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Help Me Feel Like A Fan Again.

When I was in college, watching my college's basketball team play brought me joy and catharsis. I really identified with the players and felt like we were "all in this together." As an adult nearly 10 years out of college, that feeling eludes me. The players look like kids! When I travel to the games the alumni section is staid and boring! If you are a fan of your college's basketball team (or really, any college b-ball team), how do you maintain the interest, and feel passionate about the game, as an adult? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for the best basketball statistics resources

I'm a scientist who deals with statistics all day, and my partner is a die-hard basketball fan. He follows some of the basketball stats nerds, and sometimes he wants to talk about basketball stats with me, but I can never find any decent statistical summaries - just a bunch of averages with no context provided. Are there any free resources that provide sports statistics with more than simple averages? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Why are Nike's basketball shoes so narrow?

I'm looking for an article or a good explanation for why Nike's basketball shoes are so narrow. Basketball players are some of the bigger/taller people on the planet, so what gives? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Apr 23, 2014 - 4 answers

What are some great sports newsletters?

I'm looking for some good sports newsletters. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 13, 2014 - 0 answers

How would an adult even begin brushing up on their basketball skills?

26 year-old wanting to learn basketball fundamentals basically from scratch in NY. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Where can I bulk-download NBA box scores and stats?

I'm looking for every box score my favorite NBA team played in for this year and last. Where can I go to download this data? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Dec 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Nothing but net

Help me find netting to partly enclose a basketball court. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

The mustard is off the hot dog: What's in store for L.A. basketball?

Until last season I was a more-than-casual basketball fan in general and Lakers fan in particular, but for various reasons last season completely fell off my radar. Help catch me up. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

There Must Be a Reason They Sit on Those Little Chairs, Right?

Is there a reason that sidelined basketball players sit on regular-sized chairs (or the bench), where their very long legs place their knees much higher than their hips? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Best basketballs around

As March Madness is here, want to get a basketball as a gift. What's the best basketball on the market? [more inside]
posted by neoist on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

TV Commerical Search: People Yell "LAYUP"

Trying to find a commercial from the mid 90s (?). There's a guy talking about a basketball legend. The way he describes this legend goes something like this: "One day he was raining 3s from the sky" "He would pull up from 25 feet and people on the sidelines would be yelling LAYUP" My Google Fu has failed me, since I don't know what product was being advertised. Ideally, I'm looking for a video link, but would settle with knowing what was being advertised.
posted by unceman on Mar 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Send it in, big fella!

My fiancee loves Bill Raftery and I would love to get a signed photograph for him, but I can't figure out how to make contact. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Jan 24, 2013 - 7 answers

NBYay!

Please recommend me the best books and films about basketball. [more inside]
posted by Georgina on Jan 23, 2013 - 23 answers

How can an obese person get in shape for basketball?

So I'm obese, I use to play basketball in high school (I fluctuated from slightly overweight to normal weight in high school), but because of depression and anxiety, I ate my feeling and I have gotten obese. Now I'm in grad school, and on the track to losing weight, and I want to play intramural basketball. I play pickup games sometimes with some classmates and other people at the gym, but I'm so out of shape, I end up walking a lot of the game... I wasn't sure if I wanted to play intramural because I'm so out of shape it's frustrating/embarrassing not to be able to do what I use to in high school... but I decided that the only way I can get close to how I played in high school, is actually to play more. I've been doing Power 90 for the last 2 weeks, and it's helped a bit with getting me in basketball shape, but since it's not geared to get you into basketball shape, it won't get me where I want to be. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Osakhomen on Jan 8, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me out with my fantasy basketball auction draft!

I'm participating in my first fantasy basketball league (I've done FFB) and another first for me is the auction draft. Help me not look like a fool. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC area (Bethesda) late at night?

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC (Bethesda) area late at night? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Which group of athletes is more abnormal in height?

Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
posted by Trurl on Jun 4, 2012 - 7 answers

How can we watch live basketball at home, just for a month?

What's the cheapest way I can watch live basketball coverage in my one home? I'm in California, and a Charter cable internet customer. Complication: I only want a month of access. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Please hoop me!

How do I go about becoming a fan or follower of pro basketball? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Apr 4, 2012 - 36 answers

Watch the KU championship online tonight?

Any options for watching the KU/Kentucky championship game live, online? [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Are there ideal numbers to have in a basketball "Square pool"?

Math/sports question! I entered a "Square pool" (purely theoretical money at stake :) ), for the NCAA basketball tournament. I am curious if there are better numbers to have, and why that would be the case. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Bracketology- Blown up!

NCAA Tourney Filter: I want to blow up bracket (lets say 5 by 10 feet) to put on my wall. I'd love to just be able to print using my home printer. What are my best free options? I have a MS Office.
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Tips for going to first basketball game?

Tips for going to first basketball game? [more inside]
posted by telsa on Feb 20, 2012 - 14 answers

I have some random NBA questions

I watched my first NBA basketball game ever and I have some random questions. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Feb 16, 2012 - 20 answers

NBA teams to watch to complement my acute case of Linsanity?

