Great post, Mr. Dinkins, and great photo of you and Coach Mahoney (a great guy!), and a great game against Utah. Sorry I couldn't be there. Would've loved to have met my fellow Redmen -- although I did have the pleasure of briefly meeting MJM at the Big East tourney a few years ago. (For the record, due to a technical glitch, I've been posting as redken1, but I'm the same redken who's been on board for a long time -- long enough to recognize a lot of those names in your post and disappointed I didn't get to meet them, including you.)Where do I start? First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the low country as I was able see some folks from the past, as well as some new folks. Being with my Johnnies partisan was as fun as the games.
The people whom I've previously met and "bumped into" again as follows: my "partner in internet crime" mjmaherjr (and his significant other), Red Storm Rising, and Beast. It was really good to see y'all again.
I was able to place faces with numerous pseudonyms: Panther (the infamous one), RedStormNC (and his significant other), NYCRedmen, Anthony Mattia and his brother, Truckie, SJU Dave, gabelmc, espken (who snuck up on me as if he had previous beef, lol), the tux (he and his friend, Jim.... Jim's NY accent is thicker than Velveeta cheese and he loves the Ivy caps like myself, lol) frankingeneral (his Twitter handle), Theo Rabinowitz, PharvePhan (Twitter handle), and several others who I don't believe are on the site.
I believe my girlfriend had as much fun as myself, as together we had a ball! Once RedstormRising told her the Johnnies will be in the Bahamas next season, she said, "We're going!"
Before I end this post, I will say the players on the team not only demonstrate team spirit and love for their fellow brother, but they seem like extremely considerate young men. RedstormRising, NYCRedmen, Anthony Mattia, his brother, and my girlfriend greeted numerous players as they were heading to the bus last night. They couldn't have been more polite. We also caught Pitino heading to the bus and he graciously took a picture with us, as well as thanked us and fellow fans for attending.
I surmise one particular fan (I'm not sure if he's on the site, but he was sporting a red Soriano jersey) has gained another Johnnies fan in his household as his nine year old son garnered signatures from players, assistant coaches, and, of course, Pitino. The lil fella was super excited and he probably can't wait to show it off to his relatives and friends.
Lastly, I think Jenkins may have a "super fan," as some lady was about to "lose herself" when he walked past us last night towards the bus. If she has a man and he's on this site.... Keep your eyes on her
whenever Jenkins is in the vicinity, lol.
All in all, it was a heckuva trip meeting so many (great) people and the team possibly shaping themselves into the bunch we think they can be.
I look forward to seeing many of y'all again soon.