Neckbeard Paradise will take you down

Tonight was the debut game for Neckbeard Paradise.

I had some trepidation. As much as I love basketball, I have been playing so much racquetball that I was afraid my fitness gains...which have been many in weight loss, inches lost, strength gained, aerobic and anaerobic capacity and endurance gained...would not translate to running up and down a court, jumping, shooting...

Turns out they did. Despite having played 2 hours of basketball Saturday and 2 hours of racquetball Sunday, I was more than ready to run.

I find that I am a more skillful player as I picks and rolls were much better, my boxing out superior, my rebounding is coming back to me and I remember more and more where to go on the floor.

My stat line was nothing spectacular...5 points on 2-3 from the field, 1-2 from the line, 6ish rebounds, 3 or 4 steals, a couple fouls...but I knew I was making an impact on the game.

More importantly, I could have gone another game straight away no problem...which even last year was a bit of a stretch for me.One game was a stretch.

But I think the key thing was my post defense; I was matched up against a guy about 7" and 50 pounds heavier than me. And he did score on me...he got me twice. I got him about 8 times though...steals, forced turnovers, missed shots...a year ago he would have rampaged over me. Not so much anymore.

So I am feeling pretty good at this tangible progress.

Oh, and we won 69-49, so that was pretty good too...the team we played averaged 65 points a game last season, so holding them 16 under their average while scoring 4 more than they gave up when they had team continuity and we were playing together for the first time...I think we played some D.


Riot Kitty said...

What is D? Glad you had a good game!

Darth Weasel said...

D is short for defense. I just am glad I had so much fun...which feeds into why many of us enjoy watching sports...because we enjoy playing them and also like to see them played at a high level