Bulls–Pistons rivalry

The Bulls–Pistons rivalry is an NBA rivalry between the Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. The rivalry began in the late 1980s and was one of the most intense in NBA history for a couple of years, when Michael Jordan evolved into one of the league's best players and the Pistons became a playoff contender, they represent the two largest metro areas in the Midwest and are only separated by a 280-mile stretch of road covered by I-94. The ferocity of the rivalry can be attributed to the geographic Chicago-Detroit rivalry, mirrored in the National Football League's Bears–Lions rivalry and the National Hockey League's Blackhawks-Red Wings rivalry; the two teams met in the playoffs for the first time in the 1974 Western Conference Semifinals which the Bulls won in seven games. But the rivalry started in the 1988 Eastern Conference Semifinals after the Pistons and Bulls beat the Bullets and Cavs in the first round 3–2; the aggressive Bad Boys, as Detroit became known, were the rising power in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Jordan, on the other hand, was league MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, the ultimate challenge for the Pistons' top-notch defense. In a nationally televised game in Detroit on Easter Sunday, Jordan scored 59 points in a 112–110 Bulls victory. In 1987, he had scored 61 points in a 125–120 OT victory in 1987; this angered Chuck Daly. Despite Jordan's individual skills, the Bulls lacked the talent and mental toughness to beat Detroit, who defeated Chicago in 5 games; the Pistons went on to beat Boston in 6 and won their first Conference title since they moved from Fort Wayne. In 1989, the Pistons were stronger and posted a season-best record of 63–19, they reached the Conference Finals by sweeping the Celtics and Bucks. The 6th-seeded Bulls had surprising success in the playoffs by upsetting the Cavs 3–2 with The Shot and Knicks 4–2; the Bulls met Detroit in the Eastern Conference Finals. Bulls success continued as they took a 2–1 series lead, but the Pistons clamped down and employed the "Jordan Rules" which worked so well for them the year prior.

While they remained silent about them when asked by the media, many Pistons today say that it was just another psychological ploy they made up to throw the Bulls off their game. According to Pistons forward Rick Mahorn, The Pistons won 3 straight games and went on to win their first NBA title. While both teams intensely disliked each other, there was particular animosity between Michael Jordan and Pistons star Isiah Thomas. Thomas, a Chicago native and basketball legend in the city, is accused of feeling that Jordan was taking the city away from him and getting unearned attention. Thomas was accused of leading a so-called "freeze-out" in the 1985 NBA All-Star Game that involved Thomas and other NBA veterans keeping the ball away from Jordan. In retaliation, when the 1992 United States men's Olympic basketball team was being formed Isiah was not part of the team, which people attribute to Jordan and Scottie Pippen stating that they did not want to play if Thomas was on the team, with Pippen going as far to label him as a "cheap shot artist".

For the 1989–90 season under new coach Phil Jackson, the Bulls sought to subvert the "Jordan Rules" by focusing on the triangle offense refined by assistant coach Tex Winter. By sharing responsibility rather than shouldering it, Jordan led Chicago to the second-best record in the East at 55–27 behind the defending champion Pistons, who finished 59–23; the rematch was set up when Detroit swept Indiana in the opening round ousted New York in 5. The Bulls beat the Bucks in 4 and 76ers in 5. In an Eastern Conference Finals rematch, Chicago pushed Detroit to the limit, but the Pistons won Game 7 at home. The Pistons went on to win their 2nd straight NBA title against the Blazers. For the 1990–91 season Bulls posted the best record in the East at 61–21, while the Pistons would drop to third with a record of 50–32; the Bulls reached the Conference Finals by sweeping the Knicks and beating the 76ers in 5, while the Pistons disposed of Atlanta in 5 and beat Boston in 6. Both teams met in the Conference Finals for the third straight year, with Chicago holding home-court advantage for the first time.

Chicago swept Detroit. Isiah Thomas, Bill Laimbeer and Mark Aguirre, in their last show of defiance, walked off the court with 7.9 seconds left so as not to congratulate them. Only Joe Dumars and John Salley shook hands with any of the Bulls. In the NBA Finals, the Bulls defeated Magic Johnson's Lakers to win their 1st NBA title; the Pistons and Bulls would never again meet in the playoffs during the Bulls dynasty, although they came close in both 1992 and 1997. Following the 1991 sweep, James Edwards and Vinnie Johnson would leave the Pistons as free agents, the team would see a steady decline. Chuck Daly would resign as head coach after the 1991–92 season. Following Daly's departure, the Pistons went through a lengthy transitional period, as key players either retired or got traded, they would bottom out in the 1993–94 season, finishing only 20–62. With the arrival of Grant Hill, the Pistons once again became a playoff team in the latter half of the 1990s. Despite seeing some success during that period, they never became true title contenders Meanwhile, the Bulls proceeded to win 6 titles in 8 years, including two three-peats, with an early retirement and return of Michael Jordan in between.

