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5 for Friday: the wisdom teeth edition

5 for Friday

Tough week over here at AVY headquarters. Had my wisdom teeth pulled on Wednesday and, well, I haven’t been the same since. It’s a painful deal, I’m sure you realize. More painful still if you’re a bit older when you get it done.

The good news is that I’m past the worst of it. And by worst I mean getting put to sleep because that totally freaks me out. But the bad news? I’m beholden to medication to keep me out of excruciating pain. And I hate pain meds.

Because one minute, you’re just sitting there minding your own business, and the next you find yourself tearing up at the end of Home Alone.

What? It’s a tender reunion between an abandoned, vulnerable little boy and the mother who never meant to leave him.

Anyway, it’s been in this hazy state that I’ve slugged through both yesterday and today. So if you’re expecting a lot out of this post, you’re most certain to be disappointed. I’m not even entirely sure I’ve got enough energy to proofread this thing.

That said, I am still game for trying to deliver a little perspective (albeit warped) this fine Friday. And I thought I’d do so with by passing along Five Random Thoughts via

5 for Friday

First thought belongs to…

The Lady Vols

As I said yesterday, I’ve not written about the Lady Vols enough this year. And that’s a real travesty. Because in many ways, I’m as proud of this team as I have been of any installment.

After all, they were picked to finish fifth in conference by the coaches, fourth by the media, yet last night, the Lady Vols beat no. 13 Texas A&M to win their 17th regular season SEC Championship — the first under new head coach Holly Warlick.

What’s more, it was a great send off for seniors Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams — especially Williams, who led the Lady Vols last night with a career-high 18 points.

But it wasn’t all high fives and butt slaps for Tennessee. (Yes. I just wrote that.) Both Ariel Massengale and Isabelle Harrison suffered second-half knee injuries. And though both took a turn atop the ladder to cut down the nets, GoVolsXtra indicates that not much is yet known about either of their injuries.

Here’s hoping they’ll be healed up in time for the SEC tourney.

Kelsey Bone

So, given my current medical state, there’s a surreal element to most everything I’ve experienced the past couple of days, including the Lady Vols game. So imagine my confusion when I heard the CSS announcer use the following words to describe a move to the bucket by Texas A&M standout Kelsey Bone:

Bone likes the angle.

Full disclosure — I’m not entirely sure I heard it right. I mean, did I? Because, seriously, right? Either way, my inner 15-year-old leapt for joy. And started playing along, himself. By coming up with a list of other things that I hoped the CSS announcer would say.

Bone’s really pounding the the box.
Bone’s been known to dribble a little bit.
It’s hard to handle Bone straight up.

I think that’s quite enough, don’t you?

On a serious note, Kelsey Bone’s one heck of a player, and A&M is one heck of a team. I really like their coach, Gary Blair.

Moving right along:

Jordan McRae

Thanks to their current six-game winning streak, the men’s team has a real shot at sneaking their way into the big dance, but they still have more work to do. As in, they probably have to win out and then make a bit of noise in the SEC tourney.

And to do that, they’ll need continued results from their big three — Trae Golden, Jarnell Stokes, and Jordan McRae.

By the way, if there’s a better nickname for Jordan than Jayson Swain’s Orange Mamba, I’m unaware of it. And while I’m on superlatives, go check out this piece that RockyTopTalk’s Brad Shepard wrote on Jordan. It is OUT. STANDING.

That’s a great site, you know. RockyTopTalk. If you’re not on them, I suggest you change that. Great place to get Vol smack and a cool community of commenters if you’re into message-board type threads.

How the Vols stack up

As mentioned above, the Vols still have a bit of work to do to get into the tourney. On, Jon Pennington has an interesting breakdown of how the Vols compare to the other five SEC teams who have a shot at making this year’s dance.

How do the Vols stack up? Click here to find out.

New Adidas college hoops unis are the ugliest things I’ve ever seen

Again, things are a bit hazy over here. So imagine my surprise last night when I ran across this photo at! A picture of new college hoops unis designed by Adidas.

5 for Friday

I mean, Joey Buttafuoco thinks they’re cheesy.

Look, I get it. People get old and lose touch. So maybe I’ve done just that. But I would beg to differ. I’m not one who’s hell bent against UT going with a little black in their unis. And, truth be told, I think that Oregon’s football get ups are awesome.

So, to that end, I like to think I have an open mind and am progressive enough to accept new fads even if they’re intended for a younger demographic than the one I represent.

But these are just horrendous. They’re like Garanimals on crack. And I’m still uncertain whether I’m seeing them correctly or whether it’s just a byproduct of everything being a little fuzzy in my world at the present.

Tell you what, I’m gonna take a nap and figure it out later.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend.

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