Just returned from the first ever Buzz Williams BBQ. I'm not sure what the real name of it is, but it was a good time. I attended the event with SB Tony Gwynn, Mrs. SB Tony Gwynn, and Devil's Threesome. We definitely got our $10 worth. The food was from Famous Dave's and it wasn't just a little bit. It was a lot bit. You could have all 3 entree choices if you want. So being the fat guy that I am, I took a piece chicken, some ribs, and the pork sandwich. There were also delicious beans and some fine dessert. Enough about the food.
It was a very nice, relaxed atmosphere. The players mingling with everyone and taking pictures and struggling thru small talk, because that is what you do with small talk when you are a young african american college basketball player talking to middle aged white guys and young kids. The highlight, besides the food, was Buzz talking to the entire crowd. I like this guy. I always seem to back the coaches. SB Tony Gwynn seems to think that smoke is being blown up our behinds, but that is what coaches do a lot of the time. They blow smoke. I know that and I accept that.
The thing I'm really taking away from this is that I believe that the future of Marquette Basketball is in good hands. He spent a lot of time introducing the players and the staff. Not just the new coaches, but everyone from the office people to the tutor... I mean everybody. SB Tony Gwynn commented on how there are a lot of people involved in a college basketball program. I also found it interesting that they have one lady that just makes sure they don't commit any violations. Good to know.
He also spent time talking about how academics are important. He made sure to point out Ooze and talk about how he graduated and said that Trend would be done in December. He also talked about the 4 seniors (Dwight Burke and 3 other guys that I haven't really heard of) and how they would all graduate on time. He seems to be into getting good individuals in here. Say what you want about Crean (and we all have) but he did bring in guys that weren't "thugs" or big, white, dumb crackers. At least we have a clean program.
I am now very excited for MU Basketball. It's a good thing the Brewers are staying competitive to make the time until November a little more interesting.