Author Steven Langston

22 entries

A New Identity and Improvements Still Leave Space for an Old Tradition

A school of roughly 3,000 undergrads (larger than recent Sweet 16 darling St. Mary's), Portland allows students like myself to interact with athletes in three different ways: in the classroom as fellow students, in the area and around campus as fellow 18-22 year olds. While certain types of bonds are formed in...

Mascot Basketball Cannot Overcome Growing Pains, Triple-Double

"Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing." - Eric HofferOver the last few seasons, Portland has been exciting and beaten opponents through superhoops, skillful passes,...

Neutral Games Can Be Exciting When

"Certain rhythms just have certain moods." - Dennis BrownStill possessing nervous energy after my last final, I hopped on the 44 bus to make the short journey to the Portland State campus. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, I arrived several hours before tip to explore and take in the environment before...

Emotional Investments May Fade, But Can Be Renewed

As noted from my previous reports, I am currently a student at the University of Portland. Before I invested in Portland, I made an emotional investment with the school 15 miles from my house: Sac State. Outside of sports, I had made visits to Sac State's campus for school-related reasons. As the nearest University,...

Bad Shots, Good Defense and Cover Music Dominate The End of Non-Conference

Like Kevin Danna mentioned in his Sac State writeup, there are a small number of schools within driving distance in Northern California. One of these is the University of the Pacific. I had a "mid-major crush" on Pacific during high school as my school's football team once played a playoff game at Pacific and...

The Marching Band-uh! and the Thin Black Arc

Sincere apologies to the estate of Ernest Lawrence Thayer and people who appreciate proper meter and rhymes: The outlook seemed poor for the Aggies that night A double-digit defeat would appear the newest blight 'pon a record of one win and 13 defeats. A turnover by Corbin led to more empty seats. Few left...

Neither Better Nor Worse, Just Different

Before leaving for the Hornet's Nest, I was able to enjoy a home cooked dinner with the family, one of the last few since classes resume for me next week. The night's offering: meatloaf! Because I wanted to arrive early, I had to enjoy the bounty piping hot instead of lukewarm. The newest iteration of the meatloaf...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 1: the San Francisco Road Trip

I had waited for this day for weeks: I was finally going to see a road game for my school. After making the 100-mile trip, 77 as the crow flies, I came into the city by the bay. As fun as it was to finally cross the new Bay Bridge, I quickly realized the freeway dumped me right into downtown San Francisco. I...

Confronting the Nostalgia Gap

Looking at potential games to attend over my winter break, I crafted a few itineraries: one kept me local for economic reasons, another would take me to Moraga, a third to San Francisco and Stockton, if there were not familial conflicts. But one game always made the list: Sac State-Idaho State. If one merely looks...

One Way to Move On: #KeepHopeAlive

Author's Note: For the sake of the deadline, I am prioritizing the only game I attended in person. Other stories you might be able to read include a tribute to LMU's radio-play-by-play man, Jeff Lampe, a year after Mauro, the dealing with the ninth member of the WCC, the fun of a Senior day from an undergrad perspective,...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 2: Homecoming

Sometimes you just have to take time to get away from it all, but after a while, the novelty of travel fades and you need to return home. After the Ohio game, I became a little restless seeing the same team and to prevent further frustration, the semester break had freed my mental chains restricting me to Portland...

Nothing Technical About It Pt. 3: Alumni Day

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GU We Aren't: A Year After Mauro

Sorry for the cliche to start, but a lot can change over the course of a year. Last year, I showed up several hours before the Gonzaga game only to discover a senior had blown off his c...

I Want to Swear at You So Much!

Even after the disappointing turnout before the Gonzaga game, I thought BYU would actually get a large turnout, even if the lone dance of the semester overlapped with the second half. Since the game took place before the official start of #LastMan, I thought I would perform my own version of First Student and...

The Power of First Impressions

After the last few games, I had become disillusioned with the student section's lack of effort. the LMU game came to a head. Even though it was a Thursday night, one should not be leaving a game at the half. The open seats, facing the LMU bench allowed for a rather annoying set of confrontations. "Are you going...

A Community Connector

In every recap, all of us and each of us try to capture an experience that might not receive much attention outside the city limits. Some of us are or were lucky to cover those experiences on behalf of our alma maters. Joe Davis, the men's basketball beat reporter for the State Hornet, Sac State's student...

Fast Pace, Slim Margin

"Take time for all things: great haste makes great waste."- Ben Franklin Life without a conference is not always easy. Since moving above the Black Line before the 2007-2008 season, the Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners have lived up to the perceived speed of their moniker, traveling 64,483 miles, over two...

Him to Me to Us

Photo via biggreenalertblog.blogspot.com This site started as his story, became about all of us and each of us but now has become about our teamwork. Here are some of the things we have learned (thanks to the authors and photographers): Come the First of November, everyone is eligible for a title It's okay...

The 2012 Causeway Classic: Why is He Open?

College basketball has plenty of classic rivalries based on proximity like the Battle of the Boulevard. Sac State and UC Davis are separated by the Yolo Causeway, which serves mostly as a floodplain. Sac State started as Sacramento State College in 1947 to help soldiers utilizing the GI Bill. In 1955, the...

Holiday Moment in Berkeley

Though the other offerings for this challenge have been mostly festive, the following is a more sober story that stemmed from my visit to the Bay Area in early December. Hopefully the visual aids can provide some of the festive mood the words lack. Out of the songs popular this time of year, "The Little Drummer...

Saturday in the Bay Pt. 2: Humility in Haas

"Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things - air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky - all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of...

Finding Heart in San Francisco

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men/ Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] - To a Mouse, Robert Burns Sometimes you have to change your needs and trust in someone else. Over the last few months, I've been in a transitional period during which I truly learned the personal impact of inaction and inertia. Through...

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