Author Parks Smith

26 entries

What's Our Score? Double Yours!

"What's our score? DOUBLE YOURS"... That was a cheer we used to shout during high school basketball games. Usually it was used in the first half when you might find your school up twenty-four to twelve or something along those lines. Tonight, the University of Richmond found the rare opportunity to be participating...

Black and Yellow: An Unlikely Rivalry?

How do two schools over 1,200 miles apart develop a rivalry? Sure you don't see it happen very often, especially on the mid-major level, but it has seemingly become so between two teams that don the black and yellow. The Wichita State Wheat Shockers and the VCU Rams first crossed paths for the first time in about...

The Building Blocks

First things first, I'm a very proud Longwood alum. I graduated Longwood in 2008 which means I got to campus just in time in 2004-05 to be a part of Longwood's first season with a Division I schedule. How'd that year go? Lets just say this... 1-31 is not very fun. Over the years I've seen both good and bad teams...

Was it the Tryptophan?

I decided to head to what I like to call the "City Morgue" tonight to catch Richmond taking on Wofford. I certainly wasn't expecting much, the Spiders were coming off a loss to Minnesota but they had destroyed Liberty, UNCW, and Hampton at home. UofR is about 5 minutes max from my house, I used to ride my bike...

So Where's the Other Team?

If you watch college basketball long enough then you eventually come across some strange things. One time I was at a Virginia-Georgia Tech game and the buzzer got stuck for five minutes. Sometimes I wake up in a cold sweat with that buzzer still echoing through University Hall and, yes, my ears are likely permanently...

How to Stop the Swiss

December 1 was a day I had marked off on my calendar for quite some time. First off, who doesn't like it when the calendar turns to December? College basketball continues to heat up, the holidays are here... I mean who isn't happy? I was excited about Saturday because it would be my first MidMajority doubleheader...

A Hidden Rivalry

Timing was working out well for my first MidMajority doubleheader. I left Farmville just before 4 o'clock and I'd have just enough time to grab a beer with my dad at a local bar by University of Richmond's campus. My wife tagged along for the Longwood game, but certainly wasn't going to pull the doubleheader....

$8? Well Worth it!

I've seen Longwood play plenty of big schools before. You always know that the game will likely end in a total dismantling, but there is always hope that you may just see a miracle take place. The Lancers have been a nomadic tribe in their time as independent, collecting paychecks from anyone who would have them....

A Broadcaster's Nightmare

As I said earlier this year, I hate playing non-Division I teams! As I'm sure many have gathered this year, the Big South is certainly having a down year with a slew of young teams. I did the math and fifty-eight percent of the wins from the Big South teams this year have come against non-DI schools. You read...

The Storm Before the Storm

I was pretty lucky growing up. I hit the dad and grandpa lottery. My dad is a golf professional, so free golf never hurts. My grandpa (my mom's dad) ran a golf shop in town just about five minutes away from my dad's course. What does this have to do with anything regarding basketball? Both always had a lot...

Everybody is a Winner!

I went into Friday night's game at VCU not expecting much of anything. I knew my Lancers were going to get blown out, but it is still always cool to see Longwood in my hometown. We had a great pregame event for Longwood fans, alumni, and students at a bar not too far from the Siegel Center named Home Team....

A Great Beginning

One of the cool things about living in Virginia is the number of quality and unique college basketball programs. You have schools ranging from the ACC all the way down to one of the best programs in DIII hoops (Virginia Wesleyan). As a Division I fan its upsetting that some of the best in the state stray away...

The State Championship

The inaugural Governor's Holiday Hoops Classic at the Richmond Coliseum had started off with a bang after George Mason's Sherrod Wright hit a buzzer beater to take down the Richmond Spiders. With a party going down in the GMU section, I headed down to the Coliseum bar for the 30 minute or so intermission between...

So Close, But Yet So Far

Richmond, Virginia, has grown into a sort of hub for mid-major basketball. You have solid programs in VCU and the University of Richmond, and the CAA tournament is held in town annually (not for long though). But this year it seems as if there has been an influx of quality programs visiting town. VCU has notable...

How to Kill Time

I hadn't planned on heading to Mr. Jefferson's university for a Sunday afternoon basketball matinee, but with my Redskins being flexed to primetime I figured the short trip would be a nice escape. Not to talk about football, but I knew if I stayed home I would've just sat on the couch and watched the NFC North...

FREE Basketball!

A lot of people hear the name Farmville and think of the popular Facebook game. I often get a chuckle when people ask where Longwood is and I respond "Farmville." Farmville is an old school, southern town of just under 7,000 people. There is basically one street of importance, Main Street, and there is significant...

Reverse Homecoming

When Chris Mooney came to the University of Richmond in 2005, I wasn't quite sure what to think. Mooney was replacing the ever popular Jerry Wainwright who was highly successful at UNCW; he then took the Spiders to two postseason berths in his three-year tenure. Mooney and Wainwright couldn't be more different...

So This is Conference Play

When I chose to go to Longwood in 2004, I certainly thought that I'd get to see the Lancers play a conference game before I graduated. Man was I wrong...because of a "political" spat between the Longwood president and the Winthrop president, it took awhile and a presidential change to get Longwood into their...

The Agony

I had to hustle back to Richmond from Farmville to check out mid-major greatness C.J. McCollum and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks take on VCU for a 5PM tip in Richmond. I knew there was a possibility that I wouldn't make it, but who could pass up a game like this? I thought I'd see a good game, but not such a heart-wrenching...

Magic Mike Debuts in Farmville

The Campbell Camels have become fairly familiar to the Longwood faithful over the course of the Division I era. Campbell has been one of the rare Big South teams that had no problem scheduling the Lancers when they were a DI Independent. The two squads had met six times with both teams winning three games before...

Frustration Boiling Over

The beautiful thing about mid-major college basketball is that everyone starts the season with excitement and hope. You get to see how new pieces will begin to come together and everyone feels as if they have a shot heading into conference play. In their first year of conference play things were increasingly...

The Forgotten

People seem to forget that Charlotte is in the Atlantic 10. While most of the conference's power is in the northeast, Charlotte sits in the south quietly going about their business. I became familiar with Charlotte (or UNC Charlotte back in the day) as a kid because they matched up annually with VCU in the...

A Tale of Two LUs

I ventured out Tuesday on a familiar trip, but a trip I had not taken in quite some time. Liberty University and Longwood University have a basketball rivalry dating back to the late '70s but the two schools, which are 50 miles apart, had not clashed in nearly five years. In 2008, Liberty decided to abruptly...

Black and Blue

It's hard not to become a rival with a school that is a mere ten or fifteen minutes away and its certainly something the University of Richmond and VCU haven't avoided. The two schools are nine miles apart but couldn't be more different. While Richmond has a picturesque suburban campus with just over 4,000 students...

Where's the Bottom?

When I think things are going bad with Longwood basketball I just try to think back to 2004-05, my freshman year on campus when my Lancers went 1-30 with their only win coming against Howard. Since then, Longwood only has one winning season under their belt, but things always seemed to be more or less competitive....

A Losing Streak?

One of my favorite movie quotes comes from Major League and legendary manager Lou Brown: "OK, we won a game yesterday. If we win today, it's called 'two in a row'. And if we win again tomorrow, it's called a 'winning streak'...IT HAS HAPPENED BEFORE!" It has been quite some time since VCU fans had experienced...

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