SUNDAY SONGS

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As might be expected, more songs have been written about Sunday than any other day of the week, although Monday, Monday is possibly the most recognizable song about a specific day.  Here is a link to a purported Top 10 Sunday Songs, and I am quite sure that not everyone would agree – but check it out and weigh in with your favorite song about Sunday.  Here are some more:

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BACK TO BACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Although the National Championship for the CU Men’s Cross Country team will likely line the pockets of our already well heeled Athletic Director, the real honors go to the runners and to Coach Wetmore.  CU won with an amazing total of only 65 points, soundly defeating number 2 Stanford at 98 points – any total under 100 is generally considered excellent.  All five CU runners finished in the top 40, making them All Americans, with three of the five in the top 10!  I watched both the women’s and the men’s races [the CU women took 7th place] as well as the awards ceremony.  Kudos to all!!!!

Members of Colorado’s men’s cross country team hoist the championship trophy. 
From The Denver Post:
 

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Carrying their status as defending champion and heavy favorite not as a burden but with pride, the University of Colorado won the program’s fifth NCAA men’s cross country championship Saturday in dominant fashion.

On a windy day with strong gusts under leaden clouds and a damp course that left runners speckled with mud, Oregon’s Edward Cheserek and Eric Jenkins went 1-2, but the Buffs put three in the top 10, led by junior Ammar Moussa in fifth. Sophomore Ben Saarel was seventh and senior Blake Theroux was ninth.

“It’s no pressure to us, it’s just business,” Theroux said. “We’re all veterans here. This is what we do every day. We train, we just have to do exactly what we’ve been doing and we’re going to win. I trust these guys with my life. I’d take a bullet for them. I knew they were going to come out here and do it.”

They may have approached their task in a businesslike manner, but when Moussa emerged from the finish area, a wave of emotion crossed his face and caught in his throat.

“Just blessed,” he said, tears pooling in his eyes. “Really blessed.”

Colorado finished with 65 points for the lowest (best) score of its men’s titles. Runner-up Stanford finished with 98.

“We start training in June,” said Theroux. “We train harder than anyone in this country. We’re up in the Rocky Mountains, zero degrees, (running) 18 miles and we say, ‘Screw this, we’re going to go out there and win in Terre Haute.’ That’s just what it’s all about. We’ve been talking about winning every single day since June 1. We talk about this day, we’re going to come out here and kill it. That’s what we did.”

Moussa got a good luck text Friday night from Adam Goucher, who won the NCAA individual title in 1998 to lay the foundation for the elite program Wetmore has built. Moussa was touched to hear from him.

“I told him (Saturday) is just another chapter in the legacy he started,” Moussa said. “We’re not special, we’re not different than anybody else, but we push each other every day. I do it for them, and I know we all feel the same way. We just care about each other.”

This was Wetmore’s first team to repeat, but his emotions were “half relief” and pride for his team.
“It’s so hard to be the favorites, it’s so hard to have the attention, it’s so hard for nine or 10 21-year-old men to keep their egos in check and they really did it,” Wetmore said. “That’s the biggest feeling I have, pride, not for me but for them.”

A month ago Wetmore said if CU won, it would be his best team. In recent days he’s been more reluctant to say that.

“This is probably our best team ever,” he said. “This is certainly the best third, fourth and fifth (runners) we’ve ever had. They’re real good and they belong in the pantheon.”

Saarel was the top Buff at NCAAs last season as a freshman, finishing eighth, but he battled nagging health issues this season. He ran strong Saturday.

“He’s a very serious student, he’s in a very hard arduous engineering program, he lives on four or five hours sleep,” Wetmore said. “The other night he got seven and he said, ‘I feel so much better.’ I was encouraged for him this weekend, that he got his exams out of the way and was going to feel well.”

Cross country teams tend to be extremely close because of the mutual suffering the sport entails, but that is especially true of this team fueled by the legacy Wetmore has built.

“It really is a team sport when you have the best team in the sport,” Saarel said. “You do the best you can. Our coach stresses running your race, so I focused on trying to run my race. It’s an amazing feeling to win, and it’s privilege to run with these guys.

