MWC: Tales from the Green Room

By David Scott - October 25, 2006

LAS VEGAS – The men’s portion of the CSTV media slam is starting to wind down and we’ve been busy in the Green Room getting some sit-down time with three of the league’s premiere players: San Diego State’s senior guard Brandon Heath (the MWC’s reigning Player of the Year); UNLV’s senior guard Michael Umeh (coming back from a knee injury that cut short his 2005-06 season) and perhaps the league’s most intriguing player, New Mexico junior guard J.R. Giddens, a Kansas transfer who averaged 10.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in two seasons as a Jayhawk.

We’ll work on some featurettes on those three players for posting early on Thursday as an appetizer to the Live-Blogging we’ll be starting at 11 a.m. (EST) direct from the Aladdin’s Grand Ballroom where MWC Media Day is being held.

For now, we can report that MWC commissioner Craig Thompson is in the house and we’re planning on getting some time with the Commish on Thursday. We’re even in discussions to have Thompson – one of the nation’s most progressive league leaders – live-blog with Hang Time, much the way we did with Marshall Coach Ron Jirsa last week. We continue to push the envelope of blogdom, and we do it all for you, the valued reader.

* We’ve been raiding the Green Room supply of “Aladdin Purified Drinking Water” in hopes that having the carbon-filtrated liquid from the Nevada Water Company will bring purity to our blackjack hands.

* There’s an on-going mini-scandal in the Nevada gubernatorial race and if you like sordid politics, you should probably take some time to read up on the congressman Jim Gibbons saga. And after you do, you’ll appreciate this Jay Leno joke: "In Las Vegas, a 32-year-old mother told police that Republican Congressman Jim Gibbons, who is running for governor in Nevada, got drunk, put his hand on her thigh, complained. . . about his marriage and then tried to have sex with her in the parking garage. A congressman trying to have sex with an adult woman? This is the best news Republicans have had in years."

* We’re on a personal mission to meet BYU women’s head coach, Jeff Judkins, one of the all-time underrated Celtics players.

* Hang loose and keep the emails coming to We're extending the same offer we did for C-USA - if you have a question for a MWC coach or player (and it's a good, thoughtful query) we'll try and get it answered for you.

Posted by David Scott at 10:47 PM on October 25, 2006

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