Pete's Ponderings-November 10
Courtesy: New Mexico State University  
Release:  11/10/2008

Pete is packing up a bedroll and some vittles for a campin’ trip this weekend. I’m not going to the Gila or the Robledo’s or up to Capitan. I’m camping out at the Pan Am Center ‘cause there is a whole passel of Aggie action taking place starting Thursday, Nov. 13. It’s like a buffet of sporting events with seconds and thirds available. Two volleyball matches, three basketball games, two for the women and one for the men. I’ll tell ya it’s an Aggie fans delight to have these events lined up perfectly for our enjoyment.


The WAC leading Jordanaires hosted Utah State, Nov. 13. Now we all know who the real Aggies are, they wear Crimson and rope steers. Those well meaning folks from Utah State think an Aggie wears blue and is a steer. The coach of champions teaches another lesson in volleyball excellence to these Navy-clad Aggies. On Nov. 15, Jordan’s team is in action again when it hosts San Jose State in the final WAC regular season game of the year. There will be one more match for the senior salute. It will be on Thanksgiving night, so don’t get to thinking that Saturday’s match is the last one of the year in the Pan Am. 


Women’s hoops open its regular season Friday, Nov. 14, when the Aggies host the Anteaters from UC Irvine. They are familiar foes from the old Big West days and are prime victim material for Darin Spence’s crew. They won’t have much time off either as they swing back into action Sunday, Nov. 16, versus Cal Poly, also from the Big West. After shutting down the Melborne Roos, Nov. 5, the “D” in Darin Spence’s first name, seems to stand for defense. The Roos could shoot only 20 percent from the floor.  Do you see the pattern here?


Aggie sports for the whole weekend. In fact it will be the only sports activity in town this week so you can focus in on your Crimson and White duds for four days straight. Marvin Menzies takes the wraps off of this year’s men’s basketball model for the regular season opener Saturday, Nov. 15. UC Riverside makes its first-ever visit to the Pan Am Center. Now, UC Riverside is a newcomer to the Division I ranks, but its coach is very familiar with competition at the top level. Jim Wooldridge is looking to build the UC Riverside program after a coaching stint at Kansas State.


It’s the kind of week that always shows up in November, plenty of games, plenty of fun and plenty to cheer about. If you are like Pete you won’t pick and choose like a fussy eater at the chuck wagon. You’ll have a full plate of Aggie sports from Thursday, Nov. 13 through Sunday, Nov. 16. 

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