Wednesday, February 25, 2009


To lose Dom James to a career-ending injury on Ash Wednesday during a home game against the No. 2 team in the country means only one thing:

God is clearly a Mormon.

Fuck. Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.

Also: I need the Big East Commissioner's email address. If those officials ever work another game at the BC, they will not leave alive.

(This is how I manifest my grief.)


Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I'm just sick.

Horrible way for a career to end.

I have always stood by the guy.

I really want to cry... and it's not just because I'm the emo guy.

FPMKE said...

Unbelievable... total disaster. The only saving grace is that it wasn't 'rel or Wes.

I have to say that I was impressed with the way that Maurice Acker stepped up his game.

EMoney said...

First can I just say that I absolutely hate this new comment format.

Second, why does our season always end in such a train wreck. I am absolutely disgusted.

2004,5-Diener misses the last 8 weeks of the regular season. Joe Chapman/Marcus Jackson are thrust into the PG position. We lose many games and go to the NIT

2006 - That a-hole frenchman for Alabama Jean Felix....avg. like 6 ppg as a senior, but goes on to hit 7 of 9 3pters and scores 34 to upset MU by 3 pts. Unreal game.

2007 - Jerel McNeal breaks his hand 1.5weeks before the end of the regular season. Our offense becomes anemic and MU goes on to get throttled and upset in the first round again by a MichSt team (thanks NCAA committee for conveniently pairing Tom Crean and his mentor Tom Izzo).
2008 - The absolute worse case scenario 2nd round pairing of Stanford (who starts two 7 footers and future NBA 1st rounders, the Lopez twins) versus an undersized Marquette squad. Jerel goes off and MU actually holds its own throughout the game but eventually loses in OT due to a crazy ass fading out of bounds shot by Lopez #1 that falls in as time expires. Stanford wins by 1!

April 1, 2008 - Marquette Head Coach Tom Crean decides to break his 47 year contract with Marquette and leave for the Head Coaching job at Indiana. Of course due to this, MU loses it's top 2 recruits along with 2 current players who decide to transfer. One of which, the highly touted Trevor Mbakwe decided to transfer 1 day before the start of the fall semester and looked to be MU's best solution for a big man and likely starter at C. MU's depth takes a major hit, and new coach Buzz Williams tries to put the team back together by bringing in 2 JUCO transfers. Due to an early season injury to 1 of the 2, only 1 of the transfers proves to be worthwhile throughout the season.

2009 - Still undersized, but very talented and senior laden, MU exceeds expectations and goes 12-2 in the Big East to start the season. All is well and Marquette is looking to contend for a Big East championship and possible 3 seed or higher in the NCAA tournament. Unfortunately with 4 games left to play in the regular season, MU's starting PG Dominic James breaks his foot on a whim and looks to be out for the year essentially ending Marquette's special season.


And Yes, God must be Mormon!

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

i was thinking the exact same thing...I think we'll be okay with Mo at PG. those second chance points/3 point plays killed us. and the "fouls" that were called on those horrible.

FPMKE said...

I'm really torn on this guys. I’m trying to figure out the impact of this… obviously we lost last night but I don’t think that DJ would have been the difference maker. We were still in that game and ,like Rubie said, there were some terrible calls and the ball just didn't fall in the basket during the final 3 minutes.

Maurice Acker did a pretty good job and as long as he doesn’t tire out we might be okay… Cubillan is going to have to warm up fast and be ready to come in and play point so Maurice can get breathers (this is my biggest concern since I don’t think Cubillan has played more than 15 minutes combined this season). The tough part is, Maurice Acker isn’t really a shooter (but he has a lot of experience getting ‘rel the ball) so now teams know they can focus on guarding ‘rel, Wes, and Lazar (3 scoring options instead of 4). But what if Jimmy “Legs” Butler continues to play strong and have an inside scoring presence? I’m thinking we might be okay without DJ (something I have been vocal about at the end of every season when he would go through the Favre-esque draft decision process) and it’s a really weird feeling.

Yes, I know it's a huge loss and DJ will be missed... and I feel really bad that this injury will hurt his NBA-hopes but we will survive.

This is definitely less of a problem than it would be if Wes or ‘rel had gone down.

Rubie Q said...

Acker is going to kill us. Here's the thing: if you're 5-foot-nothing, and you want to play major college basketball, you better be quick as fuck. Acker isn't -- he hand-checks more than any player I've ever seen; he can't beat his man off the dribble; and he gets beaten off the dribble by his man routinely -- witness the pathetic display last night when Kemba Walker blew by him and Mo was forced to grab his jersey as Walker made the lay-up.

Not good. Not good at all.

Rubie Q said...

I'm sorry, FP: we are NOT OK without DJ. 'Rel is the best player, Wes is probably the most efficient (in terms of getting to the line, making throws, taking high-percentage shots, etc), but DJ is the straw that stirs the drink. We're lost without him.

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

Rubie-I hope you are wrong but I'm afraid you are not. Sunday will be interesting especially since UofL likes to press and if we can't handle the press (see Rel and Wes trying to dribble through pressure) it could be like 2005 all over again and we'll get blown out by UofL.

