Those of you that know me. Really…really…really know me. Understand that I am a Gorilla. First and foremost. In order, it goes:
2. White (that’s skin, baby)
You got it. Some folks bleed their college colors. I bleed Crimson and White. But what only a few of you may know, I also bleed B.
No, my blood type is actually O+. But my Class? It’ll always be B.
Last month, retired Davenport High School history teacher and basketball coach, Jim Stinson wrote an amazing book, “Remembering the ‘B’“.
So, anyone who’s familiar with Washington State B Basketball understands just how AWESOME this history is for all us B basketball junkies.
Maybe you’ve seen the movie HOOSIERS. Believe me, that ain’t got SHIT on what used to happen at the old Boon Street barn Spokane Coliseum (I got some concert stories too…)
Anyway. I was talking to mom tonight, reflecting on the great stories in the book. We talked about the bullshit call in 1961. And then about the great Lyle Patterson and Gene Smith. But talk soon turned to the Reardan Indians 1982 State Champs. That photo catapulted me back and reminded me of the night they took that crown.
I’m not too sure who all was there, but know for a fact that my sister Michelle and friend Leslie were at my side. Somehow…in some weird alternate universe, we…Gorilla Cheerleaders (okay, so I was still in Junior High…I was still a cheerleader!), ended up at THEE Reardan Indians party house in Spokane.
I won’t go into details, but suffice to say, I drank wayyyyy too much Rainer Beer, Phillip Lillengreen was acting like “big brother” to ensure no one took too much advantage of 13 year-old me and Curt Burge kissed my face shortly after I puked over the deck at said Reardan party-house.
I can’t remember, for the life of me, which cute little reardan indian i wanted to smack on…but know that I wished he was there. Instead, I proceeded to drink more Rainer (as a good Washingtonian should) and enjoy the evening.
All this memory stuff, just from one amazing book…you should get yourself a copy.
It all reminds me of this song…