Spurs Recap Feb 19-25

Created Wednesday, 27 February 2008 14:07

The Spurs are back and are on fire!  For what seems like the first time this season, the team finally has all of its parts back and it shows.  Tony Parker finally returned to the court after a long absence, and although he has not quite regained his pre-injury form yet, he has been playing and as a result, the Spurs have won 6 in a row, and 9 of the last 10.  In addition, San Antonio has regained first place in the Southwest division, although the race, which features four teams within 2.5 games of the lead, remains the tightest in the league.  Rivals, New Orleans and Dallas remain just one game back, while Houston is 2.5.

After their Rodeo Road Trip followed by the All-Star break, the Spurs were happy to get back to the friendly confines of their home court.  The game against the Charlotte Bobcats was the first they played at home in three weeks, but the end result was the same as when most teams visit San Antonio…a Spurs win.  The game certainly wasn’t a thing of beauty, but the home team did get the 85-65 win.  Manu Ginobili lead the team with 18 points, and Duncan had 15 rebounds.  San Antonio completely dominated the glass, 54-38, and the tough Spurs’ defense held the visitors to only 28% shooting from the field.  Tim Duncan had an off night scoring, only managing two baskets, but made up for it on the other end of the court with 5 blocks.

Minnesota is one of the worst teams in the league, so a close game might not have been expected.  Expectations and reality, however, are often vastly different.  It took a heroic effort by Ginobili to escape Minnesota with a win.  In addition to his 44 points, the Argentine hit the game winner with just over 6 seconds left on the clock to get the victory.  Any other night, Tim Duncan’s 24 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 assists would have been the story, but Ginnobili stole the headlines with his performance.  The game also marked the return of Tony Parker, who played sparingly, and scored 8 points.

Just before the trade deadline ended, the Spurs made a move to try to keep up with the arms race that is going on in the West.  San Antonio added Kurt Thomas to the line up.

The next game up for the Spurs brought division rival, New Orleans to town, and a game between two teams tied for first in the division.  The Spurs had rough patches in the game, at one point going 8:30 without hitting a basket, but managed to get hot at the right time to pull out the 98-89 win.  Ginobili continued his hot shooting, scoring 30, while Duncan added 25 points and 11 rebounds.  The Spurs shot 100% from the free throw line in the game.

The game against the Hawks was the first game featuring Kurt Thomas in a Spurs’ uniform, and although the veteran only played 13 minutes, he showed why he was brought in by scoring four points and grabbing 9 rebounds.  Tim Duncan led the Spurs to the 89-74 victory by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds.  Tony Parker continued to regain his form, playing 28 minutes and scoring 15 points and dishing out 9 assists.

The Spurs have finally gotten everyone healthy and have put a run together since the All-Star break to regain the division lead.  Fans have to feel relieved to have Tony Parker back in the line up, and excited to see what Kurt Thomas can bring to the table.  If the Spurs are to defend their championship this year, it will perhaps be the toughest road they have faced.  Western rivals have upgraded, with Dallas bringing in Jason Kidd, the Lakers getting Pau Gasol, and the Suns trading for Shaquille O’Neil.  Hopefully, the Spurs’ injury problems are all in the past, and the team can continue to keep up the winning ways it has established since the break.

 

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San Antonio Summer Art and Jazz Festival

Created Monday, 25 February 2008 22:12

 

San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival

The SAS Fest, or officially The San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival, is always held annually on the first weekend of June. It is packed with the famous Texas food, Arts and Crafts, and ten awesome jazz concerts. This year will be 6th annual event and they wanting to continue providing the entertainment in a family atmosphere.

So what is the SAS Fest? Aside from being a great festival, it is great for learning too. This year there will be two free jazz workshops. The workshops have been created to help young student musicians develop their skills of playing their instruments within jazz music. Any person is welcome to attend, although the workshops are aimed at the underprivileged school districts in the area. If you are wanting to learn more about jazz music in general, or simply the music industry, you are encouraged to participate.

Although the original idea of the San Antonio Summer Art & Jazz Festival was simply to promote jazz music, it now is also a supporter of charity. Some of the proceeds received from attending the SAS Fest will go to “Any Baby Can”. It is a non-profit organization created to provide free services to young children who have serious disabilities or illnesses.

SAS also welcomes an estimated forty children from the “Children’s Shelter”. The Children’s Shelter provides housing and care for abused or abandoned children. SAS will provide a nice area at the festival, a dinner, and a toy for each of the children from the Children’s Shelter.

If you would like to attend or even participate in the SAS event, you are encouraged to visit their website for more details. They are seeking talented jazz musicians to display their talent at the festival.

