Friday, April 1, 2011

"Friday Night Frolic" - Shoot The ...

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en·dur·ance noun \in-ˈdu̇r-ən(t)s, -ˈdyu̇r-, en-\

1 : permanenceduration (the endurance of the play's importance)
2: the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially: the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity (a marathon runner's endurance)
3: the act or an instance of enduring or suffering (endurance of many hardships)

My daughter's sixth grade basketball team is headed to New Hampshire for the CAL Regionals today. That's right, her little nine-girl, one-practice-a-week, Catholic school basketball team! Yep, we're driving north early this afternoon, for what might be a full weekend of hoopsif it is, it will mean that they've not only endured, they've conquered.

And while they've been celebrating for the last two weeks (culminating with the big Pep Rally, in their honor, today) the Regionals await in a southern pocket of New Hampshire, and the girls are keenly aware of the double-kissed magic chips they'll have to pull from that pouch for further crowning glory. They'll be up against tough competition, but they've spirit, stamina, talent and desire, and they know how to have fun. I've never seen girls giggle and smile so much on the court as this little team. Come to think of it, they've got all the magic they need tucked away in their own silky pockets.

Regardless of where those chips fall, as this year's Division I State Champs they've already had a mighty sweet taste of triumph. They know what it takes to get there. So, too, do their coaches, bless their hearts (basketball is a full, six month season). They know a thing or two about endurance.

So today, we're gonna pump up the volume, get 'em ready for the games. Nothing gets my girl more pumped than the rock-n-roll resonating from her favorite British bands (she's enamored by all things British.)

Here, the soundtrack, the music that makes Ms. Lulu scream 'til her throat's achy and her voice, blissfully hoarsethe music of endurance: the beat of jump shots, finger rolls, dribble drive motion...



Hook shots, McNasties, steals, defensive rebounds...



Free throws, blocks, Hack-a-Shaqs...



Fast breaks, chase downs, three pointers...



Layups, hook shots, alley-oops, and MUSIC... like this little sixth grade team... that's endured.


(You didn't really think we'd get through this post without Mick, now did you?)

Play to the whistle girls. Game's on!

14 comments:

  1. Oh yaaaaaah! Rock out! Hope you made a cd for the ride up. I gonna play these tunes while I clean the dust bunnies out from just about every corner of my house. Good luck, LuLu!!!

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  2. Sounds like you've got just as much team spirit as the players. How could they lose to such a great sound track! I hope you all have a great weekend.

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  3. Good luck! And thanks for the great songs, too. :)

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  4. Awww sweet...some toons to get 'em in the groove. It's funny, I have got to the point in my life where I think what song would go well with this situation?
    Best of luck with the games ;

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  5. Best of luck to the girl and her team.

    Here's a bit of synchronicity for you: my husband has just travelled from England to Boston/Rhode Island. He's not impressed with the wintry weather there! Sending you virtual daffodils . . . and some lovely tulips, which are just about to open.

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  6. Rock On! From an ex-girls coach I wish you the best. Here's hoping the hoops are loose and the music is even louder coming home :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

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  7. Love the playlist! You'll have to get your daughter a pair of those big headphones all the basketball players sport these days. Then she can really get pumped up for the games. Good luck!

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  8. Your daughter has an excellent playlist!
    I'm rooting for her team from Virginia!

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  9. love sympathy for the devil.

    i do think that axel rose makes a better lucifer than mick though.

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  10. To All- Thank you so much for your rooting, cheers and well wishes. (From around the world! Wow. Sure made my daughter smile :)) The girls didn't walk away the victor, but their standing as State champs wasn't at all diminished by their loss. They were smiling minutes after the game and ready to get back to the hotel, into the pool, and party! For them, winning's always been secondary to enjoying the moment. That's probably the reason they made it as far as they did. :)
    Bee- Thanks for the visit and virtual flowers--we can use those here. :) Jules- the music WAS louder coming home! BP- I think you're right. But I like better the devil that I know. ;)

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  11. You're a woman of wealth and taste.

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  12. Stephen- Ha! But what's the nature of my game? ;)

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