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No Matter the College Find Them Here!

Monday, October 6th, 2014

 Living in Richmond but your favorite college team is in North Carolina?

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Back to the Gridiron

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Quite simply, it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

No, it’s not Christmas. It’s kickoff week for FOOTBALL SEASON! NCAA and NFL football are primed to get started, and we couldn’t be more excited. Speaking on behalf of the massive amount of football fans out there, there’s no feeling quite like the start of a new season.

The joy comes from the mystery of what’s ahead. Who are going to be the breakout stars? What teams will soar, and which ones will flounder? What dramatic storylines we couldn’t possibly predict now will unfold?

For those of us with a particular team on the pro or college level (or both) close to our hearts, it’s a great time of optimism. The whole season is ahead, and everyone has a clean record to forge from.

As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t get any better than watching the NFL rookies. So many of these players we’ve watched closely through all their years in college, maybe watched them get drafted, and tried to divine from preseason what their true potential is. But nothing is proved or disproved until they day they step out on the field in Week 1.

I’d also be lying right now if I said we weren’t watching one very talented Richmonder a bit closer than the other rookies. We couldn’t be more excited for Richmond native and Collegiate High School alum Russell Wilson, who visited us a bit over a month ago. After a stellar college playing career and a very exciting preseason, Russell has beaten the expectations of many “experts” and has been named the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks going into week one. Go get em Russell!

Now let’s all bask in the glory of football season, upon us once again so tantalizingly soon. Kickoff for NCAA football starts Thursday at 7pm, with NFL kicking off 6 days later on Wednesday at 8:30pm

Pat Summitt’s Legacy

Friday, April 20th, 2012

College athletics is a world unto itself, with a rich history full of champions and legends. We remember and talk about the biggest stars – championship teams, powerhouse programs, star players, and legendary coaches. Its part of what makes the sports so exciting to watch. But of all the hugely influential names we’ll remember through the years, few will come close to having the impact of Pat Summitt.


You simply can’t overstate Summitt’s impact and influence on collegiate women’s basketball. It can’t be done. In fact, you can’t rightly restrict talking about her legacy in terms of NCAA women’s basketball. Summitt’s influence has been felt throughout all college athletics.


This reverence and reflection has been prompted by Summitt’s decision this week to step down as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols women’s basketball team after 38 years. This in turn was prompted by her shocking announcement last year that she has been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.


It is a testament to Summitt’s passion and resilience that she asked and was allowed to continue head coaching after her diagnosis, and a testament to the love Tennessee has for her that she was told she could continue coaching until she believed she was unable. And it is a grim testament to the virulence of the condition that she has chosen to step down one season later.


Pat Summitt has a final record as a head coach of 1098-1306. That’s more than five wins to every one loss. She has won the NCAA National Championship 8 times, and won the Southeastern Conference 15 times. She has been to the Final Four more times than any college coach ever – surpassing the legendary John Wooden in 2002. In 1997-98, she achieved the highest degree of victory possible in her sport – coaching her team to a perfect 39-0 season culminating with a tournament championship. In 38 years as a coach, she has never had a losing-record season.


And yet what is perhaps the most amazing and inspiring statistic of her career is this: no player who has ever played under Summitt has failed to graduate from college. Now that is a legacy worth remembering.

Shaka Smart Stays At VCU

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

No matter how much we profess our love for Shaka Smart and what his VCU Rams basketball team has been able to do over the past few years, we all knew there was a good chance he would be lured out of Richmond.

And no matter how much that would have stung the city, no one could have blamed him for leaving.

Those of us who follow sports hear the line all the time; “sports is a business.” As a coach, you are in the BUSINESS of running a basketball team. When professional opportunities comes, they might not come again. You absolutely can’t fault a guy for taking a new position he thinks will ultimately be better for his career and his family.

That’s why we, reluctantly, were prepared for Coach Smart to pack his bags when it became clear he was the University of Illinois’ number one candidate. While VCU had payed him well after last year’s Final Four performance, UI is bigger program with a bigger history and a bigger budget. A real chance for Shaka, in the eyes of many, to move up in the basketball echelons.


