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Seattle Hoo

Who am I? HOO am I. Seattle Hoo is the moniker I go by now. I have been a fan of University of Virginia men's basketball since fall of 1980, when at the age of 14 I had been moved to southeastern Virginia by the whims of my parents, and the UNCheat fans in the neighborhood reminded me far too much of the Dallas Cowboys fans in my neighborhood in Connecticut. Having been a Giants fan in Connecticut, my visceral revulsion of those little bastards pushed me to adopt the home team. This push was aided by my being a huge Thomas Jefferson fan, and by having read a Sports Illustrated article on Ralph Sampson in March. I wasn't really a basketball fan before moving to Virginia, but it being the Golden Age of ACC Hoops, I was quickly sucked in by the quality and grace of the game, and the passion of the fans.

Being a law student who chose to stay local upon graduation, I took in all the home games in the 1993-94, 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. I believe I was the first online content provider to obtain press access to UVA Basketball, when I started HOOpS Online and Rich Murray of the SID was kind enough to extend me credentials. HOOpS Online succumbed after a couple of years to the need to make a living for my family, but the passion for publishing and for UVA hoops has never subsided.

My personal perspective on sports tends to be from the head coach point of view. As a kid, I clued in very early that I would never be a player (small and slow with poor manual dexterity and agility is not a good combination for athletics), but loved sports and gravitated toward the strategic, tactical and player management aspects of the games. As an adult, I wound up coaching kids for fourteen years - first basketball, then soccer. My first coaching experience was in the Charlottesville City rec league’s 13-15 age group, where we won the championship by second year and advanced to the championship game my last. Coaching that group of kids was one of the highlights of my adulthood. Coaching U-12 premier soccer and U-14 advanced rec soccer in Hampton Roads, Virginia, was another. The psychology of coaching is my particular interest. To be a guru is my goal.

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Thanksgiving Week Thoughts

Posted on November 21, 2017, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

First off, I believe I can speak for all of us at HOOS Place when I say thank you to all those who have donated and become Hoo Friends.  Also, thank you to all for the great comments and acknowledgements.  We appreciate it all and it motivates us to keep going.  Second, I want to thank StLouHoo, Kendall, and Karl Hess for joing as contributors.  Their content is top notch and has made this site more than I ever dreamed it would be when I started it.

You might have noticed some things. One, the Donate! buttons are not active. We had recurrent issues with some hackers using our site to check their lists of stolen credit card numbers, received precious little technical su...

A Parable of 2017-18 Recruiting

Posted on November 2, 2017, in Recruiting by Seattle Hoo.

"16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. 21So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes ...

HOOS Place Preseason All-ACC

Posted on November 1, 2017, in ACC by Seattle Hoo.

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Yesterday: Pre-Season Power Rankings

Player of the Year

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Bonzie Colson (UND)Bonzie Colson (UND)Joel Berry (UNC)

 

Defensive Player of the Year

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Isaiah Wilkins (UVA)Ben Lammers (GIT)Isaiah Wilkins (UVA)

 

Freshman of the Year

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Marvin Bagley (DUK)Marvin Bagley (DUK)Marvin Bagley (DUK)

 

Coach of the Year

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Mike Brey (UND)Tony Bennett (UVA)Tony Bennett (UVA)

 

All-ACC First Team

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