Thursday, June 23, 2011

Thursday Thrash Volume VII: Ben Howland and Adams - Meddle on Metal?

Thursday Thrash is a weekly segment in which we incorporate some of the greatest songs of all time (mostly metal, but not always) into a topically relevant post revolving around current issues at the University of Georgia. As a note, artistic liberties will be frequently used in this relation. Basically, the only premise/rule is that I can't put on some crappy Shania Twain song or some no-talent lightning catcher with autotune (see KESHA).

Today's Thrash features one of the all-time innovators of the metal genre and... Ben Howland. It seems very odd that these two are mentioned in the same sentence, but have no fear, the two are closely related and could have a gigantic effect on the future of UGA basketball. Thus, it's important for me to discuss both of these closely intertwined entities and explain how I could possibly incorporate a suit like Howland into a feature relating to a heavy metal song.

Now that you know the first part of this equation (Howland), let's talk about the more important musical talent on display this week. Today's selection comes from one of the most traditional metal bands ever, despite the non-tradtional hailing from Canada. If you know Anvil, you most certainly know the hit from their dually named 2nd album "Metal on Metal". It's a real head banger.

But how might you ask are these related to UGA?

If you didn't notice the play on words in the title, well... then notice it now. Jordan Adams, the hoops recruit who committed to UCLA this week, was heavily interested in the Bruins, Dawgs, and Memphis Tigers. A few weeks ago, the "meddling" (according to some fans) UCLA coach Howland conveiniently hired Adams' AAU coach to be an assistant. That sent a few red flags up to Memphis and Georgia fans (though I'm really not sure why Memphis should question anyone else's recruiting habits).

Because of this apparent dirty recruiting tactic, these fans have taken exception to Korey McCray's hiring. What they don't realize is how qualified this guy is for the position. Take a look HERE and you'll see why he got the job, coupled with his Atlanta hoops connections, this seems like a no-brainer. Well, for everyone except those Dawg fans who feel like everyone is cheating.

It does feel dirty, but would you be angered if Fox went after the Georgia Stars head coach? I tend to think not.

Just ask Mark Slonaker what he thinks about Korey, as he hired him in 2007 at Mercer. So he's dirty too? I'd really like to know what you think, so please, don't hestitate on the comments.
At any rate, I present to you today...

"Metal on Metal"

Happy thrashing!

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