We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
Every Wednesday and Friday one of our Life List Club members posts a blog on the LLC Website. Today, Marcia Richards, will post on that site. Marcia founded the Life List Club along with Jess Witkins, and she’s a tireless cheerleader and worker on all of behalf of us members. After you read my post, be sure to come back up here and click on the LLC Website so you can read hers also.
My oldest grandson is in his second year at Baylor University. He absolutely loves college life in general and Baylor in particular. As a big-time sports fan, he picked a good time to go there.
Last fall, the football team beat both of the traditional bullies of the Big-12, Texas and Oklahoma. They ended up going 10-3 for the season, beating the University of Washington 67-56 in the Alamodome Bowl. Their success becomes even more impressive when you realize Baylor is the only private school in the conference. All the others are state school with several times the Bears’ enrollment.
The highlight came when Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy—the first time any Baylor Bear had been son honored. His popularity around campus is attested by the fact that many of the males students, my grandson included, put “III” behind their names.
Not content with football alone, the Bears fielded a men’s basketball team that went 30-8. In the Big-12 Tournament, they beat a Kansas team that played for the NCAA championship. Although they lost to Missouri in the Big-12 Tournament championship game, they went on to the NCAA tournament, winning their way to the Elite Eight before falling to eventual the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats.
As big as the football season and RG III’s Heisman Trophy were, they did not overshadow the Lady Bears basketball team. Led by the phenomenal Brittney Griner, these ladies formed a habit of crushing opposing teams all season. Griner’s domination was such that many teams triple-teamed her to try to slow her down, but when they did, Odyssey Sims and the rest of the team took up the slack. Griner won the prestigious Naismith Award, the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for a female college basketball player.
Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey attained her 300th win in only her 12th season, faster than Tennessee’s Pat Summitt, Connecticut’s Geno Auriemma or Stanford’s Tara VanDerveer. She’s the fourth winningest active women’s basketball coach—unless Pat Summitt retires and makes her third. Her .806 winning percentage is number five all-time.
Bad news for the rest of women’s college basketball: both Mulkey and most of this year’s team—including both Griner and Sims—will be back next year.
Congratulations Baylor on several jobs well done.
David N. Walker is a Christian father and grandfather, a grounded pilot and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states. He started writing about 20 years ago, and has six unpublished novels to use as primers on how NOT to write fiction. He is currently putting the finishing touches on his non-fiction Web Wisdom: Inspiration from the Inbox and starting his new fiction work—a series of novellas set during the period from 1860 to 1880.
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