Much like the day you discovered that you could get 280 percent more candy in the pillowcase from your bed than that dopey plastic jack-o-lantern they hand out to everyone, it’s best to get all your links in one place. Here’s a collection of VCUish links from the last week.
YOU LIKE ME, YOU REALLY, REALLY LIKE ME
Men’s hoops is feeling the love from the media right now. Last week alone, the Rams were picked as a preseason top-25 squad by three different major outlets.
CBS’ Matt Norlander Writes:
“VCU has become one of those teams. Those “small” teams that everyone knows and instinctively roots for. But this isn’t really a small team and it’s not in a small conference. It’s move to the A10 signifies a shift that puts the league on the same plane as the other major conferences.”
At NBC Sports, Rob Dauster gushes:
“It’s almost impossible to underrate VCU at this point.”
The Sporting News is on board as well. Scott Smith says:
“there’s no reason this team shouldn’t immediately contend for the A-10 title in its first year in the league.”
Put this one in the research category. ESPN’s Andy Katz broke down and rated the non-conference schedules of every A-10 team.
Meanwhile, VCU alum Larry Sanders is getting ready for his third season with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel weighs Sanders’ chances for a breakout this season.
FOR THE ENDURANCE SET
Congratulations to former VCU All-American Bruce Berger, who competed at the Ironman World Championship this weekend in Kona, Hawaii. The 40-year-old Berger placed 589th overall out of 1982 competitors. He completed the 140-mile gauntlet of biking, swimming and running in 10 hours, 24 minutes and 42 seconds. Here’s our profile on Berger from last month. Official results are available here. The
sicko guy that won finished in a little more than eight hours.
PUB ON THE PITCH
VCU Men’s Soccer jumped into the top 25 last week. Here’s Coach Dave Giffard chatting with ESPN 950′s Greg Burton on “Hardly Workin’”.