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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

Quick Sunday thoughts...

Quick thoughts: First, the Burnt Hills game has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 22nd. Thanks to reader "Patrick" for pointing that out. In doing so, he also alerted me to the existence of highschoolsports.net, which is a nice resource for finding team schedules. Who knew? Not me.

Second, it was fun to read the last paragraph of the TU article in today's paper that previewed the big CBA-Schenectady battle down at the Pepsi Arena tonight:
CBA (2-1, 1-0) enters off a last-second loss to Shaker. Schenectady (3-0, 1-0) defeated Albany by one point last week.
Thank god we beat them last weekend (and thank you Albany for sticking with Schenectady) or the hype-machine for this matchup would have been out of control. It's almost unbearable as is.** Can you imagine if they were both 3-0 on three blowouts? Roger Wyland would probably require sideline oxygen in the WNYT studio. Now at least the hype machine has to come with that fun Shaker footnote. I love it.

And no, I'm not sick and tired of CBA-Schenectday.

Both teams are still very good this year, but it's obvious they don't have nearly the distance bewteen themselves and the rest of the field that they had last year. I'm quite interested to see what kind of crowd they get tonight at the Pepsi - their rivalry clearly will draw plenty of fans, but there may be a drop-off in interest now that it isn't a clear #1 vs. #2 matchup. I may or may not go down there tonight - I guess it depends what kind of mood i'm in after the Giants game. If anyone does go and has the ability to summarize things better than the Times Union, drop me an email tomorrow morning.

**In one way, I guess it's worse now, since it's clear that CBA and Schenectady aren't the undisputed two best teams. Thus any amount of hype is a little bit silly and a lot bit annoying. Luckily, the TU seems to realize this, and today's article focuses on the rivalry first and the magnitude of the game second.
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