The Little Blue Book


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7. The Gain of the Game

The squeak of the shoes, an echo of the whistle,

slaps of the ball and swooshes of the net as many sit in the bleachers:

The ocean of green, the sea of yellow and the continental divide;

Aroma of popcorn floats around the gym and to the players on the bench;

The buzz of the clock,

the chant of the supporting crowd soon fills the large gym;

Coach scolding the players when they did wrong play,

  the gulps of water as the tired starter rehydrates herself as she yells at her replacement;

The last 30 seconds on the clock and the yellow are leading by 2,

10 seconds to go the short girl lobs the ball at the hoop;

Swish.

The girl smiles at the sight, the buzzer echoed across the gym;

victory of the green echoes;

That’s why the game of basketball is the best place to be.

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