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Blogging With Ayers: The Long Road And Hope For A Change

Notre Dame senior swingman Ryan Ayers blogged for Irish Insights during the Irish's summer trip to Ireland and has been blogging for Insights throughout the 2008-09 basketball season. This is Ayers' fourth entry of the 2008-09 season. His first three entries can be found here, here and here.

It has been a tough week.

Obviously losing is no fun, so it is not something I am going to talk about in this entry. We traveled to Cincinnati last week and then to Los Angeles for the weekend. L.A. is definitely one of my favorite cities. I could for sure see myself living in California at some point in my life. I am really into the culture and the style out there. Even though the game didn't turn out the way we wanted, playing UCLA in Pauley Pavilion might have been the only highlight to the weekend.

The campus, the atmosphere, and the history were an experience I will never forget. Actually, Jaleel White was sitting courtside at our game. Now for those who do not know Jaleel White, does Steve Urkel from the 90's sitcom "Family Matters" ring a bell? I don't know about you, but Urkel was definitely one of my TV idols growing up. Every Friday night, Urkel and the Winslows had my full attention. To clear up confusion, I did not wear the spiffy suspenders, the high water jeans, and the coke bottle glasses (actually the glasses yes, I have terrible vision) like Urkel did, but I was an avid fan. In a way, I am a big Hollywood buff who tries to stay informed on the stars I enjoy watching (imdb.com is one of my favorite sites). L.A. is a cool city, with diverse people, and I am sure I will be back on the west coast soon.

We were on the bus in L.A., and the topic of "who is good roommate?" came up. My name was mentioned as one of the best, which I was happy with (haha). My answer was a guy who is not on our team anymore, Glenn Tyson Proffitt, better known as Ty Proffitt. Ty transferred at the beginning of the school year, but for the 16 months he was here, he had a lasting impact on every guy on the team. This good ole country boy was the ultimate chiller. What I mean is that Ty was very low maintenance and the guy you can just kick back and watch a movie or play video games with. I think one weekend over the summer he didn't leave his room on a Saturday. Instead of enjoying the weather by being outside at the pool, Ty preferred to sit at his computer with his headset destroying victims in the latest version of "Call of Duty" video game. I totally respect Ty's commitment to victory even though I voted him the best roommate because of his easygoing characteristics. So a toast to you Glenn Tyson. You are missed.

Player Profile: Jonathan Peoples, 6'3'' guard, Bellwood. Ill.

Better known as "JP" or "Woo Woo" by some, Jon is similar to Ty Proffitt in that they are both laid back. A Chicago native, JP loves his home city and will easily point out the best eatery spots around town for those who are interested. In addition, JP is very fashion conscious. He always has the latest Air Jordans or Air Force Ones. As he says, "Gotta stay fresh, playa." JP is definitely my go to guy for anything, partly because he laughs at all my lame jokes. One thing I can tell you about JP is that he loves sweets. Though he is trying to cut back, do not be surprised to see him at the local ice cream shop with a chocolate and peanut butter blizzard in his hand. Sorry JP, love ya buddy.

Before I go, I think this week is going to be different. Things are going to change for us as a team, so keep an eye out. The roommates and I went grocery shopping today, so Chef Zach (Hillesland) is cooking up a storm in the kitchen right now. His obsession with the Food Network is paying off. He has actually become a good chef. I am going to go eat and enjoy!

Thanks for reading,

Ryan

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