Blog Entry #3: Gates To China

GO HUSKIES Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach Dennis Gates will blog for niuhuskies.com periodically for his trip to China.
GO HUSKIES
Associate Head Men's Basketball Coach Dennis Gates will blog for niuhuskies.com periodically for his trip to China.
GO HUSKIES

May 15, 2008

Entry #3

5.15.08

10:30 p.m. CHINA TIME

 

"Mishaps are like knives that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the handle or by the blade."

 

-James Russell Lowell

 


 

 

PING JU

76-76

 

Tonight we got off to a rough start with mishap after mishap - turnover after turnover. However, our guys did a great job of meeting adversity face to face. In fact, we were down 12 points at the beginning of the 4th quarter and managed to grasp the knife by its handle. Then our opponents hit two free throws to tie the game (PING JU) 76-76!

 

Let's just say Xavier Silas saved the day! He led with his energy while the team followed in a game, that somehow managed to not go into overtime. But imagine 2,000 plus fans individually standing, one arm over the other (imitating Xavier after he made a big play) creating the letter X.

 

Although the Jiang Jin community was worried about having another aftershock from the earthquake, they managed to come out to the game anyway!

 

The blessing is that we gave the entire district/city a game that took their minds off the recent earthquake and the reported 21 aftershocks. On the other hand, they gave us a Final Four-like atmosphere that eased our minds off possibly experiencing an earthquake.

 

PING JU

Great Game - Great Fan Support

 

As for me, I could not help but think about the time I experienced my first earthquake! If you are now wondering if I am going to tell you yet another college story then buckle your seatbelt as you read this.

 

During my first semester around final exams, I, for the first time all year, managed to be responsible and go to bed early at one in the morning!

 

Like a not-so-responsible college student, my roommate felt the need to stay up and finish typing a paper that was due the following week. Dismissing all myths of college students cramming!

 

Moving on, so please tap into your imagination to get this visual, I was asleep along the wall on a twin size dorm room bed. All of a sudden I open one eye only to find myself softly ramming my forehead into the drywall before I went back to sleep. All of a sudden I woke up the second time to not only hearing but feeling a big boom. So I sat up, drowsy and with both eyes open this time, I see and feel the entire room shaking. I jump up and began to run. Where? I don't know. But according to my roommate I ran in a full circle about three times with white stuff on my forehead!

 

But to make a short story even shorter, I had to explain this to both my coaches and teammates for the simple fact that I pulled a calf muscle.

 

I agree, major mishap! I managed to grasp the panic knife by the blade and I got cut! I missed practice for two days!

 

We are off to Rong Chang tomorrow which is according to the bus driver a "two hour" bus ride.

 

Bedtime

 

Good night, good morning,

 

Dennis Gates

 

P.S.  The bus driver told us for the past two days that travel time will be two hours! Usually it takes 3-4 hours with no traffic. So we will see! Also, if you have any questions that you would like to ask me, please e-mail me at dgates@niu.edu. I will try to get to as many as I can.