But every now and then, you are reminded that there is no higher calling than happiness. Shaka explained why he turned down a reported $2.5 million/year offer to stay at VCU in an interview:

“My family is really, really happy in the city of Richmond. We have a great group of guys. We have some of the best fans in the country. It’s just a great situation.”

“A coach told me a long time ago, don’t run away from happiness, and that’s what we have at VCU.”

Music to our ears. If we might be so bold as to speak for the people of Richmond; we’re really, really happy you’re here.

All They Do is Lin

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Are you a witness to the Linsanity? If you haven’t noticed, there’s a fever sweeping the nation – even the world. And the only cure? More Jeremy Lin.

Another star basketball player – no big deal, right? Not quite. There’s something a little…different about this 23-year-old phenomenon. Let’s take a look at where this guy came from.

Lin played high school ball in Palo Alto, California, where he was a senior year captain.  He was first team All State and was a California Conference player of the Year.

Lin wanted an Ivy League education and had his sights set on UCLA or Stanford, but neither school wanted him.  Harvard said that they could get him playing time, but the school offers no athletic scholarships.  So Lin just went.  He did great at Harvard, being the first Ivy League player to record at least 1.450 points, 450 rebounds, 400 assists, and 200 steals.  He was a finalist for the John Wooden and Bob Cousy awards.  Through all of this, he managed to get to class and graduate from Harvard with a degree in Economics.

After college, Lin threw his name in the hat for the NBA.  While nobody bit, he did get offers to play on some Summer Leagues and in some mini-camps.  After a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors and an even briefer one with the Houston Rockets, Lin was picked up by the perennially struggling New York Nets. He was, in fact, bumped down to the Developmental League for a brief time, but after an impressive triple-double game he was brought back to the Knicks bench.

Then starter Baron Davis got hurt. Coach Mike Di’Antoni was considering cutting Lin, but with such a struggling team he figured why not see what the kid can do on the court. So in their next game against the Nets, Jeremy Lin went on the court.

February 4  – 25 points, 7 assists
February 6  – 28 points, 8 assists
February 8  – 23 points, 10 assists
February 10 – 38 points, 7 assists (beating out Kobe Bryant’s 34)
February 11 – 20 points, 8 assists
February 14 – 27 points, 11 assists (oh yeah, and also this game-winning last-second three)
February 15 – 10 points, 13 assists

These are not good numbers. These are GREAT numbers. These are record-setting numbers. And yet the numbers don’t tell the story; they don’t fully explain Linsanity.

You see, this doesn’t happen in the NBA. It just doesn’t happen. Of all the big-time sports in America, professional basketball is the most talent-driven and the most star-driven. And the talented are known quantities – often heralded since before high school as future stars. Stars played in the McDonald’s All-American Game when they were in high school. Stars were recruited to NCAA Tournament-caliber programs in college. Because when you have the talent, it gets noticed.

Except…it doesn’t. Not always. Not this time. Lin played for Harvard. Lin isn’t an abnormal physical specimen. Lin is Asian-American (unlike Yao Ming, who is Chinese). There is plenty, and I mean plenty, of discussion on the web about what sort of a factor race plays in the story of Jeremy Lin – and I’m not interested in rehashing that here. Suffice to say that when an athlete is able to overcome expectations and defies the conventions of their sport – be it conventions of race, nationality, physical factors, alma mater, or others – it is always worth celebrating.

What makes Jeremy Lin’s story so fantastic is all the angles – the unlikely hero who was never given a real shot is given one chance before being cut and becomes the redeemer of his struggling team and an overnight sensation. Now that’s a good hook.

Should We Pay Our College Athletes?

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
Scott Stadium at UVA

Mark Emmert is the president of the NCAA.  You know that acronym, right?  It’s the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  THE governing body of college athletics.  That bastion of amateurs.

