All posts by Tyler Bennett

Isaiah Austin Will Always be a Star

Isaiah Austin

Life is unfair sometimes.

One moment, you’re having dreams of hearing your name called at the NBA Draft, maybe even by your favourite NBA team growing up. The next, you’re finding out that you’ll never be able to play the sport you love at a high competition level ever again.

That’s where former Baylor Bears star Isaiah Austin finds himself now in his journey through life.

On Sunday, we all learned of Austin’s situation. He was diagnosed with a serious medical condition that will force him to step away from the game he grew up to love for good. While he will never be able to realize his dream of hearing his name called at the NBA Draft, he will most definitely be remembered as a great basketball player who had an even bigger love for the game of basketball. Continue reading Isaiah Austin Will Always be a Star

Hallowed Grounds: UTPA Fieldhouse

UTPA

The state of Texas is full of great sporting programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Competing with the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, TCU, and others for attention is something that smaller schools do not stand a chance in doing.

Being a significant distance from any large school is also a factor, and that is the situation that Texas-Pan American finds themselves in.

Located in Edinburg, TX, which is just over half an hour from the Mexico – USA border, UTPA has a tough time attracting crowds to their basketball and volleyball games. With that in mind, they have a hidden gem of sorts in their basketball facility.

The UTPA Fieldhouse is one of the oldest basketball arenas in the state of Texas, and is one that is worth checking out if you ever find yourself in the Rio Grande Valley area. Continue reading Hallowed Grounds: UTPA Fieldhouse

Hallowed Grounds: Timmons Arena

Furman Paladins

The year 1998 was a big year in the sporting world.

Kentucky won the NCAA Championship with a 78 – 69 victory over Utah.

The Chicago Bulls won their third straight NBA Championship in a lockout-shortened season to complete their second three-peat in the decade.

It marked the first year that NHL players participated in the Olympics, and the first year that women’s hockey was in the Olympics.

Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa both took aim at Roger Maris’ home run record of 61 in a season. Both would go onto top that mark, with McGwire hitting 70 home runs and Sosa hitting 66.

Also that year, the Furman Paladins opened the Timmons Arena in Greensville, SC. The new facility put the men’s and women’s basketball teams back on campus, and what a great move it was for the program and the school as a whole. Continue reading Hallowed Grounds: Timmons Arena

Hallowed Grounds: Benjamin Johnson Arena

Wofford Terriers

The year 1981 was a good year in terms of sports. Some of today’s best athletes were born in 1981.

Roger Federer, Troy Polamalu, Hope Solo, Iker Casillas, Serena Williams, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eli Manning, Joe Johnson and Carlos Boozer are just a handful of the professional athletes who were born in 1981.

Also in 1981, the Wofford Terriers started to call a new building home for their men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams. The Benjamin Johnson Arena was opened in 1981, and is still the home to these teams today.

It’s a common thought in the sporting world that once you pass the 30 year mark, you are passed your prime and it’s a slow decline from then on out. In terms of the Benjamin Johnson Arena, the facility is still in great shape and is one that people need to check out.  Continue reading Hallowed Grounds: Benjamin Johnson Arena