Canada trip helps Gators refresh, renew acquaintance

Originally Published: September 5, 2006
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario -- Here came Joakim Noah, the Final Four MVP, a likely preseason All-American, the charismatic face of the national champion Florida Gators. He was strolling along a dock beside the Niagara River in Sunday night's dimming twilight, his hair in a ponytail, wearing flip-flops and shorts, carrying a single water ski.

Suddenly, Noah handed over his shirt and sweatshirt, grabbed a second ski, and headed for the water. To water ski. In the dark.

As Noah slipped into ...

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