Saturday, February 12, 2011

BUZZER BEATER

Stevie had her middle school B team tournament yesterday.  Her team made it to the championship game and fought a hard fight to the end.  The two teams were tied with 2 seconds left on the clock.  Gilford had the ball under their basket when one of Stevie's teammates passed her the ball for a quick baseline jumpshot.  SWISH!  And the game was over, Stevie's team won.  Not bad for one of the youngest players on the team. She started every game with 7th and 8th graders and ended up being a pivotal player on her team.  I wish I could have enjoyed it more but I was still reeling from observing a serious altercation in the stands between two parent's from the two teams.  (fighting over calls that the refs made, REALLY?!?!)  I was doing the books for Stevie's game and heard the F bomb erupt from the crowd.  I looked up and saw the two men nose to nose in the stands YELLING at each other.  Thank goodness Steve was there to break it up before it turned physical.  I sat there thinking 'how sad' that there was such behavior at a middle school girls basketball game.  Thankfully the players didn't notice what was going on in the stands.  After her game, I took Kaleb's team up to their middle school tournament in New Hampton.  I was still reeling from what happened earlier and couldn't help but think how people need a good dose of perspective on life.  Two of my players are battling cancer in their immediate family.  One has a little brother who just had brain surgery a week ago and will face radiation daily for a month and chemotherapy for a long time after that.  Another little boy on the team has a dad who was just diagnosed with a rare type of cancer found in his stomach.  They had to remove his spleen, pancreas, small intestine and colon which means that now he has a colostomy bag.  He's lost 56lbs in two months and weighs 148lbs at 6'3.  He looks like death walking and in the end this cancer will probably take him and he's only in his 30's.  But he crawled out of his bed, in much pain, just to come see his son play basketball.  Now THAT my friends is perspective.  If only those two men from Stevie's game could understand that.  Very sobering indeed.

7 comments:

shirlgirl said...

Congratulations to Stevie and her team. That's awesome. I don't know what it is with parents today--they shouldn't even be allowed to the games anymore for what they did. What is the matter with them? Certainly very short fuses. And so sorry about the families battling cancer. The young man with the rare stomach cancer--just brings back memories of all the treatments Uncle David withstood over the past year and a half. My heart goes out to both of those families. And you are right, THAT is PERSPECTIVE!

Junior said...

Way to go Stevie, congrats.

Smilin' sunshine said...

Congrats to Stevie's team!

The Kings said...

wow! Go Stevie!!! She sounds like an awesome player. It's sad that it isn't usually until something 'big' (and tragic) happens in someone's life to make them see what is really important. Thinking of the two families struggling with cancer right now.

Zion And Missy said...

Way to go Stevie!! Will miss her tons as she moves on to bigger and better things in a few weeks! Agreed with the end of this post....wish everyone, including myself sometimes, will appreciate all that we have. Thanks.

LL said...

Agreed. Sadly it's probably something we all need to be reminded of daily.
I do love a sobering shot of perspective. It always makes me feel so grateful for my life, and also a tiny bit of guilt.
Way to go Stevie!

Jo Jo said...

Glad that Uncle Steve was there to handle that. So sad! People do tend to be overagressive over sports and their kids. We see it all the time here, even at Sawyer's games. I just keep shaking my head. Your cancer stories made me sad.