When: June 6th – June 8th, 2008

Where: Crocket Park, San Antonio, Texas

Visit http://sanantoniosummerartjazzfestival.com/id13.html for directions.

Pets, coolers, and outside food and drink are not allowed.

You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair.

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Highland Games

Created Monday, 25 February 2008 02:00

San Antonio Highland Games

Do you love Scottish food? Do you want to learn more about the Scottish way of life? The San Antonio Highland Games is coming up this year in April. It will feature a variety of things from Scotland’s history and current social traditions. The event will be featuring a Celtic band, Needfire.

When: April 5th and 6th, 2008

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Where: San Antonio, Texas

It is recommended you stay at the Motel 6 on Brandera Road. It is considered the official hotel for the Highland Games.

One of the unique things that will be at the Highland Games will be featuring the world’s largest living warhorse named Thor. You should definitely go if for no other reason than to see Thor. He is absolutely huge and seeing someone with a joust atop of him can make you realize just how entertaining jousting probably was during the medieval period.

What would be the reason to call it Highland Games without games? The San Antonio Highland Games features a Scottish competition each year. It is typically separated by weight class and it is required that you wear a kilt, highland hose, and the highland games t-shirt at all times throughout the competition. You are required to visit their website at http://www.sahga.org/athletics.html and turn in an release waiver.

San Antonio Highland Games

Do you love Scottish food? Do you want to learn more about the Scottish way of life? The San Antonio Highland Games is coming up this year in April. It will feature a variety of things from Scotland’s history and current social traditions. The event will be featuring a Celtic band, Needfire.

When: April 5th and 6th, 2008

Time: 10:00am – 9:00pm

Where: San Antonio, Texas

It is recommended you stay at the Motel 6 on Brandera Road. It is considered the official hotel for the Highland Games.

One of the unique things that will be at the Highland Games will be featuring the world’s largest living warhorse named Thor. You should definitely go if for no other reason than to see Thor. He is absolutely huge and seeing someone with a joust atop of him can make you realize just how entertaining jousting probably was during the medieval period.

What would be the reason to call it Highland Games without games? The San Antonio Highland Games features a Scottish competition each year. It is typically separated by weight class and it is required that you wear a kilt, highland hose, and the highland games t-shirt at all times throughout the competition. You are required to visit their website at http://www.sahga.org/athletics.html and turn in an release waiver.

There will be several vendors at the event. The Scottish have a vast history and with that comes lots of arts and crafts. You will be able to find handmade jewelry, antique Scottish memorabilia, and even stained glass artwork.

As mentioned above, there will be plenty of celebration through dancing and music. Several bands will be in attendance other than Needfire. Carl Peterson, Beyond the Pale, and Sally’s Garden’s are just a few that will be playing while you are able to swing your kilt around on the dance floor.

There will be several vendors at the event. The Scottish have a vast history and with that comes lots of arts and crafts. You will be able to find handmade jewelry, antique Scottish memorabilia, and even stained glass artwork.

As mentioned above, there will be plenty of celebration through dancing and music. Several bands will be in attendance other than Needfire. Carl Peterson, Beyond the Pale, and Sally’s Garden’s are just a few that will be playing while you are able to swing your kilt around on the dance floor.

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San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival

Created Friday, 22 February 2008 20:53

The San Antonio New World Wine and Food Festival

The New World Wine and Food Festival held in San Antonio is a five day event. Its purpose is to not encourage dieting, but instead, encourage an over-indulgence in eating and fun. The goal is to help you discover new favorites and enjoy the old ones all in one weekend. The event is held at several locations throughout the course of the festival. You will be visiting an assortment of different locations.

Date: November 5th – 9th, 2008

About the Festival

The New World Wine and Food Festival has been established since 2000 and is a non-profit organization. It was designed showcase San Antonio as one of the premiere locations for great wine and food. The wines and food that are celebrated come from several different regions including Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean and of course Texas. It is meant to be an educational event to introduce a variety of foods and wines to the residents and visitors of south Texas.

Purchasing Tickets for the event

Tickets are made available for purchase at the New World Wine and Food Festival website, http://www.nwwff.org. A phone number is also available at their website if you prefer ordering via phone.

Children at the festival

Since the event is spread through 5 days the only event that children under the age of 21 are allowed is at the Totally Tejas. At the other events you must be above the age of 21 and no children will be allowed, even if they are being accompanied by a parent.

Hotels and Other Activities

If you are traveling to the event, there are plenty of beautiful hotels in the San Antonio area. As well, there is plenty to do during this time of year. There are lots of attractions and you are encouraged to visit a visitors center website to find other activities even though the NWWFF provides more than enough events to occupy your time.

