Springtime State of Mind

Posted in The sporting life on February 25th, 2002 by bill

“The wise man uses the change of the seasons as the moment for inner change.”
–hexagram 49

The calendar says that spring won’t arrive for a few weeks yet, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s already here. The weather’s warm, the birds are singing, and pitchers and catchers have reported for spring training—what else do you want?

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Warriors Beaten by High Schoolers

Posted in Golden (State) Years on February 11th, 2002 by bill

This week, I took a little baby step outside the hermetically sealed world of pro sports by attending Oakland Tech’s home game against rival Oakland High. It was a like going to a Warriors game in that the teams played basketball with five players on either side. In every other respect, it was quite different:

• Tech charged us $5 to get in. While that still struck me as a bit steep for a high school game, it was a nice break from the $20-plus the Warriors charge for what can only technically be described as “professional” ball.

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