Thursday, March 29, 2012

Hollis tweet example of Michigan State's paranoia about Michigan basketball

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis was wrong for tweeting advice to Michigan point guard Trey Burke about whether he should stay in school or declare for the NBA Draft. Michigan athletic director David Brandon was correct to call Hollis out quickly about the tweet, doing so respectfully.
Hollis' tweet to Burke points out the paranoia the so-called Spartan nation has about Michigan basketball.
It's amazing, since the end of the season, in the collective mind of the Spartans, how Burke went from an overrated college player to a viable NBA prospect as a 5-11 point guard after just one year of college basketball.
Here's the obvious: Hollis should be worried about his own athletic program. His tweet suggests obsession with Burke's status.
Here's a suggestion to Spartans everywhere. It comes from a line in an old song by the Kinks: "Paranoia will destroy you."
And another, and this one comes from MSU football coach Mark Dantonio after Mike Hart's "Little Brother" comments when Michigan beat his first team in a close game: "Pride comes before the fall."
When the Spartan faithful started getting a little of full of themselves, what happened? Louisville 57, Michigan State 44.
I don't ever remember MSU's athletic program in this good of a position. Why not enjoy the ride rather than acting in manner you have openly despised down through the years?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are an idiot

3:43 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obsessive who cares the affiliation he is a leader of collegiate athletes well qualified to advise anyone in the right direction no matter opinion or own benefit, atleast that is the idealism of the situation walmarters statewide will find something to bicker about even if they agreed in principle. MSU bball fan and UofM football fan.

3:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. It's paranoid to tell a kid to listen to people you trust and make your own decision for you. Since when was good advice a bad idea? Brandon came off like a child in his tweet.

3:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I find a lot of the things they do amusing."

- Mark Dantonio, November 5, 2007

3:51 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, it's Mike Hart. Second, Hollis was just telling Burke to do what he feels is best, not to declare for the draft. This post is just awful.

3:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, "Pride comes before the fall" should be used in this article, but not on the Spartans. How about using it on UM? After all, they were (still are probably) too good to call Ohio State 'Ohio State', instead calling them 'Ohio'. After getting embarrassed on national tv against OSU they completely overlooked the REAL Ohio in the NCAA tournament and lost to the Bobcats. Not to mention three players transferring as soon as the season ended. That appears to be much more of a fall than MSU losing to a Final Four team.

4:39 PM 
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4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, you continue to show how predictable you are with your idiotic commentary that's only intended to draw attention to yourself. How about actually writing about sports for a change? I would think with all the great programs in Michigan that you would have plenty to write about. But that would mean you would have to get off your lazy behind and get out there and talk to people. I guess pontificating is easier, since there's no lack of stupid opinions coming from your barren brain.

4:49 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hoh, Boy.

Here we go again!!

4:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat you're a clown. You're paranoid about MSU / Dantonio / and Izzo. I can't believe you went to MSU

5:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're really reaching here Pat. I was in town this past weekend and you and the rest of the 'anchors' 97.1 throws on during the weekend are ridiculous.

Here's an idea! If the lines aren't jammed and the ratings are low, what should we talk about? Oh yeah, any nonsense regarding MSU/UM will stir up internet hits/ratings.

Die hard MSU fan/alum, but the media is really getting out of control regarding anything UM/MSU related. It's to the point where I don't even care to read anything these so called 'journalists' put out there anymore.

Write some garbage, and hope the idiots that buy into it read/call into shows and call you out.

5:34 PM 
Anonymous Chris said...

I agree with you Pat, the MSU AD has absolutely ZERO business commenting one way or another about Trey Burke. He should have thought twice before sharing with the world. Hollis could have just as easily called Burke personally if he really was interested in giving him some advice. Hollis is a dope, LOL little brother!

7:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caputo - fan first, journalist maybe ninth. On a good day.

5:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm shocked a single person is defending Hollis. He was an idiot for contacting a STUDENT ATHLETE from ANOTHER school, period. I don't exactly agree he was "paranoid" about Michigan next year with Burke in the lineup. I just think he acted without considering his actions. Like so many other people when it comes to Twitter and Facebook.

10:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat, you are a dark hole where rational thought goes to die. Two points:

1. By "Spartan Faithful," I can only assume you are referring to the fans. Please tell me: exactly how many Spartan basketball fans took the court against Louisville? I thought so.

2. I can't believe that you are still cherry-picking random and unconnected facts to support your assertion that U-M basketball is on par with MSU -- which it clearly is not.

Hollis's tweet may have been ill-advised, but are you seriously suggesting that he was trying to advise the kid in such a way that it would improve his own team's chances? What a ridiculous assertion.

This doesn't prove that MSU's athletic department is paranoid, just that Mark Hollis should probably have a "Twitter minder" read his tweets before they are sent.

In much the same fashion, you ought to consider letting a middle schooler read your blog entries before posting — if only to point out the logical flaws to you.

1:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spartan nation is not paranoid. I hope U of M continues to suck but I am not worried if they find success. MSU is not on a high horse like Michigan used to be, so the fact that you would suggest MSU now is like U of M of a decade ago is absolute bull crap. Stop trying to drag State down. They will continue to be one of the top athletic programs in the country.

8:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geeze Pat, you did it again! What I mean is putting forward a story that makes no sense, that's intended to tick people off and cause some more animosity between UM and MSU fans, and you do this by distorting the facts. Ever thought about a career in politics?

I don't know how you ever earned respect as a sports writer, maybe you do a better job when you actually talk about sports rather than throwing your weak minded opinion around.

Hollis stepped in it but in no way can his comment be construed as paranoid behavior. It would only make sense if UM was nipping at the heels of MSU in basketball, but to believe that would be evidence of delusional thinking. MSU's true rival at the moment is OSU. UM got plastered by State the last time they played, laid an egg in the Big Ten tourney and got eliminated by a MAC team in the NCAA. UM is losing three key players this off season. I believe that Burke will be back. This is hardly a team that's in a better position to dominated MSU in basketball next season, so where is the paranoia coming from?

Maybe the paranoia is a projection of your own inadequacies as a commentator?

10:53 AM 

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