Former Piston Dennis Rodman, would be traded to the Bulls in 1995 and play an integral part in the second three-peat

Bearcat Stadium

Bearcat Stadium is the football stadium of the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats in Maryville, Missouri and is the oldest continuous site for any NCAA Division II school. It has a capacity of 6,500 and had lights and FieldTurf installed in the summer of 2007, it is part of the Ryland Milner Complex which includes Bearcat Arena in the Uel W. Lamkin Activity Center, where the college basketball team plays, Martindale Gymnasium, the Robert P. Foster Aquatic Center; the field is surrounded by the Herschel Neil Track. The playing field itself is called Tjeerdsma Field in honor of the school's winning football coach Mel Tjeerdsma; the stadium opened in 1917 as Memorial Stadium, which replaced a field on the north side of the Administration Building of the college which had started operations in 1906. In 1961 it was named Rickenbrode Stadium for long-time university business manager and athletic booster William Rickenbrode. Through the 1970s the stadium which had lights was the home field for the Maryville High School Spoofhounds and was used as a venue for various civic functions including the annual 4 July display.

In the 1970s Northwest began construction of a new stadium on the west side of the campus. However funds ran out as Northwest began competing for funding with the newly founded Missouri Western State University 40 miles south in St. Joseph, Missouri. In 1988 the State of Missouri under Governor John Ashcroft announced plans to close Northwest altogether. Following spirited opposition, the plans were reversed and Northwest found it in a position of having to aggressively find ways to differentiate it from its rival if it wanted to survive. In 1994 Mel Tjeerdsma, who had a stellar playoff coaching reputation from his jobs at Northwestern College and Austin College, started coaching at Northwest; the first season on the job, his team went 0-11. In 1996 they made it to the NCAA Division II playoffs; however because of poor conditions they were unable to play home games. In 1998 and 1999 Northwest won back-to-back Division II championships in games broadcast nationally on ESPN. Interest in the university soared with the St. Louis Rams flying the team to a championship game and the Bearcats playing one game a year at Arrowhead Stadium.

As a result, Missouri managed to finish the long-stalled plan to create a four-lane highway between St. Joseph and Maryville. In 2000 the east visitor grandstand was rebuilt, funded by students of the university. Following the 2001 season, the west home grandstand was demolished. In 2003 the stadium—with its new west grandstand with chairback and railback seating—was unveiled. During the renovation the stadium lights were taken down; the new stadium has ten luxury boxes and the scoreboard has video replay features. The video board is one of the few; the entire $5 million overhaul was paid for by alumni and boosters. The stadium was renamed Bearcat Stadium in 2004 to honor the contributions of the many individuals and organizations who worked in the fundraising efforts. On December 9, 2006, the stadium hosted the first nationally televised home game in the school's and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association's history when Northwest defeated Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in the semifinals of NCAA Division II football.

The game was broadcast on ESPNU. It was the first night game at the stadium since 1977. During the summer months of 2007, the natural turf was replaced by artificial turf and lights were added; the new field was dedicated on August 22, 2007 during a game against Arkansas Tech University which had to be called after two delays with 2 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter following a thunder and hail storm with Northwest leading 21-0. Tjeerdsma said afterwards: I will remember this night for all the weird things that went with itOn December 8, 2007, it hosted its second nationally televised game as it defeated Grand Valley State University to advance again to the Division II championship on ESPN2 with Gary Thorne as play-by-play and Bob Davie as color analyst, it hosted ESPN2 the following year when the Bearcats hosted the University of North Alabama and CBS College Sports in 2009 for the semifinal game against California University of Pennsylvania. Official page Northwest Missouri profile D2 football profile

USS Antigone (ID-3007)

USS Antigone was a transport for the United States Navy during World War I, the first ship of that name for the U. S. Navy, she was SS Neckar for North German Lloyd from her 1900 launch until seized by the U. S. in 1917. After her war service she was SS Potomac for United States Lines. Neckar was launched on 8 December 1900 at Germany, by Joh. C. Tecklenborg and was owned and operated by North German Lloyd. Neckar had twin screw propulsion and quadruple expansion engines. During 1900-1914, she was the third largest transporter of steerage passengers to the United States, most of whom disembarked in New York and Baltimore. In the North Atlantic at the outbreak of World War I in the summer of 1914, the passenger and freight liner sought sanctuary at the neutral port, Maryland—lest she fall prey to the warships of the Royal Navy—and was interned, ostensibly for the duration of the conflict; when the United States declared war on Germany in April 1917, American customs agents seized the ship. She was transferred to the Navy by the United States Shipping Board on 12 July 1917.

Joseph R. Defrees in command. Antigone was assigned to the Cruiser and Transport Force, Atlantic Fleet, on 14 September, she departed Norfolk on 29 November. After coaling and completing sea trials, she proceeded to Hoboken, New Jersey, embarked 2,000 American troops; the transport sailed from New York City en route to France on 14 December and, during the next 11 months, made eight round-trip voyages to France, each of which terminated in either Brest or Saint-Nazaire. The ship carried medical supplies and general cargo—as well as 16,526 troops—to Europe before hostilities ended. After the armistice was signed on 11 November 1918, the transport continued her transatlantic voyages and returned more than 22,000 veterans to the United States, she completed her last trip from France upon her arrival at New York City on 15 September 1919. She was decommissioned there on 24 September 1919, her name was struck from the Navy list; the ship was transferred to the War Department for service in the Army Transport Service.

This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here. Photo gallery of Antigone at NavSource Naval History