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Something Moore -- Season Two Premiere

Andy Moore

Nov. 11, 2011

Roll out the red carpet ladies and gentlemen, Something Moore is back and better than ever. I know it was probably a rough few months without my blog, but the wait is over and it is now time to dust off the cobwebs and get ready for the basketball season.

While I am set to change the college basketball blogging scene for good this year, I will have to watch the games from the sidelines as I did for much of last season. For those of you who have not heard, I am unable to compete this year due to concussion symptoms that have now lasted over a year. It has been a very difficult ride for me over the past 13 months and before I go any further I want to thank everyone who has shown their support.

So what does this mean for the blog that Leopard fans have come to adore and depend on? Well, as the saying goes, something good comes from every bad, and this couldn't be truer in my situation. While it is tough to admit that something good has come from my concussion, there is a silver lining that may prove to be the X-Factor for the team this year and that is my blog. Last season, I had to be careful with my words not to offend the coaches or my teammates in fear of their retribution on the court. Now, since I won't be on the court, I have the green light to blog about whatever I want (Matt Panto you are still fair game as always).

Now obviously I would rather be on the court playing the game I love shooting step back threes, playing minimal defense and getting the worlds easiest assists every time I swing the ball to my classmates Nick Petkovich and Jim Mower, but since I can't, it looks like I will have to harness my sidelined competitive spirit and put everything into this blog. So without further ado, I give you the first chapter of Something Moore, Season 2:

Why should Leopard fans be excited about the season? Without keeping you here all day with the endless responses I have to this question, I will try and narrow it down to the top 3.

1. Our freshman class. Yes, I hope they are good and can contribute and all that, but what I am referring to here is the geographic diversity in this class and the jokes it will create within the team and in my blogs. Last year, I had to rely heavily on Jared Mintzand his Canadian heritage for most of my jokes, but this class, coming from Australia, Colorado, Minnesota, and (yes, another one) Missouri, presents a new opportunity for the team as most of the upperclassmen have already started mastering their accents and learning about these obscure parts of the world (for example, in Australia they call McDonalds "Maccas").

Before coming to Lafayette I had maybe met a total of three people from all of these places combined. Now, not only am I teammates with them, but I also live with one. Regardless, it should spice things up this year.

2. We have a brand new locker room. Now I know you're asking, how does this added luxury benefit our fans? Well, if you attended many games last season, especially near the end of the year, you know that our team has a tendency of playing in close games, often letting them reach OT or double OT. But now, with a state of the art Leopard cave to call home, there is no longer a reason to extend games in order to delay our return to a small locker room.

Instead, I can already envision Coach O' motivating us at the end of the game saying, "Come on guys lets finish this so we can go bump some Rick Ross and lounge in the locker room."

While this also may cause halftime to run a bit longer, fans shouldn't worry because word on the street is that this means extra putting contests between Lafayette Sports Network's Gary Laubach and his 12 and under competition.

3. Finally, this year marks the first time since our senior class has been at Lafayette that the coaching staff has not changed. The trust and faith these guys have built in each other playing noontime hoops together for over a year should prove to be crucial in our quest for a Patriot League Championship.

I hope to see everyone at our first home game next Wednesday against St. Francis! Go Leopards!

P.S. If you want to keep up with Leopard Legend and co-captain of "the guys" during his time at Lafayette, check our Jared Mintz's blog that details his experiences playing professional basketball overseas in Israel.