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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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Touch the Paint

Posted on February 13, 2018, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

The offense will be the key tonight at Miami.  How the Hoos handle the defensive strategy of Miami will determine whether Virginia successfully defends its shiny new #1 ranking or limps into the break on a 2-game slide shrouded in doubts.  Miami will have a strategy.  Virginia will have to diagnose it and adapt, something they did successfully against Florida State, but not against Virginia Tech.  One of the keys to success will be paint touches.

"To be honest, we got a lot of open shots - a lot of open shots we didn't knock down."  - Devon Hall

How often have we heard opposing coaches and players say that after a game against Virginia?  Every time?  Hearing those words come out of Devon Hall's mouth after the Hoos threw up 38 threes just kind of capsulizes the story of th...

It's GameDay, Bitches!

Posted on February 10, 2018, in Blog by Seattle Hoo.

GameDay is here.  #1 is on the line.

Hokies.

Last time for the seniors to get the Hokies in the JPJ.