Sunday, January 30, 2011


i heard a few comments about the cold gym on friday. i didn't think it was that bad, but after this weekend it might be a better morning. you'll have to let me know. of course, if you run hard enough, it might not be that cold. come warm up tomorrow morning.

Thursday, January 27, 2011


thank goodness it's friday hoops...finally. since there is no distracting weather in the forecast for tomorrow morning, i expect we'll all be there. if you aren't make sure you have a note from someone who can give you valid excuse.

for all others, see you in the morning!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

just soggy

so far, things have just been soggy. snow is not supposed to come until midday. that means we're good. probably won't be anything either.

anyway, hoops. come out. yeah.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

place your bets

will there be snow tomorrow or not? who knows? but go ahead and place your bets on how much we'll get and if it be enough to close schools.

as always, if not enough show up, there's always a warm waffle house on cedar bluff. never forget the waffle house...or the alamo.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

no real threat?

i happen to think there is no real threat of weather interfering with our play time tomorrow morning. with the pre-emptive efforts of the city employees, brine has be dumped on the roads to make it possible for us to play hoops tomorrow morning. (thanks, you guys!)

i know what you're thinking. "but, mark, what if there is more snow and stuff than what the weather guys said there would be and schools are closed and i have no bread or milk?" i'll tell you what: if there is craziness on the road tomorrow morning and it's all white and you can't see the roads, i'll post an update (like before) to the email list and the site so you can not gamble with your life. of course, if you've not already gotten your milk and bread by that point, you are already gambling with your life.

and for those of you real mean who show up no matter what (cary), we'll leave early if no one else shows up and head over to the waffle house for, well, waffles.

(if you want some entertainment, the comments on knoxnews stories can provide that, including this one about the aforementioned brine: .)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

middle of the month

here we are, middle of the first month of 2011. that means this year is going to fly by like the last one. and that means you'd better get in your hoops playing time while you can. it'll come and go quickly. of course, you'll be aging during that time too. and THAT means your ability to play will diminish. so, let's all come and play on wednesday while we still can.

we're burning through our youth rather quickly. (except for cary, who is yonger than everyone except harrison.)

Monday, January 17, 2011

mlk morning

if you were not remembering or just didn't know, we are playing hoops on monday morning. if you are checking this at the last minute, then go ahead and roll on out of bed and put your high tops on. we're playing.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

clear roads

i think tomorrow might be our first clear roads hoops morning this week. ten guys did make it safely to the gym on wednesday. that was a good number for playing some basketball. some really interesting games too. and of course, we'll be back in the gym tomorrow morning to play the sport we love so much. set your alarms for 5:30a, and drag your butts to the court for all the games. from there, you can drag it up and down the court all you want.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

dave's bus service

tomorrow is try again wednesday, where we try again to get more than two fellows to play some basketball. i've been told by his wif that if we have weather issues tomorrow which prevent people from making the trip that uncle dave will perform a four-wheel fetch to gather enough to play. (he apparently run the snow bus service for his employees yesterday.) so if you wake up tomorrow and things are uncertain, give dave a call.

i'll see you all in the morning.

Monday, January 10, 2011

snowz but no showz

well, cary and i warmed up for a while waiting for anyone to join us. around 6:20a, we decided no one else was going to attempt to come out, and we left. (i tried to talk cary into a trip to the waffle house, he had his wif's car.)

we'll try this again on wednesday.


yes, we has about 3 to 4 inches of snowz, and it is a little slick out there. they have tried to plow one side of middlebrook it seems. if you have to head to work today, might as well come play some hoops first. roads will likely be empty for a good while this morning.

whatever you decide, use caution.

Camera 360

Camera 360

Sunday, January 9, 2011

white monday?

the reports of a white monday might be greatly exaggerated...but then again, they might not. until you hear otherwise, we'll proceed as normal. play time is usual.

in the event that we wake up to the whiteness, i'll plan to head on over to the gym. like before, i'll post an update to the mailing list and to the site on any conditions i find in my short drive to the parking lot.

stay tuned.

Friday, January 7, 2011

the coast is clear

no snow, no ice...all clear.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

holding the course

i know there are some crazy winter storm warnings out there, but despite all that we're still holding the course. i don't imagine things will be any worse tomorrow morning when i trek over to the gym. so, throw your shoes in the four-wheel drive and set your alarm for a normal tip-off time.

as a side note, keep your mobile device close, and i'll let you know how the roads are if there is a covering of any kind. i can post to both the site and the email list. i still think we'll be good for tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

the beatings will continue until morale improves

some people live a life of safety, never taking risks and gaining the rewards. those who live like that live boring lives.

not so our bill gowder. he takes the risks. he lives for the adventure. he eats pain for breakfast. not many can live where he does.

come watch bill be the man you could be if you were only willing to endure. tomorrow.


Sunday, January 2, 2011

new year of hoops

resolve to come all this week. hoops is a go for 2011.