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Shoe Review: adidas Crazylight Boost

    Let me start off by saying adidas improved upon their Crazylight Boost shoe for 2015 in almost every way, compared to the 2014 model. I liked the old model at the time, but after checking out this new 2015 shoe, it’s better in every facet. I play hard on my shoes, meaning I […]

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - JANUARY 12: Mark Titus #34 of the Ohio State Buckeyes shoots the ball during the Big Ten game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on January 12, 2010 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Ohio state won 70-66.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

RIP Grantland (But Long Live Mark Titus)

  Ever since the rise of Internet, has been my preferred sports news portal. I started playing fantasy sports there and have followed many of its esteemed writers. Lately, I have been thinking about going elsewhere to get my sports news. I still like the way their box scores and player stats are laid […]

CHICAGO, IL - NOVEMBER 17: Matt McQuaid #20 of the Michigan State Spartans celebrates after hitting a three point shot over Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the Champions Classic at the United Center on November 17, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Michigan State defeated Kansas 79-73. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

To Freshman Or Not To Freshman, That Is The Question

  If a person were to look for easy sports narratives (and who isn’t?), then Tuesday night’s Champions Classic from Chicago made for an easy one for college coaches: to freshman or not to freshman. It’s not as if Bill Self and Tom Izzo wouldn’t give their eye teeth to get freshman classes laden with […]

Book Review: One and Fun

  For the past year, I have been a teen librarian at the local public library. In most cases, this has been an enjoyable time. Teens that come to the library are an odd and funny group, and I am glad when they seem to enjoy coming by. However, I have found little to like […]

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 03:  Kevin Durant #35 of the Texas Longhorns celebrates after scoring in the first half of the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on March 3, 2007 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Longhorns 90-86.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: One And Done Review

  The NBA’s one-and-done rule has now been in effect for almost a decade. The 2006 draft class was the last to include high schoolers, so nearly a generation of NBA players have spent at least a season in college (or, like Emmanuel Mudiay and Brandon Jennings, abroad). The effect on NBA play is in […]

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Book Review: The Best Team Money Can Buy

My track record of book reviews on the Missner’s Manifesto tends toward the negative. One might think that I would stop reading books, particularly sports books. While sports books are not my favorite, I read one recently that I actually liked. The Best Team Money Can Buy by Molly Knight examined the 2013 Los Angeles […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Rick Pitino is the Worst

  There are many types of leadership. I tend to think of the best leaders as those who lead by example and try to make things easier for everyone else. In sports, leading by example is generally not seen as leading. To be a leader in any sport, it seems like yelling is the most […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Anthony Bennett & the 2013 NBA Draft

(Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports) With Anthony Bennett being cut and returning to Canada in the same week, it seems like an opportune time to look back at the 2013 NBA draft. I have been writing lottery night mock drafts for quite a few years, but the ephemeral nature of the internet has blown my previous […]


Shoe Review: Jordan Super.Fly 4

  I’ve long pined for a pair of Jordan Super.Fly’s – I’ve just always loved the look of them.  So I was thrilled to recently acquire a pair of the most release in the line, the Jordan Super.Fly 4’s. Great look to the shoes to begin with.  Love the design, and you can’t beat the Jumpman […]


Missner’s Manifesto: Looking Back At Past Pronostications

This past week I have been involved in two diametrically opposed activities. I have been conjuring up projections for the coming college basketball season for RotoWire, while reading Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman, part of which echoes Nicholas Nathan Taleb’s The Black Swan in that experts shouldn’t be trusted. I guess I am […]


Missner’s Manifesto: Perry’s All-Time Favorite Bucks

  Early September is usually when basketball takes a backseat to football. Here at The Hoops Manifesto, the hardwood bests the grid iron. In the past Missner’s Manifestoes, I’ve looked into the depressing future, so maybe it is time to look into the depressing past. I have been listening to Red Rock Fantasy Basketball Podcast. […]

MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 30: Celebration outside the BMO Harris Bradley Center for the fans before the game of the Chicago Bulls against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on April 30, 2015 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using the photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

Missner’s Manifesto: Questioning My Fandom, Volume 4,080

  Being a fan is an act of faith. It requires that we put our hopes into something that we have no control over (even if we sit in our lucky spot or wear the jersey of our favorite player). One of the most repeated tropes of this column is the question of why fans […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: You Can’t Make This Up Book Review

For someone who prefers to watch sports without announcers, I can’t say that I’ve spent much time thinking about Al Michaels. To me, the best an announcer can do is not take away from the action. I am watching what is happening on the screen, why do I need a person to tell me what […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: Free Agent Frenzy – All Things Flow From Portland

  There are probably many media members who think that the free agency period in the NBA is better than the actual season. They likely get more attention for breaking news during that period. The writers, like anyone, like all of the attention, even though most of these moves are largely inconsequential. While I find […]

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Shoe Review: Nike Lunar Flyknit 3

I’m a big fan of Nike’s Flyknit line, so I was looking forward to testing out the Nike Lunar Flyknit 3.  And while the shoes didn’t disappoint, they didn’t blow me away either. There is nothing extraordinary about the shoes – they are lightweight, durable, breathable, and offer a secure fit.  They also held up […]