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Friday News:

Will Venable has started a rehab assignment with the Lake Elsinore Storm, San Diego's Single A affiliate. Venable will be with the team through Sunday.

Pete Carril's 80th birthday is the subject of a TigerBlog post. Carril had high praise for Sacramento Kings first round draft pick DeMarcus Cousins after Wednesday's NBA Summer League game.

Princeton's 2010-11 women's basketball schedule has been released. It should not be too hard to figure out when the Tiger men's Ivy games will be played based on this information. These dates jive with details we uncovered back in early May.

An amusing post on the Basketball U site is about a game in the Del Co Pro-Am Summer League where many current Penn players and Ugonna Onyekwe lost to a team featuring Kit Mueller. While the most exasperated version of this retelling has since been edited overnight, it still makes for interesting reading.

Assorted programs.

This afternoon's flash thunderstorm means less time spent weeding the front walk and more time spent scanning Princeton basketball programs from the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Anyone know when Sean Jackson wore #31 during a game at Jadwin Gym? My guess was a JV game his "freshman" year, but the cheerleaders in the background poke holes in this theory.

Seven additional images after the jump.

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When I wrote last week about my first Ivy road trip, I had difficulty recalling details about this game.

Thankfully, a copy of the Daily Princetonian from the Monday after the Tigers clinched the 1988-89 Ivy League title turned up.

Reading faded newsprint about tidbits long since forgotten (who knew a freshman Matt Eastwick scored 10 first half points?), an unexpected answer to a series of iconic images was buried towards the end of this article.

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My first Ivy road trip.

I don't remember how I talked them into it, but on the first Saturday of March in 1989, I somehow convinced my parents (and extremely skeptical younger sister) that we should load up the car and go to the Princeton/Harvard game outside Boston as a family.

We didn't head all the way up to Dartmouth the previous night, where the Big Green had been victorious 53-43 over the Tigers. Now the losers of two straight, Princeton needed to win their final conference game to claim the program's first Ivy League championship in five years.

A loss to the Crimson (who beat the Tigers by six at Jadwin Gym a month previous) combined with a Dartmouth win over Penn and the two teams would end the season tied at 10-4 for the 1988-89 Ivy crown.

Perhaps it was impending history that sold my folks on making this trip? Perhaps I just begged to the proper degree? Whatever it was, this is a game that cemented my teenage love affair with Princeton basketball.

While my memories of the contest two decades later consist solely of the gym at Harvard being extraordinarily dimly lit and the dogpile of orange and black at center court after the final buzzer, I've always been glad the 15 year-old me captured three blurry pictures after the game on my tiny camera and kept these grainy documents tucked away in my old bedroom.

The first, of Princeton senior captain Bob Scrabis (#34) talking to WHWH broadcaster David Brody, is scanned above.

Two more pictures and some notes about the game can be found after the jump.

As always, click to enlarge.

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Sunday News:

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is part of a three-on-three team ("Ariel Slow & Steady") that includes Kit Mueller (above right), Sean Jackson and John Rogers.

Will Venable (video) golfed a shot deep to right as San Diego beat the Reds 5-0 for the team's eighth straight win.

Venable earned praise from his manager for mastering the lost art of the delayed steal.

AOL News' Weekend Questionnaire asks Craig Robinson an assortment of questions he hasn't faced during his book tour.

1990-91 team photo.

This framed image of the 1990-91 Princeton Tigers was sitting outside the men's basketball office when I went by Jadwin Gym this morning to interview Sydney Johnson.

I had to take a snapshot. Seeing it brought back a lot of fond memories.

Enjoy this photo while I edit some forthcoming audio. You can click to enlarge.

Sea of "Slappers."

Daily Princetonian back cover, March 5, 1990

A picture of the stands from Matt Lapin's final game at Jadwin Gym - the debut of the first ever Senior on a Stick.

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Schedule cards.

Scans of three Princeton pocket schedule cards, each sponsored by Budweiser.

Kit Mueller.

Matt Lapin.

Bob Scrabis.

A slew of older Princeton basketball photos.

While on Flickr one recent evening, I discovered a huge repository of late 80s/early 90s photos taken by former Princeton band member Peter Dutton.

Dutton was kind enough to give me permission to share a few of his shots, clicked from the stands at various Princeton games, including four straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

They're not expert sideline snaps by any means, but that's not the point. These photos bring me back to a time almost two decades previous that was a whole lot of fun. I hope they'll stir up similar memories for some of you and give people who weren't there an idea of what it was like to follow the team back then.

