the guard

a young man tore into my shoulder

with his bare hand, clawing, raking,

and threw his body into mine

with full force.

i drove him backward

with brute strength and a little tenacity.

grinning, i asked ‘i didn’t hurt you, did i?’

as his teammates inbounded the ball. 

the watched pot theory

perhaps one of the most surprising truths of this world, and one i apparently refuse to learn, is the near-impossibility to find what it is i actively seek.

the whole ‘a watched pot never boils’ idea (which is a lie.  it just takes a while and makes me really antsy), ya know?

i’m a pro when it comes to finding four-leaf clovers.  come spring, when the most charming of weeds creeps over the sidewalk in my front yard, it’s nearly impossible for me to walk outside for more than a few minutes without seeing one.

but the thing is,

i see them when i don’t mean to.  i’ll casually look down mid-conversation or mid-stride and spot a four-leaf clover, snatch it up, present it most properly to my sweet wife, who will then casually ball it up and drop it the moment i forget i handed it to her.

if i go looking for four-leaf clovers, however,

i cannot find them. Continue reading

pick-up basketball: a gentleman’s guide

this gentleman’s guide will cover the three most common scenarios involving pick-up basketball.

scenarios:

1)  a gentleman shooting baskets by himself while another, non-associated, gentleman shoots on a different goal within the same direct vicinity of the first gentleman.

example:  the author is shooting baskets on a goal on one end of a court while the non-associated gentleman shoots baskets on the goal at the other end of said court.

2)  a gentleman shooting with other non-associated gentlemen on the same goal.

it is common for scenario 1 to slide into scenario 2 as the court crowds or school lets out.

3)  a gentleman will play an actual game of basketball, be it with compatriots, non-associated gentleman, or a mixture of the two. Continue reading

the reason for sport

Davidson star Stephen Curry warms up for the M...

Davidson star Stephen Curry warms up for the Midwest Regional final against Kansas at Ford Field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

my title is a bit of a cheat – there are multiple reasons for sports, but i’m a little prideful when it comes to writing, so i went with a definite article to sound authoritative.

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i’ve had this idea dancing around in my head since my buddy tyler (here-to known as skinny-floor-lamp-tyler, or SFLT) and i went to the 1st and 2nd round ncaa tournament games at the then-rbc center in 2008.

tyler and i held season tickets to nc state basketball that season (the rbc – now pnc arena – was/is ncsu’s home arena for basketball), and state was terrible.  we saw a lot of s****y basketball that year, so we were excited about the potential of seeing some decent teams play.

davidson, a small college near charlotte, and star-player stephen curry were the underdog/local favorites, and the mostly neutral crowd slowly began to root for the wildcats to play the role of giant killers.

davidson overcame a silly-large deficit against gonzaga in their first game, and faced another seemingly-insurmountable margin against 2 seed georgetown in their second-round game.

then stephen curry happened.

 

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