Dawg Pack Dirt, Volume 5, Issue 3, Florida International University, November 20th, 2008
By Nate Taggart and Aaron Bean
Good job against Cleveland State Dawg Pack! You all saw what happens when we get excited and what happens when we get the life sucked out of us. We just need to keep the intensity for the entire game instead of waiting for the team to go on a run like they did. But good job overall and I’m sure all of you feel as I good as I do to see a Washington team win a game.
*Additional Note: This year, a Dawg Pack member came up with a little bit of a different idea for the Oregon game which is traditionally our annual Mexican Heritage Night in honor of Oregon coach, Ernie Kent’s, fondness for the country to our south. Last year we got criticized a little bit by the media for doing the same thing over again so this year we’ve decided that we think it’s time for another vacation for Ernie Kent and that’s why we’re going to host International Day and act as Coach Kent’s travel agents. This means that we need to get flags from a bunch of countries and any other items that you guys think would identify with a foreign country. We want to have a melting pot of countries to try and help Ernie decide where he wants to go. The game is on February 14th so this means that we have to start preparing now by buying flags, other items that can represent other countries, and thinking of ideas for signs and chants. Anyone that still has Mexican stuff should definitely bring it too because it is his favorite destination, after all.
On to this week’s game…
–Florida International Golden Panthers at Washington Huskies in the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic tournament
-Thursday, November 20th, 2008 @ 7:00 p.m.
-Bank of America Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
-The Florida International Golden Panthers make their home in the Sun Belt Conference which sent South Alabama and Western Kentucky to the NCAA Tournament last year and Western Kentucky won its first round game against Drake on a memorable buzzer beater.
-FIU went 9-20 last season and are picked to finish at the bottom of the Sun Belt again this year despite Coach Sergio Rouco’s optimism that this will be a turnaround year which may be the case because the Golden Panthers are returning 4 starters including their top 2 scorers from a season ago.
-The Golden Panthers are 2-0 after beating Eastern Kentucky in the last minute and after beating Monmouth handily.
-FIU truly is an international university as is evidenced by the fact that they have players and a coach that hail from 9 different countries. (USA, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Serbia, Cameroon, Senegal, Cuba and Canada.)
-Fr. G #23 Harley Fuller has an interesting past in that all signs point to the fact that he used to be in a semi-successful high school band called East Avenue. You can listen to their high pitched male voices at www.myspace.com/eastavenue. Maybe we can get him to sing his hit song, “7 Deadly Sins” for us. Once again, I’m not 100% sure that this is him but all signs point to yes.
-Fr. F/C #1 Freddy Asprilla left us his cell phone number. Program it in your phones: (305) 975-0250. Hold off on calling him until the game because it’s always best to see someone’s reaction the first time they hear they phone number being chanted by a bunch of fans that live 3,000 miles away. If you guys do choose to call him make sure you keep it clean and fun. We don’t want to resemble Oregon in any way.
-Jr. F #15 Nikola Gacesa likes to throw up the threes despite a 3P% of 29%. MOVE CLOSER!
-Sr. C #31 Badara Ndiaye from Senegal somehow managed to shoot 32% from the field last year even though he’s 6’ 11”. I don’t know how much closer he can get given that he’s a center. Oh, and he’s almost guaranteed to get a turnover for every basket he makes.
-So. G Nick ‘NcLovin’ Taylor last year shot 17% from the field, 42% from the line, and 17% from behind the arc and isn’t doing much better this year despite already doubling his play time. Oh, and he calls himself NcLovin.