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|| SportsShooter.com: News Item: Posted 2005-04-02

'Hey, where IS Bucknell?'
By Robert Seale, The Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale / Sporting News

Photo by Robert Seale / Sporting News

Could it be David Klutho using a vertical shutter release for the first time in his life?
What were the highlights of the NCAA tournament in Oklahoma City? Could it be the pounds of meat consumed at the behest of local steak connoisseur Jerry Laizure? Could it be David Klutho using a vertical shutter release for the first time in his life?.....even though they've been on most professional cameras for 25 years? Ashley Judd bouncing up and down in the stands? (No, that was Austin.....) No - the highlight of the tournament was watching underdog Bucknell defeat Kansas.

We were standing in the hallway transmitting photos, when the pep band, clad in wrinkled orange Bucknell t-shirts came through the hall behind us, getting ready to take their seats before the game. We all wondered where Bucknell was, having located no state or city names in the NCAA tournament guide . So we asked the band:

"Hey, where IS Bucknell?"

"Hell, we don't know - we're from Iowa..."

"Huh?"

As it turns out, Bucknell's band was unable to make the trip, and in a very sporting gesture, Northern Iowa's pep band hung around to play in their place. The school shipped down a box of orange Bucknell t-shirts, and the Northern Iowa band changed their chant to, "Go Bison!"

When Bucknell won, the band exited again behind the photographers, and we told them the school should pay for them to stay the weekend and play at the second round game. Alas, the Bucknell administration proved not to be superstitious, and the venerable Bison promptly lost their second game.


(Robert Seale is a staff photographer with The Sporting News Based in Texas. In addition to his skills and knowledge in photography and sports, he is a walking encyclopedia of Central Texas barbeque.)

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