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Tuesday, October 18, 2005
 
Checking The Calendar
It's been a few days since I finished my last team preview. They seem to be well-received so far, and have been fun to work on, so I plan to have another done tomorrow and hopefully one more before the end of the week. The original goal was to get through the conference before exhibition games started, but it appears that my preview-every-three-days or so pace isn't going to allow me to finish before that first week of November. If I maintain this twice-per-week schedule, I'll at least be done before any regular season games start. Other upcoming events worth marking your calendar for -

October 22 - A lot of Hawkeye fans are getting pumped up for Black Out Saturday (the home football game with Michigan), but my anticipation is instead building for the Black & Gold Blowout. To me, it's the official start of the basketball season, because it's the first chance to see the team running up and down the court in 5-on-5 action. It's also where I took the picture that sits atop this blog.

October 25 - While Lindy's, Street & Smith's, Athlon Sports and innumerable amateurs provide interesting previews for the season ahead, they are a mere warmup for the annual Blue Ribbon Yearbook, which ships one week from today. Given my insatiable appetite for all things college basketball, and after reading Chris West's assessment of basketball annuals, I can't wait to get my hands on a copy. You can pre-order yours here.

November 3 - The season finally kicks off with the first of two exhibition games. It's only 16 days away. . . . .
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