Monday, November 01, 2004


Writing weekly, or even weakly writing, isn’t easy.

Stuck on what the lead would be for this week I procrastinated by reading messages from the family back in Florida reporting that last week was tough in the other Sunshine State. All the college and pro teams lost and, worse than that, the good citizens had to endure the torture known as voting. The good news, here and there, is all those campaign ads and mailers are done for a while and everybody can go back to games—basketball, bunko, bingo and Texas hold’em.

So let’s forget things political and just look at our fun and games, including a slew of them this weekend.

The first contests are sort of beauty contests, exhibitions for men’s basketball Friday night against old assistant coach Bill Carr his UC San Diego and the ladies on Saturday at 1 p.m. against the Play Mode All Stars. Should be a good barometer of what lies in store.

Saturday night the ladies of the Long Beach spike continue their payback tour. The Beach faces UC Irvine trying to settle matters with the Anteaters who upset the Beach earlier behind the Orange curtain. Next weekend UCSB will get their come-uppance and then the Beach gals will ship their 2004 resume to the NCAA and hope for a decent post-season seed.
Last weekend at Utah State, LBSU (17-4, 9-4 Big West) connected for a .248 hitting percentage and held the Aggies to a miserable 075 attack percentage. More of that and the season will last a lot longer.

FLYING DUST-UPS— In late November of 1994 LBSU opened the Pyramid, a unique 18-story physical education and athletic events center with it’s brilliant cobalt-blue exterior that can be seen for miles in all directions.

In late November 1907 F&M bank, behind the vision of C.J. Walker and his wife Carrie, was established using $25,000 of their own money. They have grown to 20 branches around the area and a gazillion bucks in the vault. Sadly however the Bank will probably not become the title sponsor for the Pyramid. Inside sources say it would have brought all the CSULB banking over to them for a low seven figure gift. To many they would have been a natural sponsor but some of the younger Walker heirs have nixed the idea.

Back to future, 49er Softball (best ever 51-13 last season) will try and knock your socks off this season and they would like to break some BBQ and bread with you at noon on Saturday November 13 at the campus diamond. Pete’s Sweethearts of Swat won the Big West last year and have added a genuine home run threat in BYU transfer Oli Keohohou. If you don’t have a good time I’ll buy your lunch and you can bank on that.

Last add Hawaiian where are they. Former Niner infielder Kaulana Kuhaulua who played for the Dirtbags in 2001 and signed by the Minnesota Twins played for their Class A affiliate Ft. Myers Miracles, with a brief stint with the Class AA New Britain Rock Cats. He played in the Florida State League all-star game.

Heading home, by day Sixth Man booster lady Prez Alix Traver helps to manage some million dollar research projects at LBSU. By night, and weekend and what other waking hours she has, Alix drums up support and supporters for LBSU Men’s Basketball who invite one and all to a “casual barbecue buffet” this Sunday at 4 p.m at The Grand at Willow Street Center. Call quick at (562) 985-4662 to get in and then bring some extra Benjamin’s for auction items like Lakers tickets, Ice Dogs packages, Joe Jost’s gear and the right to be on the bench as an Honorary Coach for games at UCLA and in the Mid vs. Portland.

And now our closing quote from the Dolphins DE Jason Taylor, disagreeing with the stats that showed him with no tackles last week. “The people who do those stats, half the time they're spilling ketchup on themselves and trying to wipe it off.” Geez, I resemble that comment.—DR. DAN--


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