Saturday, September 5, 2009

Still Waiting...

So it is September 5th and I have about 20 days till I will finally take off. Since I last posted anything I have done a little more research about my future home and found several interesting things. Firstly, the sporting event over there that best compares to the U of L UK rivalry is a boat race between Oxford and Cambridge....I know, a boat race!! If you don't believe me I found a video online that will show you if you click here...I think this will take some getting used to. I must say, however, that where ever I go I do not think I will find anything as exciting as a UK U of L basketball game.
Those games are undoubtably something special and I was lucky to be a part of it. My favorite game had to be this past year when Edgar Sosa hit a three pointer at the buzzer to beat the Cats(which was not the play drawn up in the huddle by the way) and we all went nuts. I remember being on the wing next to him at the time he took the shot thinking, "God I hope he makes this cause if he doesn't, we are all going to get yelled at!"
Probably just as exciting as my future trip to Oxford will be my trip back home next weekend to watch the Yankees play one time in the new stadium before I leave. I am a huge yankees fan and have been since I was little growing up in Manhattan. I will say, though, that baseball and the yankees were more exciting during the 1990s before money and payrolls really began to dominate the game. Now it seems that most teams(including my yanks) will try to just buy championships.....geez I really went on a sports tangent with this post!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Almost Time To Go

In an attempt to keep in touch with people around the world that I know and love I decided (in a non narcissistic way) to start a blog detailing my time spent in New York City and Louisville, as well as my future trip to the United Kingdom. In the UK I will study at Oxford and find out if I can find anyone to play basketball with me instead of soccer(oops..Football). I am in the process of making the blog more visually appealing, but bear with me as I am in the middle of packing for a two year hiatus from the US.
I want to start off by talking a little about my time at the University of Louisville. I have spent the past four years here in Kentucky and I have learned a few things as a student athlete. First, Rick Pitino is a phenomenal coach and it was a life altering experience playing for him as a Cardinal. There are countless stories that I could share about intense conditioning or hard practices, but ultimately, he equipped me with the intangible qualities of life better than any academic. That is not to say that my knowledge has not grown exponentially from the faculty at U of L; on the whole I have found that the university receives far less credit nationally than is warranted for its academic prowess.
To all of my friends and teachers at the University of Louisville I would like to say thank you as I approach a new chapter of my life. Kentucky, and specifically the University of Louisville will always have a special place in my heart an remain a home for me in my mind.