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Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Kirk Wessler.

February 12, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Our readers in the central Illinois area already know how passionate Peoria and Bloomington/Normal fans can be about the Bradley vs. Illinois State men’s basketball rivalry. (Formerly known as the War on 74, but now everything has to be so damn P.C., so it’s now the I-74 Rivalry.)  Those of you outside of central Illinois can just picture it as mid-major basketball’s version of Red Sox/Yankees in the state of Illinois.

On Tuesday night, ISU prevailed over the Braves in a 1-point game in Peoria.  Sure, Bradley got dominated on the glass and gave up a double digit halftime lead, but a certain Peoria area sports writer chose to focus on something else, most likely because his basketball knowledge is limited to pick-up games at the Y and watching 1980’s NBA Playoff re-runs on ESPN Classic.  He chose to focus an entire article on Bradley’s use of black jerseys and how they were somehow detrimental to the team’s success on Tuesday night. (Those wanting to read said article can do so here.)

Mr. Wessler said that the alternate jerseys worn by the Braves (For the first time in school history, FYI.) were nothing more than a gimmick and that black uniforms shouldn’t be worn because black is not one of the school’s official colors, nor is it mentioned in the ever binding official school jingle. 

Kirkimus then went all scientific on his readers when he dropped this bombshell: “Black isn’t even a color. Black is the absence of color. You know, like the absence of victory.” (Nobody drops middle school level art class knowledge quite like Wessler…)

FUN FACT!: Something else that isn’t an official or natural color is Captain Kirk’s spray on tan and uber-white chiclets in his Peoria Journal Star staff picture. (See below for laughs…was this pic supposed to be submitted to MTV for the Jersey Shore 2 casting calls?)

Nice necklace bro!

It’s also laughable for Kirk to think that Coach Les and his staff spent hours upon hours planning Tuesday night’s ‘Black-Out’ and chose not to focus on the game itself. I would guarantee that all Les had to do was say ‘yes’ when the idea was brought to his attention last fall, forgot about it until he saw a commercial for said event on Monday night, and then forgot about it again until he saw the black jerseys hanging in the lockers on Tuesday morning. 

He didn’t have to do jack shit to pull off the event.  Pull your head out of your ass, Kirk.  What is this, junior high basketball? BU actually has employees who take care of promotional events for the head coach. Odd, I know.

I would love for Kirk to spend a week with the players and coaches and then argue that there isn’t enough concentration on winning. These guys live and breathe basketball.  All they do is think about schemes, strategies and game plans 24/7. (If you need me to slow down and explain what a scheme or game plan is just let me know Kirk. I am well aware that your idea of  ‘digging into the numbers’ involves looking at the MVC standings on a bi-weekly basis.) 

Here’s a thought. Quit thinking of ways to look good and concentrate on being good.

That would be the equivalent of me claiming that you spend no time on writing good, in-depth, analytical sports pieces and only concentrate on tanning appointments and teeth whitening sessions just because your stories printed in the Journal Star are absolute crap.

Oh wait, that probably is true. I guess I’d be more concerned with writing sensational, half-truth stories in order to increase subscriptions in a medium that is slowly bleeding to death too if I were in your shoes.

If you feel so inclined to dish it out to those involved in the Bradley Basketball family, I’m sure you won’t mind receiving some criticism of your own. After all, I’m just trying to make you better buddy…we all love a winner.

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  1. ToPete
    February 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Since the rivalry is weak now, I heard it’s currently known as the war on Rt. 9…

  2. Johnsonville
    February 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I’d rather see two teams on Route 9 then Bradley..

  3. February 13, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I’ll make sure to get you some tickets to Tremont vs. Dee-Mack then.

  4. Amp
    February 18, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I don’t care for many of Kirk’s thoughts, but at least he is a skilled and trained writer. This is more than can be said for the authors of this website. It is not only grammatically horrific, but there are times I can’t decipher where sentences are even supposed to begin or end. I enjoy reading some of your opinions, but don’t quit your day jobs fellas.

  5. February 20, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    I maybee isn’t the best righter in da wurld. Butt I can break down a baskeetball game beter than a 12 yeer old.

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