Feel more energetic in summertime? So do common house pests. Some, like stinkbugs, are merely gross; others, such as wasps and roaches, pose health risks. And then there are carpenter ants and termites, which can cause thousands of dollars of damage to your property.
LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Over the last few days, several members of Sherron Collins' family have been taking bets over how long he would last during his Senior Day speech before he broke down and cried. The Senior Day speech is a tradition at Kansas, and Collins, KU's 5-foot-11 point guard from Chicago, was slated to take his turn at the microphone Wednesday night, win or lose, following the second-ranked Jayhawks' game against No. 5 Kansas State at Allen Fieldhouse.
MANHATTAN, Kans. -- There was a class observing Kansas State's practice last Tuesday, and so, for the sake of decorum, coach Frank Martin spared junior forward Curtis Kelly of what might have been an epic reaming, instead pulling him aside afterward and informing him in hushed-but-serious tones, that the effort he'd just put forth was unacceptable. "For a guy as good as you, to have only one rebound" -- a long board that fell into his hands -- "and one basket in two hours and 45 minutes" Martin said to the 6-foot-9 transfer from UConn, "should let you know that you had no interest in practicing today."
The latest subject of our Hoops Q&A series is Kansas State's Denis Clemente, a 6-foot-1 senior guard from Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He played his first two seasons at Miami, then transferred to K-State after being dismissed from the Hurricanes in 2007. Last season he led the Wildcats in scoring (15.0 points per game) and assists (3.5 per game) as they finished 21-12 and fell just short of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. The following is an edited transcript of our conversation:
As Walter Christensen, a 53-year-old physics professor from Pomona, California, discovered, when it comes to cuddling, women know what they want. When he and his lover spend the night together, he's usually awoken around 3 a.m. with a familiar request.
Underrated: Siena. If you watched the Saints wallop a very good Rider team in the MAAC championship game, you know how dangerous this team can be. Siena has very little size (no starters taller than 6-foot-7) and experience (only one senior), yet it has four different players who are capable of scoring 20 or more points. Since they play a five-out, none-in style offense, they can lose to anyone when their threes aren't falling, but you could say that about a lot of teams -- including their first-round opponent, Vanderbilt.
The Seat Pleasant (Md.) Activity Center, a low-slung brick building just northeast of Washington, D.C., doesn't look all that special. It sits on a block littered with empty beer bottles and shares the neighborhood with bail-bond offices and run-down restaurants. Not long ago, two gunshot victims staggered to the front door, bleeding and desperate for help after a robbery gone bad. The 30-year-old gym at the Rec, as everyone calls it, has two side-by-side courts surrounded by six basketball goals (only two with glass backboards), the original scoreboard and four small rows of bleachers.
Shameless plug alert: If you get a chance this week, check out the 'Bag's feature story in Sports Illustrated on Kansas State's Michael Beasley, the ultrasmooth 6-foot-9 forward who's the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the next NBA Draft.
One of the biggest misconceptions about college basketball -- usually perpetrated by college football fans -- is that the regular season means nothing. Maybe in late February and early March there are some important games as teams vie for the last few NCAA tournament bids. But November? December? Meaningless.
Knocking off BCS conference teams, winning preseason tournaments, being ranked in the top 25 and talking to the national media is nothing new for Butler. In fact, according to guard A.J. Graves, this is getting "routine."
Aqib talib would like to talk to you. It doesn't matter who you are -- a fellow defensive back in need of a confidence boost, an opposing receiver who has been put on notice that receptions will be in short supply against him, or perhaps a complete stranger curious about the pronunciation of his name. (It rhymes: ah-KEEB tah-LEEB.) It doesn't even matter if you can't talk back, like his four-month-old daughter, Kiara. Talib, Kansas' junior cornerback-wideout-chatterbox, craves conversation, even when it's one-sided, as much as he does oxygen, which he expends a great deal of when he gets on a verbal roll. "I've got to talk," he says.
Last year, within the span of a single season, the Big 12 witnessed the arrival and departure of arguably the most dominant freshman in college basketball history. Now everyone wants to know who will be "this year's Kevin Durant." No contradiction is seen there. Maybe one should be. We are, after all, coming off a season that saw much ink similarly spilled on "who will be this year's George Mason?" The answer, depending on one's point of view, was either "no one" or "Georgetown and/or UCLA," the Hoyas and Bruins being the scrappy underdogs who, as lowly twos, represented the lowest-seeded teams to advance to the 2007 Final Four.