Sittin' with Syd: December 6
Senior guard Sydmill Harris, the first European-born player in UT basketball history, has been a mainstay for the Longhorns on the court for the past three-plus seasons. Harris has also been the resident comedian in the Texas locker room during this time. A wordsmith by trade (he is fluent in five languages) and a skeptic by nature, Harris can always find an opportune moment to inject a sarcastic or witty comment. Now, you can enjoy his humor and follow the senior's season as he shares a weekly diary with TexasSports.com.
Hello Longhorns, here is yet another message from your buddy Sydmill. First of all, I would like to say, even though it's a little late, Happy Thanksgiving! Even though I am not really used to celebrating this wonderful holiday, I have learned to love it because of the delicious food that comes with it. And let's be honest, that's the main reason all of you like to celebrate it as well.
What is the first word that comes to mind when I say Christmas? That's what I thought, presents! Anyway, enough preaching, who am I to judge? Let's talk about Hawaii.
On November 20th the team traveled to Maui to play in the EA Sports Maui Invitational. The trip was pretty long, eight hours (it's ten to The Netherlands by the way). The plane ride was not very comfortable for most of us because we are rather tall. For some reason the airline designed the seating in such a way that only people 5'5” and under will be enjoying their flight. To make things worse, we barely got anything to eat. Eight hours on a plane and all I get is a tiny sandwich? And when I ask the flight attendant for another one, she says I'll get you some pretzels! Yeah, thanks, that will fill me up nicely.
Now we are in Hawaii and we play in two days. There is a four-hour time difference with Austin and we played at 9.30 am Maui time. We beat the home team, Chaminade, fairly easily, but lost our second game to Iowa, 82-80. We did not play poorly, but we lacked experience at the time and Iowa made some big plays in certain situations. We redeemed ourselves by beating Tennessee, 95-70, the next day.
After our last game we had a little bit of leisure time. Most of the guys went snorkeling and said it was a worthwhile experience. No, I did not go snorkeling because I can't swim. I can swim with the best of them. I simply didn't feel like it and later I felt even better about my decision learning that one of my teammates almost drowned going snorkeling without fins. The waves were overwhelming him and he swallowed a lot of water. By the way, have you ever wondered what happens to all the water fish swallow when they swim? Their mouths are always open.
All together Maui was a great experience, it is a beautiful island and I highly recommend it for a vacation spot. Before you go, I suggest you save up because everything is double the regular price there. I paid eight dollars for some ice cream that wasn't even good.
And now, I would like to leave you with yet another one of my lovely poems.
Larry the Longhorn