Now that the weather has turned cool, the days seem to fly by. It seems like Halloween was just the other day, but we're already coming up on Thanksgiving. That also means that the regular season is ending this week and the playoffs begin Sunday, November 29. A few items:
--We had a couple ugly incidents on Sunday. No fights or anything like that (in the 28 years that the League has been in operation, we've had exactly one fight and that was almost 20 years ago); just bitchy behavior. One was completely my fault; it involved a guy I had banned from the league and then let back in. He used to complain all the time (no threats or anything, just whining) and I got tired of it and told him to leave. So he shows up at the start of this season and tells me he's a new man. Married with children, the whole thing. Swears he'll just play and not say a word. I said okay. Everything was fine for the first several games. He was averaging 20 points a game and seemed to be doing fine. The other night, his team is taking a serious whuppin' and he starts complaining. It got worse and worse until Junior kicked him out of the game. Then he got belligerent. It was ridiculous. Needless to say, he won't get a third chance. If he wants to come back to apologize, we can shake hands and go our separate ways. However, he will never play in the League again.
Then, L.J. Turner, one of the top scorers in the Tucson Basketball League, decided to bum rush one of the largest human beings ever to play in my league. I really like L.J., but the dude is so slender, he could tap dance on a razor blade. Had there been an actual physical altercation, the other guy, Randy, would have snapped L.J. like a twig. I probably should have kicked L.J. out of the game, but it was so damned funny watching him do his "I ain't afraid of you!" bit. Very entertaining
--Going into the final week of the season, the top three scorers in the league are separated by two-tenths of a point. Drew Harris of Hey Arnold! is averaging 28.3 points per game. Hickory's Guillermo Bay is at 28.2, and the aforementioned L.J. Turner of We Dem Boyz is at 28.1. All three players have games this coming Sunday, so it should be fun...unless L.J. loses his damn mind again.
--I'll be doing something different with the championship shirts this season. I'll give you the details in a later post.
--The members of the girls basketball team that I coach will be holding a fundraiser car wash at Green Fields during the games on Sunday. They want to buy team sweatshirts. You can drop your car keys off when you show up for your game and pick your car up after the game. They'll be taking donations. The car wash will run from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The team(s) that have the highest percentage of players' cars washed will receive extremely beneficial playoff seedings. I'm probably just kidding about that. Or not. Maybe. Actually, we've had these things in the past and you guys have always been very generous. Thanks in advance.