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The official 2013-14 G2 Zone, Area 55 and PTO thread
The official 2013-14 G2 Zone, Area 55 and PTO thread
We look forward to another very successful run from all of the great Pacers fan groups. I know that area 55 has already had their tryouts with some new members being selected (even a few new/old members coming back). I don't know when the G2 zone will be having tryouts but I'm sure the Pacers will keep us posted.
As always this space is for you guys to chat back and forth and for Indyhoya to give us all the news we can take to the bank.
Looking forward to a great season from all the fan groups and the Pacers themselves.
Basketball isn't played with computers, spreadsheets, and simulations. ChicagoJ 4/21/13
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Down goes New York! Down goes Boston! And tonight our 11-1 Pacers attempt to do the Rare Trifecta and eliminate, before our expectant eyes, the last remaining challenge from our nation’s Eastern seaboard – the Philadelphia 76ers.
Yes, all is truly well in Pacerland. Lance Stephenson is registering triple doubles; Roy leads the NBA in swats; and PG is regularly tallying 20+ games no matter who defenses him. George Hill and David West are as reliable as ever. Luis Scola is raining in soft jumpers; Chris Copeland is beginning to hit 3s, and C.J. Watson and Donald Sloan are running a producing bench. Our D is as reliable as it was last year. Life is indeed good.
But tonight, me buckos, let’s not take Philly all that lightly. Yeah, they’re supposed to be tanking and yeah, they’re young and “rebuilding” But they’re still capable of things. Among their wins is one over a group we’re gonna be seeing pretty soon – the Miami Heat.
Bill Manlove, as usual, provides us with the dope on Philadelphia:
The Sandman Scouting Report: The Philadelphia 76ers - After a very hot 3 - 0 start that included wins over Miami and Chicago, Philly enters the Temple of Doom with a still surprising 6 - 8 resumé after an overtime win last night against Milwaukee. Still, the Sixers aren’t something that should exactly set our teeth to chattering. They’ve been 3 - 7 in their last ten games. The media expects nothing this year from them and most gurus predict them as winding up the year with possibly the worst NBA W-L record of all time and almost a sure-thing for a Number 1 draft pick come the summer.
True, the Sixers have some young talent in Arnett Moultrie and lottery pick Nerlens Noel. However both have been injured. (In Noel's case, he’s likely unavailable for the entire season as he’s been recovering from ACL surgery). Thus, first time head coach and Gregg Popovich – protégé, Brett Brown, has turned the keys of his currently 7th ranked Eastern Conference team over to rookie guard Michael Carter-Williams. It’s been a good move. Carter-Williams is making an early case for Rookie of the Year props (16.6 PPG, 7.4 APG). Never heard of him? Well, he’s perhaps best known as being one of the Syracuse Orangemen primarily responsible for IU's early departure from the NCAA tournament last spring.
Williams has a VERY young core of players around him. The oldest players on the team are pubescents Evan Turner (21.3 PPG, 6.6 RPG) and G2Zone Favorite target, Spencer Hawes (16.2 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 3.2 APG), who clocks in at the ripe old age of 25. Actually, looking at the Sixers, makes me -- at 27 years of age – feel kind of long in the tooth. I feel like I should recommend them a good acne medication.
The Sixers’ starting 5 may or may not feature Thaddeus Young (14.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG) tonight. Young has missed the last two games to “personal reasons” (Nah, the Sixers won’t say what these are). Anyway, his recent absence has bought more minutes for James Anderson (10.1 PPG, 4.0 RPG), and sixth man Tony Wroten (13.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.2 APG) . If Young doesn't go tonight, look for bigs Lavoy Allen (5.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG) and Daniel Orton (2.6 PPG, 2.7 RPG) to emerge from the pines, youthful and starry-eyed, to take his place. The rest of the Sixers’ bench is filled out by Darius Morris (6.9 PPG, 2.6 APG); one of Roy Hibbert’s buddies - former Georgetown Hoya, Hollis Thompson (2.6 PPG, 1.9 RPG); and Brandon Davies (2.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG).
