One For The Ages

Guest Blogger Kerry

Guest Blogger Kerry

The game was destined to be a one for the ages before it even began.

The teams had been decided the day before and anticipation ran high. It was to be “Adam & the Geezers (Phil, G$$, Kracker and Jimbo – four aged but experienced veterans with 200 years of basketball experience)” versus a hand-picked selection of four of Catholic Answers finest young lunchsketballers (Matthew “Buzzsaw” Tuszynski, Darin “Triple D’ DeLozier, Gary “The Younger” Lucero, and George “Swamp Thing” Gehring)

Then everything went sideways. It started early in the morning when Phil “Foul Here” Lenahan threw down the gauntlet with a “why only 4 young guys?” comment.  That comment inspired Erik “Dirtbag” Gustafson to throw his hat in the ring and what seemed like a pretty even matchup turned into an e-mail firestorm of trash talking and attempts to get into the other teams heads. Let’s get something straight  – these two teams don’t like each other.

Game time arrived and it was obvious from the get go that this was going to be a hard fought defensive battle. The scoring came slowly and cries of “uh-uh-uh, not in my house” were many. The Geezers feared the loss of their spiritual leader, when G$$ went down hard after tripping over an invisible obstacle  no doubt placed on the court by Erik “Dirtbag” Gustafson. Gary got up, dusted himself off and got back to business.  But even though the heart wants something, the body isn’t always willing and it seemed that the injury had effected G’s shot in a bad way.  Eventually the younger team pulled ahead at halftime to what seemed like an insurmountable 26-18 lead (At least it seemed that way in the mind of this 55 year old reporter.)

But things aren’t always what they seem.  Looking like the cast of “The Expendables”, the Geezers took the court for the second half with fire in their eyes and ready to play. It seemed that their mantra was “Defense wins games” and they used that style of play to force turnovers and go on a run to a 32-30 lead. The game was on – and at that point the air was filled with grunts, sweat, and maybe even a little blood – but after 90 minutes of grueling play the youngsters walked away with a 51-45 victory.

But let’s not be mistaken – Although with the victory they procured bragging rights, the youngsters know better than to rub it in the Geezers faces.  They know that the old guys had what was definitely sub-par day in regards to shooting and with the same teams on a different day the results could indeed be very different. G$$ put it best in a post-game interview… “all played as hard as I have seen them play so we did not lose for lack of effort……my shooting was off due to my crappy knee so I feel that I was the weak link today and probably cost us a close victory”

Is a rematch in the cards – you better believe it!

Redeem Team: Captain Hook and Crew Win the Week

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usa-basketball-dream-team-logoEL CAJON, CA — Vince Lombardi once said, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious.”  What a perfect sentiment to summarize the basketball that was played during the lunch hours this week!

Gary, and sons Chris (aka “Fargell”) and Gary Jr. were reunited for Monday’s game. Once, long ago, a common sight at Lunchsketball, the Gary & Sons trio has become a rare treat for the fans. They were also joined by the acrobatic play-maker Erik (aka “Gumby”), and the roster was rounded out only by the imposing lane presence of Phil (aka “Foul Here”). This was about as balanced and challenging of a roster as may may be assembled during lunch.

Who else, then, to face them than  the “Dream Team” itself? Kerry (aka “Captain Hook”), George, and Darin were willing to give it a try, adding seasoned veteran Jim (aka “Jimbo”) to go 4 vs 5 in the first game of the week. A compelling matchup on paper quickly fizzled into a route. George and Kerry just didn’t have it, while on the other side of the court, the Gary Family picked up wherever they left off, bringing their trademark energy and chemistry. The Dream Team left the court on Monday under a cloud of frustration and disappointment.

On Wednesday, Kerry, George and Darin were back together again, this time joined by Erik, who had been impressive in Monday’s game. All that you need to know about this game is that Kerry made 5 (five) 3’s in his quest for redemption, including a backboard-breaker of a bank shot to win the game.

Thursday was the rubber match of sorts. Kerry, not content to rest on his Wednesday achievements, chose to go for glory by bringing the Dream Team back together once more to play for the coveted winning-record for the week. It was a struggle from start to finish. Fouls were hard. Calls were disputed. Voices were raised. Gradually, though, a champion emerged: somewhere in the midst of three games of blood, sweat and tears, Kerry, George and Darin found the winning-magic that had eluded them on Monday. In that closing stretch of the game, when both teams were long past exhaustion, teamwork was all that mattered. Here’s to the victors.

Injury Report

Say goodbye to NBA-style nose masks at lunch basketball; Darin has cleared the 6 week post operative danger zone, and ditched the mask. Team physicians have placed Adam (aka “Sid”) on the injured reserve list; he is expected to return next week. This week he showed up to watch the game on Monday for a little while, before leaving in disgust, muttering about a waste of a lunch hour. It is not clear what he was expecting to see.

Full-Court Press:

Scooter made an appearance on Wednesday, showing up unannounced and late, shooting lots of threes and talking a quite a bit… In a possibly related story,  G-Money had a brief Hurricane Mode moment on Wednesday. Somebody said the wrong thing to Gary, and it was like he just got a star in Mario Land. It was an incredible sequence in which Gary Dervished through the lane, elbowing Scooter while busting out a nifty spin move probably last seen in 1975, next firing off a fade-away jumper in front of Jorge, grabbing his own board, and finishing, again over a bewildered Jorge.