Friday, April 01, 2011

Einhorn Elected to College Basketball Hall of Fame

Ted Nance e-mailed to notify me that Eddie Einhorn, the television producer of the Game of the Century (and later turned baseball owner and executive) has been elected to the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Ted notes further that, "I think he will be the seventh person with ties to the Game of the Century who will be a Hall member... Guy Lewis, John Wooden, Kareem, Elvin Hayes, Bob Pettit (TV color for the game), Einhorn and (I'm not sure about this one) Denny Crum."

As shown on the Hall's website, Crum indeed is a member (see the inaugural 2006 class). However, Crum's stint as a UCLA assistant apparently did not include the GOTC. The game program lists only Jerry Norman as a UCLA assistant and an article on the 40th anniversary of the 1967-68 UCLA squad that lists everybody down to the student managers does not mention Crum.

I would think that Dick Enberg, who did the television play-by-play for the Game of the Century and later went on to form a legendary NBC college-basketball broadcasting line-up with Al McGuire and Billy Packer, warrants induction as well. Now, maybe he'll be the seventh...

Monday, March 28, 2011

New York Times Reviews Post-Phi Slama Jama UH Program

With Houston poised to host this year's men's Final Four at Reliant Stadium, the New York Times takes a look at what's gone wrong with the UH basketball program over roughly the past 30 years.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

43rd Anniversary of Game of the Century

Today is the 43rd anniversary of the Game of the Century. If you've visited this site in the past, you may have noticed that it now has a new look, featuring some memorabilia I have. I hope you like it.

Also, the Houston Chronicle has an article on the 43rd anniversary, in conjunction with the fact that a Houston domed stadium (in this case, Reliant Stadium) will host this year's NCAA men's Final Four. The next-door Astrodome, in addition to hosting the Game of the Century, was the site of the 1971 Final Four.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Elvin Hayes MLK Day Interview

In connection with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Elvin Hayes did an interview Monday evening with Houston radio station KILT 610 (archived audio). The focus of the interview involved Hayes's reflections on coming from a small-town in segregated Louisiana to play at the University of Houston, as the university integrated its athletic program in the mid-1960s. The Game of the Century, in which Hayes played a starring role, was also touched upon a bit in the interview, as were former Cougar coach Guy V. Lewis's contributions to sport and society.