As a team, Philly plays a fast offense and likes to run, breathlessly setting the fastest offensive pace in the league. As a result, they average a 9th best 103.2 PPG per night. While they shoot a 12th best 49% from the field inside the arc, their 3P shooting isn't nearly as prolific. They’re only hitting it at an 8th best 34% from downtown (a stat which is mostly the product of Evan Turner’s abysmal 17% 3P shooting average).
The team also is near the top of the rebounding charts, ranking 8th in offensive boards, 2nd in defensive boards, and 3rd in overall rebounds. They share the ball very well -- ranking 5th in the league in assists. They also turn that same ball over on a regular basis (they’re 3rd from the bottom in the NBA in this department). They also struggle a tad from the charity line (shooting it at only 70%, a figured skewed by the cross-eyed efforts of Wroten (57%) and Allen (53%)).
Despite ranking 6th and 11th in blocks and steals, the Philly D is otherwise non-existent. They allow more points than anyone in the NBA on a nightly basis (109.8 PPG), something partially caused by their also allowing a league worst 40% from 3-point land.
On paper, the youth and defensive inability of this Philly squad should be its undoing tonight, but considering that the 76ers have already knocked off the Bulls and Heat, the draw of being the first team to beat Indiana at the Temple of Doom this season (as well as being the first to win against all off the top 3 squads in the conference) makes them dangerous and not a team to sleep on. Be on your best games tonight Area 55 and G2!
Ref Assignments: Tonight’s refs, you ask? Ed Malloy, Tony Brown, and Steve Anderson. Bring plenty of rotten fruit. And speaking of referees, watch Joey Crawford’s frustration at not being able to T-up an NBA mop boy:
Lin Dunn Is Coming! Well, maybe not tonight. But I had this bit of Twitter interaction yesterday with Fever Coach Lin Dunn:
Lin Dunn @coachlindunn - There are no secrets.... You don't have to think out of the box...there is no box!
It’s Bat Boy @EptesicusFuscus - Except for the "box and 1
Lin Dunn @coachlindunn – That’s a great out of the box comment!
It’s Bat Boy! @Eptesicus Fuscus - *grin* You gotta sit with us someday in Area 55. Coach!
Lin Dunn @coachlindunn - Will do! Would be fun!
It’s Bat Boy @EptesicusFuscus - Hooray! Just let me know and we'll clear a spot for ya!
Halftime Magic Act Wows Crowd! Okay, when I first learned that there was going to be a magic act at the halftime of the Milwaukee game I was doubly intrigued. I say this because I am a BIG fan of legerdemain and when I thought I heard Michael Grady introduce the magician as “J. Frank Wilson” my interest was REALLY piqued. J. Frank Wilson, you see, is the man who gave the world the unforgettable song: “Last Kiss” (a truly poignant early 60s tear-jerker that you can listen to here while reading the rest of this review):
But no, Grady, as usual, garbled the intro and I learned to my chagrin that the Maestro was really (to my manifest disappointment) a guy named “J. P. Wilson.” I guess inwardly I harbored hopes that J. Frank Wilson was going be there, back from the days of my youth, back from that fateful night in his daddy’s car, to make his long-dead girlfriend at last come back to life.
Alas, it was not to be.
Still, J. Frank’s substitute, J. P., was pretty good. His 10-minute quickie act consisted mainly in making thing’s – chiefly his leggy blonde assistant – disappear and reappear. For you beer-mongers that missed it, a lot of what J.P. did is captured here:
Being a big fan of “Kill Bill,” I was especially thrilled when J.P. did his stunning climax, which consisted mainly of stuffing his comely assistant into a box and then repeatedly puncturing the thing with a bunch of Samurai swords. Despite all the flashing swordplay, the blonde somehow eventually emerged from the box, all radiant and aglow. The crowd, of course, was pleased that there was no carnage and gave J.P. a big hand. However, I think Quentin Tarentino, had he been watching, would have been disappointed.
Anyway, the festivities ended on a happy note when the Blonde justly turned the tables on J. P. and finally crammed him into the same punctured box that he’d been sticking her in for most of the act. Then, after a quick whisk of a piece of cloth. J.P. emerged, grinning and happy, wearing Boomer’s jersey. Quick Change could not have done much better.
