Reminiscing, a question and answer
Malamute, 27 March 2006
Color the “Blue” blue for blue-collar D
the number-one seed Memphis, UCLA deserves its trip to the final four. Winning the Pac-10 title,
along with the
tournament at Staples Arena, were crucial to the Bruins’ success;
their last seven games were played in Los Angeles, San Diego and Oakland,
all of them close to home cooking.
crowd cranked up the decibels at Oakland, a worthy effort by Bruin fans, even by the
old redhead, the now-grizzled Bill Walton, who long ago was steeped in the "Pyramid of
Success," likely against his will in those days. Like motherhood and Apple
Pie, it seemed!
point is to take advantage of a golden opportunity, as did Ben Howland
and our own Lorenzo Romar. If John Wooden is the Wizard of Westwood and Paul
Westhead is the Wizard of Westchester (think Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble),
then LoRo is the Mage of Montlake, at least in my mind. Westhead sent me a
note thanking me for the sobriquet and article, which was certainly gracious
of him considering the implications.
This UCLA team is a bit different than the Wizard’s teams, the ones that
wore their opponents down with outside shooting, quickness, the full-court
press, man-to-man defense, and solid rebounding. They were all taught to
shoot free throws, a fundamental part of the game. After all, it’s called
the charity line.
Walton, Alcindor, (Dick) Engberg, finesse and “Rain drops keep falling on my
head” blew the roof off of Pauley in those days, the way that Keith Jackson,
Bill O’Mara, Bill Muncey, Stan Sayers and a group of creative people captured
the Emerald City.
Wooden teams changed the NCAA version of the game and the way its
officiated, even taking the slam dunk out of basketball for a period of time
-- thanks to the east-coast mafia. “Lewis’s” back-handed dunk was a stab in the
heart to them. (Wooden called Alcindor a fatherly "Lewis," in those days).
ugly look is for a Big Ten team. Just the same an ugly win is a win. The
NCAA took finesse out of the game and UCLA zinged its parent body back with
ugly. Turnabout is fair play.
One of my favorite UW plays – Sonny Sixkiller’s pass to Ace Bulger.
September 19, 1970, a resigned crowd filed into Husky Stadium, expecting to
see another loss, this one at the hands of Michigan State. The Huskies had
finished 1-9 the year before, using the wishbone offense, and it was their first game of the season,
along with Sonny Sixkiller's debut. Washington got the opening kickoff and what
certainly would follow would be a series of boring running plays designed to
set up a pass. In their minds, fans had made book on that. On the first
offensive play of the game, Sixkiller lit up the dark stadium with a
spiraling pass over the middle, connecting with senior tight end Ace Bulger,
who bullied an astonished safety for a first down. Husky Stadium erupted,
went nuts and Sonny began to shine. The zany passing attack that followed
resembled that of the San Diego State Aztecs. Fittingly, Don Coryell had
matriculated at Washington. The Huskies ended up beating the Spartans 42-16,
posting the most points they had scored since the first game of the 1960
Do you foul?
"When you're up by three with six seconds left, as the Huskies were against
Illinois, do you intentionally foul to put an Illinois player at the line
with two free throws?" asks Jim Moore of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
don't foul, Lorenzo Romar says.
Fouling complicates the situation.
Not fouling is the simplest route to victory.
The clock is your best friend, so keep the clock running.
The guy shooting the 3-pointer may rush his shot, or not get it off. By all
means don't foul him.
The odds are against him making the three-point shot even if he does get it
There is no guarantee that the guy shooting will be the best 3-point shooter
on the team.
Even if he does make the shot, you may still get a shot off of your own.