Emmert had proposed a rule that would allow schools to pay scholarship athletes a $2,000 a year stipend in addition to scholarships.  You know, to buy a pizza, or go on a date, or get a new video game.  The money would help these young men and women enjoy some more of the perks that come with an institution of higher learning.  When asked if this wasn’t just a pay-for-pay plan he got all testy.  This notion of somehow “paying” athletes would be to “convert our student athletes to employees of the university-that would be the death of college athletics.”

Over 125 athletic directors and conference commissioners balked and said that the schools couldn’t afford it.  The NCAA went back on their proposal.

The University of North Carolina is working on a $77 million dollar renovation of their 100,000-plus capacity football stadium.  The University of Texas paid their head football coach $5.1 million this season.  CBS and Turner Broadcasting paid the NCAA, (not the schools) over $770 million for the television rights to the March Madness Tournament.

Did you catch that last one?  Three quarters of a BILLION dollars for THREE WEEKS OF BASKETBALL!  That’s almost as much in TV rights as the N.B.A. got for last year’s 6 months of play.  It washes out to $10.8 BILLION over 14 years.  Writing “billion” in all caps only helps to emphasize what a ridiculous amount of money that is.

One might argue that a high-performing player in college is going to have a world of opportunity at the professional level and would make up for lost revenue.  Not so much.  Of the 5,500 or so Division I basketball players who hit the courts for schools last year about 50 of them ended up on an N.B.A. team.  The pro teams often pay coaches less than what schools offer.   Many people were excited when Rick Pitino decided to go back to the college ranks.  Perhaps he needed to work with the kids again?  Doubt it.  His last year with the Celtics he made $5 million and the Louisville Cardinals are paying him $7.5.

The slippery slope is that if you look at a student athlete the wrong way you risk jeopardizing that player’s scholarship and college career.  You also put the school and its program at risk.  A player cannot accept gifts, money, favors, or any other assistance or preferential treatment based on his membership in an NCAA team.

Sort of.

Schools fly players all over the country.   Coaches and players use their exposure to generate millions in revenue for off-season clinics.  Players get tutors and academic assistance.

Ohio State’s coach Jim Tressell was fired after it was found that he knew of players exchanging football swag for money and free tattoos.  The NCAA let the team complete the 2009-10 season, and then sanctioned the team.  Ohio State decided this past fall to forfeit the last few games and Bowl wins of last season, but by that point who cared?  The money was already in the bank.

Consider the Curious Case of AJ Green.

Green was a wide receiver at Georgia.  He wanted to go to spring break with his friends, and like many college students, didn’t have enough money.  Green had something else, though.  He had the actual jersey that he’d worn the year before when he represented Georgia in the Independence Bowl.  So he sold it.  The NCAA suspended Green for four games for “violating his amateur status.”

During the season, during the NCAA investigation, and during Green’s suspension, fans and faithful lined up at the Georgia Bulldog bookstore and at other willing vendors and bought jerseys.  Georgia Bulldog jerseys.  Many of these jerseys had Green’s name on them.  These fans and faithful UGA’s paid almost $40 a whack for this piece of fan-swag.  All of this while Green saw not a penny and was penalized for using his ‘personal’ property.

The same sort of finger pointing went on about Cam Newton and whether or not he accepted or solicited money from an agent while still a “student-athlete.”  While the NCAA went after Cam, he and his teammates hit the gridiron in Auburn red every week.  Courtesy of Under Armour.

Disco Sports wrote earlier in the season about the fashion statement being made by the University of Maryland Terrapins on the gridiron this season.  Let’s put that in context:Terrapin by Under Armour

Under Armour paid the Terps $17.5 million for the rights to provide uniforms for the fine young men of the football team.  It includes a little over $2 million per year in actual product.  “We will pay you almost $5 million dollars per year to let us give you $2 million in products.”  Since it doesn’t seem to make sense we’ll lay it out:  if you look at this photo you can count 9 Under Armour logos and that doesn’t count a headband, wristband, sideline gear, or the back of the uniform.  Do you think that anyone makes any scratch of off that?

How many of you got gaming systems for Christmas?  EA Sports sold almost 3 million copies of their NCAA Football game in 2011.  Did people buy it because of the “NCAA” logo?  No.  They bought it because of the teams and players represented.  Heck, we make some money selling college football gear.

