Archive for Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Heard on the Hill: Podcast pans ESPN documentary on basketball rules; KU student plays piano at Carnegie Hall; another Twitter list

October 10, 2012


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• My ears perked up as I was listening to this week's edition of the Slate Hang Up and Listen sports podcast this morning when I heard the three hosts would be discussing "There's No Place Like Home," the upcoming ESPN documentary about the quest to bring James Naismith's original rules of basketball to KU (which, in case you don't recall, KU plans to place in a new student center next to Allen Fieldhouse).

But when I got to that portion of the podcast, well, let's just say that if their talk were transcribed and catalogued on the website Rotten Tomatoes, it could safely be placed in the "Rotten" category.

They spend nearly 10 minutes bashing the film, criticizing the filmmaking method and other aspects. It's really quite blistering, and this from guys who aren't usually prone to hyperbole.

But one major element of their criticism is their contention that the film doesn't do enough to show people why they should care if the rules come to KU or not — unless they are KU fans. So I imagine that a good deal of the criticism won't really mean much to many of this blog's readers, who likely have a proper grounding on Naismith's role in the basketball program's history.

If you want to listen to their review, you can start at about the 47:25 mark of the podcast episode, linked above. I wasn't able to find any other reviews of the film online yet; if you spot any, feel free to send them along.

The documentary airs on ESPN at 7 p.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 16.

• A KU piano student performed this past weekend at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Inge Buniardi, a doctoral student, was given the chance to play there Saturday after finishing in second in an international competition with a performance of Rachmaninov's "Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op. 18."

Buniardi's been playing piano since she was 7, and she's won a bundle of awards. She's studying with Steven Spooner, an associate professor of piano in the School of Music.

• After I pointed in yesterday's HotH to a directory of KU entities on Twitter, the KU Alumni Association passed along another nifty tool. (By the way, I wrote earlier this week on the association's efforts to improve recruitment of the children and grandchildren of KU alumni.)

Using Twitter's "List" function, the folks there have created a directory of seemingly every Twitter account connected to KU that they could find — save for the fake ones. Unlike that list from yesterday, this one includes staff members and student groups in addition to KU offices and departments.

It certainly proved useful for me, and it could do the same for you.

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Jim Williamson 5 years, 7 months ago

Unless you're a KU fan, I really DON'T think you care that the rules are coming home or event GET why it's a big deal. When I heard the documentary was being made, I remember thinking that it was going to be very much a niche thing that a handful of people would enjoy.

tbannwarth 5 years, 7 months ago

I think the making a good documentary should show an unbiased viewer why it is a big deal. If made well enough it should appeal to more viewers than show a passionate interest its subject matter.

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