Submissions Tagged 'basketball'

One night after attending a local advertising awards show, my husband wanted to grab something to eat. It was after 11 p.m., I was drunk, and I had eaten hors d'oeuvres at the event. We went anyway—me with a puss on my face, sitting in one of those way too loud, trendy restaurant/bars, him eating a meal while purposely ignoring my attitude.

Toward the end of his meal, with the place nearly empty, in walked NBA basketball star Chris Webber with a few hoops-playing friends. My mood immediately perked up. "You gotta introduce me," was the only thing I Read more

Growing up in L.A. in the '70s and '80s as a kid who loved sports, I could not help but be swept up in the drama of the Lakers. Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird is still possibly the best matchup basketball has ever had to its credit. But the ambling, goggled grace of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ensured that all playground pickup games featured the pluck and flair of the sky-hook, a shot that brought instant shame or instant cachet to a schoolyard shooter, depending on his mastery of it. Magic Johnson imitated Kareem's shot when he had to fill in at Read more

We were enjoying my friend's dad's skybox tickets for the Wizards vs. Celtics game this weekend. Neither team seemed to want to win, and nobody in the stadium seemed to care much about the contest. Everybody was glued to the TV to see the result of the Redskins game.

And then, the door opened. Where there is usually a silhouette and a backlight, there was total darkness. A shadow crouched and emerged from the door frame; it was something much larger than the door. A smile illuminated the room like a new gibbous. It was a familiar face from Read more

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