To represent the phases of Saluki hoops, I dug deep into my archive of women that I wish I could be with but cannot because, in truth, I'm just a lonely blogger looking for someone special to spend my Valentine's Day weekend with.
Unfortunately, we will not be spending it with any of the ladies that will be featured in this blog. If I'm lucky, the calendar will fast forward me to April to reconnect with my true love, baseball.
Chris Lowery's first year at the helm was quite surprise as he rode Darren Brooks' second consecutive MVC Player of the Year award to glory. SIU won the Valley's regular season title but lost to SMS in the Valley tournament after the team blew a 20-point lead. Shortly after the loss, Saluki fans started the first known Fire Chris Lowery group on Facebook.
Mariah Carey has overcome her fair share of adversity, and so did this edition of the Saluki basketball team. Without Darren Brooks and Stetson Hairston, SIU won the MVC Tournament for the first time since the Clinton Administration.
Southern did it by knocking off Bradley in the title game and unseating Patrick O'Bryant, who would would go on to be an O'Bust in the NBA.
Scarlett J is everything we want in a woman. The Sweet 16 Salukis were everything we could ask for in a basketball team. Nothing more needs to be written here.
Like Britney Spears during her experimental phase, we wouldn't want to bring home an 18-15 record and a bid to the NIT home to mother, but it was better than the alternative.
2008-09: 13-18 :: The First Step Of Rehab
We wouldn't kick Lindsay Lohan out of bed for eating crackers, nor would we say no to to a bump in the road if it meant bringing in the greatest recruiting coup in school history. Too bad the Salukis didn't develop and after harsh beatings vs. Duke and UCLA at Madison Square Garden, and another season-ending Mullins boo-boo, SIU suffered its first losing season since the end of the Rich Herrin Era.
This team has the characteristics of an ex-girlfriend of mine. Attractive, yes. Strong start, yes. The crumbling finish is in the process as the SIU team that was once 9-2 and holding a lead against Illinois State in the second half is on the way to finishing below .500 in Valley play for the second straight year.
Unfortunately, that girlfriend looked nothing like Jessica Simpson. We'd probably still be together if she did.
- Never thought I'd see this headline: Best beers for bone health.
- John Mayer's interview with Playboy took over Twitter.
- Five awesomely bad romances in movies, via Zack Quaintance.
- Tecmo Bowl re-lives Peyton Manning's great imitation of Jay Cutler.
- And for fun, an awesome site of Very Demotivational posters via Hire Jim Essian.