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Fear the Beard Campaign: 1st Edition

George Mason Basketball: Fear the Beard Campaign: 1st Edition

Friday, December 02, 2011

Fear the Beard Campaign: 1st Edition

Ryan Pearson will be in the running for the 2011-2012 CAA Player of the Year award when it's all said and done this season. With that in mind I have started the #FeartheBeard24 campaign on here and twitter to track his progress this season and update on him now and then. Here is his current stat line through the first seven games:

What he's been doing well: So far Pearson has been as good as advertised and has led the team in scoring in every game but one. He is currently ranked 23rd nationally in PPG. Often his shots look off balanced but they continue to fall. In his senior year he still seems to be finding new ways to get around defenders and to the basket. He has the ability to carry the team on his back and just flat out gets the team a basket when they need one. Also his production on the glass is team-leading and ranked fifth among his CAA peers.

What he could improve on: His turnover numbers are up this season, mostly because he's been handling the ball more than ever. Mason as a team needs to handle the ball better but it all starts with Pearson because he's getting the most possessions this season hands down. At times Mike Morrison looks like a better passer in the post, and with the amount of attention Pearson often gets he needs to find the open man more. In general I think he has the ability to make the players around him better but we just haven't seen that happen yet. Sure, we can't expect Pearson to do everything but as a team leader he needs to be involved with remedying any team issues.


Anonymous Tom said...


1:48 PM  
Anonymous Laura Harrison said...

We need to get shirts for this slogan "Fear the Beard 24." I would totally buy one.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Gio said...

When we need a basket...give it to Pearson #fearthebeard24

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Scyth3 said...

Tried to, the Athletics department rejected the artwork that had Pearson's beard outline due to NCAA regulations.  Getting the text is really easy though.

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

I think best case he can be a leader but sometimes guys just arent suited for that role. I never felt like Cam Long embraced being a leader.

2:54 PM  
Anonymous Matt said...

I don't see where he isn't a leader.  He's vocal on the court, you can hear him calling out reminders in games, he's an example of effort and scrap, and most of us aren't at practice but I can't imagine he's not intense there.  This year has to mean more to him than anyone else.  He's probably the only one who will have a chance oversees of the seniors.  And with the passion and energy he brings he deserves a CAA title and NCAA trip more than anyone else.

On the shirts, the average person couldn't take a photo of his head, make an artistic representation of it a-la-the Obama image and sell it????

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Basketball Net said...

It's gonna be fun to watch him this season --- exciting times!

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Cinny33 said...

OMG Cam Long has moved on  Why can't you!? 

7:33 PM  
Anonymous overrated14 said...

Ryan is a scorer.  That's all he has done throughout his career and will continue to do.  He is capable of scoring with two and three guys on him and only passes the ball when he is not in a good  position to score. Go Ryan!!

7:35 PM  
Anonymous Jmckend1 said...

I really enjoy this blog. However, for as long as I've read it, I've wondered if anyone actually proof-reads the work. The errors in the articles sometimes make me get confused about what I'm reading. But as I said, I really enjoy this blog. 

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Jmckend1 said...

Also, Ryan's beard is pretty awesome, and we should send it gifts/offerings for Christmas.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Guest said...

I'd like to see him pass out of those double teams a little bit more...also, it seems he finds the ball in his hands with the shot clock winding down and he is outside the arc!  His turnovers seem to come from him having to dribble into the post.  think if he stops dribbling so much and passes a little more he is unstoppable!

1:06 AM  
Anonymous gmuhoops said...

Sorry for the errors, I'm working to proof read better

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Moses said...

He is a horse and very tough to defend. Good foul shooter. And he leads and works on both ends. That said, smart teams force him to go right and try to keep him off the left block. He's going to have to work like Will Thomas to win PoY. He's gotten stronger and smarter and developed each year. Has put together a great career. 

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Stephen Kline said...

