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Girmindl's Ghost

A diary of Shaker High School's 2005-2006 basketball season, a retelling of Shaker's fabled 1979-1980 season, and general commentary on high school hoops, updated daily...


"I like sitting in the back row. I found that sitting against the wall is just easier on your back." -Dean Smith, on the comfort of the H-gym bleachers

What is this blog about?

What is this blog about?: This blog is about three things:

First and foremost, this blog is about Shaker High School's 2005-2006 varisty boys basketball team. It will follow the ups and downs of their season, offer commentary about the team and the games, and occasionaly provide essays about individual players or other topics.

Secondly, this blog is about Shaker High School's 1979-1980 varisty boys basketball team. Each day, the blog will feature a "today in 1979" post which will recount the amazing - and ultimately tragic - story of the best high school team ever to step on the court at Shaker, or anywhere in section 2 for that matter. Ranked #1 in the state and #11 in the nation, with a frontline that stood 6'9", 6'7", and 6'6", Shaker in 1979-80 went 20-0 in the regular season, won games by an average of better than 26 points, but ultimately failed to even win the section championship, nevermind the state title. In addition to following the 1979 team on a day to day basis, this blog will offer occasional essays on the players and team.

Finally, this blog is about high school basketball in general, and at Shaker in particular. There are a multitude of things that are great about high school hoops that you just can't get from reading the newspaper - the boisterousness of the student section cheers, the crappiness of the officiating and the speaker systems in the gyms, the delightfully awful food served in the hallway, and the dedicated fans who pack the gyms night after night to watch a good team of 17 year-olds play ball. On days when there is no Shaker game - either 2005 or 1979 - this blog will have essays and commentary about high school basketball in general.
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