To my key-hole view of the world, Friona, Texas (pop. +/- 3,500) is a special place, mostly because it gave us Tony Perea.
Miners Hall, in the 1960s and ‘70s, was a screenplay, just waiting to happen. Think “Semi-Tough” or “Animal House” with a brawny cast that would rather rumble than memorize their lines.
By Mark S. McDonald, undocumented railbird As I get older and rounder, events such as this weekend give me more pause, more pause to be thankful. Memorial Day leaves me grateful for our armed service men and women, all those nameless people who stood up for me, for America and for the freedom we hold … Continue reading Memorial Day — A Grateful Salute to Old Glory and to the UTEP Experience
By Mark S. McDonald, undocumented railbird Nothing pleases a college football coaching staff more than a forgettable summer. Yes, this is when they reintroduce themselves to their wives and kids and take a few days off for family vacation. Last thing any program needs is transfers out, players on the police blotter, flunk-outs, injuries or … Continue reading The Sound of Silence – UTEP Miners Football Quietly Rehabs and Rebuilds
By Mark S. McDonald, Under-qualified but unrelenting UTEP correspondent Once in a great while, a UTEP post strikes home, triggering unpredictable reader reaction. It recently happened, not once, but twice — with a flurry of comments on former Miners track coach Wayne Vandenburg and the late trainer, Ross Moore. Here are nuggets from the mine shaft: … Continue reading Ross Moore & Wayne Vandenburg – Two Historic UTEP Sports Figures Still Strike a Chord
By Mark S. McDonald, undocumented UTEP railbird Wayne Vandenburg was on fire the other night, poking at a plate of enchiladas at a Permian Basin café, serving up 55 years of UTEP athletics for dessert. Vandy came to Texas Western from the University of New Mexico to coach the track/field and cross-country teams. He was 24. … Continue reading Vandy Still a Dandy — Hall of Fame UTEP Coach in Full Stride