Basketball has been a part of my life since I was a kid watching my big brother play in high school and college. I played basketball in high school (I wasn’t very good) and in college played some inter-murals. I was way better at watching basketball than I was at actually playing!
I had an opportunity to coach a high school girls basketball team in the early 80’s. That is an experience I will never forget. Practices, games and long road trips made for a huge time commitment with little pay, but it was worth it, I have fond memories of the girls I coached.
Another aspect of the game came when I married my husband, Mark he was a basketball referee. For over 25 years he called games and I loved watching him, although there were a few times I feared for his life!
I have spent countless hours on the sidelines watching my kids play AAU ball, Jr. High, and high school ball. When my daughter played in high school I kept stats on my Palm Pilot, do you remember those? I loved those days watching my kids play ball.
When my kids were in college they both tried referring and they were good, but after a few years gave it up, no 25 plus years for them.
Since we moved to the Palouse, we have enjoyed watching the Washington State Cougars play and especially this year when they have done so well. Next year should be even better!
So, yes I am disappointed about March Madness being cancelled, I love to watch basketball, especially good basketball. I do understand that this pandemic is new territory and its always better to be safe when it comes to the health and life of people.
Now, what to do now that there are no games to watch.
I have a few ideas, pray more, read my Bible more, memorize some scripture and read some books that have been sitting on my book shelf. How about you? What are you going to do with all this extra time?
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Ephesians 6:17-18