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  • Golden Age
  • Golden Age

    The oldest team at Hoopfest plans to keep winning.
      Jahr and Hauff are half of Team “Past Primetime,” the oldest to hit the downtown streets this year. Jahr is a 65-yearold Army veteran who retired from Aluminum Company of America, and Hauff, 66, is a retired school superintendent.
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  • It's All in a Name
  • It's All in a Name

    Hoopfest squads call themselves the darndest things
      We’ve gone through the more than 7,000 teams entered in this year’s tournament and handpicked a few of the more amusing titles and handed out some not-soofficial awards to those who went the extra mile. If your squad is not on the list, we’re sorry. You’ll have to turn your attention to the actual basketball.
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  • Man With a Big Heart
  • Man With a Big Heart

    Ronny Turiaf returns to Spokane. Plus, what to watch for at Hoopfest, what to shout and which teams have the best names.
      Now, after making a six-month, faster-than-expected recovery from his surgery to repair an enlarged aortic root, Turiaf is preparing to start his seventh NBA season. (He’s now with the Knicks, after stints with the Lakers and Warriors.).
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  • Authority Figures
  • Authority Figures

    They're watching every second of every game, but they don't really care who wins. They're the court monitors.
      Those guys who stand out in the sun for 12 hours on Saturday and then come back and do it all over again on Sunday? They’re not getting paid. Oh, sure, they get some swag — shoes, a hat, a pair of shorts. (And a T-shirt that says “Court Monitor.
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  • On the Sidelines
  • On the Sidelines

    You're not playing? Here's a Top 10 list of other stuff to do.
      PEOPLE DO IT). If this year’s Hoopfest is typical, downtown Spokane will be claustrophobic — and hotter than Satan’s broom closet. You’ve got players in sweaty jerseys, moms with strollers, toddlers with sticky ice cream fingers, and about an inch of personal space.
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  • Scouting Report
  • Scouting Report

    Our favorites out of nearly 7,000 Hoopfest team names? Here are 35 matchups we'd like to see.
  • Taking It to the Streets
  • Taking It to the Streets

    A world record, bus service to downtown and a little road work.
      It didn’t happen automatically. In fact, it was a lengthy step-by-step process. Back in early 2009, Hoopfest’s marketing manager, Kirstin Davis, submitted a request for Guinness headquarters in Britain to judge what Hoopfest already knew — that it was the biggest.
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  • Small Ball
  • Small Ball

    Spokane has a professional basketball team? Sort of. It kind of depends how you define "basketball."
      game is nothing without rules. That may sound contradictory, at first. (Games are about play and fun, not bureaucracy.) But the game of tag, without the requirement that players touch each other, would just be a lot of pointless running around. And without a play clock, football would be merely an endless war of attrition.
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  • XL Dreaming
  • XL Dreaming

    Bike to Work Week proves (again) that we think big.
      Of course it had to rain during Bike to Work Week. And of course, around here, people are going to Bike to Work anyway. That’s just how we roll. We’re always up for an audacious new fes
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  • Nothing But Sweat

    It started 20 years ago with a mile of tape and a whole lot of chutzpah.
      Rick Steltenpohl spent the night before the very first Hoopfest taping out 35 makeshift basketball courts on the streets of downtown Spokane. It was June 29, 1990. The task took all night. “We w
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