Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Only Once Every Five Years Does This Amateur Carry On About Basketball.(Metro & New Mexico)

Byline: JIM BELSHAW Of the Journal

It's that time again. It's been five years since I wrote a basketball column. I'm due. The last one was on Jan. 31, 1996, when I wrote this: "At a UNM women's basketball game, the Pit has the feeling of the ground floor, the beginning of something."

Not that I'm an expert about these things. I am only a casual fan of basketball, which has certain advantages, however.

For instance, I am never tempted to listen to sports talk radio shows, let alone call one; I have never questioned a coach's strategy because that would imply I know more than he does, and even I have to draw the line somewhere; I have never called the athletic director and asked if he had a choice of rails on which he'd like to be run out of town. …

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