CLASSIC REDUX: Centaur Seasons Greetings! (A Christmas blesssing)…

Posted on Dec 19, 2013

Welcome  (again) to a CENTAUR SEASONS “Classic Redux.” From October 15 through Thanksgiving CENTAUR SEASONS re-posted shortened versions of last year’s efforts. However, this particular Redux (read the original) seemed better timed here.  Do check back soon for another brand-new post from CENTAUR SEASONS II, but for right now, Centaur Seasons’ Greeting! … MAY THE LORD PROTECT AND DEFEND YOU. MAY […]


THE TAO OF TURTLE: A Centaur who didn’t play much remembers why the games mattered so much and reminds me of what’s important as CENTAUR SEASONS YEAR TWO tips off…

Posted on Dec 02, 2013

His name is Michael Dowd, but you can call him “Turtle.” Everybody else does.  He got so dubbed in grade school CYO – he can’t remember why, he says, though “it probably had something to do with my foot speed” – but it didn’t become his true identity until he got to Allentown College of […]


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.