There is an “I” in Assist

There is also an “I” in “me,” which is where we begin our story. Yesterday morning as I trundled off to the gym, the wind chill was 42 below zero. Although Cinnamon Edge sits in a nice, warm garage all night, by the time I had completed the 2-mile drive to the gym it felt like I was driving on square tires. I begin what I laughingly refer to as my exercise program by shooting free throws. My record, from a couple of months ago, had been 17 in a row, and it had only been threatened a couple of times. Before the chill had gone off my body (proving once again that I really am a winter kind of a guy), I made 22 in a row, setting a new record for 63-year old, bald, fat guys from the SW side of beautiful Lake Darling. Is 30 in the future (I don’t recall ever doing that as a kid), or am I just setting myself up for heartbreak? But it was a good sign for the evening’s festivities where . . .

Our Cardinal girls’ basketball team hosted the Little Falls Flyers. The Cards were coming off two tough, close losses to their major competition – Fergus and Sartell (and we’ll get ‘em both next time!). We set a new record for Super Fans at a girls basketball game with the Nelsons, the Rileys, and Dusty – and I had a nice visit prior to the game with high school classmate, Ruth Helie Anderson, who was astute enough to agree with my team analysis that we’re darn good! Little Falls had a nice team – as we kept commenting during the game – with a tough 6’2” lefty center and an all-around good player closing in on 1,000 points for her career. But the Card defense is just too tough. Although the final score was 64-38, it seemed closer than that – the Card defense gets so many points you forget they are pulling away.

The Trumm sisters led the way – I believe Lauren had 21, and she does it so quietly because it’s always within the flow of the game. Sam had 17, I believe, and Joie was also in double figures. Alli, as noted in the following video, had 5 of the team’s first 7 points. I think she only scored two more because . . .

We were commenting throughout the game how well the team was passing. If they dodn’t have a fast break, they were very patient on offense until they had an open cutter inside. And they had some beautiful ball movement setting up easy scores. We sometimes think they are too unselfish and should shoot more. In the case of Alli last night, it seemed like she decided I’m going to rack up some assists tonight. For all her other skills, she is probably best as a passer – a point forward. She’s tall enough to see over the defense and can whip passes around to all corners of the court. I do not know how many assists the team had last night, but it seemed like every basket came on an a nice pass.

So, here’s the game’s opening 5 minute video:

Tonight, our girls hockey team, always looking for someone their own size to pick on, is hosting Fargo South, 1,600 students (2,100 with freshmen)! We’ll be there for board-to-board coverage.

And a reminder to local musiuc fans. Matt Veline (Ruthie’s other boyfriend) is at the winery from 2 – 6:00 today:

[p.s.  We’re back to shoveling snow.  We got about 3″ inches of below zero snow yesterday – meaning it was incredibly dry and light and immediately packed into glaze ice on the roadways.  [Ken Howell recently did a round trip to Sioux Falls.  He said the roads were miserable all the way – he was exhausted when he got home.]  The supervisor had been house bound all week with a bad cold – she ventured out for the first time yesterday to shovel, because that is what she does.  Still double digits below zero this morning as I headed out, shoveling the slab first.  The following shots are from this morning.  On the latter, from Centennial Lane shooting south toward the city, you can still see the smoke from yesterday’s big SunOpta fire some 30 hours later (check Echo Press or KSAX websites).  It seems bitterly cold weather always produces a major fire.]

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The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “,” which overwhelmed the system’s ability to handle it any more. Thus, this is “Part 2.” As the original was initially described: 10-26-07-4 “It all began in a 5,000 watt radio station in Fresno, California” . . . wait a minute, that was Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show! Let’s see . . . oh yeah, it all began in 2003 when retirees, i.e., old people, in Alexandria, Minnesota, who had no desire to become snow birds, went looking for mid-winter entertainment here in the frozen tundra of West Central Minnesota. We discovered girls’ high school hockey, fell in love immediately, and it remains our favorite spectator sport to this day. Initially, and for several years, reports on these games were e-mailed to those who were actually snowbirds but wanted to keep abreast of things “back home.” It was ultimately decided a blog would be more efficient, and it evolved into a personal diary of many things that attracts tens of readers on occasion. It remains a source of personal mental therapy and has yet to elicit any lawsuits. ~ The Editor, May 9, 2014 p.s. The photo border around the blog is the Cardinal girls’ hockey team after just beating Breck for the state championship in 2008. It’s of the all-tournament team. The visible Breck player on the left is Milica McMillen, then an 8th-grader – she is now an All-American for the Gophers. The Roseau player in the stocking cap I believe is Mary Loken, who went on to play for UND; and the Cardinal player on the right, No. 3, is Abby Williams, the player we blame most for making us girls’ hockey fans who went on to play for Bemidji State. *********************************************************************************** Photos contained herein are available for personal use. All you have to do is double click on any of the photos and they will become full screen size. You can then save them into your personal “My Pictures” file. They make lovely parting or hostess gifts, or holiday gifts for such as Uncle Ernie who wants to see how his grand niece is doing on the hockey team. If any are sold for personal profit, however, to, for example, the Audubon Society, National Geographic, Sven’s Home Workshop Monthly, Curling By The Numbers, or the World Wrestling Federation, I only request that you make a donation to the charitable organization of your choice. You have two hours and fifteen minutes. Pencils ready? Begin! **********************************************************************************
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