I went surfing this afternoon. Lars Boscaljon had texted me early in the day and said the report looked good, so I picked him up and we headed out to Wrightsville Beach. Michael Mercer met us out there too.
It was a little crowded, but it wasn’t so bad that we had to avoid running into other surfers. The waves were a pretty decent size- larger than I’m used to seeing out at Wrightsville, but not monster by any means. They broke a little hard though too, so we all ended up going under more often than we’ve had to lately (whether because we were wiping out or having to duck dive when paddling back out). That lead to a lot of numb heads, and it got to be a bit much for Michael, which I can understand. Later on, after showering off in Anna and Barry’s outside stall, after I got my suit off and turned off the water I was starting to feel physically ill from the cold.
All that said, we all caught at least one decent wave, and I was glad to be out there. I don’t know if I’ll be in as good a shape as I’d like to for Costa Rica, but having gone out now and then in a wetsuit, gloves and booties hopefully will have paid off at least a little.
Back home, Amanda (who was sweet and had some hot chocolate ready for me when I got home) and I watched Duke beat St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. Duke only won by seven points at 76-69, and they had a 12 point lead in the second half. That’s worrisome. They looked really good at times, but it seems they stopped playing as hard on defense at the end and the stall ball (which I’m not totally against, for the record) looked like it took them out of their offensive rhythm. After dropping four of the last six games a win is definitely welcome, but winning by seven to a St. John’s team that, let’s be honest, isn’t really good, doesn’t bode well for the tough remaining ACC schedule for Duke, which starts when they host Wake Forest at Cameron on Sunday.
There was some good in the game though. Freshman Elliot Williams started and played a lot of minutes and, though he made some mistakes, he still had a pretty good game. It was a bit of a coming out party for Elliot Williams, and I hope we see more of him in the form he was in tonight. Miles Plumlee got some time too. He scored a little and made some good stops. Jon Scheyer, who started as the point guard tonight, is getting his game back too, even though he missed some clutch free throws at the end (which is uncharacteristic for him).
Lance Thomas had a good game as well, and I think he’s really bringing an intensity that the team needs right now. He’ll get in their faces and try to get them fired up. He also had this one crazy pass from under one bucket all the way up the court as he was falling on the ground. The pass found Elliot Williams, who got a bucket from it. It should definitely be on the SportsCenter’s Top 10 tonight. Of course, Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson had good games as usual.
So, I guess we’ll see how the team shakes out on Sunday.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I really like having Bobby Knight as an announcer for the game. Not only does he know what he’s talking about, but he really breaks plays down for the average viewer (like myself) who doesn’t know all the ins and outs and little things that go into making some plays.