Sunday, March 22, 2009
I have not blogged about Arizona hoops in a long, long while because I considered myself beyond that phase. But now that Arizona has comically worked its way into the Sweet 16 I am bringing myself out of sports-blogging retirement and typing this post. And if you can't find the comedy in UA getting into the tournament solely off name recognition, playing two shit teams and now outlasting ASU (who has beat UA five straight times) in the tourney then you are a fucking idiot. Additionally if USC loses in a couple of hours, then UA will be the last Pac-10 team in the tourney.
Now in honor of the Cats, President Obama and Jordan Hill who has somehow became a lottery pick, I am going to re-run my interview with Jordan Hill from last summer.
At Lute Olson’s Team Camp I caught up with Jordan Hill to talk about the life and times of J. Hill. I figured Jordan has dealt with enough questions regarding the drama of Arizona basketball, so we talked about the easier subjects of politics, Weezy, Jeezy and baseball.
ME: How excited are you about Barack Obama winning the democratic nomination?
JORDAN HILL: Umm. I mean I'm not no politician, so I don't really know nothing about that.
ME: Are you gonna vote?
HILL: Nah, I'm just gonna leave it to the professionals, I don't know what's going on. I ain't looking at no CNN, no kinda news to see what's going on, so I ain't gonna vote. I bet you that most of the people voting out there are just voting for Obama 'cause he's black.
ME: Isn't it your dream to win a championship and go to the White House and present the No. 1 Arizona jersey to a black president?
HILL: (laughs) I mean I wouldn't mind seeing that, but it's my point of view that he's not going to be there for a minute. That's how I feel.
ME: What do you mean by that?
HILL: (says nothing and shrugs)
ME: You think he's gonna get shot?
HILL: Hey, hey. Sorry man, I just don't think he's gonna be there for a while.
ME: I guess you should worry about winning a championship before we worry about who’s in the White House.
HILL: Yeah we gotta win that championship first.
ME: With oil hitting $134 a barrel and the whole living green movement, what's Jordan Hill doing to save the environment?
HILL: I haven't been recycling. I don't recycle. I litter, I'm trying to cut back on that though.
ME: What's up with your car, I haven't seen it, but I hear it's pretty crazy.
HILL: It's getting painted, I get it back next week. It's an '82 Cutlass. I put 22s on it. I'm getting it painted white and blue, two-tone style to match the interior. The bottom is gonna be navy blue and the top is gonna be pearl white. It was just all white before.
ME: So does that classify as a donk. I'm not from the South, what is your definition of a donk?
HILL: It's big rims and the car is sitting up high. My car is lifted, so I guess it's a donk.
ME: Have you listened to The Carter III yet?
HILL: Yep. Lil Wayne, he's a good rapper, but he's not the best. I listen to my boy Jeezy. Jeezy is the best rapper.
ME: So you graduated Thug Motivation 101 and 102?
HILL: You already know. I waiting on his next one to come out, I don't know when, but it's coming.
ME: Aside from not recycling and listening to Young Jeezy, what else have you been doing this summer?
HILL: I'm taking summer school, pre-session and summer I.
ME: Anything else that most people don't know about you?
HILL: I'm really interested in baseball, before basketball I was a baseball player. I'm a Braves fan.
ME: I know you're pretty inked up, do all the tattoos have meaning because I've heard after the first one they get more and more meaningless.
HILL: No they all have value, except this one (points to flaming basketball on his left tricep). I don't know why I got that.
ME: Alright Jordan thanks for your time. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
HILL: Thanks man.
After the interview I asked Jordan for a photo, so I could have a fresh picture to throw at the top of the blog. Jordan asked if I’d be in it. I told him I just needed a picture of him, but he refused to be in the picture without me and was very persistent about me being in the photo. So eventually I rolled with it and there you have it… Again props to Jordan for being so cool and living up to the hype of being the funniest guy on the team.