I for one love this sort of thing. Making things magically go away and then reappear has always provoked my awe and amazement. The Suits at PS&E should consider bringing J.P. back for an encore, where, I hope, he will add a new wrinkle to his act and make the PS&E on-court loudness promoter, Ace McKay (together with his sideburns, pimp hat, and shades), permanently vanish.
Knowing Rob Laycock and his fellow PS&E running dogs so well, I seriously doubt that this will happen. Like so many of my other halftime entertainment suggestions (competitive cow-milking, bear-baiting, gladiatorial combat), the above too will likely be consigned to the dustbin.
Well, that’s it, Fun-seekers! Time to go to press!
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Greetings, fellow 55ers!
Our Pacers stand tall at 12-1 tied for the best record in the NBA. Only the jangling Spurs of San Antonio match our won-loss record. That places us 5 ˝ games up on Chicago, our closest foe in the Central.
Tonight we face Western Conference opposition. Kevin Love (a man I do not “heart” at all), Ricky Rubio, and the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves arrive hell-bent on taking us down.
The Sandman Scouting Report: The Minnesota Timberwolves Minnesota enters the Temple of Doom tonight with a 8-7 record following a loss Saturday to Houston. They come looking to build on last season's injury riddled 31 - 51 record. In many ways, they have improved vastly. For one thing, there are only 3 players on their injured list right now (Chase Budinger, Ronny Turiaf and rookie Shabazz Muhammad). For another, they currently rank 2nd in the league in FGs made and also in attempted 3 pointers. Surprisingly, they’re also 6th in made 3s (something which is especially impressive considering the Wolves were absolutely PUTRID behind the arc last season). Moreover, this is a team that LOVES to crash the boards, ranking first in offensive rebounds and 3rd in defensive rebounds.
They are led, as usual, by their star forward Kevin Love – a living testimonial to the fact that, on occasion, White Men Can Too Jump! This year Kevin has been assembling an MVP resume, registering 24.9 PPG, 3.9 ORPG, 13.6 RPG, and 4.5 APG nightly. He's also been no slouch behind the arc. (Remember, he was the 2011 - 2012 All-Star Game 3-pt. Shootout Champ). This year he’s been knocking down a highly-respectable 35% of his shots from behind the arc.
As you may remember, Mr. Love is no fan of the Pacers. His animosity harkens back to a very physical Pacers win that occurred in February 2012. On that occasion Kevin got banged around a lot by David West, Roy Hibbert, and Tyler Hansbrough. He also had his normally reliable shot swatted quite a bit in that encounter. This caused a normally placid Kevin Love to go sort of crazy! http://tinyurl.com/kuxb39b
Post-game, a bitter Kevin bizarrely maintained that unnamed members of the Pacers took “those toughness pills” http://tinyurl.com/7m9o9do Then, in a fashion reminiscent of Dr. Claw, the evil nemesis of Inspector Gadget, he went totally werewolf and “guaranteed” that, in his next encounter with us, he would match our physicality and most certainly take us down. http://tinyurl.com/q48pyxw
Unfortunately, due to injuries and the vagaries of schedules, Kevin hasn’t played against the Pacers since that fateful night in 2012 when he promised such retribution. Tonight will be Mr. Love’s first opportunity, since then, to make good on his promise.
So look for Kevin to be all mean and nasty tonight. Anticipate lots of howls from him and plenty of growly lupine tussles under the glass.
Let’s be sure to let Kevin know that Area 55 and the G2Zone remember his prophecy. Swallow one of your own “toughness pills,” 55ers! Let’s dog Kevin mercilessly all night!
But Kevin doesn’t come alone. He is joined on the front line by big fella and native Montenegrin (an NBA squad is never truly complete until it picks up a player from Lithuania or one of the former Yugoslave republics), Nikola Pekovic (14.2 PPG, 8.4 RPG, 3.3 ORPG), and small forward Corey Brewer (14.7 PPG on 55% shooting, 2.1 SPG).
