Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Game of Epic Proportion

Now I don't claim to be a basketball fan by any means. Well, I'm a casual basketball fan. Like a heavy smoker vs a social one, I take a puff every now and then - theoretically, of course. When I do decide, by chance, to watch a game its usually satisfying. I'd like to think I know a good game when I see one. Tonight, even if I didn't have my bball glasses on, the 20th ranked Syracuse v 4th spot UConn game would've stopped me in my tracks, and it did.

I'm aware I have practice at 945am today but I am avidly watching as there is little over 1 minute left in the game that has gone to its sixth overtime. For the first five overtimes (yeah, thats right)  Syracuse had not lead at all, only to pull away in the sixth overtime with seventeen points and a final score of 127 to 112. I can't imagine the euphoria in Madison Square Garden right now, there's no better place for this game to have happened. Those with tickets got their money's worth six times over. Everyone in that stadium and in front of the TV got to practice their "You've GOT to be kidding me faces" tonight.

Thank god for free throws to seal the deal, or we'd be here for a legendary  seventh overtime. If only Syracuse's player had released the ball a tenth of a second sooner to sink his beyond clutch three pointer at the end of regulation time both teams wouldn't have had their players going 57 minutes in a game. Entire squads of starting players wouldn't have been fouled out forcing teams to put in walk ons who had only played for 20 minutes that year. Only if. If that amazing three pointer had counted, I wouldn't be marveling right now, in my exhausted state. 

The heart both teams showed tonight for a ridiculous 3 hours and 40 minutes of play is something I hope to have a fraction of when its on the line for me. The words from a bad space-themed Tim Allen movie seem fitting right now: "Never give up, never surrender," which is exactly what Syracuse did.

For the girl who doesn't watch basketball, I'm glad I caught this one.

Game over.

PS, if you're interested in a more detailed relation of tonight's events, here is a complimentary link: "Syracuse survives longest game in Big East history with epic win over UConn" 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Starting Out

So, I’m nineteen years old. Here are a couple of things I’ve learned so far:

Life isn’t meant to be lived alone.
Believe in people until they give you a reason not to
Try most things at once.
Dreaming is a good thing
Making mistakes is a good thing too.
Risks are necessary and scary
Feeling safe is not a want, but a need.
Friends are extended family.
Fish and milk together is a bad idea.
Heels are pain for the sake of an attractive leg line. Worth it.
People who talk to themselves aren’t crazy;
they’ve got it figured out.
Athletes are insane, which I can say, because I am one.

Sad songs and sunny days don’t mix
Music is the pulse of life.
Saying the same word twice does not change the meaning!
You should dance, even if you can’t.
The same goes for singing.
Doing the kiddie puzzles at restaurants boosts self esteem
Crossword puzzles don’t.
Sarcasm and abbreviations are essential nuisances
So are jokes with a sexual undertone.
Social norms and expectations are lame.
That people adhere to them is worse.
Honesty is very cool.
Every fear is valid
It most certainly takes a village.

Divorce affects more than two people.

Despite my efforts, I will never be able to lick my elbow.
Its not what you say, its how you say it.
People are more open at night, and cats are surprisingly hilarious
Words are priceless, and are the most difficult and valuable things you can share with someone.

Just to name a few.