After coming to the Triangle almost seven years ago, I was looking for a place to shoot hoops and possibly find a weekly game for myself. About a mile from where I was living was an outside concrete court at Green Hope High School in Cary, where I wandered by early on a Saturday morning. I found a group of guys, whom I guessed were 25-30 years my junior, who watched me as I warmed up on an adjacent court. They asked if I wanted to play, and I nodded yes. As they were about to choose up sides, they tried to gauge my age when someone said aloud “Has anybody seen George recently, you know, the guy who is ___ years old?” I laughed & said, “Well if George shows up today, I’ll be the oldest guy here by one year.” With that piece of information, they proceeded to “handicap” the sides with their choices. At the end of the morning when I said goodbye, my team had won three of its four games. Continue reading →
March is here! And, it is my favorite time of the year. Not because the first day of spring arrives, even though that is my favorite season, but because it is officially March Madness. It’s time for good weather and great basketball. There’s no better place to be for college basketball than in the Triangle region of North Carolina. This is basketball country! And I love every minute of it!
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As I sit here looking at the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, wondering who my picks will be this year, I start thinking about all the emphasis that is put on this “Big Dance.” I think about the millions of dollars that go into putting this event on. Can you believe the number of companies that pay millions to have their commercials shown during the “big” games, the number of corporations that wait until this time of year to spend those sponsorship dollars and the amount of money that thousands of fans put on the line in hopes they win their pools?
Being the sports fanatic that I am, I enjoy the “Big Dance” just as much as the next person, and I will watch every single game in hopes that I earn an ‘A’ average on my bracket selections. However, one thing I will not do is spend my hard-earned money on a basketball tournament. Why? Because there are so many people in this world that are living without. Without what you ask? Everything! Continue reading →