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When I enrolled at Marquette in the Fall of 2005, my parents were super excited for me. I knew Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners were going to be interesting because my sister, Cecile and my Dad both attended and graduated from Wisconsin-Madison. Thanksgiving, we would begin the trash talking of the UW vs MU game which was always set to tip the first weekend in December; also the weekend ALWAYS before Finals which sucked!!!

The week leading up to the In-State-Rivalry game I would always tag my family members that attended UW in joke photos I’ve created.

MY first In-State-Rivalry game that I attended was at the Kohl Center where my Grandma had season tickets 10 rows up-center court on the bench side. It was perfect because on my left was my Grandma and my aunt and uncle Pat (all UW grads). While I was one seat over the center-court line on the Marquette side. Just before tip, my Grandma whispered in my ear “Christophe, you are not part of the Remington Family during the next 2 and half hours!” I laughed and said “O.K. Grandma, whatever you say.” Throughout the game she literally would elbow me in my side, when I cheered for my Golden Eagles. At the end though, she got the first laugh because the Badgers won that game 77-63. However, I got the last laugh in when I reminded her that Marquette leads the overall head-to-head series with the more victories.

Here is a list of my family members and their spouses that have attended UW-Madison for undergrad or Law School:
– Grandpa Frank Remington (UW-Athletics Hall of Fame and former Law Professor)
– Grandma Remington
– Mike [Dad] – Undergrad & Law
– Cecile [Sister] – Undergrad
– Uncle Frank – Undergrad & Law
– Aunt Debbie – Law
– Cousin Frank – Undergrad
– Cousin Patrick – Undergrad
– Cousin Andy – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Michael – Undergrad
– Uncle Jim – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin John – Undergrad & Law
– Cousin Christine – Undergrad & Law
– Josh (Christine’s hubby) – Undergrad
– Uncle Pat – Undergrad & Med School
– Cousin Jake – Undergrad & Law School
– Bridget (Jake’s wife) – Undergrad
– Uncle Tom – Undergrad
– Aunt Ann – Undergrad & Law School
– Cousin Gregory – Undergrad & Law School

When Christmas comes around, if Marquette wins, I bask in the glory and continue to get shunned by my family or if Wisconsin wins, I lock myself in my room because all my Dad will talk about is how great the Badgers are and how amazing the Big Ten Conference is.

Lincoln supports MU on UW's Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Lincoln supports MU on UW’s Campus atop Bascom Hill. Created by: C.Remington (me)

Fear the predator

Fear the predator

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

My senior year when MU beat WI 61-58!

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Marquette joined the BIG EAST Conference in 2005, what was then, the premiere “Basketball Conference,”  with teams like Georgetown, Connecticut (UCONN), and Syracuse.  Among these power houses, teams such as Pittsburgh, Notre Dame (ND), West Virginia and Villanova also competed in this Conference.  Louisville, Cincinnati,  and Marquette departed Conference USA together knowing it would boost their Basketball programs, which it definitely has. However, within a blink of an eye, thanks to the “Football” schools, and a money driven society, the BIG EAST is in shambles.

In September 2011, SU and Pitt announced their plans to leave the BIG EAST for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).   A month later, West Virginia announced they are switching to the BIG 12.  Then most recently, yesterday was a critical day for the BIG EAST, Notre Dame announced they are leaving for the ACC and UCONN’s legendary coach, Jim Calhoun announced his retirement.  What’s interesting is that the ACC accepted ND in all sports but Football.  This is a win/win for the Irish as their Football program gets to remain Independent and their Basketball program joins the Tobacco Road Country.  Listen to these Basketball teams in the the ACC: Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Notre Dame.

The Big East will not be at the level where it was, losing the likes of Pittsburgh and Syracuse and losing the likes of certainly West Virginia and now you lose Notre Dame.  Can not be the same!” – Dick Vitale

If the ACC is now accepting schools without a football program, I think Marquette should attempt to transfer to the ACC.  But I have a hunch, that the ACC made an exception for the Irish because they are the most well-known, non-ivy-league school in the Country.  With that thought, I think Marquette should consider making a Non-Football School Conference or a Jesuit/Catholic School Conference.

My Conference Teams would be:

Marquette, Georgetown, Gonzaga, DePaul, Creighton, Villanova, Saint Joseph’s, Xavier, Saint Mary’s of California, and Seton Hall.

The counter argument is that the BIG EAST still can compete in Basketball with teams like: Georgetown, Louisville, Villanova, and Cincinnati.  If Marquette doesn’t leave, let’s hope none of these schools do either.

I think the Big East is still a good basketball conference. In basketball I think they have good quality teams. I don’t see the end of it unless there’s more and more expansion ahead of us, which could happen.  But for right now the Big East has good basketball schools. The Big East Basketball conference is still high high Conference.”

– Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Head Basketball Coach

What are your thoughts?

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As a huge basketball fan of both the college and professional level, I’ve always wondered what the criteria that NBA scouts follow when selecting who to draft.  I was lucky enough to find the answer during the 2012 Big East Tournament in NYC when I found myself sitting in the same row as the current Miami Heat President and GM, Pat Riley. Yes, legendary Coach Riley was sitting next to me with his scout.

For confidentiality purposes, I will not disclose who was being scouted but I will tell you that Coach Riley and  his scout attended all the sessions of the games including the Marquette vs Louisville  and Notre Dame vs South Florida game.

Each college player that was being scouted had a paragraph which listed their personal and game statistics.  The form also indicated any personal  accomplishments, for example if the player was Player of the Year.

If the scout was pleased with what he  saw on the court he had a separate page dedicated to that specific player with a grading scale. Unfortunately, I could only see half of the categories but the five items I saw were:  Athleticism, Length, Shooting Range, Turnovers/Decisions, and On Ball Defense. The player is rated on a zero-to-five scale with five being “exceptional” and zero as “worrisome.”

Finally, after carefully dissecting and critiquing the player, the Scout predicts the potential success of a player by marking his “Draft Position” and “NBA Prediction.  The player that was being evaluated did not get excellent remarks.  The Scout for the Miami Heat would not draft this player but He would invite him to camp.  However, he believes that his skills would best be suited in “Eurominors,” which I’m guessing is Europe.

As you can see, it’s tough to make it to the NBA but if you’re a college player, especially with March Madness tipping off, you better bring your “A” game because you never know who’s in the stands watching!

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I have decided to switch servers regarding my blog from blogger to WordPress.  To view my past entries over the past 3 years please visit: http://www.goldeneaglesfan.blogspot.com/

My Former Blog Titles & Links:

Athletes, Models, and Reporters (May 11, 2011)

Hey Vince, let’s get our trophy back (January 26, 2011

2011 Rose Bowl Video (January 10, 2011)

2011 Rose Bowl (January 9, 2011)

Cabo is Paradise (April 10, 2010)

World Cup Controversy (November 19, 2009)

Marquette GoldenEaglesFan see’s Wade in DC (November 5, 2009)

Grad searching employment (June 4, 2009)

Reflection on Twitter (April 1, 2oo9)

A Sad Day for Marquette Basketball (February 26, 2009)

Traveling to our Nations Capitol (February 18, 2009)

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