Hopefully these .jpgs will also get me off my duff and scanning the archived material gathering dust at my parents' house!

Peter has thousands of additional photos on his Flickr page.

If you have any Princeton basketball photos you would like to be similarly shared, please get in touch!

December 1989. That's certainly Kit Mueller (#00), Bob Scrabis (#34) and Jerry Doyle (#5). Fairly confident Marv Williams (#22) is also on the floor. Is #40 Anders Vestergaard?

The Tigers' last lead against Georgetown. 1989 NCAA Tournament.

Princeton band. Providence Civic Center. Gorilla costume?

Georgetown shooting a free throw in the first half. I see George Leftwich (#22), Matt Lapin (#33) and Bob Scrabis (#34) ready to box out.

Second half of the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Chris Mooney (#21) is at the top of the arc. Are those Leftwich and Rick Hielscher (#33) on the floor with him?

The band does "Rock Lobster" after a game at Jadwin. Note the Matt Lapin "Senior On A Stick," which most likely means this came from the final home game of the 1989-90 season.

The Tiger unmasked!

The Princeton band plays towards the end of the first half of Princeton's 1991 NCAA Tournament game versus Villanova - a game I've never been able to bring myself to watch on tape after suffering through it live.

Photos from last night's retirement ceremony.

Couldn't make it to last night's dinner honoring Bill Bradley and Dick Kazmaier? I know, neither could we. Thankfully, our photographer, Stephen Goldsmith was able to attend and submit the following photo essay. Lots of familiar Princeton basketball faces - past, present and future were at Jadwin as #42 was retired across all Tiger sports. If you went, please share your memories of the event in our comments. Thanks so much to Stephen for his excellent work!

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The return of Seniors on a Stick.

If you attended Princeton's final home game of the season in the late 1980s and early-to-mid 1990s, you would have seen them.

Large posters of each of the Tigers who were playing their final contest at Jadwin Gym, stapled to pieces of wood, held in the air by fans like they were delegates at a political convention.

These signs (dubbed "Seniors on a Stick") were made by a group of fans called The 14 Club, who were a big influence on me as a young basketball fan growing up in Princeton. I remember fondly spending many hours before the Loyola Marymount game behind the bleachers helping them assemble that year's Seniors on a Stick.

While in New England for the Brown / Yale weekend, the idea to bring back Seniors on a Stick hit me.

If wasn't going to do this, who would?

The five seniors on the 2007-08 Princeton basketball team had been through a rough four years, which didn't go at all like they expected when they arrived on campus. They each deserved some recognition from the fans for the work they put in wearing orange and black before college basketball was no longer a part of their lives.

A plan was formed.

First, I wanted to get the go-ahead from The 14 Club and Coach Johnson. Both swiftly responded that this sounded like a great idea.

Then, it was time to lay out the designs.

With a Chris Marquart SoaS my parents found tucked away in their home as the prototype, I laid out five designs in Photoshop, using some of the great photos Stephen Goldsmith had taken for this season.

Found the right wood at Home Depot and orange 11"x17" paper at Pick Quick. Kinko's ran off proofs and did the printing from files on my key drive.

With all the parts in place, it was on to assembling!

We brought all the sticks into my parents' basement on Sunday afternoon.

...where my dad and I split time sawing them in half, three at a time.

The end result was ~200 pieces of wood, each about two feet long.

In the basement there were several sources of inspiration from past posters, like Matt Lapin - who may have been the first senior featured as a Senior on a Stick.

Kit Mueller.

The 1991 graduating class.

We moved the wood onto the porch, where they were stapled to the posters by various Solomons, Schellers and Solomon-Schellers.

Piled our work in the kitchen, putting tape over the ends to avoid splinters.

The finished products went in six shopping bags for easy transport to Jadwin.

Then on gameday, we rushed them into the building about an hour before tipoff, giving a Senior on a Stick to every kid we could find. Having young fans run up to me and breathlessly say "do you have any more Noahs?!," watching the Princeton mascot wave his Kyle Koncz poster on the sidelines, being told by older Tiger fans that they were glad to see these placards again or observing people trading with one another in the stands to try and get a complete set of all five seniors brought me back two decades to when I had just discovered Princeton basketball. I hear players were even asked to autograph their respective signs by young fans after the game.

While the night did not end as I had imagined, with Seniors on a Stick held high as the victorious Tigers headed off the floor one final time, the experience did made me feel better about the season, regardless of the wins and losses. Hopefully this is a tradition that can now happen again every year at Jadwin, sending Princeton's seniors out of Jadwin with something extra to feel good about at the end of the year.

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