The Wolves backcourt is headed up by the young magician -- point guard Ricard "Ricky" Rubio y Vives. Rubio is a huge factor in the T-Wolves’ game. It’s because of him that they top the NBA in both assists and steals. (Rubio himself ranks first in steals and second in assists). He posts a nightly 8.1 PPG, 3.0 SPG, and 8.7 APG average stat lines. His 3-PT shooting has improved greatly from last year. He’s bumped his 29.3% average of a year ago to 46%. He's good. He's gotta be checked.
Part of Little Ricky’s Minnesota hoops success might be attributed to the arrival of his new back court mate, Kevin Martin, who comes to the Wolves after a season in OKC. Martin is a tough defensive matchup for Indiana too. He enters tonight's game with a 22.8 PPG average on 42% shooting. He shoots 3s at a 46% clip and is almost automatic from the charity line with 92% accuracy.
The Wolves’ motley bench is led by notorious flopper and retaliator J.J. Berea. J.J.’s beached carp act can best be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/nzpte25 and his troublemaking here http://tinyurl.com/lulcuke He’s complimented by Dante Cunningham (5.3 PPG, 3.9 RPG) and one time 2nd overall NBA draft pick, Derrick Williams (4.9 PPG). Derrick’s a guy who looks an awful lot like former Purdue star Robbie Hummel (whom my sources report is putting his business degree to good use in Istanbul, don't fall for the resemblance folks!). The Wolves pine crew also features Russian transvestite http://tinyurl.com/owr6boo Alexey Shved (2.5 PPG), former Pacer A.J. Price, rookie Gorgui Dieng, and one time number one pick candidate, Shabazz Muhammad.
Shabazz is hurt and likely won’t play tonight. It is sad we won’t get to see him, for he is a font of human interest. Muhammad massively disappointed at UCLA after finally gaining eligibility there after a long NCAA investigation probing him went awry for internal reasons http://tinyurl.com/qdlu9xh He also turned out to be considerably older than originally claimed due largely to his doting father’s decision to lie to everyone about his age. http://tinyurl.com/plwbt2s Young Shabazz also hasn't quite gotten the “NBA good citizen” wakeup call yet either. He managed to get sent home from the NBA's mandatory rookie program after breaking its rules. He thus has all the makings for a sterling future in the D-League somewhere or perhaps in a European venue like Slovenia.
Tonight’s Crackerjack Refereeing Crew! Always reliable, tonight’s vesper conclave of warlocks will feature Scott Foster, Tre Maddox, and Eddie Rush. Scott Foster is a game-keep especially near and dear to Pacers’ fans’ hearts: http://tinyurl.com/mmbwvvv
The Russian Bar! The PS&E Suits graced our Philadelphia halftime show with the amazing spectacle of The Russian Bar! Sounds like a cozy hangout in Broad Ripple, doesn’t it? But no! It’s nor that kind of a bar. It's people! Acrobatic people!
Doubtless you first-timers, who probably have never seen their act, were suitably impressed by this springy trio. I was my first time too. Babes that can twist, gyrate, and contort in mid-air have always had a welcome home in the Kama Sutra-esque recesses of my jaded libido. However, I’ve seen this group at least 3 times before and I’m here to report they haven’t added anything new to their repertoire since Area 55 Year 1.
For those of you who missed it, The Russian Bar consists of this American girl (her name is “Cassie”) and two Russian guys (“Konstantin” and “Sergei”) with this flexible 4” bar. Cassie does all the work. The Russians just handle the bar.
On Friday, the babe warmed up the crowd first by doing a couple of handstands (nothing to make Boomer envious. They were pretty ordinary) and a lot of graceful bowing and posing. Then her burly former Soviet buddies picked up the bar (The Russian Bar!) and she started bouncing up and down on it. They ultimately got her up kind of high where rolls and flips became feasible.
Her bar biggie was a “double” flip. You knew it was coming because she held up two fingers in advance. She followed that with a couple of spinning half-turns. To her credit, she always managed to land, without incident, lightly on her feet right there on top of The Russian Bar!
The crowd was into it. Cassie even got some to clap a little – which is highly unusual. As we all know, it ordinarily takes a thrown T-shirt or two to enliven the usually staid BLF crowd.
