Michael Carey: A Seahawk flying under the radar no longer

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

“No limits, I don’t want any limits. When you limit yourself, you fall short. I want no limits, so I’m going to go hard and keep praying to God for no limits at all.” 

– Michael Carey, Wagner Seahawks senior guard, on what legacy he wants to leave behind as a player

TO BE CONSIDERED FAMILY, TRUST

Wagner head coach Bashir Mason called Michael Carey on the phone during his recruitment to see if he’d fit the team’s brand. That identity he was looking for is synonymous with Mason’s play as a former Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year at Drexel as a freshman in 2003-04, just that: Defense. And it’s not only play on the court he keys in on, it’s how you conduct yourself off it around people on a daily basis and, of course, your teammates.

The thought behind it is simple: “Attitude next play.” What that phrase means is all the minute parts of the game that don’t appear on the back of a player card. It’s defensive deflections, offensive rebounds, taking charges, diving on the floor and assists. Also, it’s coupling the physical with the mental side of not becoming overly caught up in either a positive or negative way and moving on.

With all this in mind, Carey sold Mason on adding him to the roster by saying the following: “If I trust you, I’ll run through a wall for you. And if I don’t know why I’m running through a wall, I’m going to keep running until you tell me to stop.” After hearing that, Mason knew in that very moment Carey was the kind of player he wanted and one he’d like to coach because of the level of seriousness he gave off.

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Wagner sticking together to win it all through attitude

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

Former four-year Wagner veteran forward Josh Thompson remembered one experience at Wagner right away that he sees as shared with his teammates and family in being a part of something bigger than anyone: beating the Pitt Panthers in their own Petersen Events Center, who Thompson recalled being ranked No. 15 in the country at the time.

What it took to achieve what seemed prior to that game as a daunting task was Thompson and his fellow Seahawks knowing they had to go onto the Panthers’ home court and believe in each other. By doing just that, they made it come true through playing the game the way they always did.

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The Flat: Trade deadline comes & Jamie Collins goes

As I was leaving work around 3 p.m. Tuesday, I pulled out my phone from my pocket to check if I’d missed any calls, texts or notifications. It was the usual on the first two fronts, a few family and friends reaching out, but the third was the unusual one. “BREAKING: Patriots trade Pro Bowl LB Jamie Collins to Browns for third-round compensatory pick.” My initial reaction was understandably shocked, however, once it sunk in I wasn’t surprised.

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The Flat: Domestic violence is most serious of NFL’s other issues

On Tuesday Oct. 25, the Giants released their now former kicker Josh Brown, who was suspended for domestic violence a mere game until more information came to light. First off, good on New York for putting team first and realizing how bad Brown was to their brand. In having someone like that in your lockeroom, you’re pretty much condoning the act he’s connected to. Up until they finally rid themselves of him, they were only distancing themselves through their words and not sort of actions.

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St. Francis Brooklyn building toward what they can become

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

After experiencing an historic 2014-15 season, when St. Francis Brooklyn tied a program record with 23 wins and earned their first Northeast Conference championship since 2003-04; plus an appearance into the National Invitational Tournament for the first time since 1963, finishing off 2015-16 with a 15-17 record was a step back of sorts, and early indications from college basketball insiders seem to think another may be on its way this year.

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Upcoming season could be return to form for LIU Brooklyn

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

Since being named LIU Brooklyn’s head coach in 2013, Jack Perri has seen his team teeter like a seesaw.

His first year showed off his ability toward continued success, and to no surprise due to his knowledge of the program after having spent seven seasons as an assistant under his predecessor Jim Ferry, the current Duquesne head coach.

Perri led his players to a 20-14 record in that 2013-14 campaign, which garnered the Blackbirds their third consecutive Northeast Conference championship and also rewarded him with the Joe B. Hall Coach of the Year award, given out annually to Division I first-year head coaches.

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Core group and depth two more keys to success for Wagner

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

Whenever every new season is fast approaching in mid to late-October, basketball coaches know every team is at the same place. They have a vision as to where they should be, and work toward reaching that point.

