Author Kenny Ocker

19 entries

00 is the Loneliest Number

People don't just wear 00. It takes a special kind of player to don one of the least frequently worn numbers in college basketball. For Portland freshman guard Kevin Bailey, perhaps it is a metaphor -- it could be about the respect he gets as a player, his college experience, his patience on the fast break or...

A Game Happens Deep in the Woods, and Nobody's There to Watch

Writer's note: This post is the first of six to be written about the Global Sports Hoops Showcase tournament. If there's a basketball game, and there's nobody to watch it, did ...

My House, Portland State Catch Fire in Eugene

Portland State came down to Eugene for an interstate "rivalry" game last Monday that isn't much of a rivalry. I was originally going to write about how nobody wanted to be here except my buddy who turned 21 that day. Then this happened. Tuesday afternoon, my fan in my bathroom caught on fire after I took a...

Worst. Game. Ever.

Writer's note: This is the second game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one. I just sat through the worst basketball game I've ever covered. Worst. Game. Ever. And the worst part is that there's no reason for it to have happened in the first place....

If Three-Pointers Fall Deep in the Woods, and Nobody's There to Watch, Are They #superhoops?

Writer's note: This is the third game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one and here's one to game two.In what ...

Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Writer's note: This is the fifth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two, game three and game four. Here it was, in all its glory. What was certain to be the Global Sports Hoops Showcase's most entertaining game, between Prairie View A&M;...

Making the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Writer's note: This is the fifth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two, game three and game four. Here it was, in all its glory. What was certain to be the Global Sports Hoops Showcase's most entertaining game, between Prairie View A&M;...

Zombie Duck Nation

Writer's note: This is the fourth game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two and game three. Because this game was the second game of the day at Matthew Knight Arena, it didn't start with a rendition of the National Anthem (or the Star-Spangled...

A game so bad it took two months to process

Writer's note: This is the final game of six from the Global Sports Hoops Showcase to be covered for @800GP. Here's a link to game one, game two, game three, game four and game five. I've been sitting on this one for a while. My bad. There's good games, there's bad games, and then there's games where your retinas...

The Power of the Press

In my non-college basketball-watching life -- and in my college basketball-watching life most of the time - I'm a senior journalism major at an above-the-line school and the managing editor of my student newspaper. Thanks to said above-the-line school hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament,...

Ware it All Comes to an End

Every now and then, basketball fans get lucky and come across a transcendent star. Sometimes you know when it's going to happen, and you get to circle it on your calendar. Other times, you just luck into it. This star was Casper Ware, and I got lucky to see him at the NCAA Tournament, even though I had committed...

Aggies Outgunned, Season Now Done

There were two teams in maroon and white at Portland's Rose Garden tonight. Indiana owned the colors. New Mexico State was just leasing them, and apparently fell behind on its payments, judging by the kneecapping the Hoosiers laid down on the Aggies. And even though there were two teams in maroon and white on...

You Don't Want to Go to War With the Rams

Jared Peyton stands behind the baseline of Virginia Commonwealth's basket. Clad in a black softball jersey with Rams across the front in script, and the number 1 on his ...

My Season Ends in a Loss, Too (feat. @VCUpav)

Writer's note: This is my final of 13 essays for The Mid-Majority this season, barring unforeseen ghostbracket games. It felt like it was in the bag. I was 99 3/4 percent confident that I was going to get to see my first Red Line Upset in the time since I learned what a Red Line Upset was. It just looked so good,...

INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN

New Mexico State redshirt freshman Sim Bhullar is an INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN. He is 7 feet, 5 inches, and 360 pounds of Indian-Canadian basketball behemoth. The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN has INCREDIBLY LARGE DREAMS, once telling the New York Times that he wants to play in the NBA. The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN also...

When Our Game Became His

For Rockne Andrew Roll, basketball was always an afterthought. Despite his prodigious height - he's 6-foot-5 now - his youth league experience nearly ruined the sport for him entirely, thanks to a combination of "bad coaches and jackass teammates." "People always asked me if I played basketball," Rockne says....

Home Is Where The Start Is

When I found out I had the day off work for Portland's home opener against Idaho State, I figured I would make a night of it instead of just coming and going as quickly as possible. Instead of driving, I rode my bike across North Portland, taking in the beautiful nighttime views off the Bluffs on my way to...

Mid-Majority Christmas List (Chipmunks Style)

"Christmas, Christmas time is here Time for toys, time for cheer We've been good but we can't last Hurry Christmas, hurry fast Want a plane that loops the loop Me, I want a hula hoop We can hardly stand the waitPlease, Christmas, don't be late" - Alvin and the Chipmunks, "Christmas Don't be Late"Christmas, Christmas...

A Blast of Unexpected Nostalgia

Photo - Portland State athletics The frigid bike ride to Portland State's gym made me nostalgic. Not for my recently concluded college career - oh no, Not as a player...are you kidding? ! But for high school basketball in my hometown. Because although my hometown is just 6,000 people strong, our gym seats more...

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David & Goliath: A Love Story

A new underdog book about disadvantage, survival, justice and probabilities by Kyle Whelliston, coming late 2019 Q2.