Friday, March 11th
The Osseo gymnasium also holds a special place in my heart, and for good reason. It as it was here a few years ago for a Mpls North vs. Hopkins sectional game that I first saw and was amazed by blipsters.
As far as this game goes, nothing memorable stands out. Wayzata wins, but it's also kind of like losing, as there is literally no chance they will beat Hopkins in the championship game. A kid from Armstrong got a really nasty scratch on his face. That was cool.
Saturday, March 12th
Minneapolis Washburn vs. Waconia, Section 6AAA Quarter Finals, Washburn High School
Somehow we don't set off the metal detectors upon entering the gym. Which is fortunate because we are both brought our guns. Just kidding about that last part. We left them under the seat in the car.
PS-Vanderbilt recruit, Shelby Moats is a fucking giant.
Matt makes a joke about the Waconia fans using their GPSs to find the quickest route to the freeway. "Let's just get the hell out of here. We will stop for diner once we see the Applebees on 494." Neither of us even knows if 494 is how you would get to Waconia.
Tuesday, March 15th
Concordia Academy Roseville vs. Saint Croix Lutheran and Minnehaha Academy vs. Blake School, Holy Angels High School, Section 4AA Quarter Finals
It's private school night, yay! I say that in jest of course. But you know what; great games. And not only that, but a new kind of people to watch: Well-to-do hip business men and their tan, gum-chewing, breast-augmented hot mom wives. Neither of which can be pried away from their phones. The student sections are made up of nice looking white folks. All of he Minnehaha Academy girls are wearing dresses and when they walk by the stands everyone cheers. These are customs I'm not, ah, accustomed to.
Considering these are all religious schools, surprisingly (or perhaps, not surprisingly) the language is fairly crude. Lots of "fucks" flying around. Speaking of fuck: how about those tan hot moms? Amirite or amirite?
I go for the popcorn and a Diet Dr. Pepper.
A couple of the players have beards. Something about high school guys with beards really irritates the shit out of me.
Concordia Academy beats Saint Croix Lutheran in double overtime with a 3-pointer of the glass. Hurts to lose like that. Especially when it's a win or go home situation and you're clearly the better team. Minnehaha Academy beats Blake School in OT and I'm not so sure they were the better team either. I know I'm not supposed to like lily-white private school players but the Pryor boys from Minnehaha are both entertaining and intriguing.
So much whistle blowing, sneaker squeaking, and teenager squealing that by the end of the night my head is pounding so hard I'm afraid I'm having an aneurysm. Turns out I'm not. Lucky me.
I have to go to a girls game tomorrow. *Lucky me*.
Wednesday, March 16th
Grand Rapids vs. Alexandria, Williams Arena, Girls AAA State Tournament 1st Round
There is really only a handful of reasons I would take an extended lunch break to go watch a high school girls basketball game. All of those reasons would have to do with me knowing someone involved with said game. In this case, it's the coach of the Grand Rapids team. His name is Dave LaCoe and he is one of the most awesome, gorgeous, entertaining people to ever walk the earth. He is also my former high school basket ball nemesis turned college roommate. He's pretty much a basketball legend in the state of Minnesota. I'll let you research that on your own.
I don't really have any time to check out the concessions but it appears ice cream is the big seller in this section. Eh, wonder how the popcorn is?
Grand Rapids ends up losing. Man, it has been great to see Crow in his element but I have to get back to work, and he's got a post-season pep talk to give his girls.
Friday, March 18th
St. Paul Johnson vs. Hill Murray, Section 4AAA Championship, St. Paul Washington Middle School
"Fuck you, nigger!" Those are the last words
And while I do recognize the comedic value of all this, I still can't help but thinking the following thought: Hill Murray didn't just lose the game; they lost their dignity.
That volatile situation I was looking for at Washburn, I found tonight. Disturbing white-people-behaviour aside, this was basketball, the way it's meant to be: in a loud, packed gymnasium with rabid fans, and everything on the line.
Wednesday, March 23rd-Saturday, March
State Tournaments, Target Center
Ok, yes, I do realize that at this point this thing has drug on long enough. I want it to be over with just as much as you do. But it's State Tourney time and I'm not about to quit now. I go to so many state tournament games that I can't keep them straight anymore. Plus I am forced to stop taking notes when I lose my Moleskine. (Whoever finds that thing is in for a treat, let me tell you.)
In a rubber match with Eden Prairie, Hopkins not only avenges their single loss of the season (for the second time this year,) but also win their third straight 4AAA State Championship. And you may find it surprising, considering some of the disparaging comments I've made about them in past years, that I cheer for the heavily favored Royals. But that's because they totally deserve to win. They are far and away the best coached, disciplined team in the state. (Chisholm who?) Plus EP has a few players with beards...and I now know what it is that bothers me about so much about it...
Seriously, high school dudes, save the facial hair for your thirties, when your chances of eating pussy have begun to spiral downward.
For four days straight my dinner has consisted of buckets of mediocre popcorn and overpriced Diet Pepsi. But it's all worth it. Because truly, I love this shit.
Plus, it's nice to have something to write about besides big butts and punk rock once in awhile.