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HARMELING: A crimson comic book, come to life

THERE WAS NOTHING Mother Nature could do to deter me from making the trip up I-5 to see the Cougs at the Key Arena last week. After all, there were all manner of things to be excited about -- a newfound perimeter scorer in Faisal Aden, close-up witness of Marcus Capers' pogo sticks in action, a chance to add another win to the unblemished Cougar Hardwood Classic record. Plus, there was "Lotumon."

So when forecasts of seven inches of snow, freezing temperatures, and icy roads came across the ticker I didn't bat an eye. Hell, I was willing to rent a snowcat to get me to Seattle. Ah yes, the financial freedom of teaching and coaching for a living. First things first -- Faisal Aden. If you would have asked me to play word association about him after the game against Portland, it would have...

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