Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A Recap of the weekend

From last week when I saw Daniel Ratcliff and Richard Griffiths in Equus on stage, the week went down hill. Friday night I took it easy, doing my wash and grocery shopping.

Saturday, I had class and collected 30 finals. Students who showed up late, stayed in the library to work on the their paper or left class early will be downgraded. From class, I did some last minute shopping and headed home. I walked to Chris's hosue where we went to Gene and Isabel's for a house concert. Phil Missinale and We're about 9, with Abbie Gardner. It was good to see Gene and Isabel. Isabel make this award winning chili and there were way too many choices of sweet things to eat. Getting home and crashing was needed too.

Sunday, I got up and went to Manhattan for the Maggie Dixon Basketball Classic.

Margaret Mary "Maggie" Dixon (May 9, 1977 – April 6, 2006) was an American collegiate women's basketball coach. Maggie Dixon was born in North Hollywood, California, and played basketball at Notre Dame High School. Dixon graduated in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in history from the University of San Diego, where she played for the women's basketball team. After an unsuccessful try out for the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks, she took up coaching, at the urging of her older brother. She became an assistant coach at DePaul University from 2001-2005.
In 2005, just 11 days before the 2005-2006 season, Dixon was hired as the women's basketball coach of the United States Military Academy. In her first year, they surprised the college basketball world by going 20-11 and winning the Patriot League conference tournament; she took them to 2006 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament as a 15 seed, where they lost to the University of Tennessee, 102-54. It was the first March Madness tournament appearance for any Army basketball team.
Her brother was Jamie Dixon, the head men's basketball coach of the University of Pittsburgh. In 2006, the Dixons became the first brother-sister pair to take teams to the NCAA basketball tournaments the same year, as Jamie's Pittsburgh Panthers also made the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. Her brother lost in the second round to Bradley.

Just weeks after her appearance in the tournament, on April 5, 2006, Dixon was hospitalized at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, after collapsing and suffering what her brother described as an "arrhythmic episode to her heart." Dixon died the next night at the age of only 28, a little over a month shy of her 29th birthday. An autopsy revealed that Dixon had an enlarged heart and had a problem with a heart valve.

Dixon was buried at the West Point Cemetery, an honor usually reserved only for high ranking officials.
On November 12, 2006 West Point held the 1st Annual Maggie Dixon Classic, a basketball mini-tournament in Dixon's honor. It featured two games, a men's and women's game. In the men's game Jamie Dixon's Pitt Panthers defeated Western Michigan and in the women's game the Army women's team lost to Ohio State. The games were televised by ESPNU.
In the 2007-2008 season the Classic moved to Madison Square Garden and featured the University of Pittsburgh women's team against Duke University and Army and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights

The Maggie Dixon Classic this year was Army Vs Rutger and then Uconn and UPenn...

I sat through both Basketball games.

I went home to do more errands and Monday, I could not get up. I refused to get out of bed so I called in sick. I spent the morning catching up and went to Manhattan for the Afternoon/ Night. Late night. I went to see the Rockerfeller Center Christmas Tree, to get a ticket to see Shrek the Musical. I passed the theater on 42nd that was having screening to the Adam Sandler Christmas Movie... Bedtime Stories so I went.
Dont pay to see this cute kiddie movie, wait for DVD or HBO.

I had tickets to Neil Young at the Garden. Everestt opened, Wilco played a respectable set and Neil started after 10pm. I left at 1145 with 7 songs to go. I missed Cowgirl in the sand but heard it last year at the United Palace.

Set list: Love And Only Love / Hey Hey, My My / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / Powderfinger / Spirit Road / Cortez The Killer / Cinnamon Girl / Oh, Lonesome Me / Mother Earth / The Needle And The Damage Done / Light A Candle / "Cough Up The Bucks" / Fuel Line / "Hit The Road And Go To Town" / Heart Of Gold / Old Man / Get Back To The Country / When Worlds Collide / "Get Behind The Wheel" / Just Singing A Song / Cowgirl In The Sand / Rockin' In The Free World // A Day In The Life

Neil was great and is in great voice. I like the acoustic stuff better than the louder electric but the rockers were out at the Garden. Neil plays again tonight to a sold out crowd.