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This Time of Year, Way Back When By Jim Sheets •

SANTA ROSA, CA. ~ On March 27th 1939, Coach Howard Hobson’s University of Oregon men’s basketball team defeated Ohio State 46 to 33 and became College Basketball’s first National Champion.

you are into trivia consider the fol- lowing:

the University of Oregon basketball team mascot was the “Webfoots,” and not the Ducks. They would become the Ducks later.

victory in that eight team tourna- ment was the start of one of the biggest events in sports.

Oregon’s In 1939 If

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so big today that it goes by the name of March Madness. With March comes the end of winter, the beginning of spring and College Basketball’s show- case, the NCAA Tournament. The tourney features the top 64 division-one teams playing in a single elimination event with a true champion being crowned at the end. Unlike college football who’s championship depends on computer rankings and vot- ers, college basketball has a true championship won by the only team that goes undefeated in the tournament.

From 1939 to 1950 the tour- nament was played by the 8 teams who finished first in the top conferences. As the popu- larity took over, it expanded to 16 teams, then 32, and finally 64. The expansion was due to really good teams being shut out of the tournament because they did not win their regu- lar season conference. A good team that does not win their conference can now be awarded an “at large” bid to participate. Today 31 conference winners get automatic bids and there are 37 at

to teams by the Tournament Committee. 68 teams you say? Four teams that are outside of the top 64 have “play in games” to make the field of 64. March Madness has produced some of the greatest moments in sports history. In 1979 Larry

large bids awarded It’s Western University

Bird led the Indiana State Sycamores to a 33-0 record and the championship game of the NCAA Tournament. The opponent was the Michigan State Spartans led by Earvin Magic Johnson. Magic’s team won the game and the championship in the most watched college basketball game of it’s time. In 1982 a freshman named Michael Jordan hit a 16 foot jumper to give the North Carolina Tar Heels a vic- tory in the cham- pionship game over In 1966 Texas defeated


Kentucky while for the first time in history starting five African- American players. Kentucky was the premiere program in the country and at that time was resistant to integration.

1973 title game, UCLA’s Bill Walton made 21 of 22 shots on his way to 44 points and a vic- tory over Memphis State. As you fill in your office

bracket, where are you going to slot the Webfoots?

year’s tournament will have more money bet on it except the Super Bowl.

2013 could be the first year that the Zags, (Gonzaga University) go through the winning ritual and cut down the nets after a championship.


Respect our past for it has shaped our future.

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A butcher is working, and really busy. He notices a dog in his shop and shoos him away. Later, he notices the dog is back again. He walks over to the dog, and notices the dog has a note in his mouth. The butcher takes the note, and it reads, "Can I have 12 sausages and a leg of lamb, please." The butcher looks, and lo and behold, in the dog's mouth, there is a ten dol- lar bill. So the butcher takes the money, puts the sausages and lamb in a bag, and places it in the dog's mouth. The butcher is very impressed, and since it's closing time, he decides to close up shop and follow the dog. So, off he goes. The dog is walking down the street and comes to a crossing. The dog puts down the bag, jumps up and presses the crossing button. Then he waits patiently, bag in mouth, for the lights to change. They do, and he walks across the road, with the butcher following. The dog then comes to a bus stop, and starts looking at the time- table. The butcher is in awe at this stage. The dog checks out the times, and sits on one of the seats to wait for the bus. Along comes a bus. The dog walks to the front of the bus, looks at the

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UPBEAT TIMES • March 2013 • 19 Horoscopes March 2013 Libra

(Sept 23rd – October 22nd) This is a month to take the best memories, accomplishments, and realizations of your life and men- tally make them into a gigantic col- lage. Just stand back and get some fresh perspective on this. More than a couple of times, you might be tempted to tear up the collage, or the whole thing may completely slip your mind. See how long you can

keep your focus on it, and how grat- itude allows the collage to expand and extend into your future.


(Oct 23rd – November 22nd) You might find yourself asking questions this month like “Why does romance seem to come to me at the wrong times?” or “How come I’m the one being rewarded in this situation”? or “How does this restaurant cook the perfect pota- toes, but they’re always terrible at the other one I go to more often?” These are just examples, and there will be others along these funny lines. The point is, you’ll have to think twice about why you’re asking.


(Nov 23rd – December 21st) This month there may be some big sighs of relief as you finally remove yourself from complicated or stressful situations that drain your

energy, and redial yourself into the sources of energy that nourish you. It could be that you’re on a nutrition program, or working on some aspect of physical fitness, or even just clearing your mind through medita- tion. You may also clear a previous misunderstanding with an authority figure.


(Dec 22nd – January 19th) You are and will be drawing so many interesting people into your life this year, and this may be changing the way that you see your- self in the world. It might be a very busy month for you but nothing that you can’t handle. Your relation- ship with family members could be improving in some way, even if you do not have a lot of free time to spend with them. The ability to settle your accounts and be at peace in yourself clears the road ahead.


(January 20th – February 18th) Things are continuing to get better, but did you skip any steps literally or figuratively during the past few weeks that you may like to go over? It could be that something you for- got to do, tried to avoid, or simply missed is coming up for comple- tion, particularly during the first half of March. There will likely be

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