Quincy Black Made A Play

October 16th, 2011

One of Joe’s favorite stories about the greatest basketball team ever assembled, the 1984 U.S. Olympic men’s squad, was when coach Bob Knight took the team on a barnstorming tour just prior to the Olympics.

Knight used these stops as both a scrimmage and a grueling practice, knowing that his backups were likely better than any other team in the world.

In a particular practice at an Indiana high school gym that seats over 10,000, Knight abruptly halted a practice after Oklahoma forward Wayman Tisdale had a defensive stop.

Knight had ridden Tisdale mercilessly throughout the practices for his lack of defensive hustle. In Knight’s eyes, if one couldn’t play defense, one couldn’t play basketball.

Knight stopped practice and demanded someone bring him a magic marker. Knight walked to where Tisdale was standing on the court, knelt down and wrote on the basketball floor with the magic marker “Wayman Tisdale played defense” and wrote the day’s date below.

That story raced through Joe’s mind when linebacker Quincy Black picked off a Drew Brees pass late in the game in the end zone. It was a play that turned the game and all but sealed the win.

Joe just wanted to run on the field and spray paint “Quincy Black made a play.”

Joe has been harsh on Black over the past few years. While people screamed bloody murder over Barrett Ruud not making plays, Joe wondered why the same standards were never applied to Black? Joe can think of four splash plays now that Black has made in not quite three seasons.

“It was man-to-man defense and Drew Brees doesn’t make those mistakes that often,” Black said of his interception, which was a drag route and Black was assigned to John Gilmore. “I was at the right place at the right time.”

Black didn’t seem to want to talk about the Bucs stirring win over the Saints. He surely didn’t want to talk about the alley-beating the 49ers laid upon them last week when Joe asked how the Bucs made such a dramatic bounce-back in a week.

“That doesn’t matter,” Black said.”We won the game today and we have a game in London next week that we have to prepare for that.”

The defense rose to the occasion today forcing four turnovers and Black, for a change, was a big part of that at a critical time no less.

“To create turnovers at home, the crowd was going and it was an exciting atmosphere,” Black said. “Glad to get out with a ‘W.'”

Joe only hopes Black’s play today is a harbinger of things to come.

8 Responses to “Quincy Black Made A Play”

  1. Joke Says:

    My God, is Bob Knight an asshole.

  2. sensiblebuc Says:

    “My God, is Bob Knight an asshole.”

    Bahahahahahahahaha!!! Good form Joke. Good form.

  3. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    Let me be the first to spray paint it on “JoeBucsFan”

  4. DCBUCSFAN Says:

    Let me be the first to spray paint it on “JoeBucsFan” Quincy Black Made a Defensive Play 10-16-11

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Wow, Joe. The 1984 team was great, but not even close to the best basketball team ever assembled. The 92 Dream Team was the best ever. That’s not even worth arguing.

  6. Joe Says:

    Hawaiian Buc:

    Here’s why Joe cites the 1984 team (though some suggest the 1960 team with Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas all on the team):

    In 1992, it was men beating men.

    In 1984, it was boys beating the living crap out of men by 40 and 50 points.

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    So maybe they are the best boy team ever, but not the greatest team ever. As they say on BSPN, “Come on man!”

  8. Brandon Says:

    How many other Sams have made tons of splash plays for the Bucs since they began running the one-gape scheme? None.

    Just because Quincy doesn’t make a ton of big plays doesn’t mean he isn’t fulfilling his assignment.

    Here’s a question, Joe. Why has nobody mentioned that Mason Foster wasn’t on the field for the majority of the 2nd half? Adam Hayward was in his place despite not starting. Was Foster ineffective, re-injured or newly injured?

    Hayward was bringing the wood on every play against the Saints running game.