November 29, 2011

As Hurd on the Sideline: Vol. 1, Issue 3

Hello Islander Nation!

To those of you who came out to the Utah State game, thanks for your support! It's definitely great to get that first win under our belts, especially against a good team like Utah State. We played well at A&M this weekend, and hope to see you out at the American Bank Center on Thursday against Texas Tech. 

It took a lot of hard work, preparation, and a lucky headband to beat Utah State. Let me explain.

Our first practice after the Denver game, James King found a headband in Myron Dempsey's locker.  As soon as he picked up, this random aura of weird powers went in his body, like the basketball giving the MonStars their powers in Space Jam.  Needless to say, James got more buckets than a janitor, and his new found powers raised everybody's level of play, and the nickname "Bibs" for Mike Bibby. 

(THEY LOOK LIKE BROTHERS!)

On Wednesday, we went to visit the Ronald McDonald House. It's fun being able to put a smile on families' faces when their loved ones are fighting severe illnesses. That's what being a college athlete is about; using one's "status" to make a community a better place. 

My favorite part of the visit, aside from meeting the patients, was watching Ted Wang dance on the Wii. He told me it was the first time he ever danced in his life. It showed – HAHA!

After practice on Thursday, Coach Wilson let us eat Thanksgiving dinner at his house. It's tough being away from your family over the holidays, but he and his wife, Vicki, did an awesome job making us feel like we were at home. Thanks again to the Wilson family!

It's been real!

-Charlie

Charlie Hurd is a junior who is sitting out this season due to NCAA transfer rules. The Houston native played two years at Division II Tarleton State before coming to the Island University.