time. It’s about being all of these things at one. And, most importantly, being the fastest. 

Everything now is up-to-the-second. The two Apps that come to my head first are the Word Press application and the MePorter application. Word Press isn’t just for journalists. Anyone can use it. But the mobile application for the blogging giant is impressive.

The Word Press application reminds of the device I use it on—my iPhone. It has its complications and it takes a minute to learn it. But it’s still easy to use.

I can blog about whatever it is I’m seeing wherever and whenever I want. I can post a photo or a video of it, too. 

The “Meporter” application is much more tailored for journalists. The application can tell you about events taking place near you. It can show you what others near you are talking about. It also give you the capabilities of posting photos or videos. 

I’m not sure if Meporter will ever catch on the same way other social media sites have. But I do think it has use.  

Like I said earlier, being the fastest to something is of the upmost importance. Meorter can give you a head start. Sure, it might not always work. But if it works even just once to produce a more meaningful, insightful, story, then its worth it.

One of the social media applications I wasn’t particularly impressed was “Storify.” The website was made by journalists, for journalists. 

My problem with Storify is that I feel like it gives reporters an unfair capability. Sure, most journalists would love a story that writes itself. We’d all love to surf the internet, read some tweets and then call it a day. But that just isn’t fair.

If there’s a murder somewhere in Chicago. I can use Storify, via Twitter, to see eye witness accounts. I can post those tweets to my Storify Page. I can record a quick memo about with SoundcCloud. 

Storify could have some usefulness too, though. In a way, I feel like Storify is Twittter beyond 140 characters. It can give you a more well rounded view of a story. It’s a one-stop-shop for audio, video and print. It also has one quality that we all love about social media; anyone can use it. 

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Apps

I’m just not technically savvy. I tried to use our journalistic apps such as Meporter,

and Banjo, but couldn’t

Upon using SoundCoud I realized I was out of my league. That type is for the big boys, not me. I had audio from my interviews, but couldn’t load it on to storify. I didn’t have photos or video, either.

When it’s all said and done, the only thing I feel even the slightest bit comfortable using is a key board. And even that is somewhat of a stretch.

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It’s Opening Day

It’s opening day again for the Cubs, and optimism is at a 103-year low. The Bulls are the cream of the NBA crop. The Blackhawks are peeking at the right time as the playoffs loom. There is virtually no reason to pay attention to the Cubs, or have any belief they will win a championship this season.

Around Chicago, Cubs fans, some more devoted than others, shared their feeling’s on another year of baseball at the friendly confines.

Bahb Simmons, 56, who is visiting his sister from Oakland, doesn’t see any reason to believe. “I grew up a Cubs fan, but I haven’t noticed much excitement around the city,” said Simmons. “They just aren’t very good.”

Tim Donnelly of Chicago felt  differently. “

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BOSTON, MA - MAY 22: Starlin Castro #13 of the Chicago Cubs is congratulated by manager Mike Quade #8 after Castro scored in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox on May 22, 2011 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Before this series, the two teams haven't played at Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)

is going to have a huge year,” he said. Donnelly, who was attending his first opening day, said he thought the team would gain attention by the summer. “People are still focused on the Bulls and ‘Hawks. I am too. But I think the Cubs can turn heads this season.”

Erin Seeley flew in from Florida for the game. “It’s a holiday weekend, and it’s opening day,” she said. “It doesn’t get any better than opening day.” Seeley feels like this is actually the year. “I think luck is on our side. I can feel it,” she said.

In this writer’s opinion, no chance in hell. The Cubs are far closer to being the worst team in the league than to being the best. Maybe next year, but I doubt it.

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Illinois

By Tyler Coppock

 

In recent weeks some people have called the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program a “stepping stone.” These critics are wrong.

If Indiana is the birthplace of basketball, and New York is where basketball was a reckless teenager, then Illinois is where basketball became a well-rounded adult. No where in the world is youth basketball as competitive as it is in the Chicago Public League.

Which leads us to why Bruce Weber was fired from Illinois. He failed to recruit the best players in the country who grew up in his backyard. Let’s go over the list of blue-chip recruits who Weber missed out on. Jon Sheyer, Iman Shumpert, Anthony Davis, Sherron Collins and Derrick Rose.  