In addition to the Knicks, which four teams should I add to my NBA League Pass subscription? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Feb 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Value Over Replacement Database

Sports nerds of MeFi: where do you go for your downloadable sports statistics database needs? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jan 3, 2012 - 8 answers

On any team, four offensive players won't have the ball…

Why is off-ball movement such a difficult basketball skill? The more I watch college, and even NBA, basketball and focus on offensive plays rather than just the person with the ball, the more I realize that most of the guys on the court are not moving, and it results in stagnant offenses. So why is off-ball movement such a difficult skill to develop? I would think that, at least in set plays, coaches would script out the off-ball movement for not just the key players (like the person who is going to make the backdoor cut) but for the rest of the team as well. Yet with rare exceptions, you only see one or two players moving at a time. Why?
posted by philosophygeek on Dec 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Bulls versus....? Who would be the best to see?

Now that the NBA has come to an agreement (or is very close to), that means I can purchase an awesome Xmas present for my pops! Which team would be the best/most exciting/fun to see play against the Chicago Bulls? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Nov 26, 2011 - 7 answers

DC basketball leagues??

Hi, I'm an average ex hs basketball player. Are there are competitive adult men's basketball leagues in Washington DC? I live on Capitol Hill so not looking to travel very far. I'm also hoping to not have to pay to join a gym to play in that gym's league. If anybody knows of any I would appreciate the info. Thanks, Matt
posted by matt755811 on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online?

Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online? Streaming would be preferable, but I'd also be happy to download and watch the day after if anyone knows where they're posted. [more inside]
posted by jng on Sep 19, 2011 - 3 answers

Traitor!

I'm trying to choose a new NBA team to follow. Specifically, a really bad team with enough good qualities that it would be fun to support. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 22, 2011 - 22 answers

Half-court shot stats in the NBA

Where can I find statistics on half-court shots in the NBA? [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

The bigger they are, the more they run?!

NBA Filter: Why does the PF or C always inbound the ball after a made shot? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Printable NCAA Men's Tournament Brackets

Looking to 'collect' NCAA Men's Basketball printable blank "brackets". Help me find some links/resources? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Equality Now! BBall Substitutions dilemma

MathStoryProblem: I coach youth bball and need help with equal playing time substitutions with a line-up that varies week to week. I think some kind of formula or counting trick should help, but my math skills are failing me. Up to 15 kids, 10 substitutions per game (25 min halves - subs every 5 min). As close to equal amount of floor time as possible (obviously, this can't always be the case). [more inside]
posted by ten year lurk on Feb 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Shirts vs Skins

Do people that play pick up basketball in your area do shirts and skins(i.e. one team plays with shirts off, one keeps their shirts on)? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Feb 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Pickup BBall in Hoboken?

Pickup basketball in NJ? [more inside]
posted by mtheshark on Feb 6, 2011 - 1 answer

Ballin

In basketball, why do west coast teams score more in general? NBA, NCAA, recreational - why is that? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 2, 2011 - 8 answers

what are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario?

What are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario? 10 university students who work and live in the area. The community center offers a relatively high rate by the hour so were wondering where else we could consider renting a basketball gym in and around Richmond Hill.
posted by in.betweener on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

we don't need no stinkin' instant replay

Earlier this summer a couple of sportscasters were talking about a baseball player whose career stats were revised (I think?) years after the fact because a diligent sports nerd went back to the box score, reconstructed the game, and saw that something should have been classified as something else...an error was assigned to the wrong player, or something like that. Who was it? And are there other examples?
posted by thinkingwoman on Oct 19, 2010 - 8 answers

NBA players with big hands?

Sports filter: I have some questions about hand size among basketball players. [more inside]
posted by mullacc on Aug 10, 2010 - 15 answers

What's my VORP?

Inspired by just learning about the MIT Sports Analytics Conference, what sites are on the cutting edge of the basketball stats/sabermetrics revolution? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Jun 2, 2010 - 4 answers

I'm interested in streaming sports from around the world in Canada; what are my options?

I'm interested in streaming sports from around the world in Canada; what are my options? [more inside]
posted by Hiker on May 24, 2010 - 6 answers

How much are my basketball cards worth?

Just came across a bunch of basketball cards, looking for tips on getting proper valuation and the best way to sell these cards. [more inside]
posted by mealticket on May 23, 2010 - 3 answers

Sports games for the DS?

What are the best sports games for the Nintendo DS or Game Boy Advance? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 13, 2010 - 4 answers

The last time I played with a four year old I was four

Is a four year old too young to enjoy/remember going to see basketball? [more inside]
posted by golakers on Apr 5, 2010 - 24 answers

Picking a Perfect Final 4

What % of NCAA tourney brackets entered correctly picked the remaining teams that currently make up the Final 4? [more inside]
posted by glenngulia on Mar 31, 2010 - 8 answers

Could older NBA players excel in today's game?

Is there any reason to think NBA superstars of generations past could compete in today's NBA? Is it even fair to compare players of different generations? [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Mar 20, 2010 - 17 answers

What is the flag on the back of the UVM basketball uniforms?

What is the green flag with a blue canton that appears on the back of the uniforms of the University of Vermont's men's basketball team? It can be seen fairly clearly here and here. [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Mar 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Where to watch Maryland/Houston in SF tonight?

To SF MeFites: Where's a good place to catch March Madness today? I particularly want to see the Maryland/Houston game around 6:30 tonight. 'Good' here is defined by cheap beer and the chance to occasionally hear some commentary. Proximity to BART a plus, willing to travel to Oakland.
posted by Gussio on Mar 19, 2010 - 2 answers

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