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BBR Podcast Episode 19: The Final Airing of Grievances

The boys are back for the final time to air all of their grievances to you, the unsuspecting listeners of the Blackburn Review Podcast.

Sully kicks things off talking about his frustrations with the season as a whole, and the boys jump in to give their take on all things UD hoops from the season that was. Early on, Blackburn recaps his Potbelly-run-in with SLU Coach, Travis Ford, and KT implores all dumb people to be smarter.

All three of the lads look ahead to next year, and reminisce on what was a season full of missed opportunities with the conference looking up for the next basketball year in late 2019. KT brings up the dreaded x-named school, and Sully comes clean to the listeners that VCU is clearly a better program than UD right now.

To close the show, a hypothetical question is raised about who should get into the NCAA tournament, Sully brings up the current situation in Richmond for Tweet of the Week, and the show closes with the award-winning Hot or Not.

In the hypothetical portion of the show, we ask the question: What if you just took the best 64 teams in the NET? The crew at BBR took it upon themselves to create the bracket to see what it would look like before pondering the idea.

Sincerely, on behalf of all of us who are a part of this show at the Blackburn Review, thank you for listening and we promise to continue to make a better show for you next season.

Wear red, be #LOWD

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Kid Flyer

    December 3, 2019 at 1:16 PM

    Great year end podcast BBR. Thanks again for the always entertaining content this year. PS. Blackburn, I will be in Boulder tonight. Would be great to potentially connect.

  2. Mark Smucker

    December 3, 2019 at 1:19 PM

    Thanks for all the work you do on the podcasts/blog all season. Job well done! I listened to the podcast driving to work this morning. Some final thoughts:

    1) I find it funny you somehow blame UD fans for lack of success on the court. The fact they show up win or lose is a great thing, not a bad thing. It keeps the money rolling in, which allows for the possibility of success–not prevents it.

    2) I still hear undercurrents from at least two of you that UD “settled” with Grant. Blackburn spoke to it when he gave a quick litany of grievances (not calling time outs, etc.). Face it–you still wish Archie didn’t leave. Unfortunately: a) he did; b) it was bad timing (from a roster standpoint); c) he didn’t create any logical line of succession. We’ll know in the next two years if it was a good hire or not–my strong belief is it was.

    3) You don’t put the primary accountability of the record where it belongs: the players. In all honesty with 7 D1 players, the team ended up about where it should have. Toppin was a great surprise, Mikesell made a terrific comeback and definitely contributed, Crutcher continues to grow. Other than that, it was meh. Really nice guys and great team dynamic, but very inconsistent performances by the other players. Stop blaming the coaches or the fans–the players are the ones who take the court. KT, is that specific enough for you–better than “You guys don’t know basketball.”?

    4) The lack of A10 tournament success over time can’t be attributed to anything other than a combination of bad on-court performance/bad coaching–nothing more/nothing less. UD is dealt the same hand as every other school. Players/Coaches change–there is no curse or pre-determined fate involved.

    5) The VCU fan base isn’t what it was. You are making assumptions based on your contact with a few. I’ve been a Siegel STH for years and am not renewing. The bubble has burst. Their “Zillionth straight Siegel sell-out” is a myth. There were tickets available to every game this season directly from VCU pretty much right up to game time–usually better seats than mine. I’m bailing, won’t have to make my mandatory contribution to VCU athletics, and will bottom feed on StubHub when I want to go. They still draw well, but it’s now an easy ticket–unlike when Shaka was here.

    6) If you want a program that “settles”, look no further than Richmond. FMM is going crazy right now over Martelli getting fired and Mooney staying. FMM has been an outrageously well-run rogue effort to make a difference–being painfully honest, but never going over the line. I thought the billboard was fantastic.

    7) Your NCAA tournament observations make no sense. You say you want the best 68 teams based on rankings. If that’s the case, do you then eliminate conference tournaments? You say the tournament is top-heavy (true). Given that’s the case, does #68 have much more of a chance of beating Duke than #125? Let the little guys have their moments in the sun. It won’t make a difference in who makes the Final Four but it does make for some fun bylines–and gives everyone a chance and some hope–sort of like buying a lottery ticket.

    Thanks again and have a great off-season!

