Gut Rumbles

January 24, 2006

they got beat

Quinton played another basketball game tonight. This time, the boys faced an undefeated opponent, the #1 team in the league, and a 22-point victor the last time the two teams played. Quinton told me that he expected his team to get slaughtered again.

I did, too, when I saw the other team warming up. Bejus! Some of those boys were taller than I am. Maybe that's not saying much, because nobody ever called ME "stretch" in my life, but these kids were 12 years old, for crying out loud. A couple of the boys appeared to be pushing six feet in height and EVERYBODY was AT LEAST as tall as the only "big man" on Quinton's team.

Quinton's team lost, 23-18, but I've never been more proud of a bunch of kids in my life. Quinton's team LED by two points at the half and kept it close all the way until the final minute, when they started fouling deliberately and the other team didn't miss a free throw.

Talk about a SWARMING defense? Quinton's team reminded me of a bunch of sand gnats pestering a big horse. Full-court pressing the entire game and hustling their asses off, they totally confused the tall team's offense and kept them constantly off-balance. For once, Quinton's coach actually looked like he knew what he was doing.

Quinton scored two points, but also had three shots rejected right back in his face by the tall guys under the basket. Bejus! That had to be like trying to shoot through the limbs of a live oak tree.

If I sound a little excited, that's because I am. There's no such thing as a "good" loss, but those boys gave a fine account of themselves tonight. I think it's an American trait to root for the underdog in a game like that one, and it's thrilling when the underdogs show some bite. They almost pulled off an unbelievable upset.

I'm proud of 'em all.


Glad to see you're getting some time in with Quinton. I knew he'd be proud to call you "Daddy" again.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver on January 24, 2006 08:34 PM

Way to go Quinton! (et al.) :)

They'll get 'em next time...

Posted by: Lisa on January 24, 2006 08:35 PM

awww- the days of b-ball-my boys are now 26 and 24--spent many days and nights at baseball and basketball games--enjoy rob--win or lose--sounds like your boy is a scapper--like you--God bless you both

Posted by: mikeymom on January 24, 2006 09:37 PM

The fact that that team has learned to keep fighting all the way says a lot for them. Good things all.

Posted by: Mark on January 24, 2006 09:45 PM

Off the subject but go read todays I think you'll enjoy the story about the gun grabbers in Canada. Seems their crime rate has shot up out of sight. 50% higher than the U.S. and the nut that just lost the election tried to blame the gun owners in America. Damn, I didn't know we were that good, we turned the people of Canada into criminals. Actually they have imported every deserter/coward, and criminal that ran from their responsibility in the past 40 years. Now they expect them to be model citizens, nope, they belong in prison and would/will be if you bring them to the border and shove them across.
Anyway it's another black mark for the gun grabbers. Think the idiots in the U.S. will wake up? Nope, they're too stuck on stupid.

Posted by: scrapiron on January 24, 2006 09:50 PM

Go Quinton!!!

Posted by: Juliette on January 24, 2006 09:53 PM

Hey man, that's really cool! For the record, I always root for the underdog, because usually they have the most heart. If Quinton's team played great, then they are all winners in the end. Way to go!

Posted by: erica on January 24, 2006 10:57 PM

Sounds like it was a good game with an unfotunate result at the end. Quinton's team showed themselves and the 'tall boys' that they could play.

They'll beat 'em next time.

Posted by: StinKerr on January 25, 2006 04:50 AM

Hell Yeah! That was a pretty tight score there!

Posted by: Kelly on January 25, 2006 07:23 AM

I've always thought a well-played game is more important than winning but then I've had a lot of practice rooting for the underdog. I've been a Mets fan all my life and been a Red Sox fan for the last ten years. (Different leagues -- it's only a conflict in the playoff season.)

Posted by: Libby on January 25, 2006 08:47 AM

LOL, Libby, you get no sympathy from me. Try being a Cubs fan for 65 years.

Help Quinton develop what he can do, Rob. He's probably well-coordinated and quick like his old man. Conditioning (think John Havlicek, Reggie Miller, Rip Hamilton, Moses Malone...guys who wore their opponents flat out!), ball handling, belly-button defense, anticipation (passing lanes), plenty of shooting (especially free throws) practice, practice, practice( At this age, any age for that matter, ball fake is great to get shots off ). Nuggets' Earl Boykins is 5" 4" and that lil MF can play! Spud Watts, Muggsy Bogues, Nate Archibald and Calvin Murphy were all stars in the NBA in spite of being short. I'm not saying Quinton will play in the NBA, but don't let being short get him down. It ain't the size of the dog in the fight................

Posted by: Larry on January 25, 2006 06:41 PM

My Pop went to every night -time game I played, including away games, from the time I started playing. Mom made most of 'em too. They both worked or they'd have made day games, too. Lots of games because I played all the sports in HS. I have very fond memories of that. What you're doing is important to Quinton.

Posted by: Larry on January 25, 2006 07:22 PM
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