As Hurd on the Sideline: Vol. 1, Issue 5

Islander Nation, what it is?

Thank goodness finals are over. No doubt the team did well in our classes. We have a pretty cerebral team.

I think the smartest guy on our team is Ted. That cat is a mathematical genius. When we're driving to team dinner, I'll ask him how much the total cost will be for a tank of gas with X gallons and the price varies. He gets the exact answer EVERY time. It's pretty crazy.

With the South Alabama game, we should have won it and we know it. Hameed hits that shot nine out of 10 times in games. It just happened to be that one time he missed. Our record does not reflect the type of team we are. We are a really good team. I know we can go on a huge win streak pretty soon. Watch.

People have been asking me about our tryout, Kennon. Mostly about his name. First off, that cat looks exactly like President Obama. We'll call him Barack, Obama, sometimes both. Depends on the person.

His name is pronounced Ken-nun. I had a hard time figuring that one out. I went from calling him Keenan to Key-non at one point. He quietly went up to me one day and said, "Just call me Ken, bro." I stick with "Barack."

Not traveling with the team is tough, but being at home gives me an opportunity to visit friends. I recently met up with my boy Ben Weissenstein. He organizes people's garage sales for them and helps everybody make a profit. This dude is the next Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Mobile).

If I can get the chance, I'd like to go see a play over the break. I like seeing actors' true emotions come out rather than movies. The last play I saw was "Spring Awakening." It's basically about the Enlightment age in Germany.

The lead actress is my neighbor, Stephanie Styles. It was my first time seeing her act and hopefully not the last. She can sing, dance – she's the total package. She's going to be a Hollywood power symbol like Julia Roberts someday.

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.