There’s nothing wrong with someone making a buck off a successful franchise or someone’s allegiance to a school.   But why not give some of that back to the players?  If you gave college hoopsters some loot for what they do, how many of the 5,450 players who didn’t end up in the N.B.A. would end up using it to actually go to school?  How much money would they spend on graduate programs or to perhaps start a business upon graduation?

Now THAT’S a stimulus package for the Iowa Caucuses.

The SEC recently became the first conference to pass the BILLION-dollar mark in annual revenue.  This may sound socialist, but as sports fans we think that this wealth should be spread around.  As capitalists in a free-market economy, we say give some back to the employees who earned it.

Just Play the Game and Roll With It

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

A late season interview with a member of the Washington Redskins heard him remark that a win (while rare for the ‘Skins this season) was fun.  They just played the game, had some fun, and rolled with it.  Some recent antics in sports would seem to dispute that sentiment.

In a game that was billed as the “Crosstown Shootout”, local rivals Xavier and Cincinnati faced off in an annual hoops contest.  Both schools are in Cincinnati, and the annual game is looked forward to by many, much like a VCU vs. U of R game here.

In interviews and on social media during the week leading up to the game there was a significant amount of jawing and braggadocio.  Players and fans of both schools claimed prowess and challenged their opponent’s abilities.  Then came game time.

After Xavier led most of the game and seemed to have victory in hand, the verbal taunting that had ruled the contest blew up into a physical altercation.  With less than 5 seconds left in the game, a Xavier player pushed a Cincinnati player, benches cleared, and fisticuffs ensued.  Players grappled, swung, kicked, and coaches struggled to clear the floor.  In a most egregious display, one player was caught with a blindside punch that left him on the floor, and as he struggled to cover himself was kicked repeatedly.  The end of the melee saw a player standing on the scorer’s table celebrating with the crowd.  At this point, referees called the game.

Things got really interesting after brawl.  For some inexplicable reason, Xavier coach Chris Mack made some of his players available for a post-game news conference.  Tu Holloway of Xavier, who was the celebrant of the scorer’s table, said that their behavior was to be expected.  “That’s what you’re going to see.  We’ve got a whole bunch of gangsters in our locker room.  That’s what we said we were going to do, zip ‘em up,” said Holloway.  Like, zip up a body bag?  Because that’s what gangsters do?

Did we mention that Xavier is a 180-year old Jesuit, Catholic school?

It was a little different across the hall.  Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin lit into his squad and took away their jerseys.  They didn’t deserve them.  He then went in front of the cameras and lamented that most of his squad would be lucky to be representing the school come Monday.  More to the point, he would be lucky to be coaching the team.  Cronin told reporters, “It’s a complete embarrassment no matter who started what.  Toughness is doing the right thing.  True toughness, you walk away from it.”

An Ohio prosecutor was considering pressing charges against some of the aggressors in the brawl.  He later declined to move forward as the schools seemed to have things in hand.  Yancy Gates, who knocked Kenny Frease to the floor with the blindside, received a 6 game suspension.  Tu Holloway, a brazen ringleader, was suspended for one game.


In 2009, Oregon Ducks running back LeGarrette Blount punched an opposing player after a game.  He was “suspended” for the rest of the year.  He ended up sitting out ten games and is now a Tampa Bay Buccaneer.

Texas Ranger Yorvit Torrealba is keeping in shape this winter by playing in Venezuela.  It was there that the catcher struck an umpire after striking out.  Venezuela has suspended him for 66 games, which is effectively the rest of this year and next season.  Major League Baseball and commish Bud Selig are “looking into it”.

James Harrison of the Pittsburg Steelers and Ndamukong Suh of the Detroit Lions have been fined, chastised, suspended, and vilified.  Both use questionable tactics, but in Suh’s case, he was actually suspended for stomping on a player after a whistle.  Harrison has survived by paying several hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines.

And at last we see the return of the NBA.

