It’s now been a little over two months since I started this endeavor, and I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for continuing to stop by and read the insights I have to offer (and by “insights,” I mean “paragraphs of densely-packed statistics with a few actual independently-derived observations thrown in”). Thanks, in particular, to those who have taken the time to comment.
Readership is on the upswing. The blog has been getting roughly 250-300 hits per day over the last week. Previously, things were topping out at about 200 hits per day. A number of links from other blogs have helped lead people here, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t note that a link from the main MGoBlog page has been a real boost. We’ll take all the help we can get–even it’s from nominally enemy territory.
I was also pleasantly surprised when I discovered today that a couple people have bought stuff from the links at the bottom of the sidebar on the right. I’ve only racked up enough Benjamins to buy a couple beers at the sports bar to date (and it’s still below the threshold to actually get paid out on), but it’s an encouragement nonetheless.
Related to buying stuff, Amazon.com now has an expanded selection of DVDs of past NCAA tournament games available. In addition to the 2000 championship game, I’ve posted links to the following two games:
- 2000 Regional Final vs. Iowa State–the game at the Palace in which Cleaves threw the greatest alley-oop in Spartan history to Peterson.
- 1999 Regional Final vs. Kentucky–the game that propelled Izzo to his first Final Four.
I haven’t purchased either DVD yet, but I’m pretty sure these are games any Spartan fan would enjoy watching again.
In actual basketball-related news, the Big Ten Chronicle has a nice tempo-free recap of last night’s IU-Wisconsin game. A classic Wisconsin win: they slowed down the pace, didn’t turn the ball over, and scored from the free throw line. Our Spartans now find themselves in a three-way tie for first place in the conference–a four-way tie looking at only the loss column. Still, I’m having a hard tame shaking the sense of dread about playing the other four top-tier teams five times in our last eight games, four of them on the road. Must . . . think . . . positively . . .