This year I am taking part in Volvo’s”Biggest Fan of the BIG EAST” contest, where a representative for each of the 16 schools compete in all sorts of social media and blog challenges throughout the season. Obviously, I am the Providence College contestant hopefully not destined to finish in the same spot as the actual Friars over the past two seasons.
Volvo has posted an initial video taken during BIG EAST Media Day. If you blink, you may miss me towards the end. Do I really sound like that? Anyways, head on over to the contest page and give me a vote. It would be much appreciated.
The first challenge has been posted, and I have to come up with my All-Time BIG EAST Dream Team. The question was pretty open ended, as the only real rule is that the player actually had to play in the BIG EAST (So no Marvin Barnes unfortunately, which is a shame because threatening people with tire irons is the kind of quality I’m looking for in building a superteam). However, I would like to put forth some of my own rules for creating the team.
1. Limit UCONN players as much as possible: It would be downright criminal to avoid one certain player from Storrs, but you know what? I’d like to leave the rest of these clowns off my team. Several National Champions be damned. I’m trying to run a clean program here, you know?
2. NO Jerome Lane: When I was a kid, I always thought it was pretty cool that some dude broke the backboard glass on a dunk. I probably even laughed at the poor loser team Lane did it against. That was before I became an obsessed Providence Friar fan. Now, every time I see that stupid clip (and it’s played ALOT) I just can’t enjoy Bill Raftery’s “SEND IN JEROME”. That’s not what I want PC to be known for, and I don’t want this guy on my team to remind me of it.
3. NO Charles Smith: Great player on Pitt, but his face reminds me of an endless loop of getting blocked in a critical spot against the Chicago Bulls in the 1993 Eastern Conference Finals. Yep, I am a bitter Knicks fan.
4: Don’t be too much of a homer: Everyone knows how much I love Ryan Gomes, and I’ll try not to let the fact that no BIG EAST player has ever scored more points in a BIG EAST game than Marshon Brooks factor in too much.
What I will try to do is come up with a perfect mixture of my earliest sports memories of watching BIG EAST basketball as a kid, my time as a PC student going to a boatload of games, and all the great basketball I have been watching and reading about since graduating. Everyone knows about all the stats and bios of these players, so I’ll try to add personal twists to why I would want them on my team.
Check out who made the team after The Jump.