Not a creature was stirring; not even a mouse. Not in my house, sleep is not an option…
Great things come in three’s:
My favorite foods:
*Salmon (well done)
*Pasta with garlic oil (anchovies added)
Three foods that I like, but stay away from most of the time:
*Wish I was young again!
Three of my favorite coaches:
*Vince Lombardi – The motivational king.
*Joe Paterno – Terrible ending for a man that had more character than just about anyone in the business. Awful what they did with his statue.
*Bill Belichick – Greatness lies in consistency of excellence. And no one is better.
Three of my favorite movies:
*Godfather 1 & 2 – Tie for the top spot
*Rain Man – Dustin Hoffman was brilliant
*As Good as it Gets – Jack Nicholson was hysterical
Three favorite holidays:
*Christmas – love everything about it
*Thanksgiving – families finally sit down and eat together (please no cell phones).
*Veterans Day – We get to thank our military for protecting us.
Three favorite games: Tough ones to choose, but here goes…
*Louisville vs Michigan – 2013 Championship
*Kentucky vs Syracuse – 1996 Championship. Not as good of a game, but it was the last one held in an arena (Meadowlands). Ending was just as special.
*Providence over Georgetown – Freedom Hall Sweet 16, revenge for two 30-point losses.
Three things I will never forget:
*Birth of my children (I delivered my daughter Jacqueline)
*My honeymoon in Las Vegas. A story no one would believe.
*Coaching the Knicks – Grew up right near Madison Square Garden. Dreamed about playing for them. Had the opportunity to do the next best thing: coach them!
Three things I still would like to accomplish in coaching:
*Have another team like my ‘96 team with 7-8 pro’s that had great attitudes.
*Go undefeated on the road.
*Win another Championship!!!
Finally – three things I have not done but would like to do:
*Own a horse and win the Derby (not going to happen)
*Snow Ski – Afraid of heights. Ski lift has made me stay away.
*Finally get a hole in one. I have friends that have had 7-8. I no longer speak to them.
The Coach at Utah Valley (Mark Pope) is one of the hardest workers and most dedicated players I have ever coached. Absolutely wonderful young man.
MVP from last night’s game is below:
Merry Christmas Card Nation and Happy Holidays to All!