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

and the 2 plays that keep coming back to me when i think about that last 6 minutes were the pull up jumper by Wes when we were going 4 on 3 and the double spin-a-rooney lay-up attempt by Wes. those two things seemed to happen when we were exchanging the lead and we kept answering, but from that point on UConn took control.

Charlie Weis's Gunt said...

Unfortunatly I agree with you Rubie- I spent all morning trying to think how we could survive without DJ and I just don't see it happening. I still think we have a chance to win 1 of the last 3 games, and maybe 1 in the Big East tourney depending on the matchup.

Honestly - without DJ, finishing the season 2-4 or 3-4...I see us as a 5-6 in the tourney...

3-4 more years until we're competitive again!

FPMKE said...

I didn't say it was going to be easy... I said we might be okay. DJ certainly demonstrated that he could be an unselfish team-player this season. And, I liked the results.

Who knows what we'll look like against Louisville. My hope is that the unkown equates to the element of surprise and we stick it to Pitino good (I hate that fucker). But that is probably unrealistic.

Buzz has a lot of tweaking and adjusting to do but I still think we might be okay.

FPMKE said...

Agreed Gunt... my post-season expectations have been lowered significantly.

Rubie Q said...

I know what we'll look like against Louisville:

We've been able to cover a lot of warts this season with two things: three sublime talents in 'Rel, Wes, and Dom, and the experience they've gained in four rugged years in the Big East. Our intangibles are (were - fuck!) off the charts; we just knew how to win games.

You just don't replace someone of DJ's physical gifts and emotional maturity. Especially not with Maurice Acker.

EMoney said...

Guys, you do realize we had ZERO depth before we lost James right. It's not that we just lost our starting pg....we lost our starting pg that was talented enough to be discussed as a possible NBA caliber talent (whether that may happen or not is neither here nor there). So not only do we lose one player from an already slim roster, we lose a GREAT college ball player. Schools like UConn and UNC can take a hit like this....Marquette can't. We take a HUGE step back without him running the show. Jerel and Wes are going to continue to force unnecessary shots(like they did last night when we eventually gave up the lead for good), something that you cannot do against great teams such as UConn, UofL, and Pitt. I hate to say it, but not only do I see us losing to UoL and Pitt, but there's also a very good chance that Syracuse beats us at home. Flynn is going to DESTROY the Acker/Cubillan combo. Sure wish we had Tyshawn Taylor right now.

Devil's Threesome said...

Disaster, complete disaster. We'll be a 6 or 7 seed in the NCAAs.
The thought of DJ on crutches for Senior Night is depressing as hell.

I think we'll be competitive at UL, but ultimately lose like we did tonight.

Can I get a "told you so" on Price? We had no answer for him. Our guys played hard and tough. It's amazing that UConn needed career highs from TWO players to beat us without James. I'm taking solace in that for now.

That chip on our shoulders just got bigger, hopefully that drives these guys throughout the rest of the season.

Fuck! Fuck! I'm hungover. Shots, ranting, Jim Calhoun is a cunt. Fucking a son of a bitch bastard. I want to cry.

Charlie Weis's Gunt said...

It's we are bitching about the season...and not even thinking about what DJ is going through. His SR year, on his home court, 3 games away from his last start at home, and now his career is over. What slim chance he had at the NBA is over. My heart goes out to him...he's done nothing but kill himself for this team.

Fuck that Robinson dude....I'd like to rip his nut sack off and feed it to that sweater wearing moron that sits 10 rows in front of us in section 219.

Zone Defense is for Pussies said...

we can't even fathem what DJ is going through right now...take what we feel and x by 1000. quite frankly I don't even want to think about it because it makes me incredibly sad. its a lot more than just missing the rest of this season and the NCAA and his career at Marquette...its the rest of his life. i hope he gets healthy, get's a shot on a summer league team, plays in Europe and makes some money playing ball because he deserves it.

Rubie Q said...

Dom will be in the League. I have no doubts about that. If Rajon Rondo can play point for the NBA Champions, there is a place in the League for DJ. Five-foot-ten guys with his kind of athleticism don't grow on trees.

Sheets' Va Jay Jay said...

I keep thinking about the fact that now we only have 6 guys that really play. That sucks.

Doesn't suck as much as what Dom as a person is going through right now. I want to cry for him (and probably still at some point). It's not supposed to happen to guys like him. Why couldn't it be Devendorf or some douche like that?

EMoney said...

Zone - I completely agree. I'm sitting at work and I feel like my dog has just been run over by an 18 wheeler or something. James has taken a lot of crap during his 4 years (undeservedly to say the least), and he deserves much better than to end his career like this. So while we sit here and complain about the rest of our season he is thinking about missing NBA pre-draft camps....there's no comparison.

Rosiak's blog discusses a number of James' highlights during his 4 years....definitely great to reminisce and hard to pick a favorite moment. The end of the NCAA game versus Kentucky last year, when James went over to the UK bench to talk to that senior(his name escapes me right now) who absolutely played his a** off and was crying due to MU pretty much wrapping the game up, really showed how great James is. So much so that Jay Bilas wrote about it and claimed it as his favorite moment of last year's NCAA tourney. All we can do is wish him luck at this point. He will be missed.