I thought wins were only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
The ref’s were out to get us,
That’s the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams
Then I saw Bob Burton, now I’m a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
In Bob I trust. I’m a believer!
Big West Champions before I died!
I thought “L’s” were more or less a given thing
The more I saw the more I got
Who are we recruiting?
Who will ease my pain?
Donnie bailed, we were starting over again
Then I saw Bob’s face, now I’m a believer
Andy, Scott, and Hicks are on our side
Bob’s my guy. I’m a believer!
I no longer have to brood and sigh
With apologies to “I’m a Believer” written by Neil Diamond and performed by the Monkees.
** MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Those sounds that I heard on my roof Friday night were actually reindeer, as my personal Christmas came early, and in the form of the official start of Titans men’s basketball practice. Yes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”
The first few days of practice are a time of transition for newcomers. Former high school and junior college “stars” quickly learn that the pace, intensity, and athleticism of Division 1 college basketball is often even more than they anticipated. For every great play that they make there is almost as often the embarrassing consequence of not knowing where they are supposed to be on the floor. It’s all a learning process, and we have a great staff.
I’m delighted to report that our guys are working hard, and our returning players are taking leadership roles.. My initial impressions are that the potential tandem of Bryce Webster and Jer’Vaughn Johnson at the posts will be a very intimidating physical presence for our opponents. Gerard Anderson is working hard at the 3, but will face stiff competition from Orane Chin and perhaps Robbie Robertson. A similar battle to replace Big West Player of the Year Josh Akognon at the 2 will feature Aaron Thompson and Devon “V.I.” Peltier. Walk-on Eric Williams impressed me with his defensive intensity, and could see minutes as a back up to Jacques Streeter. Ray Miller looked much improved, and Jamel McGuire seems like he could play anywhere between the 1 and 3. Future fan-favorite senior walk-on Frank Granados ran all day, every day at 110%. Frank doesn’t figure to see the floor much this season, but he is demonstrating to Coach Burton that he is certainly grateful for the opportunity to move up from the coed practice squad that used to scrimmage against our women’s basketball team. He was encouraged to try out for the men’s team by former Head Coach Maryalyce Jeremiah.
- Titan head coaches Bob Burton and Marcia Foster opened media day last week by discussing their men’s and women’s basketball programs on Roger Lodge’s AM 830 sports radio show. They then followed this up by trouncing the other so-Cal Big West coaches in a cooking competition held at the ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney. The Titan Tandem won awards for presentation, taste, and overall “Top Chef.” Their “Smokin’ Chokin’ Chicken (ahem)” was the winning dish of the day. It consisted of chicken, broccoli, and mushrooms over rigatoni with a butter sauce. Yum!
It should come as no surprise that Coach Foster was the real star of the competition, and that Coach Burton demonstrated that he was capable of following instructions, or at least not getting in Marcia’s way. If memory serves me, baseball head coach Dave Serrano finished dead last in a similar competition last season. The bar has now been set for future Titan chefs!
- Walk-on point guard Kwasi Mensah has left the basketball team for the Track & Field team. We wish Kwasi the best of luck.
- Titan alumnus Frank “Big Bank” Robinson was recently released by the Atlanta Hawks. He is currently weighing opportunities in Europe or the NBA’s Development League.
- Bobby “L.B.” Brown will reportedly be attending the Blue / White Scrimmage on Saturday, as the New Orleans Hornets are playing the Clippers at the Staples Center the night before.
- The Titan Ticket Office is offering upper level reserved seats for our November 16 road contest at UCLA. Tickets are $25, and can be purchased by calling newlywed Jenn McGhen (I’m not sure if she’s taking on a new last name) and those other nice kids at the ticket office at (657) 278-CSUF. We’re still looking for a possible meeting place in Westwood. If you have any ideas, please let me know. Beat the Bruins!
** WOMEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: The Marcia Foster era has officially begun, and I am happy to report that there appears to be a heightened level of intensity that was demonstrated during practices this weekend. The Titans are really solid at the 1-3 positions, with returners Lauren Chow, Megan Richardson, Lyndsey Grove, Britt Peters, Jasmine Scott, and Ashley Richie competing for time on the floor. Replacing four-time All-Big West selection Toni Thomas in the post will be a challenge for the Titans, but juniors Jenna Breite and Katie Avila were working very hard to get ready.. 6’ 1” freshman Mya Olivier (Mater Dei HS) and 6’ 2” freshman Lauren Bushong (Yucca Valley HS) impressed in practice, and figure to be in the mix for playing time. Mya is currently much more polished, but I can see the raw physical potential of Bushong, who will greatly benefit from some Division 1 coaching.
(L-R: Coach Marcia Foster, Megan Richardson, Lauren Chow, Britt Peters)
Go Titans! Wear Orange !!
“Captain Kirk” G. San Roman,
Revered Editor in Chief,
Chairman of the Bored
Disclaimer: Lawyers for the NCAA, RNC, the Papal Nuncio, Interpol, CSUF university compliance, and arbiters of good taste in general would like me to remind you that Captain Kirk's Titan Sports Report & Bedtime Stories is not an official publication of Cal State Fullerton Athletics (or any other organization for that matter).. It is intended as a fun and (allegedly) humorous source of Titan sports information written by a man who actually became physically ill the first time that he saw Steve Garvey in that hideous Padres uniform. Ugh! Shivers!!