"I Want To Set The Record Straight"
Ryan Anderson

Posted Feb 27, 2008

In a world where TMZ and Facebook pass for news sources and where oft-repeated message board innuendo becomes treated with the same amount of credibility as Moses' tablets, it doesn't take much for a scurrilous rumor to begin circulating and for every second that it continues to linger unchallenged, the more opportunity it has to calcify in the minds of the unknowing as the perceived truth.

"I want to set the record straight," said Anderson, less than 24 hours after Sunday night's game against Stanford.  "I. Do Not. Wear. Makeup."

During Sunday night's Fox telecast, viewers heard the Stanford student section serenade the 6-10 sophomore and strong contender for the Pac-10 player of the year with a repeated chant of "You wear makeup!" everytime he stepped to the foul line.

Puzzled Bears were left wondering what the cause of this craziness.

Anderson, during a wide-ranging interview that will appear in an upcoming issue of The Bear Insider magazine, explains.

"Jordan Wilkes, Sam Rayburn and I dressed up for Halloween as rock stars," said Anderson, who was more amused than angry at the whole episode. "We put on some eyeliner, somebody took a picture and it ended up on Facebook."

Although the chant came through loud and clear during the broadcast, it didn't catch him completely by surprise.

"We'd heard that throughout the warmup," said Anderson, who's first in the Pac-10 in scoring (21.8), second in free throw shooting (88.2%), third in rebounding (10.2), and third in three-point shooting (44.9%). "Jordan was cracking up when   he heard that. It's all fun and games.

And for other opposing fans who think they have something to latch onto? Anderson made all 10 of his free throws against Stanford.

But as the Bears' leading scorer and marked man, Anderson's used to hearing all sorts of things at the free-throw line, a few of them unprintable, some of them "definitely overboard."

One set of road fans was particularly creative.

"With the Internet, some people will try to learn all about your family," said Anderson.  "We were at, I think Kansas State, and they were saying stuff about my mom, like, "Sue Anderson's a babe!" That was pretty funny to hear." 

And, no, that didn't work either as Anderson made all three of his free throws against Kansas State.

"At the free throw line, I'm able to block it all out," said Anderson, who shot 79.8% from the line as a freshman. "We do drills where we do sprints and then when we're tired and maybe not ready to shoot, we go and practice our free throws. It makes you focus a lot more when you're shooting and it's really helped."

With Anderson having such a strong year and getting national attention, the question had to be asked.

You know, the question.

"I'm really trying to focus on playing the year out and concentrating on the next game," said Anderson.  "It's a honor to have people think of you in terms of the next level, but it's something I need to think about later."

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