Sunday, March 20, 2011

Basketball, soccer and perspective

There's no shame in supporting your school's basketball team in the NCAA tournament when you haven't watched a single game all season. Just like there's no shame in loving soccer once every four years. Or baseball during the World Series. My only real defense is that we haven't had access to the games up until now.

Now, though, we're totally loving it. Well, Joel has been gone so it's Donovan and me. And he is both amusing and frustrating to watch it with. Every basket is "YES! We're the BEST! It's 22 to 18. Are we creaming them?" And every miss is "Awwwwww MAN! We needed that!" And every 3-pointer sends him rolling off the couch with "OHHHHH that was AWESOME! Now it's 48 to 45. Are we creaming them?" And every time the OTHER team scores he grimaces and recounts the score. And asks if we're creaming them.

I had to explain to him that first of all it's not about creaming - it's about winning. Ha. This goes against what his coach tried to tell them at half time during their first game of spring soccer yesterday when one kid asked if they were winning. "Yes. But that's not the point." One kid smirked and raised his eyebrows as if to say, "Oh yeah?" and he glanced over at his dad as if to add, "That's not what my dad says." We try to teach them that it's not the end of the world if they lose, but I think the tunnel we make at the end for them to run through takes care of that. We all know it's more fun to win.

So Donovan is just locked onto the idea that if we're winning the basketball game by 5 points, we must be slaughtering them. Because in soccer that's like a 100 basketball points? I finally had to say, "We won't know until the end of the game. I don't really know if this is going to be that kind of game anyway. Just a winner and a loser."

Toward the end of the game, when we were winning by 20 points, he quietly says, "Mom? If we had 82 points and they only had 4 points, then would we be creaming them?" Yes, I told him. "Are we kind of creaming them now?" *sigh* Yeah, I guess so.

Because 89-67 in basketball is like 5-1 in soccer. Hooray for winners.