‘AND THEN WE ALMOST LOST THE D–M GAME!’: entry #29 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season ….

Posted on Feb 28, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago today. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 72, Baptist Bible College 67, final game CENTAUR SEASON: 6-11 Our last game of the season, against Baptist Bible College, we designated “Senior […]

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‘WHERE GLORY DOES NOT STAY’: Entry #28 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 27, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 61, Philadelphia Pharmacy 79, three days ago NEXT GAME: Baptist Bible, tonight, last game of the season  CENTAUR SEASON: 5-11 Bobby Stormes, Joey Thompson, […]

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THEIR COACH SAID WE PLAYED THEM THE BEST: Entry #27 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 26, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written forty years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 61, Philadelphia Pharmacy 79, two days ago NEXT GAME: Baptist Bible, tomorrow night, last game of the season  CENTAUR SEASON: 5-11 It was a […]

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“WE ARE ALL UP FOR TONIGHT’S GAME”: Entry #26 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 24, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written on February 24, 1973. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 86, Northampton CC 65, two days ago NEXT GAME: Philly Pharmacy, tonight CENTAUR SEASON: 5-10 I don’t have to KILL myself, as I promised last time […]

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“I STARTED!”: Entry #25 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 22, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written in February 1973. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 58, Messiah College 64, two nights ago NEXT GAME: Northampton Community CC, tonight  CENTAUR SEASON: 4-10 We lost to Messiah two days ago, 64-58. WE WERE UP FOUR […]

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WE CAN FINISH 8-AND-9!: Entry #24 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 20, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 81, Lehigh CCC 76, four days ago NEXT GAME: Messiah College, tonight  CENTAUR SEASON: 4-9 We beat Lehigh CCC, 81-76. We were ahead almost the whole […]

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IN THE YEAR 2053

Posted on Feb 18, 2013

I didn’t write Friday’s post about last week’s David Brooks column in the New York Times intending that the post would be the first of a two-parter. Well, now it is. That David Brooks CENTAUR SEASONS post ended with George Kelly, a member of “the first first Centaur basketball team” that played the 1968-69 season in an […]

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CENTAUR SEASONS, DAVID BROOKS OF THE NEW YORK TIMES, AND LOOKING TO THE FUTURE…

Posted on Feb 15, 2013

A recurring exercise of CENTAUR SEASONS has been my attempts to describe the unique energy that was Allentown College of St. Francis de Sales back in the day, the place tiny and brand new, the school itself as much concept as college. Everything then was promise and potential, our coin of the realm. Even as […]

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WE ARE NOW 1-AND-0! — Entry #22 from “A history of the events of the 1972-1973 Allentown College’s B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 13, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 89, Rutgers, South Jersey, 68, last night NEXT GAME: Lehigh CCC, in three days CENTAUR SEASON: 3-9 BUT WAIT, WE ARE REALLY NOW 1-AND-0! At practice the day […]

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‘LOSING IS KINDA BAD FOR A PERSON’: Entry #22 from “A history of the events of the Allentown College’s 1972-1973 B-ball season …

Posted on Feb 08, 2013

… AS CHRONICLED BY, AND WITH THE PERSONAL MEMOIRS + OCCASSIONAL PHILOSOPHIZING OF THE AUTHOR, ONE STEPHEN J. McKEE” This CENTAUR SEASONS post was written 40 years ago. PREVIOUS GAME: Centaurs 52, Wilmington College 88, two nights ago NEXT GAME: Rutgers, South Jersey, home, in five days CENTAUR SEASON: 2-9 I ASKED CHRISTOPHER CASHMAN, SENIOR CO-CAPTAIN, […]

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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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