|Mount Falcon Park, Denver, Colo., June 2014|
|A moving stream of information that is floating on the wind the secrets never end and now they all they sing they play they dance for you from out of the blue what can you do the secret messages are calling to me endlessly they call to me across the air the messages across the atmosphere they whisper in your ear they're calling everywhere where words cascade like rainbows tumbling from the sky then I will be there|
|Out of Steelers black. Into Seahawks blue.
My NFL football watching buddies will tell you that I'm only now jumping
on the Seattle bandwagon following the team's Super Bowl win last
February. Not true, but Santa
Clara 49ers fans can be forgiven for misreading the fault lines.
As a kid, out of the classic NFL team logos, it was the flying Seahawk that I liked best. I wanted that silver and aquamarine Seahawks jacket, shown on one of the old department store mail order catalogs. It remained a dream fashion accessory.
Pretty soon, though, a football player by the name of Robin Cole appeared on the gridiron landscape. My first sporting loves are University of New Mexico football and basketball. Cole played linebacker at UNM before going on to win a Super Bowl with Pittsburgh in 1980.
I always root for NFL and NBA teams with former Lobos on the roster. Naturally the Steelers were my first officially declared favorite team. It didn't hurt that some of my good friends, and at least one cousin from Dallas, were inveterate Cowboys fans.
Over the years, though, I've lost my old attachments to the Steelers. Whether it be college or professional athletics, I root for the western team by default. Thus the NFC West is a good fit for me, but some of my buddies already have the monopoly on the 49ers jersey wearing market (plus they appear to be fading, the franchise, not the team wear).
So I guess it's time to start planning a trip to the great state of Washington. Just to stand outside of CenturyLink Field and hear the record-setting noise. Boom! Plus they hate, hate "Cheatie Petey" in Westwood. Good. (8-26-14)
|Santa Fe Opera Spring Tour at Lee Belle Johnson Center April 11|
|At Lee Belle Johnson
Center Friday night
with Santa Fe Opera
when someone posed
"Where's 'Dr. Fell'?"
YouTube of course.
No More Flying Under
Hot Springs Basketball Head Coach Bailey
By Tony A. Archuleta
Marc Jimenez, a senior at Hot
Springs making his varsity debut this season under first-year Tiger boys
basketball head coach Brad Bailey, began his playing career as a
seventh-grader at Deming Middle School.
His eighth grade year, Jimenez
and his family moved to Sierra County, and he joined the Tiger Cubs
basketball team at Truth or Consequences Middle School.
Entering his fifth year with
the local program, the former Wildcat is all Tiger now, but it came as a
mild surprise when Bailey singled out Jimenez for pre-season accolades.
all, Jimenez was flying slightly under the radar last year as a junior
playing exclusively on the JV team under former head coach Trampus Pierson
and assistant coach Derek Bean.
It’s not uncommon for
standout sophomores, even freshman, to work their way up to the varsity
ranks. And sometimes for impatient juniors, it’s the varsity ranks or
But here's the deal.
First, last year’s team was
loaded with talent, including an abundance of seniors. Second, there’s a
new coach, it’s a new season, and it's the same hardworking Jimenez.
“Marc has been steady and
faithful in the preseason,” Bailey said during an interview before
practice at Tiger Gym Friday, Nov. 9. “He’s worked hard, he listens,
he does everything I ask him to do. He’s the kind of person that, as a
coach, you want 25 guys like that. We’ve got a lot of kids like that,
but he’s one of the seniors.”
For his part, Jimenez doesn’t
bother to contemplate the whys and wherefores of playing on JV last season
as an upperclassman.
Jimenez played JV last year; he’s
playing varsity this 2012-13 campaign. That’s his quick and direct take.
His businesslike demeanor on the subject suggests he’d play JV this year
too if his coached asked him to (and if it was permitted).
Jimenez fits the mold of the
student-athlete around whom Bailey wants to build the boys basketball
program at HSHS.
“He’s come out and really
busted his tail,” said Bailey. “He plays really in-your face D, he’s
working really hard, and I feel he deserves a big pat on the back, because
that kind of thing needs to be noticed.”
Jimenez will mostly play the
guard position. He said his favorite aspect of the game is protecting the
“I like defense, I feel like
I’m good at it,” he said.
Expanding on Jimenez’s
on-court role, Bailey said, “He’ll be in a ball handling capacity. Our
offense runs in such a way that we can run four – or five – guards if
we wanted to.”
Earlier in the week when Bailey
sent an e-mail suggesting an interview with Jimenez, he wrote, “Marc has
been a steady leader and a positive force for our early season work.”
Admittedly, a Herald reporter
roughly interpreted this as meaning there’s a new super kid on the
block, maybe a transfer from a 5A school with a 30 points per game scoring
That’s exactly the basketball
mindset Bailey wants to reset.
But one of the early questions
was: will Jimenez be an impact player with a capital 'I'?
Bailey’s definition of impact
players: “Guys that are here every day, when there’s an open gym, or
they’re going to the weight room with me, they’re taking it seriously;
when I tell them something they do it.”
Even before the first stat is
logged in, Jimenez is that kind of player in Bailey’s view.
“He’s here every day for
practice, he’s got a good attitude, he plays hard, and he’s got
physical skills,” said Bailey. “So, to me, that can be an impact
player, if we keep going in the right direction. He’s not there yet, but
he’s making an impact with leadership.”
Jimenez, when asked to describe
his strengths on offense, said driving the lane and scoring mostly off of
lay-ups are his fortes.
But he sees a bigger picture
beyond his offensive and defensive skill sets, mainly, “Trying to help
my teammates out, getting them where they need to be, helping them
Official practice started
Monday, Nov. 5, and the Tiger football players, whose varsity season ended
Friday at Silver, are making the transition to basketball starting this
That means Bailey is nowhere
close to announcing a starting five – not even Jimenez.
“He sure has a good shot,”
Bailey allowed. “He’s definitely one of our top six guys.”
With plenty of big men in the
lineup last season, Jimenez’s more slender frame also might have dimmed
any varsity aspirations.
“I think he’s a little slow
in maturity in terms of his body strength, and I think he’s a late
bloomer,” said Bailey. “Offensively, he’s improved quite a bit.”
That a youngster can stick to a
program when many a contemporary would succumb to impatience is what
impresses Bailey the most.
“He strikes me as a kid who’s
willing to be back here,” Bailey said, placing one hand in front of the
other. “He doesn’t show off or push himself to the front, and yet he’s
been doing all the right stuff.”