WE WERE MERELY FRESHMEN

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Larry Sanders averaged 4.9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a freshman in 2007-08

They say youth is wasted on the young. I just think those of us in the post-30 crowd hate that The Jersey Shore has taken over MTV. When I was a college freshman, I could run a sub-5:00 mile, sleep three hours a night and had great hair (true story). Of course, I didn’t know what I was doing half the time, and I didn’t care.  The experience, one painful lesson at a time, was all worth it. It made me better personally and professionally (at least, that’s what I’m going with).

There are six freshmen on this year’s VCU Men’s Basketball team. Statistically speaking, the Rams are the 10th-youngest team in the country. They’re all great basketball players. They wouldn’t be here otherwise. But there are going to be mistakes, plenty of youthful mistakes. Enough to cause Shaka Smart to lose some of his hair…wait…let’s move on.

The point here is that these guys are all great talents, it’s just a matter of getting the best out of them. It’s going to take time. You’ll see it some nights and others you might shake your head. It’s rare to find a guy ahead of the curve, who can come in and dominate right away. Just like I didn’t come in and just dominate the blogging game. It took years of experience to be this awesome.

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FORMER RAMS RETURN TO VCU FOR SUMMER WORKOUTS

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ALL ABOARD THE CRAZY TRAIN

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Pulled up to work and saw some lady selling parking (using two homemade signs) on a side street, literally three hours before today’s send-off pep rally. So, that’s where we’re at.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any nuttier, we received our first interview request for Rodney the Ram today (true story).

The amount of media coverage VCU is getting right now is so off the charts. I know you guys are used to me throwing up links to features on VCU, but to be honest, the sheer bulk of clippings is mind-numbing. That’s why we have graduate assistants do it!

I didn’t look if these two items made that list, but here’s a couple VCU-centric items I thought you’d enjoy. First is a collection of things you might not have known or seen by Mike Litos. As usual, Jamie Skeen steals the show.

Additionally, WRIC here in Richmond did a nice piece on Chris “Pavarotti” Crowley, who will be making the trip to Houston.

Thirdish, but not necessarily related to all the craziness here on campus is a nod to former Ram Jamal Shuler, who is enjoying VCU’s Final Four run from across the pond in France. Shu is up for player of the week or month or something in the French League. If you understand French, you’ll be able to figure out what you’re voting for. I dropped out of French 3, so I have no idea. I know how to say, “I’m confused”, “Can I go to the bathroom” and “I don’t understand”. Either way, vote for Shu because he’s good people.

NINJA EDIT: Looks like we were on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night too. There’s some laughs in there, even if he takes some good-natured shots. Tell you what, as long as Jimmy promises not to make a sequel to Taxi, he can say anything he wants.

SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT

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Our love/hate relationship with ESPNU BracketBusters continues. Today, we heart BracketBusters again. The Rams have been matched up with Wichita State on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. (ESPN2). Naturally, we heard rumors all day about St. Mary’s, which would have been a coup, but this is the next best thing. More than one person has made the George Mason/Wichita State comparison since the game was announced. That year, Mason went on the road – and beat – Wichita State, a game that was seen as critical to the Patriots’ at-large bid that season. Mason went onto the Final Four, defeating Wichita State again along the way. I’m not saying that the Rams are going to the Final Four (although, we can all dream), but if VCU continues to play well, that Wichita State game could loom large on the Rams’ at-large resume.

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VCU VIDEO OF THE DAY
Special thanks to VCURamNation.com for making this video known. Former Ram Jamal Shuler with a crazy bananas buzzer-beater in France.

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