Players and owners went back and forth for months to see who was greedier.  Just when Disco Sports fans thought all was lost, they came to terms.   Our Christmas gift this year was to get to watch some professional basketball.  In their first game of a ridiculously short season, Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics put his massive hand around an opposing player’s throat.  Perhaps he mistook the nape for a Spaulding.  Kevin’s penalty?  Nada.

If any of these players were gloved up and squaring off in the Octagon then some of this would make some sense.  But it doesn’t.  The New York Times recently did a series on Derek Boogaard, an “enforcer” in the NHL.  An average skater and mediocre stick-man, Boogaard was, at well over 6 and a half feet, respected for his fists.  In a career that took him from Minor League Canadian hockey to the New York Rangers, he played in almost 300 games, scored less than 20 points, and spent over 600 minutes in the penalty box.  He died of a drug overdose of painkillers mixed with alcohol and an autopsy showed a degenerative brain condition caused by concussion.  He was 28.  At least one NHL player has admitted to retiring rather than having to face Boogaard on the ice.

Not a fan of the hockey fight, either.

If two people in a parking lot contested the same parking space and an altercation ensued, there would be consequences.  If one shopper sucker-punched another, charges would be pressed.  If a dispute at the drive-through saw a driver reaching through the window and choking the attendant, someone would be facing jail time.

“sport:  (spohrt) noun:  diversion; recreation; pleasant pastime.  an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess.”

It’s fun.  Just play the game and roll with it.





What’s Your Rabbit’s Foot? Disco Sports on Superstition.

Friday, December 9th, 2011
Brian Wilson and The Beard

“Look at the ball.  Don’t look up.  Don’t look up.  Back one step, two steps, and three steps.  Don’t look up.  Don’t look up.  Left once.  Left twice.  Darn.  Looked up.  Look at the ball, don’t look up…”

We’ve all seen the pre-kick ritual.  Watched the player at the foul line bounce once, twice. Watched the golfer look and wiggle and look and wiggle.  Many of us have heard the yell, “Mom!  Where’s my lucky hat?”  We have our own quirks at Disco Sports.

Where is the line between ritual and superstition?  Coaches and sports psychologists have long believed in the importance of a ritual and visualizing a goal.  Much of it helps to build and maintain a particular technique.   A good practice swing.

A study of collegiate athletes in the NCAA found a couple of interesting things:

  • Athletes in individual sports (golf, swimming) had a higher belief in superstition influencing results than team athletes.
  • Female athletes were more influenced than male athletes.
  • Gymnasts used more superstitious rituals than football players.

A different study of Canadian collegiate athletes found variations in the rituals by sport:

  • Hockey players focused on equipment.
  • Basketball players on action like sinking the last warm-up shot.
  • Volleyball players on food.
  • Swimmers on the color of a suit.

Maybe it’s Tiger Woods and his red Sunday shirt.  Maybe it’s Brian Wilson and his beard.  Superstition certainly makes the leap to the pros.  Tiger and Brian aren’t alone.

Kevin Rhomberg of the Cleveland Indians would only turn left.  He also had to touch anyone who touched him.  If he was tagged out he would return to the base to touch the player that tagged him.

Jason Terry of the Dallas Mavericks took a page from Michael Jordan, who famously wore his North Carolina shorts under his Bulls gear.  Except that Terry sleeps in the shorts of his opponent’s team before each game.  At least they were clean.  Steve Kline, a pitcher for the Cardinals would pick a hat, and wear it for every game.  One hat, all season, no washing allowed.

Sometimes it’s food.  Brian Urlacher started each game day with 2 chocolate chip cookies.  Never one, never three.  LSU Coach Les Miles also has a pre-game ritual meal.  He chomps down on a piece of turf.  Keeps him connected to the game.  Does he have to floss after Astroturf?  Wade Boggs was famous for his chicken dinners.

