The Starting Five

March Madness 2010

With the brackets set, March Madness has officially arrived. And with three weeks of buzzer beaters, ridiculously deep three point shots, and back door cuts, there is much excitement that lies ahead. If the field could be extended by one more team, allowing a Phishy qualifier, here’s who I’m throwing out there as the team’s starting five.

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PG: “2001”

Returning to its roots this year, “Also Sprach,” as teammates like to call him, has once again began to resemble a point guard, looking to pass before shooting. Having come up through the ranks as a table-setter, always assisting the teams’s bigger stars, “Sprach” went through a four-year revolution of offensive-minded playing, often completely dominating games with extensive dance grooves. But with a stacked offensive squad this year, “Sprach” has ran the offense to a tee, once again deferring to larger jams at the tune of 8.5 assists per game.

SG: “Ghost”

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

Boasting the best outside jump shot of the starting five, this versatile scorer can get the ball to the hoop in just about any way possible. Be it chunky grooves or blistering solos, “Ghost” rarely falls short in clutch situations, while often the go-to-guy when the game is on the line. Enjoying a symbiotic relationship with renewed pass-first point guard, “2001,” “Ghost” thrived this year almost every time he stepped onto the hardwood.

SF: “Tweezer”

“Tweezer” is a small forward like LeBron James is a small forward – huge. Filling the stat sheet in every category, “Tweezer’s” versatility enables him to play any position at anytime with ease. The most gifted athlete on the team, this freak of nature boasts liquid moves to the goal, an ability to run the offense all by himself, and a tendency to take over close games with subconscious rhythm. “Tweezer” will surely draw double and triple teams starting in round one, making “Ghost’s” outside shooting all the more crucial, but when all and said and done, “T-Dog” will get his.

PF: “Carini”

12.31.09 (W.Rogell)

“Carini’s” hard-nosed style and menacing presence has made him the face of the team’s defense for years. A la Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace, any points are gravy from this low-post intimidator. Averaging 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per contest, this monster inhales anything in his path, crashing the power chords, cymbals, and offensive boards with the same notable passion.

C: “YEM”

Holding down the middle since the late-’80s, “You Enjoy Myself” has become a legend in its own time. This ageless wonder continues to play out his glory years with as much delicacy and spunk as his early days. The cornerstone of the teams offensive and defensive schemes, Phish wouldn’t be where they are today without “YEM’s” two-way contributions. Known for going on scoring runs like James Brown on his worst night, and playing stopper with vocal jams when the team needs a hold, this veteran always comes through in one way or another. Boasting meticulous footwork in the post, when “YEM” finally springs free, his explosiveness and flow to the basket can be staggering.

6th Man: “Antelope”

12.29.09 (W.Rogell)

You thought Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson brought the heat off the bench for the Bad Boys of Motown? Well, “Antelope’s” energy coming off the bench rivals anything any NBA scout has ever seen. Literally running circles around the court and generally appearing out of control, his take-no-prisoner style has disrupted many an offense when he subs into the game. Look for his chaotic contributions throughout the tournament, as his unique defensive style is sure to make more than a couple highlight reels.

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Jam of the Day:

David Bowie” 7.25.93 II

This is a particularly ripping version from Waterloo ’93, including a sublime quote of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.”

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DOWNLOAD OF THE DAY:

7.17.1993 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA < Torrent asap

7.17.1993 Filene Center @ Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA < Megaupload

Wolf Trap - Vienna, VA

Keeping the musical theme of the day going with some more Summer ’93.

I: The Landlady, Runaway Jim, Sample in a Jar, My Mind’s Got a Mind of its Own, Stash, Reba, Chalk Dust Torture, The Horse > Silent in the Morning

II: 2001 > Tweezer, The Squirming Coil, It’s Ice, Sparkle, Big Ball Jam, Mike’s Song > Leprechaun > Weekapaug Groove, Faht, Rift, Good Times Bad Times

E: Amazing Grace, Daniel Saw the Stone, Tweezer Reprise

Source: Schoeps mk4 > kc5 > cmc5 > Sonosax SX-M2 > Panasonic SV255 (@ 48 kHz)

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970 Responses to “The Starting Five”

  1. fromthetub Says:

    Hey guys, I’m just checking in too. Good work jdub! I’ve been working like crazy as well, but it’s only 11pm here. I should go to bed, but instead just made a cocktail.

