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Posted by Bethany in The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on June 11, 2009
Well, now that school and baseball season are over, I actually have time to put up a baseball picture of Landon! Poor kid, his games were so intense, that I often forgot to take any pictures!!
Here’s my little slugger, who had a great season. I feel we’ve been very blessed as far as baseball goes for the last two years. My son has played for the team that received first place (tied with another team this year), which has certainly been fun. But what I’ve liked best is that both last year and this year we’ve managed to play on a team where the coaches and parents (pretty much) displayed good sportsmanship and seemed to concentrate more on what the kids were learning instead of winning all the time.
Which is what I think Little League baseball should really be about.
There are many, though, who are so competitive and obsessed with this sport that I’m amazed at how they can behave. This year, as well as last, there was always The Team.
The Team always seems to have a lot of talent, both with players and coaches. These guys know the game of baseball. The Team always expects to win. And somehow The Team seems to attract the kind of parents that yell at other kids or insult the umpire or threaten to fight people from the other team. I don’t know it The Team’s parents are suffering from the trickle down effect, where their bad sportsmanship comes from watching the coaches behavior and the behaviors the children are allowed to display.
I dunno. I know my husband and I have watched The Team, and prayed that our kid doesn’t get put on The Team. The Team seems to change every year but it always seems to be there.
That’s why I suppose we feel we’ve been very blessed these last two year. Landon has played on very talented teams with fairly laid back coaches. I felt like he learned a lot both years and wasn’t pressured to be perfect, but pressured to work hard and do his best.
Landon, although he’s a decent ball player, is not going to be a super star player anytime soon. Our family really doesn’t want to eat, sleep, breath baseball and that’s pretty much what it takes to be that. I want my son to enjoy baseball. If he ends up being good enough for a college scholarship, I’ll be thrilled. If not, no biggie. I want him to learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and discipline…all things that can be taught in sports.
But is it worth playing if children aren’t learning these things? What if they are being taught the opposite? Is it worth having a kid that will get to play high school baseball in 8th grade, if he still stomps off the field in a fit when he strikes out?
I’m very competitive. I love sports, and love that my son shares that love. I love, love, love to win!
I love, love, love my son more though…and I hope we can stick with baseball and continue to have it be a benefit to him.
I hope he stays off The Team. I’d rather lose.
Posted by Bethany in Goofiness, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on April 5, 2009
Last Sunday was my 30th birthday. I really thought about how important that birthday sounds, and how I really should post something profound.
I decided the best thing I can do is give out some free advice. Something I discovered, for the first time, on my 30th birthday. A lesson it took me 30 years to learn. Are you ready? Here it is…
If you feel like you are lacking attention, or need people to notice you, but don’t know what to do, I have the solution. No more will you feel like *Mr. Cellophane(skip to 5:12).
Walk around the French Quarter, in New Orleans, on a game day, wearing a Tony Parker jersey. It helps if there are three others with you wearing Manu Ginobli, David Robinson, and Tim Duncan jerseys. You will be noticed. A lot.
So, there’s my sage advice. Don’t expect anymore until my 60th birthday.
Oh, did you catch that? I went to my first Spurs game for my birthday!! Woohoo! (Thank you Mom and Dad!)
Look…here are my guys.
Be still my beating heart. If I were to have star crushes, it would be on these sweaty guys!
and (watch out Eva) Tony
Okay, so I don’t really have crushes on these guys…but I do love me some Spurs. It was a blast, except for the losing part. And it was fun to cause a bit of a sensation in NOLA! By the way NOLA friends, I’ll be visiting again soon for Jazz Fest. Hopefully, I won’t have to worry about being tarred and feathered!
*(Just a note about my link above, I couldn’t find Ben Vereen doing Mr. Cellophane anywhere except in the middle of a Muppet Show. Once you’ve heard Ben Vereen do this song, no one else’s version will do…Chicago or no Chicago. Ben Vereen is the man.)
Posted by Bethany in Family Matters, Picturesque, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on October 1, 2006
If I can make it until Wednesday, I can safely have this baby. I’m afraid baby things are consuming my mind. I worry about going into labor before Wednesday. I worry I’ll make it to Wednesday just fine and still have til November 4th to go. I don’t know if I can manage feeling like I do until November!
During the middle of the week last week, I just started feeling different. I cannot explain it. I’ve been nervous about going into labor ever since. My doctor is worried I will (just because I delivered my other two bambinos four weeks early…not because of anything going on with me now). Maybe that’s just wearing off on me.
