Wednesday, October 14, 2009

SIMON SAYS: Issue #1: "Still Looking for the First Victory"

Hey everyone. Today we're unveiling a new addition to our site. A few days ago we caught up with former NC State forward, Simon Harris, and he told us how much fun he's having playing ball over in Ireland. Basketball is really just starting to catch on over there and Simon and his team are holding clinics, camps and showing the country just how fun the game can be. We thought this sounded like a great story and offered Simon the chance to keep the Wolfpack Nation updated on a weekly basis about his team and his life overseas being, not only a player, but an ambassador of the game. He loved the idea and agreed, so without further ado, here's Simon!

Dear Wolfpack Fans,

Week two started off great. We had a bunch of really good practices, guys are starting to mesh together a lot more, and the confidence is beginning to rise. We went on the road for the first time to play a team down in Cork, the UCC Demons, who were the defending champions of the league we just moved into.

We started off really slow, I mean really really slow. Actually, at the beginning of the first quarter, but literally about midway through we all just started to pick it up and play much much better. Guys were hustling, pressing, diving on the floor, we really were poised to get our first win in team history in the Irish Superleague. We went into the half down one. We came out somewhat flat again at the beginning of the third, but yet again turned it around. We kept the game very competitive throughout the final quarter but (and I never complain about stuff like this) due to horrendous officiating we ended up losing the game by ten.

At one point in the final period, after I had been brutally mugged for three consecutive quarters, I asked the other teams American why we, as a team, weren't getting any calls. All he said was "Well first, you're an American, and second, officials here don't care for the road teams at all." HAHA, it's going to be interesting to see how the rest of our road games go... Hopefully I don't have to break too many noses.

But, we have a bye this week which I think is good for us right now. It'll give us ample time to correct our mistakes and get focused for our next game. I really think we made great strides this past game all of my teammates really busted their butts and had that look in their eyes that they were hungry for a win, and I'm excited to see how we respond in two weeks when we travel to Belfast.

Wish us luck...


15 Responses to "SIMON SAYS: Issue #1: "Still Looking for the First Victory""
  1. Anonymous said...
    October 14, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    HAHA ..." Hopefully I don't have to break too many noses." ... Simon is awesome for doing this!!! I've always respected him as a player for going so hard everytime he's on the court, but the fact that he is willing to keep us fans updated turns him into one of my favorites!! Keep it up Simon, and how them leprechauns how fun basketball is!! Good luck on getting that first win!


  2. Anonymous said...
    October 14, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Thanks Simon for your time at NC State and thanks for keeping us updated on your season this year!

    This is a column i'll definitely be looking forward to each week!

    Simon, can you tell us more about the town you live in and how the people are there in Ireland?


  3. primacyone said...
    October 14, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Good stuff.

    I've got a new team to pull for.

  4. Anonymous said...
    October 14, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Great stuff, Simon. Keep up the great work. Best of luck in Ireland!
    Study hard - look forward to seeing you in the Coaching ranks in a few years!

    - "Psycho T"

  5. GMONNNAAAA said...
    October 14, 2009 at 10:32 AM


    Keep the updates coming big dog and bust some noses if you have to!

  6. SeeMeRedSeeMeWhite said...
    October 14, 2009 at 11:39 AM

    good luck over there simon!

  7. Lynda said...
    October 14, 2009 at 11:44 AM

    Simon, you're a terrific writer. I didn't know that about you.

    This is a very nice addition to WPH, as I doubt that any of us have any real idea what it's like to play basketball overseas. I'm looking forward to your posts about basketball and life in Ireland.

  8. redfred said...
    October 14, 2009 at 12:32 PM

    That's good stuff! It's great that Simon agreed to take his time to do this for us! I hope he'll tell us a little bit about how differently the game is played over there, and maybe a little about Ireland itself.

    Thanks WPH, and THANK YOU Simmon!

  9. Anonymous said...
    October 14, 2009 at 12:46 PM

    yeah tell us about the girls,and nightlife,rides music etc,oh yeah and basketball too

  10. ppack3 said...
    October 14, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Simon is a hustler! I am proud that he has made it to the professional ranks. It is an honor to play basketball for a living, no matter where you play.

    It HAS to be a cultural shock to live in another country at a young age. Or, at any age, for that matter! Basketball probably affords Simon his only taste of 'Home' outside of a phone call back to the states!

    Thank you for sharing Simon. All of us are pulling for you!

    Go State!

  11. Tom said...
    October 14, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    When you drive the lane in Ireland, do you have to stay on the left-hand side?

  12. wolfpack4eva said...
    October 14, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Simon, you were one of, if not my favorite player at NCSU during ur tenure here. You always played with excitement, energy and hustle. I respected you as a player and as a person and I know you'll represent NCSU and the USA well over in Ireland. Congrats man you'll do great!

    Good Luck to you and your team!

  13. Pack Leader said...
    October 14, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Great write Simon!!!

    Glad to see you Livin it up in Ireland doesnt hurt makin a lil $$$ while playing the game you love right!?!

    Simon and I played against & together in basketball tourneys growing up and we attended Herb Sendek's basketball camp numerous times, w/ us actually winning the team tournament twice. I have always said he is a stand up guy who loved NC State down to the core, and I couldnt imagine a better situation for him to be in until he moves down the coaching/player repersentation side of the sport.

    S.H. Keep representing our university well!!!

  14. j.sol said...
    October 15, 2009 at 2:35 AM

    i'm looking forward to the next edition of "simon says". it's a great new edition to the blog.

  15. matt said...
    October 15, 2009 at 7:17 AM

    Great feature, keep it up Simon.


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