A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from September 23, 2013
Treadmill of Mediocrity (Mediocrity Treadmill)

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Jonathan Givony
Pritchard: Treadmill of mediocrity- Getting 8th seed in NBA playoffs year after year. #ssac
12:41 PM - 4 Mar 11

Mark Cuban hopes to lose, and lose badly, someday
March, 5, 2011 2:07 PM ET
By Timothy Varner, 48 Minutes of Hell
Towards the close of yesterday’s basketball analytics panel, Mark Cuban and Kevin Pritchard showed their cards in terms of fast-tracking a franchise rebuilding project.

Cuban confessed that once Dirk Nowitzki retires he expects the Mavericks to lose, and, if he gets his way, they’ll lose badly. Kevin Pritchard seemed to agree and introduced a new term into our lexicons: “the mediocrity treadmill.”

The Mediocrity Treadmill
By: Jonathan Tjarks
Jun 22, 2011 4:57 PM EDT
“One of the worst things you can do in this league is be a middle-of-the-road team - in the playoffs one year, out the next,” [new Charlotte Bobcats GM] Rich Cho said recently. “One of the tough things about a middle-of-the-road team is you never get really good draft picks. That makes it hard to have sustained success. Sometimes you have to take a step back to take two steps forward.”

Cho’s new team is a great example of the perils of the “mediocrity treadmill.” Over the last five years, the Bobcats’ win totals have been remarkably consistent: 33, 32, 35, 44 and 34 games.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CitySports/Games • Monday, September 23, 2013 • Permalink