First of all, I apologize for not giving a heads up that there wouldn’t be a blog yesterday. I know there are a zillion other blogs and try not to waste your time. The college basketball season is upon us and Monday night was the second exhibition game for the CSU-Monterey Bay Otters (both games against Division I opponents, the first an 80-71 loss to the USD Toreros). My wife, Jane, and I are retired - with a college basketball playing sophomore (#2 son, Alex). Since every team in CSUMB’s league is in California (in fact every game the Otters play is in the Golden State), we’ll most likely get to see Alex throughout his entire career. In the future I will try to warn you but should you visit this site and see the previous day’s blog, you’ll know we’re somewhere watching hoops.
Last night the Otters of Monterey Bay traveled to San Jose to battle the D-I Spartans. From my tenure at Fresno State I vividly recall going to that arena, which has been reconfigured since those days. Granted, San Jose State is one of the more difficult jobs in the country (they managed to beat Fresno State only once during the seven years I was with the Bulldogs) but for a team that struggled mightily itself last season, the game between the two clubs promised to be, if nothing else, competitive.
The Otters were up six (40-34) at the half and opened their lead to as many as 14. The Spartans clawed their way back into a tie at 69 but CSUMB got a score and a late stop, turning the contest into one free throw after another for the Otters (mostly Alex). The Spartans were unable to score for the remainder of the game.
Since this is my blogsite, meaning I control the content of it, you can imagine that Alex had a good game. He was the game’s leading scorer with 31, going to the free throw line an amazing 23 times (converting 17, not exactly a Nash-like percentage, but he did manage to make five of his final six to ice the game). The sheer number of FTs is phenomenal, the fact that a visiting player went there that many times shows he was in attack mode offensively. For a program like Monterey’s (only 9-20 last season) to pull out a win over a D-I team on its home floor is certainly something to build upon but it means nothing if they can’t translate that type of effort to the regular schedule and, more importantly, to their conference games.
At the outset of this post I made a statement about not wanting to waste your time so you might be thinking, “Of all the games that were played yesterday, why in the world would I want to read about Cal State Monterey Bay and San Jose State?” The answer is fairly obvious.
If your kid scored 31 points in a game, wouldn’t you be proud and want to tell as many people as you could? I mean, it’s not like I’m Jelly Bean Bryant and this sort of stuff happens night in and night out.
So why do we attend every game? As Jesse Jackson once said:
“Your children need your presence more than your presents.”