John Shurna kicks off his summer league action today, and if you're watching it, I'm going to put up a fanpost over there -----------> with a full schedule of Shurna and Juice Thompson's game schedules and which ones will be broadcast on NBATV, and then we can comment on it. I'm putting it over there ----------> because that way it won't get knocked down the page even though summer league is over a week long, ya dig? Cool.
No. 50, Timmy Vernon, junior, linebacker
Who he be: Timmeh is a walk-on linebacker who has seen a tidbit of action on special teams over the past two seasons. So far as I can tell this action has been mainly on the kickoff return unit, where he actually ended up snagging a squibber last season against Michigan State. He's from Fort Washington, PA, if you're into forts or Washingtons.
The search for the Northwestern football player with the best/most similar to mine musical taste has ended: Sure, there's some duds on the list of songs Timmeh had to provide to NUsports for his player profile - J. Holiday? - but he kicks off my freakout session by listing "Brooklyn's Finest" off of Jay-Z's seminal debut album, Reasonable Doubt, where Jay and Biggie playfully trade fours - each guy kicking off the first bar of the next guy's verse - and making it seem like they were ready to run rap for the next ten-plus years.
But that's just the beginning of the show, because next, Vernon lists...
Wagon Wheel (OCMS)
WAGON WHEEL! WOOO WAGON WHEEL (throws computer away) (puts on boat shoes, takes handle pull of low-grade bourbon) (takes two more handle pulls of low-grade bourbon) HEY GUYS PUT ON WAGON WHEEL (takes sixth handle pull of low-grade bourbon, sends semi-coherent text to ex-girlfriend) WAGON WHEEEEEEL
ROOCK ME MAMA LIKE A WAAGON WHEEEL ROCK ME MAMA ANY WAY YA FEEL, HEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MAMA ROCK ME (air fiddle solo)
And it doesn't end there: He also has the best answer for another question:
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be and why?
A: Allen Iverson, the most fascinating and misunderstood athlete of my generation
Yes! Fascinating and misunderstood! Imagine how awkward that dinner would be though. The "practice?" guy vs. a guy who doesn't get paid to play his sport or even get a scholarship but still goes to practice every day and does all his school work and I don't think they'd have a lot to talk about.. But still, yes! Well done, Timmeh. You're okay in my book.
Looking forward: Tim-dog has a lot of guys with scholles ahead of him in the LB rotation, so his odds of breaking in there aren't great, but he'll probably see some time there and continue to contribute on special teams.