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Raptors win

13 June, 2019

well…it took me the first half of the game to drive home. I know I should ride the bus more. But, I got to listen to Hubie Brown do commentary, so cool.

A very exciting game. Eighteen lead changes.

MrG showed every emotion.

I cannot believe that Draymond called for a timeout, when they didn’t have one. We all make mistakes.


Raptors v Warriors game 2

2 June, 2019

well… Siakam and VanVleet have regressed to mean.

AND don’t let the Warriors go on a 18-0 run in the third quarter.

MrG was not happy watching the game.

Raptors -v- Warriors

1 June, 2019

Game #1 …my recap:

I’m slightly rooting for Raptors. But like a minute left, they were up by ten, and I was a bit nervous, because ten-to-zero run in sixty seconds is totally realistic for the Warriors.


·         Leonard – had an alright game. There were moments when I was sure the ball was about to go out of bounds, but Kawai’s “Claw” grabbed the ball.  (Nike made a Claw logo, looks cool, but then Kawai switched to New Balance.)

·         Danny Green – had an alright game, knocked down a couple threes, played some decent defense.

·         Siakam – lanky, tall, moves well, HUSTLES had a monster game.

·         VanVleet – short, undrafted, pestered Curry into “poor” shooting.

·         Lowry – point guard, evidently has taken more charges than anyone this season.


·         Durrant – did not play (injury a couple weeks ago)

·         Curry – “off” night   (44% from three point)

·         Thompson – got frustrated at a call, threw ball back at the ref, but ref didn’t see, and was T-ed up for hitting ref in the back with a ball.

·         Draymond Green – triple double  (his fifth of the playoffs)


·         To troll Steph Curry, Drake wore Dell Curry’s Toronto Raptors jersey.

·         BTW… Drake also used an armband to cover up his Steph Curry tattoo. They’re buddies in real life.

·         After the game, Drake & Steph had “words”. Drake picked piece of lint out of Steph’s hair, and then put it on sale at eBay, under the user name “DRAYMONDSHOULDNTWEAR23”.

…and that’s my report from a fun game.

NBA – all time favorite player

3 December, 2018

Mr Bill Russel, eleven time NBA champion, is my favorite player.

From what I’ve heard… defense mindset, knew where the ball was going to be after the shot missed, quick outlet pass for a fast break.

But besides on the court.

Great example of stress management, I hear he would often throw up from stress before big games, but then go on and have a great game.

Oh… and former Sonics coach.

NBA 2018-19 preview

2 December, 2018

I was looking forward to this season…which, I know is about a quarter of the way through, but the seasons too long, and I try to ignore it until Christmas Day games.

I was looking forward to:

  • How good is San Antonio gonna be now that Kawhi Leonard is health… [record scratch!!!!!!] …what, Kawhi is in Canada??? Well, at least he’s healthy. Sigh. OK, the Spurs have always been a well run organization and should be alright with ….[record scratch]… Spurs currently in twelfth place???!!!
  • OK, how good are the Rockets gonna be?  What?? They are currently in tenth place!?!
  • LeBron went to LA. Sigh. I liked him. Wait, he’s beefing with President, and the President is claiming he always liked MJ more. DARN IT!!! Now I have to root for LeBron to win a few more championships, …for the freakin’ Lakers!!
  • I heard about Jimmy Butler going off on his teammates in a practice. Highly entertaining. Bulter screaming insults and profanities, and leading the bench to beat the starters in a scrimmage. LOL entertaining. (Not that I recommend that kind of bridge burning behavior, kids. Especially since the only person that seems to like it is Tibs, and Tibs is kinda crazy, and you’re trying to get away from Tibs.)
  • I hear Boston is having a tough time getting their team to work well together, that they may have too much talent.

OK…the teams I’ll kinda follow will be

  • San Antonio – of course
  • Dallas – I hear they have a young talented European
  • Rockets – MrG’s team.  (By the way, nice no-look defense on DeRozen the other day, Mr Harden!)
  • 76’ers – lets see how that “Process” is coming along
  • Bucks – THE GREEK FREAK !
  • Raptors – I miss Kawhi

go Blue Dev…???

9 November, 2018

I can’t bring myself to say it.

My boss, is huge UNC basketball fan, and so I’ve been conditioned to type things like dOOk or worese when referring to Coach K’s squad.  (It doesn’t help that they have had such esteemed players such as Chris “chest stomper” Laettner …sorry, Dream-Team-Olympic Gold Medalist “chest stomper” Laettner, or  their tradition of flopping, or Grayson Allen .)

I hear, that d00k this year has an amazing team. Allegedly they have the #1, #2, #3 and #9 recruits from last year. And they quickly destroyed the #2 team Kentucky the other day.

So, I say, “Go for it, Coach K. Show everyone that one-and-done is silly. That some players have such skill that they are wasting their time taking classes. Crush every team you face by 30. Make college basketball not fun.”



Storm -v- Mystics

23 September, 2018

Game #1 – would’ve been a fun one to attend.

