Friday, October 31, 2008

Gaucho Greats: The Training Table


During swim season, we all know that we can pretty much eat anything, anywhere, anytime. I can still remember the two a days during Hell Week Dec '76 - Jan'77. One day after morning practice we all gathered at our Co-Captain's apartment on SABADO TARDE... woo hoo !!! Our host, Uncle Weeb, aka The Doctor, aka Robert Webster, our Captain our Leader.

Weeb ordered pizzas and soda for the whole team. And there across the room shoveling pizzas in like a 747 landing at LAX, was our beloved Freshman phenom, John "Spanky" Dobrott. After a couple of slices were polished off, there was some tomato, cheese and pepperoni that caught on said aforesaid freshman's stubble. Our Captain, God Bless Him, then spoke up and said "Spank, (while motioning with his right hand with a napkin to his own face) Swab The Decks, buddy !" I remember looking up from my own reverie in the slice I was consuming and saw the spillage and started laughing. Our young stud freshman swimmer looked up, shrugged, wiped around his mouth with a paper towel and went back to his mission at hand. Classic !

So in honor of both of these beloved Gaucho Greats, here is a PIZZA which ranks as probably Gaucho Training Table Entree No. 01 !

And for Dessert, I recommend Carrot Cake:

Remember, Gaucho Greats, this sample Training Table menu is for the Gaucho Great Swimmer who is working out and putting in the yards. This is not a civilian menu !


Don't forget to also check into our companion GAUCHO GREATS blog !

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gaucho Trivia !

October 30, 2008

Gaucho Trivia: Themes, Ideas, Photos, etc. relevant to the Gaucho Great will be discussed today.

Neptune: Our mentor, upon his perch in Berlin, Germany. "In Greek mythology, Poseidon (Greek: Ποσειδῶν; Latin: Neptūnus) was the god of the sea,..."

In 'n Out: A part of every Gaucho Great's "Training Table".

Berlin, Germany: The upgraded and remodeled Olympic Aquatic Facility on the grounds of the 1936 Olympic Games.

Donn Bernstein, aka "Bernie"; the Ultimate Gaucho Great's Navy Blue Blazer and his Hall of Fame Jacket, April 2008. UCSB Events Center.

And last but not least: The 1967 NCAA Championship Men's Varsity Swim Team (aka, Gaucho Greats !) thirty years later during their Hall of Fame induction, April 2008.

That's it for now. If you have photos to contribute, PLEASE forward them to the undersigned for inclusion with your text. You will receive attribution, of course.

Go Gauchos !

Will Maguire,
Los Angeles, Calif.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

"GO GAUCHOS !" Launch !

Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008

GO GAUCHOS !..... is an independent and "inclusive" news gathering and alumni based voice for ALL THINGS GAUCHO (UCSB) INTERCOLLEGIATE AQUATICS !

Swimming & Diving


Water Polo

are our core constituencies and focus. We are bound and determined to be inclusive. A Gaucho is a Gaucho. We promise not to engage in exclusionary practices that would be divisive of the Gaucho Great spirit. We include. We will never exclude or play favorites. In fact, we welcome your support and hope you will contribute content, text and photos, etc.

So let's get right to it ! We shall begin with some photos of Gaucho Greats from these core groups just to get the celebration started.

Photo below: "Two Beers" himself, the man who started it all, Gregg Wilson, with his better half (aka, lovely wife, Carol), together the "Original Gaucho Greats":

Another Gaucho Great: Matt Shieman and his son with Wils !

Gaucho Great Keith Cruickshank, Team Captain, Wilson Years 1 and 2, with his niece watching the infamous grilling skills of our Coach

Gaucho Great Brent Krantz (right) with his wife and an unidentifiable Gaucho Great (left)... just kidding ! Of course, at left is UCSB Hall of Famer, David "Henne" Hendrickson (swimming and water polo)

An entire collection of Alumni Water Polo Players, Oct. 2005, for the Annual Alumni Weekend. Can you name all of these Gaucho Greats ?

Gaucho Great (swimming and water polo), John "Spanky" Dobrott and his wife, Heidi.

One of UCSB's most formidable scoring threats, the charismatic and lethal Russ Hafferkamp (right), shown here with Beijing Silver Medalist, Water Polo, Brenda Villa, in Beijing where Russ was an analyst for NBC's coverage of Water Polo. Way to go Russ !
Photo courtesy of Russ Hafferkamp.

June 2008, LACo Beach Lifeguard Recheck in Venice, Calif: Left, Gaucho Great, Craig "Mad Dog" Mattox (the guy who did 2 x 1650 yds "Butterfly" in workout, Winter 1977); and right, Gaucho Great, Wilson Years 1 and 2 (aka, "F-Troop" years), Will Maguire, the undersigned.

Until next time,

Will Maguire,

on behalf of "GO GAUCHOS !" News

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