For a second time already, and the 2016-17 campaign hasn’t even begun, Wagner head coach Bashir Mason referenced the 10-win 2014-15 season when he had seven new players — five of which were freshmen. He said it was difficult starting all over again from the ground up because coaches and players alike were learning new things.

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The Flat: New info on Giants kicker Josh Brown surfaces

After serving a one-game suspension to start the 2016 NFL season for domestic violence, Giants kicker Josh Brown looks like he’s headed toward more games to sit out this year or even being left without a job completely. Either or would be a just punishment, although he should’ve been given a much harsher penalty the first time around. Call me a jaded Patriots fan, but why does Tom Brady serve four games for allegedly being involved in the deflation of footballs while Brown receives one for physically harming his wife?

The NFL has already walked a fine line in how it comes down with a verdict in situations such as these. Need I remind you of Spygate and Ray Rice? For whatever reason, it punishes one athlete or organization differently every time. It’s worth listening to the Saints’s QB, Drew Brees, who eloquently puts the league in its place on this very subject in a podcast interview with the MMQB’s Peter King, which I embedded below in my weekly suggestions. Why is that? If you do wrong, you should be punished accordingly.

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The Flat: Quarter-season awards

To say it’s been a while since I’ve written is an understatement, and it bugs me. It bothers me so much because, if you know me, writing isn’t just a hobby; it’s a passion and one of the things I absolutely love in my life.

I’d had a pretty consistent schedule for posting much more frequently with this weekly NFL column and my personal posts, or so I thought. Now with my new job, a subject I’ll talk more about in my next blog, time has been harder to manage because, well, I’m frankly tired when I finally make it home. That’s on me however, so I’ve already started to rethink how to not find time to write but rather to make it.

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‘Madness Before Midnight’ reminds Wagner of unfinished business

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

The 2015-16 season was one of program history-making accomplishments for the Wagner Seahawks.

It has been said and repeated, but they were the Northeast Conference regular season champions for the second time, earned their first-ever postseason win in the National Invitational Tournament, and posted 20 wins in a season for the seventh time.

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Learning from life’s transitions

​September 2016

It’s a month that will forever be etched in the back of my mind for the rest of my life. I spent time at a Washington Nationals at New York Mets game in the early part of the month with my mom and brother. I went to my first concert alone, I’ve gone to see Taylor Swift and Coldplay over the last two years with my sister and mom respectively. But going to see Shawn Mendes on my own was a surreal experience.

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September was a transition period for not only the seasons, but for me personally too. It was the first time I was out of work since I was 18. It was the first time I didn’t have school — I graduated from Manhattan College in May. Applying for jobs has been tedious and annoying but it’s, of course, necessary in order to take the next step in life.

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Wagner attitude married to size, speed & skill is recipe for continued success

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I’m a staff writer.]

After winning the Northeast Conference regular season championship, but falling short of earning the championship victory by a mere eight points to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights with an NCAA Tournament berth on the line, the Wagner Seahawks will look to sustain the success they found for the upcoming year and not only maintain it for the future of the program, but to return to the conference’s final game and walk back onto the team bus with a trophy.

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The Flat: RIP Jose Fernandez

Late again… I’ve been trying to figure out whether posting my weekly power rankings would be best posted before Thursday night football or Sunday mornings. I’ll figure it out.

Before video and podcast of the week and rankings, I want to take the time to embed my tweets commenting on the way beyond horrific loss of 24-year-old Miami Marlins’s ace Jose Fernandez.

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Wagner enters season hungry for redemption

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose Of Hoops, where I was a breaking news intern from Jan. to Aug. ’16.]

March 7, 2017.

That’s the date of the Northeast Conference championship game. Entering his fifth season as the head coach of the Wagner Seahawks, Bashir Mason already has that date circled on his calendar and memorized.

Why? He and his players are starving to return to the big stage to reverse the loss they took to the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights, 87-79, in the same matchup and scenario last year.

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