Game #2 – was awesome… Sue Bird scrambling, in traffic, after a loose ball, and jacking up a last second shot for three that goes in. Beautiful. I have watched it many many times. As she was launching that crazy shot, MrG said “skill” and it went in.

game #3 –

exciting game – six lead changes, seven times tie-game… and close enough at the end that I was still thinking “It could go either way, this is a Seattle team after all”…and Howard had five fouls and Bird’s nose started bleeding again.
I felt sorry for LaToya Sanders (Mystics)… ball going out of bounds, last touched Mystics, Stewart boxed out Sanders, somehow Sanders jumped around, flipped the ball in, Mystics got it, and easy two points. Sanders reward for her awesome hustle play, evidently the side is a bit lower than the court (!) at GeorgeMason University and Sanders had a horrible looking twisted ankle.
Whitcomb (UW alum), off the bench, had two big misses, Bird told her “keep shooting”…Whitcomb then got two from deep, and two steals.
I wish I knew more about basketball. It looked like each team changed their defensive assignments and offensive game plans to start the game each game. Which I guess is to be expected in a playoff series.
Championship parade… me and MyBetterHalf went….the boys didn’t want to, MsS was with GirlScouts climbing trees. Nothing like standing in the rain chanting “LETS GO STRORM” with five thousand people.

Storm -v- Mercury

7 September, 2018

from a week ago… I forgot to hit “Publish”

Bird and Taurasi were teammates at UConn…forever ago. This year they were #1 and #2 for Assists/Game.

…seconds left in the game, Taurasi gets the pass, dribbles to corner, Bird practically draped over her, and she makes the three to send it into OT.

Bird was in shock, they had been up by eleven, and now going into overtime. She sat on bench, for a whole 1.5 seconds in shell-shock, and then started yelling encouragement & direction to her team.

Taurasi was livid when she didn’t get the call on her last shot as time expired. … Although it wouldn’t have mattered, they were down by four, and she shot a long two. She glared at the ref for her walk off the court, and for good measure spat on Seattle’s court as she left.

Let’s see… Stewie (6’4″) of the Storm (my bobblehead) is this year’s MVP.  The Mercury have 6’9″ Brittney Griner, first woman to dunk twice in a single game.

We’ll just add that the Storm are better people, because Taurasi leads the league in technicals, …and Griner is tenth place.  (Just kidding. I hear Taurasi and Griner are awesome people, excellent role models, and I would be honored if my kids took after them.)

Speaking of fouls… props to young point guard Jewel Loyd of the Storm, she took two hard fouls in OT to help SEA win game two. (Griner fouled out in OT, because she decided to punch someone in the gut as they ran past her. Taurasi whacked Loyd in the throat while they were trying to get a rebound.) 

…and then I watched Game #3… and that wasn’t much fun.

Don’t want to remember game #4.

Game #5… I watched with the family. MrGrunty was yelling at the coach in the first half. I told him, there’s a lot of game left, and Phoenix is getting fouls on their star players, it’s still good. MrCuddles was next to me on sofa and we would give each other hi-fives when something good happened, and he would yell “that’s a travel” when the Mercury did something good.  Then, really exciting fourth quarter, back and forth… Loyd and Howard doing the little things, Whitcomb stepping up… and Bird being amazing. (You have have seen a few tweets about Bird. My favorite was “I WOULD LIKE TO FORMALLY APOLOGIZE TO SUE BIRD FOR NOT NAMING ALL THREE OF MY SONS AFTER SUE BIRD” by Shea Serrano.)

AND now…been excited all day… tip off for game 1, SEA -vs- WASH  (which MsS finds funny) in twenty five minutes.

Storm v Sparks

30 June, 2018

the other day we went to watch Storm vs Sparks

Fun was had

I’m always happy to witness Sue Bird get a double-double  (assists & points, with a couple steals tossed in for fun)

Winter sports 2018

12 April, 2018

MrC – no sports  

MsS – gymnastics

MsS got promoted to the next level, unfortunately, her BFF didn’t get promoted. She wanted to quit, but we talked her into going to first one, I was lucky enough to be able to take her to a couple sessions. After her first session, she had fun, recognized a few other kids and even was chatting with them. It was awesome, for the warm up, to see her jogging around the gym with teenagers. So much exercise, and working on one little skill, so they can put it all together perfectly. One night there, I was reading, because I don’t want to stare. (Also, good thing, they keep the parents up and away from the students & coaches. A good thing.) Anyway, I heard a cow bell, looked up, and there was a girl ringing the cow bell on the ceiling, 30 feet up, while hanging from a rope. MsS got her chance to climb the rope. I think she got her body six feet in the air before climbing back down. My daughter is getting stronger, and braver.

Mr G – basketball

Game #1 – January 7.  Before the game I was rolling my eyes at the game before us. This competition would be weaker than MrG’s squad he had with CoachRicco & CoachFrank last Winter (and Spring for tournament). How was he supposed to get better (and maybe make the select squad next fall if he was playing weaker competition. Yeah, I’m kinda crazy. One of his classmates, in an effort to get on a select team, is actually playing in two leagues this year. MrG tried out for select basketball, didn’t make it, was told “need to be more aggressive”)?  Well, quickly MrG had his finger prints on the game and had a steal and a block within the first two minutes.

