Posted on Oct 31, 2012

If you follow CENTAUR SEASONS regularly, this post will sound familiar. Because it’s the same post from Monday. But continue reading!  It’s the same post but different. After the original was pubbed on Monday, I received an email from the central character, who said that on reconsideration I could use his name. That means there are a number of very cool sites […]


CENTAURS RECRUITED: What no one else said …

Posted on Oct 29, 2012

John Wooden (the dominant coach of the dominant team during this CENTAUR SEASONs era) never left the state of California on a recruiting trip. It is further considered that Coach Wooden never sullied his hands in the swampy backwater that is college recruiting (even as many roll their eyes at this very thought). Meanwhile, the […]


CENTAUR REASON (part 2): The First Rivalry

Posted on Oct 25, 2012

In the HBO movie “Live From Baghdad,” Michael Keaton plays a CNN producer who early on tells a CNN higher-up that what the network needs to boost its flagging ratings is a good war. The year is 1991, and soon enough Iraq invades Kuwait and then the U.S. invades Iraq. CNN has its war and […]


SECRETS OF THE CENTAUR (part 3): Bricks and a Birthday

Posted on Oct 22, 2012

This was intentional, wasn’t it? If you stand in the middle of the DeSales University campus in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, and take a 360-degree look around, you’ll notice that four of the buildings are of a darker brick than the rest. To me, this contrast is everything, every time I’m in the valley, as I […]

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Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS: A ‘memory blog’ of the basketball beginnings of a half-good, half-bad, all-new college team.

Once, I was a Centaur.

I played basketball for Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pa. I was on four of the school’s first seven teams, was MVP senior year and in 1974 graduated in the fifth class.

My junior year I kept a diary: A History of the Events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College B-Ball Season, as Chronicled by, and With the Personal Memoirs + Occassional [sic] Philosophizing of the Author, One Stephen J. McKee.  One-hundred-forty-five hand-writ pages. (Yes, I was an English major.)

But it occurs to me now: Were I today a “Bulldog” playing for “DeSales University” (both mascot and name changed in 2000), my private “History” would be not a diary but a blog.

So starting November 30  “…Personal Memoirs…” will be re-imagined as CENTAUR SEASONS

A blog before its time, posted 40 years after in real time.

Meanwhile, beginning on September 24, here at CENTAUR SEASONS the preseason has already tipped off, with stories, interviews and reminiscences of the people, the place and the purpose of those early years of Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales.

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We were not a bad team, we Centaurs. We just weren’t very good. Winning was always the goal, if never exactly the point. How could it be, with victories so few?

Back then Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales was a couple of buildings in some cornfields.  Our commitment to the school’s basketball program was far greater than was the school’s commitment us. So what? We got to play college ball – and paid for the privilege! In return, we got to be part of a team, wear the red and blue, be Centaurs. And we got to create a place that was, right then, as much concept as it was college, making itself up as we went along.

What we got was a once-in-a-life-time chance.

All we had to do was keep showing up -- next practice, next game, next season. And so we did.