Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Day in the Life of a Hoops Fanatic – Daniel Bayer

Saturday Hoops Extravaganza – Daniel Bayer 252 ESPN Radio

While most people’s attention in North Carolina remains focused on the Carolina Panthers (and rightfully so), mine is on the college basketball season. If you are a fan of college basketball, this past Saturday was super and scintillating (thanks Dickie V). There was a full slate of ACC games, a bunch of green room guys, and an over-hyped SEC/Big 12 Challenge (did we really need a bunch of games to figure out that the Big 12 is better than the SEC?).

Here are some of my thoughts, ramblings, and observations from this past Saturday’s games:

•If I was still in college, I would have certainly made a drinking game out of the number of times that the phrase “Green Room Guy” was used on Saturday, and I would have been passed out before the UNC game started at 4:00.
•Funny timing that the UNC students wore recycled green t-shirts on Saturday, a day after Roy Williams went off on ESPN and their “Green Room Guy” promos.
•Why is Boston College in the ACC? What have they added to the conference (in any sport) since joining?
•Clemson’s loss to FSU was a bad one because they had one of the easier schedules in the second half of the ACC schedule, and they might have had a chance at the ACC regular season championship.
•It is extremely difficult to win on the road in college basketball, it seems especially so this season.
•I still can’t grasp that Texas A&M is in the SEC. It took me a whole half, in their game vs. Iowa State, to realize that they were playing in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
•Why can’t they make the SEC/Big 12 Challenge happen in football? I think that would be worth watching, more so than in basketball.
•NC State fans, just in case you were wondering what Karl Hess was up to these days, he officiated the Florida and West Virginia game (only 48 fouls were called in that game).
•Rick Pitino, Don Johnson from Miami Vice called and he wanted his suit back.
•Wake’s gift to UVA last week might have been what gets the Cavs back on track in trying to repeat as ACC regular season champion.
•The Houston and ECU game was a fun one to watch. ECU has been playing pretty well the last few games.
•Speaking of Houston, I didn’t realize that Kelvin Sampson was still coaching.
•The TCU basketball court (or frog skin) was really messing with my eyes. It felt like I was watching a black and white movie, except for the purple of TCU and the orange of Tennessee being the only colors shown.
•After watching the LSU and Oklahoma game, not only are the Sooners the best team in the country, but Hield has certainly taken firm control of the National Player of the Year Award.

•Ben Simmons is definitely worthy of the number one pick in the upcoming NBA draft; however, how do you only take 7 shots in your team’s biggest game of the year (he didn’t score a single point in the last ten minutes of the game)?
•The balance in the ACC scheduling this year stinks. Why are there teams playing 2 games in 3 days, and then other teams having to wait 7 days before playing again? I wish the teams would go back to playing once during the week and once during the weekend (Roy Williams and Jim Boeheim have complained about this recently).
•Great win for NC State on Saturday. I predicted that the Wolfpack would have gone 1-1 this past week, but I never would have thought the win would have come against Miami.
•The Kansas and Kentucky game lived up to the hype, even though this is not the typical Kentucky team we have seen the last few years. Good thing for the rest of the country that Kansas does not play at Allen Fieldhouse in the NCAA tournament.
•Greg Popovich has the best in-game interviews, since he makes no bones about how much he hates them. I would hate to be the one conducting the interview though.
•ABC, do we really need the 3-point line to light up whenever a player shoots a 3? I feel this is a huge waste of technology, like the NHL glow puck.
•Let’s end with this, the only highlight from the Davidson and VCU game…


Just an MLB Star …Living in Van – Nick Bequette

MEET DANIEL NORRIS – Nick Bequette  252 ESPN Radio

It has been a busy MLB offseason with Heyward joining his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals rival, Chicago Cubs, as well as Johnny Cueto heading to the Giants, who are on pace to win the World Series this year. I say that because of there boom or bust seasons, every other year winning the World Series or not making the playoffs the next year. With all the moves around the MLB, including controversy amongst discussion of the Designated hitter possibly joining the National league, and a saga of gambling issues from Yu Darvish’s brother (Yu Darvish has been cleared from allegations of helping his brother), there has been a diamond in the rough, quieter offseason. Ironically this player’s desire to stay off the grid every offseason, is exactly why he’s making headlines. Blue Jays prospect, Daniel Norris, who pitched in the big leagues parts of last season, is living in a van down by the River every offseason…

The notoriously funny Chris Farley SNL (Saturday Night Live) skit has come to life. Okay, he isn’t necessary always living by a River in particularly, but he travels in a 1978 Volkswagen camper and lives off the land in various location across the United States, from beaches, woods, you name it. This is because to Daniel Norris, assimilating to society doesn’t fit where he wants to head in life.
When Norris was young, he grew up under beliefs that began 80 years ago from his grandfather who ran an independently owned bike shop. His family loved nature, living off the land provided and not taking anymore than they needed. He was a three sport athlete that was constantly outdoors, doing anything he could outside, from riding bikes to hiking trips. There family message? Simple. Live Simply. Play outdoors. Love the Earth. Something that everyone can take a lesson from in a world where we are constantly taking things for granted.


His van’s name? “Shaggy,” from the iconic cartoon “Scooby Doo,” and some mornings, Shaggy doesn’t always start. His typically van set up is outside of a Walmart in the Florida suburbs. Locals near the Walmart have mistakened him for a homeless man, even offering to give him money. Little do they know this man is a 92 mph throwing left hander that was drafted out of high school in 2011, with a 2 million dollar signing bonus. Yet, to Norris, he feels this money can only interfere with his lifestyle. His financial advisor only puts spurts of money in his account a month. 800 dollars, the equivalent to minimum wage with standard working hours. Waking up in the morning, cracking eggs that he has to smell to clarify if they are good or not, is the way Daniel Norris wants to live.

Personally I think Norris is doing the right thing, and has great values as a man, always thinking economically, being extremely self aware of the environment and embracing how he lives. Whether you see him as the man that lives down by the river, or the man who is slowly enforcing his way into the Blue Jays starting rotation, one thing is for certain, he embraces himself as an individual. An individual mentality on the mound, (and this is coming from a former pitcher) is an extremely useful mentality to implement into your game because you don’t rely as much on your defense. Just yourself. So, maybe there is a method to “madness” of Daniel Norris’s unconventional offseason.