Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
No, that doesn't seem right, of course.<br><br>I'm curious, though - Why does he want to play for Germany? I haven't kept up with this stuff. Does the U.S. game still suck, horizontally, or something?<br><br>Had a fun few games the other day at a Sunnyvale park with some suburban wannabee bangers. They had a pretty decent game, but they're funny in that they thing they've got the chops of an inner city banger. These suburban wannabees have no clue - Their court isn't a thing where out of bounds over there is concertina around a condemned building, and over there is an abandoned hulk of a car body, and there's ankle-eating holes and cracks, etc, big gnarly chunks of broken glass, etc, and it's be graceful or die or maim yourself for life.<br><br>The suburban youth would stomp the inner city youth, however, for they have game but average skills, and inner city youth just have the chops.<br><br>Yeah, it was fun. Most could play at the rim and a few above it.<br><br>Ed<br><br>[color:purple]Information isn't a connection - It doesn't stir people</font color=purple><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Chris is from Wyoming<p><hr></blockquote><p>just to clear this up . . . he is from Wyoming, Michigan -- a suburb of Grand Rapids; not the state.<br><br>--<br>[color:red] Kansas Jayhawks -- 2008 National Champions </font color=red>
Loc: Sunnyvale, CA mostly
Well, sports still is a good thing, but, as with life, institutionalizing it is pretty worthless. A lot of games, however, are metaphor, especially many of the team sports, and so really are battlefields with a corresponding sportsmanship different from the classic sense of sportsmanship.<br><br>I begrudgingly instill that in my girls, for they insist on instruction in things such as basketball, for example, but it does offer a medium to learn perhaps the first fundamental, that all team sports are basically worthless (but fun), until you step onto the playing field, then there is nothing else. I think they're catching on.<br><br>With basketball, for example, they've quit hesitating, and now do only the allowable things, shoot, pass, dribble or move without the ball, but never, never ever do nothing, never stop moving. That's a good life lesson.<br><br>They're getting this duality. They're still princesses off the court, but on the court they're becoming aggressive and relentless. They're backing the old man into picks (but with smart minor adjustments, such as tripping me instead of letting me crumple on top of them, that hurts), or doing a pick and roll. They're doing a streetball trick of standing on my feet (which, on the battlefield, isn't unsportsmanlike conduct, but aggressiveness) so I can't rebound (of course I could jump, since they're tiny, but I play along).<br><br>At their age, I let them travel, double dribble, whatever it takes, so long as they keep moving the ball and keep their heads up and on the game. That's the big thing, getting your head in the game. The other minor skills will develop with time.<br><br>They're learning the other valuable skills, too, such as fat lips are part of the game, especially as I have princesses.<br><br>I sort of provide a little help towards a basic fundamental that as a team that they should be able to kill me, and they're actually pretty close to being able to do that straight up.<br><br>And then when it's over, we pack up the stupid game and do something else. Games are stupid. <br><br>Ed<br><br>Oh, and with their old man, too, they're also learning another fundamental as I puke my guts up in the back half of the game - That superior conditioning, drills, millisecond advantages on execution, precision, etc pay off.<br><br>Bud Wilkinson revolutionized all team sport with this at Oklahoma. One of his coaches, Jim Owens, then went to the UW, implementing a summer puke yer guts up death march, then promptly stole several consecutive Pac 10 titles, Rose Bowls, perhaps a national title (I forget) before the rest of team sport got hip.<br><br>Oh yeah, I'm not one of those braindead psycho sports dads, whatever. I could care less about the stupid game, or if they ever played on some dumb league team, whatever. All I care about, as with any game, or with life, is that they just do their best and never quit, never measure against others but your own standards, etc, etc. I'd just as soon gut a sports dad as look at one - They do a lot of damage, are usually some worthless conflicted loser that never could play the game or do anything else right, for that matter, and teach their kids all the wrong stuff.<br><br>[color:purple]Information isn't a connection - It doesn't stir people</font color=purple><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>...a suburb of Grand Rapids; not the state.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>That is correct.<br><br><br><br>[color:blue][/b]Hodie mihi. Cras tibi.</font color=blue>[/b]
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>These Chinese Olympic games take the cake. They are a joke.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Politics and money....I agree!<br>And you may as well add the latest performance enhancing drugs which 'slip' right by the IOC drug testers. <br><br><br>[color:blue][/b]Hodie mihi. Cras tibi.</font color=blue>[/b]
I have no faith in the performance I see is "real". It's a crying shame it's come to this. I used to be a big fan of the Olympics but now I won't bother to watch a single event, not even the opening of the Games. <br><br>
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