Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Yo Adrien!! You did it!!
Last night marked the return to glory for the University of Connecticut men's basketball team. In their first game since being ranked #1 in the NCAA Top 25, UConn routed #7 Louisville, coached by Rick Pitino and Rick Pitino Jr., to the tune of 68-51 on national television. With guys like A.J. Price, Hasheem "The Dream" Thabeet, Jerome Dyson and Stanley "The Manly" Robinson, it is easy to seem that this team is stacked with talent. However, it has quietly been lunch pail man Jeff Adrien who is leading the team in scoring and is my vote for team MVP.
If you were to rummage through my closet, after pushing past the Nantucket red pants, the Christmas tree green pants and the seersucker shorts, you would come to my jersey collection. After leafing through classic jerseys like Vlade Divac, Larry Bird, Fletch, Gerry McNamara, Dan Majerle and Larry Bird you might be a little confused when you come upon a UConn Jeff Adrien jersey. However, Adrien is the epitome of everything I root for in a basketball player. He is the hard working guy who's first love is rebounding, and who is not afraid to get his hands dirty around the basket. He is a blue collar player who has worked his ass off four for years, and plays with 100% effort at all times. The fact that he is the leading scorer for UConn merely lends credence to his effort. I will be the first to say that Adrien is NOT a good shooter, but through determination in the lane, and tenacity on the offensive boards, has managed to average 18 points a game this year.
Jeff Adrien is not projected to go high in the NBA Draft this summer, a late second round pick at best, but if you ask me he is exactly what an NBA team should be looking for. He's got an NBA body and the heart of a Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. Bottom line, Jeff Adrien is the reason that the UConn Huskies are #1 in the country right now, and this writer looks for them to make a lot of noise come tournament time. Onward UConnia.
Special thanks to my readers for making this all possible:
Dumpe- my first follower. keep up the good work on TumsRum
Borst- your love of my blog is only outstripped by your love of LOST
Kohut- your helpful corrections make my blog shine shinier than your silver shoes
Donk- thanks for helping spread the blog to Pennsylvania
DBillz- your mailbag requests keep me inspired
Glenn- Im pretty sure you read this although you are not a follower. I'm glad you are not a short man.
Ethan128- I know you are out there checking every post. Probably somewhere near Route 128
Dorninator- the Mutumbo comment still keeps me in stitches
Dave- you inspired me to blog. Congrats on the 100th post. Don't forget your fans.
Ben- you made the first comment on my blog. Also Congrats on the 100th post.
Todd- our predecessor the VL Times is what prepared me for this
Dill- Thanks for making me think I'm a good writer. Come back to MA
Wogs- You are a true fan. That's all a blogger can ask for.
Andy, Greg, Wes, Joe- Someone pooped in the toilet and didn't flush it.