All in all, The Russian Bar was pretty good. However (and as is true of most BLF halftime fare) I would have liked it better, if I’d had a couple of big shots of Absolut first.
Pics from the Meet & Greet! Joey Dylacht sent me some pics from the Meet & Greet / Organizational Meeting. Attached the suckers for your viewing pleasure. Do you see yourself? Ha! Looking aren’t you? Narcissists!
Check Out the “Miller Time Podcast”! I’ve been meaning to give Area 55 members Jon LaFollette and Dave Searle and their “Miller Time Podcast” blog a plug. It’s really a good pre-game read. These guys are Nuvo employees and have been tasked with sporting up that weekly rag. Their blog, however, is their own unaffiliated creation. It’s a good pre- and post-game read chock full of stuff nobody but them knows. Give it a look-see! It’s here:
Area 55er Dana Williams Wins Indy Star “Dress the Turkey” Contest! Huzzahs and kudos to long-time Area 55 member (and hot Warren Central Special Ed Teacher!), Dana Williams, who corralled the big prize in the adult entry category in the Indy Star “Dress the Turkey” Contest with this Pacers-themed gobbler: http://tinyurl.com/olpe78h
I’ve been told the Star sent some of its newsies out to Warren Central afterward and awarded Dana with a frozen bird for her artistic trouble. Way to go, Dana! Gobble gobble!
And on that holiday note, we adjourn!
Be nasty this eve, 55ers! Send the Wolves whimpering back to their dens up there in the arctic north!
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Shake off that turkey-induced, tryptophan high! Gird your loins! Gargle your Lavoris! Tonight (at a rare 8:00 P.M. start-time) we greet the Wizards on Black Friday!
First, let us assess:
We are 14-1 with the best record in the NBA. We lead our closest rivals in the Central, our bovine buddies from Chicago, by 6 ˝ games. We are the best defensive squad in the NBA. And Roy goes for his 28th straight game-with-a-block.
Ah, life is good. So much to be thankful for!
But harken! Kentuckian John Wall, Brazilian Nene (whose real name is Hilario), and Polished Pole, Marcin Gortat, and the rest of the Wizards have arrived. They come on the heels of a 3-game win streak. They mean us ill! Many see the Wiz in the Playoffs this year. So, be on your guards, 55ers! This one does not figure to be a ho-hum, easy win.
We need this one. It’s important that the Pacers leave town on a high note. Remember, they’re embarking on a 5-game western swing that features successive encounters with the L.A. Clippers, Portland, Utah, San Antonio, and OKC. On returning, they meet South Beach LeBron and his comical entourage of Flopping Carp.
The ever-reliable Bill Manlove took a break from his holiday turkey and trimmings to clue us in:
As the Romans would say, “Tolle et Lege!”
The Sandman Scouting Report: The Washington Wizards
The Wizards enter Blue and Gold Friday at the Temple of Doom 7- 8 on the year. Currently they’re on a roll, riding the crest of a 3-game winning streak and a Wednesday overtime win in Milwaukee. The Wiz accomplished the latter feat without the services of their young up-and-comer and leading scorer, Bradley Beal (20.6 PPG, 44% from 3 point land). Beal was out with a stress injury to his right leg. He’s expected to be hobbled tonight as well.
Another questionable for this eve is Washington’s latest hopeful, Otto Porter (3rd overall pick in this season’s NBA draft). Otto, another former Georgetown standout, only began practicing with the Wizards for the first time this season 3 days ago.
Even with their early losses, Wizards coach (Indianapolis native, and former Pacer) Randy Whitman still has his young star point guard John Wall (19.5 PPG, 8.8 APG) healthy. And that’s a load. He leads a very talented and tough core of players, all of whom are looking to bring the Wizards back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Up front, the Wizards are big but a bit ungainly. There’s power forward Nene (15.3 PPG, 6.1 RPG). There’s center Marcin Gortat (13.2 PPG, 1.7 BPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.4 ORPG). There’s small forward Trevor Ariza (14.5 PPG, 6.1 RPG). And there’s bench reserve Martell Webster (12.8 PPG, 39% from 3), who will likely slide into Beal's vacant starting spot tonight.
