Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Story time

Did a little reminiscing this afternoon and a humorous story popped into my mind.

This happened approximately eight years ago.

During the hectic holiday basketball tournament season, the sports phones ring constantly for hours. Results of games come in quicker than a hiccup. It's a maddening time for sports writers working the desk.

Every now and again, a call breaks up the monotony and can't help but make a sports writer laugh.

So, during a holiday tournament, I received a call from a mother of one of the area's leading boys scorers. The conversation went something like this:

"Mike, this is (insert name here), I'm calling from the back of an ambulance. We're taking my son to the hospital."

"Oh, no. Why?"

"He broke his foot. It doesn't look good."

At the time, the player was leading the area in scoring average. If memory serves correctly, he was around 21 points per game.

"Mike, we have a question for you."

"Go ahead."

"We want to know if this game will count against his scoring average."

"Well, did he play?"


"Then, yes it does."

"OK, we have another question. Will the games he miss count against his scoring average?"


Brant said...

Nice priorities, huh?

Monique Ringling said...


Anonymous said...

A dad would have already knew that the game would count against his scoring average but would have asked for an asterick specifically for that game!

Brant said...

Yes, of course, because all men are taught from birth about the rules for compiling scoring averages. Some of us are born with it in our DNA. I think you're missing the point here, anonymous.

Anonymous said...

Just goes to show how we teach our kids score more and do not worry about winning. Agree the priority of some parents is how there kid is a star but have no clue it takes team work to win, not one person.