That moment has come once again, to step inside of our San Dimas phone booth and go back in time for an excellent adventure reviewing a year that was. During 2013, we rode the ups and downs of the Power Rankings Presented By Gary. Our hearts were warmed when Lunchsketball’s plea for help was met with a nationwide outpouring of $72 of support. Tears when the blog went away for the summer turned to joy and laughter when it returned in the fall. In as many words, it was another banner year on the blacktop.
This was a year that saw the emergence of a new franchise. Take four guys whose combined years of experience go north of 220, add Adam, aka “Whirling Dervish”, and what you have is chemistry that works. Adam’s invention quickly turned into a fan-favorite juggernaut, ripping through opponents with ease, and “Adam & the Geezers” became a household name. Just as the Geezers were coming on the scene though, an existing franchise took the next step: The Dream Team.
On Halloween, Kerry, George and Darin, (collectively aka “The Dream Team”) took to the court with authentic, Team USA licensed, Dream Team jerseys. Wearing Reggie Miller’s #10, Kerry (aka “Miller Time”) capped off a memorable victory with one of his signature “Let’s go have lunch” three pointers. An effort is underway now to have the jerseys retired in the rafters of the warehouse.
As you may recall, at the outset of 2013, Lunchsketball set some resolutions for a handful of its members.
- John (aka “Versace”) had the challenging, but very realistic goal of playing in 10 games. The results are in, and John managed to play in just 1 game this year. He didn’t actually play in that game. He sat near the court, and he was wearing shorts, and so he was awarded credit of playing in hopes of encouraging more participation. So John came through on barely 10% of the goal, but really more like 0%. Better luck next year, John.
- It is hard to believe, but Matt (aka “2 Shins”) went a full year and did not dislocate any of his shoulders. At least not on the court. Well done Matt!
- Erik (aka “Gumby”) had been asked to curb the spending on his footwear, and success was a shoe-in for him! Stomping a foot on the accelerator early, Erik paid $1 per shoe for a pair of kicks from Goodwill in January, and when those burned out, he finished the year wearing the best available unclaimed shoes he could find in the office from day-to-day. For the price of a set of LeBron XI’s, Erik could play basketball for 100 years. Good on ya, Erik!
- George’s goal was to average 1 Lunchsketball post per week. It just happened. This is post number 52 during 2013. That total does include some that were mostly written by Gary or Kerry, and it also includes a couple of “Sorry there won’t be a post this week” entries, but technically, mission accomplished.
And now, a moment to remember those dear to Lunchsketball, lost during 2013: