January 20, 2006
I watched Quinton play basketball again last night. His team won, 32-24. The game was a lot closer than the score indicates--- it was a see-saw battle right up until the last few minutes. Quinton played very well. He scored three points, had a couple of steals on defense and made six excellent assists on offense.
I also saw something that made me chuckle, but still sent chills down my spine. The other team missed a shot, one of Quinton's teammates got the rebound and dished it out to an open player near the baseline. Everybody else started breaking downcourt except the kid with the ball.
HE TAKES THE OPEN SHOT FROM 15 FEET! AT THE WRONG BASKET!! HE SWISHES IT, TOO!!!
Yep. The confused little turd went from elation to dejection in the blink of an eye. He scored a basket for the OTHER TEAM. For a minute, I thought he might slink off the court to find a private place to cry, but he pulled himself together and continued to play.
I felt bad for the kid because I always had a horror of doing the same thing myself in a basketball game. I was sitting behind the scorer's table at the time, where an ex-neighbor of mine was keeping the books. I said, "Man, I feel sorry for that boy."
Chris, the scorekeeper, replied. "Yeah. Me, too. What's REALLY bad is that this is the first time he's scored all year."
Bejus! The humanity.
Ouch. That poor kid. He'll never live it down will he? They'll probably nickname him wrongway or something.
On the other hand, the team has certainly improved since you started attending the games. I thought you would be a good luck charm for them.
Maybe the kid had money on the other team.
Logged under, "things that just make ya say, 'awwww'."
Glad to hear that Quinton is doing so well though.
Any more comun with the B.C.'s new "victim"?
It may just be my twisted sense of humor but, anyway you cut it, that's funny!
BTW, did you ever see that footage of Bama, many years ago, in the midst of losing to somebody about a thousand to nothing, and the other team is running ANOTHER touchdown on Bama, when a Bama player comes OFF THE BENCH and tackles the runner? That's GOT to be on the internet somewhere.
Think a coach did a tackle once too, (unless it was the same incident).
As for the basketball game, Rob's right.
You get down on the court and you have been running, then turning around and running, then turning around and running probably at least a hundred times before the game is through. It can drive you insane, let alone confused.
Anyone that hasn't played the game with that much intensity shouldn't be talking and I wouldn't want on my team.
So there I was standing at the line waiting for the second free throw shot to come in. As it was arcing through the air I quickly moved to block out my opponent. My blockout put me in excellent position for a possible rebound. Clunk!! Off the rim the ball bounced, it was a miss. I got the rebound then did a nice little jumpshot for the score. I hustled back down the court and as I reached midcourt I finally realized what I did.