    • Tom Blackburn

      December 3, 2019 at 3:57 PM

      (1) Not blaming fans as a whole, merely pointing out the attitudes of some UD fans. Dayton’s fanbase is literally the reason the program should be achieving on a consistent basis in comparison to the rest of the league
      (2) No one wanted Archie to leave. UD absolutely settled with its hire of Grant, and that might be okay. Next two seasons will tell.
      (3) Fair
      (4) Ok
      (5) Again, talking more about the VCU fan culture/expectations than actual asses in the seats
      (6) Agreed, Richmond is a shitshow
      (7) Yes, absolutely eliminate conference tournaments and autobids. I understand the appeal of the cinderellas, but this is supposed to be a playoff to determine the national champion.

      Thanks for listening!

  3. Kid Flyer

    March 19, 2019 at 11:07 AM

    Great year end podcast BBR. Thanks again for the always entertaining content this year. PS. Blackburn, I will be in Boulder tonight. Would be great to potentially connect.

  4. Mark Smucker

    March 19, 2019 at 12:41 PM

    Thanks for all the work you do on the podcasts/blog all season. Job well done! I listened to the podcast driving to work this morning. Some final thoughts:

    1) I find it funny you somehow blame UD fans for lack of success on the court. The fact they show up win or lose is a great thing, not a bad thing. It keeps the money rolling in, which allows for the possibility of success–not prevents it.

    2) I still hear undercurrents from at least two of you that UD “settled” with Grant. Blackburn spoke to it when he gave a quick litany of grievances (not calling time outs, etc.). Face it–you still wish Archie didn’t leave. Unfortunately: a) he did; b) it was bad timing (from a roster standpoint); c) he didn’t create any logical line of succession. We’ll know in the next two years if it was a good hire or not–my strong belief is it was.

    3) You don’t put the primary accountability of the record where it belongs: the players. In all honesty with 7 D1 players, the team ended up about where it should have. Toppin was a great surprise, Mikesell made a terrific comeback and definitely contributed, Crutcher continues to grow. Other than that, it was meh. Really nice guys and great team dynamic, but very inconsistent performances by the other players. Stop blaming the coaches or the fans–the players are the ones who take the court. KT, is that specific enough for you–better than “You guys don’t know basketball.”?

    4) The lack of A10 tournament success over time can’t be attributed to anything other than a combination of bad on-court performance/bad coaching–nothing more/nothing less. UD is dealt the same hand as every other school. Players/Coaches change–there is no curse or pre-determined fate involved.

    5) The VCU fan base isn’t what it was. You are making assumptions based on your contact with a few. I’ve been a Siegel STH for years and am not renewing. The bubble has burst. Their “Zillionth straight Siegel sell-out” is a myth. There were tickets available to every game this season directly from VCU pretty much right up to game time–usually better seats than mine. I’m bailing, won’t have to make my mandatory contribution to VCU athletics, and will bottom feed on StubHub when I want to go. They still draw well, but it’s now an easy ticket–unlike when Shaka was here.

    6) If you want a program that “settles”, look no further than Richmond. FMM is going crazy right now over Martelli getting fired and Mooney staying. FMM has been an outrageously well-run rogue effort to make a difference–being painfully honest, but never going over the line. I thought the billboard was fantastic.

    7) Your NCAA tournament observations make no sense. You say you want the best 68 teams based on rankings. If that’s the case, do you then eliminate conference tournaments? You say the tournament is top-heavy (true). Given that’s the case, does #68 have much more of a chance of beating Duke than #125? Let the little guys have their moments in the sun. It won’t make a difference in who makes the Final Four but it does make for some fun bylines–and gives everyone a chance and some hope–sort of like buying a lottery ticket.

    Thanks again and have a great off-season!

    • Tom Blackburn

      March 19, 2019 at 2:29 PM

      (1) Not blaming fans as a whole, merely pointing out the attitudes of some UD fans. Dayton’s fanbase is literally the reason the program should be achieving on a consistent basis in comparison to the rest of the league
      (2) No one wanted Archie to leave. UD absolutely settled with its hire of Grant, and that might be okay. Next two seasons will tell.
      (3) Fair
      (4) Ok
      (5) Again, talking more about the VCU fan culture/expectations than actual asses in the seats
      (6) Agreed, Richmond is a shitshow
      (7) Yes, absolutely eliminate conference tournaments and autobids. I understand the appeal of the cinderellas, but this is supposed to be a playoff to determine the national champion.

      Thanks for listening!

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