Saturday, March 8, 2008

Thank You

We like to pride ourselves for writing basketball related posts that have a human element to them. We know we don’t offer the analysis that ESPN has, the insight that Gary Cohen has, or even the brilliance that Adam Zagoria has. And we don’t pretend to. What we prefer to offer is a unique insight into Seton Hall Basketball. An insight that only a “friend” might have. This is why tomorrow’s game against in-state rival Rutgers is all that more special, all the more emotional.

Tomorrow’s game has no impact on Seton Hall’s standing in the BIG EAST tournament and will most likely not affect the Hall’s chances of making the NCAA tournament. Tomorrow is Senior Night, which means it is the last game senior co-captains Brian Laing and Jamar Nutter will play at home in front of the Seton Hall faithful.

In a season that can best be described as a roller-coaster ride on the Personal Rapid Transit system – full of ups and downs, peaks and valleys – there have been two constants. One, the wild and often out-of-control antics of Head Coach Bobby Gonzalez and two, the unquestionable leadership of Brian Laing and the indisputable passion of Jamar Nutter.

So Brian and Jamar – thank you. Thank you Brian for your ridiculous stamina and willingness to play nearly every minute of every game while matching up against players often 4-5 inches taller than you. Thank you Jamar for nailing huge three pointer after huge three pointer and for playing with a fiery zeal that uplifted the spirits of the weary and inspired the often uninspired. (Though he may have never felt comfortable telling you, because that’s not the kind of man he is, your uncle is very proud of you – he felt comfortable telling us.)

So Brian and Jamar – thank you. Thank you for being the leaders of this inexperienced and impressionable team. Thank you for being that constant in a season that had so many variables. Thank you for being our friends.

So as you prepare yourself to play your final home game in front of all your family and friends, we want you to know that all your hard work and efforts have been appreciated. Not only have you led a team that many say has overachieved, but you have had an impact on so many people’s lives.

So thank you. Thank you for everything. And know that wherever you go and wherever you play, you will have two fans who will literally go the extra mile, just as you have done for the past four years.

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