Author Dwight Strayer

14 entries

It's Basketball Season (My Game 1)

After a long week of work, the moment I've been waiting for has arrived. I get to attend my first college basketball game of the new season. It's a different experience this year for me as the game doesn't involve my alma mater. Nonetheless, I'm still very excited. After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I make...

Boom, Eagles!

The Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an interesting looking building. Its shiny gold walls and post-modern futuristic architecture is a staple of the religious university founded by evangelist Oral Roberts. The building was once the premier concert venue in the Tulsa...

The Passion of the Game

Tonight was going to be a different night for me in my personal TMM8 journey. Tonight, I was going to watch my alma mater, Missouri State, play for the first time this season. I'm not going to hide that I'm an avid Missouri State fan (it's in my Twitter handle for goodness sake - @MoStateDwight), and I knew this...

Who Needs Bedlam, We've got Mid Major Basketball

It's Bedlam Saturday here in Oklahoma in a state where football is king, which was obvious when I walked in to Mabee Center on the campus of Oral Roberts University. Only a few...

You Can't Win if You Don't Score

I slipped out of work a little early this afternoon and hopped in the car with my fiance to make the two-hour, 45-minute drive up I-44 from Tulsa, Okla., to Springfield, Mo., to the campus...

Cash Only

It was a rainy and cold night in Tulsa, Okla., and despite the fact that I live about six blocks from the Reynolds Center on the campus of the University of Tulsa, I decided to drive to see if I could get a closer parking spot and not have to walk as far in the rain. After a few minutes of driving around the neighborhood,...

Cheering for the Other Side of the Line

On our way to visit my fianc'e's family in west central Arkansas, we decided to make a pit stop in Fayetteville, Arkansas to take in a basketball game. The University of Arkansas is my fianc'e's alma mater and also happens to have one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States as it sits in the hills...

A Family Affair

Continuing our holiday road trip, my fianc'e and I made our way to my home city, Kansas City, to visit my family. College basketball is a big part of the sports scene in Kansas City. The recently built College Basketball Hall of Fame is housed in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, and large portions of the city...

A Midwesterner in the East Coast's Court

To finish off our whirlwind holiday tour of America, my fiance, Jessica, and I hopped on a plane and made our way to Washington, D.C., to visit a very good friend of ...

Domo Arigato DoMo

After a week and a half of holiday vacation and three basketball games in three different cities, I'm finally back home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Although I enjoyed every bit of my vacation (except the few parts where I had to deal with work issues), it's good to be back home and get a chance to once again see the Oral...

Die Early. Live Later.

The drive through western Arkansas to Conway is an impressive one. It is called the Natural State for a reason. Interstate 40 runs up and down the rolling hills of the Ozarks and is surrounded by the natural beauty of thousands of trees that line the highway. It's especially impressive in the fall when the leaves...

Free Ticket

Another Thursday night, another visit to the Mabee Center in south Tulsa for an Oral Roberts game. After parking outside, I made my way in to the familiar confines of the entrance lobby and headed towards the ticket counter. As I passed a small group of people, a lady stopped me and asked if I had a ticket....

In Memory of Coach Spoonhour

Authors Note: I'm writing this recap on Wednesday, February 1st. This morning we learned of the passing of Coach Charlie Spoonhour, who coached Missouri State (then Southwest Missouri State) from 1983-1992. Coach Spoon, as he was affectionately called, was a legend in Missouri State basketball. He helped usher...

Like Father, Like Son

I love the sport of basketball. I've loved it since as long as I can remember. Ever since I was a kid, it's been a staple in my life. From playing in community leagues, to junior high, and on to high school, it's the sport I've played the most. From the NBA, to the local high school games, and now college basketball,...

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