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National Championship

I am watching  the NCAA championship and Denver is beating up Maryland 10-5. The announcers made a great observation. The Denver AD made a hire in Bill Thierney, a step to  make Denver relevant in some Div 1 sport besides hockey. A brilliant hire by the Denver AD…are we listening Lafayette administration?? We could be very good in Lacrosse (M and W), field hockey, and maybe wrestling if we brought it back given our geography.
pardfan

sounded like a critical part of his decision was the fact that his son was already out there "after playing for him" in college.  (I guess, Princeton.)
I found the comments by the announcers that Coach T feels "the players want discipline" very interesting.  Must be just that particular team, that particular sport.  Couldn't include other members of the community.  
(Trying to link up with something that's buggin' me.)
Just visited the campus for graduation.  Had a chance to go into the old KDR building where the DKE's were housed during remodeling.  Absolute  pigpen.  
We used to wax the floors--among other chores-- prior to a weekend at Sigma Nu.  It was a real house--not a hangout.  No refrigerators in the living room, beer cans all over the place.
[Furthermore, the final days at Sigma Nu involved conduct that I don't even feel like repeating (source: college cop with no axe to grind after what seems like 15 yrs or so)  They deserved to be deactivated.]

If fraternities make a comeback at the College, I will be very surprised.     T
Using the sorority playbook (act responsibly, take care of your facility, and keep your grades up) is/was their only chance.  The mucky-mucks have them in a corner now from which there is no escape.
leopard88

pardfan wrote:

We used to wax the floors--among other chores-- prior to a weekend at Sigma Nu.  It was a real house--not a hangout.  No refrigerators in the living room, beer cans all over the place.
[Furthermore, the final days at Sigma Nu involved conduct that I don't even feel like repeating (source: college cop with no axe to grind after what seems like 15 yrs or so)  They deserved to be deactivated.]


I remember those Sigma Nu cleanups all too well.
pardfan

leopard88 wrote:
pardfan wrote:

We used to wax the floors--among other chores-- prior to a weekend at Sigma Nu.  It was a real house--not a hangout.  No refrigerators in the living room, beer cans all over the place.
[Furthermore, the final days at Sigma Nu involved conduct that I don't even feel like repeating (source: college cop with no axe to grind after what seems like 15 yrs or so)  They deserved to be deactivated.]


I remember those Sigma Nu cleanups all too well.



Speaking of Sigma Nu,  Dawes and Dannemann were Sigma Nu's in the mid 60's (part of the Cyrkle, opening act for Beatles in 1966, sold 890,000 records doing Paul Simon's "Red Rubber Ball") supposedly did  a reunion concert at Lafayette in 1986.  Any recollection of that?  I'm before that time.
seenalot

mmmmm .....Lacrosse guys, lacrosse....white rubber ball.
leopard88

I know The Cyrkle story, but I don't remember a reunion concert in 1986 (which would have been my sophomore/junior year, depending on the season).

The musical highlights of my tenure were The Alarm, Elvis Costello (with Nick Lowe opening), The Hooters, Otis Day and the Knights, The Washington Squares and George Carlin.  I'm sure I'm forgetting someone, but those are the ones I can recall after almost 30 (gulp) years.

As I recall, Dawes and Danneman went on to be fairly prolific jingle writers (or maybe it was just one of them).  They were 20 years ahead of me as Sigma Nus, but it's cool to see The Cyrkle show up on Beatles concert posters and the like.

leopard88

P.S.  I am the proud owner of a copy of this album, which I found in a record store about 10 years ago.

Franks Tanks

http://articles.mcall.com/1995-06...city-folk-group-lafayette-college

According to the article linked above they played at the 95 reunion (their 30th).
leopard88

Also from the article --

Quote:
It's only the second time The Cyrkle has reunited -- and both times for Valley performances -- since disbanding in 1968. The group played at a 1986 Memorial Day homeless benefit in Allentown, as part of "Hands Across America."


That explains the 1986 part.  I don't know if I knew about The Cyrkle in 1986.  Either way, I would have been home for the summer by Memorial Day . . . and probably busy slinging steamed crabs.
leopard88

Another thing I noticed in the article is that it says the band was formed by Jim Maiella '65.  I graduated with a Jim Maiella.  I wonder if they are related.
pardfan

Thanks for the feedback.  As I tried to tell "seen" off the air, I have been having trouble posting a new thread.  I recently read something really interesting--especially for this group; thought I'd put a new thread in the "whatever" section.  Worked on it for two hours, hit "submit" and not a trace anywhere.
Thought I could use the lacrosse as a lead-in to another issue (or two).   Guess not.
Bogus Megapardus

Did any of the "Cyrkle" guys play lacrosse?

Anyhow, Denver's decisive win over Maryland shows the value of faceoff wins and possession, plus confident, meticulous play in the offensive zone.  Denver's ball control really was outstanding.

But the real key was Denver's defense.  Tierney did it so often at Princeton (with arguably "lesser"players).  Denver completely shut down the Terps' offense with guys who can go left to right in a flash and who knew precisely where their teammates were set at all times.

Congrats to the University of Denver - the first "western" NCAA lacrosse champs.


Also Paul Simon actually wrote "Red Rubber Ball."  But the Cyrkle performed it better than Simon and Garfunkel would have at the time, IMHO.  A 90s new wave version of the song was in the movie "Dodgeball" too - sort of a Green Day vibe to it.  Also I think the Pard who plays the (quite rare) 1961 double-neck Gretsch "Bikini" in the videos later wrote the "plop-plop-fizz-fizz" jingle for Alka-Seltzer. Which is nice.
leopard88

I hear Dawes was a a helluva short stick middie back in his day.   Very Happy

As for the game, I didn't get to see much of it because my daughter wanted to go to the pool*.  However, it sounds like Denver was in control the whole way even though they never opened a huge lead.

I am impressed with Tillman as a tactical coach.  I think Maryland has generally overachieved during his tenure.  Now they just need a stud attackman . . . or two.

* -- Meanwhile, my son was at the game via a last minute invite from a school classmate.
NewXbo

For those of you living in or near the Lehigh Valley you may be interested that the Geater with the Heater, the Boss with the Hot Sauce, Jerry Blavat, will be at the Sands Casino Molton Lounge every Wednesday in June from 4:00 to 7:00. I'm sure he has some Crycle  tunes.
pardfan

Jerry Blavat, Joe Niagara, Hy Lit, Grady and Hurst, Sally Starr, Captain Philadelphia (Stu Nahan, the announcer at ringside in Rocky I), Gunnar Bach, John Facenda, Sandy Grady (Inquirer sports writer), By Saam, that horse that slid into the water at the Steel Pier,  Frank Rizzo, Joe Fray-juh
Kelly for Brickwork shirts
Timeless Philadelphia (area)

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