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Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Posted on: September 7, 2011 7:01 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 7:18 pm
 
Posted by Ben Gollivergordon-hayward-dork

Utah Jazz forward Gordon Hayward isn't playing professional basketball overseas during the lockout. Instead, he's taking his talents to a galaxy far, far away.

DeseretNews.com reports that Hayward will be playing video games professionally.
The 21-year-old Utah Jazz player has joined a professional video game league with IGN Entertainment. Hayward will compete with other eSports video athletes in a StarCraft II competition from Oct. 6-9 at Caesars Atlantic City in the IGN Pro League. Hayward is excited to be among 256 players shooting for a share of a $100,000 prize pool in IPL 3: Origins.

"I've been playing video games for as long as I can remember," Hayward said in a news release. "I'm a competitive guy, and I love the competitive nature of video games.

"Pro-gamers are really sports stars themselves," he added. "The mental strategy that goes into planning your next move and what your opponent is going to do are skills you need to be successful playing basketball — and playing StarCraft II. If you want to be good, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it, just like with other sports. I've got the best of both worlds."
Reeeee-orrrrr. Reeeeee-orrrrrr. Yes, that's the sound of your nerd alert being activated. It is a good thing Hayward waited until after Jerry Sloan retired to announce these plans. For everyone's sake.

But, wait, there's more. Hayward was asked in a promotional video interview to compare the stress of playing professional video games to the stress of the NBA. His response.
"I think you've got to look at the circumstances of each. If you're winning a Starcraft game for the championship at IPL for the six-figure pool prize, that's probably pretty stressful ... At the same time, if you're going to shoot a three-pointer to win the game with someone guarding you, that's pretty tough too. I'd say they are both tough in their own right."
The video and others can be viewed on Kristen Sharbaugh's Vimeo.com account.

Well, not to go all Charles Barkley on you, but we have officially reached the point where we know for a 100 percent fact that the NBA is too soft. When a 21-year-old, 207 pound forward doesn't immediately recoil in horror when asked to compare the stress and rigors of the NBA to a freaking science fiction video game we know that the NBA game has been cleaned up too much.  If a Zerg attack really gets his blood pumping as much as a game-winning shot, that's a terrible look. We don't want to live in a world where this can be true, do we?

I guarantee that no NBA player in the 1990s ever said, "That karate chop from Ryu was pretty much the same as the haymaker Charles Oakley hit me with last night." Or, "Oh man, jumping off that hill in Excite Bike was so exhilarating it reminded me of the time Jeff Van Gundy prevented further chaos by clinging to Alonzo Mourning's leg." Never happened.

Hopefully Hayward's interview gets entered into evidence in the ongoing collective bargaining agreement negotiations so we can turn back the clock and undo this embarrasing chapter in the history of the league.
Comments

Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:22 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

lol if he is truly going pro i doubt he's a 6 pool noob :D



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

the writer of this article is a complete tool. i was an all state athlete in multiple sports in high school and i play college rugby now....and i love sc2 and video games in general. saying that someone is nerdy because he or she plays a video game is downright pathetic. do some research before you write this ridiculous drivel next time.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

StarCraft 2 > NBA


 



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

I have always told myself that people are entitled to their own opinion as long as their opinion has been researched and they have enough factual information to back it up.  To refer to the whole Starcraft Community as basically a bunch of nerds couldn't be anything more than true.  You apparently haven't heard of iNcontroL or Liquid'Tyler.  Both of these players are very athletic and not as nerdy as you may think. The community now has Gordon Hayward who in the short time that he has been streaming his games has gotten a huge following in the scene.  All I have to say is find the nearest BarCraft event near where you live and just attend one and then I will listen to any opinion you may have of the game after, but until you expose yourself to it more and do the research I will not read anymore of your articles because much like this one, they will probably be uniformative. 



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

This author reminds me of when I was in college and my mom would always tell me not to drink. I would tell her: You think it sucks, okay. This could be because it sucks. OR it could be because you just dont get it. If I type any more it will hurt Ben's feelings. I'm sure he's a very nice guy.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:11 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Article is crap. Comparing Starcraft 2 to excitebike? Get with the times man. Videogames are more advanced than movies these days, and even have beeter scripts and storylines. There's more valuable interaction available in videogames these days than any political broo-ha-ha that is tee-ball or youth soccer. Ben Golliver - out of touch with the general public and missed his target market by 10,000 Miles. Way to establish yourself as an ignorant ole-fogey.