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San Antonio Spurs Feb 8 to 13

CreatedTuesday, 19 February 2008 21:47

With the All-Star break having come and gone, the Spurs will get back to work this week, and luckily will be back in San Antonio after their annual Rodeo Road Trip is over.  The Spurs did well on the road, and have won 3 of the last 4.  The good news is that they remain tied for second place with Dallas in the division, and both trail surprising New Orleans by two games.  The bad news is that the West is so competitive, that both Dallas and San Antonio both are just a few games from being left out of the playoffs altogether. The Spurs went 6-3 on their road trip, as opposed to 4-4 last year.

Before the break, San Antonio beat New York in a tight and exciting game that went into overtime on a Michael Finley three with half a second left on the clock.  The Spurs certainly didn’t play well much of the night, and were down by 18 in the third, before rallying to tie, then win in overtime.  Tim Duncan had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Finley added 17 in the contest.  Ginobili scored 20.  The Spurs were without Tony Parker again, and his absence showed.  San Antonio only managed 32 points in the first half, and were down by 16 at the break.  Robert Horry hit three straight three-pointers at the end of the third and start of the fourth to bring the Spurs back into the game.

San Antonio allowed a good chance to slip through their grasp on their visit to Boston.  The Celtics were playing without starting center, Kendrick Perkins, and also without Kevin Garnett, but they couldn’t quite pull off the upset.  While Tim Duncan did score 22 points, and added 14 rebounds, and 6 assists, the Spurs defense wasn’t enough to shut down the high-powered Celtics.  Paul Pierce scored 35, and PG Rajon Rondo had 12 assists and 11 rebounds, impressive for a guard.  Michael Finley had a chance late in the game to tie it, but his three point attempt rimmed out, and the Spurs were left with the loss and a missed opportunity.

The next night, San Antonio was able to shake off the loss and pick up a needed win against the Toronto Raptors and avoid starting a losing streak. Ginobili was the main reason San Antonio was able to leave Canada with a win, as he scored 34 points and added a career high 15 rebounds.  Tim Duncan did his usual thing, scoring 22, and grabbing 13 rebounds.  The Spurs never trailed in the game, although Toronto did come within 3 late in the game.  Ginobili’s 15th rebound came off his own miss with 20 seconds left in the game, and the Raptors trying to tie.  He was fouled, and the game was essentially over.

As fate would have it, the last game of the road trip came in Cleveland against the team that San Antonio buried last year for the NBA title.  At the end of a long road trip, and with the All-Star break coming up, not to mention facing a team bent on revenge, one could hardly blame the Spurs for being distracted.  They weren’t.  Manu Ginobili continued his hot play, setting his second career high in as many days.  This time it was his 8 three pointers that did the trick.  He ended up with 46 points, as San Antonio won a high scoring affair, 112-105.  The Spurs trailed in the fourth quarter, but Ginobili nailed 4 out of 4 threes, and scored 18 in the period to lead his team to victory.  As a team, the Spurs shot 78% in the final period, and the team made 7-8 threes.  Duncan scored 23 and had 13 rebounds in the game, while LeBron James tried to outdo Ginobili by scoring 39 points, with 18 coming in the final period.

While San Antonio is playing well, not having Parker in the lineup has hurt them. The team has managed to stay in the thick of the division hunt, although there is no room for error.  Any losing streak will put the team in danger of making the playoffs in the tight race for the west.  Also, the other leaders in the west have upgraded recently through trades, while the Spurs, for the most part, have stayed pat.  Time will tell whether that strategy will pay off.

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ATT to Sponsor Cibolo Canyon Golf Courses

CreatedTuesday, 12 February 2008 09:39

 San Antonio’s newest golf courses have signed a deal with one of America’s oldest and most respected companies. The courses located at the new JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort and Spa, will join only a handful of other courses who have sold the naming rights to a corporation, as the new names of the courses will be the AT&T Canyons Course, and the AT&T Oaks Course.

AT&T has left its imprint on the golf scene before, as they have lent their name to quite a few PGA tournaments in the past. In San Antonio, the telecom giant sponsors the AT&T Championship during the year. In the past, it has sponsored the National in D.C., the Masters in Augusta, and the Pro-Am at Pebble Beach. San Antonio being the headquarters for AT&T, it is only natural that the company is also the sponsor for the Spurs AT&T Center and for the San Francisco Giants AT&T Park.

AT&T is in discussions on what services they will bring to the table, and to the course, and just what their sponsorship will mean. Some ideas that are being discussed include wireless scorekeeping equipment, videotaping equipment for recording lessons, and phone and internet services.

