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At the Roundhouse: Lawmakers Do Good

At The RoundhouseHow’s that for a headline?

I can get away with it because there’s no partisan debate about this deed of the seldom sung solons:  They’ll take to the court once again Friday night (Feb. 10) at Santa Fe High to raise money for the UNM Cancer Center.

Take to the basketball court that is.

Moving past redistricting battles, slow-breaking New Mexico legislators will demonstrate brick-throwing and zone offenses in a different cause —  a  “Hoops 4 Hope” showdown between the House Aggies and the Senate Lobos.

Just kidding about their court skills.  They’re actually pretty good for a mostly-middle-aged bunch of guys who spend twelve hours a day on their backsides this time of year, hashing over New Mexico laws. And last year, they raised $20,000 for the cancer center. They hope to score higher this year.

Tipoff is at 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe High gym. You can buy $5 per person tickets at the door on game night or in advance in Room 125 at the Roundhouse.

If you can’t bear to watch, you can make a donation by calling Billy Gupton at 505-480-9316.

The House won last year in a matchup featuring House coaching by Aggies basketball legend Lou Henson and Senate strategy guided by then-Lobos football coach Mike Locksley.

It was enough to make you wonder if the House folks had more of a clue.

Henson will again direct the House Aggies.  The Senate Lobos will have some new blood this year, but one wonders, like Gov. Susana Martinez, if they’ve gotten the message.

This year’s Senate Lobos leader is new UNM head football coach Bob Davies.

But come see.  The Senate likes to have the last word and usually has something up its sleeve. And I guess that guy Steve Alford is kind of busy these days.

It’s a good cause, of course,  and a welcome break from the legislative session, which has 11 agonizing days to go.