April 19th, 2012
You know the score.
Broad-shouldered, stoutly built guys are expected to play football. Tall, lanky guys are expected to play basketball. If your body happens to stretch past six feet, you are likely being stocked by family members and school coaches.
If you’re the athlete who doesn’t have long legs- say you aren’t even close to being… Continue reading
April 17th, 2012
Even people who aren’t exactly crazy about basketball (are there really people in the world who don’t love the game?) are crazy about the funny team companions. They dance. They shoot hoops. They interact with the crowd, make fans laugh and ham it up for photographers. And no, we are not talking about the referees! We’re talking about a basketball team’s beloved mascot.
We can trace the word to… Continue reading
February 14th, 2012
Most boys aren’t like my neighbor. This spunky 8-year-old is out on his driveway shoveling the snow away so he can shoot some hoops. Even in temperatures in the single digits, he’s out there. I don’t know if I would be happy about my son trying to play basketball outside in those conditions, but I don’t think if he was as determined as this kid, I could stop him… Continue reading
May 12th, 2011
Slam dunks and the sound of swisssshhhh is great, but bank shots are money in the bank!
John Wooden was a big fan of bank shots – he made it the focus of many practice sessions. UCLA’s undefeated 1972 – 73 team, including the legendary Bill Walton, racked up points using the bank shot.
Richard “Digger” Phelps (before ESPN… Continue reading
April 6th, 2011
Kids will be kids, but boy can it be aggravating sometimes!
They play practical jokes on each other. (Why do they call them practical? The jokes usually aren’t.)
Case in point: I remember when a friend had her Volkswagen Beetle picked up and wedged sideways into a spot where there was no way she… Continue reading