I'm going to have to learn how to do March and April without college hoops, and it makes me sad.
For just a few teams, four to be exact, the season has not yet ended. But for me, the squeak of shoes on the court at Koch Arena has faded, the home/away schedule has been taken off the refrigerator, and the courtship of Coach Marshall by bigger, richer programs has begun. Shocker hoops season is … Continue reading Like the Day after Christmas: The End of Basketball Season
Today is my father's 82nd birthday. In honor of this great man, a re-posting of MVP from 2010. Happy birthday, dad. - Yesterday was my father's birthday. He turned 78. There is so much I can say about my dad, he has been the true constant in my life. Yes, he instilled my love of … Continue reading MVP-Revisited
I thought I would be posting photos from the Annual WSU SASO Ice Cream Social, an event my father and I truly look forward to each fall. This event is for season ticket holders and donors to the Shocker Athletic Scholarship Organization (SASO) and is one of the few times fans mingle directly with the student … Continue reading Day #3 of Wild and Exciting Little Things: It could be worse
When the season ends, it always hurts. From November until April, we immerse ourselves in college hoops, specifically Shocker basketball, and when the season ends, well, it's painful. The oomph to the solar plexus, the slight confusion, the reality check of everyday life. During basketball season, we live game day to game day, with each moment … Continue reading More Than a Season
It's the day after the semi-finals and if one more person approaches us and asks if we have tickets to sell for the championship game, someone might get hurt, either their feelings or physically makes no difference to me. Nothing worse than ticket vultures. They were descending upon us while we stood near our seats … Continue reading Our Bags are Packed: Still Representing
Posting daily is much tougher than I imagined, so I apologize for the delay. Game day began at 7:30 am and ended at 3:00 am. Saturday was dubbed Shocker Saturday and it included sunflowers, the Shocker Sound, 4,000+ fans decked in their finest black and gold, former Shocker players from basketball, baseball and football, one … Continue reading Our Bags are Packed: Our Ticket Validated
We arrived at the airport around 5:40 am (our cab driver got lost in our neighborhood and was late picking us up) and were greeted by very awake, very enthusiastic AirTran/Southwest employees and a line of black and gold. The lines moved quickly and even if they hadn't, the overall mood was something I've never … Continue reading Our Bags are Packed: Word of the Day
4:00 am will come very quickly, too quickly. We need to be at the airport around 5:30 and I have a feeling I won't be getting a lot of sleep. My dad has already confessed as much. We'll be like kids on Christmas Eve, tossing in our beds in anticipation for the next morning and what we will … Continue reading Our Bags are Packed: The Night Before
It's been a while since my last post, but those who know me and my family know that March is a month-long religious holiday of madness. Thus, the hiatus. Plus, I'm highly superstitious. Once my Shockers went on a tear through the NCAA tournament, I knew I could not post one thing about the team. Not … Continue reading Our Bags Are Packed: The Road to the Final Four with my Dad.