Tuesday, January 10, 2006

And Now for Something Completely Different

I figured it was time to flash some HAPPY pictures on this blog--after all the bitching and moaning about the San Anselmo/Ross/
Kentfield/Fairfax floods. We still don't have hot water... UGH. Big, BIG contractor problems... TRIPLE UGH. Insurance? Hahahahaha....

Oh, was I supposed to stop bitching and moaning?

This article and these photos may make you smile:





Adam Morrison of the intrepid Gonzaga Bulldogs is supposed to be the best basketball forward since Larry Bird. A 6'8" junior, he is widely regarded as the best college player in the nation. This is most likely his last year in college basketball, since he's almost certain to be drafted by the NBA. I wrote about Adam a year ago, during the NCAA tourney, when I heard about how he successfully managed his Type 1 Diabetes. Not only that, but I just learned he's a lefty, like me... and I DON'T mean left-handed!


And, guess what? We're going to see him play! Yes, the Zags are playing in the Bay Area this month, and we've scored some tickets. The members of my NCAA B-Ball Pool know who *I'm* putting my money on this year....

Here's a great article about Adam from the San Jose Mercury News... THERE IS INDEED NO STOPPING HIM. Go ahead and read the full article... it's SO inspiring.

By Jon Wilner
Mercury News

It's tough to take your eyes off Gonzaga forward Adam Morrison, what with his shaggy hair, adolescent mustache, awkward jumper and otherworldly game. Morrison, who leads the Bulldogs against Santa Clara tonight, is the nation's top scorer and the best college player to perform in the Bay Area this season -- and that includes all the locals.

But the 6-foot-8 junior is just as intriguing during timeouts, when Morrison pricks his finger, tests his blood-sugar level and, if necessary, gives himself an insulin shot in the abdomen. A Type 1 diabetic, Morrison has become an inspiration to those with the disease.

``If he can play major college basketball and be the best player in America,'' Gonzaga Coach Mark Few said, ``then anybody can do anything with it.''...

Good as he is on the court, inspiring as he is off it, Morrison might be most interesting when he opens his mouth. The future NBA lottery pick is one of the most thoughtful, well-read college athletes to come along in years.

His favorite books are ``The Art of War'' by Sun Tzu, the ``Autobiography of Malcolm X,'' ``The Wealth of Nations'' by Adam Smith, anything about Che Guevara and, um, ``The Communist Manifesto.''

Yep, Morrison has been fascinated with Karl Marx since he studied the Russian Revolution at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. -- to the point that he has a poster of Marx in his bedroom. Once, after a bad stretch on the court, he ran past Few and apologized for ``playing like a communist.'' Another time, after Few encouraged his players to attend church, Morrison wrote on the grease board: ``Religion is the opiate of the masses.''

Morrison, 21, is not a communist, but he has a fondness for stimulating debate and an internal compass that points well left of the mainstream. His favorite band is Rage Against the Machine -- what did you expect, 'NSYNC? -- and he shed a few tears when the group broke up six years ago.

``Not that I'm a ticking time bomb, but you want to live life to the fullest,'' he said. ``I don't think I picked up the stuff I did because of diabetes, but it has led me to figure out what I like and dislike.''{{MORE}}