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Wednesday / May 22.
  • Twenty-four hours of hoops, tennis and energy drinks

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    So today I pulled my first all-nighter since, I don’t know, those hazy, crazy Wesleyan University days, I guess.

    Here’s a quick rundown of nearly 24 hours worth of hoops, tennis and energy drinks:

    9:45 a.m. Wednesday — Hop on a bus at 15th St. with 3-year-old James Zagoria and head uptown for Super Soccer Stars. Little man kicks a goal and looks good doin’ it.

    11 a.m. –– Knowing I’m supposed to appear on SNY this weekend for the SNY Invitational, I go for a haircut to my man Marcos at Carlo Marco Studio in the West Village

    Noon — After walking home crosstown, cook up some frozen Trader Joe’s chicken burritos and transcribe interviews on 2013 stars Kris Jenkins and Julius Randle

    2:15 p.m. — Pick up my man Jeff Goldman of and head out to St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark for an upcoming video project on 2013 point guard Tyler Ennis. Ennis is mulling Arizona, Louisville, Kansas, Syracuse and Georgia Tech, among others.

    3:15 p.m.— Interview my guys Ennis, Miami-bound SG Melvin Johnson and 2013 forward Isaiah Watkins for the video project

    6:21 p.m. — Sit in the stands and watch St. Ben’s frosh Isaiah Briscoe throw down a one-handed dunk. Remember the name: Isaiah Briscoe.

    6:30 p.m. — Drive to New York and park across MSG for the West Virginia-St. John’s game (Parking ended up costing $42. Doh!)

    7:34 p.m. — Sneak down to Penn Station and buy a quick salad before entering MSG

    8:18 p.m. — Bust out a quick blog on Fab Melo being out for “a while,” per the Post-Standard

    8:42 p.m. — Bust out another blog on Derrick Caracter to the D-League

    8:56 p.m. — Can’t help but chuckle as St. John’s student section, feeling their oats in a blowout, chants, “Big 12 sucks” at West Virginia

    9:46 p.m. — Listen to Bob Huggins’ highly entertaining postgame presser after his team was crushed, 76-62,by the Johnnies. “They played well. They played well, and we sucked.” So both the Big 12 and West Virginia sucked on the same night.

    10 p.m. — Stop off on way home at my nearby bodega for a 5-hour energy drink, my first ever

    10:15 p.m. – Turn on the Kim Clijsters-Victoria Azarenka Australian Open semifinal and settle into my home “office”

    10:47 p.m. — Post the Huggins blog after transcribing the interview

    11:14 p.m. –– Inhale first half of the 5-hour energy drink

    11:37 p.m. — Post a blog on Rafer Alston returning to the D-League

    12:15 a.m. — Begin writing a feature on Julius Randle for

    1:37 a.m. — Finish up Randle feature and email it to my boy Peter Robert Casey, the man with three first names and one passion

    2:27 a.m. — Maria Sharapova defeats Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in three sets, setting up an awfully loud, grunt-filled final against Azarenka. Sharapova is 3-2 in Major finals. Azarenka is in her first Slam final.

    2:30 a.m. — Realize I still have an hour to go before Federer-Nadal. Turn on recorded “Courtside With Seth Davis” so Seth, Gary Parrish and Jim O’Connell and the boys (where’s Goodman?) can carry me through to the tennis

    2:37 a.m.– Laugh when I see that 5-hour energy is a sponsor of Seth’s show

    3:10 a.m. — With 20 minutes before Federer-Nadal, I take another swig of 5-hour energy and watch Seth Davis interview my man Jonathan Givony about 2012 Draft prospects

    3:36 a.m. — My daughter, Grace, emerges from her bedroom and says, “Hi, Dad.” Takes one look at the clock, says “Oh, my God,” and heads back to bed.

    3:40 a.m. — Tweet: “If you’re not awake now and watching this match, you’re not a real tennis fan. You’re some kind of poseur if you are watching this taped.”

    5:13 a.m. — TV ad: “5-hour energy. When you gotta get stuff done.”

    Also 5:13 a.m. — Fireworks in Australia. Fed down 5-2 in 2nd set and not looking pleased with the break.

    7:12 a.m. — Kids are awake, family watching together

    7:21 a.m. — Fed saves match point.

    7:26 a.m. —  Game, set, match. Nadal wins 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4.

    He’s now 18-9 overall against Fed and 8-2 in Majors.

    “It’s just amazing, it’s fantastic to have one player in front of you,” Rafa said. “The only thing I did all my career is I keep learning because I always saw in front of me one player better than me.”

    7:27 a.m. — Time to start all over again.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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