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A severe case of Jimmer-itis

My favorite is the gauntlet, where Jimmer would dribble down a dark church hallway as his friends would attack from the classrooms to try and get him to lose control of the ball. You can see that at work when he cuts into the lane and around all five guys to score a circus-style basket - shots he learned when competing against his older brother when he was younger.

Think about it? I have heard a lot of people getting "tired" of Jimmer-Mania, but seriously, how many NBA-drafted players have come from anywhere between Glens Falls and the Canadian border. The answer is one, Rick Carlisle, who graduated from Lisbon in Section X and was drafted by the Celtics in the third round (70th overall) in 1984.

Funny that the Celtics come up, since all eyes are on their general manager Danny Ainge, who led the Brigham Young in scoring until Jimmer past him last week (again, with 5-2!) and made perhaps the biggest play in Cougar history (you remember it, don't you, Fred).

That's why Jimmer is a big deal. He is the most decorated basketball player to ever come out of this area.

I grew up in a time of great female high school hoopsters like Missy West, Julie Moore and Erin Pratt. That was a great time to be a basketball fan around here, watching three Division I female athletes excel on the court.

Now is also a great time, as the local boy takes his team into the NCAAtournament.

Are they a final four team? Not without Brandon Davies (see last week).

Are they a second weekend team? Could very well be.

Either way, Jimmer Madness is definitely appointment television. Enjoy.

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