I’m afraid I’ve nothing interesting to say or post about. I’ve all but abandoned my blog. I sit and look at it and any sort of content or thought escapes me. My last twenty posts or so are just filler posts and I was tired of it. But I can’t think of anything valuable or interesting to say….so I guess filler posts it will be! I’m hoping to feel inspired again one day!
We have been up to our eyeballs in soccer. We signed up for the sport thinking it would be one game a week…but it’s two. And both kids have practice on different nights. And Josh has become assisstant coach of both teams. I love that he’s coaching the kids….and he’s having fun. It’s just very, very busy! We are having fun with soccer….it just consumes so much time. I wonder if I’ll ever get caught up on housework again!
So, if you wander to my site, know not to expect anything deep or insightful for a while yet. I will be sure to post baby information as soon as I can. Having Rebekah Luthien make an appearance should give me quite a bit of blog-fodder. I’ll be anxious to share pictures and stories when the time comes!
Hope you all have a magnificant week! I hope to squeeze in a nap or two between work and soccer games!
Here’s a picture of Josh from this weekend’s soccer extravaganza. We had an hour wait between games and he and Landon were kicking the ball around!
Posted by Bethany in Picturesque, Take Your Kid to Blog Day, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on September 22, 2006
Which really sounds funny to me. I don’t feel like a soccer mom. At all!
But in honor of Take Your Kids to Blog Day, I’m posting my kids at their first couple of soccer games.
I was pretty proud of Shiloh, considering she’s not the most athletic child I’ve ever met. She really is enjoying soccer….and trying hard. This is her first year so her tecnique needs quite a bit of work. But I’m so glad she is playing hard!
And Landon is the official goalie of his team now. He’s naturally athletic so he took to the sport quite well. It also helps that although he’s almost the youngest player he’s a head taller than most of his teammates. Comes from good stock! We are a tall bunch!
And I personally think they are rather good looking in their soccer uniforms. But, I hear I may be biased.
Check out other Take Your Kid to Blog posts at Blest With Sons.
Posted by Bethany in The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on May 22, 2006
Hrmmmmm….wonder what Bethany is doing tonight?
Go Spurs! Go!
Posted by Bethany in The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on May 20, 2006
If you know me well, you know I’m a huge fan of the San Antonio Spurs. I come by this love genetically it seems, as my parents, especially my mother, are huge Spurs fans.
I haven’t written about my love for this NBA team a too terribly much, but here are a few of the things I have written about them. I started blogging after the playoffs last year (otherwise I’d probably have several posts concerning the Spurs) and since I moved over the summer we do not get outside television. Of which I’m much appreciative, it just makes it harder to keep up with my team.
My mother has kept me pretty up to date about the Spurs though. And last night could have been their last game of the season. They were playing in Game 5 against the Dallas Mavericks and were down 2-3 in the series.
I decided to drive north for thirty minutes in order to support the team that I love.
Now, if you follow baseball you know that the season is in full swing! My family happens to have a favorite baseball team as well. That would be the Atlanta Braves.
And you sports fans who know that the Spurs are basketball and the Braves are baseball are really wondering now about my title.
Let’s just say, it makes for an interesting ballgame when your favorite team is in a possible elimination game with one of its biggest rivals, a nail-biter where ten seconds are left in the game and you’re not sure who the winner will be, and your father flips to the Braves game during every timeout!
Yes…and after the high paced basketball game, the intensity, the ulcer growing in your stomach, having to watch a picher walk a player is agonizing. Atlanta Braves fan, or not!
So, it made for an interesting night. A fun night, considering my team pulled it off. Now if they can only win Monday night’s game……
And watching that play-off game gave me basketball fever in a big way. I think I’ll be visiting my mother again on Monday. And hopefully, several more times as the play-offs continue!
Oh yeah, the Braves won too! And I’m glad about that as well!
Posted by Bethany in Current Happenings, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on February 28, 2006
For those of you who really know me, you know it doesn’t take much of a basketball story to bring a tear to my eye. I love the game of basketball. I’m a former player and a current die-hard fan of the game. But this story will warm your heart even if you have no love of the game (God forbid!)
Here is a video clip of an autistic boy who was the manager of his high school basketball team. His coach lets him play in the last game of the season….click here to find out what happens! Such an awesome story!
Posted by Bethany in Rants and Raves, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on September 25, 2005
I’ve tried to contain my obsession with the Spurs and keep that bit of my life minimalized on my blog. I figure I’ve done a pretty good job of it and should be able to do so at least until the play-offs start. Then I must warn you guys…I shall be in full Spurs mode. And it’s not always pretty!
