As we get ready for the opening of the Pac-10 basketball tournament tonight, I thought it would be fun to read what others have to say about our team and our town.
This on-line article includes comments by readers from the Bay area of California. Since I have a rather myopic view of the world, especially when it comes to sports, I have only included questions and comments that concern WSU and Pullman. If you would like to read the entire article, you can find it here.
WHO IS THE PAC-10'S MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER?
On Washington State's Taylor Rochestie: "He resembles an intramural player until he burns you.''
"During Pac-10 play, has often been the best guard on the team, more valuable than the better-known Derrick Low and Kyle Weaver.''
On Washington State's Derrick Low: "In a conference loaded with great guards, Low is overlooked. It's the curse (one of many) of living in Pullman.''
On Washington State's guard trio of Kyle Weaver, Derrick Low & Taylor Rochestie: "I think WSU's Kyle Weaver, Taylor Rochestie and Derrick Lowe share this award. None would make anyone's top 7-8 players in the league, but together they are dynamite.''
WHO IS THE MOST FUN PLAYER TO WATCH IN THE PAC-10?
On Washington State's Kyle Weaver: "Weaver has the ability to please all types of basketball fans. In one minute, he'll do something that the common observer feels he/she can do, and in the next, he'll do something that others on the court can't even accomplish. The link between the two brands of basketball is that both help his team win.''
IF YOU COULD SEND YOUR SON TO PLAY FOR ANY COACH IN THE PAC-10, WHO WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
On Washington State's Tony Bennett: "Tony Bennett, in a heartbeat. That team epitomizes teamwork, sublimation of egos for the collective good, and Bennett doesn't try to be the show. Plus I'll bet his graduation rate will be outstanding when the numbers come in in several years.''
"Solid values, seems to get more from his players than some other coaches, and also seems to have a clearer vision as to how the pieces will fit together. I like that he doesn't recruit from Scout.com's top 100 list.''
"He's charismatic, yet has minimal ego. He's got some old-school traits, passed along by gus dad, mixed with a modern take on the game.''
"Good guy, good coach.''
"He's down to earth, seems to have things in perspective, communicates well, is young enough to appreciate players' concerns and is not affected by the public's perception of the players' abilities.''
"Tony Bennett. Just don't ever expect me to ever visit my kid in Pullman.''
WHICH SCHOOL HAS THE BEST AND CLASSIEST FANS?
On Washington State: "Washington State seems to have loud, but not belligerent, fans. Perhaps they have not learned how to be repulsive yet."
"More than eight thousand brave blizzards to cheer their boys, and they regularly cheer hustle plays by opponents _ so long as the Cougars are still comfortably ahead.''
And a quote from Taylor Rochestie in today's Lewiston Morning Tribune: "My mom said it the best. She said, 'Pullman's like being in God's pocket for me,' " Rochestie recalled. "I feel insanely blessed."