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More Random Thoughts

by Jon Gonzalez

“He’s tying his shoes, that’s definitely a sign of fatigue.”
Those were the words of CBS analyst Bob Wentzel as Boston College guard Troy Bell bent over to tie his shoes during CBS’s telecast of Boston College/Texas. Those words echoed through my mind last night and caused me to lose at least three hours of sleep. I couldn’t stop thinking about it: untied shoes equaling tiredness? Is there a direct correlation? I thought about all the times I had ever tied my own shoes and how tired I must have been. Maybe my current use of slip-on Nikes is a reflection of how fed up I am with my habit of drowsily tying my sneakers. Or did he mean that tying sneakers is an action that causes fatigue? If so, I must be in good shape due to my current energy saving tactic. No lace Nikes; that must be the reason why I have an extra bounce in my step. “He’s tying his shoes, that’s definitely a sign of fatigue.” There they go again, those dubious words, still ringing in my head. I may never be able to watch college hoops again due to this crackpot observation. Here I thought Bell was simply tying his shoe laces that came undone, I mean, it’s what anyone would have done in his situation, right? But no, he was tired, or the tying made him tired or . . .AHHH . . .I don’t know . . .

Another thing I want to mention about that Texas/BC game is TJ Ford. Wow, isn’t that guy awesome? If you’ve never seen this kid play, tune in Sunday when the ‘Horns take on Mississippi State. The guy plays the point like no one I have seen this year. I am serious. He’s not the best freshman in the land for nothing . . .

One more thing about that Texas/BC game I want to mention is Boston College. Yes, that game against Texas was reason No. 105 why the Eagles should not have made the big dance. I am just wondering how they didn’t lose more games than they won . . .

The Wolfpack have come a long way, baby. Finally, after 150 years of NCAA tourney inactivity, NC State is back on the map with a victory. And folks, it’s no fluke that the Pack beat the Spartans of Michigan State. When NC State plays its game, the Pack can be awfully hard to beat. Without Anthony Gundy, who was sitting with foul trouble, State mounted a terrific comeback led by super frosh Julius Hodge. If Hodge continues to play with the same poise as he did against Michigan State, the 2002 version of the cardiac kids have Cinderella written all over them . . .

Isn’t Steve Merfeld a great coach to watch? I wanted the Hampton Pirates to beat UCONN yesterday just for the sole reason of maybe having the chance to see Merfeld flung into the air again by one of his players like he was last year after Hampton beat Iowa State . . .

What is it with Bobby Knight and bland, boring, ugly uniforms? He had them at IU and he has them again at Texas Tech. Are bad uniforms a requirement for all of his teams? I could just see him when he arrived at Tech: “Ok guys, were gonna change some things around here. We’re gonna play harder, have more discipline and oh yeah, switch over to some disgusting new duds.” That’s why Tech lost to Southern Illinois Friday, well that and because their play resembled their uniforms: boring and ugly . . .

Nothing really shocking happened on Friday. The only thing that was close to stunning was that UCLA finally played up to their potential. And of course that shoe/fatigue comment. No, I expected Creighton to beat Florida, so that doesn’t count . . .

Anyway, I better go wash my car, later.


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