I was a life-long pick-up basketball player until Fall of 2002, when I had a knee replacement. At that time, Karen and my surgeon induced a promise from me to not play anymore. I don't. Now I work out occassionally and play some tennis, bike some, ... you know, a little bit of everything. But my new passion is golf.
Karen took this photo near the second hole while on her morning run:
This summer, Mike Bartunek and I won our 8-team division in the RiverCrest Men’s League Golf Tournament, a summer-long event capped off by a playoff between divisions for an overall champion. We won our division but did not win the overall championship. See our trophy (Mike and I each got one):
There were a total of 32 teams participating in the league, and it was both challenging and a lot of fun.
Karen and I attended the President’s Tailgate party and the Iowa game as guests of the PSU President. Our friends Mike and Diane Bartunek, who are great Penn State fans and who have season tickets to the Nittany Lions, joined us in the experience. We stayed at the house that they maintain in State College just to travel to and attend PSU functions.
The “tailgate” party was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in a very large room. There we were greeted by President Barron and escorted to our table, one of about 300 guests. The Nittany Lion Band, the Lion himself (or is it herself?), Director of Athletics Sandy Barbour, a musical group, a theater group, a technology innovation demonstration, open bars, and a fantastic array of food welcomed us. It was overwhelming.Below is our group at the President’s Tailgate, and The girls with the Lion and Sandy Barbour:
We were taken by private bus directly from the door of the Penn Stater to the door leading to the President‘s Box, an intimate little affair for 300 people. We, however, were led to a more private box separated by a glass wall, where we were in the first row of seats in a 6-seat by 4-row arrangement. Behind the seats was an enormous array of food, once again, which was continuously replenished with additional selections during the game. Virtually anything you could think of was provided, including thinks like blankets in case you were cold, and such. We asked our hostess, Meghan Kelly from the Great Valley campus that I am involved with, if the box windows could be opened and, viola!, within minutes the windows rolled up. The atmosphere and sound of the game and the crowd was infectous. It was an experience to remember.Below is Karen and me in our box at the game, and Mike with us at the top of our seats:
The game itself was a 41-14 blowout by Penn State.