One thing that I evidently missed when my cable box died this weekend was Mike Gmoronski’s continued chest thumping about his love for Herb Sendek and for where NC State’s basketball program belongs — below Duke. I’m tired of it; and I hate it because Gminski (and his Duke teams) were amongst my all-time favorite ACC players and teams.
A friend in Raleigh actually called me in the second half to get my reaction to Gminski’s comments and some of the graphics that Fox ran. (He was obviously disappointed that my cable was out.) I realized that my friend’s reaction was not isolated when I saw this thread discussing Gminski on Pack Pride.
Gminiski pulled this same shit a couple of times over the last couple of years on Fox’s coverage of ACC Basketball, and it is exhausting. Can’t he come up with an original thought? I’m not going to belabor the point, but I will quote a couple of the better comments from the thread with which I agree:
The little graphic on the greatness of Herb picked up with the Gminski positioning of Herb and his statements from last year.
-it feels as though he implies that this is good as it will ever get for NC State basketball. We are where we belong.
-comments about Herb keeps his kid’s “off of the police blotter” is a backhanded slap at Jim Valvano. Yep … V had some kids get in trouble… but guess what, that happened at Duke and a lot of other schools too.
His only mistake was when he said NC State basically should be happy with the status quo and that it could not expect to be like gold standards such as Duke. 25 years of Coach K and yes Duke is one of the greatest programs of all time. Another national title by Michigan State or UCONN and they will also be gold standards. New Gold Standards can be established over time. NCSU could have been one but blew it by forcing out the best thing it had going…James T. Valvano..a guy the media loved.
The police blotter comment was totally uncalled for and Gminski should apologize for it as he implied, whether knowingly or not, that previous State coaches were dirty. Now if Gman wants to play that trick, ask him about the police records of his teammates, Dennard and Banks, which never hit the papers.
Only thing he said that I didn’t like was when talking about NC State, he said we had two schools in our backyard with national championships. Last I checked, we had two.
Mr. G has a history on this subject going all the way back to last season. That is why his commentary was not accepted by scwolf as something “said nice about the NC State program”. If you would have been around last year… you could have participated in the discussion on these boards about Mr. G’s statements around “it is good as it is going to get” and NC State fans (of which I am a grad and a fan…) shouldn’t expect any better.
NC State has a great basketball tradition. ACC basketball was born in Reyonlds Coliseum… and we have two national championships. We use to be feared. My daughter is a 2005 NC State alum. She is a fan. Unfortunately, she has no expectations of us being a threat to anyone in college basketball.