Friday, May 30, 2008

Yes, I'm still alive!

Forgive me for not blogging in a long time; I had to get through finals and the hassles of my DSL Internet connection at home not working as well as I had hoped. I had to call Qwest multiple times just to narrow down the problem. I Missed the CLA dean's list by .14 points (a 3.67 term GPA is the minimum), but finals went very well. At least I continue to be consistent with my academic performance.

On to basketball. I will be covering my first AAU tournament with the Battle on the Hardwood event hosted by North Tartan at Woodbury. The tournament has already started; I will be taping the 16U and 17U championship games Sunday (50 games isn't feasible given the amount of tapes we would need). Unfortunately, one downside I learned quickly is not being able to prepare as thoroughly as a high school game as no one will know who's playing who until Sunday afternoon with two days of pool play. Coincidentally, the following Monday will be my 21st birthday. GO JUNEBUGS!!!

I'm doing this more or less to reduce the amount of time between productions compared to my first and second season of play-by-play, which was 7 months. Not to say you forget the art after a long pause, but it's good to find things every now and then. Not to mention you'll get to see all your favorite high school players who haven't graduated. Some say it's overrated, others say it's a different brand of basketball that can't be compared to high school games. I'll be able to answer that debate come Sunday.

Tracy Buford, Kiara's mother, will be joining me this time in the broadcast booth. She's expressed an interest before, and I figure an AAU tournament is the best time; it might be harder to get her for next season with her daughter changing from the red and black to maroon and gold.

All-Star games are coming along; the first (A vs. AAAA) is being reviewed and should be ready to go next week. The second (AA vs. AAA) will follow shortly.

In the meantime, you can vote on my new poll. Wrap-up to come Sunday.

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