Author Ross Lancaster

20 entries

That New Car Shine

I arrived at North Texas' Tuesday night game against Grambling the same way I have for many a game over my time at the university, by taking exit 466B off of Interstate 35E to get to The Super Pit, which the Mean Green call home. This game, however, was one I anticipated as more than just a December contest against...

Credit Where It's Due, and A Plea to Fans

On this site, we don't like to give a lot of credit to schools above the Red Line, for reasons that have been elaborated upon over the past eight years. However, the position North Texas...

Back Home To Somewhere New

In November, I decided to take a Friday to Monday trip to Charleston to surprise my grandmother for her 80th birthday. After finalizing all the necessary travel arrangements, I knew that I had to make plans to see a game when in town. Usually when I visit Charleston, it's during the summer or spring, well after...

Western Kentucky at North Texas 1/12/2012

On Wednesday evening, I received mail from "TMM Basketball Partners." Based on Kyle's retweets from the previous 48 hours, I knew exactly what was in the package. I clawed open the plastic envelope and immediately delved into Hard Promises. The first order of business I had upon seeing how the book was structured...

So Long, Texas Hall

As fans, I would imagine each of us has a conception for what a venue on our side of The Line looks like. If you're a fan of the NEC, it may be a small gym tucked away on the campuses of universities in sprawling metropolises. If you're passionate about the Valley, it may be large, Midwestern arenas where Our...

A Newer New Start

After seasons are over, fans in the Other 24 will single out a point in the season where everything changed. Finding such a moment, event or date is inherently a post-facto phenomenon because it requires knowledge of what happened afterwards. I highly doubt Pav would have broken his whiteboard against Mason last...

Are You My Rival?

In the academic field of international relations, a decent amount of scholarship is devoted to the study of dyads. A dyad is any two countries, but in this context, pairings like Guyana-New Zealand aren't usually given too much thought. Historically, the most studied dyads are or were the most newsworthy ones...

A Different Texas Homecoming

It wasn't until my freshman year in high school that Irealized what a big deal homecoming was in Texas. In the Lone Star state, everyhigh school girl has to have a mum to wear on a homecoming Friday, a construct of varying lengths attached to the front of a shirt or top. It features a silkflower in the middle...

Sympathy

As a fan, and especially as a student, I'm supposed to want my school to crush the opposition. I'm supposed to talk crap and make fun of the cheap suit the opposing coach is wearing. I'm supposed let the opposing player know what a crappy town he goes to school in. Yet, when North Texas played Louisiana-Monroe...

A Dreary Senior Day

Saturday was a gloomy day in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex, as a constant, cold rain fell upon the area from around noon until late evening. It was perhaps fitting that North...

On Unexpected Joy

I've been thinking a good deal about the comments made in the past week by one of this site's most important figures over the last eight years, Jim Larranaga. "This year, looking at their non-conference performance, it would appear to me that those [NCAA Tournament] spots should be reserved for the high-majors,...

Forever Arlington

I've lived in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for about 12 years now, around half my life, and I'd never really given Arlington a whole lot of real thought. To me, for many years, Arlington was just the place that had Six Flags Over Texas and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington (and now, Cowboys Stadium). To this day, I can...

The Bus to a Thriller

For the last few years, North Texas Athletics has furnished a bus to the Sun Belt tournament in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Each day the Mean Green play in the conference tourna...

Racing to Halftime

At 2:11 am on Wednesday morning, the North Texas student bus arrived in Denton after the Mean Green's 74-70 loss to Western Kentucky in the Sun Belt title game in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After giving one of my fellow students a ride back to his apartment, I was able to go to bed just after 3. I had planned for...

When Losing a Game Isn't Everything

William Mosley s college career ended Wednesday afternoon at the Merrell Center in the quarterfinals of the Southland tournament. It s been a decorated career for the 6-7 center, as only four me...

A Texas-Sized Blowout

I consider myself one of the most on-time people you will ever meet, and I can probably count on just a few hands the number of times I have been late for anything in my life. This is especially the case for sporting events, where I feel that you gain so much more by being there from the word go. Being painstakingly...

Missed Expectations

Coming into the season, it appeared as if UT-San Antonio had all the pieces in place to make a repeat run for the Southland title. While point guard Devin Gibson graduated from last year's team that won an NCAA Tournament game, the last two Southland Conference Freshmen of the Year, Melvin Johnson and Jeromie...

So Long, Slowpokes

Let me preface this piece by saying that I have nothing against teams that play a slow style. In fact, there have been teams I have adored that were more keen to walk the ball up the court, such as Butler from 2010 and 2011. This year, I have loved to watch a measured Denver offense that features a surgical level...

Thrill of Victory, Agony of Defeat

Cortney Basham and I both attended the Sun Belt title game in Hot Springs, rooting for our repsective teams, Western Kentucky and North Texas. We originally planned to each recap the game separately, as per usual 800GP procedure. But when we realized Cort had forgotten to "I Will"-list the game until it was too...

When 'I Believe' Turns Into Disbelief

At a quarter after 10 p.m. Central Time on Thursday night, I looked at the Merrell Center scoreboard with 5:11 to go and briefly chose not to believe the 84-61 score in favor of McNeese St...

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