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Missner’s Manifesto: The Fix is In Book Review

Last year I was working on a weeding project at our library. Weeding is when a librarian looks at books for condition and/or usage and decides what to keep and what to dump. I know, I know: libraries should keep everything, but they do not. I came across a book called The Fix is In: […]

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04: Karl-Anthony Towns #12 of the Kentucky Wildcats handles the ball against Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers in the second half during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: NBA Lottery Mock Draft

  Sports sell hope. Fans are taught to think this could be our year, our game, our moment. This feeling seems to buoy events like the draft in which seemingly every prospect will fulfill his complete potential and help his team win a championship. That’s what we’re being sold, right? However, all you have to […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: (L-R)   NBA analyst Bill Simmons, TV personality Michelle Beadle and NBA player Nick Young attend The 2014 ESPY Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images For ESPYS)

Missner’s Manifesto: Bye Bye Sports Guy

In the end, Bill Simmons did not listen to the oft-made recommendation of Jalen Rose: “Don’t get fired.” While one person’s lack of contract renewal is another person’s firing, a week ago ESPN president John Skipper decided that Simmons wasn’t worth the headache. For whatever reason, this story has captured my imagination. I am a […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: #1 Point Guards

  For the majority of the history of the NBA, teams have drafted tall players with the first overall pick. From 1997 to 2007, the shortest player drafted at #1 was LeBron James. After the 76ers broke the mold with tiny Allen Iverson in 1996, the first players chosen were Tim Duncan, Michael Olowokandi, Elton Brand, […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: The Champion

Congratulations to Purdue’s Jon Octeus who is our 2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament Champion.  Thanks to everyone for their votes.  To view all 16 dunks in this year’s tournament, click here. Finals Results: Jon Octeus beat Palm Beach State (100% to 0%)   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdC0oRdd54o      

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Missner’s Manifesto: Every Town is a Sports Town Book Review

  One of the easiest things to do is to question leadership. This is something that happens all the time in sports. As I wrote a couple of weeks ago, the sport media is always looking for someone to blame. If it isn’t the players or refs, then it is the coaches or general managers. […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: The Finals

And then there were eight.  We selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college basketball season and paired them up in a single elimination tournament.  The Semifinals are in the books, and the field has been cut in half; The Finals are here. The rules are pretty simple: you, the reader, vote for […]

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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Colder

  After watching a season of college basketball, it is jarring to take in an NBA playoff game. The pace of the game is so quick. The players, all of them, are so good. As I’ve written before, no one in their right mind would say that college basketball is better than the pros (although […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: The Semifinals

And then there were eight.  We selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college basketball season and paired them up in a single elimination tournament.  The Quarterfinals are in the books, and the field has been cut in half; The Semifinals are here. The rules are pretty simple: you, the reader, vote for […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: Quarterfinals

And then there were eight.  We selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college basketball season and paired them up in a single elimination tournament.  Round 1 is in the books, and the field has been cut in half; the quarterfinals are here. The rules are pretty simple: you, the reader, vote for […]

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Missner’s Manifesto: To Err is Human

  The end of a sports season should be a celebration. As cheesy as it is, the annual “One Shining Moment” at the conclusion of the NCAA tournament does this nicely. If only the media were content to celebrate or to give the champion kudos. It appears that the story is never that the winner […]

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2014/15 College Dunk of the Year Tournament: Round 1

    It’s back.  The Hoops Manifesto’s Sixth Annual College Dunk of the Year Tournament is back (Cal State Fullerton’s Gerard Anderson won in 09/10; Oregon State’s Jared Cunningham in 10/11; Nevada’s Olek Czyz in 11/12, Syracuse’s C.J. Fair in 12/13, and Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton in 13/14) We’ve selected 16 of the best dunks from the 2014/15 college basketball […]

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2015 Consensus NBA Mock Draft: Post NCAA Tournament Update

  We have a new name at #1! Rather than fill cyberspace up with yet another mock draft, The Hoops Manifesto has determined the consensus top 60 prospects for the 2014 NBA Draft.  We took the mock drafts from four of the web’s best: DraftExpress, NBADraft.net, NBA Draft Room, and WalterFootball.com, crunched the numbers and came up with our […]

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2015 Final Four Live Blog

It is time to continue a fine Missner’s Manifesto tradition in which I live blog a NCAA tournament game. Two years ago, I thought Duke would lose in the first round. I was a year early. Last year, I thought a Louisville-Saint Louis round of 32 game would be entertaining. Again, I was wrong. This […]

CLEVELAND, OH - MARCH 28: Aaron Harrison #2 of the Kentucky Wildcats celebrates with teammates after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the Midwest Regional Final of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament at Quicken Loans Arena on March 28, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Missner’s Manifesto: Under Pressure

  There is an important lesson in Performing Under Pressure: the Science of Doing Your Best When it Matters by Hendrie Weisinger and J.P. Pawliw-Fry: no one performs better when the pressure is on. There may be anecdotal evidence of players like Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter performing best when the stakes were the highest, […]

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