Centers' Little Helper

Dennis Hans, unrenowned former adjunct professor of mass comm and American foreign policy, relentlessly exposed the Bush administration’s “techniques of deceit” BEFORE the Iraq war, when it could have made a difference (see links). For decades he has fought baseball’s discrimination against lefthanded infielders and promoted his ingenious clockwise solution. A lifelong advocate for a flowing, non-brutal, flop-free NBA, he now champions the cause of its second-class citizens: the centers.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Powell pushed Prague Connection before Cheney did
My latest political essay focuses on one of the many ways Colin Powell helped Bush build public support for an invasion of Iraq even before his disgraceful performance at the U.N. on Feb. 5, 2003. I hope to put together a comprehensive piece on Powell’s many contributions. The current offering was inspired by recent testimony before the Senate Democratic Policy Committee by his former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, who still views his ex-boss — and the president — through rose-colored glasses. He prefers to hold what he calls the “Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal” responsible for most of the bad foreign-policy stuff that’s transpired. Last time I checked, both of those guys work FOR the president. Let’s hold Bush responsible. And let’s not overlook the key contributions of Powell, Tenet and Rice in paving the way for an unnecessary and disastrous war.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

NOW is a great time to get help for your problem shooters. Training camp is months away, so whether the player in question needs fine-tuning or a major makeover, this is the moment to make some changes and put them to the test.

I’m available for part-time or full-time duty. A three-day trial is more than enough time for you to determine whether I can be a big help to Ben Wallace, Shaq, Dwight Howard, Gerald Wallace, Tyson Chandler, Jason Maxiell, Andres Biedrins, Rajon Rondo or any of the others who struggle with their free throws and/or jumpshot. If a player struggles year after year, it’s not in his head. It’s in the way he shoots. The problem could be in his technique, timing or rhythm — or in all three. Progress begins when flaws are identified and then, one at a time, ironed out.

Check out the links to the right under the headings “Hot off the presses” and “Shooting analyses” to get a feel for my “Different strokes for different folks” philosophy. Links under the other headings show that I have a track record of successfully challenging conventional wisdom on very serious matters. I do the same on basketball, including the CW that 1,000 shots a day cures everything including the common cold. Those shots can just as easily ingrain the bad habits that are the cause of your career FT percentage languishing at 53 (Shaq) or 42 (Big Ben).