Winona State is well into hoop season!
Last weekend DIY Guy and I drove to Winona -- to see the WSU Warriors play some hoops.
We sat with these beautiful young adults . . . .
Mike, Danae, Emily, Sarah
Half the fun of the WSU games is the "personalities" that are present . . .These dudes stood at the sidelines throughout the entire game . . .
at least until the band played "Cotton-eye Joe"
The public address announcer for the Warriors --- has been the announcer for Warriors men's basketball since 1971. He's a retired speech professor, he's 74 years old and has a Willie Nelson persona going for him.
In his words:
"I've been wearing the headband and the beard since the '70s," .
A few years ago Wilkinson had an agreement with the players --- if they won the regional game, he would let them shave his head. And if they won the national title, they could cut off his beard. The team did both.
Interesting fact: Wilkinson is also a Tai Chi instructor. Last April he had a triple bypass and the day after being released from the hospital he went right back to teaching his Tai Chi classes.
Purple Pep Band . . . This young man caught my attention right away -- percussionists tend to do that --- I loved his energy -- he reminded me of a younger DIY Guy on the drums --- in high school pep band.
Halfway through the game, Baby Girl tells me the percussionist is one of Nate's housemates!
After the game we got a bite to eat with the "kids" -- they will always be "the kids" to me.
Hanging out with the kids was the best part of the night.
That and getting back home to my quiet home! ;)