Houston Brewery To Host Final 4 “Floor” Show

A Section of the 1971 Floor Houston Astrodome Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

A Section of the 1971 Playing Floor
NCAA Final Four, Houston Astrodome
Courtesy of the Houston Chronicle

 

“An east side craft brewery, 8th Wonder Brewery, is showing off a 45-year-old piece of Astrodome history from the first time the Final Four was held in Houston. To celebrate the Final Four in Houston this weekend at NRG Stadium, officials from the University of Houston reached out to the brewery to see if they would like to show off a portion of the court used for the 1971 games. The brewery’s owners jumped at the chance to showcase a piece of Dome history, March 30, 2016.” – Houston Chronicle Sports, Chron.Com, March 30, 2016

Check out the Chron.Com story:

http://www.chron.com/sports/college/marchmadness/article/A-piece-of-Astrodome-history-on-display-at-7217393.php#photo-9724347

You may want to check this one out this coming weekend, folks. Coinciding with the return of the NCAA Basketball “Final Four” tournament to Houston, the little privately-owned suds factory is placing a portion of the Astrodome floor used for that same halcyon conclusion to “March Madness” again in our town – with that first time being 1971, a full 45 years ago.

“45” is a number that keeps cropping up in our local sports association with those old and new grounds for amphitheater venues (now moving clockwise) at the Old Spanish Trail, Fannin, Loop 610 South and Kirby Drive large quadrant locale, The 2016 Final Floor takes place this coming Saturday and Monday at the now converted NRG Stadium rodeo “wild bull ride” set into a new first class, thousands-of-butts-in-the-seats basketball championship game arena.

Saturday, April 2, 2016, Schedule

Oklahoma plays Villanova in the 5:00 PM opener.

Syracuse plays North Carolina in the 7:49 PM second game.

Monday, April 4, 2016, Schedule

Saturday’s two winners play each other in the 8:18 PM championship game at NRG.

ELVIN HAYES AND UH-EX BILL McCURDY IN RECENT TIMES. ON JANUARY 20, 1968, “THE BIG E” LED UH TO A 71-69 WIN OVER # 1 UCLA BEFORE 50,000 FANS AT THE ASTRODOME THAT CHANGED THE BIG STAGE COURSE OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL FOREVER.

ELVIN HAYES AND UH-EX BILL McCURDY IN RECENT TIMES. ON JANUARY 20, 1968, “THE BIG E” LED UH TO A 71-69 WIN OVER # 1 UCLA BEFORE 50,000 FANS AT THE ASTRODOME IN THE GAME OF THE CENTURY THAT CHANGED THE BIG STAGE COURSE OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL FOREVER.

Tickets

You had better either have them already, know somebody, or be prepared to surrender your scalp to see the game live. The best HD flat screen views will be available, either through your favorite sports bar or home cable/satellite connection to TBS, the cable folks who are handling television for the whole playing event. – I am one of those who each year prefers more and more to watch sports of any kind from my own home man cave. My HD screen is only three feet from my eyes, to the left of my computer writing station, the concession stands and rest rooms are never crowded, and I have yet to stand up in the middle of all the action because I had been forced to allow someone to pass in front of me to get a beer or take a …. short walk to the rest rooms.

A Broader Wonderment About Game Watching

My new preference for the home viewing choice as best for me is certainly affected by the mobility problems that have descended upon me over time, but that’s not the whole thing. My UH Cougar football season tickets locate me in a place that protects me from crowding and the need for continuous aisle standing, but that is not the case for me at Minute Maid Park, where I’ve never bought anything but limited game package seating, and then, not often.

Baseball is just different with me. On a level of its own. I don’t go to baseball games to be shot at by tee shirt cannons – or to have the rest of my hearing blasted away by contemporary rockers who will never be the kind of “two-three the count, nobody on; he hit a high fly into the stands; rounded third – headed for home – he was the brown-eyed handsome man” that Chuck Berry used to be!

Beyond the generational gap that now exists for me – but only on some banal levels – is the fact that baseball, the eternal game, is not a creature that depends upon constant attention-span revival to be the best game ever. It just is. Baseball is an everyday melodrama, with every game playing out its own plot, its own variable levels of suspense and action, intrigue and combat, miserable failure and joyous redemption – or abject sorrow. Those are the qualities that make baseball more like a devotion to  reading great fictional literature – and never really being disappointed in what happens because you have become the kind of fan who has grown in learning what to watch for. Nobody has the ability to bring you to that awareness by tee shirt cannon blasts and loud music bangs upon your ears, brains, and sensitivities.

Great literature is to baseball what The Roadrunner and Wyle E. Coyote are to The Harlem Globetrotters and The Washington Generals. And the same high station exists for baseball in relation to football as a game of children’s war toy soldier figures and robotic toy tanks.

If baseball loses the current generation to short attention spans, it probably also means the end of all great American works of incredible fiction.

Oh, Yeah

Enjoy the Final Four. And your trip to the brewery. If those are your things.

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5 Responses to “Houston Brewery To Host Final 4 “Floor” Show”

  1. Dennis Corcoran Says:

    Hi Bill.
    I plan to watch it while I’m still in Florida with my grand kids. It’s special for me because I was the manager of the Villanova Mens’ Basketball team from 1959 through 1963. I think the Wildcats are very capable, but Oklahoma beat them already this season and they have a tremendous scorer. The key will be Villanova’s defense.

  2. Helenann Says:

    Syracuse is my team. Go Orange !

  3. gregclucas Says:

    Oklahoma and North Carolina are the “best” two teams left standing, but one or both will have to win their way to glory. Neither Villanova nor Syracuse figure to roll over and let them pass easily.

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