Heard that the Cowboys BB team is refusing to board the plane in the Virgin Islands to return to Laramie. 3-3 start for the Cowboys.
The Orange liked Barclay's arena in NYC, but all got on the plane to return to Syracuse. Record 3-2 at the moment.
I'm thinking the Cowboys might be happy to leave the Virgin Islands after those last two games. I hope Maldonado is OK.
Post-trip many of the players have commented that they knew they had it pretty good in Laradise, but that trips like this made it that much clearer how fortunate they truly were. Several said the air was too thick and heavy, and wondered about the merits of playing basketball in a place where it was so humid you had to wipe down the entire court between every free throw.
One player asked: "They're US citizens, why don't they just all move to Wyoming?" That might have been Hunter Thompson, who grew up in Pine Bluffs. He has achieved some measure of fame inside the state over the years by pointing out that Pine Bluffs was a great place in a lot of ways for a kid, but it's a little too close to Nebraska.
It sounded like after getting his scalp stapled back together and knocking back a few Mountain Dew, Maldo could have finished the game, but they didn't want to take the risk of having him out there and busting his scalp open again on that super slippery floor. They said the floor was like warm ice, but without all the traction that ice normally offers.
He'll be fine, is the word.
Sounds like he may have to wear his cowboy hat for a few days. Wonder if all those shots falling short was caused by the the high humidity and low altitude. Rumor has it that they were practicing with a weighted ball the week before they left to simulate the VI conditions. Maybe they should have wet down the outside court and practiced on it.
None of those problems in the Syracuse as long as the lake effect snowstorms don't prevent the other teams from arriving by game time.
Jayhawks don't have to worry about these things. Their biggest challenge seems to be keeping their coach out of trouble with the NCAA.