Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Saturday, August 14, 2010 3:14 pm

Davidson’s new Wildcat athletic logo …

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… and a bizarre character from a 1960s cartoon: separated at birth

UPDATE: Here’s the former logo:

Thursday, January 22, 2009 8:15 am

Davidson 83, Furman 43

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Took Victoria down to see the Davidson-Furman game last night. I’m perfectly good with blowouts, and that’s what this one was. Davidson led by as much as 48 points late.

Here’s Victoria with the Wildcat statue across from Belk Arena before the game:

Victoria with the wildcat statue outside Belk Arena vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Victoria with the wildcat statue outside Belk Arena vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Here’s Victoria with her face painted:

Victorias cat-claw face paint vs. Furman, 1/21/09

Victoria's cat-claw face paint vs. Furman, 1/21/09

And after the game, Stephen Curry (30 points, 5 rebounds, at least 2 steals) was officially recognized as the Sporting News 2008 College Athlete of the Year:

Stephen Curry is officially recognized as Sporting News 2008 College Athlete of the Year

Stephen Curry is officially recognized as Sporting News' 2008 College Athlete of the Year

V. had a blast, the ‘Cats won big and Steph got some well-deserved recognition. It’s all good.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008 9:15 pm

Cold autumn night

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Bottle of Malbec: $12.99
Fire log: $3
Calmly and comfortably listening to the Wildcats audio on the laptop while watching closed-captioned TV: Priceless. Duh.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008 12:23 pm

Wildcat rising

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This time a year ago, hardly anyone knew about Stephen Curry. They know now. In addition to being named a finalist for the Wooden Award last spring, he’s now on the preseason All-America team.

Will he match or exceed last year’s blisting 25+ scoring average while also moving from shooting guard to the point, succeeding graduated national assist leader Jason Richards? “His contribution to the team should change some,” the AP delicately puts it. Let’s hope that means adding big assist numbers to his scoring average.

Mom got Davidson season tix, so I hope to see a few games this year. I doubt there’s any way this year’s team exceeds, or even matches, the 2008 version, but they should be exciting to watch.

Monday, April 7, 2008 7:36 pm

One last look back …

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… to the beginning of the season, when Andy Katz of ESPN picked Davidson at 23 in his preseason poll. (He also correctly picked Memphis, UNC, UCLA and Kansas in his preseason top 4, if by “correctly,” you mean “this year’s Final Four”). Of the ‘Cats, he said, “Don’t really care if you think this pick is crazy. Davidson has one of the hidden gems in Stephen Curry. Bob McKillop is one of the top coaches who gets zero pub. This team will win 28 to 29 games and be a tough out in the NCAAs. So deal with Davidson in the Top 25.”

Stephen Curry, hidden gem? Check, until he took just four games to play his way to All-American. McKillop, top coach? Just ask Kansas. Win 29 games? Check. Tough out in the NCAAS? Once again, just ask Kansas.

Last fall, practically the whole world outside the Southern Conference had no idea. This time, the whole world knows they’re coming.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008 12:10 pm

Stephen Curry, All-American, cont.

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This just keeps getting better and better. Curry is one of five finalists for the John R. Wooden Award, given to college basketball’s top player. Could he top Tyler Hansbrough or the rest of the finalists? After the past two weekends, who knows?

I guess people do watch the NCAAs after all, huh?

(h/t: my colleague Eddie Wooten)

Stephen Curry, All-American

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Second team, but still. As a colleague from Sports points out, he played his way into this honor, surpassing bigger names from bigger schools with massive PR machines.

On the biggest national stage in college basketball, he went from practically unknown outside the Southern Conference to national star in just two weekends.

Years from now, when people ask how good Stephen Curry really was, this will be the answer.

Sunday, March 30, 2008 8:58 pm

Good thing they struck loans from their financial-aid packages

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Victoria now says she wants to go to Davidson.

Coulda. Shoulda.

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So close. This close. And it need never have come down to a last-second desperation shot.

If just two of those early first-half clunkers had gone in. If the team had shot 8 for 12 from the line, well within its capabilities, instead of 5 for 12.

The Wildcats can take heart from the fact that in all other aspects of the game they played well enough to win.

But taking heart just isn’t enough today.

Next year? Jason Richards is gone, and as I said earlier, a Davidson point guard will not lead the nation in assists again in my children’s lifetimes. That tells you all you need to know right there.

Still, we can take pride in the class with which the team represented the school. It was a couple of weeks to remember, and if 1969 is any guide, I will remember, long after today.

UPDATE: After CBS spends a week promoting Davidson as a Cinderella story, the CBS Web site says Kansas puts an end to Davidson’s “feel-good nonsense” with a “convincing” win. “Feel-good nonsense”? They beat the Big East and Big Ten champions. And a 2-point win that almost wasn’t is “convincing”?? [Expletive.]

(h/t DFL)

Saturday, March 29, 2008 12:43 pm

For everyone who entered the NCAA pool this year …

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… comes this, via the Divageek:

Friday, March 28, 2008 9:26 pm

One dead badger, Southern-fried; or, How to impress LeBron James

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With all due apologies to my former colleague Steve “Turbo” Witmer, my bud Paul Lubbers and Athenae at First Draft, Wisconsin partisans all, I must say: How ’bout them ‘Cats?!?

The Davidson Wildcats are in the Elite Eight for the first time in thirty-nine years. That’s Thirty. Nine. Years.

And just how good do you have to be to make NBA All-Star LeBron James, who was sitting in the Davidson section, mouth the word “Wow!” on national television?

I got to watch the game on our friends Lee and Emily’s high-def projector, so the picture was about 7 feet diagonally — even my aging eyes could see Just. Fine.

I am a happy camper tonight. And I can only imagine what the campus must be like right now.

Sweet Caroline



I’ve always wondered how it was that Davidson fans came to embrace this Neil Diamond hit. The only connection I could make was that it came out in 1969, the last time the Wildcats advanced beyond the first round of the NCAAs. Fortunately, The Charlotte Observer is here to explain it.

It’s hard to explain how this feels. The last time I was this invested in such an underdog was 1977, when UNC-Charlotte made the Final Four, knocking off No. 1 Michigan in the process.

This is even better.

UPDATE: This from Mom, who lives there: “This town is crazy right now. Biggest thing to happen to us since the Harris Teeter opened in February.”

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