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Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

Posted on: March 24, 2010 12:27 pm

The Gaels of St. Mary's pulled off upsets in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament and are on their way to Houston for the Sweet 16.  As St. Mary's writes its Cinderella story, Omar Samhan is writing his own as that once little-known big man that is winning over college basketball fans across the country.

While most are just now finding out about the most unheard of, dominant big man in the country, I can proudly say that I have been a fan for two years now (I credit insomnia, a gambling addiction, and 1am WCC games on ESPNU.)  I have always admired the big man's play.  He's big (obviously), has good post moves (in slow motion), and is fundamentally sound.  He's like the YMCA lunch break league version of Tim Duncan.  But now that he is getting the national attention, I'm starting to like a side of Omar Samhan that ESPNU never showed in between the Nutrisystem infomercials - his personality.

For instance, take a look at some of Omar's Villanova quotes in the New York Times:

"Hey, you impressed me tonight,” Samhan said to Stokes. “Did I impress you?” Stokes could only muster a smirk, which prompted Samhan to say, “I’ll take your silence as a yes.”

“I get it,” he said. “I’m a slow white guy, and I’m overweight. So maybe you don’t respect me because I have good numbers. But after I kill you the first half, what are you waiting for. I don’t know what he wanted. Did he want me to have 40?”

"We’re so old school,” Samhan said. “I’m in low tops. Our star point guard is named Mickey. Enough said.”

"It’s not a good-feeling story, we should be here.”

"You’re supposed to be diplomatic with questions like this,” he said, smiling. “No. 1. Best win ever. Quote it, Omar Samhan said best win ever.”

I mean, how can you not like him with quotes like that?

He also has an increasingly popular Twitter account where he takes a jab at Georgia Tech's cell phone policy and harasses Bill Simmons for an interview. 

If that's not enough media for you, you can always check out Omar's YouTube channel where fans can watch his dog Cooper bark at credit card commercials or get behind the scenes clips of life in the tournament:

Go Gaels.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: St. Mary's

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:31 pm

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

he looks like Frank Mir...

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: March 26, 2010 8:28 am

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

Everybody has been travelling this entire tournament. Give the guy his due.

Since: Oct 7, 2009
Posted on: March 26, 2010 1:13 am

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

Consistently shut him down?  A non-factor?  He scored double figures in every game this season except for 1 and had 20 double doubles.  18 games out of 31 over 20 points.  How is that only occasionally having a good game?  What do you consider a good game?  Very few players average 20 and 10 for an entire season.  Not saying he is a future NBA star or even a future NBA player but he is a very solid college player.  I bet if he played for your team you wouldn't think the hype was unjustified.  

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: March 25, 2010 7:18 pm

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

You sir are a clown who hasn't watched any games this year, especially the tourney.  Samhan is putting up 20\10 with ease, and he does with AMAZING efficency (75% FGs, and he isn't dunking...he makes baby hooks, drop steps, pivot moves). 

Dude has game.  Sorry if he bounced your school from the big dance, DON'T HATE

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2010 6:48 pm

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

Agreed, there is way too much unjustified hype surrounding Omar.  He is an overweight big man that occassionally has a good game.  WCC teams have consistently shut him down throughout the regular season, and everytime he goes up against a competitior with a decent player in the middle, they likewise make him a non-factor.

Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2010 6:10 pm

Also, what's up with that photo?

Sweep the leg Johnny.  That's what's up with that photo.

Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: March 25, 2010 5:05 pm


What happened to Omar's poopshower channel on YouTube? Did he have to take it down?

Also, what's up with that photo?

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2010 5:01 pm

Omar-Mania is sweeping the nation

If you actually watch his feet he travels nearly everytime he gets the ball. It's easy to score once you pick up your pivot foot and take3 small steps. Just another overhyped "big man" that won't materialize.

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