Since: Nov 1, 2007
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:09 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Qualifier, I am not a gamer nor am I an NBA basketball player. Competition is competition whether it is chess, basketball, or video games.  Different people excel at different things, individually pressure and nerves are evident regardless of the platform. Gordon Hayward is probably justifying/appeasing the crowd that he is involved with, but nothing wrong with his statement.




Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: September 8, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

He's a 6 pool noob



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

What a joke this article is. The reason why you can't understand why video games are excillerating is because they don't excite YOU. I excercise regularly and I am in very good shape and you know what makes me hit my target heartrate the quickest? When Terran walks up my ramp for an 8 minute timing attack. My heart is POUNDING. I am taking nearly 300 Actions per minute (Can your shriveled sports brain even THINK about making 300 unique descisions in a minute?) and I am multitasking trying to deflect the attack. I get runners high and its a JOKE compared to properly defending a viscious attack and then crushing your opponent. The rush and satisfaction is unparalleled.

I hate when sports writers like you belittle other forms of media as if it's SO inferior. You just assume that since something isn't sports it must be nerdy. Well you know whats really nerdy and creepy? Pouring over stats for hours at a time to pick out a fantasy team to compete with other lifeless middleaged adults over the internet. You crunch and optimize and plan your lineup so carefully everyday so that yahoo can ship you a little bobblehead that you managed to steal away from the 18-60 year olds in your pool with you.

I bet that stings or make me look ignorant when I spin it that way, huh? I just dont get it, huh? Guess exactly how you looked when you called Gordon Hayward a nerd for getting excited during an intense match. I mean, this dude could probably roll your ass in sports and in games, do you really have room for name calling?

Why don't you take your tough guy devil-may-care attitude somewhere else. This is just trashy writing.

PS. onomatopoeia, especially fictional, has never been good journalism.




Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: September 8, 2011 4:58 pm
 

Gordon Hayward to become pro Starcraft player

Why thank you so much, Mr. Ben Golliver, it is nice to know that you hold the other sports of the world in such high esteem. Man, why would anyone who had dedicated their life and welfare to a sport be considered anything else than embarassing to the incredibly noble and artistic sport of putting a ball into a basket. We all know the incredible long reaching history of basketball, its noble origins that descended from God himself, and he said upon the people, "Please, put this orange, round ball into that there basket, and hark, let it be worth points. For points are important, so important." And let it never be forgotten that those who can put this ball into that hoop, as some would call it, are invincible warriors, for whom the daily rigors of their sport, nay battlefield, make the lesser tasks of mortals shameful in the eyes of men and gods. 

Respect is a golden rule. Anything that anyone takes the time to understand and love and practice is worth everyone's respect and attention. Just because you can't wrap your head around a sport that brings joy to not only the players but a community that has been one of the most respectful, caring, and smart communities in the world is your loss nor ours. Here is a young man who has defied some of the social norms, going out of his way to be respectful to a sport and lifestyle that many find to be childlish or without merit, and how do you respond? You decide that it is within your right and appropriate for you to make fun of it, to say its "embarassing", to do no meaningful research, to not talk to any player who has practiced for 12 hours straight, to ignore the heroes of the sport who have pursued it with a singlemindness that borders on enlightenment, and to blind yourself to the deep emotional impact that this sport, or game as you might in your ignorance call it, has on the people involved. The same feelings of elation, anger, deep despair, hurt, and joy that are seen on the faces of the NBA players at a final are the same feelings that Nada, BoxeR, MMA, Naniwa, Day[9], Nestea, Thorzain, and others (the list is too long to name) go through. 

So, to you, Mr. Ben Golliver, let's just say that you have your sport, and I have mine. And now, Mr. Gordon Hayward is part of both of them, and I think that each deserve respect, because I know that your sport requires practice and patience, mental fortitude and emotional depth, and I know this because I have watched some games and afforded your love some measure of respect. Please try to do the same for us, or at the very least, restrain yourself from publicy making fun of us.

Sincerely,
Ian  


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