Hill’s new Indiana tattoo might have been a foreshadowing of his trade

Like all proud Indiana natives, George Hill couldn’t wait to show off his pride in his home state.

Hill exhibited his love for the Hoosier State in a unique way chosen by some brave souls in this new millennium — he tattooed the outline of his beloved state across his right side.

It’s a beauty with a stylized “G” emerging from the outline of the Hill’s home state with stars coming out of the top.

It had to hurt Hill to be traded from the Spurs after three seasons with the team. He was one of the franchise’s more popular players as San Antonio fans loved his hustle, his intensity and his grit on defense. General manager R.C. Buford told reporters it was one of his most difficult days as a general manager after he swapped an organizational favorite.

And while the move is difficult, it shouldn’t work out too badly for Hill.

He gets a chance to move back and play basketball in his hometown and perhaps challenge for a starting position with his new team.

Earlier, he helped put IUPUI on the map in Indianapolis as its first homegrown player to make the NBA.

And before that, he was one of the leading scorers in state history during an illustrious career at Broad Ripple High School in Indianapolis. Hill joked that he was the second most famous alumnus of the school, ranking only behind David Letterman of the Class of 1965.

Hill will have a chance to go back home where those same traits should make him the most popular Pacer since Reggie Miller was draining threes and taunting Spike Lee back in the day.

His chances with the Spurs were diminished when he struggled running the point last season when Tony Parker was injured. Some late-game mental errors and his struggles against Memphis in the playoffs made some wonder if he adequately could fill the point guard position if Parker was swapped.

Instead, the team made a safer move by trading his substitute for a package headed by San Diego State stopper Kawhi Leonard.  The new addition fills a need of a defensive stopper the Spurs haven’t had since Bruce Bowen left.

It was a difficult decision for the Spurs to move Hill, but it might be one that will help both teams.

It hurts Hill to move from the only team he’s played for in the NBA.

But he’s going home. And returning to the place he proudly wears on his side won’t be too bad.


Study: violent video games reduce violent crime

Despite the best efforts of Fox News to keep America’s population cowering behind its curtains with increasingly shrill reports about death and mayhem on the streets, crime levels in the USA have been falling for 20 years.

According to the new data published by the FBI, those figures have seen an even sharper drop in the last two years which can be attributed to a number of factors according to the BBC.

Top of the list is the so-called ‘Obama Effect’ which posits that African American youngsters have been so inspired by the USA’s first black leader that they’re turning away from the crimes with which they were disproportionately involved and getting educated instead.

A fall in the demand for crack cocaine, fuelled by better education on the dangers of the devastatingly-addictive drug and aggressive policing of those involved in its use and distribution, have also contributed to the falling crime figures.

Smarter policing aided by technology, including vehicle number plate recognition and crime mapping which pinpoints trouble hotspots, has also had an impact.

Controversially, there’s also a theory which suggests that the increased availability of legal abortion has pushed down the crime figures over an extended period as fewer babies are born to low-income single mothers.

Higher levels of incarceration, the end of the Baby Boomer era, and reduced levels of lead in petrol have all been linked to the apparent drop in crime levels, as have changes in the way crimes are reported and categorised.

Read more: http://www.thinq.co.uk/2011/6/23/study-violent-video-games-reduce-violent-crime/#ixzz1QAbaSMhK