Dec. 28, 2008
The Week Ahead ...
Random thoughts from the student-athletes on the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team ... Bob Vazquez, Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations, offers his weekly insights on the accomplishments of the teams, coaches, and student-athletes who compete for Cal State Northridge.
Holiday Hoopla ...
As the Cal State Northridge men's basketball team dives into Big West Conference play, team members offer some random thoughts aside from basketball and school as the new year begins.
Vincent Cordell, junior forward - "I can't imagine going a week without talking to my family. The one person that always makes me smile is when I talk with my mom."
Xavier Crawford, junior forward - "The one thing that always makes me smile is to see other people smile."
Kenny Daniels, junior forward - "If I could change one thing about the world today, it would be to bring peace to the world."
Willie Galick, junior forward - "My favorite food includes pasta and sauce, but I'm not a favorite of spicy food. However, I enjoy listening to the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
Rob Haynes, senior guard/forward - "The best advice I ever received was to stay aggressive and fear nothing."
Mark Hill, junior guard - "If I had a million dollars, I would like to give it to my mom to help buy her a big house."
Josh Jenkins, senior point-guard - "My pre-game ritual includes praying to my late mom to watch over me, and I always point to her in the sky. She was my everything."
Michael Lizarraga, sophomore forward - "I love chinese and Mexican food, but will take a pass on seafood. I also can't get enough of ESPN and ESPN2."
Vinnie McGhee, redshirt junior guard - "No one knows how much I love my family."
Rodrigue Mels, senior guard - "I would some day like to meet Beyonce. I would also like to switch places for a day with computer genius Bill Gates. Denzel Washington would be the leading actor if they were making a movie about me."
Tony Osunsanmi, junior forward - "The best advice to young people is to listen to your elders. I would have liked to have met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Dallas Rutherford, freshman guard - "Few people know that my real name is `Sir Dallas.'"
Jermaine Smith, junior center - "If I were president of the NCAA, I would give student-athletes a stipend."
Therin Taylor, junior forward - "I love my mom's macaroni and cheese, and chicken. If I could change one thing about the world today, it would be that everyone has a realistic chance to succeed."
Tremaine Townsend, senior center - "My pre-game ritual is to pray and to ask the Good Lord for a good game."
Deon Tresvant, senior guard - "My greatest heroes are my mom and dad because they have been there for me throughout my whole childhood no matter what."
Matthew Wallace, freshman guard - "My advice to young people - stay focused in the classroom."
Editors Note - Next week, random thoughts from the Matador women's basketball team.
Happy New Year from Cal State Northridge Basketball ...