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Mar
22nd
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Weirdest/most improbable/greatest game of basketball ever

I play intramural basketball at UF.  While I know this does not tie in directly to my school work, it does have some impact.  If we win our weekly game, I tend to be more productive, and work gets done fast and more efficiently.  We lose, and I don’t.  Needless to say, with our EHS story due Friday morning and our game Wednesday, I was really hoping we won, because it would make my story that much better.  A lot of people might dismiss this as juvenile (or perhaps even slightly retarded), but for some weird reason it happens.  On to the game.

It was a back and forth game, full of momentum shifts and lead changes.  Neither team really asserted themselves and took control, and the neither team ever got up by more than five or six points.It continued on in this fashion until late in the second half, when the other team (we’ll call them “the Losers”) took a four point lead with about a minute left.  Unable to cut into the deficit, we thought there was no way we win the game.  With ten ticks left on the clock, the Losers have possession and a four point lead.  We should NOT win this game.  There is no way, we’re thinking to ourselves.

The Losers inbound the ball.  We steal it, and they foul.  Good strategy—we get two shots, but they are virtually guaranteed of getting the ball back maintaining the lead. Unfortunately for them, they commit the most blatantly intentional foul ever.  The referees, suspect in their calls up to this juncture, get it right and call the intentional foul, meaning we get two foul shots and the ball back.  After making one of two shots, we inbound the ball with seven seconds left down by three points.  Bim, our point guard and leading scorer drives hard to the left, drawing his defender in, before deftly stepping back, rising up for a three-pointer and tickling the twine.  His shot tied the game with three seconds left.  Unable to score, the Losers fumble the ball away and the game foes into overtime.  At long last, we assert ourselves and take control of the game, eventually winning by 12 points.

Call me crazy, but when I got back to my apartment I had a voicemail waiting from the professor I was trying to interview with an invitation to come by his office the next day.  Had that shot not fallen, and I think that call might have taken a little it longer to come, and I miss my deadline.  There is no way to ever know, of course.  I’m just glad we won.

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An old picture from high school that turned up earlier today.  This is me at the annual Walk for Babies in 2007 when I helped organize it as a member of the Gainesville chapter of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council.  Our group of 30 high school students raised about $60,000 that year, but stuff like this was what made it so fun.

An old picture from high school that turned up earlier today.  This is me at the annual Walk for Babies in 2007 when I helped organize it as a member of the Gainesville chapter of the March of Dimes Chain Reaction Youth Leadership Council.  Our group of 30 high school students raised about $60,000 that year, but stuff like this was what made it so fun.

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What a week

This week has been, simply put, absurd.  Aside from working over 6 hours a day to pay off a very expensive spring break, I had to write a feature article about butterflies in Florida.  Very interesting, and a lot of fun to write, but very time-consuming.  No complaints, though.  I learned a lot about butterfly problems in Florida.  I had an intramural basketball game Wednesday night, and while we won, the manner in which we won is deserving of its own post.  We had family birthday party Monday night in Gainesville, which was a lot of fun, even though 90% of the people there were at least twice my age and I hadn’t seen them in years.  Good times.  Week was topped off by me running over a nail on my scooter Friday afternoon and pushing it back to my apartment.  Fortunately I ran over the nail early in my ride and it was only maybe an 1/8 mile push, but still.  I mean c’mon.  What are the chances.  Next week is already looking up though; I have the second round of intramural playoffs, we start writing press release (which I hear are a lot more fun to write) and I only have work three days out of seven.  Looking forward to it.

Mar
6th
Fri
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My name is Remy Boucias, and I am a sophomore at the University of Florida mojring in journalism and political science, with a minor in business administration.  I’m hoping everything I’m doing in school now will get me into a decent law school one day.  I’d like to be a sports agent when I get older, but if I don’t get into a good enough law school, I can see myself doing this journalism thing as well.  I have another blog on ESPN.com, and have applied for a 10-week internship program for ESPN in Bristol, CN this summer.  One way or another, I want to be involved in sports, be it writing and negotiating player contracts or writing and analyzes player and team performance.  I played basketball through high school, winning a state championship my junior season, and basketball, specifically the NBA, is easily my favorite topic to cover in my writing, except for maybe Florida Gator football.  I’ve written pieces about Tim Tebow, Percy Harvin, and the Gators repeat chances next season, inaddition to a few pieces about the NBA.  I’m a huge Gators fan, born and raised in Gainesville, FL, and my favorite NBA teams are the Miami Heat and the Phoenix Suns.  Shaquille O’Neal, who played for both teams,  is the best player ever to play the game, and nothing anybody tells me is going to change my mind about that.  If Tim Tebow wins another title or Heisman, he is the greatest college footbal player ever, although I think fewer people will argue with me about that than about Shaq.  I’m really hoping I can get into the law school here at UF, so I can watch and cover two more years of Gator sports firsthand.  I would love to go abroad next summer, but I can’t do a study abroad program because I think that would cheapen and ruin my experience.  Ideally, I will spend two to three months backpacking around Europe with friends and go wherever I want whenever I feel like it and stay there for as long as I want.  I’m sure there is more to say about me, but I can’t think of it now, and I think I hit the majority of the main points now.