T.G.I.F: Thoughts Generated In Friartown.

@FriarFrenzy —  November 9th, 2012 1:00 PM —  Comments
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TGIF-ABCWelcome to our version of a tidbit, random thought and observation column.  Think of it like when you were in high school and the junior varsity basketball games were always played before the varsity.   On Saturdays you will get great stuff from Bill Reynolds in his legendary Providence Journal ‘For What it’s Worth’ column, and from John Rooke in his always entertaining and informational ‘Thinking out Loud’ feature on GoLocalProv.com. On Fridays you will get this, the JV game of quick hitters.

Hey (Bunky), didn’t Michael Jordan play JV?  (Just Sayin’)

There are many great fan bases in college basketball, and I think we can admit a number of them are more rabid than ours.  However the thing that makes Friartown unique is its sense of community.  You would be hard pressed to find a tighter knit group with more invested and I’ll take that any day over choreographed routines in the stands.

Part of the above comes from the Friars being like a pro team in Rhode Island but perhaps more so because those involved with the program, whether it be players, coaches, administrators or media have historically and graciously embraced the fan base.  Because of this Friar fans know they matter and have impact which further cements their loyalty and helps the program weather prolonged droughts like the one we are currently in.

No coincidence that the Providence program and it’s league were molded in the image of Dave Gavitt who I never had the privilege to meet but was known to be as magnanimous as they come.

Of course as win totals grow, so does the fan base.

All you have to do is listen to what this current group of Friars say and how they say it to know that Ed Cooley has made unbelievable strides in his first year-and-a –half.

I don’t think Friar players truly gain an appreciation for what it is all about until they get here and experience it for awhile.  If that essence could be captured in the recruiting process they’d be coming in waves.

Congratulations to Dickey Simpkins for being inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Dunk rocks when students show up and make it rock.  The rest of the crowd feeds off of what the students bring.

To that end PC should do everything in its power to avoid home games when the students aren’t around, or to somehow incent students who lead the charge to stick around….if that is possible.

The Friars were picked in the pre-season Big East coaches’ poll to finish dead last in the league. I tweeted recently that there is no way this is going to happen and it’s not going to.

That said, this team cannot afford any prolonged injury issues, especially in the early part of the season, and hope to be competitive so here’s wishing Bryce Cotton and Kadeem Batts speedy recoveries.

The fact that Kris Dunn has been participating in all non-contact aspects of practice is a great sign.

Looking forward to the NCAA cracking open the Sidiki files.  They sorta need to get on that.

Let me help you NCAA.  Exhibit A: Nurideen Lindsey.  Exhibit B:  See Exhibit A.

Rhode Island College Head Coach, and former Friar assistant, Bob Walsh is a class act.

Not to mention a hell of a coach.

And a hell of a blogger.

It should come as a surprise to no one that Walsh’s Anchormen hung tough with PC.  They are a top tier D3 program and D3 basketball is underrated and underappreciated.

I had the best New England clam chowder I have ever eaten this past week.  Unfortunately I was not in New England when I had it.  Captain Curt’s Crab and Oyster Bar in Siesta Key, FL holds the honor.

OK, not  unfortunately.  Siesta Key is a great spot.

The Captain actually came into our house and took what we had when he and his crew (about 30 deep I was told) rolled up to Newport and won the Great Chowder Cook-Off a few years back.  An accomplishment that is displayed prominently throughout his establishment.

 

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The Chowder gets the Chowder

Philadelphia guard Brandon Austin is Ed Cooley’s main priority in rounding out his 2013 recruiting class.  Austin would be a fine addition but if he elects to go elsewhere I have no issues with Cooley sitting on the open scholarship and using it as another chip in what will be a very important, and potentially monster, 2014 class.

It seems like verbal commitments among ’13 recruits are moving at a faster pace than they were for the ‘12s at the same time last year….but it all means virtually nothing until they sign.

A bit of advice to all aspiring student athletes out there.  Don’t go to Notre Dame Prep.

NJIT tomorrow.  Go Friars!

Leading up to NJIT and every Friars game, look out for the most comprehensive and entertaining game previews you will find on the web here at friarblog.com.

I will try to write this Gangnam Style next week.

Speaking of which…What could top the Friar elves from last year?  Gangnam Style Friars?

Have a good weekend Friartown.  Be safe.

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