It seems that David Robinson is being sued by Major League Baseball….
The Christian school he founded has a logo similar to one used by the California Angels in the past.
Why does this annoy me so?
I get really annoyed at our sue-happy culture…the logos aren’t the same, they are similar. What’s the big deal. The team doesn’t even use the similar logo anymore!
And I’m a die hard fan of the Spurs, and the Admiral is a former player as well as current part owner of that team….
and die hard fans always stick with their man, right?
I also admire David Robinson for many reasons that have nothing to do with basketball. He was more than willing to discuss this problem with the MLB.
This Brad Paisley song comes to mind. I’d like to dedicate it to the MLB…
Go on keep trying
Come on keep calling
You know I like it
When you come crawling
Its like music
To hear you bawling
Waa, waa, waa, waa, waa
Grrrr….. I’m really, really annoyed about this! Maybe I am biased…but, o well.
Posted by Bethany in The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on August 26, 2005
I loved watching him play basketball. He played well. He is a future Hall of Famer. He has won championships and MVP’s. He’s one of the best.
But, he never curses. He never puts down opposing players. He doesn’t spend all his press time bashing the game officials (even though I’ve been known to do it for him from my living room!)I’ve never picked up a newspaper and found him on the front page faced with domestic violence or rape charges.
And he started a private school for underprivelaged children. (I actually have applied for a job here before. )
The Carver Academy opened in San Antonio on September 17, 2001 with 60 students pre-kindergarten through second grade. The school was named in honor of George Washington Carver (1864-1943), an African-American botanist, spiritual leader, educator and outstanding man of character. The Carver Academy is the vision of founders David and Valerie Robinson who believe all children, regardless of financial status should have the opportunity to better themselves through education. Through service and faith, The Carver Academy’s hope is to inspire students to be good citizens exemplifying the principles of leadership, discipline, initiative and integrity.
He was the number one NBA player in charitable donations.
Enjoy! And be sure to tell me what you think!
Posted by Bethany in Rants and Raves, The Great Game of Basketball and Other Mediocre Sports on August 2, 2005
…the more my price goes up!
This quote is from the song “Celebrity”. And I happen to find it particularly interesting.
I love sports. I am a former basketball player and a current fan of the sport. My favorite team just so happens to be, the current World Champions, The San Antonio Spurs.
I became a fan after reading about the former Spurs player, David Robinson. I truly admired him and the way he lived his life…regardless of his celebrity status. It just so happened that they won the NBA Championship that year. This made me a rather passionate fan!
Over the last several years, I have watched the Spurs as only a true, dedicated fan should. I really like the attitude of the team. I feel it is a hold over from David Robinson’s Christian influence on the team. But the Spurs have to be one of the few teams in professional sports that have so many team members with such character! I love to hear the Spurs interview. No whining about officiating. No “I’m all that” attitude…even by the biggest stars on the team. No jealousy between the players. No fighting amongst themselves. Lots of humility.
Well, lucky for this die-hard fan, the Spurs won the Championship again this year. (Lucky for me because I go through mild depression whenever they are put out of the play-offs!) So after they win I run with haste to Barnes and Noble to purchase all the commerative magazines. Or actually, any magazine that spotlights this awesome moment.
To my great disdain, no wonderful cover stories could be found. I had decided that in my eagerness I had not given proper time to print and distribute the materials. So I check back. Nothing. Then again. Nothing. I am completely heartbroken. I want to see this team bask in their well deserved glory. I want to read each detail from every player from the MVP to the benchwarmers. I want my magazine.
Well…I have no magazine. My mother has ordered the Sports Illustrated Special Edition but I haven’t seen it yet. And it’s been almost an entire summer. I’ve almost forgotten about it. It just keeps popping up on occasion.
So…I complain. To my boyfriend. “Why, oh, why do they not have 7 gazillion magazines about the Spurs? The Laker’s could always be found plastered all over every sports magazine three days after they won. Heck, they get plastered on magazines for losing! I don’t get it!”
So, he answers with the above quote from one of my favorite country music artists, Brad Paisly.
The more they run my name down, the more my price goes up!
I have decided that the reason I love the Spurs is the very reason I cannot find a decent magazine article about their play-off season. Their name has not been run down. I mean, really, who wants to read about a bunch of guys who just enjoy playing basketball, stay married to one woman, and have their children in wed-lock. Oh yeah…and they haven’t been accused of raping or beating any women. I guess it’s just not that interesting.