Game #2 – January 14. MrG started the game agressive and had the first basket for his team. He was hustling on defense, those things that don’t show up on the stat sheet: slowed down the fast break, hustled back and fouled the shooter to stop the easy shot. He went in for a shot in traffic, had a fast break layup, jumped up and grabbed a rebound. He had a high energy game.

He was upset at the end of the game, time ran out and the ball was in his hands with his team losing by two. He told me he made a mistake on the play they were supposed to run. (He also mentioned a few other mistakes his team made). I told him it was a fun game to watch, and he did alright. I saw most all the ways he filled the stat sheet, but missed MrG blocking the shot of a big kid.  (Because, I was chatting with a parent from other team, and she is secretly paying her kid $1 per rebound. “It keeps him involved.”)

Game #3 – January 21st.  MrG had a quiet game. I dunno, he didn’t seem into it. I dunno. I think too much aboot these things. He had a sweet looking pass in the key to an open guy under the basket, but his teammate wasn’t ready. Later, he tried the play again, to the same teammate, and it worked. I told MrG – you guys figured it out, and learned something in the game, that’s cool. Note: I try not to talk too much about the game with him, just try to say, “I had fun watching you.” I did ask him, “I saw you give the guy you were guarding a bit of space, and he easily caught the pass, but was out of bounds. You do that on purpose? (“yes” he replied) You’re tricky.”


Game #4 – January 28th. In case you were curious, league rules include “no double team” and “no backcourt defense until fourth quarter”. His team started out strong, led 14-6 at the half…but it ended up going into OT. His coach called out “that was a good look” on a pass he made to a teammate under the basket. MrG picked up a foul – which, kinda I interpret as if you play intense D, you’ll commit a foul or two inadvertently. There was a bit of confusion on defensive assignments, and since you can’t double team, he was a bit frustrated. MrG got a steal, but it was waved off, because it happened in third quarter in backcourt. (I’m still counting it!) Three times he had poked the ball away from the kid his was guarding, that’s good, disrupt the offense. MrG’s first basket of the game was at the start of the OT period, (the crowd cheered) and they ended up winning by two! He grinned after the game, asking if I saw it. Yes, I did. I asked if he heard the crowd cheer, he smiled.

Game #5 – His team was playing catch up the entire game, and got close, but lost. He did have a nice pass in traffic, to a kid that was open in the key, but, wasn’t able to convert. He picked up another foul. He was upset that his coach didn’t put him in for the closing minutes of the game. I told him I think equal playing time is more important than the “W”, he replied, “that’s why I want to play select.”

Game #6 – February 11th. His teammates were passing to him more than usual today, (even got a quick bucket after a nice feed – getting his teammate an assist!). Actually the whole team was better at passing and sharing the ball today. He was point guard for a quarter, and was assigned to defend the other teams’ best player for a quarter. He was close to getting ten points, had an open shot, and passed to a teammate (yup, he thinks like a point guard)…who missed, but MrG grabbed the offense rebound and got quick put-back basket. Ten points!    (I noticed…there were times, when a boy would dribble into trouble, and he’s still looking to score, but he has an wide open teammate further from the basket, and then does a crazy pass, or tries to force a shot. Which is funny, because during warm-ups they yell “outlet” for the outlet pass, but during the game, not as much communicating.)

Game #7 – Feb 25th. Another fun game, the team is sharing the ball more. MrG blocked the last shot of the game.  

Game #8 – March 3rd. MrG was upset after, “my worst game ever” and just wanted to leave quickly. Yeah, he got robbed on a few of his shots that rolled off the rim. But his team was still passing to him, his coach still had him run point guard third quarter, he still played good defense. Little things he did that won’t show up in the stat sheet, MrG couldn’t grab a rebound, but was able to tip the ball to one of his teammates. A dribbler went by him, and MrG was able to knock the ball loose, so that the kid had to fall on it, and then got tied up for a jump ball. (And looking at the silly bracket of stats I’ve made…no, not his worst game of the season.)

Game #9 – March 11th.  MrG had a quick score off a pass early in the game. He had some nice hustle plays, hustled down a loose ball, ran back on D to slow down a fast break, caused a kid to lose the ball.

End of season…wait…what… playoffs!?! Darn. It. All.

Playoff game… I showed up for the second half… tie game… but the other team went on to win. MrG had a great 4th quarter… a few passes, four points off of four free throws, a rebound, two steals, chasing down a loose ball, a couple nice passes. He was upset at the end.  And now, the season is over.


Points Rebound Assist steals blocks pass Final score % of pts
Game #1 0 1 1 2 1 2 L


Game #2 8 4 1 2 2 5 L


Game #3 0 0 0 0 0 2 W


Game #4 2 1 0 1 0 3 W

16-14 (OT)

Game #5 2 3 0 1 0 3 L


Game #6 10 5 2 0 0 5 W


Game #7 6 5 0 0 1 3 W


Game #8 0 1 0 1 1 8 L


Game #9 4 2 1 2 0 8 W


AVE 3.6 2.4 0.6 1.0 .56 4.3 21% 28%

Pts + assists