When Weber took the Illini to the final four, he did it with Bill Self’s players. Weber is a good coach, but that doesn’t matter in college hoops. It’s the Caliparis, the Rick Pitinos and the Kryzewskis who have their hand prints in the final four. All are good coaches, but great recruiters. 

Weber did it the honest way, which I respect. He didn’t pay for his talent. Who knows, maybe D-Rose was going to go to the Champaign until his failed SAT score. Probably not. 

Weber 210-101 at Illinois. He had a stellar record and never let the program spin out of control. He treated his players like student athletes and was a good coach beyond the wins and losses. 

But it’s wins and losses that matter. Weber hadn’t been to a sweet sixteen in seven seasons. There’s simply no excuse for that. Who knows how much success he would had if he hadn’t inherited Dee Brown, Deron Williams and Luther Head. 

Weber is by all accounts a respectable leader. There will not be any accusations of cheating coming his way anytime soon. About six years from now, Kentucky’s wins from this season will be vacated. It will be like it never happened. That won’t happen with Illinois’ 2004 final four appearance. 

New head coach John Groce has one job: get the CPS Stars. Hell, I think boosters at Illinois would be just fine with him paying. But he must, and should, resist that urge. It’s better to lose with dignity than win unrefined. 

It starts with Simeon Junior Jabari Parker. He just might be the best prospect sine Greg Oden. He has the size of Kentucky star Anthony Davis and the instincts of a point guard. Get him, and future is just fine. 

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The Internet Of Things

At this point it’s beating a dead horse: The world is becoming more digital every single day.

Every day there is a new advancement, a new discovery that makes our worldwide community even faster. We are rapidly becoming a paperless, wireless society that puts emphasis on every millisecond.

Some of our advancements and discoveries are, in the grand scheme of things, useless. Remember in the Austin Powers movie when he tries to explain the internet to Beyonce? He shows her that simply by pressing on a modern-age type writer he can watch apes defecate on themselves. But at the same time, he can face chat with his friend Basil.

That’s kind of what the internet is like: Delightfully childish, but undeniably useful. The internet has changed the world more than any invention since the gun.

So, obviously, we get alot of stupidity from this invention. The internet is not a perfect entity.

In the McKinsey Quarterly Article “The Internet of Things,” the publication takes a peek into the future to see what future products of technology will change our lives.

Some are creepy. Look, I’ve never been a parent and I don’t know what it would feel like to have a child go missing. But I will never, never put a tracking system in my child’s body. That’s weird!

But the technological world also provides us with us useful developments. Airplane companies are developing sensors that will show a planes condition in real time. Is the engine on your 747 shot? This sensor will tell the people in charge. This is something that could revolutionize the way we fly. When a plane crashes it’s never because the gas tank was empty. It’s always an equipment failure that unfortunately went unnoticed. This won’t happen anymore. Technology is smarter than you and I could ever dream of being.

In another invention, policer are working on a sensor that will pinpoint the location of gun fire almost rapidly. That is an invention that could make our world just a tad safer. This invention, and the one named above, could save lives. Even if one life is saved because of this, it’s a win for technology.

With that being said, I have to play devils advocate. I really hate self checkouts at Jewel. Stay with me here. I hate going to McDonalds and seeing that instead of filling up my coke, the cashier presses the button for large, and the machine does it itself.

No, I don’t have some sort of consumer elitist mentality that makes me thing negatively of those in the service industry. I just get nervous that this will strip people of jobs.

Grocery stores are making a concious business decision with those self checkouts. Instead of paying someone minimum wage, they make one downpayment on some machine and never look back.

Here’s my last movie reference: Remember  in “I, Robot” (this movie was so bad) that Will Smith’s whole grudge against robots was that they took his dad’s job as a chair maker?

Well, I feel like that could be the future. Look at how quickly the world has changed in the past 20 years. Imagine it in another 20. Imagine it in 100. Sometimes we just move to fast. But we can’t help ourselves. We want technology, and we want it now.

The internet is all-in-all a good thing. But, it has its flaws. Namely, that one day we will be fighting evil robots because they took all our parent’s jobs.

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