Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Parliament and the "Yell of Diamonds"

It was a hard fought game up at LaSalle this week. LaSalle was led by Earl Pettis who dropped 33 points on us.  I could barely breathe when those last two shots were hoisted up by Pettis and Mills. We are thankful for the win but that LaSalle team will only get better and better.
Soon after the game the Parliament met in secret. Dutch, of course, oversaw the proceedings in our “Sanctum of Parliamentary Secrecy” meeting place. After much debate we decided to go on a mission that many deemed futile. We knew that the “Golden Hands of Clap” that we had could not be enough for what is to come. A treacherous road ahead is what the Temple Men’s Basketball team has before them. So, in order to get that extra needed boast to help our Parliament swag, we did not sleep last night in pursuit of a mystical object thought to be lost.
 It has been said that one of Dutch’s ancestors, “El Dutcho Rio,” hid an object that would change the Parliament forever.  Deep in the heart of South America, in the year 1641, El Dutcho Rio placed the “Yell of Diamonds.” With both the Golden Hands of Clap and the Yell of Diamonds we could become the greatest bench cheerers in the history of the known world. Large crowds with voices rising and decibal levels at their max, our voices would be able to pierce the air and our teammates will be able to hear our every word of encouragement. With this new power, Cameron Indoor would have nothing on us. It would be like comparing Jimmy’s yelling of, “I hate crust on my peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!” to a roar of a lion.
A large door opens on the roof of our Sanctum of Parliamentary Secrecy to allow our super awesome aircraft to takeoff. We fly at the speed of sound to find the Yell of Diamonds.  With machetes in hand we cut thru the dense forestation. We find the entrance to the Yell of Diamonds that takes us deep beneath the earth. Suddenly, we are attacked by creatures with powerful sound waves of destruction. They had used the Yell of Diamonds for evil and wanted nothing but to break our eardrums. Tired and battered, we fought valiantly and slayed the evil creatures. We approached the Yell of Diamonds with caution. Once all Parliament hands were laid upon the diamond, a choir of voices singing, “Party Rock Anthem” broke out. What a sweet, sweet sound it was. Jimmy of course shed a tear while Nick started party rocking. Dutch and I stood with poise and confidence knowing the power we now had in hand.
Equipped with both the “Golden Hands of Clap” and the “Yell of Diamonds” we will give our best efforts this Saturday versus Saint Joe’s and the rest of the season.
Parliament Swag! The Swaggiest of all Swag…

Friday, February 10, 2012

Parliament Members: The Real Face of Temple Basketball

It happened while we were on the bus on the road. TJ yells, "Jake! Check this out!" Given his excited tone, I rushed back to see what TJ was so enthused about. He asked if I had ever heard of an app for the iPhone called, "Simsimi." After I told him I never heard of it he explained that it was kind of a robot that you can teach to say things. I thought to myself, "I know TJ is an Academic All-American Candidate but he can not be this much of a nerd." He then proceeded to show me that he typed in Temple Basketball into the dialogue box and this came up, " Jake Godino is the White Mamba."
Now, it must be noted that my favorite player in the NBA is Kobe Bryant, who is named, "The Black Mamba" in comparison to the venomous reptile for his deadliness on the court. I, however, may just be the deadliest cheerer on the court. But, I have to challenge this name seeing as though the Parliaments favorite player in the NBA is Brian Scalabrine AKA "The White Mamba." There can not be two White Mambas. That is like an unstoppable force meeting and immovable object. So, in order to diversify the Mamba family, "The Red Mamba" is much more appropriate a nickname.
I consider it a priviledge to be the person that comes up on that app when something Temple Basketball related is put in, not Ramone, not Juan, Not Khalif...A Parliament member.

Friday, February 3, 2012

The Parliament Hiatus: The Chosen One

Many have asked why the blog has not been updated in such a long time.
They have asked if the Parliament is still active. The truth is that we had to go rogue. We went on a mission that was deemed by Jimmy to be a,"Super dupper, way too secret mission, with a cherry on top." This mission took us to one of the coldest regions of the world. Jimmy and I are used to training in the Himalayas with Dutch Motzumoto, but this, this was a cold I had never experienced.  
This missions goal was to initiate a new Parliament member, Nick Pendergast. It was assumed that he was a member by the general public. However, he had to go through his formal training and have Dutch's blessing.  Plus, you can not just say someone is a member. We are an exclusive group. We have tri-weekly meetings, Sunday brunch, manicures for our sore clapping hands, and even have a secret hand shake. So, you just can not pick this stuff up. It has to be learned. The Parliament is a way of life. The best way to put it is that we are like Snapple, made up of the best stuff on earth. 
Thus, in a small town outside of Moscow, Nick began the  tests. His training was similar to Rocky before he fought Ivan Drago. Jimmy cheered him on like Adrian, while Dutch pushed him to his limit. 43 days days later, Nick was an official member.
He came back jacked. He received Dutch's blessing along with the golden hands of clap. He will show what he has learned at our next game versus Rhode Island.