Author Samuel Wasson

11 entries

I’ll Be So Pissed If We Lose

"I'll be so pissed if we lose." Those were the words of a young female photographer working for the Northern Light, the University of Alaska-Anchorage's student newspaper. UAA, a Division II school, hosts the Great Alaska Shootout, one of the longest running exempt tournaments in the country. This young lady,...

The Not-So-Beautiful Game

Game two of the Great Alaska Shootout yielded a second matchup of teams with differing resources. Both San Francisco and Dartmouth are both members of "the other 24" but Dartmouth, a member of the Ivy League, cannot offer athletic scholarships, something that members of 23 of "the other 24" can do. San Francisco...

Life's Unexpected Pleasures

When I moved to Alaska with my wife a little over two years ago for her job I thought my days of watching Division I basketball games in person was over. I had spent the previ...

Southern Mississippi vs. California-Irvine 11/24/2011

Southern Miss is the only school above The Red Line in the Great Alaska Shootout, although, has this field been assembled last year, all of the teams participating would have been below-the-red-liners. Instead, USM's presence gives the mid-majority three shots at RLUs. The first team to line up and take their...

California-Irvine vs. Central Michigan 11/25/2011

If not for a pair of frigid starts the UC-Irvine Anteaters might have come away with a win in the first two days of the Great Alaska Shootout. Instead, a 12-0 deficit proved to be too much to overcome on Friday against Central Michigan. It was a script that was nearly identical to their first game against Murray...

Black Friday

One of the inevitabilities of watching your team play in person is that at some point you will walk away from the game disappointed. It may not happen every time. If you root for a good team it may not even that happen often. Such was the case for me on Friday night at the Great Alaska Shootout. New Mexico State...

Redemption

In the loss the previous night of the Great Alaska Shootout, New Mexico State was outworked, outhustled, outrebounded and simply outplayed. For a team who draws its energy from its leader, Wendell McKines, who prides himself on being one of the hardest workers on the court, it was a bit of a shock. Talk to any...

The Third Time's The Charm

Southern Miss was the only above-the-red-line school in the Great Alaska Shootout field and through two games, they had dodged the proverbial bullet and in doing so, made ...

Escaping Reality

Far too many people take sports (and in turn college basketball) far too seriously. I appreciate passionate fans, I really do, in fact I consider myself one of them. But it seems like we've forgotten what sports are supposed to be and that is an escape. Sports are supposed to serve as an escape from reality for...

Legends

If you spend any amount of time around the world of sports, you're bound to bump into a legend or two. One of the legends I've been fortunate enough to cross paths with celebrated a milestone on Saturday night when New Mexico State hosted Idaho in a WAC game. Jack Nixon, New Mexico State's men's basketball (and...

The Hare and the Bear

My 800GP journey began in the cold, dark expanse of Alaska at the Great Alaska Shootout way back in November. As a current resident of the Last Great Frontier it was to be what I thought might be my only live Division I basketball experience this season. Instead, I've been fortunate enough to see 17 games, and...

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