Shabazz Napier

“I go to bed starving.”–Shabazz Napier

Stop the presses!

I was all set to publish a tribute to the start of the baseball season,  but along came Shabazz Napier and his MVP performance to lead UCONN’s run to the NCAA division one men’s national championship and–poof!  What timing.  Considering that my wife and daughter are both UCONN alums,  I just had to shift gears and get this out first.    (Considering all the tuition checks I sent them, you’d think they could rebate me something out of all that TV money.  But that’s another story.)   I was unable to find any back story on where the name Shabazz came from.  But shazam, did he ever have a great tournament.

As for the quote above, it was actually published by CNN this morning,  and came out as a sideline to the Northwestern University athletes winning the right to unionize.  Napier said that his scholarship doesn’t cover all his basic expenses, and he often doesn’t have money for food.  He went on to say, though, that he does not think of himself as an employee, but a student-athlete.  Nor does he think college players should get tons of money,  just some say.   Judging by how he played this past weekend, he’ll be eating like a king when the NBA comes calling in a few months.  GO HUSKIES!

OK, I got that off my chest.   Now it’s time for baseball.

He won't go unfed for long.

He won’t go unfed for long.







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12 Responses to Shabazz Napier

  1. wdydfae says:


    By the way, Betty Shabazz (born Betty Jean Sanders) was the wife of Malcolm X. The name Shabazz comes from the Nation of Islam and is a kind of Genesis-ish racial geneology:

  2. kerbey says:

    When I hear names like that, I always wonder, “What is his REAL name?” Perhaps his parents are Islamic and chose that as his birth name, but it sounds like the name of someone who rejected their identity and picked a new (religious) name to start a new chapter in their lives. If we changed our names every time we made a change to our identity, we’d go crazy. I would have just kept Cassius Clay myself.

    • paralaxvu says:

      “What is his REAL name?” Hmmmm. I’m an old white lady so maybe this doesn’t count, but every time I married I got a new name. Then, after my last divorce, I decided to take my mom’s mom’s maiden name, since my dad’s name had lots of males to carry it forward. So now, on Facebook, for instance, I have 5 names. Wouldn’t want any of my friends from my different real lives to not be able to find me.

  3. ksbeth says:

    shabazz! sounds like a magic declaration!

  4. Dave says:

    Shabazz! Such a great name!

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