UMass Minutemen Colonialized Yet Again

25 Feb

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Kentucky Wildcat fan?

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Date: Sun Feb 25, 1996 6:04:20 PM America/New_York

Another NCAA basketball season is winging straight toward tournament time. My perennial fave since the Rupp era, Kentucky looks good for another title. I recall fondly the Monday nights I would slip into my snazzy new '76 Camaro parked out in front of the apartment in Smyrna GA to listen to Kevin Grevey and the boys take out the SEC schedule, the play by play bouncing off the clouds on the AM band. Hometown sports, cool stuff. I used to go to Marietta highschool games, even following them to the state championship down in Macon when Dale Ellis was a sophomore. He was certainly the star of the team, had a soft touch, but even with what I considered a savvy eye, I never pegged him as one who would succeed as the star and journeyman in the NBA that he became, and he's still on some current roster, isn't he? I had a younger brother and sister attending MHS, but I went to the games alone just for the thrill of basketball.

And now it seems the George Washington Colonials have UMASS all figgered out. Four consecutive upsets over two years, and two the only losses suffered in their new gym! Love stories like that. Puzzling and provocative—these types of achilles heels tales. Seems I recall UCLA was always having some 25 or 35 game winning streak stopped by near cellar dweller Oregon, or perhaps Oregon State back in the 70s. An overmatched Tennessee squad would invariably stop Kentucky for many years, the Dan Issel years if I recall correctly. Oh well, jumping thru old basketball memory hoops as I read a condemning essay on the new "Big Mac" or "candy bar" baseball move to interleague play written by Warren Goldstein. He charged me up by pointing out that this was an idea of the folks who precipitated and lost every labor dispute in the past 20 years, all the while proclaiming their exclusive control over the national pastime. He calls it tempting when you're hungry, tastes good for the moment. Kids like it better than adults. It doesn't fill you up, doesn't have any nutritional value, and it's pretty bad for you. He calls it the rampaging standardization and homogenization of modern life in exactly the same way as fast food does. The new schedule will begin to erode the distinctions between the two leagues, the history smudged, merged, until simply a single league. He throws in a few more metaphors like shopping mall, Disney's silly approach to its new ownership role, interleague play being the junk food of spectator sports, and cloudy references to myth cloning as a bad thing, emphasizing that somehow the loss of drama attached to the uniquenesses of time, and flavors of the notions, and physical places of traditions, are all lost to a high level of saturation when baseball joins contemporary culture in which too many things already look alike and taste alike. Perhaps you saw the piece.

Have you thought anymore about nailing down your sports idols we can honor in shrine beneath your own Richmond smiler snapshot I'll scan in? And words to the effect you would want to inspire? I'd want a photo of the hero, so that we could keep the symmetry of the page as sort of a shared investment into our space on the Net. We could probably make it a Nuthouse web site, and promote our BBM teams. Remember that I designed team uniforms for the visual effect of imaginary vendorships and logos in '94 & '95 for my own amusement It was good clean fun, and if enough people were involved, I know everyone would get a kick out of it.
Also read an article advocating the District of Columbia being retroceded, or ceded back to Maryland. It was a rather long detailed look at the many obvious advantages serving all concerned entities and really gave little space to the drawbacks, but as he asserted there are no real obstacles, simply mass-produced political song and dances not worth an ounce of phony truth.

I'm gonna dedicate a Web site to this issue. Fun and games time again as Gabriel speaks out. Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) has introduced a bill to accomplish this plus follow-up legislation by the Maryland legislature accepting the return of the territory. I've long been an advocate for this retrocession. Wonder if I get a decent enough site built that I can turn this into a staff position for myself. Start a lobbying firm. Or preferably, a webmaster role in my own dedicated web server. Hey, is it still possible? Maybe it is, maybe it's still not too late to get suited up to hit the field. Yep, I want to put that on my short list of things which would bring me pleasure if only I had the time to do everything else I'm planning to do, in that breeze you were talking about. Yeah, I like it fast and furious at times and succeed, but am mostly stuck in the slow deliberate lane I share with Baby Sue, and that works just as well for both of us until the tides change I suppose.

Had composed a slick graphic signpost for our old Colossium site, but I'll have to retouch it for the new place I called SPORTSONG. Hope to kickoff an opening night web debut complete with women and red wine to bring all my multifaceted themes into focus as I intend to snatch a few dozen megabytes into cyberspace from here real soon. Still in the baby steps stage in page architecture but am working up and have already prepared about thirty or so backgrounds I'll work in, and go from there, dropping in text and other pictures. links and ftp notions, e-mail generators, maybe, who knows, even launch some scheme for WWWebbing into the wall poster artform and CD-ROM leagues managed with buttonclicks and virtual dollar accounts some say is the future of the more global economy, with equal glee and dark portentions. But those latter phases of my project are probably still a few years down the road unless miracles are still looking for me. Have you thought anymore about nailing down your sports idols we can honor in shrine beneath your own Richmond smiler snapshot I'll scan in? And words to the effect you would want to inspire? I'd want a photo of the hero, so that we could keep the symmetry of the page as sort of a shared investment into our space on the Net. We could probably make it a Nuthouse web site, and promote our BBM teams. Remember that I designed team uniforms for the visual effect of imaginary vendorships and logos in '94 & '95 for my own amusement It was good clean fun, and if enough people were involved, I know everyone would get a kick out of it. Even more stimulating than posting notes from Prodigy's Dugout Club I guarantee you. It shouldn't take too much money (not more than a couple of hundred dollars) and some insightful instruction to get to and feel comfortable in the environment yourself. Oh well, I just noticed this thing's gotten longgggggg.............

Fats

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