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November 29th, 2005

12:22 pm
C-USA West Champs!

TU will be playing Central Florida in the C-USA championship game this weekend. I'm still in shock that this has actually happened. After the loss to UTEP a few weeks ago, TU's only shot at the championship game was for them to win out the season and have UTEP suffer a monumental choke by losing 2 games to sub .500 teams. It was a very unlikely scenario. I felt confident that TU would win out, but UTEP is a good team. I could see them losing 1 game. But 2? No way. So 2 weeks ago, UTEP gets upset, at home by UAB. I couldn't help but feel some hope but I was still doubtful. UTEP's final game was at SMU. That should've been a piece of cake for UTEP. But somehow, UTEP committed 7 (yes, SEVEN) turnovers and lost to SMU. Unbelievable! So, I would now like to offer a heartfelt thank you to SMU. I can't help but feel a little love for the Ponies after the gift they just gave to TU.

So now the Golden Hurricane are headed to Orlando, Florida for a conference championship game. I'm beyond giddy. I can't stop grinning. This game is all I can think about. I really like TU's chances. TU and UCF are both ball control teams. The winner of this game will be whichever team takes advantage of its opportunities. I don't expect a lot of possessions so TU will have to make every possession count. It should be a great game. Check it out on ESPN, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. central time.

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Mine was good. I took off work the day before Thanksgiving so I had a five day weekend. WOO! Randy and I went with Mom and Dad to the Hornets game Wednesday night. It was such a blast. I've never cared about the NBA before but the Hornets are getting to me. This game against the T-Wolves was the most fun I have ever had at a live sporting event. The Hornets got down by as many as 16 points in the first half. They clawed their way back to be within 4 at the half. The third quarter started with a quick run by Minnesota and suddenly the Hornets were down by 10 again. Then the T-Wolves got cold and the Hornets clawed their way back again. The last five minutes or so of the game was electric. The crowd was going bonkers. It was the loudest crowd I've ever been in. It was great. You could really feel that the energy from the crowd was carrying the Hornets. The Hornets finally pulled ahead in the last minute and held on for the win. There is no doubt in my mind that this game would have been a loss without the home court advantage. It was incredible. I had a ball. I'm quickly falling in love with this scrappy Hornets team.

Thanksgiving day was hectic as Randy and I raced around for two meals. First, we went to Randy's sister's house for lunch with the family. It was a good meal and Randy's mom really seemed to enjoy herself even though she wasn't feeling her best. Afterward, we went home and I hurriedly cooked a ham and a casserole so we could have dinner with my family. We went to my Grandma's house and gorged ourselves, again. Everything was tasty.

I got up at dark-thirty the day after Thanksgiving to hit all the big sales with Mom and Dad. It was madness, as usual. I really don't know why I subject myself to that. We found some good bargains so I guess it was worth it. Most notably, Bass Pro had the jeans I like for $9.88. Sweet! But man, 5 a.m. is too early to have to deal with so many people. Best Buy was a major zoo. The checkout line wrapped all the way around the store. I got in line as soon as we walked in the door while Mom and Dad shopped. Then Mom took over line duty and Dad and I shopped. It took about an hour to get to the front of the line. It was insane.

After the shopping madness, I went home and put up the Christmas tree and watched football. Somehow, I resisted the urge to take a nap. The rest of the weekend was leftovers and more football. There's really nothing too exciting to report about it. Oh, except I will let out a big WOO HOO to my Seattle Seahawks who beat the Giants in one of the most bizarre games I've ever seen. I'd feel guilty about the 'hawks stealing one if it weren't for the fact that the refs blew 2 calls that resulted in TD's for the Giants. So boo hoo Giants fans. Go Seattle!

Well, this has been a pretty boring entry. I wish I had more to say, but I'm in kind of a blah mood today and am not feeling very witty. I think I need a nap. Later.