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Sports / Recreation

Rams get schooled by retirees

January 21, 2011
By Tony Phifer

CSU men's basketball players got a lesson in competitive darts - and a lot of laughs - during their annual visit to a Fort Collins retirement residence.

The Tim Miles Show, a 30-minute show hosted by CSU play-by-play radio broadcaster Brian Roth, is broadcast at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on CSUTV-11 and rebroadcast during the week by The mtn.CSU men’s basketball coach Tim Miles is a big believer in involving his players in community outreach. He’s also a determined to turn his program into a consistent winner.

Miles and the Rams, though, got more than they bargained for recently during a visit to The Worthington, a Fort Collins retirement community. Lured into a game of darts with the residents, the Rams more than met their match.

“Our guys love going over there and enjoy the interaction,” Miles said. “The folks in that age group, that’s not a generation young kids get to spend a lot of face-to-face time with. Spending time over there rallies everyone’s spirits.”
 

Annual community outreach


The showdown marked the third consecutive year the Rams have visited The Worthington, where several CSU alumni and supporters live. Other than the darts game, there is no agenda – just an opportunity for CSU student-athletes to bring smiles to faces.

“It was the most wonderful evening,” said Betty Ann Martell, a 1942 CSU graduate in sociology who lives at The Worthington. “Everyone here gets very excited when the team comes to visit.”
 

Rams meet their match ... and then some


Still, the competition was fierce. The Rams had beaten The Worthington team last year, and the hosts apparently were out for revenge. Led by LuIda Abrahamson’s accurate throws, the Worthington squad swept both games.

Miles, though, said the Rams were thrown off their game by their hosts’ tactics.
 

Worthington residents pull out all the stops


At one point, The Worthington cheering section broke out an old cheer made popular when some of the residents were in college: “Pork chop, pork chop: greasy, greasy, greasy. We can beat the Rams: easy, easy, easy.”

Also, Martell was spotted pinching one of the players as he attempted to throw a dart.

“I inadvertently pinched him,” the 90-year-old Martell said, innocently. “It was an accident.”
 

Rams can't handle cheers, goosing


Miles, tongue firmly planted in cheek, said his team had no chance.

“It was a raw deal for the Rams,” he said, laughing. “Not that we’re bitter, mind you. We swept them last year, but this time they threw us off our game with their cheers that were hurtful and their inappropriate goosing. They’re a lot like the fans at Yankee Stadium.”
 

A great time for all


There were no hard feelings, however. Miles gave the residents passes to watch the Rams beat TCU at Moby Arena the following night.

“It was a great experience for our players and coaches," Miles said. “I know we all had a great time.”