Dec. 29, 2011
What's up everyone?
I hope you all had a great holiday and I, and the team, want to wish you a very Happy New Year coming up this Satruday. Another new year!
We just got back from a nice three-day break where almost everyone went home to see their family. For Colton (Christian) that is going all the way to Seattle, Wash., and for Eso (Akunne) just around the corner off Main Street. No matter what the distance was, it is great for everyone to be able to see their family and sleep in their bed for a couple nights. Plus, there is nothing like a home cooked meal from your mom.
Everyone returned to campus Monday night and we are back in the swing of things getting ready for our Big Ten opener against Penn State tonight. Before I can talk about Penn State, I want to go back to the Bradley game.
For one, the fans were outstanding! You guys were so loud and created an atmosphere that is unmatched in the Big Ten. The other reason was because it marked the return of Pat Beilein to Ann Arbor.
Pat is Coach Beilein's son who worked as a grad assistant for Michigan my freshman year and is now the director of basketball operations at Bradley. For me, Pat was a huge help both on and off the court. He is someone who I really looked up to and still do (hopefully he doesn't read this) and will always be a friend.
Pat was a member of the scout team and he could really fill it up as long as we played in the half court. Once we started to run a little, he was always trailing the play. He would want to me let you all know (he reminded me a lot) that he did in fact score 1,000 points at West Virginia as crazy as it sounds, so him making shots in scout team shouldn't come as a surprise. I have no doubt Pat will be a head coach one day because of great he is with the X's and O's of the game, but as good as he is with that, he is an even better guy!
Now, onto a much more somber matter, somehow Evan (Smotrycz) won the fantasy football league. I really have no idea how this happened because this is the guy who drafted nine wide receivers, including Brian Hartline. I have to give him credit because he pulled it off.
I have lost and will continue to lose sleep over this matter as he knocked me out in the semifinals, but I promise next year he will not finish ahead of me. Max (Bielfeldt) came in second and Stu (Douglass) came in fourth.
Next time I write hopefully we have two great Big Ten wins at home and Crisler will have been packed to the top. If not to watch some great basketball, you have got to come and check out the alumni band as they get the place rocking.
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Be safe and have a great New Year!