Saturday, February 25, 2012

Tread Marks

Last night Marchin, Donna and I headed into the Cumberland County Civic Center to take in a little roundball. It's High School Basketball Tournament time in Maine. We traveled in early, so we had time to get some get some grub and brews at Brian Boru and enjoy conversation with friends with Irish music playing in the distance. The games themselves went pretty much as I expected. Deering went up big on the Stags early, kept them at arms length til late in the fourth quarter and in the end withstood a furious Cheverus finish to take Game 1 52-49. Game 2 was pretty much a walkover as Bonny Eagle took South Portland 54-39, and the game itself wasn't anywheres close to the final score. The Scots came out scorching in the first 8 minutes and got up big but played ragged over the next two quarters, allowing the Riots to hang around. BE put the game away in the final eight minutes, outscoring SP 24-13. Game. Set. Point. So the Final in Western Maine Boys Class A is set: Deering vs. Bonny Eagle, pretty much the way I thought the final pairing would be way back in early January. So who takes it? BE lost to Cheverus in the Finals last February, and I always like a team that returns after a loss in this big game. They learn a lot. The Scots outside game will be the difference. If the Rams can't shut that aspect down, game over! Now, the trip back to the outlands was a bit hallowing to say the least. Weather? We experienced winter in Maine all in the 20 minute drive back home: driving, freezing rain, hail, sleet and snow provided some rather tricky driving conditions. Great job at the wheel Marchin!

16 comments:

  1. Glad you made it home safely. I always hated driving in that kind of weather but often never had a choice.

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  2. Who would have thought tire tracks in snow would make such a great photo, Birdman. Today is the final Border War between MU and KU in basketball. The Border War has existed since the Civil War when Missouri was a slave state and Kansas a non slave state. There is still a strong dislike between the states for some individuals. There are people in Missouri who will not buy anything in Kansas and vice versa. MU has decided to leave the Big 12 and head to the SEC. They can no longer handle the rivalry.....

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  3. Brian Boru! Haven't heard his name in ages! I'd love to visit that establishment, listen to some harp or penny whistle music and share a Guiness while listening to sports talk!

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  4. That's cold! Neat pattern for a photo!

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  5. Who would have thought tire treads in the snow could become a work of art -- this is a great photo! -- barbara

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  6. Who would have thought tires could make something like this. It's quite interesting to look at. I've got some tracks in snow of my own up today. ;)

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  7. Books, and shoes, can make some interesting tracks too. I like this one though.

    I answered your comment back on the blog, but brought it over here in case you never get back over there:

    I used to pick a hamper of tomatoes for 10 cents. A hamer is a tall, almost funnel-shaped, basket for tomato pickers to use. I would work 4-6 hours to make $1.00. And thought it was good money. Adults picking got the same pay. Negros from the south, imported, they used to say, for the season got 8 cents a hamper.

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  8. Kate seems to know something about a lot of things. I'll join her for a Guinness! Glad you got home oK.

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  9. I haven't seen a high school basketball game in forever. Watching a state tournament would be great fun.

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  10. Wow, all that has me confused. The most I remember about my high school basketball team is that we were in the same division as the school who had one Lew Alcindor, later known as Kareem Abdul Jabar. The photo, by the way, is terrific. All texture and environment.

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  11. You were lucky to to have only 20 minutes of winter ... :-)

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  12. For a sec' I thought this was some patchwork fabric and said to myself: nice.

    Sunday disappointment! Still a great graphical shot though and the great story as usual.

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  13. This is a Lintastic abstract image!

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