Monday, November 18, 2013

The Importance of Being Boulder....

Realizing that this will be of scant interest to anyone who resides outside of the figurative geographical confines of Buff Nation, the Alma mater is on one hell of a roll.   

More than a quarter century ago, when I was an undergrad at CU, the men's basketball team was a non-factor.  If memory serves, in the four years I was in Boulder the Buffs never won more than a dozen games in a single season.  As non-competitive as the men were in the '80's Ceal Barry's Lady Buffs were ranked nationally every year.  These days are golden days for basketball in Boulder on both sides of the gender line.  Coach Linda Lappe's Lady Buffs are nationally ranked.  Friday night they opened their home schedule by thumping Alcorn State.   Coach Tad Boyle's Buffs are unranked but after dropping their season opener they have reeled off three consecutive wins as they aim to earn their third straight NCAA bid

Saturday afternoon the women's soccer team opened its NCAA tournament play on the road against Denver University.  CU's seniors had never defeated DU.  They picked a hell of a time for their first win against the #15 Pioneers.  Next up for the Buffs is BYU in the Round of 32. 

On Saturday evening, Coach Mac's young Buffs took the field hoping to put the brakes on CU's Pac-12 losing streak.  The matchup was - for once - favorable.  CU took the field as a favorite against the Cal Bears.  The optimism instilled in them by the odds-makers proved to be well-founded.  The Buffs hung a good, old-fashioned whooping on Cal

What makes CU-Boulder great is not simply what the student-athletes do.  And "off the field" the Buffs have been making a lot of great news as well.  Physics professor Steven Pollock was honored in Washington, D.C. on Thursday as a 2013 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation.  Doctor Pollock is the second CU professor to win this prestigious honor - joining 2004 honoree Carl Wieman - also a member of the CU physics department and a Nobel Laureate.

Today is the first day of a 20-day window for the MAVEN Mission, which is the launch of a spacecraft on a mission to Mars.  At CU, which has had as large a role in this country's Space Program, it is being referred to as the most important space mission in which CU has ever been involved. 

"Be Boulder" is not simply an adman's creation.  It is what CU is.  As an alum and as someone who has long known this far-too-well kept secret I am damn happy that CU is making an effort to make the world at large aware of it too. 

Shoulder to Shoulder baby.  Shoulder to Shoulder.


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