The Adventures of Brittney, Julie and Alex
9:35 P.M., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011
What an "exciting" adventure Brittney (BG), Alex and I had recently. It was exciting in one sense, but frustrating in another. I'm going to chronicle all of this as Central time in order to keep from jumping back and fourth with the time change aspect of the trip. I'll just describe our travel adventures in this blog as I won't be able to cover the actual taping of the show until after it's aired.
Right before the 3-day Martin Luther King weekend (Jan. 13), I received a call from an executive at ESPN requesting that BG be a guest on its Sport Science show. Sport Science is an Emmy Award-winning TV series, hosted by John Brenkus, which uncovers sports' biggest myths and mysteries by using cutting-edge technology to measure momentum, friction and the laws of gravity. If you haven't seen the show, check out the video clips on their website. Of course, they wanted it to be shot before March, I presume so that it could be shown during the NCAA Tournament. Well, you guys know that we're in season now right?
Luckily, the timing of the request couldn't have been better. If they'd made the request even a week later we wouldn't have been able to do it. As it was, we were working feverishly up until two days before we were to leave to get all the I's dotted and T's crossed.
Since we have a bye on Wednesday (Jan. 26), Monday Jan. 24 was the ONLY day we could possibly tape the show. Paperwork had to be submitted to the NCAA, travel details had to be worked out. Oh, but first I had to check with a couple of people. Coach Mulkey gave her approval and BG was thrilled. It is one of her favorite programs and she was looking forward to doing the `skeleton dance' (more on that in tomorrow's blog entry).
Since it was such short notice travel-wise (we didn't get the final approval until Friday morning and we were to leave on Sunday) we were pretty much at the mercy of open flights. In order for BG to miss the least amount of class, we had to fly out Sunday, tape the show Monday morning and fly back Monday afternoon.
OK, now on to the frustrating part. It was finally arranged that the three of us were to fly out of Killeen on Sunday afternoon, then catch a flight out of DFW to Los Angeles International (LAX). I picked up BG and Alex at the Ferrell Center and we proceeded to Killeen, no problems there. While there, BG signed numerous autographs and posed for at least three pictures. No problems on our flight to DFW, we're just cruising along.
Our flight was slated to take off from DFW at 6:40 p.m. After boarding the plane and sitting there, they announced at 8:20 p.m. that the plane was being taken out of service. Luckily for us, there was another 757 just two gates over that they were able to get ready to fly us to Los Angeles. We were also fortunate that it was the same size plane that we had gotten off of so they didn't have to do any reseating, etc. We finally took off for LAX at 10:20, "just" four hours late. We landed at LAX at 1:15 a.m. (CST) and arrived at our hotel at 2:30 a.m. (CST).
The next morning (Monday) one of the show's production assistants was to pick us up at 6:30 a.m. (remember, we're still talking Central time here) and take us to the studio. Once at the studio we proceeded with the taping (more on that tomorrow). We were scheduled to take a 1:25 p.m. flight out of Bob Hope Airport (Burbank). We have to make that flight in order to get BG back to Waco to attend class on Tuesday morning. They had originally wanted us to fly back on Tuesday but I said no to that, she wasn't going to miss two days of class.
We finished taping the show at 12:15 p.m., luckily the studio/lab was right next to the airport so we had time to eat a sandwich while we were waiting to board the plane. We took off from Burbank, flew to DFW then on to Killeen. I delivered BG to her apartment at 11:45 p.m. What a whirlwind 33 hours!!!
Lady Bears to Debut New Uniforms
12:35 P.M., WEDNESDAY, JAN. 12, 2011
The Baylor women's basketball team, as part of Nike's Hyper Elite program, will be sporting new uniforms for the rest of the 2010-11 season. Kim Mulkey and the Lady Bears will be ushering in a bit of history to their look when they begin wearing Nike Hyper Elite threads against Texas on Wednesday, Jan. 12.
Hyper Elite uniforms use what is called aerographic technology to include silhouetted images on the back that are representative of the history and tradition of the university and its basketball team. Baylor's silhouetted panel on the back of the uniform extends from the shoulders to just below the number and features many Baylor specific silhouettes, including the school's mascot, the bear.
Baylor, one of Nike's Elite women's programs, received two sets of uniforms, a road green set and a home white set. The green uniforms, which BU will first wear in Austin today, feature gold panels on both the shorts and shirts, the players' names on the back of the shirt are gold and the numbers are gold outlined in white.
With the current elite uniform, the shorts weigh about 15 to 16 ounces. The new shorts weigh just six ounces, featuring laser-perforated holes to allow for better airflow, helping keep the athlete cool while playing. Other features include 66% short weight reduction, short dries 30% faster, heat transfer color details, side vent reduces snagging, woven short fabrication and fuller hemline for mobility.
The new green and while uniforms join Baylor's current gold uniforms as options to wear during the current season.
Lady Bears Sit at No. 1
4:55 P.M., MONDAY, JAN. 3, 2011
What a year it has been so far. After sitting in the No. 2 spot of The Associated Press Poll since the beginning of the season, the Lady Bears moved up to No. 1 in the Jan. 3 listing after then-top-ranked Connecticut lost at Stanford, 71-59.
The Lady Bears are Baylor's first team to achieve a No. 1 listing in an AP Poll. Men's basketball's highest ranking came on Dec. 6 and Dec. 13, 2010, when it checked in at No. 9 and football's highest ranking was No. 3 for two consecutive weeks during the 1953 season.
Connecticut, which dropped to No. 2, had been the top team for a record 51 straight weeks, beginning Feb. 18, 2008. Duke, Stanford and Tennessee round out the first five of the latest poll. Stanford moved up five places, to No. 4, after routing then-No. 4 Xavier and beating UConn.
Baylor, 13-1 on the season, suffered its lone loss, a one-point decision at UConn, 65-64, on Nov. 16. The Lady Bears have since reeled off 10 straight victories which includes wins over four ranked opponents - - No. 25 Michigan State (78-52), No. 16 Notre Dame (76-65), No. 6 Tennessee (65-54) and No. 23 Syracuse (77-43). Baylor has posted a +16.2 scoring margin versus its five ranked opponents this season.
The Lady Bears garnered 23 first-place votes to Connecticut's 14 while Stanford picked up two first-place nods and Duke received one. All told, Baylor out-pointed UConn, 978-967, to gain the No. 1 spot. Among additional poll voters, 12 picked Baylor at No. 2 while five voted the Lady Bears at No. 3.
Baylor will open Big 12 play and face its sixth ranked opponent of the season when it hosts No. 17 Iowa State on Saturday, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m., in a game that will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
Link to AP voter ballots