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March 15, 2009

GCKSS, Jr. Is In!!

I realize this isn't quite momentous enough to end a 3-week blog gap, but yesterday Alabama State beat Jackson State 65-58 to win the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament and an automatic bid in the NCAA men's basketball championship.

This means that the awesomely named Grlenntys Chief Kickingstallionsims, Jr., their starting center, will be playing in the tournament. Even better, the Chattahoocheeans (actually the Hornets) may be in the Tuesday play-in game, which means a national audience would be treated to announcers saying things like "And Kickingstallionsims grabs the rebound!"

Kickingstallionsims, who goes by "Chief", is 7 foot 1, so let me emphasize that I am not making fun of his name. He also wears size 18.5 shoes and can touch the net flat-footed. Here's some discussion of his first name; it's Navajo and means means "strength of falling rock". Sports Illustrated evidently called it the best name in college basketball, although it seems like this is a bit of an exaggeration of an offhand comment on this page. That page has an expired link to his bio at Stetson University, where he played before Alabama State; I was amused to note that presumably for technical reasons, involving their IT department failing to consider the scenario of a player with more than 12 letters in his last name, the page was called "kickingstall.php".

Posted by AdamBa at March 15, 2009 12:56 PM