Saturday, December 20, 2014
Perfect Knights Pummel Poor Cheyney
You have been super generous to my family in the past, but I do not need any gifts this year. I've already been blessed by a perfect 6-0 December by my favorite basketball team, including an 82-51 avalanche today at Cheyney. It's not just the win I'm happy about; it's the way the game unfolded and what the result means:
* Adam Blazek scored only 3 points Wednesday vs. West Chester but got back on his sleigh in a big way today with 30 points. I've never seen anyone without a shiny nose lead a team so well!
* The Knights were outrebounded Wednesday but bounced back in a big way today with an unthinkable 46-16 advantage on the boards. Wouldn't you imagine your elves could keep the rebounding margin under 30?
* Gannon committed a season-low 11 turnovers against Cheyney. I'm glad they're leaving their "season of giving" ways to a professional!
* Put it all together, and our Knights are 7-0 in conference play after stumbling out of the stall with 4 losses in their first 6 games. Back in November, I thought this season might be like that foggy Christmas Eve I'm sure you remember. You had all those successful veterans back in your lineup -- Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, and Vixen -- but for some reason you couldn't get it done. Well, I'm glad we're both back to our winning ways!
So skip me this Christmas and please deliver some presents to the following:
* Cheyney University: Earlier this week a Gannon fan sent me this article detailing the Philly-area school's financial woes. It gave me a sick feeling in my stomach to see what was once a respected school "on the verge of a financial meltdown." Their team shot only 24% from the field in the first half today, but that's still 15% higher than the school's four-year graduation rate!
* The Hiram women's basketball team: They're the school who gave up a home game and moved up its season opener to allow an opponent with a terminal brain tumor to fulfill her dream of playing in a college basketball game. What a gift they gave that girl and her family, and what an example they set for all of us who take games too seriously.
* Gannon walk-on William Gadson: Can we get him at least one possession of playing time this season? Being a former walk-on, I have a soft spot for non-scholarship players who show up at practice every day but still need to pay for their books, meals, credits, and made-up expenses like a "globalization fee." Gadson has dressed for every game but is the only Golden Knight who hasn't seen floor time -- except when he's among the first off the bench to congratulate his teammates every time out. I love the enthusiasm. Let's get a giant lead and see what he can do when the clock's running.
Santa, thanks again for everything and good luck with all your deliveries this year. If you drop a gift, I wouldn't worry about it. Raphell Thomas-Edwards or A'Darius Porter will probably catch it before it hits the ground!