Wednesday, March 22, 2006

March Madness




This photo is for my sister, Ruth, and her hubby who are connected to Michigan State University (MSU) in more ways than one. Suffice it to say that while they made it to the 64-team start of March Madness, they lost to George Mason and are now out of it.

However, I did cheer her up by saying her nemesis (that would be ME from the University of Michigan/UM) never even made it to the top 64! And last year we were in a hotel lobby in Paris in the early hours of the morning, all 4 of us, listening to the MSU game in the Final Four on my laptop . They have been a team to be reckoned with!

BUT, I HAD MY DAY! (Notice how we think of our college teams as "ours!") When I was at UM in the 60's, Cazzie Russell was there and made UM the team to be reckoned with. "Before Russell came to Ann Arbor from Chicago's Carver High, the Wolverines had made one appearance in the NCAA tournament. In Russell's three seasons, they made three." And "Three straight seasons -- 1963-64 through 1965-66 -- Russell and the Wolverines won the Big Ten title, a feat never matched in school history."

We love basketball in our household and are eating it up these days, especially women's (since UM and MSU are not being reckoned with). Want some trivia? Donica played a guard in women's basketball in high school in Indianapolis back in the 70's and held the record for most assists in a game (11) until only 2 or 3 years ago. And I thought I was proud of MICHIGAN!

12 comments:

  1. Coolness! Go, Donica!

    I haven't been able to post since before we were beat by George Mason. Maybe they jinxed me!

    I can do everything but upload photos now. The post I'm currently working on is all about the photos, so I have to wait! :|

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  2. Somehow once I left for Europe, I just never got back into watching BBall much. I guess it's because most Europeans and Canadians aren't that into it except for the mentioning of Steve Nash...

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  3. We don't get much BBall over here unfortunately. Perhaps if I had a satelite dish? We do have Netball!?

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  4. I'd heard of this "March Madness" thing but I thought it had something to do with hares.

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  5. Ruth: So glad you finally were able to post! And yes, that Donica is something else!

    Expat: I've really learned to get into the game because of Donica. So fun.

    DW. Netball? First time I heard of it but I've just checked it out here. Cool. I think we'd really like that!

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  6. Gary, your comment came in while I was answering the others! Hares???? Are you serious???? Tell me you're joking!

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  7. "Mad March Hare". Sort of a Lewis Carrol reference. (Though that was actually the March Hare and the Mad Hatter, now that I think about it.)

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  8. Wow- Donica's a legend!

    Did you know Jeremiah is a basketball player- he's so tall! He lives in the FL Keys close to Kelly- and when I went to visit them it was so fun to sit and watch B-ball with him because he gets so excited! And so I do, too:)

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  9. Gary: The Lewis Carrol connection is actually pretty clever. I like it :)

    Rachel: Yes, Donica IS a legend :) No, I didn't know that about Jeremiah. Good for him! I'd sure love to see him again (and his brother).

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  10. Hehe. Guess I'd know a bit more about hockey. ;-) Wow. Donica held the record really long. I'm impressed!

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  11. I'm a University of Kentucky fan, myself. (GO WILDCATS!) And basketball was one of the only things my old high school was known for in the way of sports. I sure do miss March madness.

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  12. CS: I guess you WOULD know more about hockey. I could get into that game too! Donica IS something else :)

    Lisa: I'm sure Donica is very glad she just happens to be home at this time. Hmm. Wonder if she planned that :)

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