Archive for November, 2009

What was I thinking?

I was watching the the Vanderbilt-Cincinnati game last week one day after practice and one of the announcers made the observation that A.J. Ogilvy had some facial hair. He guesstimated that the facial hair was probably slowing him down by causing him to be less aerodynamic.

I then began to recall some of the different styles of facial hair I’ve played with over the years.  Feel free to make as much fun of me as possible in the comments, I deserve it.
I am putting an electronic razor on my Christmas list for obvious reasons.
8th Grade:
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Sophomore year of HS: With the net we cut down after we won in the region tournament ensuring our first state tourney birth in 25+ years.

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Junior year of high school: Wearing my jersey from the UGA Elite camp.  Who knew I’d end up a Bulldog after all.

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Senior year of high school: Here we go. This is where it starts to get interesting.  This was the first time I could really grow facial hair.  I went all out and had a Chinstrap for the whole year. At a few home games, my boy @JamesCarr89, brought some brown paint and painted chinstraps on any fans dumb enough to get one (including my brother and the George W. Bush cutout).  I even tried to convince Gani Lawal to grow one at an awards banquet…

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Freshman year of college: When you’re playing college basketball, you don’t get to go home for any breaks. You miss fall break, Thanksgiving break, and Christmas break.  Over Christmas break you rarely come into contact with people besides your teammates and coaches. This gives you very little incentive to shave, or at least it gave me very little incentive to shave.  I went with the full out nasty beard for a good part of the season.  I went with the absolutely embarrassing goatee for the Davidson game.

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Sophomore year of college: I went with the clean shaven look for part of the season but eventually went back to the beard.

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Junior year of college: Coach Fox isn’t a real big fan of facial hair and the picture below is what I’ll be looking like all season.

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  • Exhibition game

    Last Friday we had an exhibition game against North Georgia. Overall it was a pretty good night. We took care of business in front of a good sized crowd (4,580 according to the game recap I read).

    Since I’m redshirting this year I don’t even dress out for the games.  To make up for not playing its a common practice around the country for guys that are redshirting to get extra work in on game days.  So Friday, after class I headed over to the weight room and got a lift in before shoot around.  Then I joined the rest of the team for our shoot around and pregame meal.  After eating I went back onto the floor and got a good shooting workout in.  Mistake #1: I did my workout after eating pregame meal. Never again.

    Mistake #2: Not checking with the managers to see what their dress code was. Since we can’t dress out Gerald and I were wearing black UGA polos. Luckily for G, he went with black pants. I was wearing some khakis which turned out to be the same exact thing as the managers. My teammates had a ball asking me for cups of water and towels all night and saying things like “you look very managerial tonight”.

    Quote of the day: “Ebuka is getting boo-kets” – Anonymous. (Getting buckets is a phrase that means scoring lots of points)
    The team is definitely excited for our first game against New Orleans this Friday. I’m looking forward to seeing the type of energy the fans are going to bring to the table to support us this year.  This Friday the game is at 7 and if you arent excited to watch us play maybe we can interest you in a free t-shirt? (the first 1,000 fans get shirts).

    -Until Next Time
    Connor

    PS – Cady Lallane signed with us today.  Great player. I got to hang with him quite a bit on his visit and the fans are definitely going to like this kid.
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  • Season Starts Tomorrow

    Its that time of year again. By “that time of year” I mean:

    • The poster and media guide are out and of course some guys don’t like their pictures.  (See: Whatley, Ebuka, and Travis).
    • No matter how early you get to our training facility someone is going to be there either hanging out, watching NBA TV, getting taped, doing homework, playing pool, etc. waiting for practice to start.
    • When you get to practice the weather is awesome and the sun is shining and when you get out of practice the its dark and cold outside.
    • The media stops by to interview players (I can’t confirm this but I’ve heard it happens).
    • The week’s designated off day feels like Friday night, Saturday, and Sunday all rolled into one.
    • Basketball players around the country wear their team issued sweats like its an everyday uniform because a) no time to do laundry b) no point in dressing up if you’re going to be headed to practice right after class c) they are ridiculously comfortable

    We had a scrimmage against Clemson this past Sunday. One of the rules for transfers is that we can’t travel. I really underestimated how it would feel to be sitting around in Athens while my team is competing. I didn’t like it AT ALL. At least most of our away games this year will be on local TV so I can watch. Its just weird to go through conditioning, weights, and practice every day for the last few months and then be completely out of the loop come gameday.

    We have an exhibition game tomorrow night against North Georgia at 7. If you live in Athens you need to come out. Its free and I think its general admission so you should be able to get some good seats.

    I know you are probably wondering if I’m gonna go all Chad OchoCinco on you and tweet during the game but thats not gonna happen.  Sorry.

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