YOU ARE CORRECT, SIR
ago when I was a freshman in college, if someone agreed with a
statement they would often say This is true. But
nowadays I keep hearing You are not wrong.
can't keep up with all these trendy changes to our language!
Whatever happened to I concur? Or True
dat? Or Yes indeedy?
THROWBACK SHORT-COURT SPORT
I attended high school in Richwood, Ohio, our parquet basketball
floor measured only 76 feet between the walls at either end.
That's eight feet less than a regulation high-school court.
After a basket, a red line
temporarily shortened the layout to 70 feet so that an inbounding
player would have room to stand. His teammates, needing to
cross the ten-second line,
were required to bring the ball forward merely 31 feet a
42-foot maneuver elsewhere.
I wrote earlier, our
team got accustomed to the tiny backcourt. When we had to go
on the road and play on a full-size floor, it was tough to bring the
ball all the way up across the midcourt line. If the other team
played a pressing defense, they could force the Tigers into a lot of
backcourt turnovers. Conversely, when Indian Lake High School
visited our little gym, they ate it up. They scored over a
hundred points on us that night: two quick passes and a shot,
again and again.
soon as I graduated in 1965, my school was consolidated into the new
North Union district. Before long our Tigers (now the Wildcats)
had a new building with a full-size gym.
forward to the present day. The North Union head coach, Brian
Terrill, has a favorite sports movie: Hoosiers. In
scenes filmed in 1985 at Hinkle Field House in Indianapolis (where I
once worked a telecast
for CBS), the fictional Hickory H.S. Huskers play for the state championship.
their small-town home court is represented by a tiny gym in
Knightstown, Indiana. Actual high school games were played
there from 1921 to 1966, but the court is four feet shorter than
Richwood's! There's so little room on the sidelines that the
team benches are located beneath the backboards.
Terrill noted that the Hoosier
Gym is available for rental and hosts 80 high school basketball
games every year. Yearning to coach there, he persuaded a
nearby Union County rival to move their scheduled game into the next state.
High School opted to make the 150-mile bus trip on Saturday morning,
December 28. They played the game that afternoon and returned
home the same evening.
with classes not in session for the holidays, North Union decided to
turn the adventure into a whole weekend. They traveled Friday,
stayed two nights, and returned on Sunday.
to Tim Miller of the Marysville Journal-Tribune, The
Wildcats have become more of a defensive pressing squad than in
previous campaigns under Terrill. We've been
experimenting with different presses and seeing how they work against
different breakers, he said. We've got the
quickness and the depth to do that.
photos by Sam Dillon, MJT
the first half, Fairbanks (in white) had little trouble breaking the
press. But eventually North Union wore down the opposition.
Union's pressing defense began to cause a lot of problems for its
southern county rival. Fairbanks had trouble maintaining
possession of the ball, and NU converted those miscues into
quoted Fairbanks coach Justin George: North Union played
big and physical, especially during the second half, on a more
compact floor. That gave them the advantage with their press.
Union won 52-31, improving its record to 6-0. Preston Crabtree
and Zach Vernon combined for half of the Wildcats' scoring.
5, 2015 GOOGLE
the early days of Internet search engines, users vied to find a
phrase that returned one and only one hit.
done it! If you take the last two words of my post
from New Years Day (enclosed in quotes to specify that the
words have to appear consecutively) and Google that phrase, you get a
single result. Im the only one in the world whos
ever put those words together!
JANE A., JANE E., & ANOTHER A.
the Little Women movie appeared recently, I was surprised to
learn that it begins in New England during the Civil War. It's
based on a book which I had assumed was set in Olde England
during an earlier social milieu.
what did I know? I'm
a guy. Never having read any 19th-century novels by female
authors, not even Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818), I can't
keep their fiction straight.
had confused these three:
Charlotte Brontë (1847)
Louisa May Alcott