Saturday, November 8, 2008
Quinlan Approves Sweater Vest
As Dave and I piled into Walsh Gymnasium last night for SHU's exhibition game against (Hoi) Molloy College, we did not know what to expect. Would the new-and-improved Mike Davis throw down a thunderous dunk of a performance against this undersized Division II squad, no doubt imperiling the recently fixed shot clock? Would Gause play like himself again? Would the cheerleaders recognize me?
By the end of the game, there were a lot of positives, but some negatives too. On the good side, Theodore looked excellent at the point, both offensively and defensively. Walters somehow managed to accumulate an astonishing 18 points, as if by divine intervention. And River Styx played arguably the most intense exhibition game in the modern era of college basketball, frequently staring down his curly-haired opponent, Matt Wafula, even as the Hall led by 30 in a game that meant nothing. Don't mess with Sticky!!
On the not-so-good side... Mike Davis fouled out in a mere 14 minutes of play, and did not assert himself much offensively. And while shooters are definitely allowed a bad night here or there, it seems like officials may be starting to catch on to Hazell's penchant for crumbling to the ground after every three point attempt. (By my count, he did it three times... drew the foul call once.) Still, Hazell did look aggressive attacking the rim.
But perhaps the most delightfully unexpected event of the evening was the little post-game one-on-one discussion between Coach Gonzo and the much-maligned athletic director, Joe Quinlan. (See photograph.) Though we weren't close enough to hear what was discussed, is it fair to speculate that this moment of reconciliation might have had a little something to do with the sweater vest??
Though these two might not exactly be Brooks Brothers, this much they can agree on: A black sweater vest over a blue button-down oxford is a classy look when you're giving it to Molloy at home.