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I’M NOT GONNA MISS YOU – GLEN CAMPBELL

Sad
I’m still here, but yet I’m gone
I don’t play guitar or sing my songs
They never defined who I am
The man that loves you ’til the end
You’re the last person I will love
You’re the last face I will recall
And best of all, I’m not gonna miss you
Not gonna miss you
I’m never gonna hold you like I did
Or say I love you to the kids
You’re never gonna see it in my eyes
It’s not gonna hurt me when you cry
I’m never gonna know what you go through
All the things I say or do
All the hurt and all the pain
One thing selfishly remains
I’m not gonna miss you
I’m not gonna miss you
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FOUR-PEAT

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All of those four fingers raised by members of the CU Men’s Cross Country Team signify their fourth straight PAC-12 Championship!  The success of Coach Mark Wetmore’s teams over the years rivals that of the legendary John Wooden.  And for such outstanding accomplishments, the Boulder Daily Camera devoted a very short blurb with no pictures, no names, not much of anything – you will be reading a lot more here than in the local paper.  And an equally egregious irritation is the ridiculous amount of ink given to the CU Football team that is win less in the PAC-12, and with a grand total of 2 overall wins this season and no hope for another.
Here are some clips from the PAC-12 coverage of the Championship:
OAKLAND, Calif. – With all five of their scoring runners crossing the finish line in the top eight, the top-ranked COLORADO men captured their fourth-consecutive Pac-12 Men’s Cross Country title in Oakland on Friday morning at the Metropolitan Golf Links.
The defending NCAA and Pac-12 Champion Buffs scored 30 points to win the league crown. Colorado has been ranked the No. 1 team in the country all season, receiving all first-place votes each week. It is the first time since STANFORD won six in a row from 2000-05 a team has claimed four-straight league titles.
“I’ve been at this long time and we’ve been lucky enough to have a lot of good things happen to us,” said Colorado head coach Mark Wetmore said. “It feels great, but I always put it in big perspective and know that we have more work to do in the next couple of weeks … They had a great run and I’m really happy with them.”
The top-two individual men’s finishers were Ducks, with Eric Jenkins crossing in second place with a time of 23:34, behind Cheserek’s winning time of 23:23. The Cardinal’s Joe Rosa was third with a time of 23:37, and the next five runners were Buffs: Blake Theroux (4th, 23:42), Connor Winter (5th, 23:44), Ammar Moussa (6th, 23:49), Pierce Murphy (7th, 23:53) and Ben Saarel (8th, 23:54). Stanford’s Maxim Korolev (23:56) and Cal’s Chris Walden (23:57) rounded out the top 10, placing ninth and 10th, respectively.

MEN’S RESULTS

1. Colorado 30
2. Oregon 57
3. Stanford 60
4. Washington 87
5. UCLA 168
6. Arizona State 182
7. California 189
8. Arizona 206
9. Washington State 224

INDIVIDUAL MEN’S RESULTS
 
1. Edward Cheserek, ORE 23:23
2. Eric Jenkins, ORE 23:34
3. Joe Rosa, STAN 23:37
4. Blake Theroux, COLO 23:42
5. Connor Winter, COLO 23:44
6. Ammar Moussa, COLO 23:49
7. Pierce Murphy, COLO 23:53
8. Ben Saarel, COLO 23:54
9. Maxim Korolev, STAN 23:56
10. Chris Walden, CAL 23:57

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THE 2014 NUGGETS – THEY STILL SUCK

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I turned off the TV before half-time of Friday night’s game versus Cleveland and LeBron.  The Nuggies were down by 20 and headed for another loss.  Admittedly the season is young, but I will bet dollars to donuts that the Nuggets will win even fewer games than they did last year.  Here is a major reason why:

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It’s coach Brian Shaw telling Ty Lawson what to do – got it backwards in my opinion.  I have written previously about the woes of the Nuggets so won’t repeat myself here because my views have not changed, particularly about the ownership.  Another prediction – Shaw will be gone before the end of the season.  I certainly hope that George Karl is enjoying some Schadenfreude.   
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BILL VIELEHR 1945-2014

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Among the lesser known facts about West Boulder is that Bill had his workshop and foundry behind the old Arapahoe Motors place on West Pearl Street.  We happened upon the place while walking the dog, and visited several times to see what new was going on.  We had the good fortune to chat with Bill just a few weeks before his untimely death.  A very nice article about Bill can be found here in Westword, so I will not repeat what has already been written.  Below are a few pictures of Bill’s work which can be found around town and around the country.
Park Pieces
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Chicago
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A typical wall hanging – some are quite large, 4 feet square
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 Bill made the awards that were given out at the Boulder International Film Festival
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 A typical day at his workshop
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Godspeed Bill
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