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Posted at 2:46 PM ET, 02/16/2011

John Feinstein weighs in on Maryland basketball

By Matt Bonesteel

John Feinstein has a column up about Maryland's lack of big wins this season. He quotes Raycom analyst Dan Bonner, who says the Terrapins only have "warning-track power."

Gary Williams offers up some great quotes (as usual).

On Maryland's freshmen, the subject of today's discussion post:

"They have to play more. They've earned the right to play more."

On what the bracketologists think:

"Last year in early February people were calling me and saying, 'Hey, Joe Lunardi doesn't have you in the tournament.' I guess I could have worried about that. Or I could try to win games. We won seven in a row, finished tied for first in the ACC. I don't know if Joe ever had us in the tournament. I do know we played in it."

Check out Feinstein's column here.

By Matt Bonesteel  | February 16, 2011; 2:46 PM ET
Categories:  Gary Williams, Men's basketball  
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I've been following this paper for a long, long time and I have yet to come across a bigger mistake than the Post's puzzling decision not to discipline, or better yet, dismiss John Feinstein. He made outrageous claims last fall that Mike Shanahan was using racial coding in his handling of Donovan McNabb, yet it went completely unchallenged by his employer.

Publicly calling or insinuating someone is a racist without even the slightest shred of evidence is about the most despicable accusation you can make about a public figure. It is not okay to accuse someone of "racial coding" when there is no evidence to support this disgusting claim.

Feinstein defended his comments by claiming it's perfectly understandable to believe racism played a role given the history the Redskins organization. It is not understandable, and it is not okay. There are countless institutions in this country--including government institutions--that used to discriminate decades ago. Every time a person gets disciplined by any government agency in 2011, should they assume it's because of their skin color since 50 years ago that may have been the case? That is bologna racial-victim mentality nonsense, and anyone who engages in it should be ashamed of themselves.

You are not a victim because your ancestors were discriminated again. I am not a victim because my great uncle and aunt were tortured during the Holocaust. And it is not okay to always assume any white supervisor who disciplines a black employee did so because of skin color or vice versa.

We have come so far in this country when it comes to racial issues, yet people like John Feinstein still do their best to set us back 40-50 years. He should have been fired on the spot. Yet he kept his job at the Post without so much as even a public reprimand. This is, in my opinion, the Post's biggest mistake in recent memory. You cannot let something like that slide. It's just not right.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Feinstein's a self-important dolt, though I don't know whether he's a racist. I laughed out loud late last year when Feinstein got into a car accident while calling into ESPN980s "Sports Reporters". Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

Posted by: caphillterp | February 16, 2011 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Please welcome Todd Bradford as your new D. Coordinator!

My lord......

Posted by: fushezzi | February 16, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't think he's a racist either. But you dno't have to be a racist to falsely accuse someone else of racism--which he did.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Barno, you again attack the guy for something else other than the article. Is it because he is stating some very hard stats for you to absorb or believe i.e. the struggles our team is having the past 4-6 years just getting into the NCAA tourn?

Again, I get that you are a HUGE fan, but its right there, its not just "garyhaters" "certified morons" like me. Gary's teams have been on the bubble for the past 4-6 years too much and have been declining in the amount of ACC wins, they are losing the past few years to non-conf foes at home(remember that streak), we just arent the same team that we once where.

Again, great that you are a fan, but instead of attacking all the time, why not listen to others views and see that there may be a hint of truth behind them.

Maybe I am too hard on Gary for expecting a Top 20 team every year and for us to compete for ACC titles, Sweet 16s, and to get top recruits....but maybe you are a tad easy on him because of something he did a while back.

Maybe the truth is in the middle, Gary did a great job in the past, is slipping and needs to change/pick it up, or move on soon if he cant.

Posted by: cm88 | February 16, 2011 6:45 PM | Report abuse

cm88, there's nothing in today's Feinstein column that I disagree with. Not one word. Feinstein has always been on the money when it comes to college bball commentary. So sorry to kill your little theory about why I'm attacking him.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 16, 2011 8:00 PM | Report abuse

Love Feinstein for College Basketball and Golf. Just a great storyteller.

Everything else, not so much. He is not credible when it comes to any social or political issue. Again, just a great storyteller, unfortunately in these cases he is working in fiction rather than reality.

At least that gives him two journalistic areas of strength, which is btw two more than we can say for Mike Wise.

Posted by: terpape | February 16, 2011 10:21 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Why attack Feinstein on this 3-months after the fact?

This guy is media savvy and knows how it is done. may be for once a media insider called out the anonymous quoter game. he also spoke to how he has used "anonymous" quotes and the context he used the process. Oddly after Feinstein's piece and McNabb's agent basically stating the same, the anonymous derogatory statements about McNabb ceased. Gossip is not rocker science. Frankly, the entire Redskin organization has been more about being btchy, gossipy and in the news paris hilton style than winning for the past 10-years.

I'll skip the racial and social parts, i simply wonder why every player that comes to the Redskins seems light years away from the pro bowler or prime free agent they were just the season prior to becoming a Redskin. No matter how you look at it our team has missed on MANY free agents and trades over the past decade. For all the knocks that came out of Ashburn on McNabb, the guy kicked our butts for the past 9-10 years before he came here. most of those years with lousy WRs too. Yet, he comes here and can't run a 2-minute drill (which he proved wrong multiple times), he's out of shape, doesn't know the offense.

So why do prior quality NFL players become bums and 3rd string players with the Redskins? let's get over our blind loyalty and really look at this issue. We either have severe player evaluation problems or we have serious problems with coaches maximizing player's talents. Our bias always has us side with mgmt, but they have failed miserably and Shanahan has made a big blunder right off the bat.

Remember, Joe gibbs came here ready to implement Don Coreyell's passing offense? Then he realized he did not have Dan Fouts, charlie Joiner, Chuck Muncie, Wes Chandler, etc. And he realized he was going against a revolutionary linebacker in LT and other strong teams in Dallas and Philly built to play east coast football. So Gibbs adapted! the beauty of the Gibbs and Pettibon era was they adapted. The even adapted on the fly at half time too. Players like clint didier were utilized. too slow for WR and not big enough for a true TE.

Posted by: oknow1 | February 17, 2011 11:09 AM | Report abuse

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