I recently received two e-mails from readers that I thought were worth passing along.
First, Mblemieux provides a status report on the beginning of Drew Neitzel’s professional career in Germany:
The Basketball Bundesliga began recently and Neitzel played in both of the Artland Dragons loses. Against Alba Berlin, Drew had nine points in 20 minutes. Only one turnover. He had 8 points in 22 minutes against WALTER Tigers Tübingen and no turnovers. You can find box scores here.
Next up are the Giessen 46ers, a game which should be currently in progress. [Ed.: Neitzel was scoreless in 15 minutes, I’m afraid. I note the stats pages on the Bundesliga website include a stat called “EFF”–for efficiency, I assume. Makes sense coming from the home of German engineering, I suppose.]
I live about an hour from where the Artland team plays. I’d be happy to keep you posted on Drew’s progress, although you may be paying attention (which isn’t easy to do with the Bundesliga, even here in Germany).
Thanks, Mr. LeMieux. You are hereby appointed the Official Basketball Bundesliga Correspondent of the Spartans Weblog. Also, as I’ve noted previously, the word “Bundesliga” is really fun to say. Try it. Bundesliga, Bundesliga . . .
Second, a reader named Joe poses the following questions:
Historically we had a pretty good rivalry with Notre Dame. With a few short breaks we played basically every year from 1908 to 1975. Even after we joined the B10 there were some years we played them twice. To put things in perspective, we’ve played Northwestern 110 times, Indiana 108 and Illinois 102. Without playing Notre Dame since 1979 we still have managed to play them 94 times.
So I guess this is a three part question:
1. Why did the series against Notre Dame end? Did we end the series or did they?
2. I’ve heard (you know one of those, “well I heard…”) that we don’t play them anymore because after we beat them enroute to the ’79 title Digger Phelps got his panties in a bunch and refused to ever play us again. As he was coach until 1991, he effectively killed the rivalry by “banning” it for 12 years. Any truth to this rumor?
3. Now that Notre Dame is starting to be nationally recognized again is there any chance we begin to schedule them again? Seems pretty silly not to play against a nationally ranked team in our backyard that we have a long history with. (Beyond the Arc has ND at 22).
Anyone have any information on this? I’d never thought about the possibility of scheduling Notre Dame for basketball, but I like the idea. It’d be cool to have an annual nonconference rivalry game to get up for like Indiana has with Kentucky or Michigan used to have with Duke.