  2. jdub Says:

    @Garrett, 3 makes it a party. Get out east for the Hartford>Camden run. Plenty of BBers to put you up and drag your ass to some hard edge northeast sheds. Phish owns Hartford, will surley be a great weekend with Hartford/SPAC double dippers.

  3. garretc Says:

    Sounds like you made the right choice to me fromthetub!

    Yeah jdub, that would be a pretty solid run, perfect length too! Definitely be looking into that possibility…

    What about you? You’re… Ohio? Maybe? Are you gonna be hitting many shows this summer?

  4. jdub Says:

    Good evening Tub. It’s 2 here and I should close my eyes and go to bed. I’m still a bit wired since I just got in a half hour ago.

    Are you planning on any extensive touring this summer?

  5. jdub Says:

    I’m a CT boy, a bit spoiled. There are 7 shows on that list within 2.5 hours and SPAC is 3. Hartford and SPAC are definites with a hopeful Jones Beach and RCMH run in August,

  6. garretc Says:

    Ah, CT, I was way off… Yeah man, you Northeasters got it good up there!

    Although I might be up in the Northeast come next fall, so if they keep it East Coast for Fall tour again…

  7. jdub Says:

    A northeast festival would be a gamechanger. Gonna have to make some hard decisions. Not sure if the wife would be keen on 8 shows and a festival.

    Time for some sleep, goodnight all.

  8. ChefBradford Says:

    What’s the tournament idea? Exactly?

  9. jdub Says:

    Are you looking at schools out here?

  10. garretc Says:

    Yeah, I’m transferring from UCLA next year, and one of the two schools I applied to is Vassar College (Poughkeepsie, NY, if you didn’t know), Reed College in Portland being the other one. So if that goes down then I’ll be in prime Phish territory!

    Oh yeah, tournament! jdub, were you the one organizing a march madness pool? Cause I’d definitely be down to get in that!

  11. jdub Says:

    @chef, we’ve got 9 in right now. $5 buy in would go as a donation to Miner. The winner of the pool would get something cool like a team hood DVD of a great run of shows. Pretty simple. I haven’t done the tournament pool in years, this seems like a good reason to do one. Email me at joshuawinkley at mac dot com if you’re interested.

  12. ChefBradford Says:

    I am, essentially, sports-stupid

  13. garretc Says:

    Ah, email for the tourney. You’ll have mail from me in a second jdub!

  14. jdub Says:

    Follow your heart Garrett. Paughkepsie can be lame, my bro went to Marist there, but Vasser is a great college. Hudson river valley isn’t a bad place to be.

  15. fromthetub Says:

    jdub: hoping to hit Telluride and of course the Greek shows, and probably the NYC shows… but, knowing me, it will probably be more. Fingers crossed.

  16. garretc Says:

    Yeah jdub, I don’t really know where my heart is trying to go, but I definitely know it’s trying to make like Snake and escape from LA…

  17. jdub Says:

    Chef, you’re better off for it. My gf in high school beat me out of a $100 by guessing every game. Just pick a winner of each game using whatever method you choose, you don’t need to know anything about NCAA basketball.

  18. jdub Says:

    Thanks for the chatter! Must get some rest. I’ll have more info tomorrow about the pool. Be good.

  19. ChefBradford Says:

    I see. Well, I’d be happy to contribute to the tournament, but my ignorance makes me reluctant, so let’s say this: I made a donation at the end of last year; I will definitely make at least another this year. However, jdub, if you somehow don’t get enough entrants in your tournament, let me know, and I’ll throw in, rather blindly and stupidly

    Yes 🙂

    Anyway, I’m out. Bedtime, and all, and I’m not feeling too well. It feels like an imp is scratching out the back of my throat, and my sinuses feel like they’ve been freeze-dried or something

    I’ll catch you all later.

  20. garretc Says:

    Night fellas! Hope you enjoy your tour announcements tomorrow!

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