With Webster starting, the rest of the Wiz bench is led by former Pacer Al Harrington (7.9 PPG, 43% from 3) and Jan Vesely (2.9 PPG). They are joined by journeyman point guard Eric Maynor (2.5 PPG, 2.1 APG), Trevor Booker (3.3 PPG), Garrett Temple (1.8 PPG) and the enigmatic Kevin Seraphin. Seraphin, a Frenchie, is best known for:
As a team, the Wizards are VERY tall. Wall is the shortest player of their starting five at 6’-4”. They are proficient at the 3, shooting at a league 8th best 39% . They share the ball, ranking 8th in assists. They score it pretty well too. They’re at a mid-pack 100.3 PPG. They live by the jumper and don't draw a lot of fouls, ranking near the bottom both in free throws made and in free throws attempted. Ariza, in particular, struggles from the line, shooting only 57%.
Defensively, the Wizards tend to struggle. They are not a good defensive rebounding team, and they allow teams to score on them at a 7th worst league clip, 101.3 PPG. Wall, while lightning quick and the engine that makes the Wiz go, also is sometimes sloppy. He turns the ball over 3.4 times per game.
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Washington Ted and the Raiders Of The Lost Trophy?
When Wizard’s owner Ted Leonsis purchased a majority stake in the franchise from the estate of late team founder Abe Pollin in 2010, he promised Washington fans that he would bring an NBA championship to the nation's capital. And for a brief period of time this spring, it appeared that he HAD.... well kind of…but not in the way most fans thought he would.
See, the Larry O'Brien trophy, which was won by the then-Washington Bullets back in 1978 went missing!
Following the standard "look in the last place you saw it" method, according to Leonsis, team staff went on the hunt for it and traced it to the home of a former staff member of Pollin’s who had taken it to his home for safe keeping. Then the staffer passed away. But sure enough, the trophy was still there at the bottom of a closet. It was all dinged up and not very shiny.
In a way, this is almost exactly what has befallen the Wizards since the glory days of Wes Unseld (his playing days, not the not-so glorious days of coaching and GM-ing the team) and Elvin Hayes. (Rumor has it that the staffers also found original copies of the massive 100 million+ dollar contracts for both Juwan Howard and Gilbert Arenas there as well, but left them where they were, in the same closet.)
But never fear readers! Leonsis' wife just happened to be friends with someone at the DC Tiffany's! Just 3 months later the trophy was back to its original sterling condition and restored to a new home at DC’s Verizon Center. And for once, long-suffering Wizards fans had a happy ending.
Or did they?
Upon the reporting of the above story, Abe Pollin's widow (who is still a minority owner of the team) stepped in. According to her, most of Leonsis' story about locating the missing trophy was “untrue.”
According to the widow, the trophy WAS in a closet, but that closet was located on the 3rd floor of the Verizon Center, waiting for the construction of a trophy case to hold it that, for some unknown reason, took 3 years to build.
Rats. Personally, I preferred Ted's story.
Dance, Dance, Dance! Halftime at the Minnesota game was enlivened by the insightful interpretive dancing of a local troupe whose name Michael Grady garbled again so I can’t share it with you here. No matter who seem to appears at our halftimes, Grady always seems to welcome them with what sounds like a muffled “Welcome to McDonald’s Can I take your order?”
Anyway, whoever they were, I’m here to tell you that they had some hot looking adult women in there. These were interspersed with a bunch of kids endearingly dressed exactly like their moms. Their performance was a thrilling cultural interlude that came and went all too quickly.
On the eventful night, I presciently shared my viewing with notorious Area 55 corn-dog promiser and interpretive dance maven, Mike (“Jackie Moon”) Burgan, who provided me with an informed running commentary and explanation for everything that was happening. Thankfully, Mike drew on his former expertise as a male dancer to clue me in on exactly what went on below on the floor. I usually rely on long-time member Casey O’Brien for these sorts of explanations, but he was sadly temporarily incarcerated Monday night due to a parole violation.
