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I got back home Wednesday from a trip “back East,” where I visited relatives and friends in my hometown of Louisville and attended the Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis.

I’ve admitted, unabashedly, to being a big fan of women in long shorts, and the Final Four exceeded my expectations.

For one thing, I sure didn’t expect Texas A&M and Notre Dame to be playing in the championship game. Like almost everyone else, I thought it would be Stanford and Connecticut. But Notre Dame dumped UConn by nine on Sunday, and, in Sunday’s other game, Kansas City’s Tyra White made a driving lay-up with three seconds left to give Texas A&M a one-point victory over Stanford.

In Tuesday’s finale, White and another Kansas City girl, Danielle Adams, combined for 48 points, and the Aggies prevailed by six points.

One of the joys of the trip was stumbling upon the Irish’s beachhead — the Ram Restaurant & Brewery on Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis.

From the Ram and also from Conseco Fieldhouse, then, here are some scenes from tournament weekend.

Sunday, pre-game "warmup"

Is that a "hook-em" signal? Nah, must be some secret Irish sign.

What a beautiful eye


Carrying the team on her back

Outside Conseco Fieldhouse

The Program

Nice hat

Arriving for Tuesday's championship game

Texas-sized presentation of the colors

Just another green-and-gold-clad fan -- Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels

How will it end?

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As many of you know, I’m a dedicated women’s college basketball fan.

So, I’ve got a related story for you.

I’d been looking for a used dishwasher recently to tide us over in our current house so we can transfer our good, LG dishwasher to the house into which we’re moving. Last Thursday night, I spotted on craigslist three dishwashers I was interested in, and I sent e-mails to the three sellers, asking if they still had the dishwashers.

I got two responses Friday morning, one from a guy named Aaron and the other from “Cindy Stein.” For 12 years, until the end of the 2009-2010 basketball season, one Cindy Stein was the women’s basketball coach at the University of Missouri. (A new coach, Robin Pingeton of Illinois State, was named in April.)

So, I’m looking at the name Cindy Stein and thinking, “Hmmmm, is it possible? Could it be…? I recalled having heard from a friend in Columbia that she might be moving to Kansas City. So, I thought, “Well, maybe.”

I wrote back and asked her to call me on my cell phone. She called while I was in the barber chair, so I didn’t pick up, but after I left the shop I retrieved a message from Cindy, who left a return number with the area code 573, which includes Columbia, Mo.

I called her back and said, “Is this the famous Cindy Stein?” She said, “Well, I don’t know about famous…” 

Within half an hour, my daughter (who had picked me up from the barber shop) and I were at the home she recently purchased in Leawood. She is renovating it and doing a lot of the work herself.

When I asked her if she had anything in the works insofar as employment was concerned, she said was thinking about starting a basketball program for youths — from beginners to elite — and was going to do some TV commentary for women’s games next season. 

When my daughter told her that she had just graduated from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, Cindy’s eyes lit up. She is familiar with Knox and Galesburg, she said, because she grew up in Peoria, which is about 35 miles from Galesburg.

She was extremely gracious and friendly. It was a memorable morning for me and my daughter…Oh, and I bought the dishwasher. Frigidaire. Price, $25.

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