ON THE PASSING OF JACK KLUGMAN: And (yet another) ‘Secrets of the Centaur’ (part6)

Posted on Dec 28, 2012

Was anyone else surprised to read in the Jack Klugman obit this week that his famed “Odd Couple” TV show was never a hit on ABC  during its early-’70s run? That the show reached icon status only after it got to syndication? As to why exactly Jack Klugman and “The Odd Couple” have made it into a […]

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CENTAUR SEASONS GREETINGS: A Christmas Blessing …

Posted on Dec 24, 2012

MAY THE LORD PROTECT AND DEFEND YOU. MAY HE ALWAYS SHIELD YOU FROM SHAME. It wasn’t on Christmas Eve, and it wasn’t at midnight. But in December at Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, there’d be a school-wide “Christmas Midnight Mass.” It was maybe at 9 p.m. on the Thursday before […]

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CENTAUR SEASONS Earns Its “Varsity Letters”

Posted on Dec 20, 2012

CENTAUR SEASONS RECENTLY WENT LIVE AND LOUD at the Varsity Letters Sports Reading Series in New York City. I read excerpts from a couple of CENTAUR SEASONS posts, answered a few questions, spread the Centaur gospel — and talked  about CENTAUR SEASONS’ exclusive interview with UCLA coaching legend John Wooden. With Michael Gluckstadt doing the honors as […]

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‘MERRY CHRISTMAS: I CAN’T GET ANY WORSE” — entry #12 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-Ball season …

Posted on Dec 18, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written on December 18, 1972. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 72, Philly Bible 79, two days ago NEXT GAME: at Baptist Bible, January 18, 1973 CENTAUR SEASON: 2-3 It’s like starting all over […]

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“LONELY AND DEJECTED” — entry #11 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-BALL season …

Posted on Dec 17, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written on December 17, 1972. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 72, Philly Bible 79, yesterday NEXT GAME: at Baptist Bible, January 18, 1973 CENTAUR SEASON: 2-3 I doubt I have ever been so disappointed, disgusted, embarrassed […]

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“EXAMS AT 1 & 5, GAME AT 7” — entry #10 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-Ball season …

Posted on Dec 16, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This post combines “memoirs” from December 13, 14, 15 & 16, 1972. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 54, Spring Garden 66, two days ago NEXT GAME: Philadelphia Bible College, tonight CENTAUR SEASON: 2-2 Spring Garden jumped to a quick […]

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CENTAUR STORY: “It was like my whole life got taken away from me”

Posted on Dec 14, 2012

BY THE TIME BOBBY STORMES got to the end of his sophomore year in high school, he was living the dream. Bobby Stormes grew up outside of New York City and went to Albertus Magnus High School. Now here he was, gearing up for his junior year – knowing he was on the basketball team’s varsity […]

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‘WE ARE ACHIEVING’ — entry #9 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Dec 12, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This Centaur Seasons post was originally scribbled on December 12, 1972 at 2 p.m. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 73, EASTERN 75, six days ago NEXT GAME: Spring Garden College, tomorrow CENTAUR SEASON: 2-1 Tomorrow, Spring Garden. We […]

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SECRETS OF THE CENTAUR (part 4): “Keep your foot in that bucket, Steve!”

Posted on Dec 10, 2012

“You keep your foot in that bucket, Steve, you keep your foot in that bucket!” “Harry! I can’t do it! It’s killin’ me!” It really was. My right foot was in a dorm-room trashcan, in up to my knee. After my foot went in, Harry had filled the can with ice and just enough water […]

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‘WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN’ — entry # 8 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Dec 07, 2012

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This Centaur Seasons post was originally scribbled on December 7, 1972. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 73, EASTERN 75, last night NEXT GAME: Spring Garden College, six days CENTAUR SEASON: 2-1 We took it to them. Right to […]

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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.

Welcome to CENTAUR SEASONS.

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