First, the dancers came out all frenetic and crazy, throwing their nubile bods around to a quick series of various hip-hop accompaniments. Novice aficionado that I am, I thought they were trying to depict a scene from Walmart on Black Friday. Burgan, however, opined that they were trying to display the vagaries of Indiana winter weather. Thus informed, I realized Burgan was right, because afterwards the music slowed a little and the troupe quickly segued into a more graceful Spring and a hot, lazy Summer.
Fall was the highlight for me – it featured the older hotties sprawling about on the hardwood like dead leaves. Then, after a tad, their urchins crept forward and persuaded their deceased mothers to rise to their feet all refreshed and shimmying again. Burgan sagely noted that this depicted the eternal cycle of death and rebirth. Burgan is truly a sensitive guy.
Anyway, it was all good. I especially liked a point where the ladies all got down on the floor together and started contorting their bodies into a sort of kaleidoscopic blossoming. Burgan pointed out that this was Spring again and, sure enough, I then managed to see that down below there were flowers with petals and everything! I thought I saw a garden hose as well, but it could also have been a snake. Anyhow, Spring freshened things up a lot and gave me a life lesson, reminding me that sooner or later the cold will go away and warmer days will surely come!
We need more cultural interludes like this. We Pacers viewers are not simply ignorant yokels and peasants! We need our aesthetic fancies tickled too!
More interpretive dance like this, PS&E! Please!
Kudos to Our Stem Cell Guy! Colin Lott is a long-time buddy from the original Area 55 days of Season One. At that time, Colin sat next to me in Row 9, always painted up and directing his stentorian voice downwards bellowing advice to a clueless Jim O’Brien; pleading for better play from Mike Donleavy; and demanding a fairer shake from the refs. Anyway, Colin’s one of our most loyal members with a heart bigger than all outdoors.
Accordingly, it was really gratifying for me to see that big heart of his mentioned last week when he gave stem-cells to a matching donor. He did it in memory of a dying kid and that kid’s sadly unfulfilled wish to meet Roy Hibbert.
Hell, I’m not going to retell this. It’s all right here. And everybody in Area 55 really needs to read this:
Yeah, people sometimes talk about we Area 55ers as being “bought” by Roy Hibbert. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard us accused of being a “paid cheering section” or a PS&E “publicity stunt.”
Well, Colin Lott’s beneficence proves that some of our members are a lot more than that. And this episode demonstrates that Roy Hibbert is a lot more than just an NBA basketball player.
Goodbye Sandy Anderson! I can’t let this Newsletter end without adding a farewell note to Sandy Anderson, a lady that has been Area 55’s usher and mother-figure for nearly four years. Sandy’s last game with us occurred, without much fanfare, when our boys happily took down Minnesota.
Sandy elected to move on (Nah, it wasn’t us. She strangely loves the snot out of us.) and she won’t be taking our tickets anymore in 101. That and 102 were her assigned sections when Roy decided to put us there. It was a big challenge for Sandy since presiding over our act isn’t exactly like attending an ice-cream social. Sandy gulped when she learned she’d be our usher, but agreed to take us on. She stayed with us for four long seasons – minding crazy drunks, ejecting hostile infiltrators, and generally heading off anything nasty that might injure Area 55’s and Roy’s reputations.
That’s saying a lot for a diminutive lady whose physical stature only comes up to about my waist.
But there she was, almost every night, cheerfully keeping an eye on things, deftly heading off trouble, and making herself loved in the process. When it was all over, Area 55 had more than a uniformed keeper. We had someone that knew us; cared about us; and shared all our travails. Sandy was our buffer when BLF security hated us; our censor when our cheers and jeers got dicey; and our apologist to her bosses when no one else came to our defense.
Sandy Anderson was, and remains, a very special lady. She’s unforgettable and sure to be missed. Still, she promises to come back and sit with us now and then. I hope she does.
There will always be a place for her in 101 and in the hearts of those of us who sit there.
Thanks, Sandy. We’re honored to have known you and wish you all the best!
Let’s help our boys win tonight, 55ers and dedicate this game to Sandy Anderson.