Boggs was also famous for his punctuality.  He always took batting practice at 5:17 and ran sprints at 7:17.  He must have been an influence on slugger Larry Walker.  Walker played for the Rockies, Expos, and Cardinals.  Every batting practice?  3 hits and a rest.  3 swings before every at-bat.  He always set his alarm for 33 minutes past the hour, got married on November 3rd at 3:33 p.m., bought tickets for charities in blocks of 33 seats in section 33, and requested a salary of $3,333,333.33.

Turk WendellThe Kindred Soul Award goes to the duo of Turk Wendell and Mark Fidrych.  Both right handed pitchers, both fan favorites, both superstitious.  Both were notorious hand-shakers, and both had an aversion to the foul line, leaping over it going to and from the dugout.  Fidrych started each inning by carefully grooming the mound and talking to his baseball, while Wendell ended each by brushing his teeth.  Wendell made a fashion statement with a necklace made from the teeth of animals that he’d killed, while Fidrych made his with a mane of unruly hair that earned him the nickname “Bird”, as in Big Bird.  Fidrych liked to take a victory lap around the mound with every strikeout, while Wendell kept his eyes on his catcher.  If his catcher stood, he would squat.  When the catcher went back to his squat, Wendell would stand.  This dance continued into the dugout and the clubhouse.  Musical Bullpen Chairs, anyone?Mark "Bird" Fidrych



Superstition isn’t limited to baseball or basketball.

Patrick Roy of the Montreal Canadiens was one of the best goalkeepers of all time.  It all started with his goal.  He would start at middle ice, skate backwards to the goal, and whip around at the last minute.  He liked to scare the goal into submission.  He thought that they would shrink in fear.  Like, physically get smaller.  He wasn’t without respect, though.  He would frequently talk to the goal, offer encouragement, and thank the posts for deflections and protecting him.

I wonder if he played against Bruce Gardiner of the Ottawa Senators?  Early in his career, Gardiner was having trouble putting the puck in the net.  A veteran player suggested that he was perhaps too nice to his stick.  “Go dunk it in the toilet.  Show it who’s boss!”  He did, he scored, and for the rest of his career took his equipment to the lavatory before hitting the ice.

If you’re a life-long Redskins fan, there are probably some players and seasons that you’d like to forget.  Do you remember journeyman punter Reggie Roby?  Not the fastest release, not the best hang-time.  The Redskins were one stop in a career that sent him all over the league.  Why do we remember him?  He always wore a watch.  Always.The late Reggie Roby



Disco Sports Loves VCU!

Monday, April 4th, 2011

To get to do what we love every day – supporting the Richmond sports community and the fine people in it – is already such an awesome thing. But every now and then we get to experience a big sports event with Richmond that is a whirlwind of activity, excitement, and hometown pride – and for these special occasions we’re the luckiest little sports shop in the world. VCU’s run in this year’s NCAA Tournament was amongst the most exciting we’ve ever seen – and the first time we’ve had a blog to say thank you – to VCU and to the people of Richmond.

Of course March Madness is always an exciting time for us here – everyone gets excited about their favorite teams, we get to talk match-ups and brackets with customers all day, and it’s just a good time to be a sports fan.But this year was something special when UofR and VCU received their bids. Then the Richmond Schools Upset Spectacular began, and we were off to the races.

Right from the selection special we saw the excitement start boiling. That’s what’s so great about working at a sports store – the store becomes a hub of sports enthusiasts whenever anything exciting is going on. With two teams in the Sweet Sixteen, the City of Richmond was getting national media attention we’ve rarely had in the sports world. We already knew it, but now everyone else was finding out too – Richmond is a city with a lot of passionate and proud citizens.

VCU’s run was something special. From the widespread doubt about their selection to the extra first round game they had to play – VCU played with something to prove. And what they proved was they could stand toe to toe with any team in the nation – and win convincingly. At the same time, the VCU student body and the City of Richmond proved they could show the kind of passion and dedication to their team usually associated with programs like UNC and Kansas.

It was our distinct pleasure to be a part of it with you all, Richmonders. And to the team: congratulations on what was an amazing tournament run, and thank you for inspiring levels of Richmond and VCU pride unlike anything I’ve seen before.

I must say, I think I could get used to this hyper-level of RVA/VCU pride!