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Posts Tagged ‘Snoqualmie Valley’

Famous Unicycle Team Delights Crowd with Half-Time Show at UW-Texas Tech Basketball Game

Posted by glennled on December 13, 2010

How do they do that? That’s what I always wonder when I see people riding unicycles and doing their amazing moves and tricks. And that’s what made the half-time show so thrilling at the basketball game in Seattle between the University of Washington Huskies and the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Dec. 4. [I played trumpet in the Husky Alumni Pep Band at this game.] The half-time buzzer sounded, the two teams trotted off to the locker rooms, and out onto the court rolled about 40 dazzling members of the famous Panther Pride Unicycle Team (PPUT) from North Bend, WA in the Snoqualmie Valley. The riders range from age 7 and up.

How do they even get up on those things, much less keep from falling off? Well, as I learned from their website, www.pput.info, there are at least 11 different ways to mount a unicycle. And the Unicycling Society of America has defined 10 skill levels of unicycle riding (see http://www.unicyclingusa.org).

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 Last July, PPUT competed at the “U Games” in the San Francisco Bay Area (see http://ugames.caluni.org). These games are the North American Unicycling Championships and are the largest gathering of unicycle enthusiasts on the continent. PPUT brought back 60 gold, silver and bronze medals!

They appear on TV (see http://www.king5.com/new-day-northwest/Panther-Pride-Unicycle-Team-99467054.html). They ride in various parades, including Macy’s Holiday Parade, Salmon Days in Issaquah, and Autumn Leaves Festival in Leavenworth. They do shows at basketball games for UW, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and others. They perform for corporate and group special events, local and statewide, and have tons of Flickr photos and YouTube videos (see http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/local /san_francisco&id=7561416&rss=rss-kgo-article-7561416).

See what happens when you play trumpet in the school or alumni band? You get to see marvelous shows like this–free! It broadens the mind and uplifts the spirit, that’s what it does.

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I’m always amazed at how many people are engaged in so many volunteer activities like this, whatever they may be—from flying model airplanes to rock climbing to drum and bugle corps to Renaissance festivals and medieval fairs to dog shows and horse shows, et.al.—“you-name-it.” And very often these activities evolve into organized competitions from the local to national to world levels. Whatever the endeavor, we all appreciate, admire and honor excellence. 

The next time you’re in the library, find a directory of societies and associations—-it’s thick!—and open its pages. You’ll be amazed at the variety of human interests and avocations. And we’re just like everyone else—it’s fun to play trumpet and ride unicycles for free at basketball games!

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Husky Alumni Pep Band Inspires UW Basketball Team to Crushing Victory over Texas Tech, 108-79

Posted by glennled on December 10, 2010

7-ft N'Diaye at the line

While the UW Varsity Marching Band was away in Pullman for the Apple Cup football game—by the way, UW beat WSU, 35-28!—the Husky Alumni Band supplied the pep band for the home basketball game in Seattle against the Texas Tech Red Raiders from Lubbock, TX. It was no contest, as the Huskies won “going away” in dominating fashion, 108-79.

Husky Alumni Pep Band

What was the prime difference between the two basketball teams? the players? the coaches? the home court? the talent? the height, size, length? the quickness, speed, leaping ability? the offense, the defense? the bench depth? the experience level? Or was it something else, perhaps–some hidden ingredient? Maybe the secret advantage was the inspiration provided to the team and the crowd by that outstanding pep band, led by those 8 great trumpet players (including me)! Well, why not? why not make the claim? why not take the credit when something everybody wants to happen turns out just right? Our politicians do that every day!

And let’s give some extra credit to the fabulous half-time show, too, featuring the Panther Pride Unicyle Team from Snoqualmie Valley (see the next post on this blog). They must have helped the fans and Huskies some, too, huh?

Now if you want a better description of how the game was actually played, please go to http://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-baskbl/recaps/120410aaa.html and watch the highlights on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDUwJMwtEFM&feature=player_embedded. Man, does this Husky team look tough! I think it’s the best team Coach Lorenzo Romar has ever assembled. We’ll see.

You remember last March, when the Huskies lost to West Virginia, 69-56, in the first round of the Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Basketball Tournament? That game was “the men against the boys.” Their starters were taller, heavier, stronger, and just as quick and fast. We were no match.

Well, maybe it will be a different story this year against such teams. Maybe this year we will be the men. We have a better front line, and we have more depth. As the game against Texas Tech showed, we have a better Matthew Bryan-Amaning (“MBA”), a true center (Aziz

Justin Holiday at the line

N’Diaye), and a sterling Justin Holiday. Coach Lorenzo Romar says he has a 10-man rotation right now and is hard-pressed to narrow it to 8. Plus, Romar’s teams always seem to improve throughout the season. For example, N’Diaye is foul-prone; he fouled out last Saturday. We need him to rebound, block shots, and defend well. Let’s watch him improve. The Maui Tournament exposed our weaknesses, and we have about four months to work on them.

If we peak at the right time—post-season tournament time—we could be double-trouble for anyone! Next March, we want to at least break through the “Sweet Sixteen” into the “Elite Eight.” That’s what the Husky Alumni Pep Band is playing for. Come on, guys–let’s even aim to play in “The Big Dance!”—let’s be there, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX, 2-4 April 2011. Book it!

           

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