Happy Father’s Day — to all fathers, uncles, older brothers and the single mothers who serve both parental roles.
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As always, “Ferd” did an excellent job in recapping UH’s tenure in the WAC.
We all have memories of the WAC. Here are mine:
• With a few minutes before tipoff, the music blared, old people in red shirts started clapping in rhythm and Chris Herren led his Fresno State basketball teammates in a jog-skip around the court. That red sea of fans was the loudest and most passionate I’ve ever experienced — and I’ve been to games at Alabama and Florida. And this was before the introductions even started.
• It was a WAC news conference, and commissioner Karl Benson was wearing an eye patch following a recent medical procedure. Neal Farmer of the Houston Chronicle asked the first question: “Where’s your parrot?”
• The flight attendant awakened the blog host by talking really loud and slowly. The blog host was in an exit-row seat. “Ferd” told the flight attendant the blog host was a foreigner who didn’t speak English. Later, somewhere over California, our small plane — the aptly nicknamed “Vomit Comet” — began to shake. Really hard. Robert Kekaula started singing, “La Bamba.”
• New Mexico officials decided to implement security measures to check bags for explosive items. Of course, it was noted that the arena, The Pit, was actually in a pit, where players descended to reach the court. Yes, The Pit was its own bomb shelter.
• It was WAC Media Day, and San Diego State’s Marshall Faulk walked into the room. That silence was awe.
• Tulsa’s Rib Crib.
• Albuquerque’s Quarters:
• San Diego’s Kansas City Barbeque Restaurant:
• Fresno’s Silver Dollar Haubrau:
• Salt Lake City’s Market Street Grill:
• El Paso’s Carlos & Mickey’s:
• Laramie’s Buckhorn Bar:
• Entering the visiting locker room at Colorado State’s Hughes Stadium, the walls were covered with newspapers. The walls were colored pink, which was supposed to create a passive feeling.
• The El Paso Times described a UH basketball player as being a “statue of limitations.”
• Fresno State’s Red Mile, the path that visiting teams take from the locker room to the field. Bulldog fans, wearing red shirts, heckle the visitors.
• There was a light shining on a seat in BYU’s Marriott Center. Riley Wallace said the seat was reserved for Joseph Smith, the late founder of the LDS movement. Then somebody closed an arena door, and the sun ray no longer was on the seat. “Had you going, huh?” Wallace said.
• Colorado State’s band, which performs the best version of “Rock and Roll, Part 2.”
• Rice’s MOB (Marching Owl Band): MOB video.
• San Jose State media relations director Lawrence Fan. For basketball games, Fan bakes a cake for the media. And that was the WAC: You can have your cake and eat it, too.
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Congratulations to The Kid — Kyeton Littel-Kamimoto (Duffer’s son) — on winning a U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifying tournament. He will compete in the national tournament at Soldier Hallow in Midway, Utah. Here’s Kyeton and his caddie (Whitey):
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Happy birthday to SJMacro.