Another Week Closer to Resuming Play

April 21st, 2020

The late Jim Croce ("Bad, Bad Leroy Brown") had a novelty song about a rock star who had an inappropriate liaison with an underage fan after a concert. The song, "Five Short Minutes of Love (Got Me 20 Long Years in Jail)," includes the lyrics "When I get out of this prison, Gonna' be 45, I'll know I used to like to do it, But I won't remember why." That's what somebody told me it would be like the first week back in League play. I'm not sure; it's certainly going to be interesting. I personally can't wait.

Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts in this equation. The state has to re-open for business, following reasonable safety guidelines. The County has to sign off and, most importantly, the players will have to feel comfortable. There was a survey taken in the early days of this month (a couple weeks ago) in which a significant number of people said that they would still follow social distancing and other safety guidelines even if their state re-opened. That's significant. One of the main lessons that I have learned having been married for more than 40 years is that you can't tell somebody else how they should feel. You can argue politics and entertainment, but people are going to feel the way they feel.

Even after we're given the green light to resume the season, there may be teams that don't want to continue. That decision will be respected and the situation will be dealt with accordingly to everyone's satisfaction. However--and this is just a guess--I honestly believe that, by the time we start up again, the vast majority of teams are going to want to play again. That is my hope.

I also hope that everyone is finding a way to get through this ordeal--staying healthy, working out, binge-watching "Justified." If you've never seen "Justified," shame on you. It's one of the great television series of all time, certainly on a level with "Friday Night Lights" and "Breaking Bad." And the main character, Raylan Givens, is my second-favorite TV character of all time, behind only the crazed title character/doctor, "House." 

I want to thank everybody who has taken the time to email and/or text me to see how I'm doing. I'm doing great. I have no idea why (although I'm certainly grateful) that I have the immune system of a thoroughbred horse. Good genetics, I guess. I have never had the flu; not once. I have never thrown up in my life (other than when I was an infant). I coach high-school kids who are sick all the damn time. I get a cold maybe once every four or five years. It lasts for a couple days and then dies of boredom. How's this? In 32 years of the TBL, I have never missed a Sunday. If I could lose weight (and keep it off), I'd live to be 120. 

Rob is doing well, also. But germs are just afraid of him.

See you here next week, and I hope to see you on the court in the relatively near future. Take care.

QUIZ SECTION

The answer to the last quiz question (two red-headed post players who won NBA MVP honors in the 1970s) is Bill Walton with the Portland Trail Blazers and Dave Cowens of the Boston Celtics. 

Here's a new question: Four NBA players have officially recorded quadruple-doubles. I'll give you clues that are like those logic problems where they say stuff like the blonde woman lives next to the person who drives the Volkswagen and the person named Smith is married to the person who cooks lasagna. Here we go:

Three of the four players are Hall of Fame post players. Their quadruple-doubles were points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots.

The non-post player is NOT in the Hall of Fame and his stat line was points, rebounds, assists, and steals. He played for the same team as one of the post players although they missed playing with each other by one year.

One player had TWO quadruple-doubles.

Three of them played in the same state.

The first player to accomplish the feat (remember, he's a Hall of Famer) played at the same time as Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell. He was a seven-time All Star and was named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time.