Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Today Colin and I went to Mount Pleasant High School for an exhibition of six-player basketball played mainly by those who grew up participating in it. The Park and Recreational Department of Mount Pleasant put on this jamboree comprising of teams from Mediapolis, WACO (Wayland, Ainsworth, Crawfordsville, Olds), Winfield-Mt. Union, New London and Mount Pleasant. We stayed for two games and entered the gymnasium to near capacity of fans from Winfield-Mt. Union and WACO.
This was a representation of how Iowa Girls played basketball until the five-player game was fully instituted following the 1993 season. As seen this is a game where forwards played offense and guards were the defense. Only two dribbles were allowed by each player at a time, and play was limited to half cout. Players were not allowed to cross the mid-court line. Typically scores reached the 70s and 80s.
After going through some old tapes, I found this clip I recorded during the CBS News Coverage of the 1988 Iowa Presidential Caucuses. This is a good clip on what Iowa Girls Basketball meant to the state.
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
The tournament has definitely evolved in my lifetime. There was a day where only cable tv subscribers were able to watch all of the games. Games only involving teams in your local area were shown on over the air stations. I remember sneaking out of high school study hall to listen to Iowa's first round game with Santa Clara in 1987. I was caught and found myself in mild trouble. Nothing I couldn't handle.
The only time we were guaranteed a game on our local CBS station was after the 10pm local news. Typically a game from the western regional. It was here where Ray Meyer bowed out of college basketball by losing in the first round. It was too late to watch the end, but we were able to watch the first half. Another year I remember watching Jon Koncak and SMU battle Washington.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
No better time than the day after St. Patrick's Day to post the 10 Stages of Drunkiness (as seen on the wall at Peg Leg Pete's in Pensacola Beach, Florida).
- Witty and Charming
- Rich and Powerful
- F* Dinner
- Crank up the Enola Gay
- Witty and Charming II
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
However there is someone in Long Beach, California who doesn't believe Title IX should include one sport.
And other financial issues have hit the state of Michigan.
Finally, the last two days have shown outstanding
College games have always provided excitement in this arena. Of course everyone remembers Christian Laettner's last second shot over Kentucky to give Duke a Final Four berth. But only those in Iowa will remember this was the regional final site that found Steve Waite making two free throws in the final seconds over Georgetown to put the Hawkeyes in the Final Four. The Spectrum has seen its last days and tonight the 76ers played the last game at this historic building. For years they have moved to the nearby Wachovia Center, but came back for one last time. This appeared in today's Philadelphia Inquirer.
I've had neutral feelings for Smith, felt he had a bad deal in his parting from Kentucky and had always admired his coaching style. Recently the Minnesota Star Tribune came out with this story about how Smith has taken over the Gopher Basketball program and the direction he is taking it. After reading it, I think Colin's Granddaddy would be happy that his grandson is a fan of this basketball coach. Read more here.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
As the Conference tournaments continue, upsets are almost as popular this week as we're accustomed to seeing in the NCAA's first and second round. At present time we find Kansas, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh all falling, each with a potential #1 seed on the line. Annually mid-majors take possible NCAA spots from the BCS conference schools, but this year it may be the fellow conferences knock bubble teams off the fence.
Monday, March 9, 2009
The sign that pointed us to Pensacola Beach. Upon receiving our rental car, we were told to look for a sign with a giant swordfish on top and follow the directions. This sign is as iconic of the area as the Pensacola Water Tower shown earlier.
This is the property of which we stayed. Our room overlooked the Gulf with two bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths, a full kitchen, living room and washer / dryer. The property also had five swimming pools, tennis courts and the beach right across the road. It was nice to stay here as compared to the Spring Break hotels down the road.
The Fish House. As well as Peg Leg Pete's, another great restaurant to eat at in Pensacola. Our lunch destination for our final day. Very much like Iowa River Power Company in Iowa City, this sits on the water. Very fine seafood with generous portions. Seating can be inside or out, and it appears they are known for live music on the outdoor patio.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
A stop on our ride. This popular restaurant, Peg Leg Pete's, sat on an inlet with boats docked to the rear. It is an Oyster Bar, but Dana and I stayed away and had great Calamari, Shrimp, Stuffed Grouper with Crab meat and the Seafood Chowder. Definitely worth the stop.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
A day at the Beach
The boat which took us from our home for weekend to Portofino Boardwalk.