San Antonio’s relationship with AT&T goes back to 1993 when Southwestern Bell Corp. moved their headquarters to San Antonio, in what was a huge boost to the city. Two years later the company changed its name to SBC Communications, Inc. In 2005, SBC bought AT&T, and soon renamed itself after the more well-known acronym.

The JW Marriott resort in Bexar County is expected to open in 2010, after having been delayed for around eight years due to environmental concerns. It is perhaps just that AT&T attach its name to the courses, as one of the company’s former CEOs, Edward E. Whitacre Jr. was, in part, responsible for keeping the project from falling apart.

When it opens, the resort will feature 36 holes of golf situated against a backdrop of Cibolo Canyon and the gorgeous Texas Hill Country. The courses were designed by two of the best golf architects, Pete Dye and Greg Norman, and will be a semi-private course, open to guests and members.

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Spurs Recap Jan 28 to Feb 7

Created Friday, 08 February 2008 19:20

The Spurs tough season continues, and the injury bug has continued to bite the team.  In fact, it is beginning to look like San Antonio may be the unluckiest team in the league.  Tony Parker is now out for the second time this season, this time with bone spurs.  Parker missed several games in December with a sprained ankle, and this time is expected to be out until after the All-Star game.  It’s not like the guard position is one in which the Spurs are particularly deep.  They did recently sign Damon Stoudamire, but in his 12th year in the league, he is certainly on the tail end of his career, and has not put up particularly stunning numbers in quite some time.  Manu Ginobili is an All-Star at the G/F position, but the Argentine has had his own health issues this year as well.  Top that off with Brent Barry being out with a torn calf muscle, and the Spurs look more like a M.A.S.H. unit than an NBA Finals contender.

Even so, the team has managed to persevere through the injuries, and remains in the thick of the hunt for first place in the Southwest Division.  Currently, Dallas and New Orleans are tied for first, while San Antonio remains just a game and a half out of the lead.  Much like the stock market recently, the Spurs have been a volatile team. Over the past five games the team has lost to some terrible teams, and beaten some of the best.  Whether or not anyone wished to go long with this team right now is their decision.

On Jan 28, the Spurs traveled to Utah to began a brutal road schedule that features nine straight road games.  They certainly didn’t get off of the right foot, losing to the Jazz 97-91.  The game was a physical, brutal game-the kind the Spurs usually win-but despite terrific performances by Ginobili and Duncan, the Jazz and their tough defense prevailed.  San Antonio turned the ball over 20 times and only shot 25% from behind the arc.

Next up on the western road trip was a visit to the lowly Supersonics.  Normally a trip to Seattle is the cure for any team’s losing ways, but the Sonics turned the tables on the Spurs and broke their own 14 game losing streak.  Kevin Durant, the 19 year old rookie from Texas, hit a jumper with 30 seconds left in the game to give the Sonics the win.  Ginobili missed a three pointer with less than 5 seconds left that would have sent the game into overtime.  Just before the game, Coach Popovitch benched Tony Parker indefinitely.

Ordinarily, a team on a two game losing streak does not want to go to Phoenix to try to break it.  The Spurs, however, seem to have a sense of poetic justice.  Having had their hearts broken by a game winning shot late in the game against Seattle, San Antonio had a bit of their own magic brewing against the first place Suns.  With 30 seconds left the Spurs’ Duncan banked in a basket, and Ginobili made four free throws in the final seconds to give San Antonio a much needed win, and break the streak.  They won the game in typical Spurs style, by clamping down on defense, holding the high-powered Suns to their lowest point total of the year, 81 points.

After the grind-it-out game against the Suns, San Antonio went on an offensive bender against the Pacers.  This game was a tale of two halves.  In the first period, Indiana shot a scorching 78% from the field and in the second 68%, but the game remained tied at the half.  After the break, the Spurs ratcheted up the pressure, and held Indiana to just 18% shooting and 9 points in the third period, on the way to the 116-89 blowout.

Against Washington the next night, the Spurs got a lift from an unlikely source.  Robert Horry, who has hit enough game winning shots in his career to have earned a spot in Spurs’ fans hearts forever, didn’t hit the game winning shot in this one.  He just scored 9 points in less than 4 minutes to ignite the run that sealed the game.  The crafty veteran only has 41 points on the year, but showed that he still can offer something to the team.  The Spurs’ inside presence was the difference, as Duncan scored 23 points and pulled down 9 rebounds, and Oberto scored 10 points and corralled 11 rebounds.

With all their injuries, the Spurs remain a mystery.  Other teams in the west are making bold moves.  The Lakers have traded for Pau Gasol, and the Suns have acquired Shaq.  San Antonio has plugged Stoudamire into its rotation, which brings some needed experience and depth to the point guard position, but the streak of injuries must cease for the team to have any chance of defending their title as NBA champions.

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