Tuesday, February 27, 2018


As a long-time basketball player, and a pretty good free-throw shooter if I must say so myself 😌 this story warmed the cockles of my heart.  As reported by CBS Sports News:

Iowa guard Jordan Bohannon had an opportunity to break the program's all-time record for most consecutive free throws made in the Hawkeyes' game on Sunday against Northwestern, but the sophomore guard intentionally missed to honor the previous record holder, Chris Street, who died in a car accident at age 20 in 1993.

Bohannon tied Street's record with 34 but on attempt 35, he purposely left it short.

"It's been in my mind for a while," Bohannon told the Des Moines Register. "I knew I wanted to leave it short a little bit. I didn't want to make it too obvious."

Street, like Bohannon, was from Iowa and attended Iowa. He was killed in a car accident on Jan. 19, 1993 -- three days after he played his final game, where he made both free throw attempts.

"I think it's awesome," said his coach, Fran McCaffery. "He's an Iowa kid, you have another Iowa kid that ties the record ... I didn't know he was going to do that. He points to the sky after he missed it, says a lot about him."

Iowa would hang on to win the game over Northwestern, 77-70.

Go here for a more detailed account that includes videos of the miss.

And here is the Washington Post's coverage.

Monday, February 05, 2018


I've always liked this song, and have it down pretty good on the guitar.  I have transposed the lyrics to "young girl" since I didn't like the idea of singing about a young man 😋  There are two versions of Someday Soon below, one by a young Judy Collins and the other by a more senior Collins, followed by the lyrics - song and lyrics by Ian Tyson of Ian & Sylvia fame.

There’s a young man that a know, his age is twenty one
Comes from down in southern Colorado
Just out of the service and he’s lookin' for his fun
Someday soon goin' with him someday soon
My parents cannot stand him 'cause he rides the rodeo
My father says that he will leave me cryin'
I would follow him right down the toughest road I know
Someday soon goin' with him someday soon
And when he comes to call, my pa ain’t got a good word to say
Guess it's 'cause he was just as wild in the younger days
So blow you ol’ blue northern, blow my love to me
He’s drivin’ in tonight from California
He loves his damned ol’ rodeo as much as he loves me
Someday soon goin' with him someday soon
And when he comes to call, my pa ain’t got a word to say
Guess it's 'cause he was just as wild in the younger days
Blow you ol’ blue northern, blow my love to me
He’s drivin’ in tonight from California
He loves his damned ol’ rodeo as much as he loves me
Someday soon goin' with him someday soon
Someday soon goin' with him someday soon

Saturday, February 03, 2018


I previously wrote about Doc Maurer here, on the occasion of his 100th birthday.  Please read that post to see how we came to know Doc Joe, and learned that we were both born in Goshen and lived in New Paris.  Doc recently passed away, and here is his obituary:

Dr. Lawrence Eugene Maurer ‘Joe’, left this earth on January 24th, 2018. He was 103 years old. He leaves behind an incredible legacy and will live on in the hearts of the people he touched. He was born in Goshen, Indiana to Christian and Mary Elizabeth (Martin) Maurer. He attended Goshen College and went on to graduate from the University of Indiana Medical School in 1939. After his medical internship in Denver and Kansas City, he brought his wife Helen to Boulder to begin a new chapter in their lives. With approximately 12,000 people in Boulder and being one of the newest and youngest doctors in town at the time, he would be on call 24 hours a day and make house calls with his doctor's bag in tow. Along with treating minor bumps and bruises, to the setting of broken bones, he performed many surgeries early on that used a method called ‘open drop ether’ to put a patient to sleep. He joined up with nine other physicians in 1949 and founded the Boulder Medical Center. Since that time, it is estimated that he has delivered more than 2,500 babies and delivered two of his own children. Chances are if you were born between 1940-1960, he was the first to welcome you into this world. After diagnosing a patient and good friend with spinal meningitis, he learned of a new drug Penicillin attending a medical seminar. That proved advantageous to the patient, as he was the first physician to administer the drug in Boulder County and the patient survived. He loved helping others! He was active in his community being the team doctor for Boulder High School for 25 years, volunteered countless hours and gave free medical care for those less fortunate. He was a member of the Rotary Club for 60 years, served on the board of the Boulder Day Nursery, and belonged to the Boulder Torch Club. In his free time, he enjoyed walking the beaches of Mexico with his wife, fishing the lakes of Los Lagos in Nederland, and cheering on the C.U. Buffaloes and the Denver Broncos.

He is survived by his four children, Larry and wife Linda of Nederland, Mary Lynne Cameron and husband Mike of Boulder, Chris Maurer of Boulder, and Anne Dietz and husband Bob of Boulder. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Katie Cameron, Michael Cameron and wife Beverley, Bridget Heitz and husband Karl, Kristen Dietz, Kimberly Sauber and husband Luke and three great grandchildren Kenzie and Hutton Cameron and Emmit Sauber. He is preceded in death by sister Carol Maurer, his wife Helen (Faris) Maurer, and his first grandchild Molly Marie Maurer. A service will be held Saturday, February 17th at 1:30pm at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 1318 Mapleton Avenue, Boulder, Co. 80304. A celebration of life will follow at the Boulder Country Club, 7350 Club House Road, Boulder, CO 80301. In lieu of flowers, Joe's family kindly requests contributions be made in his name to one of the following organizations: The Boulder Day Nursery Association, 1518 Spruce Street, Boulder, CO 80302, Children's Hospital Colorado Foundation, 13123 East 16th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045, Boulder High School Athletic Department, 1604 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

And - I did find a pic of Doc when he turned 100.


Wednesday, January 10, 2018


A man, two guns, held high by his face.
Some of you may remember this Clint Eastwood movie - unfortunately Josey Wales had far more redeeming characteristics than AG Jeffey Sessions. I have always considered Sessions to be a duplicitous reprobate of the CINO variety, but his recent blinkered actions regarding marijuana prompted this particular rant.  Sessions cherry picks which issues he believes are federal in nature versus which he believes belong in the realm of state's rights.  He simply follows his own personal preferences, even though on the marijuana issue, he is willfully ignoring the preferences of the majority of states, the majority of the electorate and the majority of the science.  Hopefully he will go down in flames during one of the current inquiries into obstruction of justice.  The following posters pretty much sum up the despicable actions of this man:




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Friday, December 22, 2017



After numerous dismal seasons, CU Football had a modestly successful run in the fall of 2016.  The were 10-4 overall, and 8-1 in the weak South Division of the PAC-12.  They got whupped by Washington in the PAC-12 Championship, 41-10.  They were invited to the Alamo Bowl and again got whupped, this time by Oklahoma State 38-8.  The Athletic Department as so head-over-heals with themselves that they put out a self-congratulatory commemorative tome called The Rise.  You too can have a copy for $39.95.

Most of us on the academic side of CU saw The Rise as The Ruse, intended to get the big donors and alumni all fired up to give more money to the Athletic Department.  Some of us [including yours truly] even opined that the 2016 season would be a flash in the pan.  A fellow named Jake Shapiro put it well in this article "Don't Expect the Rise to Continue at CU in 2017".  Well Jake, I and many other doubters were proven correct.  This season's Buffs were pretty much an embarrassment, winning 5 and losing 7, and winning only 2 PAC 12 games.  Needless to say, there was no bowling for this mediocre, at best, team.  Some of us are awaiting the Athletic Department's commemorative book for this year entitled "The Fall".


And now we'll move on the CU Men's Basketball season, which looks to be another over-hyped, underachieving gaggle of Boyle recruits.