February 16, 2012

As Hurd on the Sideline: Vol. 1, Issue 8

What's up Islander Nation!

We've had an up-and-down start to conference.  Started off slow, had a little win streak going, now we're struggling a little right now but we'll get with it before the season is out.

One of the reasons for our success is no doubt the play of T-Time and Psyche.  Y'all know them as Terence Jones and Chris Hawkins-Mast.  I'm not sure where either of them got their nicknames. Terence just looks like a "T-Time." It's crazy. 

Anyway, those two have been scoring really well. When T-Time is going to the rack and creating his own shot he's hard to guard. With Psyche, his motor doesn't stop running. He doesn't stop going after the ball.  You might be able to stop him for a little while, but once you get tired, he just goes after you. Kind of like a mongoose going after a cobra. 

 

The record doesn't show it, but we're making a lot of improvements. No doubt we'll be going on another run soon.

I want to shoot down this stereotype about walk-ons. A lot of people tend to think walk-ons aren't good because they don't play. At those schools like Duke, do y'all honestly think a walk-on will play over future lottery pick Austin Rivers? No. But, more than likely those walk-ons were turning down mid-major scholarship offers for a chance to play for Duke. 

More evidence, our scout team: myself, James King, Kennon Dvorak, Kevin Lynch, and Ted (aka Asian Bradley Cooper) Wang can be seen giving the starters the business. When the three guards are hitting on all cylinders and Kevin and Ted are getting rebounds, nobody can guard us. Ask anybody on the team; we get buckets, we got skills; and we help the team get better. 'Nuff said.

The most recent holiday that passed us was Valentine's Day. No doubt it's a fun day, but you shouldn't need a day to allow you to love someone. Loving somebody shouldn't be an excuse – it's all the time. (By the way, ladies, I can do the same Ryan Gosling dirty dancing move that he did in Crazy, Stupid, Love. No problem at all.)

Speaking of Valentine's Day, if I could have one female celebrity as my Valentine, it'd be Rashida Jones. Aside from good looks, she's smart (Harvard graduate) and hilarious. She's a regular on Parks and Recreation, one of my favorite TV shows. She seems like a really cool person. Girls being funny is a major plus for me. 

Rashida Jones, I'll pay for lunch, dinner, coffee, whatever you want – just say when and where.

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.