Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Confession: I Think I Just Killed a Dude
Anyway, this past Sunday morning I showed up for the first game of the season in a 30+ basketball league. I’m matched up against a large African-American gentleman who, I’m guessing, is at least ten years younger than me.
I’m still heavier than I want to be, but I’ve been exercising like a maniac and playing bball at least three times a week for… well… forever it seems like. My point: I’m not afraid of this guy.
On the game’s first possession, this dude… I never caught his name, so let’s just call him Kobe… turns around in the lane and hits a jump shot over my outstretched hand.
“It’s gonna be a long day for you,” he snorted as we jogged back down the court.
“That’s okay,” I assured him. “I packed a lunch.”
A couple of minutes later, I got out on a fast break and scored before Kobe managed to cross half court.
“Where you at, big man?” I barked.
For me, trash talking is as essential a part of basketball as a toy submarine is to a bubble bath (don’t judge me!).
But as the game wore on, I noticed the big guy was sitting out large chunks at a time, and when he did play, he was even slower than before.
Because I’m a really good sport (when I win), I went over to shake hands with the dude, who was really having trouble catching his breath. This would have been bad anyway, but it had been 15 minutes or so since the game ended and he hadn’t even been playing at the end. Obviously something was wrong…
Suddenly there was a blur of activity. 9-1-1 was called and somebody brought out a portable oxygen unit. A day that had probably started with an “I’m gonna get back in shape” would end with a trip to the emergency room.
There are lots of reasons to get healthy, be healthy, stay healthy, but this was a vivid reminder.
I’m sorry if I pushed you too hard, hoss. Hope you recover and take a less steep path toward your healthy living goals.
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More Breaking News: Turns out my basketball buddy shook loose some gall stones or something, which was exasperated by how out of shape he was. Phew… no heart attack! At least not yet, but we have a rematch coming up. C’mon, big man!