Thursday, September 29, 2005

Bob Huggins Roast

Take it down.

That’s what Kenyon Martin wants done with his retired jersey that hangs from the rafters at Fifth Third Arena on the University of Cincinnati campus.

Martin, who was the national player of the year at UC in 1999-2000, made the statement Thursday night at the Bob Huggins Roast & Toast at U.S. Bank Arena.

“Take my jersey down,” Martin told the crowd gathered to support Huggins who was ousted as UC’s head men’s basketball coach in August. “If he’s not affiliated with the university, I don’t want to be.”

Aside from Martin’s controversial stance, which he took multiple times off stage before the event began, the Roast & Toast went by smoothly, with several coaches taking most of their jabs at Huggins and a few at UC president Nancy Zimpher.

“People say Bob is two-faced,” said Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz, who coached against Huggins in Conference USA. “Can’t be. If you had two faces, is that the face you would show?”

Wake Forest coach Skip Prosser had planned to attend but changed his plans before the event.

“Skip Prosser was invited, but he wants Bob’s job,” said emcee Bill Cunningham. “So he didn’t show up.”

Later, Huggins said, “I deeply regret that Skip Prosser is not here and Bill Cunningham is. He’s got all the charisma of a speed bump.”

Huggins, who coached at UC for 16 years, had 32 of his former players in attendance.

One of them, Danny Fortson, took a similar tone as Martin, saying, “This is emotional, right now. This shouldn’t happen. This is a great man.”

Fortson didn’t go as far as Martin, however, demanding that his records and accomplishments be stricken from the UC records.
Before the event, Martin said there is nothing UC can do, aside from rehiring Huggins, to get him to change his mind.

Huggins former assistant and current UC head coach Andy Kennedy, joking that his presence at the event might raise the ire of his current employer, told the crowd, “If it ever comes up, you haven’t seen me.”

Other speakers included Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Kentucky coach Tubby Smith and Memphis coach John Calipari.

Smith, whose Wildcats defeated Huggins in the NCAA Tournament last season, recalled that Huggins had wanted to play Kentucky during the regular season.

“Sometimes,” Smith told him, “You better be careful what you wish for.”

Sunday, September 11, 2005

9-11-01

Well I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about my day on 9-11-01.

I was on my way back from San Francisco from a summer co-op. I woke up on the morning of the 11th on the western edge of Wyoming. It was around 9am eastern coast time and I stopped at a gas station to get gas and breakfast. I finished filling up and went inside, once I got in there I noticed a large truck driver and cashier crying at the counter, i walked outside to look around for a accident. When I didn’t see anything I asked what was wrong and they told me that a airplane had hit one of the towers at the world trade center. I paid and ran outside and jumped in my car to listen to the radio.

Right then the second one hit and the world realized that we where under attack. As I started driving I had never felt more alone. I was driving cross country by myself not knowing what world I was going to come back to when I got back to cincy.

If you listened to the radio and hadn’t seen TV that day you would know that there were tons of false reports about other actions, I remember hearing about Brooklyn Bridge being blown up, and san fran's city hall was hit by a car bomb, and so on and so on. I was totally freaking out. Shortly after 1pm I stopped at a large truck stop to gas up and was able to see the images first hand. I had never felt so sad in my life. I knew people who worked at the Pentagon and I was worried about them. But was struck me then is what happened at that gas station. I remember someone asking everyone to go outside and around 50 people gathered around the flag pole and held hands. Families, truck drivers, and some young people like me gathered while a few truck drivers said a prayer and everyone hugged and cried together. After that I got on the road and saw American flags everywhere. I saw a guy driving a BMW with his sun roof open holding a large American flag flying out of it. And then there was the guy on a bridge in Nebraska who had a sign that said God Bless America and he had an American Flag with him.

The next time I stopped for gas I paid over 7 dollars a gallon for gas. I had to pay with a credit car and luckily they had to reimburse everyone they over charged money back. At that point I decided I was going to drive straight back to Home to Ohio.

When I got to Lincoln Nebraska I was stopped on the highway and every car was inspected. If you remember the president was flown there after the attack. SO the National Guard was taking every step they could to secure the city. Honestly wasn’t the best way to secure it but they did check IDs and they did glance in every car.

Around 5am I almost ran off the road in Illinois and decided that I couldn’t drive anymore. SO I pulled off the road and fell asleep at a truck stop in the back of my SUV. The next day I got back home and was able to see my family and find out that my relatives and friends that worked in NYC and DC were ok.

I relive that day a lot in my dreams; I think that was the loneliest I have ever felt. To not have any friends or family near you on your countries darkest day really did a lot to me. I remember coming home and telling my dad I was going to drop out of school and join the army. Mind you that I only had like 2 years left at school and my father was not going to let me do that.

Now 4 years later we all have a heavy heart for those who died that day and those who have given their lives to defend our country. God Bless our troops and all the heroes out there. Thank you for giving everything up to make our country safe again.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

fun wedding

here is a picture of me and catherine at Sharon and ALex's wedding. it was held in a part in cincinnati. Two more APX brothers married. Well just trying to remember some good times i had this week since i totalled my bike and i can only think negatively. Trying to cheer myself up. I start my MMA training tonight, wish me luck, going to take some of my agrue out.


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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Total loss

Well i was told that there are two kinds of riders, those who have gone down, and those that will go down. Today i joined the have gone down group. I was heading to get my hair cut when a crazy lady decided to slam on her brakes two cars ahead of me and the guy in front of me stopped in time and i wasnt able too. I ran into the back of the car and totaled my baby. I am ok, a few scratches and bruises, but i will live. I truly lost the only thing i enjoyed doing. I lost my way to calm myself. I am so lost right now, i need my release and she is totaled. well i hope things get better, they honestly cant get worse.


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