Lent Day Twenty – Half Way
Monday, March 23, 2014 – Obviously a bear does crap in the woods. At least a Bruin does in the Piney Woods. Nice run, Lumberjacks. Remember a few years ago, no one had ever heard of Gonzaga or Wichita State when they were Cinderella teams at the Big Dance. Look where they are today. After all, you only played the greatest basketball school west of the Mississippi. This was Stephen F. Austin’s 1st appearance in the NCAA Tournament. It was the 101st NCAA game for UCLA. That tells a lot about the outcome. UCLA produced one of the greatest players of all time. You get extra points if you know what his name is today and extra credit if you know his name when he played at UCLA. Hint: that is a clue! Think! The University of Houston versus UCLA. Astrodome. Elvin Hayes. Larry, of Firebird fame from Lent Day Nine, got to attend. I was jealous. I knew he was getting to see greatest up close. Well as close as one could see with a basketball court on the floor of Astrodome. I feel certain he and I, and maybe a couple of basketball players – Number one – Knew what a UCLA was and number two – The name of their most dominant player. I bet Larry went in his Firebird. Oh well. The Bears of Baylor kept hopes alive for the Big 12, along with Iowa State. And cheers to the women, who always have to pick up the slack. Sic ‘Em Bears and Gig ‘Em Aggies. And congrats to Karen Aston and the Lady Longhorns. I am confident I was the only female in Magnolia High School who knew that a man named Karim Ab-dul Jabaar, formerly known as Lew Alcindor existed. UCLA vs The University of Houston in 1967 is known as The Game of the Century.