Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

A Haiku to Manu Ginobili.

August 26, 2008

X-factor of Spurs
Obiwan Ginobili
From Argentina


On Vacation

August 8, 2008

I just arrived to Los Angeles yesterday night. I’m visiting my three cousins for a couple weeks. I’ll be in LA for the next eight days and then the four of us will be going to VEGAS, BABY!!!! I’m taking my camera along and will be taking as many pics as I feel like. I’ll try to post them on a regular basis, but I might just post them all at the end of the trip.

One thing I love about LA is that there are no damn mosquitoes. I currently have about five mosquito bites from the East Coast. For some reason, I seem to be a whore for mosquitoes. They always bite me first even though I’m furthest away from them. They seem to bypass my other family members and end up borrowing my blood to make their babies. Damn female mosquitoes. Suck on someone your own size. In Los Angeles, I walk around at night and no flying bug ever touches me.

My cousins and I started a best of seven basketball series (2v2). Overall, I had a good game but my team lost. My estimated stats were 7 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks. The game was up to 13 points. My partner and I ended up losing 13 to 15. At one time, we had game point. It was about 9:00 pm at that time so no one could see jack. Both teams missed up to 12 straight shots at one point. Somehow the other team made two shots and won. It sucks because we were suppose to win the game but couldn’t pull it out. I don’t know what hurts more, being crushed by the opponent or letting a game slip by that you KNOW you SHOULD have won. I always get this nagging feeling when I lose. It feels like a combination of dissapointment, regret, pissed-offness, anger (at myself). It ususally goes away the next day, but for now I’ll just have to redeem myself next game. The other team still has 3 games to win. It’s going to be a long series.

A Haiku to Tim Duncan.

July 22, 2008

It was originally titled “An Ode to Tim Duncan”. However, I don’t know how to write an ode. So a haiku will have to do.  The reason why I write for TD is because he’s my role model.  Sounds cheesy, I know.  Everyone who knows me well knows I love Manu.  I have three of this jerseys: his Spurs away jersey, his Spurs home jersey, and his Argentina Olympic jersey!  However, TD is the player on the Spurs I respect the most.  When he wins, he acts the same way . . . when he loses, he acts the same way . . . with grace and sportsmanship.  If I have kids, I will show them pics and videos of Duncan and say, “This is how you should act in sports.  If you act like this, few people will love you, but no one will hate you, and almost everyone will have your respect.  So here’s the haiku.

Flagship of the Spurs
Sports Illustrated sportsman
Big Fundamental

High Yield vs. Low Yield Studying

June 6, 2008

Ok everbody, I’m back. It’s been a while since I posted. Probably b/c I’ve been lazy and I’ve been mourning for my Spurs. This offseason the team needs to make some changes. Keep Duncan, Parker, and Ginobili. Everyone one else is expendable. We should keep Bowen for his defense and Barry b/c he’s a reliable shooter. Definitely get rid of Horry, Finley, and Damon S. Bring in an athletic wing and a good center. This will keep us with the Hornets and Lakers.

So, to the actual point of this post. What is the definition of high and low-yield stuyding? I tried to find a good definittion online but could not. My basic definition of high yield is efficient studying where you study less but actually it leads to better performance. An example is attending review sessions where the professor tells you EXACTLY what is on the exam. In this case, bring a voice recorder and then study everything the professor says is going to be on the exam.

Unfortunately, not all profs are kind enough to give you the questions to the exams, so the next best thing is to study old exams. Old exams help you in numerous ways.

  • They give you the format of the test. You will know whether to study for MC questions or be prepared to give in depth answers to essay questions.
  • They tell you what area to concentrate on. For a pharmacokinetic test, you will know whether to worry about conceptual questions or working out actual problems.
  • Questions being reused. Teachers are lazy. They reuse old test questions. Normally you would get 10-20% of questions from an old exam. Just by looking at an old test, you’d be gaurenteed to know up to a fifth of the test.

What about low yield stuyding? One deadly example is studying when you are tired/sleepy. When you are looking at your notes or textbook but you’re not processing anything. STOP. You’re just wasting time. If it’s early in the day, take a 20 minute nap or go exercise. Then try studying again. If it’s late at night, take a shower. If a shower doesn’t work, just go to sleep. Another example is studying while watching TV/instant messaging/talking to somone. Doing two tasks at once is not efficient. Do one thing at a time. Check out the following link for proof that multitasking can be counterproductive.

What about group studying? It can be high or low-yield depending on the situation. I find small groups of 2-4 are good if you need help or to review. Groups of 5 or more generally are very bad. It’s too easy to socialize. Also, if you’re going to be in a group, make sure there’s at least one person who understands more than you in that course. That way, if you have a question someone else will probably know the answer. If you’re the one doing best in that course, you will be asked many questions.

In conclusion, study smart not hard. It’s better to study efficiently 2 hours a day than to study poor 4 hours a day and still end up with the same grade.

Manu is back!

May 26, 2008

Finally! Ginobili was back to himself in game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. He was hitting in your face threes, pullup jumpers, and crazy scoop layups. It was about time he started scoring for the Spurs. In games 1 and 2, he was horrific. I mean Ginobili wasn’t really there. I thought it was a clone who had half the skills of the original Manu. In the first two games, he looked really tired. If you looked closely at his face, it was pale and there were dark circles in his eyes. His shots were way off and he couldn’t stay in front of his man on defense.

In game 3, that all changed. The Spurs were down 15-8. Ginobili then drops two straight 3-pointers. That was a huge momentum shift. However, I thought the defining moment of “My name is Ginobili . . . Sasha Vujacic, I will own you from now to the end of the series . . .” was when he drove into the lane, did a pump fake, and shot an over-the-head hook while getting fouled. He made five treys and ended up scoring 30 points with 60% shooting in only 31 minutes.

Take a look at his highlights.

Make no mistake, though. Game 4 is a must-win for the Spurs. If they lose, they will go down 3-1 with two more away games. Then it will be near impossible for the Spurs to win the series. If they do win, they will be 2-2. We’ll just have to wait and see if the Spurs can equalize the series this Tuesday.

Happy Memorial Day.