Lobo radio play-by-play announcer Robert Portnoy is now calling Anthony Mathis “Tony” and “Tone.” I don’t know what Mathis thinks about Bob calling him those monikers but Mathis is certainly setting the tone to be called a Mountain West Conference first-team selection next season. Craig Neal had once called Mathis the best 3-point shooter on his team. Had Neal not relegated Mathis a spot to rot on the bench the past two seasons, might Neal still be coaching the Lobos?
Who said that basketball is a non-contact sport? Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton has had 37 surgeries. Hopefully one day, Walton will come to the Pit to announce a Lobo game on ESPN. During the recent nationally televised UCLA-Arizona game, Walton went off about the city of Roswell, UFOs, and NMMI. His style isn’t for everyone but rest assured that the history of the Pit along with little known facts about the city of Albuquerque and the state of New Mexico would be extensively covered. The NM Tourism Department would love every minute of it.
The Journal’s Geoff Grammer asked in his digital column “Emptying the notebook,” which he writes after each Lobo game (highly recommended), if Wednesday’s low announced attendance of 9,737 was due to the rain, the Air Force loss or Valentine’s Day? I would say 10% rain, 70% the Air Force loss and 20% Valentine’s Day. Many Lobo fans will draw the line somewhere. UNM getting run out of the gym by an Air Force team scoring 100 points is incomprehensible.
− Bad Tempered Lobo Fan
Cibola and West Mesa girls basketball teams have been fortunate with the Metro girls teams being down as a whole. For those two teams to embarrass the Rio Grande girls when they are definitely struggling was tough to see (their Coach resigned in September also). We will see here shortly when the competition gets tougher at state what happens.
− Burque hoops historian