Some call it a game; others call it an art.
BY REMIGIO DEVENTE ON FEBRUARY 21, 2014
Tuesday through Thursday is the new Friday through Sunday. Why you ask? Because all of Greenville unites to put differences aside, and marvel in the game we all know as rec basketball.
The four teams in this cutthroat league can be compared to the four seasons of the year. I would like to think of my team as the season of summer. Like the season, one enjoys relishing in the presence of our team’s fiery passion for the sport. During the summer, most people strive for a ‘beach bod’. My team is the beach bod of rec-ball. Look out for the Thunder this season.
The next team on the radar is referred to as the Nets. Often compared to autumn, this group of guys is by far the most under-rated and least preferred team to watch. Off to a hot start, this team means business. Where most teams spend their days off drinking recovery shakes and talking sauce, this team can be found practicing free throws and doing jumping jacks until they puke.
The Knicks, or as the referees like refer to them as the ‘red team,’ can be associated with spring; or more specifically spring break. Short and sweet, this team of hot heads can either be sinking shots or a flat out catastrophe on the court. This team’s coaching staff has the challenge of keeping the Knicks’s mind on the game. The guys on this squad tend to attract a crowd of estrogen. If you look closely, you can find the occasional player checking out butts.
The final team is a crew of hot shots we refer to as the Bobcats. Before I begin to describe the Bobcats, you need a little background information.
Three things are required for a player to step on the court at the Drew Steele Center. The first is confidence. If you are not 135 percent sure you will sink the last second jump shot, get out of the gym. The second must-have is swagger. If you are not down to put the rock between some punk’s legs while you are concealing your 20-carat sterling chain (when the rules specifically say no jewelry), stick to church league. The last necessity is a mouth guard. No one knows the real reason as to why the new mouth guard rule was put into place this year, but I have a theory.
My suspicion is the mouthguard rule was a power play by the league owner Coach Randy to reduce the crap talking on the court. Little did Randy know, this would backfire. Due to the reduced amount of verbal attacks on the court, now the problem lies with the fans. It is not uncommon to find a parent or friend yelling inappropriate remarks at members of the opposing team. Rumor has it, Coach Randy is contemplating making all who step foot in the gym wear a mouth guard.
If any team is to be found sneaking onto the court without mouthguards, it would be the Bobcats. Cold and bitter, this team is easily comparable to the season of winter. This is a ‘do whatever it takes to win’ type of squad. In the beginning of the season, there were allegations that this team hired a former NBA coach to give a seminar on how to foul without getting caught. The Bobcat’s management denies all claims.
If it is not obvious, I am an avid supporter of recreation basketball. So the next time you find yourself on the couch watching Friends reruns on a Tuesday night, come support your community’s true athletes as they pour their soul into the finest game east of the Mississippi River.