Back where we started

First: thank you for spending this week with me. Thank you to all who read, shared, liked, commented, thought, and felt. How I wish that, one day, I will be able play some part in making each one of you feel as special as you all did me. I will continue to share my thoughts….

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Thanking your way out of a scholarship

I was a classic over-apologizer growing up: one sorry after the next. I’d offer the phrase, when, in truth, I meant something else, like “excuse me,” or, “repeat that, please.” One day, when I was seven (or maybe eight) my mom decided that enough was enough. “Stop saying you’re sorry for everything, Reece,” she said. “It’s not…

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Christmas in Iowa

Here’s another story about former assistant coach, Jeremy Friel: We were in Des Moines, I.a. in late December of 2014, preparing to play Drake University. I know only two people who want to be in Des Moines while most other UAlbany students are home with their families; they are Dallas Ennema (from Sheldon, I.a.), and…

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Freshman Year pt. 2

Each of the five assistant coaches to preside during my four years at UAlbany have offended me uniquely. Coach Knotts once told me to cut my growing dreadlocks because they looked “unprofessional.” When I finally I did decide to cut them, former assistant coach Friel offered his compliments, saying that, now, I looked “clean.” Coach…

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Freshman Year pt. 1

I met former UAlbany assistant basketball coach, Jeremy Friel, on Saturday, July 3, 2012. My father, brother, and I had traveled to the campus to report for my accepted students’ orientation weekend. And, knowing that I intended to try to walk-on, my father suggested that I set up a meeting with Friel, who had served…

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From the end of the bench

In theatre — both stage, and cinema — a walk-on is a performer with a small, nonspeaking role. They typically have no interaction with principal characters, but are a little cooler than extras, in that they are usually mentioned in playbills, or credits. The characterization does not change much with regard to college athletics. Walk-on…

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On Writing

Here are 10 things I learned about writing from Stephen King’s On Writing. Read, read, and read. My dad told me that the best way to become a better writer was to read good writing. Mark McGuire—who writes for the Daily Gazette—says that he reads Gay Telese’s Frank Sinatra Has a Cold once every year….

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What I’ve read

To start, I don’t read nearly as much as I know I should, or wish I could. When I was a boy, (I’ve been practicing acceptance of the truth: that the world sees me and my 6’1”, 200-plus-pound frame as “man,” now, or yet worse, a “sir.”) about three, or four, my mother used to…

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