Please respond to my email concerning the use of the picture in this article. 

1:51 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Please keep this crap off of the blog.

2:04 PM  
Anonymous Stephen Kline said...

Well then tell the author to not steal material from me.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Christopher Hirsch said...

You're right, Cam's lack of leadership tortures me daily, LOL, OMG TTYL

9:41 PM  
Anonymous John Powell said...

where he supposed to put "this crap" when he has copyrighted material stolen from him?

10:48 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Put it somewhere where other whiny photographers who take pictures that have no market value will relate to you, not on a sports blog. 

11:08 PM  
Anonymous John Powell said...

if they have no market value, then why does this blog take them?

1:15 AM  
Anonymous Matt said...

i think most of us are missing something here-what are you talking about?

7:21 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

where did he take them from? If they were proprietary, how did he access them?

1:16 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

If these photos were obtained from social media outlets, you no longer have rights to them per an explicit agreement you enter with such outlets when you become a member. As a member of these social media outlets, you have the ability to take down photos after they you have posted them, but if the photos are shared with other users after you have posted them, this means you no longer have control over their removal, and hence have lost your ownership rights.

For example, reference Facebook's user agreement terms:

Scroll to section 2, bullet 1.

1:37 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Supposedly they took the Pearson photo from this thread. Instead of figuring out a way for it to benefit them they are whining and are probably looking for money because that's what broke photographers seem to do. If they were smart and knew how to deal with people they would probably ask the author of the blog to credit them and their websites if their photos are used in an effort to build their business, but, they probably have no business sense and no apparent end game associated with their whining and will likely keep complaining about photos that have no financial value to anyone but themselves. 

They also don't realize that once pictures are share via social media outlets, they have lost ownership to them due to agreements we all enter when creating a social media accounts.

So, these pictures of Stephen Kline:

while initially private, he no longer has rights to, because we all enter an agreement with Facebook when we register for a username, where in the event our photos have been duplicated by other users,  before the original up-loader has taken them down, they are no longer proprietary to the the original up-loader. Therefore, it would be impossible to enforce these photos' ownership rights because they have been shared publicly, and then duplicated.    

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Deber said...

why did u post the same comment three times. 

5:10 PM  
Anonymous Kline Steve said...

BatMason, you're exactly right, and I thank you for trying to help.

If Ryan had pulled the picture off my Facebook page I would have no rights to the picture whatsoever, but that is actually not the case. The picture was stolen from my most recent publication's website, (check it out, we're trying to do cool things with it). You'll see in the Ryan Pearson story the picture in question.

Now, according to the OnMason's Terms and Conditions, the picture is part of CreativeCommons and therefore free for anyone else to use so long as they provide credit to the original source. Ryan could even change the picture to the hideous form it is now so long as it is credited. At his point, that is all I ask of him.

Again, I applaud your knowledge of copyright law, and thank you for your help, but unfortunately the point you brought up was misguided.

9:10 PM  
Anonymous Mark Mansdoerfer said...


9:18 PM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

I'm not going to give that question an honest answer because it's not an honest question.

12:17 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

The link points to your home page, not the Pearson article. I think the terms I brought up are in essence the exact same terms you've shared for your site, which are very similar to the examples I mentioned.

It's interesting that you can acknowledge the fact that anyone may use your images with the proper citation and also use the term "picture was stolen" in the same blurb. So anyone is free to use your images with proper citation, but, we just have to steal them first?

I'm glad you got things sorted out, but, consider this site, which Mason fans have come to thoroughly enjoy, before you post personal gripes without considering the audience at large. Good luck with your site. 

12:43 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Unfortunately your buzz light-year (not hating) photos are public property now as well.

12:47 AM  
Anonymous BatMason said...

Oh I almost forgot,
Photo Credit: Mark Mansdoerfer's mom
Photo Location: Mark's 22nd birthday party; Chuck-E-Cheese, Centreville, VA

1:05 AM  

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