If I was a good blogger, I would have started this feature a few months back. But I'm a half-assed blogger, so you'll just have to live with getting it now (and for the duration of the season). What is it? Pretty simple: I ask questions of an opposing team's blogger, they answer. A truly revolutionary idea, no? First up: Friend of the Pants Loretta8 from excellent just Northwestern blog, Sippin' On Purple.
1) Iowa's main defensive weaknesses are an inability to defend the post and a propensity to be victimized by good three-point shooting and effective ball movement. Be honest: is Northwestern's offense going to kill our defense or totally MURDERDEATHKILL our defense?
Yes, that match up would certainly appear to favor Northwestern, what with their #12 in the nation offense per KenPom (ahead of Ohio State, THATS RIGHT, SUCK IT BUCKEYES) and all. Although you won't have to worry about defending the post; I'm pretty sure the BHGP staff could shut down Davide Curletti and Luka Mirkovic. (Ed. Note: This is entirely possible since Patrick and HFMR are giants. -- Ross)
2) John Shurna has an unconventional shooting stroke. Would you say that it most resembles: (a) an otter having a stroke, (b) a chasing dog finally catching that elusive car, (c) a death row inmate being electrocuted, or (d) a fish flopping into a vat of acid?
I'm going with (e) an albatross with two broken wings.3) Is there a secret clause in Carmody's contract that requires him to have at least one Eastern European player (also called "Eurotrash" by the geopolitically insensitive) on the squad at all times? Where does he dig up these consonant-loving hoops fiends? And I know that you are a wager-friendly person; what are the odds that Luka Mirkovic drains a clutch shot against Iowa on Thursday?
I hope a secret clause is the reason he keeps bringing in these big white stiffs, because it would be pretty inexplicable otherwise. I believe over his tenure, he has recruited players from Serbia, Croatia, France, Morocco, Canada, Trinidad & Tobago, Luxembourg and Denmark, and next year he's bringing in a kid born in Romania.
4) On a scale of 1-10, how much does Northwestern's inability to make the NCAA Tournament in basketball rankle you? What are their odds of ending that streak this year? Is that streak more or less aggravating than the bowl game futility streak in football?
5) Did Bill Carmody have a childhood trauma that caused his present aversion to wearing neckties? Has he ever considered wearing bowties? Do you find the fact that he looks like a mash-up of Newt Gingrich and Bill Pullman titillating or unnerving? Do you think Bill Carmody could effectively marshal the remnants of humanity for a last-gasp charge at a nightmarish invading alien army? (NOTE: In this scenario, the roles played by Jeff Goldblum and Will Smith may or may not be filled by John Shurna and JerShonn Cobb.)