A Trip Down Memory Interstate Highway System

The Strib recently reported that Minnesota’s major sports teams were a combined 0 -13 for 2016.  So, I thought maybe everybody could use a little sports cheer up . . . and the Super wanted me to help rearranging (i.e., purging) our bookshelves.


[73 years later and Hal Haskins is still the gold standard for Cardinal roundballers.]

Alex '43 - Copy

Alex '43-2 - Copy

[Our first year in retirement – thought we went to state every year?  😉 ]

MSHSL Football '01 - Copy


[OK, this could have fit under Alexandria as well.]

Lehman '96 - Copy

Kemper '93 - Copy

Kemper '94 - Copy

Kemper '96 - Copy

[I had a friend who did the legal work for this tournament.  The week after it was over he invited me to play Congressional (yes, yea, it’s who you know).  The course was still in Open condition, and we played from the championship tees (he showed me where Tiger hit every drive).  I had a 45 on the front, I thought not bad.  I lost it on the back.  It was a hot day and we were carrying our bags – gave me a new appreciation for the golfers and their caddies.  Congressional made me feel like I needed to be a mountain goat.]

US Open '97 - Copy

[Remember the Gophs were Penn State’s first ever Big Ten game.  I rode up in a bus put together by the Nittany Lion alumni club.  Oy!  Gophs played well but lost in a high scoring game.  I saw the Gophs play in Happy Valley one other time while I still lived “out East.”]

Gophers - Penn St '93 - Copy

[The season taken away from us.  The Super and I hadn’t planned on going to Final Four that year because we were making our first trip to Europe the following week.  Then the Gophers made it – so I had to go.  No lodging reserved, no tickets either.  We somehow lucked into the downtown Hyatt right next to the stadium and with a view of the state capitol.  We bought tickets on the street from a Kentucky family who sold them to us a face value.  Everything was falling into place . . . until we lost a close one to Kentucky in the semi-final.  Sold our tickets to the final to Kentucky fans and headed for Europe.]

Gophers '96-97 - Copy

Gophers' 96-97-1 - Copy

[Our D.C. “home” team – well, when it wasn’t Georgetown.  Wolf Blitzer was a regular at their games; President Clinton came once when the Patriots were ranked in the Top 10.]

GWU '95-96 - Copy

GWU '95-96-1 - Copy

Final Fours

[My first was Indiana’s undefeated year, 1976.  Played at the Philadelphia Spectrum where we bought tickets at the gate the day of the games . . . boy, did that ever change over the years!  From 1982 on we were pretty much regulars, and probably why I was able to fill in all 50 states when that “question” went around on Facebook.  And, of course, we always have to thank Basketball Dan for being our travel agent and tour guide.]

[Michael Jordan won it . . . ]

Final Four '82 - Copy

[Jim Valvano running around the court looking for someone to hug . . . ]

Final Four '83 - Copy

[Yay for our Hoyas . . . ]

Final Four '84 - Copy

[Missed Villanova in ’85; Louisville won but I have no memories . . . ]

Final Four '86 - Copy

Final Four '86-1 - Copy

[Keith Smart won it for the Hoosiers . . . ]

Final Four '87-1 - Copy

[Danny and the Miracles . . . ]

Final Four '88 - Copy

Final Four '88-1 - Copy

[Missed Michigan in ’89 . . . ]

Final Four '89 - Copy

[The last year the Final Four was held in a basketball arena – and it showed in that the scalper ticket prices were too rich for our blood.  We watched UNLV win from our hotel room . . . ]

Final Four '90 - Copy

[Well, it was in Colorado . . . ]

Final Four '90-1 - Copy

[Duke . . . ]

Final Four '91 - Copy

Final Four '91-1 - Copy

[Duke (again) . . . the Super’s Hoosiers were here and we didn’t have tickets.  We were trying to score them on the street, but Minneapolis has (had?) a strict anti-scalping law.  We heard a scuffle behind us and two plain clothes cops had a guy pinned to the sidewalk with their pistols out – for scalping?  The Super started crying thinking she’d never be able to get into the games.  Then we ran into a guy who had tickets, and we followed him to a bar a couple blocks from the stadium.  They completed the transaction under the table . . . just like a drug deal!  Oy!  Just shows to go yuh!]

Final Four '92 - Copy

Final Four '92-1 - Copy

Final Four '92-2 - Copy

[Tarheels . . . ]

Final Four '93 - Copy

Final Four '93-1 - Copy

Final Four '93-2 - Copy

[Sooie Pig and 40 minutes of hell . . . ]

Final Four '94 - Copy

Final Four '94-1 - Copy

[UCLA . . . ]

Final Four '95 - Copy

Final Four '95-1 - Copy

[Missed ’96 with Kentucky, this was Lute’s year . . . ]

Final Four '97 - Copy

Final Four '97-1 - Copy

[Tubby and the ‘Cats . . . ]

Final Four '98 - Copy

Final Four '98-2 - Copy

Final Four '98-3 - Copy

Final Four '98-4 - Copy

[UConn – unfortunately (or is it “fortunately”?) we didn’t know Crazy Dave yet . . . ]

Final Four '99 - Copy

Final Four '99-1 - Copy

Final Four '99-2 - Copy

Final Four '99-3 - Copy

[Mateen Cleaves and the Spartans . . . ]

Final Four '00 - Copy

[UConn – In Minnesota now, not going much anymore, much easier to sit home and watch it on the big screen TV . . . ]

Final Four '04 - Copy

Final Four '04-1 - Copy

[Tarheels – we just happened to stop by after a long road trip through out the West . . . ]

Final Four '05 - Copy

Final Four '05-1 - Copy

[Florida – well, the Super got her Masters Degree there . . . ]

Final Four '06 - Copy

[Duke (again) . . . we were for hometown Butler.]

Final Four '10 - Copy


[Oh Happy Days!]

Twins 25 years - Copy

Twins '87-1 - Copy

Twins '87-2 - Copy

Twins '87-3 - Copy

Twins '91-1 - Copy

Twins '91-2 - Copy

Twins '91-3 - Copy

Cars will soon have the Internet on the dashboard. I worry that this will distract me from my texting.  ~ Andy Borowitz

Up next:   Josie and girls’ hockey.

About tomobert63

The Journey Begins Thanks for joining me! This is the follow-up to the original, “alexandriacardinals.wordpress.com,” 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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